The first and last time I skipped the preflight checklist

"Lunken tower, this is Cessna Eight Eight Uniform, our windshield is covered with oil, we're returning for immediate landing." I'll never forget making that radio call 14 years ago, and today I can still visualize the oil-soaked windshield as vividly as the day it happened. Even more memorable is how one small, easily-preventable oversight led to this in-flight emergency.

Best-laid plans…

Things don’t always go as planned – a universal truth in life and readily apparent in aviation.  I experienced this first-hand on a recent...

3 non-aviation apps every pilot should have

While technology and the availability of flight planning and charting apps have replaced sectional charts and highlighters for most students, there is more information to be gained regarding your destination than what the NOTAMs and weather forecasts will provide.
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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...

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...

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.

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,...

A cross-country gone awry

Contributor David Booth shares a story of an eventful cross-country flight in a Robinson R44 as a student pilot in Melbourne, Australia - Ed. -- It all started...

Reaching New Heights

Ten days before my eighteenth birthday, I experienced the thrill of a lifetime ... Standing by the hangar alone, with not another participant in sight,...

Was this really the day?

  When I accomplished my solo, the wind was a direct crosswind at 10 knots - maybe a little much for my first solo. I...
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