Your connection with the sky

Bird Brains

, August 25th, 2009

The first would-be airmen tried to imitate bird flight with negligible success.  When aviation took it's own independent path, speeds quickly exceeded that of birds.

Sailplanes are an exception.  Their minimum airspeed is not much faster than the birds themselves.  Large birds like eagles can glide in formation with us.  That they often choose to do so is a matter of great delight for sailplane pilots.  Silent sailplanes seem to get a aerial welcome from soaring birds  that noisy airplanes don't enjoy. Read More >>

Hearts, minds . . . and lunch

, August 14th, 2009

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We’re all familiar with the broad efforts by AOPA, EAA, and others to promote general aviation to non-pilot constituencies.  Films like One-Six Right and the upcoming A Pilot’s Story tug at heartstrings.  And merely flying slowly over a neighborhood some severe clear Saturday morning could capture the imaginations of dozens of neighborhood kids. Read More >>

‘A Pilot’s Story’ AirVenture/Oshkosh 2009 recap

, August 12th, 2009


The producers of the highly anticipated aviation film 'A Pilot's Story' screened the latest trailer of the production at the Fly-In Theater on July 31st at Oshkosh. The screening of the trailer took place before the evening's scheduled film 'X-15' and was well received buy the audience. 

Rico & Will were interviewed on stage by Skip Lehman of Mach 2 Management and discussed the making of the film (pictured above). Read More >>

Night flight delight

, August 11th, 2009

One of the last requirements that I needed to complete for my Private Pilot's License was a cross country trip after hours.  I needed to go 50 miles away, and the trip had to last a total of two hours.  Dana and I met on Wednesday at 21:00 to depart Westosha to Madison, Wisconsin.  We couldn't have asked for a better night.  The sky was both clear and smooth with an almost full moon lighting up the darkness.  The trip was one of the best trips I've taken in a long time.   Read More >>

Flying Cole

, August 4th, 2009

_MG_1178I’ve been a little quiet here on the blog, but with good excuse. I spent the last couple of keeps either getting ready for AirVenture Oshkosh or being there with tens of thousands of my best friends. But now I can take a little time to reflect on some of the experiences there.

I had the chance to fly a couple of aircraft at the show, the first of which was the Cessna Citation Mustang, Cessna’s single-pilot-certified, 340-knot, six-place very light jet (“VLJ”), and cover the experience for Airspeed.

It was a great demo. Jo Hunter, David Allen, and Rod Rakic shot all kinds of video and stills to supplement the cockpit audio I was recording up front. I’ll have audio and video episodes up soon and I’m excited about getting to the editing workstation. Read More >>

OSH is a Wrap– Air Show Soars in Weak Economy

, August 3rd, 2009

After a good shower and a night sleep, I have returned from what is the awe-inspiring, yearly event that is the EAA Convention in Oshkosh, WI.  Below is a quick video shot with my flip cam and edited on Final Cut.  Please forgive the shaky video, somewhat hack editing job, and lack of a story line. I would especially like to thank Cindy and George from for sharing their camping survival skills.

What was most impressive is that if you attended you might be forgiven for asking "what recession?"  The camp grounds were overflowing with tents and the flight line with spectators.

You can see the video here: