Q: Paul, I hope you are still answering these questions, as your experience with these engines will help set me at ease or push me to investigate further. I have an 0-320 Aerosport Power engine in my airplane and I put a new prop on it recently, which is a much better performance prop for my plane, but I have seen temperatures higher than what was our norm since that change. But based on your comments I read, maybe this is not a problem. [Read more…]
So, there I was, high, hot and too close-in for even a chop-and-drop approach. What to do?
I was steaming into a nearby airport situated next to Tampa Bay. The morning’s mission was to meet a neighbor for breakfast at the airport’s quite-capable restaurant. It was a bright, sunny morning, with excellent visibility.
I’d never landed at the field before, but I had it in sight from maybe 10 miles out. [Read more…]
The first and only time that the National Air Races were held at Spokane, Wash., was during the week of Sept. 19, 1927. This was quite an adventurous undertaking for a small town such as Spokane, especially given that the previous two events in Cleveland and Los Angeles were money losers.
However, Lindbergh’s solo flight to Paris in May had raised public enthusiasm for aviation and a Spokane group decided it could support a National Air Race, raising more than $60,000 for the event. [Read more…]
Even though the settlement accord of the CEH lawsuit in California opened up the opportunity to reduce the lead footprint around California airports, I can find no airports adding unleaded mogas infrastructure and no supplier of ethanol-free auto fuel in California.
I think it is a lost economic and public relations opportunity for GA, but it will also have an unexpected negative economic impact on an emerging technology: Remotely piloted aircraft or drones. [Read more…]
Hendry County, Florida, is situated in the vast no-man’s land just north of the Everglades and west of Lake Okeechobee. Approximately equivalent in size to Rhode Island, the entire county hosts a population of barely 38,000 people.
That being the case, this agricultural wonderland might not be the first place you’d think to find a successful general aviation business. It might even be a location you would run from, having recognized several negatives that might well prevent a GA business from succeeding there.
Yet one GA business has found true success in the wide open spaces of south central Florida, and it continues to thrive there.
There’s a lesson in there for anyone who would care to listen. [Read more…]
Whenever I tell a group of pilots that I also fly helicopters, there’s always one guy in the group who says he can’t stand them.
“I hate those things,” he’ll spew. “They’re unpredictable when they’re flying in the pattern. You never know which way they’re going to fly.”
Helicopter pilots learn early in their training they have to cede the right-of-way to all other aircraft, yet other pilots don’t seem to know this. When I try to explain that fact is in the Aeronautical Information Manual, I still get, “I don’t care. I still hate ’em.” [Read more…]
My wife and I were having a perfectly lovely time. We were situated in a corner booth at Egg Haven, one of my home town’s more popular eateries, as our waitress whirled through the room with an energy level that seemed impossibly high for a Sunday morning.
We were engaged in an activity long time married couples rarely do. We talked to each other. Face to face, too. I mean, we really talked. Ideas were exchanged, dreams were fleshed out, concerns were aired, and disagreements were but a minor inconvenience.
All in all, things were good. Then my eye wandered away from the restaurant to an abandoned building across the street that has, to be kind, seen better days. There, below a window with 16 panes, only three of which were still intact, were the words, “Optimism can save the world.”
Think about that for a moment, if you will. [Read more…]
Not all pilots fly their own wings. For a variety of reasons, many frugal pilots choose to rent aircraft.
They may not fly enough hours to justify owning. They may own a simple aircraft but sometimes rent specialized planes for more capacity, IFR flights, or to add new types to their log book.
There is no specific point at which frugal pilots should consider getting rid of their plane for lack of use and renting. [Read more…]