Stepping into the cockpit of the AL250 brought me back to the 1980s when I attended the University of North Dakota and flew countless hours in Frasca simulators. [Read more…]
In the business world, it doesn’t get any better than hearing a client is happy. Really happy. [Read more…]
Lately, I’ve had two images stuck in my head. The first is an Interstate highway overwhelmed by gridlock. The second is a graph of the population of the United States. [Read more…]
The 2018 SUN ‘n FUN fly-in ended much the same as it started…with a torrent of rain and wind. Those two weather features make any outdoor event rather untenable.
But as I was driving to Sarasota to see family on Monday after the fly-in closed early on Sunday, I found myself lost in thought. While the opening and closing days weren’t exactly what show organizers wanted, those days in between were among the best I’ve experienced at SUN ‘n FUN and reminded me of the poem The Dash. [Read more…]
“I thought your platform would help me figure out how introduce the following idea to my husband,” began the email that appeared in my email box on April 15.
“I’m just beginning in my quest to find flying lessons to give to him as a gift. He’s a semi-retired software engineer (I’ve got to tell you, the guy’s brilliant). He loves airplanes and helicopters, has sat in as a guest in a few co-pilot’s seats, has taken a few helicopter flights, and has done some hang-gliding. I know that learning to fly would enhance his/our retirement, and perhaps even lead to a new career for him. [Read more…]
On March 15 I opened my email and found the following message from Stephanie Smith: “Many years ago (2012 to be exact), my husband, Dennis, and I met you during the Minam Airlift, based in Joseph, Oregon, to deliver supplies to Minam Lodge. My husband was president of the Oregon Pilots Association at the time, a role Mary Rosenblum took over as a result of the organization’s normal election process. Mary took her love of general aviation, along with skills and experience from her life interests, and became one of the strongest, most knowledgeable advocates for general aviation I’ve ever known, in her role as president and beyond. [Read more…]
If you can break yourself away from the breathless stream of negative news that invades our collective inbox (digital and physical) it becomes rather easy to see all the good that is happening around us.
Don’t believe me? [Read more…]
I can’t imagine letting any of my kids fly an ultralight at 13 years old. And yet that is exactly what my parents let me do.
Granted, I grew up on an airport and had flown with my Dad for years by the time I was 13.
Training in the single-seat Robert B1-RD consisted of taxiing the length of our sleepy airpark runway. That was followed by lifting the tail, then flying a foot off the ground, then two feet…on and on until I could climb no higher and still land before the end of the 1,800′ runway. [Read more…]
What’s the point of carrying a handheld radio if you have one (or two) radios installed in your panel? For that matter, why carry a paper sectional chart if you have a fancy glass panel cockpit or an iPad running ForeFlight or FlyQ?
Besides common sense, what’s the point in having a backup to your primary system? [Read more…]