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Deadly Failure?

Check out this great lesson on loss of control in IMC conditions from Pilot Workshops and enter to win a Bose headset!

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Space Shuttle Discovery final mission Dulles (HD Video)

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!

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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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PBS Carrier – Landing on a pitching deck

PBS Carrier - Landing on a pitching deck

From the PBS documentary series "Carrier" - Rites of Passage. Navy pilots landing aboard the USS Nimitz during rough seas in the Pacific at night.

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Scenic New York City Flight With Todd of My Flight

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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Commercial Pilot Check Ride

After two long years of on and off flight training, I finally earned my commercial pilots license!

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My 4 year old son’s first flight lesson

Come along with me and my 4 year old son on a little flight lesson in a Cessna 172sp

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Helping to fill the bucket list

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.

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Flying with my son

My Son Steven and I have now logged about 6 flights and I figured it was time to do a bit of writing on the subject. From about the time my son became old enough to hold a toy airplane he has been fascinated with flying. Sometimes I think he ...

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Matt Younkin Twin Beech Airshow in-flight video

Check out this awesome video of Matt Younkin during his airshow performance at Hamilton in the Beech 18. I have always loved watching him doing his thing and now thanks to LearnToFlyCA we can see what it's like to fly along with Matt during one of his shows.

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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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Flying with firearms? Check out this guide from Lucy Gunner

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.

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Pilot Professionalism by Robert Sumalt NTSB (Video)

Pilot Professionalism by Robert Sumalt of the NTSB at the University of North Dakota. It's a bit long but well worth the time. A must watch for any pilot weather you fly a Boeing 747 or a Piper Cub.

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Deadly Failure?

bosea20Check 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!

Lainey’s first airplane ride

I was watching an instructional video on Sporty’s and they mentioned this video. I thought it was good enough to share with the rest of you. Lainey’s first airplane ride!

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EAA AirVenture 2013 highlight video

A little music video I put together highlighting our trip to EAA AirVenture 2013.

Check it out and please leave your comments.


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 »


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 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 Immediate news is available at

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


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


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 »

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