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October 31, 2012

Barnstormers.com Addict: So many aircraft for sale, so little money…

I’m a Barnstormers.com addict… If you aren’t familiar with the website Barnstormers.com then hopefully you can run now and be spared from the addiction. Barnstormers.com is an aviation classified site that is chocked full of used airplanes and parts for sale. I was first introduced to Barnerstormers.com back in 2004 when I was researching the…

October 30, 2012

Dedicated Facebook Page

We now have a dedicated Facebook page for iflyblog.com Check it out at http://www.facebook.com/iFLYblog This will allow me to provide some additional functionality for folks who like to use social media. Let us know what you think by commenting below or posted on our Facebook page!

October 30, 2012

How To Fly a Taildragger: 201

How To Fly a Taildragger: 201  We pick up where we left off in 101 and venture into more of the nuances of conventional gear aircraft. If you haven’t read How To Fly a Taildragger: 101 go there first. One area not mentioned in 101 was how gyroscope precession, spiraling slipstream, p-factor and torque effect a…

October 29, 2012

Hawker Beechcraft to emerge from Bankruptcy as Beechcraft Corp

Hawker Beechcraft to emerge from Bankruptcy as Beechcraft If you own a propellor-driven Beechcraft hopefully this is a spot of good news. The idea of having the tooling that makes our precious parts being shipped halfway around the world in China (if that’s how it would have went down), had to be a foreboding thought….

October 28, 2012

How To Fly a Taildragger: 101

How To Fly a Taildragger: 101 I have taught dozens of pilots how to fly taildraggers and in this article, I summarize how it’s done. Note: This information should not be used in lieu of actual flight instruction. Also the terms taildraggers, tail wheel and conventional gear are all synonymous. Pontification: Everyone should learn to…

October 27, 2012

Smoke in the Cockpit

Smoke in the Cockpit If there is one thing that strikes fear in the hearts of any pilot, it’s an inflight fire. Talk to pilots and ask what risk do they worry about the most and they will almost universally tell you, fire and structural failure (some say mid-air, but that is the cause of…

October 26, 2012

What Should You Do To Help The Declining Pilot Population

What Should You Do To Help The Declining Pilot Population Editorial There has been a lot published lately on the deterioration of our sport, but I haven’t seen much on what we should be doing to help. Setting aside the barriers, we all know that if you want to fly you will find a way. Our…

October 25, 2012

What would I Buy….Kolb

What would I buy….Kolb This is the first installment in a new series of articles based on a hypothetical set of airplane ownership criteria. Note: This information is strictly the opinion of the author. Your mileage may vary. The goal will be to spend less than $10,000 for a light sport eligible, single-seater, with cheap…

October 24, 2012

EAA Leadership Transition

EAA  Leadership Transition Monday the EAA announced the ‘resignation’ of their President/CEO, Rod Hightower. I met Rod a few years ago when our local EAA chapter hosted him on one of his grass-roots tour stops his first year. While I don’t think he’s a bad guy, his reputation among the constituents has gone from bad…

October 23, 2012

NAIA Days: My Flight School Experience

NAIA Days: My Flight School Experience Dateline: 1991 With my private license in my pocket I set out to obtain my ratings at the tender age of 20. The plan was to leave my hometown and go to a big school to get all the ratings I would need to start flying for a living…

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