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.

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...

A flight jacket tells a story

On a blustery, cold morning, back before I knew what lift was, a short freckled face kid strolled into the local airport to take...

Own your training experience

All too often during the course of training students will experience some difficulties with their instructor. These difficulties can range from something as simple...

Flying IFR – I follow rivers, roads and rails

In 1998 my Christmas present from my wife Rose Ann was a Magellan hand-held GPS.  It was a navigational miracle in a box not...

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...

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.

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...

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.

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.