3 Rules of Thumb for Flying and Some Good Advice

A rule of thumb has been attributed to many origins (including the largest stick a man could use to beat his wife) but is generally meant to mean a "reliable approximation." I fly - and live - by rules of thumb. I want to share three of these and pass on some good advice that may keep you flying and alive for a long time.

What Your Aircraft Feels

A few years ago, at one of the local airports, there was an aircraft accident. Two guys took off in their Grumman Tiger on...

Is Corrective Vision Surgery for you?

It's estimated that some 55% of civilian pilots use some form of vision correction, most notably, glasses or contact lenses.  But advances in corrective...
ForeFlight Mobile

Top 10 apps for student pilots

The iPad is a great tool for pilots of all skill levels, from airline captains to student pilots. Student pilots can take advantage of all these benefits and use the iPad to save time and money during flight training with great apps available from the app store. Here are our top ten favorites.

The 7 deadly sins of radio communications

Nobody wants to sound bad in front of the "audience" of your fellow pilots. But there are a few things that can instantly make you sound less professional--let's call them the 7 deadly sins of radio communication. These phrases should not be in your aviation vocabulary.

The future remains bright: airline travel to double

The FAA recently released its annual forecast projecting airline passenger travel will nearly double in the next 20 years. That means the future is bright for professional aviation and there's never been a better time to pursue your dream.
Cub takeoff

An airplane’s re-birth

April 7th, 2012 9:40 AM– The Piper Cub lifted off Runway 22 into a nearly perfect VFR day. This was no ordinary takeoff; this aircraft had not flown in almost 60 years.

Flying mentor and friend

The room was crowded with hundreds of his family, friends, students, and business associates. It had been just over 3 weeks since many of us had lost our teacher, our mentor, our friend, to "complications" from a heart surgery. John Morgan Lane touched a lot of lives and we were all there to celebrate his life while mourning his passing.
Pro pilot

Dress the part

Don't make enemies and never burn a bridge. Dress professionally and be punctual. At you're FBO you'll meet instructors, students, or other connections to the professional industry, who you'll make an impression on. Make it a good one.

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.