I thought the flight went spectacularly. My first turbine experience — flying three hours solid over the Los Angeles trafficscape with the legendary helicopter traffic reporter Commander Chuck Street. In between his traffic reports, he’d given me the thumbs up and nods of approval. Life felt great. [Read more…]
In my last column, I wrote about static electricity and the need for a bonding cable. I received numerous replies so I thought I would add some additional information.
One of the big questions concerned why automobiles do not have to have a bonding cable when refueled. Back to the basics: For a spark to start a fire or explosion, one must have fuel, air and an ignition source.
But liquid fuels like avgas and Jet A do not burn. They must be mixed with air in correct proportions or air/fuel ratios to burn. [Read more…]
I am a Certificated Flight Instructor. I’m proud of that fact. [Read more…]
Flying in remote Alaska is just about the most memorable fun one can have in an airplane.
If you’re like me, you’ve often read about bush flying. We all have different definitions of exactly what that is, but most of us can agree it involves VFR flying in basic airplanes to and from unprepared landing surfaces and away from ATC.
That said, it’s one thing to do an out-and-back to a remote grass strip or a quiet lake, which many of us have done. It’s quite another to conduct several days of flight operations without once using pavement or refueling from anything other than five-gallon cans.
I was very fortunate years ago to get a taste of this kind of flying, in Alaska, with a group of pilots and salmon fishermen. [Read more…]
Are U.S. sales or registrations of Light-Sport Aircraft near where they were expected to be by now? The short answer is, no, but more finesse is needed to obtain a complete answer.
While the numbers entering the U.S. fleet are well below forecasts from 2004, a couple obvious reasons help explain the shortfall. [Read more…]
Education is a hot button issue in any election year. Yet it never gets any better, no matter what we’re promised.
It’s my impression the electorate merely wants to hear someone make a promise, even if it’s an empty one. They’re looking for a cheerleader. Somebody to toss out platitudes and catch-phrases that give the impression something positive will come from their candidacy.
Truthfully, it’s unreasonable and unrealistic to think somebody located hundreds or thousands of miles from your home can have a profound impact on the ability of any given teacher to educate any given classroom full of students.
What our national system of education lacks is both simple, and relatively inexpensive. Yes, it is. [Read more…]
One of the most enjoyable aspects of my work revolves around the ability to take others aloft in a bright yellow and black Reimagined Cessna 152.
The airplane is pretty much a stock C-152, not much different than those you’ve probably logged time in. What separates the airplane I fly from the one you flew is the complete refurbishment of the Reimagined C-152 at the Aviat facility in Afton, Wyoming.
Yes, it’s true. Everything actually works in the Reimagined I fly. The paint is fresh, the panel has no open holes where an instrument used to be, there are no “inop” labels taped to their faces. It’s as close to a new airplane as you can get. [Read more…]
The act of aviating is often a solitary endeavor. Or at least it appears to be.
In truth, there are many hands that go into making a safe flight happen. Certainly the pilot plays a pivotal role, but there are mechanics, and line-service personnel, parts manufacturers, administrators, and so many others who play a role.
A recent flight to meet an old friend for lunch really brought this into focus for me — in the best possible way. [Read more…]
If you doubt one person can make a difference, doubt no more.
Salem, Oregon pilot Chuck West watched as Salem’s NcNary Field (KSLE) airspace was re-drawn, and re-drawn again. There was a problem. Portions of the instrument approaches were no longer protected and that violated FAA Order 8260.26F. [Read more…]