Archive for July, 2012

Photo of the Day: Sunset flight

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Sunrise or sunset, which is your favorite time to fly? Or is any time the right time? This sunset photo shoot captures a Lancair IV-P.–Jill W. Tallman

Pilots who teach you how not to be

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

I love flying with other pilots because I always learn something from them. Whether it is an especially smooth radio communication style, a conscientious adherence to checklist usage, or simply confidence in the cockpit, these are pilots I like to emulate.

Then there are those pilots who teach you how you don’t want to be. Thanks to YouTube we have a front row seat (or right seat, if you will) to these individuals’ antics, because everybody has a cell phone with a camera.

The most recent YouTube debut is a gentleman whose behavior toward a New York Center air traffic controller has to be heard to be believed. As a bit of background, he’s on an instrument flight in some very busy airspace. Unfortunately for him, and fortunately for us, we can listen to the whole episode. The YouTube poster even provided captioning for the sometimes-hard-to-understand exchange.

Have you ever witnessed (or overheard) pilot behavior you knew you didn’t want to copy? Please share in the Comments section.—Jill W. Tallman

Photo of the Day: Cub love

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

With some of the world’s best aviation photography at our disposal, it’s time to share a little with our blog readers.Today’s photo of the day is a nod to Meredith Tcherniavsky and Dana Holladay, who are flying the lower 48 in their vintage Cub. They launched on July 1 and you can follow their progress on their website, on Facebook, and on Twitter.—Jill W. Tallman