Smitty Smith from FunPlacesToFly.com sent us this picture, with this note: “The runway behind me. You know the old saying, don’t you?” (In case you don’t, check below the picture…) [Read more…]
There are three basic types of people you meet in the typical FBO’s pilot lounge.
If you’ve read many of my columns for General Aviation News, it will not surprise you to learn I like hanging around FBOs and pilot lounges.
My enjoyment of this pastime stems from working as a lineboy at my local airport one summer and from, well, hanging around FBOs.
Each facility is different, of course, but there are certain similarities and “features” we’ve all come to expect at an FBO. [Read more…]
David Walker’s recent flight to Tampa to pick up two Angel Flight Southeast passengers was no ordinary mission.
On Oct. 27, the Ocala resident flew his Beechcraft Bonanza to transport Frank Steed and Liz Self home to Stuart, marking Walker’s 500th and 501st volunteer mission for the Air Charity Network Affiliate. [Read more…]
BRISTOL, UK —Digital Aviation has released a U.S. version of its IFR flight training app, Radio Navigation Simulator Pro.
The app provides a full USA IFR dataset containing all the Navaids, Airports and Fixes in the USA — 48 contiguous US states plus Alaska and Hawaii — derived from FAA/NFDC aeronautical data. [Read more…]
I came to flying later than many. In part because I was sort of a hippie kid more attracted to the idea of playing guitar professionally than suiting up as a member of the military.
And while those two paths might not seem mutually exclusive today, in the Viet Nam era they were often thought of as two distinct paths that never, ever intersected. Plus, I wasn’t too bright.
When I was young, I was so dumb, I actually believed that every pilot in the world was an active duty military pilot, or had been at one time. In my defense, I believed this because I had essentially been taught this as if it were true. I knew a pilot or two who were former military pilots, and they suggested and reinforced my errant belief fairly often. [Read more…]
By TOM DOUGLAS
Seventeen minutes without a heartbeat set Jim Poling off in a new and life-fulfilling direction.
“They say you can only survive 19 minutes with a shut-down heart, so it was a close call,” Jim related recently. “Even so, a stroke suffered on the operating table left me blind in one eye.”
The Canadian author had been living on borrowed time for more than 40 years – since the day when, as a 15-year-old, he’d been diagnosed with a congenital heart problem.
“It’s called aortic stenosis — a narrowing and stiffening of a main valve that controls blood flow from the heart,” he said. “I was told nothing could be done. Open-heart surgery was unheard of then. I’d have to learn to accept the situation.”
This medical finding was a double blow. Not only would Jim be living with a biological time bomb in his chest, his dreams of becoming a bush pilot like the legendary Wop May and Al Cheesman had just crashed-landed. [Read more…]
Pilots have many popular sayings we share among ourselves and with others.
They result from a desire to impress non-pilots with our “daredevil” spirit and how we “conquer” the mystique of flying, sprinkled with a certain fatalism.
I’m thinking of things like, “The only time you can have too much fuel is when you’re on fire,” or “Any landing you can use the airplane again is a great one.”
As if airplanes catch fire all the time or the outcome of my landings always is in doubt. Okay, maybe the last one has some merit. [Read more…]
The FAA should have titled the Practical Test Standards (PTS) replacement Pilot Certification Standards, not Airman Certification Standards (ACS).
Regardless what you think of the new standards for awarding (or earning) a pilot — see there it is — certificate, the title is wrong. [Read more…]