Airplanes don’t kill people, people do

Posted on February 23rd, 2010 by

In his blog at the Huffington Post, Jeff Schweitzer notes that “At the very moment crazed kamikaze pilot Joseph Stack plowed his airplane into an IRS building in Austin, Texas, propaganda machinery in suspended animation instantly sprang back to life... Continue Reading →

Something new: Fly a Hang ‘Copter

Posted on February 22nd, 2010 by

I readily admit to being a hang glider pilot at heart. After flying several hundred airplanes, I still consider flying a hang glider to be perhaps THE purest way to fly. I’ve always said that if I could just snap... Continue Reading →

The year of engagement

Posted on February 11th, 2010 by

It takes more than alphabet groups speaking up to teach opinion leaders and decision makers about GA — it takes each pilot and aircraft owner stepping up and becoming actively engaged with their community leaders. “As I see it, some... Continue Reading →

Flight Design unveils upgraded LSA

Posted on February 9th, 2010 by

Flight Design unveiled an upgraded model of its CTLS Light Sport Aircraft at the U.S. Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, late last month. The deluxe CTLS comes with with a loaded instrument panel, a longer engine life, and an upgraded... Continue Reading →

Career advice from the cockpit

Posted on February 7th, 2010 by

Air Force Lt. Col. Rob “Waldo” Waldman, the best-selling author of “Never Fly Solo: Lead with Courage, Build Trusting Relationships and Reach New Heights in Business,” never expected to find a business lesson in the cockpit of an F-16 jet... Continue Reading →

Collier Trophy nominees named

Posted on February 3rd, 2010 by

The National Aeronautic Association has released the list of nominees for the 2009 Robert J. Collier Trophy, as well as the names of those individuals who will serve on the Collier Trophy Selection Committee. The nominees are: Aircell, Ares 1,... Continue Reading →

Controllers want to know about FAA realignment of air control facilities

Posted on January 28th, 2010 by

A special committee of the National Air Traffic Control Association wants to dissect and review the FAA’s plan to split and/or close Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facilities from their accompanying airport control towers in many locations and move those... Continue Reading →

RIP: Will 94 UL be DOA?

Posted on January 26th, 2010 by

Here is a thought experiment about the future of avgas.  The conclusion is fairly obvious if you do the numbers: The US consumed somewhere around 135 billion gallons of auto fuel in 2009.  The last annual figures I have are... Continue Reading →

The importance of the human element

Posted on January 25th, 2010 by

By THOMAS CHIDESTER and CARLA HACKWORTH We have all experienced moments where we are left scratching our heads trying to figure out “what just happened?” Have you ever been distracted while taxiing? Have you ever planned your flight, checked weather,... Continue Reading →

Tips to avoid landing gear corrosion

Posted on January 25th, 2010 by

Due to its location and exposure to the elements, landing gear is highly susceptible to corrosion, note officials with Duncan Aviation. Water, dirt, debris and foreign objects, acting as electrolytes and producing a corrosive environment, can lead to landing gear... Continue Reading →