Flying is serious: Pilots don’t always have to be

Now available at Sporty’s are several humorous signs that show the light-hearted side of aviation. Patterned after vintage signs from the 1920s and 1930s, these three signs have a weathered, old-style look.

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My first plane

By EDWARD DOLEJSI

The overwhelming desire to buy a plane for the first timer can be the experience of a lifetime. The dream of owning my own plane, the search for the right one, and finally parting with my money, should have started my life in the pilots’ paradise.

Well, “should have” are the operative words here.

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Declare your independence: Fly cheap

There are two kinds of GA pilots in the world. The first group is the experienced pilot who wants to continue flying as often and for as many years as possible. A major deterrent to meeting that goal is cost. Renting an airplane at $100 an hour or more is difficult for many of us. And let’s face it, $100 per hour has become a pretty attractive rate in many parts of the country.

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Pilots still needed for study

The MITRE Corporation’s Center for Advanced Aviation System Development is still recruiting pilots for a study evaluating proposed changes to runway standards at general aviation airports. Pilots who participate can earn up to $250.

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Free eBook ‘How To Be A Pilot’ released

iFLYblog.com has released a new eBook that walks people through the process of getting their pilot’s license, step-by-step. Written by an experienced CFI, the free book is full of insider tips and techniques to set candidates up for success.

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Fractional ownership: Getting a piece of a high-end aircraft

Would you like to fly a well-maintained, newer airplane, but can’t afford to buy one just yet? Rather than back-burner this dream, you might want to consider fractional ownership.

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MITRE seeks pilots for runway visibility study

The MITRE Corporation’s Center for Advanced Aviation System Development is recruiting pilots for a study evaluating proposed changes to runway standards at general aviation airports.

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I do not consent to searches

When did American citizens give up Fourth Amendment rights just because they became pilots?

Over the past year, there have been numerous reports of searches of private aircraft without warrants. The accounts described by the pilots also suggest that insufficient cause was given by the law enforcement agencies conducting the searches. This is a disturbing trend.

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Reversed adventures

We have an agreement that if chores get too strenuous, projects get too overwhelming, or lists get too long, it’s time to hit the road. Sometimes, it’s just for the day, but every few weeks, we’ll do an overnighter, and every couple of months we do several days.

We don’t go far; maybe a few hours drive to a hiking trail that leads to the top of some grassy bald where we can gaze over beautiful scenery, clear our heads and go back home ready to finish some tedious task.

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Protect yourself from ‘get-there-itis’

By BRENT OWENS

It’s a fancy name for “get-there-itis” — plan continuation bias, which is an   unconscious cognitive bias to continue the original plan in spite of changing conditions — and it can be deadly for general aviation pilots.

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