Getting My Feet Wet

“Are you ready?” asked my instructor, “Because once we start that engine we will be in constant motion until we are back on the...

Happy Anniversary

This week I will celebrate the 29th anniversary of my 29th birthday.  Birthdays, which are so anticipated when you’re young. I can’t wait until I’m...

FAA proposal could eliminate critical forecast information

Voice your opinion now to stop the elimination of Area Forecasts   The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in coordination with the National Weather Service (NWS), has...

Hangarside chat with Hal Shevers

Standing next to my favorite airplane inspires me to recall a few of my favorite flights. This old, red Aztec has taken my friends, family and me to such far-flung places as Caracas, Newfoundland, Cabo and Kelowna. I now realize it was because of the training I received (and a lot of good luck) that I have been afforded the opportunity to go to those places--and cherish those memories.
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I’m a student pilot who forgot what the most important thing was

I think sometimes the pressure I put on myself works against me. I am the type of person who wants to get it done right the first time, every time. Other competitive people understand you can’t turn that off most times. But I would caution against this type of mentality when it comes to flight training and here’s why.

4 options for exercising your freedom to fly

For most people here in the USA, the Fourth of July is a celebration of freedom. While there is nothing wrong with grilling, fireworks,...

My first passenger flight experience

After you earn your license, there’s a feeling of freedom. You’re officially allowed to soar the skies without the permission of your CFI.  With...

How I hit my flight training budget within $50

Following the checkride, I totaled all the money I spent on training to discover it was $50 less than what the flight school manager had estimated at the beginning. When pilots talk about hitting the numbers, it usually refers to spot landings, but this was equally impressive.
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Why I fly

I was asked the other day, Why do I fly those little planes anyway? They asked wouldn’t I rather ride in a big airliner, Or use my...

5 steps to ensure a happy family flight

General aviation (GA) created two more days of vacation, relaxation and memories. In my opinion, the only option for making the 600+ mile journey feasible in a week’s time was by air. Yes, GA can be a realistic, cost-effective travel tool and I live it. It begins with a good plan and the right expectations.
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