People of Aviation

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.   …

August 27, 2013

Youth Aviation Adventure Hangarfest 2013

I enjoyed the opportunity on Saturday evening to attend Youth Aviation Adventure’s annual Hangarfest fundraiser at my home airport of KCMH. This is the national headquarters for YAA and Spirit Avionics graciously opened up their facility to host the event. Rick Ochs and the guys at Spirit are very involved with YAA and it shows, they pulled…

August 5, 2013

A Knight of the Air (Blogging in Formation Series)

This post is my contribution to the #blogformation series on the topic of “truth is stranger than fiction.” One of us among the group selected this topic to torment the other authors! The good news is, there is no shortage of incredible stories in aviation that defy logic and turn fiction onto its ear. This…

June 7, 2013

Flying with Friends: Tom’s RV-4

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to fly with my buddy Tom, who built his own RV-4. Tom is a former Air Force instructor, now turned corporate pilot. He built his RV-4 13 years ago and been loving it ever since. He can’t bring himself to park it long enough to paint it, but…

March 16, 2013

A Career Aviator is Celebrated!

It is rare that I recycle stories in the blog, but I wanted to share this great little piece written by Kelly Yamanouchi of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Especially with the ‘iffy’ press airline pilots have gotten after the movie Flight starting Denzel Washington. I could only wish to have such an illustrious career – you…

March 6, 2013

Call Sign: Juice

I hate to disclose this embarrassing nugget of information, but the confession might cleanse my soul – ok maybe not. Some background first. If you frequent the blog you’ll know that I fly an RV-8. I love all sorts of airplanes; I am no RV snob, but I gravitated to the Vans designs some years…

February 3, 2013

Airshow Performer Duane Cole

Airshow Performer Duane Cole When I was growing up, one of the best known aerobatic pilots was Duane Cole. It wasn’t because Duane flew a fire-breathing monoplane or did countless snap-rolls on his down lines; Duane was popular because he was an entertainer. He campaigned a modified Taylorcraft for most of his career, which spanned…

January 11, 2013

Foster Lane: Aviation Pioneer

Foster Lane: Aviation Pioneer I wrote this article published in Air Facts Journal on one of the pioneers of general aviation, Foster Lane. Foster learned to fly between the WWI and WWII and helped to develop general aviation from it’s earliest roots. He also created a sprawling flying business in central Ohio. You can read…