Your connection with the sky

Naked Airplanes: Inspections Keep GA Aircraft in Top Form

, March 5th, 2010

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Earlier this week, I snuck out of work early and met Don Weaver at Oakland County International Airport (KPTK) and took off for Ray Community Airport (57D), about 11 minutes away by Cirrus SR-22.

Don is the chief pilot for OptAir and, most importantly for me, is one of the aerobatic instructor pilots for the Acro Camp movie that I’m currently casting.  Don wanted to show me the Pitts S-2B that he’s lining up for the third and fourth days of the Acro Camp movie shoot. Read More >>

So Many Choices…Which Should I Buy?

, January 28th, 2010

Drifter on the beachWith great regret, I’ve decided to sell my Maxair Drifter and get another E-LSA. Fellow pilots have been urging me to “upgrade” for years. Many of them are frankly astonished that I’ve continued to fly my venerable Drifter, especially on such long distance flights. (Since 2000, I’ve made a long-distance flight each year; the shortest was two weeks and 2800 miles; the longest was seven weeks and 7500 miles.). Read More >>

Getting Involved with Your Local Airport

, October 27th, 2009

Oakland County International Airport (KPTK; "Pontiac")

As an aviation and aerospace podcaster, this is always a unique time of the year for me.  By now, airshow season in the northern United States is over and I usually have a huge pile of content from the season that I can sit back and really think about. 

It’s not that I don’t fly or go after great experiences in the winter (in fact, the Super D gets great hang-time on the hammerheads during the colder weather!), but the pace slows up a little.  Year-end stuff at work is going to keep me out of the sky to some extent and I’m not actively working on any particular rating again until spring.  Many of my fellow aviators and aviation enthusiasts are also scaling back a little, too. Read More >>

Wilco Films at AOPA Aviation Summit

, October 23rd, 2009

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Will and I are pleased to announce our participation in the first-ever AOPA Aviation Summit "GA at the Movies" Luncheon.

AOPA President and CEO Craig L. Fuller will kick off this exciting event by presenting the Joseph B. "Doc" Hartranft Award and the Laurence P. Sharples Perpetual Award to recognize each winner's contributions to general aviation.

During the three-course lunch, attendees will get a behind-the-scenes look at two aviation movies, "A Pilot's Story" and "Amelia."  Will & I will talk with Mr. Fuller about why we're making the film, what's surprised us about pilots, and the highs and lows of the production process. Read More >>

Hearts, minds . . . and lunch

, August 14th, 2009

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We’re all familiar with the broad efforts by AOPA, EAA, and others to promote general aviation to non-pilot constituencies.  Films like One-Six Right and the upcoming A Pilot’s Story tug at heartstrings.  And merely flying slowly over a neighborhood some severe clear Saturday morning could capture the imaginations of dozens of neighborhood kids. Read More >>

‘A Pilot’s Story’ AirVenture/Oshkosh 2009 recap

, August 12th, 2009

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The producers of the highly anticipated aviation film 'A Pilot's Story' screened the latest trailer of the production at the Fly-In Theater on July 31st at Oshkosh. The screening of the trailer took place before the evening's scheduled film 'X-15' and was well received buy the audience. 

Rico & Will were interviewed on stage by Skip Lehman of Mach 2 Management and discussed the making of the film (pictured above). Read More >>

Flying Cole

, August 4th, 2009

_MG_1178I’ve been a little quiet here on the blog, but with good excuse. I spent the last couple of keeps either getting ready for AirVenture Oshkosh or being there with tens of thousands of my best friends. But now I can take a little time to reflect on some of the experiences there.

I had the chance to fly a couple of aircraft at the show, the first of which was the Cessna Citation Mustang, Cessna’s single-pilot-certified, 340-knot, six-place very light jet (“VLJ”), and cover the experience for Airspeed.

It was a great demo. Jo Hunter, David Allen, and Rod Rakic shot all kinds of video and stills to supplement the cockpit audio I was recording up front. I’ll have audio and video episodes up soon and I’m excited about getting to the editing workstation. Read More >>

OSH is a Wrap– Air Show Soars in Weak Economy

, August 3rd, 2009

After a good shower and a night sleep, I have returned from what is the awe-inspiring, yearly event that is the EAA Convention in Oshkosh, WI.  Below is a quick video shot with my flip cam and edited on Final Cut.  Please forgive the shaky video, somewhat hack editing job, and lack of a story line. I would especially like to thank Cindy and George from womenfly.com for sharing their camping survival skills.

What was most impressive is that if you attended you might be forgiven for asking "what recession?"  The camp grounds were overflowing with tents and the flight line with spectators.

You can see the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUbRz-E7KbQ