With an atonal buzz and a tin ear we toddle onward

Posted on April 29th, 2014 by

There is a story that circulates in the music business that suggests an interesting parallel to general aviation. The story takes place in the late 1960s when Jimi Hendrix and his band arrived at the BBC studios to do a... Continue Reading →

Questions surround NextGen

Posted on April 28th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA reported earlier this month that it had completed nationwide equipment installation for the NextGen aircraft tracking system. The announcement — like others in the past and probably those in the future — raises more questions... Continue Reading →

Is there an STC for a primer system for my engine?

Posted on April 24th, 2014 by

Q: I have been looking for a possible STC to install a primer system on a O-320-A2D. Would you know of one? JERRY BARNHILL, Longville, La. Continue Reading →

Fatigue: The pilot’s common cold

Posted on April 23rd, 2014 by

Returning from a short tropical vacation, I barely napped on the transatlantic red-eye. It was the night before my third airplane instructional flight. During the ground lesson, I thought I was hiding my jetlag pretty well from my instructor. It... Continue Reading →

The Frugal Pilot: Multitask flying

Posted on April 22nd, 2014 by

The retail price of avgas continues to climb with fewer refineries supplying it. Aircraft parts, never cheap, increase in cost each year. Smaller airports close and larger airports raise hangar rents. Fewer private pilots are flying today than 10years ago,... Continue Reading →

What do we want?

Posted on April 21st, 2014 by

There’s a great scene in the movie, “Field of Dreams,” that sticks in my head. Kevin Costner’s character has taken the character played by James Earl Jones to a baseball game. Kevin plays an innocent who has an unlikely story... Continue Reading →

Max Conrad: The early years

Posted on April 17th, 2014 by

When he died in 1979, Max Conrad was known the world over as the “Flying Grandfather.” A long-distance record breaker in light aircraft, most notably the Piper Comanche, Max was generally credited with more flying time than any other pilot... Continue Reading →

Confusion surrounds Motor octane rating

Posted on April 16th, 2014 by

Earlier this year I gave several state IA renewal seminars. I always enjoy these because I get to greet many old friends and find out what is going on in the industry. I also get a lot of excellent information from... Continue Reading →

Cub

For Sale: 1945 J-3, 518 TT

Posted on April 15th, 2014 by

“1945 J-3 Cub, 518 hours. 501-337-9939. aviationjdj@yahoo.com. $42,000.” That’s the ad as it appears in our classified section. 518 hours? Really. I called Tom Sabus, who placed the ad via mail, for a little more information. Continue Reading →

Video: What fear of flying looks like

Posted on April 15th, 2014 by

A brilliant 10-minute video profiles two women (An & Ria) who’ve never met, and never flown. One is excited, the other less so. Admittedly, a first flight via business jet is beyond the reach of most, but the emotional roller-coaster... Continue Reading →