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Lunch flight to York PA with my son and the Northeast Flyers

Lunch flight to York PA with my son and the Northeast Flyers

Yet another chance to meet-up with my fellow pilot friend Gary http://gmflightlog.blogspot.com of the Northeast Flyers and also get some more IFR experience along the way. I had originally planed to fly our Cessna 182RG since I had just earned my complex / high performance endorsements and logged the required ...

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IFR flight to Niagara Falls 2011

IFR flight to Niagara Falls 2011

Flight log 9/11/2011 (with HD Video) IFR flight to Niagara Falls in the 182RG. This time we would have to contend with some IFR conditions and weather decisions.

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IFR Flight to Washington Dulles International

IFR Flight to Washington Dulles International

This weekend’s mission was a visit to the Air and Space Museum at Dulles airport in Chantilly, Virginia with the Princeton Flying Tigers. Stephen T, his friend Nadeem and I would be flying our Cessna 172sp during this trip. 0TH isn’t the fastest bird in the fleet but she is ...

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Awesome C-130 Demo Paris 2011

Awesome C-130 Demo Paris 2011

Just had to share this one! An impressive show of airmenship from this guy! Enjoy.

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NYC Skyline Flight 8-29-2011 (HD Video)

NYC Skyline Flight 8-29-2011 (HD Video)

Yet another of my NYC skyline flights in the NY class bravo. This time we brought the camera with us using a new camera mount. I am not happy with the footage (too much vibration) but it's still worth watching.

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Flight with my son: Morristown NJ to Georgetown DE with the North East Flyers

Flight with my son: Morristown NJ to Georgetown DE with the North East Flyers

Earlier in the week Gary from the Northeast Flyers had invited me to his lunch run at Georgetown DE. As always it would give me one more chance to meet some fellow pilots and explore a new airport so I made the call to go for it. All I had ...

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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Flight Planning 2012

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Flight Planning 2012

Once again, I am planning my yearly trek to Oshkosh WI for EAA AirVenture. After the 15 hour drive last year I decided that if I was going at all I would fly even if it was solo.This year will also be a bit different for me as this is ...

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IFR checkride

IFR checkride

I have been working on my IFR rating for about a year now and after a few months of pretty intensive training I went for my IFR check ride with my DPE (FAA Designated Pilot Examiner). My first step was to sign up for the IFR ground school at American Flyers ...

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360 Panoramic of Space Shuttle Discovery

360 Panoramic of Space Shuttle Discovery

Thanks to our friends at airpigs.com for bringing this to our attention. A 360 panoramic view of Space Shuttle Discovery's flight deck during the decommissioning process in 2011.

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My first IFR flight in IMC

After all of my IFR flight training you would expect to see some actual IMC (instrument meteorological conditions) flight time in my log book, but after about 42 hours of IFR time there wasn't much. Just a few flights at altitude in and out of the cloud layer, not ...

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Scenic New York City Flight With Todd of My Flight Blog.com

Scenic New York City Flight With Todd of My Flight Blog.com

After talking with Todd of My Flight Blog dot com a few times I decided to offer up one of my NYC Skyline flights. He mentioned that he had done it once before, but I knew it wasn't "my" NYC Skyline flight. As mentioned in some of my earier posts ...

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5 Fire Retardant Fabrics and their uses

5 Fire Retardant Fabrics and their uses

For people who don't need them, fire resistant clothing may seem somewhat unnecessary. Most of us don't face exposure to high temperatures, flames, or even chemicals on a daily basis and therefore never consider the significance of such clothing. For those who do need them, however, fire resistant fabrics and ...

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Alternator failure during IFR flight to Martha’s Vineyard in VMC

Alternator failure during IFR flight to Martha’s Vineyard in VMC

While in route to Martha's Vineyard my friend and fellow flying club member Stephen and I experienced an alternator controller failure (basically a voltage regulator). It wasn't a big deal since we were in day visual conditions and the engine does not require electrical power to operate. I have learned ...

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EAA reacts to FAA announcement on medical certificate rulemaking

FAA-MedicalCertificate-0112aAgency announces initiative after strong EAA/AOPA push on exemption, legislation

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (April 2, 2014) — The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is calling the Federal Aviation Administration’s announcement to begin a formal rulemaking process on expanding medical self-certification for pilots a good initial step, and supports any initiatives to modernize the aviation medical certification system for recreational flying. Read the rest of this entry »

Commercial Pilot Check Ride

IMG_1635Finally, after almost two years of on and off training I passed my commercial pilot check ride.

A brief history:
As my friend Lou would say; ” So Mikey, why are you getting your commercial pilots license?”
The first answer that comes to mind (from the right brain) is that I have always enjoyed providing the service of air transport Read the rest of this entry »

MV-22 OSPREY CONFIRMED FOR EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2014

AIR_MV-22_Osprey_Tilting_Rotor_lgAnother cool addition to this years show.
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (February 21, 2014) — The U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey, one of the world’s most unique military aircraft, will return to the EAA® AirVenture® OshkoshTM fly-in in 2014. The MV-22 will be on display at the event and also give demonstrations of its unique flying capabilities.EAA AirVenture 2014, the 62nd annual convention of the Experimental Aircraft Association, will take place July 28-August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.The Osprey is making its first appearance at Oshkosh since 2010. This appearance, however, is the first time the aircraft will perform its full Level III flight demonstration at the event. It is making only nine such air show appearances in the U.S. this year. According to the U.S. Marine Corps website, the Osprey has the speed and range of a turboprop aircraft, the maneuverability of a helicopter and the ability to carry 24 Marine combat troops twice as fast and five times farther than previous helicopters. Commenting on its advanced expeditionary capabilities and staggering operational reach, a top Marine commander went as far as to say it turned his battle space “from the size of Texas into the size of Rhode Island.

“The MV-22, which first flew in 1989, is designed for a variety of uses that include expeditionary assault and raids, cargo lift, and special warfare operations. Its tilt-rotor design allows both vertical takeoff and landing operations as well as short-field takeoff and landing capabilities. The Osprey can also be refueled in flight.Exact arrival, demonstration and departure dates for the aircraft at Oshkosh will be announced as they are finalized. The Osprey’s appearance continues EAA AirVenture’s long tradition of bringing aircraft from across the aviation spectrum, from the smallest ultralight to the largest transport, to “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.”About EAA AirVenture OshkoshEAA AirVenture Oshkosh is “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at www.airventure.org. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. Immediate news is available at www.twitter.com/EAAupdate.

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds to perform at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014

110508-F-9616R-1084.jpgSome exciting news from EAA.

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (Dec. 5, 2013) —
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, one of the world’s premier military jet teams, has scheduled an appearance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration,” as part of its 2014 flying schedule. Read the rest of this entry »

Sean Tucker Living With Passion

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Sean D Tucker Living With Passion.
This man and people like him keep me focused on what I need to do in my life. Positively inspiring!

A behind the scenes look at Sean D. Tucker. A film by Director Brandon Hess and Producer Tara Tucker, filmed at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

Shell Announces Lead Free Option to 100LL Avgas

Shell_Aviation_Lab_2As you are probably aware, the 100LL issue has been plaguing the general aviation industry for years. With the threat of additional EPA regulations on the horizon this product couldn’t come fast enough. Unfortunately, we will have to wait a bit longer as the new product will be subject to “a strict regulatory approvals process” that will likely take a year or more.

Shell’s new lead-free formulation comes after 10 years of exhaustive R&D, as well as successful initial testing, carried out in the last two months by two original equipment manufacturers.

Xinsheng (Sheng) Zhang, Vice-President of Shell Aviation, said: “We are proud of this first for Shell Aviation. This advanced product is the latest milestone in our long history of innovation. We believe that with industry support, a stringent approvals process can be completed for this new lead-free product within a short time-frame. We look forward to working alongside our technical partners and authorities to progress the necessary approvals needed to make this product a reality for use in light aircraft engines of all types.”  Read the rest of this entry »

Flying to EAA AirVenture 2013 full length video

Video of our flight to EAA AirVenture 2013.Screen Shot 2013-08-13 at 11.30.17 PM

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Learning lessons the hard way. Commercial Pilot Checkride gone bad

IMG_1635My life has been a bit of a blur lately. First it was my signoff for the commercial flight test back in June. Followed by examiner availability issues, then an annual inspection for the aircraft.

At the same time I needed to prepare for our flight to Oshkosh for EAA AirVenture 2013. I needed an Instrument Proficiency Check and to change channels back to my IFR cross-country flying methods (no lazy eights en-route).

I finally gave up on scheduling the examiner that my school normally uses and decided to call my local DE with whom I did my Instrument flight test.

We booked the test at first for last week, then moved it twice for weather but finally it all came together –or so I thought-.  Read the rest of this entry »

EAA AirVenture recap video by SLICK

He has done it again! Another great video from our friend SLICK.Screen Shot 2013-08-13 at 11.30.17 PM Read the rest of this entry »

Last moments of East Haven CT plane crash captured on LiveATC.net

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As I was walking back from lunch I heard about a plane crash in CT. Being a pilot, I naturally had some interest in the story.

Here is what I have be able to find so far.

According to a Fox News  report, the FAA said that the aircraft originated from Teterboro KTEB in NJ and crashed as it approached Tweed New Haven Airport at 11:25.

With that information I pulled the latest flights from TEB to HVN and I found N16322 Read the rest of this entry »

Beechcraft Secures Largest General Aviation Propeller Aircraft Order in History, Valued at $1.4 Billion

imageBeechcraft Secures Largest General Aviation Propeller Aircraft Order in History, Valued at $1.4 Billion

Deal includes up to 105 King Air 350i aircraft and associated maintenance services for Wheels Up, a new private aviation membership company, formed by Marquis Jet founder

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Commercial pilot training update: 6/24/2013

IMG_1635This update comes with some good news and some “not so good” news.

The good news is that my CFI was happy with my performance and signed me off for the check ride after our flight on Monday. The bad news is that we soon discovered that the airplane would not be available until some time next week (7/1 – 7/7) for the check ride. Read the rest of this entry »

Commercial Pilot training update 6/21/13: The final stretch.

Steep TurnSo here we are. After the “ups and downs” of my commercial pilot training, my CFI has given me the go-ahead and feels that I am just about ready for the check ride. No pressure.

We flew yesterday and I showed improvement with my last two maneuvers -lazy eights and eights on pylons-.

The lazy eights to the left look great, but the Read the rest of this entry »

Commercial Flight Maneuvers practice 6/1/2013

IMG_1547So, in this video I thought I “had it”. Good news is, I now know that I didn’t “have it nailed” but I have a better idea of what I was doing wrong.

It’s a learning process. You know you are close to mastery when you can “see” what you are really doing wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Fire Retardant Fabrics and their uses

Nomex Flight SuitsBy Mark Gordon
For people who don’t need them, fire resistant clothing may seem somewhat unnecessary. Most of us don’t face exposure to high temperatures, flames, or even chemicals on a daily basis and therefore never consider the significance of such clothing. For those who do need them, however, fire resistant fabrics and clothing are not only important, but an essential part of getting through a day’s work safely and free of potentially life-threatening injury. It isn’t just reserved for astronauts and race car drivers, either. Welders, firefighters, and even some scientists require some level of protection in terms of flame retardant fabrics in their lines of work. Read the rest of this entry »

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