Your connection with the sky

The Traffic Pattern

, January 29th, 2009
The Traffic Pattern

Some people may be quite confused when I use the terms downwind, final, or base. These terms come from a common flight path around an airport called the traffic pattern. Read More >>

….. but (sim)life continues….

, January 28th, 2009

I hope you have read my previous post, titled 'A Monumental Error', about the demise of the Flight Simulator development group at Microsoft aka ACES Studio. There you can read about the 'state of shock' most veteran flightsimmers are in. And as I already alluded to, many of those people are pilots in real life as well, and quite a number of them only started thinking about flying a real aircraft after having met aviation through their PC and MS Flight Simulator. Read More >>

A Monumental Error

, January 28th, 2009

That's what I call the closure of the ACES Studio at Microsoft last week. Among the 1400 employees laid off in Redmond was the entire staff bar 6 of the 100+ Microsoft Flight Simulator (and Train Simulator) crew. That basically puts a stop to 27 years years of continuous development of one of the world's most well-known programs and the 'icon' of the flight simulation industry. Read More >>

It’s Warmer in Sebring: Light Sport Aviation Expo

, January 26th, 2009

With another week of temperatures in the teens in New York, I figured there was little excuse not t o spend a few days in South Florida, especially since it involved airplanes. Read More >>

Take Charge of Your Training

, January 26th, 2009

I harp on a lot of things, but this is one of the more worthy ones.  Take charge of your training!

I see so many people just wander aimlessly into flight schools for lesson after lesson with no clear idea of what they’re supposed to have learned by the time they wander back out and no clear idea of when they’ll become a certificated pilot (or get that additional rating, etc.).  Read More >>

Enjoying Aviation Away from the Airport

, January 21st, 2009

Every pilot would love to spend more time in the cockpit than in front of the computer monitor. Depending on where you live it can become very challenging to log a consistent number of hours during the winter. Here in Chicago we have had several weeks of freezing weather with high winds and snow that have made it difficult to add time to the logbook. 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 >>

Let’s Not Forget the Co-Pilot and Flight Attendants

, January 21st, 2009

My office window is along 10th Avenue in Mahattan-- which last Thursday put my and my co-workers in perfect view of something that looked quite out of place... a commercial airliner bobbing in the water.

By now, the story of the US Airways jet that took off from LGA, had an unfortunate encounter with some birds, and then a miracle landing on the Hudson River, is well known. Read More >>

Training in the Cold – Great Performance and Important Experience

, January 21st, 2009

C-172RG in the snow

It’s January!  If you’re me, that means that the year-end slog as a commercial lawyer is over and I can get back into the cockpit, knock off the rust, and start flying again in earnest. Many people, especially student pilots and especially student pilots in northern climes, don’t realize that cold weather can be great weather for flying.  Let’s talk a little bit about why. Read More >>

“Patience is virtue”…and frustrating too!

, January 15th, 2009

Hey I'm back!

I haven't gotten a chance to blog in a while because I went three whole weeks without a lesson; I experienced serious withdrawal! Flying must be an addiction. But anyways, so I went up twice this week, Monday and Wednesday. Read More >>