In a blink of an eye, a commuter plane carrying 11 passengers from Laredo to Houston plummets to Earth, dropping thousands of feet in mere seconds. The aircraft slams into a farmer’s field with an impact so violent, the wreckage is not even recognizable as an airplane. What caused the crash of Continental Express Flight 2574? Was it human error? Mechanical failure? An act of terrorism? Investigators sift through the scattered remains for answers but it isn’t until they question the plane’s inspectors that the tragic details come to light.
Preflight those electrons
Notice Number: NOTC5875
There are so many items that need attention before we fly – airplane condition, weather conditions and our own health conditions, just to name a few. But, now we have an entirely new group of items to check due to our fascination with all things electronic. And, all of the electronics that we take with us need our attention too.
Here are some things that need to be done before the electronics go into the flight bag:
Make sure you know how to use it. (Well, duh?) 4,000 feet and 100 knots is no time to try to figure out the buttons. (I often take a new portable device with me in the car. When my wife drives, I am navigating to some airport.)
Make sure that the database information for your route of flight is up-to-date and loaded in the shortcut folder where you can access it quickly.
Make sure that rechargeable batteries are truly recharged. And if using AA or AAA batteries make sure you have spares.
Then, when you get in the plane, figure out if you need to find a place to mount each electronic item or can it sit in your lap? Can you read the screen in the sunlight? Do you need to plug in antennae or power? How can you route those cords so that they are out of the way? Check all of these items out in a no-stress situation.
Before you really depend on any new gadget in flight, take some time, on a totally non-critical flight, to try things out. It is best that you take a friend with you, and have them fly while you play with (excuse me, test) your new equipment.
Looking for some cool, FREE, apps to make flying more fun? Try this: http://appcrawlr.com/ios-apps/best-free-apps-flight-planning
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My real life experience with this. I forgot to download my approach plates while en-route to Oshkosh in 2013 but I had a back out plan! Always be prepared.. Jump to 7:54 to see my explanation.
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Check out this great lesson on loss of control in IMC conditions from Pilot Workshops and enter to win a Bose headset!
What happens when a simple piece of equipment fails in your airplane in low IMC? As you’ll see, it can quickly lead to a life-or-death situation. Watch the video below and take this IFR challenge. See if you can make the right decision and regain control of this flight.
Link to the lesson. Enjoy and good luck! http://www.pilotworkshop.com/video/failure
A little music video I put together highlighting our trip to EAA AirVenture 2013.
Check it out and please leave your comments.
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 »
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 »
Another 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.
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 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 »
As 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 »
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 »
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
Beechcraft 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
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 »
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 »
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 »
Evening performances on Wednesday and Saturday in 2013
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (March 21, 2013) — The EAA AirVenture Oshkosh night air show, one of the most popular additions to “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” lineup over the past quarter-century, will be even bigger in 2013 with the addition of a second night show scheduled for Wednesday, July 31.
“The additional night show is being scheduled this year in response to those EAA members and AirVenture attendees who said they missed this phenomenal event because they came to Oshkosh earlier in the week,” said Jim DiMatteo, EAA’s vice president of AirVenture features and attractions. “We talked with the participating performers and they’re just as excited to have an additional opportunity to fly the twilight show here as the thousands who have enjoyed it each year.” Read the rest of this entry »
The call that I had been waiting for finally came. It was my Falcon pilot friend (who will go unnamed for this story). He was scheduled for his 12 month check flight in the Falcon 7X and invited me to stop by for some free flight time.
I cleared it with the boss, left work early and headed up to CAE. Once I arrived he escorted me to the simulator. As we got closer, I have to admit I was a bit intimidated. I had been away from flying for a little while due to other financial needs and wasn’t even IFR current or proficient in my Cessna 172, never mind a jet! NO PRESSURE. Read the rest of this entry »
A while ago Lucky Gunner sent me a link to this site. At the time, I wasn’t considering the possibility of owning a firearm but things have changed and I have added a new hobby to my life.
That being said, I live in NJ so that means waiting over 3 months for the paperwork to go through.
Check out the video and their site. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s been a little while since I posted a flight log but the good news is that I have been flying.
Last month after my flight to Lou’s (cost a small fortune by the way) I started working on my Commercial flight maneuvers with a CFII friend of mine who has been encouraging me to get my CPL for over a year. Read the rest of this entry »
Out of the blue, I responded to Lou’s Facebook post about flying the Dakota on Saturday morning. His description of the flight was tempting. Clear smooth sky’s with great aircraft performance thanks to cool temperatures on this crisp fall day.
I was working from home on a cutover and wasn’t thinking about flying. I offered to come up and see him “soon” thinking that I would fly up some time next week. Just then, my wife commented “when are you leaving?” Read the rest of this entry »
As a pilot, we are often asked to take people flying, sometimes it works out, other times it doesn’t but when it does, it can turn into a rewarding experience for both the pilot and the passenger, especially when that passenger has never flown in a small aircraft. Read the rest of this entry »
For those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to experience AirVenture (aka Oshkosh) you may wonder why so many of us attend year after year. Well for me, AirVenture is a little different every year, and this would be my fourth year in a row. I guess there is something alluring about spending a week with thousands of aviators from all walks of life. We are, after all, a relatively small percentage of the population and as you might expect, you tend to make a friend or two. If I had to list just one thing that brings me back year after year it is just that. You tend to meet some great people at Oshkosh! Read the rest of this entry »
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a member of the Senate General Aviation Caucus and certified flight instructor with more than 10,000 flight hours, today announced that his Pilot’s Bill of Rights (S.1335) has been officially signed into law. Inhofe has worked to pass the legislation for the past year. In the Senate where the bill enjoyed co-sponsorship by 65 other Senators, the measure passed by unanimous consent in June. The House passed the measure by a voice vote. Read the rest of this entry »
Oshkosh, Wisconsin (July 25, 2012) – Aviation is faced with many challenges, and the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) has become a leader in the effort to effect change in the industry. Over the past few years, the CAF has worked to diversify its membership by recruiting a broader range of members. Through organizational focus and marketing efforts, the CAF and warbird aviation have begun to see a change in the ranks of enthusiasts. Read the rest of this entry »
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 my first time attending an event as an official member of the “media”. My friend and fellow flying club member Steven Pope of Flying Magazine introduced me to the head of EAA media relations last year. He explained the process I would need to follow to be considered for a press pass. After filling out the required paperwork they evaluated my website and granted me my media credentials back in March.
Can’t wait for Oshkosh this year. I plan on flying our Cessna 172n n3054e from Morristown NJ (now that’s a long cross country). So meany things to get in place by then, I feel the stress already but I know it will be worth it when I arrive (solo) into OSH! Hope so see many of you this year!
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (June 21, 2012) — The famed Goodyear blimp “Spirit of Goodyear” will grace the skies once again at EAA AirVenture 2012, scheduled for July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport.
The “Spirit of Goodyear” will arrive on Wednesday, July 25, and weather depending will fly regularly the following two days before departing on Saturday, July 28. While it is moored, spectators have the chance to get a rare, up-close look at the blimp at Pioneer Airport, located near the EAA AirVenture Museum.
Additionally, five lucky attendees will be taken for a ride of a lifetime in the “Spirit of Goodyear” blimp as winners in Goodyear’s “I Wanna Blimp Ride” Sweepstakes during AirVenture 2012. More details will be announced in the coming days. Read the rest of this entry »
On Tuesday 4/17/2012 Stephen T, Neal and I flew the 182RG down to Dulles to witness the arrival of Space Shuttle Discovery atop the modified 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. Truly a sight I will not soon forget! Read the rest of this entry »
Listen as Helen Collins lands her Cessna 414 with the help of pilot Robert Vuksanovic after her husband dies at the controls. Read the rest of this entry »
Flight log 2/19/2012 Bay Bridge with Stephen T
As mentioned in my previous writ-up I have cut back on flying so I could save for my Commercial Pilots License. I hadn’t flown in about two moths so when Stephen sent me a message asking if I would like to fly down to W29 -Bay Bridge- I figured it was about time I got back in the air. Read the rest of this entry »
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (March 26, 2012) — The Experimental Aircraft Association’s upcoming Eagle Flights program, the new aviation orientation program for adults, will have its official kickoff this summer with inaugural flights at the EAA AirVenture fly-in, which is scheduled for July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis. Read the rest of this entry »
An amazing video taken form the solid rocket boosters on STS 117 and 127. The audio was captured by onboard microphones and enhanced by Lucas Studios as part of an upcoming DVD video commemorating the Space Shuttle. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s a bit long but well worth the time. A must watch for any pilot weather you fly a Piper Cub or a Boeing 747.
I have some good news, no, I didn’t win the Mega Millions yet but I did pass the Commercial Pilot Written exam on Sunday with a 95%. I would have scored 100% but missed 5 (easy) questions. All performance / navigation / weight and balance questions answered correctly and not by memory (unlike my PPL). Read the rest of this entry »
So why Niagara Falls again? My normal co-pilot Stephen T asked if I wanted to join the “summerset airport crew” for a flight to the falls, at first I wasn’t too thrilled with the idea of flying on 9/11 not to mention the 10th anniversary.
I was two blocks north (on the West Side Highway) when the second plane hit the south tower and saw the first plane just prior to impact with the north tower. My life changed on that day and I will never forget it.
It just so happens that the organizer of this trip is also the chairman of the NYC branch of the USO. He is (among other things) a retired Army Captain and in my opinion, a real patriot. He sent out an email requesting donations and attendees for the first annual USO 9/11 remembrance walk in NYC to be held on 9/10. I signed up and also invited my mother along. We attended and enjoyed it so much that we plan on attending next year as well.
This was my second trip to the falls and as mentioned in my previous post I really wanted to take my son along, but this time Steven had a birthday party to attend to so yet again he was going to miss this flight. Ya never know, third time may be the trick! Read the rest of this entry »
Updates on the crash on RT 278 near Morristown NJ.
- According to reports a Socata TBM 700 crashed shortly after departing Teterboro KTEB.
- Authorities have reported 5 deaths with no injuries on the ground.
- According to the a flight track on FlightAware the TBM departed TEB and lost radar contact at approximately 10:15 local time at an altitude of about 16,000 feet.
My hart goes out to the families. RIP.. Read the rest of this entry »