I am a Certificated Flight Instructor. I’m proud of that fact. [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…]
I’ve never really understood why it’s true, but people seem to like lists for some reason. They’re forever buying magazines and clicking on hot links that will take them to The Top 3 Retirement Destinations in America, or The Top 5 Cars For 2016, or The Top 10 Reasons You Should Shop at Ralph’s.
It’s enough to drive a man to distraction.
I’m a team player, though. I can be flexible when the situation calls for it. So here I go, getting all flexible, playing ball, and basically giving in to the appetite of the crowd. So here, I offer you my Top 5 Reasons to Get Airborne. Go ahead and see how my list stacks up against yours. [Read more…]
The difference between a mob and a group is subtle, but it’s there
Often the distinction rests on the organization of the gathering and the leadership that officiates over it.
Even with the best of intentions, a peaceful, seemingly docile group of people can be stirred into near hysterics with little more than a rumor that allows idle thoughts to wander enough that fear takes root. [Read more…]
Bob Lock was a good ol’ boy, in the best sense of the word.
You may have known him. If not, you almost certainly know someone who did.
Aviation is a tight-knit, fairly small community of individuals who somehow manage to cross paths with one another somewhere or other as they walk along the road of life. For me, Bob was one of those connections. [Read more…]
In recent months the general population of the western world has been on the receiving end of a series of body blows that have left many of us leaning on the ropes, too weakened to stand fully upright under the onslaught. Death has come to the celebrities we love, and it’s shaken us to our core.
That is true. We as a culture are being profoundly affected by the deaths of people most of us have never met. It’s evident to anyone who picks up a newspaper, thumbs through a news magazine, or watches a prime-time news broadcast. But what could a handful of high profile celebrity funerals have to do with aviation?
A lot, as it turns out. So let’s consider what their lives have to do with our lives. We’ll be better for the experience, I assure you. [Read more…]
This past Saturday the Central Florida Flying Club (of which I am a member) held its first annual Spring Fling cook-out. We threw the hangar door open to anyone who cared to wander through it.
The grill was fired up, the refrigerator was stocked, we rented additional tables and chairs, and even rolled the aircraft out on to the ramp to make room for the throngs we hoped to see coming through the airport gate. We were not disappointed. [Read more…]
After a long, hard, sun-soaked week in Lakeland, Florida, at the SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo, thousands of aeronautically minded folks fled the field with their aviation jones fully satisfied, headed in the general direction of home.
I joined that group, too. With a smile on my face and a song in my heart, I exclaimed, “I’m outta here,” on Sunday evening, shook about a hundred hands, waved to a lot more folks than that, and hit the taxiway with an intent to fly as soon as possible. [Read more…]