DOT audit says FAA likely to miss drone deadline

Posted on July 3rd, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A government report says the FAA will miss the Sept. 30, 2015, deadline set by Congress for drones to share the skies with manned aircraft. The Washington Post said the agency is “significantly behind schedule” in drawing up rules.... Continue Reading →

Grease is the word

Posted on July 1st, 2014 by

Whenever I give talks I usually put in a few slides about grease. In discussions on this topic, questions mainly fall into three areas. The first is why is it so critical to use only the grease that is approved... Continue Reading →

BackcountryPilot.org: 400-hp Zenith CH801

Posted on July 1st, 2014 by

A Ford V-8 400-horsepower Zenith CH801 is not all that common. Want to see, and hear one? Hop over to BackcountryPilot.org to read Zane Jacobson’s great write up and watch smartly edited video. Continue Reading →

The four secret steps to becoming a good old boy

Posted on June 30th, 2014 by

In your town, right now, there is a good old boy network firmly in place. I know this because there is a good old boy network in place in every town. Whether you’re in New York City, Los Angeles, Clarksville,... Continue Reading →

USA Today goes anti-GA

Posted on June 26th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On June 18, the national publication USA Today published an article titled Unfit for Flight. It painted general aviation as a dangerous activity and the manufacturers of aircraft as contributing to general aviation accidents. This is not new. Anti-general aviation... Continue Reading →

Are you ready to share the sky with drones?

Posted on June 26th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Unmanned aerial systems (UAS), better known as drones, are moving fast in development. General aviation pilots are starting to delve deeper into the subject as FAA expects as many as 30,000 UAS to be flying in U.S.... Continue Reading →

Is there a benefit to using fuel additives?

Posted on June 24th, 2014 by

I have recently received several inquiries concerning the use of aviation fuel and lubricant additives. To start a discussion on additives, I’ve looked into any and all approved additives. In the ASTM D-910 spec for 100/130 low-lead avgas, there are... Continue Reading →

Courting integrity for the long haul

Posted on June 23rd, 2014 by

My family is probably as dysfunctional and weird as any. Yet for all the squawking and sarcasm and occasional emotional outbursts, we still care for one another. You might even say we love each other. Certainly, there’s a sense of trust... Continue Reading →

‘Significant progress’ made on NextGen in last year

Posted on June 22nd, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It has been one year since FAA Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker took over as Chief NextGen Officer. In his first report to Congress early in June, he noted that “significant progress” has been made. That optimism is... Continue Reading →

Memorial Day: Early and late this year

Posted on June 19th, 2014 by

Last month, it seemed that Memorial Day came early, didn’t it? Regardless of the calendar, it came early for some of my old buddies in aviation. And it came decades late for some World War II GA fliers I knew.... Continue Reading →