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…]
GlobalAir.com blogger Tori Williams just posted “10 Comments Pilots are Tired of Hearing.”
Some of those include: “You must be so rich!” “Will you fly me to Florida?” “You aren’t a real pilot until you fly tailwheel,” “I didn’t know women could fly!” and “I could never do what you do. Flying is SO unsafe.”
Check out her full post here, then comment below on what you’re tired of hearing…
Pilots have many popular sayings we share among ourselves and with others.
They result from a desire to impress non-pilots with our “daredevil” spirit and how we “conquer” the mystique of flying, sprinkled with a certain fatalism.
I’m thinking of things like, “The only time you can have too much fuel is when you’re on fire,” or “Any landing you can use the airplane again is a great one.”
As if airplanes catch fire all the time or the outcome of my landings always is in doubt. Okay, maybe the last one has some merit. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Goldwater Institute has asked the United States Supreme Court to hear its case against the FAA for shutting down Flytenow, a start-up business that uses the Internet to connect private pilots with passengers wishing to share flight expenses.
Flytenow expands on “sharing economy” services that companies like Uber and Airbnb have popularized — websites or mobile applications allowing consumers to connect directly with private service providers.
Flytenow passengers do not pay for tickets or for the pilot’s time; instead, they share fuel and fee costs with the pilot. If the Court hears the case, it would be the first sharing-economy case to be considered, according to officials with the Goldwater Institute. [Read more…]
I am a Certificated Flight Instructor. I’m proud of that fact. [Read more…]
David Baldwin sent in this photo, noting: “Ahhh…enjoying a large mug of Java while out for a nice early morning flight, flying over the Eklutna hydro electric plant 34 miles northeast of Anchorage, Alaska, that began operation around 1954. [Read more…]
Flight Safety in the Drone Age (FSDA) has been released by the Aviators Model Code of Conduct Initiative’s Permanent Editorial Board.
The publication offers voluntary guidance to advance the safety of flight when operating near unmanned aircraft also known as drones or remotely piloted aircraft (RPA). [Read more…]