Editorials

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 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 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 4, 2014

Solo Flow

Having fond memories of your own solo flight is one of the unique gifts of learning to fly. Like all pilots, it’s a seminal point in your journey. It’s akin to walking through a door into a new world. A world in which you alone control your destiny. You have crossed a threshold; you are…

February 6, 2014

CURE FOR THE DECLINING PILOT POPULATION

  Would you believe me if I stated I have a cure for the declining pilot population? And would you also believe me if I said YOU have the cure too?    It’s true. We have the power to manage this problem right now. It won’t take cheaper fuel, less government regulations, cheaper airplanes, more…

January 10, 2014

ICARUS SERIES #2: THE HUBRIS OF FLIGHT

This series will draw metaphors from the famous Greek mythological story of Icarus.   If you are unfamiliar; Icarus’ father (Daedalus) was an amazing craftsman who built his son a pair of wings made of wax and feathers. Against his father’s guidance he flew too close to the sun and melted his wings, crashing to his…

January 3, 2014

My New Year’s Resolutions: #BlogFormation Post

I have never been much on New Year’s Resolutions. I’m pretty much the kind of person that gets something in his head and goes for it at that moment. Since my buddy Eric logically came up with this month’s Blogging in Formation subject, how could I resist the opportunity to throw down some goals for 2014….

December 28, 2013

Icarus Series #1: Innovate or Die

This series will draw metaphors from the famous Greek mythological story of Icarus.   If you are unfamiliar; Icarus’ father (Daedalus) was an amazing craftsman who built his son a pair of wings made of wax and feathers. Against his father’s guidance he flew too close to the sun and melted his wings, crashing to his…

December 18, 2013

Pilots vs. Pilots

In this editorial I will attempt to juxtapose two different genre of aviators. Both are similar, yet different. Let me also say there is no right answer.   Many would think that pilots are a very structured species that goes out to the same kinds of airports and flies similar types of aircraft on comparable…

December 9, 2013

Birds of a Feather Flock Together

There are some interesting phenomena that occur when pilots of similar types of aircraft coalesce into a group. Some of it is really good and some of it is not so good. But let’s examine an often taboo subject and see where it leads us.   I’ll use the term type club because that’s how…

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