Patrick Romano of Backcountry Aviation also sent us a great collection of backcountry photos for our upcoming Special Focus on Backcountry Flying in our March print issues, including this photo, which depicts a Husky and Maule M7 enjoying a brief ray of sun in the Idaho backcountry. [Read more…]
Joe Gutierrez of Kingman, Arizona sends in this advice: The best flight training tool is to commit yourself 100% to learning how to fly without reservation. To say you want to is not enough. You have to commit yourself. [Read more…]
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…]
What flight training tools do you use (online courses/videos, sim time, DVDs, etc.)? What advice would you give someone who hasn’t started their training yet to help them keep down the costs and improve the quality of their training?
How do you stay current? What training/currency tools are most effective and why?
Richard Rain sent in this photo of Adrian Petasis, who is 13 years old and dreams of flying for the Navy.
Richard, who has been mentoring Adrian for the past six months, says the teen tries to fly with him as much as possible.
As part of the FAA’s Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control Accidents national safety campaign, FAA officials are releasing tutorials on various topics that will help prevent Loss of Control (LOC) accidents. The latest topic is best glide speed. [Read more…]
Two Greenville, S.C., pilots have joined forces to create a new group for minority pilots called Southeast Aviators.
While a relatively new pilot — he got his private ticket in April — Theron Burton has been fascinated with flight since he was a child. A ride in a neighbor’s plane when he was just 12 ignited the fire for him to finally pursue his certificate last year.
But he noticed one thing at the airport: There weren’t a lot of other minority pilots. [Read more…]
Flying Again is the creation of Jason Schappert, his wife and business partner, Ashley Schappert, and director, John Ellis. There is a whole long list of other contributors who brought this feature-length movie to fruition, and all of them deserve their time in the sun. I encourage you to read the credits carefully when you see the movie. And yes, I expect you will see it. If you’re lucky, you’ll see it more than once.
Unlike most Hollywood productions that use aviation as a backdrop for political intrigue, romantic liaisons, or blowing up everything in sight, Schappert and his crew have done something truly unique and satisfying. They’ve made a movie that shows exactly how diverse the general aviation marketplace is and successfully exposes our individual weaknesses for what they are — common issues that can be remedied fairly easily.
“If you like airplanes, you need to be watching this movie,” says Schappert. [Read more…]