Complacency is insidious. It creeps in disguised as routine. “Been there, done that and I know how this will come out because I have done it so many times before.” That is the complacency trap and I was going to be the next one caught…
We all know about the $100 hamburger, but this is the tale of the $200 smoked chicken.
As pilots, we have a special place we can go to be alone and work on our most serious issues — the solitude of our airplanes.
A backup camera, like those used in today’s cars, could be a boon to pilots who fly taildraggers. A camera could add an extra layer of safety, especially at busy airports.
When the day comes that I should not fly any longer for medical reasons, I will tell my personal physician and quit flying. The FAA will play no part in my decision.
A Lazy 8 is not an extreme aerobatic maneuver, but is a bit of a thrill for a stodgy ho-hum pilot like me. I love to practice Lazy 8s because of the sensations in the seat of my pants and the challenge of making them near perfect.
If I am not flying a stable approach to final — and I now know what that looks and feels like — I automatically go-around. No more nervous approaches, fears, or anguish.
Flying Is the perfect combination of everything I love: Freedom, this great state and nation, technology, beauty, photography, practical and speedy travel, and socializing.
One reason American pilots are the freest in the world today is because the generations of pilots that came before us would have it no other way.
I think landings are like kissing a pretty girl.