Your connection with the sky

Flight Simulation: a beginning

, December 15th, 2008

Hello dear readers,

My name is François A. Dumas, aka 'Navman', and despite my French name I am born and living in The Netherlands, with a little 'pied à terre' in the French Alps, near 'my' airfield. I am one of the European AOPA members and was invited to help get more people 'into the air' as it were. Although I am a pilot and a 50-year long aviation nut I don't have a current license, but I have something else to bring to the table: I have been involved (and am now even professionally so) with flight simulation for over 30 years!. Read More >>

LSA’s Sales Strong, VLJs Making Comeback?

, December 15th, 2008

In the midst of the economic doldrums, which includes much of the aviation industry, two interesting pieces of news last week give hope to the pilot poluation.

The first comes from Light Sport guru, Dan Johnson.  For those who don't read Dan's blog, I highly recommend it.  Dan reports that LSA sales remain relatively strong, even as the general piston market slows (that's being kind).  Read More >>

Professional Pilot Path: Corporate Pilot

, December 12th, 2008

Hi!  This is my first post here at AOPA's Let's Go Flying blog and I thought I would start with a simple introduction.

Where to start?  Well, my name is Paul and I am a flight instructor and corporate pilot from Dayton, Ohio.  I am 30 years old and started flying when I was 18, which gives me 12 wonderful years of flying professionally.  As my AOPA biography states, I have been very fortunate, in those 12 years, to try on many different pilot "hats" while working in many different fields of the aviation industry. Some may call that job hopping, I call it experience :). Read More >>

A Dream Deferred No Longer

, December 10th, 2008

For 30+ plus years I have been an aviation enthusiast. I can often be found looking up at the sky for passing planes, going out of my way to drive by local airports and, of course, spending long days in the summer heat enjoying airshows. Since as early as I can remember I wanted to learn to fly but too often had some reason I could not pursue that dream. Four years ago I decided I had waited too long to pursue this life-long dream. Read More >>

Going up tomorrow

, December 9th, 2008

Hello everyone.  Just wanted to let everyone know that I will be going up tomorrow for a lesson with Dana.  I was hoping to go up today, but the snow is a little heavier than I originally thought.  Happy Flying

Evan Krueger

Frustrations? They can be overcome!

, December 2nd, 2008

I have run into my first, and only real road block as a student pilot: landings. In my opinion, this is the hardest part of the flying so far. But they are necessary to solo...which I really want to do soon since I just turned 16!  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 >>

Lesson 10: Stalls and Such

, December 1st, 2008

God do I love flying.  I got the opportunity to go up today despite a tight work schedule.  That is one thing I really love about flying at Westosha: their flexibility.  I talked to Dana last night about flying and he said that he would keep a slot open for me if I got the opportunity to go flying. I got to the airport, preflighted the plane, then returned to the flight office to brief on the days flight.  Today was all about stalls.  We focused on the most common situations where stalls occur: the traffic pattern. Read More >>