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How I Became a Flight Instructor – Part I

This rather long, two-part journey begins with how I first met Martha and John King. I was at a restaurant, Thee Bungalow, for a party of some sort back in 1995. I ran into Ron James at the party. Ron

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Stephen Aloysius Daly

Stephen Aloysius (O’)Daly This being February, it draws to mind me late, sainted Oirish Fadder, Stephen Aloysius Daly, whose 95th birthday we celebrate at the end of this month. I don’t often reminisce – okay, I do – but I

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My Wife’s First Solo

You never know how you’ll react when a loved one solos an airplane. When you’re an instructor, the event becomes even more complicated intellectually and emotionally. Here’s a story for you. For a while I was Laurel’s instructor, but then

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“Who Did You Have Lunch With?”

If you could have lunch with anyone in aviation history, living or dead, who would you choose? The Wright Brothers, of course, would be high on anyone’s list. Charles Lindbergh? Without a doubt. Amelia Earhart? I’d find it fascinating. Who

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Oshkosh Redux

Your first trip to Oshkosh, the world’s greatest aviation celebration, is an eye opener, a jaw dropper. My first was in 2005 as a grunt for King Schools – whilst I was stuck in the booth most of the time,

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Lex Lefon

  I lost a friend last year.  We’re pilots. Sometimes we lose friends. John King once said, “As a pilot, you get to know a lot of dead people.” As we all know, that is too true. This friend was

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Things I think I think

I’ve been known to ramble on (and ramble on and ramble on) about flight training topics, and blog-writing can, in some hands, become a pompous self-indulgence. I’ll try to ramble as little as possible in these posts and become as

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