Autumnal Equinox and Full Moons and Santa Ana’s

A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I was a bartender. I did it for a year or two in college (too many beers destroyed my retentive abilities so accuracy suffers), and for over a decade

Posted in Ramblings


A day in the life (of this flight instructor) (The title of this piece in no way references the 1967 song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and first played on the amazing album, “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club

Posted in Training Topics

Flying in Hawai’i

If you’re lucky, one day you’ll get to fly in Hawai’i. I had the opportunity for nearly a year and loved it. You would too. The temperatures are tropical (more in a minute), the clouds are usually benign, the skies

Posted in Whimsy

April Fool

A collection of flying speculations appropriate for the day. The Buffoon-in-Chief, Donald F (hmmmm … what could we think up for that middle initial?) Trump, appoints Rocket J Squirrel as FAA Administrator. When informed that Mr Squirrel was a fictional

Posted in Rants

Flight School vs Flying Club

Which is better? A Flight School, or a Flying Club. Perhaps we’ll venture a few guesses in this month’s blog.

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Cross Country Traffic Pattern – Redux

The topic of this month’s rant is the constantly annoying, logically unexplainable, incredibly expensive, sometimes dangerous, often unsafe, and bloody frkn stupid cross country traffic pattern. The 2016 version of the Airplane Flying Handbook, FAA-H-8083-3B, recommends flying a normal airport

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I’ve been actively involved in aviation since 1975, but I’ve been passionately engaged in aviation my entire life – or at least since my first airplane ride in a United DC-6 from Idlewild to San Francisco in 1952. That would

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Christmas Gift Flying Movies

It is our habit – Laurel’s and mine – on Thanksgiving Day to start watching all of the 25 or so Christmas movies we own. Our Thanksgiving tradition begins in the morning with pumpkin pie for breakfast – face it,

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Up until now, in the long, forlorn, misbegotten history of FAA, the agency has done exactly one good thing: ATIS. I mean, before whatever FAA genius (insert chuckle, guffaw or cackle, as appropriate to your own level of sarcasm/cynicism) decided

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Fall (such as it is) has arrived here in SoCal and a wise pilot might ponder a flight training plan for the upcoming winter weather. (Realize that “winter” here under SoCal Skies means four months of the spring-like conditions you’d

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