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…]
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…
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…]
Education is a hot button issue in any election year. Yet it never gets any better, no matter what we’re promised.
It’s my impression the electorate merely wants to hear someone make a promise, even if it’s an empty one. They’re looking for a cheerleader. Somebody to toss out platitudes and catch-phrases that give the impression something positive will come from their candidacy.
Truthfully, it’s unreasonable and unrealistic to think somebody located hundreds or thousands of miles from your home can have a profound impact on the ability of any given teacher to educate any given classroom full of students.
What our national system of education lacks is both simple, and relatively inexpensive. Yes, it is. [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…]
One of the most enjoyable aspects of my work revolves around the ability to take others aloft in a bright yellow and black Reimagined Cessna 152.
The airplane is pretty much a stock C-152, not much different than those you’ve probably logged time in. What separates the airplane I fly from the one you flew is the complete refurbishment of the Reimagined C-152 at the Aviat facility in Afton, Wyoming.
Yes, it’s true. Everything actually works in the Reimagined I fly. The paint is fresh, the panel has no open holes where an instrument used to be, there are no “inop” labels taped to their faces. It’s as close to a new airplane as you can get. [Read more…]
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Colorado Mesa University and Western Colorado Community College will launch a new associate degree program designed to prepare students for a career in aviation this fall. [Read more…]
I’ve never really understood why it’s true, but people seem to like lists for some reason. They’re forever buying magazines and clicking on hot links that will take them to The Top 3 Retirement Destinations in America, or The Top 5 Cars For 2016, or The Top 10 Reasons You Should Shop at Ralph’s.
It’s enough to drive a man to distraction.
I’m a team player, though. I can be flexible when the situation calls for it. So here I go, getting all flexible, playing ball, and basically giving in to the appetite of the crowd. So here, I offer you my Top 5 Reasons to Get Airborne. Go ahead and see how my list stacks up against yours. [Read more…]