OKLAHOMA CITY — The Ninety-Nines and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) will award a $3,000 Karen Johnson Solo Scholarship to a young woman (age 16-20 at any time during the 2016 calendar year) who wants to learn to fly. [Read more…]
J. Michael Loomis, an aviation attorney in Fort Wayne, Indiana, offers this advice: “If you are going to be active in aviation, I recommend that you develop a relationship with an aviation attorney before you actually need one.
You’ll want to know who you will be able to call and how to reach them in the midst of a problem, such as when you receive a request over the radio that you “call the tower.” [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…]
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…]
CHICAGO – OpenAirplane, an online service that connects pilots to planes across the U.S. much like a rental car company, has secured $500,000 in seed funding from several investors in Chicago and abroad. The funds will help OpenAirplane hire more developers, accelerate growth, and build new products. [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…]
Paul Tomascik, a CFI from Ottawa, Ontario in Canada, shares this idea: “One of the easiest and most effective ways to practice system transitions in a plane that you are unfamiliar with or one that you’re rusty in is to take a picture of the panel with your iPad and chair fly with the screen-shot in front of you. It’s a great way to apply check-list flows and hone muscle memory skills for emergency procedures.
I just transitioned to a Super Decathlon and it is amazing how daily drills using this method make your cockpit commands more crisp.”
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…]