Your connection with the sky

Pilot Paths: Aerial Survey Pilot

, December 30th, 2008

When you think of a "commercial pilot", the image that most people think of is a professional pilot who flies for one of the major airlines.  However the truth is, that when you become a pilot and obtain your FAA commercial pilot certificate, you open a door to many pro pilot careers; a career such as working as an aerial survey pilot. Read More >>

Unfinished Business – Picking Up Where You Left Off

, December 29th, 2008

C172s on the ramp at Tradewinds Aviation (KPTK)

Today, I talk to a huge chunk of the would-be pilot population. Those who have some time at the controls but have stopped training for whatever reason.

Hey, I’m with you. Read More >>

AOPA’s Cirrus Sweepstakes

, December 29th, 2008

AOPA has announced that its 2009 "Let's go Flying"  sweepstakes winner will take home a 2005 Cirrus SR22.  Read here for the details.

I have long said the Cirrus is like Apple Computer.  Anyone who owns and loves Macs knows what I'm talking about. Cirrus builds innovative, great-looking products that push technology.  Cirrus blends form and functionality.  Read More >>

Get yourself some rudder pedals!

, December 23rd, 2008

CH Products pedalsBarry Schiff’s recent article (page 40 of the AOPA magazine Jan 2009 issue) titled ‘flat-footed flying’ had me thinking. Barry’s story is about a pilot who doesn’t use his feet, i.e. doesn’t use his rudder – in flight. As it turns out his instructors taught him not to.

Barry was pretty miffed with this, as I can imagine, but it happens more often, I can tell you. I too had an instructor once who told me I didn’t need to keep my feet on the rudder pedals/brakes ‘because the plane turns by itself’. It did too, indeed, but obviously less efficient than while keeping the ball centered, as is the norm. 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 >>

My Very First Solo

, December 22nd, 2008

On my drive home from the airport, I was trying to create some clever way to disguise my big accomplishment but I was too distracted by the feeling of logging Pilot in Command time that I simply couldn’t focus on cleaver writing strategies. 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 >>

Wind, Wind, and More Wind

, December 16th, 2008

Saturday was supposed to be a nice calm day.  One where Dana and I could work on some light crosswind landings and maybe even get me up in the air solo.  Although I am bummed I didn’t get to get to solo, it was definitely the right decision.  I got to the airport around nine ready to work out some crosswind landings but instead got a nasty surprise.  Read More >>

Cleared for Adventure!

, December 16th, 2008

Tupper on the ramp with a C-172

Greetings! I’m delighted to post this, the first of my entries for AOPA’s Let’s Go Flying blog.

This first post is a little longer than I expect the average post will be, but hey, we're getting to know each other. Read More >>

Stage Check? Wowww.

, December 15th, 2008

Hey everyone. How' s it going? I learned something new the other day about flying that I was not expecting to have to do: Write. My instructor "surprised" me one day with the Stage Check Packet consisting of a several papers of information I had to know and fill out before I could solo. WHOA, WHAT IS THIS?! Read More >>