Margins of Safety: Avoiding Traffic Pattern Stalls looks at the various complexities of flying in the pattern, as well as the importance of avoiding distractions and focusing on stick and rudder skills. [Read more…]
Here’s an unsettling statistic. Of the thousands upon thousands of prospective pilots who begin flight training each year, approximately 80% give up before reaching their goal.
Yep, eight in 10 flight students throw in the towel, give up on their dream, and settle for living something less than the life they’d dreamed. [Read more…]
David Walker’s recent flight to Tampa to pick up two Angel Flight Southeast passengers was no ordinary mission.
On Oct. 27, the Ocala resident flew his Beechcraft Bonanza to transport Frank Steed and Liz Self home to Stuart, marking Walker’s 500th and 501st volunteer mission for the Air Charity Network Affiliate. [Read more…]
BRISTOL, UK —Digital Aviation has released a U.S. version of its IFR flight training app, Radio Navigation Simulator Pro.
The app provides a full USA IFR dataset containing all the Navaids, Airports and Fixes in the USA — 48 contiguous US states plus Alaska and Hawaii — derived from FAA/NFDC aeronautical data. [Read more…]
I came to flying later than many. In part because I was sort of a hippie kid more attracted to the idea of playing guitar professionally than suiting up as a member of the military.
And while those two paths might not seem mutually exclusive today, in the Viet Nam era they were often thought of as two distinct paths that never, ever intersected. Plus, I wasn’t too bright.
When I was young, I was so dumb, I actually believed that every pilot in the world was an active duty military pilot, or had been at one time. In my defense, I believed this because I had essentially been taught this as if it were true. I knew a pilot or two who were former military pilots, and they suggested and reinforced my errant belief fairly often. [Read more…]
By TOM DOUGLAS
Seventeen minutes without a heartbeat set Jim Poling off in a new and life-fulfilling direction.
“They say you can only survive 19 minutes with a shut-down heart, so it was a close call,” Jim related recently. “Even so, a stroke suffered on the operating table left me blind in one eye.”
The Canadian author had been living on borrowed time for more than 40 years – since the day when, as a 15-year-old, he’d been diagnosed with a congenital heart problem.
“It’s called aortic stenosis — a narrowing and stiffening of a main valve that controls blood flow from the heart,” he said. “I was told nothing could be done. Open-heart surgery was unheard of then. I’d have to learn to accept the situation.”
This medical finding was a double blow. Not only would Jim be living with a biological time bomb in his chest, his dreams of becoming a bush pilot like the legendary Wop May and Al Cheesman had just crashed-landed. [Read more…]