2020

Twenty-twenty. The importance of vision in a momentous year. Because I didn’t have twenty-twenty vision, I was never going to be able to fly for the airlines. Although things have changed for the better in the last forty-five years since

Posted in Rants

Pilot Christmas

What to get the pilot in your life for Christmas Well, even though I don’t own one (just can’t seem to drink Steve Jobs’ Kool-Aid), an iPad would be great … but then, of course, you’ve gotta buy your pilot

Posted in Ramblings

What Happens When You Start an Airplane

A very simplified, non-technical discussion Did you ever wonder what happens when you go to start an airplane? Let’s assume a standard General Aviation airplane, like a Cessna 172, or a Piper Cherokee, or any number of types, or those

Posted in Training Topics

Logbook Highlights

Herein you will find, eventually, a series of tales about people with whom I’ve flown: Logbook Highlights from 44 years and 11,500 hours of flying. The reason you’re reading just these few words is that, if you read the post

Posted in Personalities

WTF

I’ve got nothing this month. I had nothing last month. There are a couple of reasons. First (and this will make a short story a whole bunch longer – imagine – Have we met? I do tend to run on,

Posted in Ramblings

How To Save a Botched Landing in a Tailwheel

Dan and I were working to get him current in the club Citabria, 901T, on Monday, 22July2019. Immediately below you’ll find Dan’s recounting of the incident, and then you’ll get to read why it was all my fault “After about

Posted in Training Topics

Skye

Our thirteen year old Golden Retriever, Skye, left us on 30May2019. She was the sweetest, smartest, most loving dog anyone ever knew. I can’t write about her because the tears start flowing and splash on the desk. I’ll share some

Posted in Whimsy

Why Don’t You Do Right?

A long, long time ago, the brilliant vocal artist, Billie Holiday, sang: “Why don’ t you do right Like some other men do?” At the time, Billie was singing to an unfaithful lover. She didn’t realize, then, that she was

Posted in Rants

Deadline

Reference Heading This month’s blog was supposed to be about the above-named topic “reference heading”. I started it earlier in April, then life, etcetera, got in the way and, well, I’ve run out of time. I’ll get to “Reference Heading”,

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Finesse

I’ve flown with a couple of pilots lately who had been away from flying for a while. One was a former instrument student who hadn’t done any instrument work in a few years. The other was a private pilot who

Posted in Training Topics