Personal stories

Personal stories

ATC controller

ATC Clearances

Even in the beginning days of learning to fly, your instructor will teach you the importance of reading a clearance back to the controller...

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...

The art of cross country travel by light airplane

As student pilots and newly-minted private pilots, we spend most of our time in the traffic pattern or the practice area. It's all about the process, not enjoying the ride or the destination. But once you earn your license, it's critical to throw off those shackles, get out and travel!

Four things most instructors won’t tell you during your training

Learning to fly is hard, challenging, nerve-racking (at times), but also a lot of fun.  When I was first taking flight lessons, my head...

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.

Move over gauges, here comes the iPad

A mere 10 years ago, aircraft were still being manufactured with round (traditional) gauges originally designed for steam engines.  Think about the technology in...

Trust But Verify

Trust your gauges.  Trust your gauges.  Trust your gauges.  I can still hear the chant from my instructor during my instrument training.  Even when...
Pre-flight inspection

Learning to learn (again)

Our flight school attracts students from all walks of life.  From the younger college-age students enrolled in the University of Cincinnati Clermont College Aviation...

Chasing the shadow

The eclipse was scheduled to begin in Gallatin about 1:00 PM EDT, but wanting to ensure a good viewing spot Michael and I, along with our families, loaded into N702SP with our eclipse glasses in-hand early that morning for the hour and a half flight to Sumner County.

The two bucket theory

Many “seasoned” pilots reason a new flight student arrives for their first lesson with two buckets.  One holds the student’s flying experience, which is...