Renting vs. owning

Posted on May 14th, 2014 by

For many private pilots, renting makes more sense than buying an airplane. The ongoing costs of compliance, maintenance, and storage — added to the rising costs of fuel — can bring the hourly cost of flying your own aircraft within... Continue Reading →

Ask Paul: What is causing mag drop?

Posted on May 13th, 2014 by

Q: I work on a IO-360-MIA Lycoming engine. My problem is that the right mag has a drop of 220 rpm. I have done internal timings, engine to mag timings, ignition leads check and cleaned the plugs. I have done... Continue Reading →

GA loses a champion

Posted on May 13th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Widespread dissatisfaction with politics is feeding a movement to promote limits on the length of time an elected federal politician may serve. Stripped of all its meaningless rhetoric, that movement boils down to one point: Limit the... Continue Reading →

Endings, beginnings, and opportunities

Posted on May 12th, 2014 by

Regular readers of this column may notice a small change to the bio blurb that runs below. It’s shorter. The line about being the founder and president of the Polk Aviation Alliance has been removed, because although I remain the... Continue Reading →

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Rockin’ the Runways

Posted on May 11th, 2014 by

The passing of aviation’s glory days? Much has been said. Sure, people are now more fascinated with easier, trendier, more hedonistic things. So what’s a perennial air show to do after a 2011 performer fatality and subsequently cancelled air shows?... Continue Reading →

Idaho Aviation Expo set for May 16-17

Posted on May 11th, 2014 by

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – The annual Idaho Aviation Expo, May 16-17 this year, is once again taking place in the 30,000-square-foot Aero Mark hangar at IDA. Admission is $10 at the door, but I’ve got some “Free Admission” tickets. Send me... Continue Reading →

NTSB recommends FAA, National Weather Service improve weather forecasts to pilots

Posted on May 7th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Transportation Safety Board said May 7 that the National Weather Service and the FAA should provide improved forecast services to pilots. Continue Reading →

Tell your story

Posted on May 5th, 2014 by

Perhaps it has occurred to you. as it has to me, aviation attracts high achievers like a moth to a flame. Ours is not the domain of the weak or timid. Similarly it’s not an exclusive outpost for rich, old,... Continue Reading →

Government and GA groups differ over security actions

Posted on May 5th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — While aviation groups here are seeking to reduce the way general aviation pilots are stopped for questioning about possible terror flights, at the same time a powerful Senator was declaring concern about gaps in GA security. Continue Reading →

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Why you should be a seaplane pilot

Posted on May 4th, 2014 by

By STEVEN McCAUGHEY Looking for a new flying adventure? Need a Flight Review? Trying to decide what is the best way to take your flying to the next skill level or what rating to pursue next? Well, I have the... Continue Reading →