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Weather Wise: The Future of Weather AOPA

The Future of Weather by AOPA. Just saw this in my inbox and thought you might find it interesting. On that note, look for more updates from me now that I’m starting my CFI training!

NASA crashes Cessna 172 for Safety

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A Higher Call (excerpt)

Credit: I received this excerpt in an email; I thought the story was so good that I pulled it out, re-formatted it and posted. A link to the book is included at the bottom of this page. 


There is a wonderful book called “A Higher Call” about this TRUE story below.

The 21-year old American B-17 pilot glanced outside his cockpit and froze.  He blinked hard and looked again, hoping it was just a mirage. But his Co-Pilot stared at the same horrible vision.  “My God, this is a nightmare,” the Co-Pilot said.

“He’s going to destroy us,” the Pilot agreed.

The men were looking at a gray German Messerschmitt fighter hovering just three feet off their wingtip.  It was five days before Christmas 1943, and the fighter had closed in on their crippled American B-17 bomber for the kill.

Watch this video

Brown’s Crippled B-17 Stalked by Stigler’s ME-109

The B-17 Pilot, Charles Brown, was a 21-year-old West Virginia farm boy on his first combat mission.  His bomber had been shot to pieces by swarming fighters, and his plane was alone, struggling to stay in the skies above Germany. Half his crew was wounded, and the tail gunner was dead, his blood frozen in icicles over the machine guns. Read the rest of this entry »

World War II Victory Capitol Flyover Live Webcast


Live Webcast: Arsenal of Democracy:
World War II Victory Capitol Flyover
May 8th, 2015
10:15 -1300 ET
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Proper priming and starting procedure by Cessna (Video)

Textron has published the following video outlining the proper priming and starting procedure on the 182T, T182T, 172R and 172S Models. If you have ever been stuck on a ramp trying to start a hot fuel injected engine like I have, you’ll benefit from this video.

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Air Disasters: Breakup Over Texas

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? Read the rest of this entry »

Warbirds of America

Warbirds of America from SleepingDogTV on Vimeo.

Featuring Warbirds President Harold Cannon

Flying: I Learned About Flying From That: A Freight Dog’s Christmas

I just finished reading the account of a Commercial Pilot encountering Christmas Day thunderstorms in his company Cessna 210. A great ADM story.
I Learned About Flying From That: A Freight Dog’s Christmas
Read more at HereFlying Freight Dog's Christmas

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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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 »

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 »

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 »

Flying with firearms? Check out this guide from Lucy Gunner

ammobaggage-1024x678General Aviation Guide to Flying with Guns and Ammo

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 »

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Dale Earnhardt Jr flies with the Blue Angels

I normally don’t post these on the site but this has got to be the best Blue Angles ride I have seen to date!

I love Dale’s reaction at 3:02. “What the hell… Who’s idea was that… You guys are crazy”

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360 Panoramic of Space Shuttle Discovery

Thanks to our friends at for bringing this to our attention. A 360 panoramic view of Space Shuttle Discovery‘s flight deck during the decommissioning process in 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

Sail: EA-18G Fighter HD Video (Awesome!)

One of my favorite YouTube videos:

Wish I could fly with them. Read the rest of this entry »

Dean Martin vs Foster Brooks I’m an Airline Pilot

A very funny classic enjoy.

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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! Read the rest of this entry »

Space Shuttle launch as seen from the Rocket Booster! HD

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 »

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 Piper Cub or a Boeing 747.


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Socata TBM-700 N731CA crash on RT 287 Morristown NJ

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 »

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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Zero/Zero by Charles Svoboda

This story was sent to me via a fellow flying cub and after reading it, I just had to share it with my readers! Enjoy!

Zero/Zero by Charles Svoboda

It happened sometime in 1965, in Germany. I was a copilot, so I knew, everything there was to know about flying, and I was frustrated by pilots like my aircraft commander. He was one of those by-the-numbers types, no class, no imagination, no “feel” for flying. You have to be able to feel an airplane. So what if your altitude is a little off, or if the glideslope indicator is off a hair? If it feels okay then it is okay. That’s what I believed.

Every time he let me make an approach, even in VFR conditions, he demanded perfection. Not the slightest deviation was permitted. “If you can’t do it when there is no pressure, you surely can’t do it when the pucker factor increases,” he would say. When he shot an approach, it was as if all the instruments were frozen – perfection, but no class.

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Iran Air B727 landing without nose gear (Video)

This one has been floating around the net for the past few days. Figured it was worth posting.

Text from the video:

An Iran Air Boeing 727-200, registration EP-IRR performing flight IR-742 from Moscow Sheremetyevo (Russia) to Tehran Imam Khomeini (Iran) with 94 passengers and 19 crew, was on approach to Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Airport around 15:20L (11:50Z) when the crew did not receive a down and locked indication for the nose gear and aborted the approach. Read the rest of this entry »

McGuire AFB Tour and C17 level D Simulator flight.

Now this was a trip well worth the time off from work (and the late night that followed making up for the lost time). A fellow flying friend of ours invited us to a VIP tour of McGuire AirForce Base (McGuire is now a joint services base but I grew up calling it an Air Force base so I am sticking to it for now :-)) Included in the trip was a chance to fly the C17 Level D Simulator and tour some aircraft. I had flown an AirForce simulator once before (the T6 at Randolph AFB TX), but it wasn’t level D (full motion for the non aviation readers) so I was looking forward to it! Read the rest of this entry »

Airventure 2011 – Heaven on Earth (SLICK)

Another Great AirVenture Video from our friend “Slick”

PilotEdge professional air traffic control for flight simulators

Long Beach CA KLGB. Sitting on the south ramp I call ground and advise them that I would like to depart VFR to the practice area with information alpha.

They clear me to taxi and hold short runway 34L. I read back my clearance and take a look around. I haven’t flown at long beach before and can’t seem to figure out where that taxiway is (never a good sign :-)). Read the rest of this entry »

Lufthansa, EgyptAir In Near-Miss At JFK Airport

Thank god they didn’t kill anyone.

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Smothers Brothers “I’m a Pilot”

A great bit by the Smothers Brothers on the Craig Ferguson Show. Read the rest of this entry »

Amanda (Younkin) Franklin 3/14/1986 – 5/27/2011

Updates on husband and wife aerobatics team Kyle and Amanda Franklin hospitalized after they were forced to make an emergency landing due to an engine failure during Air Fiesta 2011.

It broke my hart to read Kyle’s update on the morning of May 27th. Amanda, you will be missed by many, may you live on in the harts and minds of thousands.You lived strong had fought hard down to your last day. God speed Amanda..

Our thoughts and prayers go out to this wonderful team.

Check latest updates at their team page on Facebook
Caring Bridge updates:

If you would like to help please donate at ether of the fallowing two fund sites: “Franklin Fund” (tax deductible) or “The Kyle and Amanda Fund” (non tax deductible)

Please post any updates you might have in the comments section below.

News updates:

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Supersonic Flight (AVweb Video)

A great production by our friends at AVweb. Figured you might enjoy it.

Source: Wikipedia:
Supersonic speed
is a rate of travel of an object that is larger than the speed of sound (Mach 1). For objects traveling in dry air of a temperature of 20 °C (68 °F) this speed is approximately 343 m/s, 1,125 ft/s, 768 mph or 1,236 km/h. Speeds greater than five times the speed of sound (Mach 5) are often referred to as hypersonic. Flight during which only some parts of the air around an object, such as the ends of rotor blades, reach supersonic speeds are called transonic. This occurs typically somewhere between Mach 0.8 and Mach 1.2.

I have also included a link to a Wikipedia article on the subject.

Let me know via the comments section if you have any suggested videos (Video embedding is allowed) or articles. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the video.

Wikipedia Article

AVweb original post

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Boeing 747-8’s One Million Pound Takeoff

Story and video source / credit Boeing website found here:

By Bernard Choi

BOEING/BOB SCHNEIDER Before the flight, Boeing Flight Test pilot Capt. Paul Stemer inspects one of the tires supporting the 747-8 Freighter.

The airplane starts accelerating down the runway. In the flight deck, Captain Paul Stemer feels the weight of the situation.
“It’s a lot of mass, a lot of energy. I have to stay ahead of it.”
It’s up to Capt. Stemer to command RC521, the second 747-8 Freighter, into defying gravity and lifting more than 1 million pounds into the air. It’s a feat neither he nor any Boeing Flight Test pilot before him has ever attempted.

While the airplane gathers speed, 100 knots, 120, 140, now 160 knots, the amount of available runway quickly evaporates.
RC521 still needs to go faster before Capt. Stemer can command the elevator to rotate the airplane, increasing the wing’s angle of attack and generating lift.
“With only 7,000 feet (2,133 m) of a 15,000-foot (4,572 m) runway remaining, it’s obvious the margin of error is small,” says Capt. Stemer.


The Hudson River midair collision NTSB Report

It’s been more than a year since the tragic midair collision over the Hudson River that claimed the lives of 9 people and it has been on my mind ever since. I for one love the scenic flight up the Hudson River. It was my first destination in a small airplane back in the spring of 2001 and I even flew down the Hudson during my introductory flight a few weeks later. Read the rest of this entry »

Small airplane ditches off Put-In-Bay Video of the crash.

Video: SOUTH BASS ISLAND, OHIO- Small plane ditches into the waters just off South Bass Island late Friday morning following an engine failure.

Watching this video along with my recent experiences flying over Lake Michigan and Lake Erie  has made me seriously consider carrying life preservers on ALL over-water flights. Take note as to how quickly the airplane sank.

Thankfully the pilot executed the emergency landing flawlessly and efforts by the ferry crew led to all four occupants surviving without injury. Read the rest of this entry »

Sean D Tucker (an AOPA interview with Craig Fuller)

AOPA president Craig Fuller interviews legendary airshow performer Sean D Tucker. Watch as Sean gives us some insight into how he got his start in aviation. You just have to love his enthusiasm!

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“Beyond this historic Brown Gate” Airventure 2010

Once again Slickhutto has outdone himself with another great AirVenture music video! Check it out and subscribe to his YouTube channel. This guy is going places! Read the rest of this entry »

F-35B Taking STOVL to a New Level

Yet another cool video from our friends at YouTube.

Check out this short video outlining some of the advantages of the F35 over previous STOVL aircraft. The F35 truly takes  short take off and vertical landing to a whole new level! Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »

ADS-B Out Mandate (AOPA Video)

This is something that has gotten my attention especially since we are in the initial phases of upgrading our Cessna 182RG avionics.
Source credit AOPA:;&WT.mc_sect=tts
The FAA on May 27 published its final rule mandating what owners will be required to have on board their aircraft in order to operate in the new satellite-based air traffic control system known as NextGen. By 2020, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out (ADS-B Out) will be required equipment in all airspace that currently requires a transponder. Read the rest of this entry »

Aircraft Holding Pattern Entries Made Easy

Thanks to Jason Schappert of This is one of the best videos I have found on the subject.
My favorite method of determining holding pattern entries.
Just a few things I would add: (please let me know your thoughts and or tips)
1. Ask yourself “where am I in relation to the holding fix?” Are you proceeding direct to the fix? If so continue with the method mentioned in this video. If on the other hand you are on an airway and still need to make a turn before reaching the holding fix this method will not work out well. Wait until you are inbound to the fix before using this method. Read the rest of this entry »

EAA240’s Pancake Breakfast – and RV Fly-In N57

(UPDATE 5/15/2010) During the days leading up to this trip I had been working on my planned flight to London Ontario Canada for the Diamond Aircraft Factory tour with the Republic Flyers. I had even canceled this flight at one point so I could stay an additional day in Toronto.  Unfortunately due to a strong low to our north witch was bringing with it 40+ knot headwinds, low IFR conditions and embedded thunderstorms I had to scrap that flight (see flight to Canada not to be for more information).

The night before, a cold front came through which cleared the air of the thunderstorms but also brought with it stronger surface winds. As the flight neared it became obvious that I would have to contend with some wicked winds at least during our return trip, so the day before I called Ed and asked his comfort level with flying with his niece on a windy day. He assured me that she was a veteran flyer and bumps have never been an issue. I also knew that my son responds well to bumpy air (he falls asleep) hopefully he breaks this little habit before becoming a pilot himself.

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Tailplane Icing: A NASA Study

I originally discovered this video at and found it quite educational so I figured I would share it with our viewers.

A number of years ago NASA conducted a study on tailplane icing and made this video for all pilots. It outlines some of the distinct differences in both the symptoms and recovery techniques used during a tailplane stall due to tailplane icing. You never know, someday you might need to know the difference.

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PBS Carrier – Landing on a pitching deck

Some more stuff from YouTube.. Enjoy. This one is awesome! Landing an an aircraft carrier during rough seas at night. Now that will get your attention!

From the PBS documentary series “Carrier” – Rites of Passage.
Navy pilots landing aboard the USS Nimitz during rough seas in the Pacific. Read the rest of this entry »

Captain Elrey Borge “Jepp” Jeppesen

The following is a series of videos I ran across on you tube I hope you enjoy them. I am a subscriber of the Jeppesen airway manual service and find the product to be excellent. As an added unexpected benefit I have found the process of updating the charts to be a great armchair flying activity. I mentally fly the updated approaches while inserting them into the binders. Sure it gets a little old sometimes, but the quality of the charts and thoughtfulness that goes into the product more than makes up for the added time spent updating the charts. I highly recommend checking them out.
(Source: Video-Andy J. Musenreder; Text-National Aviation Hall of Fame)

Captain Elrey Borge “JEPP” Jeppesen, Jan. 28, 1907 – November 26, 1996. The following video was shown at the memorial service shortly after his death in November of 1996. Jepp received numerous plaques and awards over the years, but he was most proud of the letters he received from pilots who said, “Jepp, you saved my life, made my flying safer and easier, and given me great confidence on those dark, stormy nights.”

Jepp began flying as a barnstormer with Tex Rankin’s Flying Circus. Flew for Fairchild Aerial Survey, photographing the Mississippi Delta area around New Orleans. Read the rest of this entry »

P-51 Mustang Tribute film: Gray Eagles by Chris Woods

jimbrookstopimageFilmmaker and P-51 Mustang Pilot Chris Woods has put together a wonderful film that captures the emotional reunion between a humble WWII Mustang ace (Jim Brooks) and the historic plane he thought he’d never see again.

Inspired by the flood of memories triggered by this unimaginable encounter with a long lost friend, the 88-year old pilot finally breaks his silence, sharing his stories and experiences of war with the grandchildren who never thought they’d hear them. Read the rest of this entry »

How Aviation can change your life

Check out Rod Machado’s website and
This is a story about Henry, Rod’s 16 year old student who was having trouble in school, then learned to fly. Flying transformed his life. Listen to Henry’s story.

NJ town’s efforts to buy Solberg airport creating turbulence

By Veronica Slaght
large_SolbergReadington Township has spent more than $3 million since 2001 to gain control of about 700 acres of land surrounding and including Solberg Airport, documents show. The town wants to preserve the land as open space. But with little to show for the expense, some residents are saying: Enough. “It’s out of control,” resident Bill Lewis said of the spending and ongoing court battle. Township administrator Vita Mekovetz said the $3 million went toward negotiations with the Solbergs, a bond ordinance, condemnation proceedings, an airport hazard zone ordinance and litigation. “We’re generally very conservative with money,” said Mayor Julia Allen. “But we’re fighters, too.” Allen said the township is taking the land to preserve open space and to halt the sprawl that threatens to spread west on Route 22, just a couple miles north of the airport.

Solberg Airport is owned by the Solberg family and is just west of the Somerset County line in Hunterdon County. Read the rest of this entry »

Flying Heavy Metal Episode Boeing 747 vs Concorde

boeing-747-200Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden presents the history of jet travel from his perspective as a Boeing 757 pilot for the UK airline Astraeus. A total of five episodes include historical footage from manufacturer’s archives, including a test pilot completing an unauthorized barrel roll in the Boeing 707. Also discusses the development of the de Havilland Comet, the 747 and the A380, Read the rest of this entry »

NASA: Space Shuttle Discovery STS-128


Click here to watch live streaming video from NASA TV

Click here for live updates from NASA
PRESS KIT describing the mission
Latest news from NASA: Read the rest of this entry »

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