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Flight Simulation Conference in Munich, Germany

, March 27th, 2012

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This past weekend saw me hop on a regional jet from Amsterdam to Munich in Germany, to attend the Aerosoft Conference held in the city's wonderful aviation museum, the Flugtwerft. Aerosoft is one of the world's foremost developers and distributors of flight simulation (add-on) software and organizes this conference every year, now  for the 10th time already. Although it is not as big and famous as the 'Dutch FS Weekend', it is surely worth visiting. If not for finding out news about the 'hobby' then at least to meet with some of the major companies in the industry and meet with developers and other enthusiasts face to face.

And as I have explained many times before, aviation and flightsimming IS the same for many people. The passion is the same, the goal is pretty much the same too. Read More >>

Ignorance is . . . well, ignorance

, July 15th, 2009


CBS Story Screen Grab

CBS Story Screen Grab

CBS Evening News ran a report by Sharyl Attkisson on Monday titled Tiny Airports Get Big Cut of Stimulus Cash.  You can check it out at

A half-researched and poorly-understood effort by an editorial team that doesn’t understand the subject matter that it’s covering.  And doesn't seem to care.  And, most disturbingly, it appears not to matter to these folks that the public is likely to take the reporting at face value despite the inaccuracies and innuendo.  This is, after all, CBS News.  I heard once that Walter Cronkite spent some time there.  I could be wrong. Read More >>

CBS News Airport Story Misses the Mark

, July 15th, 2009

Airports are like gardens. If you don't water the plants, clean out the weeds, and avoid walking on the tulips, they will die. Airports need care, and that means they need money to keep them running and safe. There is evidence of this as one airport after another closes. Here is the basic pattern: The airport is neglected, the runways crack, the land becomes an eyesore and the community says "let's build a mall instead." That is why the recent CBS Evening News report that cast a critical eye on stimulus money going to small, general aviation airports was off the mark. Read More >>

“A Pilot’s Story” discovers the Magical World of Lighter than Air Flight

, July 6th, 2009

I recently had the great pleasure of meeting Kevin Knapp, the Mayflower Transit hot air ballon corporate pilot.  I was introduced to Kevin through our good friends Col. Joe Kittinger and his lovely wife Sherry.


FAA’s new runway safety videos

, April 22nd, 2009

Someone has sent the FAA to film school.

As someone who has spent his career in television production, I can tell you that I was pleasently surprised by the FAA's new runway safety videos.  You may have received the dvd from AOPA.  I recommend watching it.  Not only will the short programs provide you with valuable safety information, they feature excellent aerial video.  They are well shot, well written, and well hosted. Read More >>

TSA Large Aircraft Security Program

, January 21st, 2009

Sorry for not keeping everyone posted about the TSA's public hearing.  Due to the nasty weather, slippery roads, and delayed trains, I was not able to make it out to Chicago.  I did however write a short essay about the matter and submitted it electronically as a public comment.  I am also going to send a letter to my local congressman about the issue.  Below is my reasoning why the TSA's Large Aircraft Security Program is a bad thing: Read More >>

Sticking it to the Man

, January 15th, 2009

It’s not very often we have our opinions on government-related things heard.  It is even more rare that anything is done about an opinoin.  I feel very lucky and excited to be able to share my opinion to not only other people  but to express it to people who can do something about it.  On Friday morning, I will be heading to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Chicago to attend a public hearing regarding the TSA’s new security program for “large aircraft” and the airports that host them.   Read More >>

Backlash on CEOs Jet Use May Hurt Aviation Industry

, December 22nd, 2008

Ok, it wasn’t so smart for the CEOs of the automakers to fly to Washington on their pricey corporate jets.  However, the subsequent backlash about the use of private aviation will end up doing what Congress is trying to avoid: cost jobs. Read More >>

A Spiffy LSA Lands on Long Island

, December 22nd, 2008

Following up on my recent post on the Flight Design CT, we take a look at another light sport aircraft, the SportCruiser.

I ventured out to Mid Island Air at Brookhaven Airport (HWV) on Long Island, NY because it now offers the Sportcruiser. The Sportcruiser is one of several LSAs made in the Czech Republic, which is to LSAs like Milwaukee is to Beer. They make a lot of them.  Read More >>

Discovery Channel: What Happened to Steve Fossett?

, December 2nd, 2008

Of the great aviation mysteries in the world there are two that, up until recently,  remained the most enduring: “What Happened to Amelia Earhardt” and “What Happened to Steve Fossett.”  Earhart is still missing.  The Fossett mystery has been solved. Read More >>