Your connection with the sky

Just Do It

, October 31st, 2011

The second hardest part of the flight training experience is making the decision to get started, and it's no surprise that for every pilot living the dream, there are two, three or more people that are still sitting on the fence.

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Learning to fly might sound like a big commitment. It entails 40+ hours of flying, the equivalent of a college course in ground lessons and many more hours of self study. And then there is the written exam and dreaded ground and flight portions of the practical test. But it's not.


Simulation in Paris

, October 28th, 2011

Maybe not your everyday's title when reading an aviation column in a largely US centered publication. On the other hand, who doesn't have some or other fantasy with the word 'Paris'? Not only is it still one of the most wonderful and special cities in the world, it is also home to a lot of aviation history! And although Let's Go Flying may be focusing on getting NEW people to fly, it all started with 'them old folks' way back when. They not only invented these 'flying machines' - and they were exactly that! - but they also had the incredible courage of mounting them and taking off where nobody had ever gone before...... up into the sky !

(Maybe) fortunately that is not how things go anymore. Nowadays you typically go to a small airfield, enter the flying school and start taking lessons, maybe after a trial lesson. And those lessons are done in perfectly safe and thoroughly tested aircraft, with well trained instructors, in a very much regulated world of aviation, technology and science. Read More >>

Flying to Oshkosh

, October 28th, 2011

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How has this happened? Almost four months since I’ve posted to this blog! And SOOO much as happened since then – maybe that’s the problem.

My last post was July 5, as I was getting ready to fly to Oshkosh. I won’t whine about the wonderful time we had hosting two Norwegian teenagers – who stayed for a full month, leaving only 2 days before I took off on my grand adventure. Even with trying to be a good host, I did carve out time to check out the Talon thoroughly and pack carefully. This was going to be my first major cross country flight in the Talon with the new gas tank, and the first one where I had to take everything for both hot and cold weather. Read More >>

Do Pilots Have to be Good at Math?

, October 3rd, 2011

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"If you want to be a pilot, you have to be very good at math." That was the advice of my elders as I worked my way through grade school, and it's an often repeated sentiment today. But it's a lie. You don't have to be a math-whiz to be a pilot.