Drones getting easier to fly in U.S.

Posted on June 5th, 2012 by

A May 31 story by Sarah Childress on the Frontline website is titled, “It’s Getting Easier to Fly Drones in the U.S.” The story links to a few videos posted by the Mesa (Arizona) County Sheriff’s Office showing how they... Continue Reading →

Jason, John and Dean Boyd

Saying goodbye to a mentor

Posted on May 20th, 2012 by

I was sitting in the terminal building in Orlando on my way home from SUN ’n FUN when my cell phone rang. “Meg, this is Peggy Boyd…” she began. Peggy is the wife of Dean Boyd, my friend and aviation mentor... Continue Reading →


Wanna go for a ride?

Posted on May 17th, 2012 by

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — Whenever someone asks…”Do you wanna go for a ride?”… I hope your default answer is yes. AeroMark‘s Thomas Hoff grabbed my elbow, pointed at Addison Pemberton’s Boeing Model 40C on his ramp and asked, “You wanna... Continue Reading →

The seven recipients of the Master Pilot Award at Sun ’n Fun: Richard Farmer, LeRoy Brown, James Ray, Walter Schamel, Rock Rockcastle, John Leidenheimer, and Martin Sobel.

Much ado about nothing

Posted on May 13th, 2012 by

LeRoy Brown should hate me, but he doesn’t. He should at least be mad at me, but he isn’t ­— and for that I’m eternally grateful. You see, I met LeRoy in the worst of circumstances for an editor. We... Continue Reading →

Maryland and Chicago TFRs carry tough words

Posted on May 2nd, 2012 by

If you plan to fly anywhere near Thurmont, Maryland (May 18-19) or Chicago (May 19-21) be very careful. Thurmont is playing host to a G-8 Summit while a NATO Summit will be Chicago. Flight Advisory’s for Thurmont and Chicago events... Continue Reading →

Jennifer Julian

Charmed lives are chosen

Posted on April 30th, 2012 by

Our choices can lead us to amazing destinations…or nowhere. “This kind of flying,” was Bill Langdon’s answer to my asking, “What kind of flying do you mostly do?” We’d just lifted off from the back country mountain strip at the... Continue Reading →


‘FIFI’ dustup leaves more questions

Posted on April 25th, 2012 by

The truth is out there… somewhere. Last week, a proposed amendment to the House’s National Defense Authorization Act caused a bit of a firestorm. The proposed amendment from Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio) would “bar the Department of Defense from loaning or gifting... Continue Reading →

MMA and Cylinders?

Posted on April 8th, 2012 by

Leave it up to the good folks in at San Antonio-based ECi to write a post for their website titled, “Cage Fighting for Cylinders“. In the post, ECi’s Tim Moreland acknowledges that “ECi has gotten a black eye for some... Continue Reading →

Performers donated $250K, how much did you ‘donate’?

Posted on April 3rd, 2012 by

At a closing day media briefing, Sun ’n Fun president John ‘Lites’ Leenhouts said airshow performers donated $250,000 worth of performances to the fly-in this year. Lites was a few minutes late to the media briefing because he was thanking performers... Continue Reading →

Trust but verify

Posted on April 2nd, 2012 by

I wonder if the insurance industry will accept a “driver’s license” medical should the AOPA/EAA petition for exemption of a 3rd class medical succeed. After all, just because the FAA says I don’t need a medical to operate a Cessna... Continue Reading →