Your connection with the sky

First Things First

, January 25th, 2011

by Chris Findley, CFI, CFII

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When you first begin flying you may feel overwhelmed with the amount of information you encounter.  It seems like there is so much to learn and much of it sounds like a foreign language!  You'll hear your instructor and other pilots talk about things like: Class B, ATC, VSI, Static Port, Asymmetrical Thrust, Nimbus, ATIS, and the Pattern.   In the air the radio will crackle with odd sounding phrases that seem only vaguely related to English.  A lot of students feel overwhelmed early on.  That's why we must keep "First things first." Read More >>

Up In The Air Again…Sort of

, January 21st, 2011

I went up to the barn this morning at 0-dark-thirty, to check if we’d had any new lambs born. The moon was full, and so bright that I didn’t need a flashlight. After weeks of rain, seeing the moon and stars was delightful. “Stay clear, stay clear,” I said, promising myself a flight once the sun came up.

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By 8:00 a.m. the sun was up and it was COLD: 29° outside. But the sky was crystal clear blue! By the time I got to the airport there were a few clouds on the horizon, and by the time I took my gas cans to the gas station, got back to the hangar and fueled up, the sky had grayed up completely. Read More >>

Expanding the Envelope: What GA Pilots Can Learn from USAF Proficiency Flying

, January 5th, 2011

I know what it takes to stay current and proficient in the aircraft that I fly.  And I work hard at it.  I fly two similar kinds of aircraft for the Civil Air Patrol.  I fly them frequently, both looking out the window and with a view-limiting device to hone and maintain my instrument skills.  And I fly tail-dragging aerobatic aircraft upside down.  It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it. But I wondered what it was like maintaining currency when your flying has a little bit more riding on it than mine usually does. Read More >>