CHICAGO – OpenAirplane, an online service that connects pilots to planes across the U.S. much like a rental car company, has secured $500,000 in seed funding from several investors in Chicago and abroad. The funds will help OpenAirplane hire more developers, accelerate growth, and build new products. [Read more…]
Recently a friend asked me to help him prepare for a flying trip to Alaska. I said I would, using notes taken from my own 3,500-mile journey in a Cessna 172 from South Carolina to Fairbanks in July 2015.
Below is the information I provided, and if you are thinking about making an Alaska journey in the coming months, you should find it helpful. [Read more…]
Paul Tomascik, a CFI from Ottawa, Ontario in Canada, shares this idea: “One of the easiest and most effective ways to practice system transitions in a plane that you are unfamiliar with or one that you’re rusty in is to take a picture of the panel with your iPad and chair fly with the screen-shot in front of you. It’s a great way to apply check-list flows and hone muscle memory skills for emergency procedures.
I just transitioned to a Super Decathlon and it is amazing how daily drills using this method make your cockpit commands more crisp.”
Last week I attended a Focus on Education Breakfast held in the student center at Polk State College’s main campus in Winter Haven, Florida. On hand were members of the school board, administrators from the county’s school system, teachers, principals, politicians, community activists, and a smattering of students. [Read more…]
By GRANT BOYD
Why do you fly? If you have never been asked this, or asked yourself it, then you have quite a question to tackle.
I am sure that many pilots reasons are similar, but all of these aside, we can unanimously agree that flying is pretty cool. [Read more…]
Dan Vandermeer submits this “simple tip to help keep flight training consistent: I advise student pilots to routinely schedule three lessons ahead. [Read more…]
The Sport Air Racing League has offered open course cross-country speed air racing since 2007. All pilots and all fixed-wing propeller-driven aircraft are eligible to participate.
“Yes, any pilot can be an air racer,” organizers note. “The Sport Air Racing League offers a legitimate racing experience in a safe, fun and fair environment.” [Read more…]