Your connection with the sky

The seaplane rating

, May 26th, 2009

Tupper with seaplane during training

It’s been something like 18 months since I completed what I consider to be my “core” training. By that, I mean the private pilot certificate and the instrument rating. The certificate and rating that make aviation practical and fun and give you the best initial set of capabilities. Read More >>

Help save a Skyraider !!!

, May 21st, 2009

.... from US Homeland Security paranoia, no less!

Yes, you know me from posting about flight simulator topics, but real aviation is also close to my heart, and more in specific the history of it, old planes and old airfields. Here's a story you have to hear if you have any fuel running through your veines..... and why else would you read an AOPA blog !!?? 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 >>

Night flying to PDX

, May 14th, 2009

On April 20th, I had to do a night operation in order to complete my training. I needed to do ten total takeoffs and landings at night as the sole manipulator of the flight controls. I first did eight takeoffs and landings with my instructor at my home airport. I completed the task without problems and then did the next two takeoffs and landings on a different night and at a different destination. I was required to fly at least 100nm roundtrip at night to move on with the training, so I flew from Independence State Airport (7S5) to Portland International Airport (PDX).


Pilots: Stop terrorizing the Capitol; The U.S Air Force is too busy frightening New Yorkers

, April 28th, 2009

It has happened again.

An evil-doer private pilot and his co-conspirator wife took an always-dangerous single engine Cessna and flew it right near, gasp, some monument in DC.  This resulted in a miltary response with F16s escorting the pilot out of the area.  Innocent pilots have been caught numerous times flying into the Capitol's restricted airspace.  It has always been accidental.  No any actual terrorist has been caught.  Face it, the only people terrorized in these incidents are the wayward pilots themselves.  There could be a terrible mistake one day and the government will have to answer for it. Read More >>

Flying Glass with the US Civil Air Patrol

, April 13th, 2009

CAP C-182T Nav III - PDF

Notice the cool primary flight display (or “PFD”)?  Notice the yoke just below it?  Notice that there’s no hand on the yoke? Read More >>

Flying mom

, March 30th, 2009

Steve and mom on the ramp at KSGJ

Every pilot wants to nail every takeoff, landing, maneuver, and radio call every time.  It’s just the way we are.  But when do you really, really want to get those things right?

When you fly mom.

An Oldie But Goodie: “Runway Zero-Eight”, the Original Airplane!

, March 20th, 2009

Long before the outrageous airline disaster movie-farce Airplane! had audiences rolling in the theaters laughing, there was the over-the-top serious thriller that inspired it.  A friend and collegue mailed me  Arthur Hailey's Runway Zero-Eight to read.  Hailey wrote a series of airplane disaster books, including Airport, which inspired the movie series. 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.

More interviews in Florida for A Pilot’s Story

, March 13th, 2009

The producers of A Pilot's Story just returned from a trip in Florida, driving over 1200 miles from Jacksonville to Tampa over a period of 6 days.  They conducted interviews with aviators such as Patty Wagstaff and Ret. Air Force Col. Joe Kittinger and many more notable aviation writers and professionals such as Amy Laboada, Jeb Burnside and James Wynbrandt. Read More >>