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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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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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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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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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FAA to review aviation footage from manned and unmanned aircraft aka drones

Heads up fellow aviators, especially guys and gals with "drones". The FAA has issued the below notice to it's inspectors to begin the process of reviewing published internet content from Aviators of both maned and unmanned aircraft.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Audio recording of 80 year old woman landing Cessna 414 after husband dies

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 »

IFR flight to Bay Bridge W29

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’S INAUGURAL EAGLE FLIGHTS TO TAKE OFF AT EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2012

New aviation introduction and mentoring program based on success of Young Eagles

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 »

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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Commercial Pilot Written test passed!

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 »

Is learning to fly worth it?

As of late, I have been contemplating my future with regard to aviation. During the past few months I even considered giving it up. With the costs involved and constant demand from family / work it does get hard sometimes. Read the rest of this entry »

IFR flight to Niagara Falls 2011

Flight log 9/11/2011
Yet another great flight that I am just getting around to logging; I am starting to feel like I need a staff writer. 🙂

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 »

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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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.

I did my best to capture all of the communications (even the parts that make me twitch) like not reading back my class bravo clearance. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

USO 9/11 Remembrance Walk

Please help the USO in its mission to support our troops by donating to the USO via the following link.
Thank you for your support! 

The US Pilot Gear team is associated with our sister site www.USPilotGear.com

Link to our walk team site. 

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 »

Off I go to AirVenture 2011!

On to plan B:

Unfortunately Frank had a minor medical issue that grounded him so I was without a ride (in the Cirrus) and friend this year, so after some thought I decided to reach out to some of my other friends. As it turned out Keith Smith of PilotEdge was attending AirVenture as a vendor. Some of you might remember my Lancair flight with Keith a few years ago. Well we have always kept in touch. Allot more on Keith and PilotEdge coming very soon. Well anyway, I made reservations for a one way rental and booked a room in a local house (a lot cheaper than the hotels). I am leaving now 20:30 EST and planning on making it Yungstown PA to my first stop (Supper 8 Motel). Tomorrow (Wednesday 7/27) I will drive the rest of the way. To save money I am dropping off the car and will be using busses etc for my ground transportation. How am I getting home?

That’s the fun part! I am flying back with Keith in the Lancair 360. Should be allot better than the dreaded car ride. Well wish me luck. I will be posting updates on our Facebook page (link below). If you have any comments feel free to send them.

Check our Facebook Status for up to date posts from AirVenture 2011

http://www.facebook.com/pages/www110knotscom/150500392011

VFR Flight Morristown KMMU to Andover Aeroflex N12 6/26/2011

Not a perfect flight but still worth watching and learning from. Shows what happens when you are used to flying out of fields with 4000 + long runways. It didn’t help that 20 + members of the flying club were watching from the picnic area to the east of the runway. 🙂 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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IFR Flight to Washington Dulles International

Flight log 5/22/2011 I am quite a bit behind on my write-ups lately. Work and family life has been beyond crazy lately. I assure you I have been flying 🙂

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 the best equipped with a moving map MFD an HSI and two-axis Autopilot the only thing we are missing is on-board weather. Read the rest of this entry »

Flight to Portland Maine

20110508-100505.jpgWrite-up in progress.. Here are some pictures from the trip. Read the rest of this entry »

Smothers Brothers “I’m a Pilot”

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

IFR flight Morristown NJ to Latrobe PA

Flight log 4/9/2011

Eric from the flying club asked if I could fly with him to Johnstown PA so he could see his family. Always up for some flying time and an opportunity to fly with another pilot, I agreed. The plan was to depart after work on Friday and return solo that same night. Initial flight planning had the flight time around 2 hours each way, so it would be a long day for me.

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Pass Your Checkride

Pass Your Check Ride book review

The Private Pilot check ride can be one of the most stressful events in you’re flying career or it can be a somewhat relaxing or even fun event if well prepared.

The best advice I received when preparing my check ride was from my flight instructor. He said “just remember, the examiner doesn’t want to fail you, he just wants to make sure you know what you are doing and that you will be safe, so relax and fly like you always do.” He was right, but at the time all I could think was “Yea that’s easy for you to say, you aren’t the one going on the check ride” So what can we do to better prepare for the coming check ride, and what tools are available? 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: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/amandafranklin

If you would like to help please donate at ether of the fallowing two fund sites:

www.moonlightfund.org “Franklin Fund” (tax deductible) or www.icasfoundation.org “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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Back in the air

Flight log 2/17/2011: The forecast was right! Winter was going to take a day off on Thursday so I decided to book my old friend 4757t for some flying time. Now what to do and where to go? Due to the weather in the Northeast I haven’t flown much so I decided to request a Safety pilot from the flying club for some IFR work. Mike D responded first so after a few emails we were scheduled for a flight at 4:30PM.

I filed KMMU to KMGJ on fltplan.com printed my nav-log and grabbed the iPad. The winds were favoring 21 but it would be late enough to fit in for a practice ILS3 approach to what traffic might be around, if not we could always break it off and circle to land.

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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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supersonic_speed

AVweb original post http://www.avweb.com/avwebflash/exclusivevids/ExclusiveVideo_SupersonicFlight_202736-1.html

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My 4 year old son’s first flight lesson

As some of you already know, my son and I have flown together a few times.
On Saturday the plan was to meet my friend Frank at the airport and follow him in his Cirrus SR22 up to Orange County KMGJ to drop off his airplane for it’s annual inspection. Long story short, he had mechanical problems and couldn’t make it, so Steven and I ended up going for a little “flight lesson”.
I had to edit some things out to keep the video at 15 minutes, but you get the idea.
Enjoy and please leave your comments.
Some thoughts on my son:
As long as he has the desire to go for it; he has a great opportunity to do some really awesome things in his life. As with any parent, I act as his guide and hope he finds the path that suits him best. I am planting seeds already. I ask him “do you want to fly F18s or F22s?” He answered me after this flight.. “Daddy, I want to fly to the moon” 🙂

Airspeed and Altitude control two schools of thought

As some of you are aware, there are two different schools of thought when it comes down to how we think about controlling airspeed and altitude in an airplane.

Some refer to it as Navy vs Air Force. I find that over the years I have become the “Navy” type of pilot.

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ForeFlight Mobile HD iPad Review

My review of ForeFlight Mobile HD for the Apple iPad. Please feel free to add any comments or suggestions below.  Read the rest of this entry »

Jeppesen Mobile TC iPad application review

My review of the Jeppesen Mobile TC iPad application.

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Bose A20 Review

This year I picked up the Bose A20 Aviation Headset as my early Christmas present.

I took a look at the A20 during AirVenture and thought it was really nice, but I still hadn’t made up my mind between it or the Lightspeed Zulu. I wore the  Zulu on my way out to Oshkosh and thought it was just awesome! The fit was perfect for me and my ipod sounded great. In the end, it came down to the Bose financing offer (0% for one year). So I made the decision to place my order. Soon after, I found that the expected ship date was in 10 to 12 weeks! I was not a happy camper. Then I heard about a recall (causing the delay). I started thinking that I had made a mistake. The next day I searched the internet for financing offers from Lightspeed, and found that if you call them they will offer the same financing plan as Bose.  I had made up my mind to cancel my Bose order. Just than I got a call from my wife, the headset had arrived! Yea, I guess, but would I like it?   Read the rest of this entry »

“Pilot Physiology”

By Matt Kreilein,

Being a scientist, I’m always interested in collecting data random as it may be.

Today I drove to Schenectady NY to fly with my old CFII for some instrument work. I like to make the trip up 1-2 times a year to fly with him and/or to reconnect with old friends from when I worked in Albany. Today, I decided to wear a GPS watch and HR monitor (standard marathoner training gear) just to see if anything happened. I actually meant to do this last night but forgot the HR monitor at home. It would have been interesting to see the spike in my HR when just at wheels up I saw a groundhog run across Rwy 24 at KPNE at the farthest point of where the landing light reaches ahead of you in 0TH. Read the rest of this entry »

Flight to Niagara Falls

Flight log 10/8/2010 Niagara Falls:
11/29/2010 Sorry for the late post on this one:
As of late I have been very busy getting ready for our new baby due in November. This has led to less time flying and for the website; at least I had this flight to look forward to.

Back in August one of my fellow flying club members Mike D had asked if I would like to plan a trip to Niagara Falls in our Cessna 182RG. Needless to say I decided to go. Read the rest of this entry »

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

Back in September of 2009 I “followed” a fellow pilot and aviation blogger on Twitter not really thinking much of it. Soon after, Todd from www.myflightblog.com responded with a message that his wife’s family lived near my airport and was wondering if I would like to go flying someday. As with just about any pilot, I agreed.

Fast forward to November of 2010. Todd sent me another message, he mentioned that he would be in the area visiting family and was wondering if we could go flying. Read the rest of this entry »

Boeing 747-8’s One Million Pound Takeoff

Story and video source / credit Boeing website found here: http://www.boeing.com/Features/2010/08/bca_one_million_08_23_10.html

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.

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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 »

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

Flight log 8/21/2010

I had originally planned to take a trip to Martha’s Vineyard this weekend but when I started receiving emails from the FAA regarding upcoming TFRs for President Obama’s planned vacation I figured I should make other plans.

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 to do now was figure out who I was going to take. My wife isn’t much of a flyer, so unless we were going on a real trip I wasn’t even going to try. Her friend expressed interest but at the time I was still waiting on responses from some of my fellow pilot friends. As I got the answers back it started to look more and more like this trip was going to be with my son. After all Steven loves to fly with his daddy so all in all not a bad deal. Read the rest of this entry »

EAA AirVenture 2010 Sean Tucker airshow

Watch as Sean D. Tucker performs in the Oracle Challenger III at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010. 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 »

EAA AirVenture 2010

Well it really came down to the wire on this one but at 16:00 local we made the final GO call for our trip to Oshkosh this year. We had delayed the trip due to conditions at the north 40 aircraft parking grounds since we are flying in Frank’s Cirrus SR22 and the wheel pants go for around $2000 each! But everything changed when I got a last minute hard surface parking reservation at the Baslier FBO. So as of now we are a go for launch!

I will post facebook updates so check in using our facebook page to the right. We are departing tomorrow morning Friday 7/30.

Lots of pictures and video to come 🙂

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 »

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 planned to fly our Cessna 182RG since I had just earned my complex / high performance endorsements and logged the required 10 hours in the aircraft, but due to a failure of the gear warning system the aircraft was grounded so we took our trusty friend N159SP. Read the rest of this entry »

Dinner flight to Hamilton NY KVGC 6/25/2010

Flight log 6/25/2010

This was our second attempt at our dinner flight to Hamilton NY. During the last flight we made the call to divert to Lincoln Park due ATC routing and a wicked headwind. This time things would go more smoothly, well at least we hoped it would. Read the rest of this entry »

Dinner flight to Hamilton NY Attempt 1 (divert to Lincoln Park)

On Monday 6/7 my friend and fellow flying club member Stephen asked if I would like to fly to Hamilton NY for dinner on Friday night. As I am always looking for a chance to fly under the hood and check out new places I agreed.

The original plan was to leave work and head directly to the airport but since I left my camera and change of clothes at home I stopped by the house on the way. As soon as I got in I saw my son. I was hoping to avoid running into him since he always makes me feel bad about flying without him. What can I say, he loves spending time with his daddy and his daddy loves spending time with him. Sure enough, after checking with Stephen to make sure it would be ok to take my son I quickly got him ready and ran to the car just in time for rush hour traffic!

On our way to the airport I called Stephen and asked him to get the airplane ready. I wanted to fly IFR on the first leg since there was an overcast layer at about 4000 feet. As I pulled into the airport Stephen informed me that he was still waiting on fuel and on top of that my overcast layer was quickly breaking up. 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: http://www.aopa.org/advocacy/articles/2010/100527adsb.html?WT.mc_id=&wtmcid;&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 MzeroA.com. 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 »

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