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…]
On June 6, pilot Faisal Sultan will set off on an attempt to set a new world record circumnavigating the globe in a single engine aircraft within 26 days to raise awareness of international wildlife conservation and anti-poaching efforts.
It took four days flying from South Carolina to reach Fort Nelson, British Columbia, 283 miles up the Alaska Highway from its starting point at Dawson Creek. And more than 1,100 road miles — two good days of flying — remained to the end of the Highway at Delta Junction, Alaska.
My co-pilot, retired U.S. Army aviator Albert Finocchiaro, filed the flight plan from Fort Nelson to Watson Lake, Yukon Territory, on July 16 while I preflighted N3245G, my 1956 tailwheel Cessna 172. [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…]
Flying the same aircraft all the time can be boring after a while. It’s an affliction most aircraft owners share, though it’s not one to generate much sympathy from non-owners.
But after months and years flying the same familiar flivver, one begins to seek out new opportunities, different aircraft and even additional ratings. So it was for me recently. [Read more…]
A good new year’s resolution for a frugal pilot is to determine how much his or her flying habit REALLY costs.
No, not the number that you tell your significant-other (or the tax collector), the actual costs of owning or renting and flying an airplane. Calculating those costs annually is a good way to discover whether you’re getting the most for each dollar you spend on flying.
Knowing the numbers doesn’t mean that you’re going to dramatically cut back — in fact, it may mean you spend more on some expenses.
However, it does mean that you are focusing on value. Remember, a frugal pilot isn’t cheap. She or he seeks value, safety, and fun. [Read more…]
“Welcome to Cuba!”
With those warm words, my first Cuban contact, a thoroughly competent Havana Approach controller, vectored me for the ILS at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport. He handed me off with, “Contact tower 118.1, have a good stay.”
Meanwhile, airliners were holding in the clag offshore as five American single-engine airplanes slid down the glide slope on that hard-IFR morning.
Havana Tower’s first words were, “Welcome to Havana. Cleared ILS Runway 6, maintain 2,000 til established.” So much welcome already. I was going to like this place.
I liked it even better when 13,000 feet of runway lights and actual ground appeared out of the gloom at 800 feet. We’d had a heck of an hour-long ride from Key West, with heavy precip and impressive turbulence the whole way. [Read more…]
By KARIN LEPERI
Located six miles west of Lexington, Kentucky, the Blue Grass Airport (LEX) is a public airport including commercial, corporate and general aviation with an approach that arguably has to be one of the most scenic.
Where else in the world can you fly over rolling emerald hills and neatly manicured horse farms as you approach your runway? [Read more…]
Regardless of what they fly, where they fly, or how they feel about flying, there is one thing all pilots have in common.
We have a restriction that says we have to fly with a flight instructor now and again to demonstrate our proficiency. Most people think of that proficiency requirement as having to do with the ability to control the aircraft, exclusively. I’ll challenge that notion. [Read more…]