Your connection with the sky

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 >>

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 >>

FAA’s new runway safety videos

, April 22nd, 2009

Someone has sent the FAA to film school.

As someone who has spent his career in television production, I can tell you that I was pleasently surprised by the FAA's new runway safety videos.  You may have received the dvd from AOPA.  I recommend watching it.  Not only will the short programs provide you with valuable safety information, they feature excellent aerial video.  They are well shot, well written, and well hosted. Read More >>

Diamonds in the sky

, April 17th, 2009

 This story is about my Diamond Distance flight from Sunspot near Alamogordo, NM to Alamosa, CO in a Nimbus 2C sailplane. Perhaps this narrative will give the reader a sense of the techniques and decision-making that goes into a cross country glider flight. There's nothing special about this flight - many pilots have gone farther and faster in lower performance gliders. The photo shows a plot of the flight log on a Sectional Chart. Cool colors mean the glider was losing altitude and warm colors mean it was gaining altitude. 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 >>

Sailplane racing

, April 2nd, 2009

Many glider pilots find enough challenge matching wits with nature for a few quiet, beautiful hours of soaring flight, but others have a 'Racing Gene'.  Air Racing has always been a dramatic part of aviation.  However, when racing sailplanes, there is a special tension involved - you have to go fast AND stay in the air. Read More >>