July 13, 2014

We’re Moving! – iFLYblog is merging with FixedwingBUDDHA

I’ve been maintaining two blogs for over year and now it’s time to consolidate. Even though is the older and more trafficked of the two, it will be absorbed by its sister-site, As I work through the myriad of details, rest assured that you’ll still find the same great content at the new…

June 28, 2014

Dreaming of Oshkosh

With the annual Mecca of aviation only a few weeks away, I’m compelled to share some of my thoughts on the event and to tug at your sensibilities if you aren’t planning in going this year (or in the near future).   First, let me address the only negatives that I have heard that seems…

June 8, 2014

Making Videos of Your Flights

One of my guilty pleasures with recreational flying is the use of video. It really adds to the experience and lets you share and relive moments like never before. It’s great fun to spend a few hours between flights putting together a nice edit; it can really transmit the essence of what your flight was…

May 18, 2014

Time to Fly

For those of us that live in areas that experience a genuine winter, spring should be the time we attempt to restore our flying back to pre-winter status. That is assuming you don’t fly as much during the cold months. For my friends that live in paradise – yes I’m talking to Ron and Eric…

May 13, 2014

I Want an Airplane

Here we are at the beginning of May and winter has finally released its firm grip and we can really focus on getting out there and enjoying our passion of flying.    I love May because it ushers in the air show and fly-in season for much of the Northern Hemisphere.  From this point forth…

May 10, 2014

Part 2: Army Helicopter Flight School 1969

  This is guest post from professional pilot and author, Byron Edgington.  He is the author of The Sky Behind Me and you are sure to enjoy this piece.    Part 2: Ft. Wolters Texas, Army Helicopter Flight School 1969.   Solo   I’d been in Army helicopter flight school for two months. The schedule, the heat,…

May 3, 2014

User Fees for All

By Ron Rapp I’ve been flying sixteen years now, and the specter of user fees has haunted the general aviation community the entire time. Longer, in fact. The history of these proposals has been summarized by AOPA if you care to know the full background, but one thing not many of us remember is that these taxes were…

April 21, 2014

Army Helicopter School 1969

  This is guest post from professional pilot and author, Byron Edgington.  He is the author of The Sky Behind Me and you are sure to enjoy this piece.    PART 1:   Ft. Wolters Texas, Army Helicopter Flight School 1969.   Once my Snowbird month was over it was time to head to the flight line where…

April 17, 2014

Competent and Confident In Your Flying

Com-pe-tent adjective 1. having the necessary ability, knowledge, or skill to do something successfully.   Con-fi-dent adjective 2. feeling or showing confidence in oneself; self-assured.   In our world as pilots, competence is seemingly a Yes or No answer. You are or you aren’t, right? Sort of.    Who determines your level of competence? If you say…

April 5, 2014

Solo World Record Breaker: Matt Guthmiller

Carrying on with the theme from my last post about young people doing amazing things (16 year old Aditya Palnitkar’s book Amazing Airlines) I wanted  give another young man a shout-out.    It is always a pleasure to learn about someone who has set a big goal and is working hard to accomplish it.   …

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