Pilot shortage: Where’d all the pilots go?

Professional pilot Erika Armstrong asks — then answers — that question in a recent blog post at DisciplesofFlight.com. The problem, she says, comes down to respect and pride. “The aviation industry begs for leaders who recognize the balance required between honoring this glorious industry, while still making enormous amounts of money. It can be done, but not with a ruler and discipline. It will be done with respect, pride and profit. Bring back the pride and you will bring back the pilots.”

Wing hits fuel dock

The pilot was taxiing the Cessna 172N to the fuel pump after he landed at Tell City, Ind., when he turned his focus away from making sure the left wing was clear of the fuel dock. Consequently, the left wing hit the dock and sustained substantial damage.

The NTSB determined the probable cause as the pilot’s failure to maintain adequate clearance from an obstruction while taxiing.

NTSB Identification: CEN13CA452

This July 2013 accident report is are provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.

Trying to reason with thunderstorm season


Welcome to the first of what is planned to be a monthly installment about pilots. We’ll look at how well they aviate, how poorly, and how they can do better. We’ll pick apart news items affecting them, and also have some thoughts about their future.

It’s that time of year in the Northern Hemisphere, when warmer temperatures easily translate into thunderstorms, making them much more prevalent.

With that in mind, a friend called the other day to pick what’s left of my brain on how to plan an upcoming cross-country. And by “cross-country,” I mean crossing the country: He’s based in the Pacific Northwest, and has business in South Carolina. He’ll be flying a fixed-gear Cessna single. [Read more…]

Couple using SocialFlight for airport wedding

Jeff Praskac and Kim Geczi in front of the B-29 'FIFI'.

Jeff Praskac and Kim Geczi will be married at Solberg Airport (KN51) on Friday, July 17, at 5 pm. The couple is using SocialFlight to organize as many pilots as possible to bring aircraft to the airport as a wonderful “aviation backdrop” for the wedding.

When Jeff and Kim decided to get married, the couple knew that aviation would have to be a part of their celebration.  They decided that the perfect location was where Jeff has been a flight instructor for the past two years.  [Read more…]