Flying for the Young

As a flight instructor, I am often asked the question, "How old do you have to be to start learning to fly?" The short answer to the question is that there is no minimum age for a child to begin learning to fly. The longer answer is a bit more complicated and I will attempt to discuss that here.

Ode to General Aviation

Twas the day after Christmas and snow covered the land. We needed to put our toes in some water, our butts in some sand. We drove...

More Keeping Flying Fun

The last time I posted, we looked at flying just for fun and some of the fun things that you can do with your pilot certificate, now let's take a look at what I would call some of the "fun ratings" available to you. These are ratings on your pilot certificate that you may not use on a regular basis but are a lot of fun to pursue.

Flying Clubs

Flying clubs come in many shapes and sizes. What they have in common is a group of members interested in flying and in saving money on their flying activities.

Change of Scenery

There will be days during your training when it seems tough to get excited about another lesson consisting of basic flight maneuvers. Here are some ideas to discuss with your instructor when you're looking to change up your flight lessons a bit.

Giving Back to Aviation

You may know Sean D. Tucker as one of the best air show pilots in the business, but did you also know that he is the current Young Eagles Chairman? Sean has held this title since AirVenture 2013 when he took over from Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and Jeff Skiles. Only a few people have held this title over the years and Sean is as hard working as they come.

The Places Flying Can Take You: Underwater Flying

When I learned to fly, some 30 years ago now, I imagined that becoming a pilot would broaden my horizons. But although all of those were amazing adventures and experiences, they all took place in the sky. I never dreamed that learning to fly might open up opportunities for me to explore the ocean, as well. But it did.

720 Miles at 1,000 Feet

And the winner is... I belonged to a motorcycle club called the RATS (Rambunctious, Adventuresome, Two-Wheeled Scalawags) which bestows various awards to their members.  One...

Top 5 aviation summer activities

The unofficial start of the summer flying season is of course the Sun ‘n Fun Fly In in Lakeland, Florida (the spring break for...

Destination flying

June 2, 2005. I had just landed N73028 in a 15 knot crosswind on runway 5 at OGG. "Maui Ground, Skyhawk 73028 to the Tee Hangars." "Aloha 028 taxi ahead on Alpha, left on Golf cross runway 2 then straight on Kilo to the hangars" Yep, you heard it right, I was on the ground at Kahului airport on the island of Maui in the state of Hawaii. No, I didn't fly there from the mainland, my flight had originated from OGG earlier that morning. This was one of the most exciting flights of my life.
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