Your connection with the sky

Precision Aerobatics with the AeroShell Team

, July 6th, 2009

Tupper in AeroShell Formation

Ah, this summer gets better and better!  First the formation photo flight with Billy Werth at the Indianapolis Air Show.  And now, full-up formation aerobatics with some of the masters of the craft, the AeroShell Team. Read More >>

Love blooms at the airshow

, June 15th, 2009

When you get into aviation, it creeps into your blood and every part of you is somehow influenced by it. If you’ve ever spelled your name for a restaurant reservation using the phonetic alphabet, you know what I mean. Read More >>

Air-to-Air in a Pitts S-2C with Billy Werth

, June 10th, 2009

Tupper and Werth in Pitts S-2C

So I was out covering the Indianapolis Air Show this weekend.  Friday was media day and I showed up early to roam around and meet people and generally get a whiff of freshly-mown grass and recently combusted avgas and JP-8 jet fuel. Read More >>

A day with the Collaborators

, May 27th, 2009

First, we'd like to apologize for the infrequent blog entries.  Will and I have been on the road quite a bit filming exciting content for the upcoming film, A Pilot's Story. Read More >>

Flying the Pilotmaker: A ride in the USAF T-6A Texan II

, May 18th, 2009

Tupper in the T-6A 14 May 2009

For many of us, the initial thrill of aviation came from military aviation as it was portrayed in the movies and on television.   Read More >>

Knocking off the rust (and not hurling)

, April 29th, 2009

Tupper inverted in Super D

It’s been a long time since I flew aerobatics with any regularity.  Want to know how I know?  I was pretty green around the gills and ready to head back for pattern work after only about 20 minutes of aerobatics recently. Read More >>

The “A Pilot’s Story” Contest goes Live…

, March 18th, 2009

Tell us your pilot story for a chance to win prizes!

The producers of "A Pilot's Story" are pleased to announce the launch of the first contest in connection with the film. You now have an opportunity to have your own "Pilot Story" featured in the film if you are the "Grand Prize" winner of the contest.

A Pilot’s Story-A Documentary Capturing the Passion of Flight on Film

, February 18th, 2009

Wilco Films is producing the next big aviation documentary film called "A Pilot's Story". The film will feature Aviation Icons, Hollywood pilots, Astronauts, Aerobatic Champions, Commercial and Corporate pilots and a select number of General Aviation pilots.   Read More >>

Variety – The Spice of Flight (and Flight Training)

, January 9th, 2009

Tupper and Sutton in the Citabria

I was talking to airshow performer Greg Koontz about aerobatics and flight training as part of an episode of my podcast, Airspeed.  I saw Greg twice last year and he does everything from great aerobatics in a Super Decathlon to landing a Piper Cub on a moving pickup truck.  Read More >>

Aerobatic Training

, August 22nd, 2008

Aerobatic training makes you a better pilot - or so I've heard. Most would agree, I believe. Is it true? I've flown with quite a number of acro students over the years, and acro didn't make them all better, but what it did do was remove the unknown for them, as I like to think of it. Consider this - how could a pilot who has spun, looped, and rolled consider a 60 degree bank and 20 degree descent angle as an "unusual attitude?" You see my point. In aerobatics, all attitudes are normal; there are no unusual attitudes. But there are unusual sensations like being at the very top of a tail slide with the engine idling. You know that instant where you are no longer ascending and not yet descending? Yeah, that second where all the primary flight controls are absolutely useless as the airspeed is zero and you are literally along for the ride...eerily quiet.