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Who is Mark? by Brendan - 10-19-2014
Who is Mark Pollard? Contributor for iFLYblog.com Citation XLS Pilot for Air Charter service Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Acrobatics Instructor Pilot Host of INVERTEDCAST podcast   My Story (the short version): I ...


Who is Brendan? by Brendan - 10-19-2014
Who is Brendan O'Mara? Contributor for iFLYblog.com Backcountry Bush Pilot (for fun) Aircraft Owner: Piper Saratoga & Kitfox Bush Plane Experience in Ultralights & Light Sport Product Designer and Manufacturer My Story (the sh...


Dreaming of Oshkosh by Brent - 06-28-2014
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 on...


Making Videos of Your Flights by Brent - 06-08-2014
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 ...


Time to Fly by Brent - 05-18-2014
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 pa...


I Want an Airplane by Brent - 05-13-2014
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 t...


Part 2: Army Helicopter Flight School 1969 by Brent - 05-10-2014
  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 ...


User Fees for All by Brent - 05-03-2014
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 ...


Army Helicopter School 1969 by Brent - 04-21-2014
  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 ...


Competent and Confident In Your Flying by Brent - 04-17-2014
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, co...


Solo World Record Breaker: Matt Guthmiller by Brent - 04-05-2014
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...


Amazing Airlines: A book review by Brent - 04-05-2014
I was recently contacted by a young author named Aditya Palnitka. He wrote a book called “Amazing Airlines.” Having read the book, is it an excellent account of how airlines work. It goes into areas such as: the logistics involved in operation...


Solo Flow by Brent - 04-04-2014
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 desti...


The Practical Use Of An Airplane - Part 2 by Brent - 03-29-2014
If you read Part 1 you’ll know I was reveling in my successful freight run from Ohio down to the panhandle of Florida. The cargo happened to be my 18 year old son who was heading down to the Spring Break ravaged town of Panama City and a week of f...


Practical Use Of An Airplane - Part 1 by Brent - 03-23-2014
I’m always looking for ways to deploy my airplane in a practical way. I know many of you fly trips as your primary mission, but the vast majority of my personal flying is just local. Flying for the $100 hamburger, practicing formation, and doing a...


Extra 300L - Dream Machine With No Conscience by Brent - 03-07-2014
Luckily I have had the opportunity to fly an Extra a few times - from the passenger seat [PREVIOUS POST HERE]. I felt compelled to offer my thoughts on what might be one of the coolest machines I have ever handled. Extras are built at the Dinsla...


My Most Memorable Passenger by Brent - 03-01-2014
This is my humble contribution to the #blogformation group in which we are writing about our most memorable passenger(s). Having flown for hire all of my adult life, I have seen a lot different passengers. My most memorable one came from the days...


Burning The Ships by Brent - 02-27-2014
  I am fascinated by the story of Cortez who after landing in the New World, burned his ships in order to prevent his crew from turning back from battle. That way, there was no return - the only way out was to fight. No going back! This isn...


Icarus Series #3: Flying Too Close To The Sun by Brent - 02-15-2014
  Icarus was so enchanted by flight that he failed to heed his father’s warnings and crashed into the sea. He became hypnotized; drunken by his senses. He flew too close to the sun and melted his wings.   How many of us have f...


CURE FOR THE DECLINING PILOT POPULATION by Brent - 02-06-2014
  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 ta...


My Favorite Destination: Blogging in Formation Series by Brent - 02-02-2014
We didn’t really go anywhere when I was growing up, in fact my first airline flight was in my 20s well after I was already out on my own and flying professionally. It was in the back of a 737 from Cody, WY to Oklahoma City after delivering a Bella...


Announcing The Slipstream Radio Podcast by Brent - 01-22-2014
My friend Rick Burgon of www.TallyOne.com and I have been busy collaborating on a new aviation podcast we believe you'll want to checkout.  Why is this podcast different than the dozens of other ones out there? Largely because of our varied backg...


Dancing With The Lizard: Flying and Your Brain by Brent - 01-17-2014
I am not a doctor or a scientist, but in doing some research for another project I learned some interesting things about the brain that translates to this grand endeavor we call flying. The Cerebral Cortex, the largest area of the brain...


ICARUS SERIES #2: THE HUBRIS OF FLIGHT by Brent - 01-10-2014
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...


My Flying Bliss by Brent - 01-05-2014
This post originated from a video I just finished (link below) so I thought I would share it here with a bit of an explanation behind it.  Winter is firmly entrenched in Ohio and there is more on the way. Cabin fever is starting to kick in bi...


My New Year's Resolutions: #BlogFormation Post by Brent - 01-03-2014
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...


Icarus Series #1: Innovate or Die by Brent - 12-28-2013
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'...


Pilots vs. Pilots by Brent - 12-18-2013
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 sa...


Name Our Podcast by Brent - 12-11-2013
This is a contest to name an aviation podcast put on by iFLYblog and Tally One.  The podcast will cover topics relative to general, corporate and military aviation.     Brent Owens is an aircraft owner from iFLYblog with a background in ...


Birds of a Feather Flock Together by Brent - 12-09-2013
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.   ...


What I Want Under the Christmas Tree is...Electrifying! #blogformation post by Brent - 12-01-2013
In the spirit of the Holidays this month’s Blogging in Formation (#blogformation) series will cover What We Want Under our Christmas Tree. Based on the picture above, you might get the impression I want to give up our airplanes for flying sauc...


Take a load off! by Brent - 11-28-2013
  Knowing how and when to unload the wing can save your hide.  You can stop reading there. The remainder of this post will only seek to emphasize that not-so-subtle point.   If you are confused or curious keep reading. ...


Welcome to the New iFLYblog.com by Brent - 11-25-2013
Well it was bound to happen. I had started with a pretty clean website and gradually over time it became a little (or a lot) cluttered. As someone that fancies themselves a purist, particular when it comes to visual things, it was starting to grate o...


BrowseTheRamp.com by Brent - 11-23-2013
So those of you that have been reading this site know I have a strong predilection to gawking at used aircraft classifieds. Besides various writing ventures, this might be my #1 pastime when I’m not actually flying.   In the past there have bee...


Drone Pilots or Drone Operators? by Brent - 11-20-2013
You might note that I have written about UAVs on several occasions, usually in vain. Let me say for the record that UAVs (or Remotely Piloted Aircraft - RPAs) are great use of technology, particularly in the military.  But...   Ok, I was ...


Slipping vs Skidding: Why knowing the difference could save your life by Brent - 11-10-2013
I recently had an opportunity to go through a upset recovery course and while I learned a lot that I'll be sharing, one of the the things that strikes me is how many folks don't know the fundamental difference between a slip and a skid.    ...


Pre-launch of The Pilot’s Guide To Flying On a Budget by Brent - 11-07-2013
I having been working hard for the last several months to get this ebook completed  (I actually like to think of it as a guide). It is almost across the finish line and I’m really happy with how it turned out thus far. Credit goes to sever...


American Spitfire Recon Squadron by Brent - 11-02-2013
This is my humble contribution to the blogging in formation series.  Inspired by the video that I will link to at the end of this post, I wanted to summarize this incredible story of aerial courage and daring. After the United Sta...


Must Haves for the New Pilot by Brent - 10-31-2013
by Chris Oquist So you’ve finally done, you decided to buckle down and make your dream of flying a plane a reality. Now what? Well, you are going to need a few things before taking flight. Some items on this list may seem like little things, ...


Automation Nation by Brent - 10-24-2013
Are we letting the computers fly too much? I believe so, I know many of my blogging colleagues would also agree.  We seem to be going backward - better technology, but crappier pilots. I have noticed that training vendors for professional...


Bucket List Birds by Brent - 10-17-2013
Everyone has their list of airplanes they "must fly" or dream of flying someday. Some of these are out of sight for most mere mortals. Airplanes on that list might include the 'stang, the 787 Dreamliner, and pretty much anything in the previous or c...


Life of Flight: 100 Hours from my Logbook (a book review) by Brent - 10-12-2013
Author Jon Vitt had done an extraordinary thing. He has written a book that literally takes you through every step of his journey to becoming a Private Pilot. You might read a lot of very clinic explanations of how you learn to fly, but this account...


Apps instead of Maps: The Top iPad Innovations for Pilots by Brent - 10-10-2013
by Alan Carr Every pilot knows that more weight means added time, and that charts, maps, and manuals add a significant number of minutes to your flight. Thankfully, the iPad Mini weighs less than a pound and can contain pounds of information in just...


Looking Up! by Brent - 10-07-2013
As a pilot I have an irresistible tendency to look up when I see an airplane over head. For some reason I don't think this instinct exists in the non-aviation oriented population. This has been demonstrated to me dozens of times when I'm in public....


One Year Anniversary by Brent - 10-03-2013
September marked the one year anniversary of the blog and I have to say it's been an adventure; 100,000+ page views; 650 subscribers; 267 posts; and one free ebook later, I feel like the blog has been a decent success.   There were also a f...


My Most Instructional Moment by Brent - 09-30-2013
This is my humble contribution to the blogging in formation series. For this month's #blogformation post, Cap 'n Aux astutely chose "my most instructional moment" as the theme.  I had to think about this one for a few minutes. As a former instr...


But I have a non-flying spouse... by Brent - 09-21-2013
If you are lucky enough to have a spouse that is in love with aviation then you can skip this post entirely. Unfortunately, not all of us enjoy such pleasantries of life. Some of us may find ourselves wedded to someone who would rather stick pins ...


What would I buy...Mooney 201 by Brent - 09-15-2013
I have taken a break from my monthly series of picking out an airplane based on a specific criteria of mission-capability and price. In fact one of the last airplanes I selected was actually in the same category as the one I'm discussing here, but o...


Do we really want more pilots? by Brent - 09-11-2013
Ok we say we want to grow the industry, but do we really? I feel like there are plenty among us who could care less. Maybe if you stopped and asked them directly they wouldn't be so callous, but their actions elucidate their mentality. If you ar...


REFINING THE CRAFT by Brent - 09-07-2013
The question of what we can do personally to be better at our craft is something that I don't feel we ask often enough. For me, it usually takes a couple of well placed screw-ups to rattle my cage and make me think introspectively about my flyi...


My One Wish For Aviation (Blogging in Formation Series) by Brent - 09-02-2013
This is my humble contribution to the blogging in formation series. If you had one wish for aviation what would it be? Make it: safer, more mainstream, less expensive, more accessible, increasingly social, more desirable, etc.?   In a nutshel...


Youth Aviation Adventure Hangarfest 2013 by Brent - 08-27-2013
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 ADDICTION OF FORMATION FLYING by Brent - 08-22-2013
Having flown some formation in my youth, I was familiar with the addictive nature of this kind of flying. Back then I was a mixture of self-trained (read: SCARY and NOT RECOMMENDED) and loosely instructed. My "training" was from a grizzled Vietna...


Disney's Planes by Brent - 08-14-2013
Like many, I have been waiting patiently the last several months for the opening of Disney's latest offering. This movie is a spin-off of the wildly successful animated movie Cars, but since the theme was airplanes, what self-respecting pilot coul...


Drone Wars by Brent - 08-08-2013
On the heels of the FAA's certification of the first commercial drones, I'm compelled to take you down the rabbit hole with me regarding the implications of our skies littered with faceless, nameless machines. Like almost all powerful technology tha...


A Knight of the Air (Blogging in Formation Series) by Brent - 08-05-2013
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...


Recency of Experience by Brent - 07-29-2013
Recency of experience is one of the major safety challenges that we face in general aviation. Although it doesn't seem to get a lot of direct press, it's lurking just under the surface in many accidents.  It's one of the less tangible causati...


Caffeinate your flying! by Brent - 07-24-2013
Disclaimer: the inspiration for this post comes from my minor obsession with coffee.  It real doesn't matter where you are in the spectrum of aviation, sometimes we just need a little jolt to remind us why we have embarked on this journey. In...


You are never too old and it's never too late! by Brent - 07-19-2013
My philosophy is to try to learn from everyone I come in contact with and I highly recommend this approach to life. I had occasion to learn something really cool last weekend. It was a lesson I have experienced before, but I will likely need to...


Three things that scare pilots by Brent - 07-14-2013
Pilots don't agree on much, but if you were to ask what are the scariest things that could potentially occur in an airplane you will almost universally get this answer: Fire, Structural Failure, and Midair (in no particular order). Not that we si...


Being watched from the inside...what secrets does your electronics hold? by Brent - 07-10-2013
In this environment of security theatre, many folks are very attune to all of the surveillance we are under, but you might need to consider the equipment you have on the airplane you fly that is also watching you.  All of the popular glass cockpit...


How To Be a Good Student. This applies to all of us! by Brent - 07-05-2013
This post may sound like it is targeted at folks in training, but it really applies to all of us. It assumes that we are all "students" in some form or fashion. Let me explain. You see it doesn't matter if you are a 787 driver with decades of expe...


The Future of Aviation in the U.S.: From The Blogging In Formation Series by Brent - 07-01-2013
When the group was deciding on a theme for this month's Blogging in Formation series (#blogformation), we agreed to anchor it around July 4th (U.S. Independence Day). We settled on The Future of Aviation in the U.S., but we encouraged each other to ...


The Big Move by Brent - 06-28-2013
Ok, since I like to mix it up on the blog occasionally you'll see some stories about my personal flying life. Since this is one of those stories, I am giving you permission to move on until you see something of interest. If you are so inclined to gi...


Is there hope for the future of GA? by Brent - 06-23-2013
Last week our EAA chapter hosted a monthly meeting - nothing too noteworthy about that. It was at one of the local airports, which was cool because it meant I could fly in vs. taking the dreaded four-wheeled conveyance. The noteworthy part was the gu...


How To Be a Pilot - ebook by Brent - 06-23-2013
You can have the ebook for free just for signing up to this blog. This offer may not last, so get it now. The book will take you on a journey to becoming a pilot. It is packed with insider tips to make sure you have a good understanding of the proce...


Why do we suck at being safe? by Brent - 06-22-2013
I wrote a recent article for AirFactsJournal.com that highlights what I feel is the larger issue around light aircraft safety. It has very little to do with inadequate training or marginal equipment or antiquated regulations. I think the current trai...


Accomplishments in Flight by Brent - 06-19-2013
One of the cooler things about flying is the ability to seek out and accomplish tangible goals. I don't know about you, but I like having goals that I can strive for.  I think that's why sports are so popular, because you always have something to s...


Situational Awareness: Do you know where your airplane is? by Brent - 06-16-2013
The concept of Situational Awareness (SA), goes back as far as Sun Tzu's The Art of War, but where it really starts to show up in America is in the military, during WWI. For most of us, Situational Awareness was attached to human factors work bei...


Taking Planes to See Disney's Planes by Brent - 06-13-2013
by Mike Wojcik Anyone remotely interested in aviation is buzzing about this movie. Folks attending Oshkosh this year will get to be the first or Top Gun, to see it. The rest of us will have to settle for wingman. Of course I am talking about the the...


9 Simple Ways to Keep From Killing Yourself in an Airplane by Brent - 06-11-2013
We are going to explore a few commonsense ways to stay out of trouble out there. The headline is a bit of a "grabber", the point remains that flying is unforgiving. It can be extremely safe, but we can't take that for granted. Keep flying th...


Most Memorable Flight : First Flight of my RV-8 by Brent - 06-08-2013
When the group (Blogging in Formation) settled on this topic for June I wasn't sure what to write, but after some some introspection the choice was clear - the first flight in my RV-8 topped the charts as most memorable. Get a cup of coffee this is ...


Flying with Friends: Tom's RV-4 by Brent - 06-07-2013
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 ...


Testing my GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition or Another Excuse to Fly My RV-8 by Brent - 06-05-2013
Some of the folks that frequent this site will know that my RV-8 has been down for maintenance. Luckily that has been remedied (more on that in a future article) and I am once again back flying my favorite airplane. Conveniently I needed to test  f...


BLOGGING IN FORMATION IS THIS WEEK! by Brent - 06-03-2013
INTRODUCTION Starting this week, six aviation bloggers will again join forces to provide a series of common posts. Think of us as "blogging in formation" (#blogformation) for the next six days. This month's theme will be - OUR MOST MEMORABLE FLIG...


New Project by Brent - 06-02-2013
If you frequent this website, you might have noticed that the cadence that I post articles has slowed over the last month or so. That is because I'm working on a couple of side projects. The first one I would like to tell you about is called FIX...


The Most Indecent Proposal: The video that shouldn't have went viral by Brent - 05-31-2013
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AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 by Brent - 05-28-2013
I will have to start this post out with a tinge of regret. You see I am most likely not going to make it to "the show" this year due to family obligations. There is the remotest of chances that my situation will change, and I'm clinging to that hop...


50 Tales of Flight: A Review by Brent - 05-26-2013
I recently had the opportunity to read Owen Zupp's book, 50 Tales of Flight. I have to tell you if you like reading a wide cross-section of aviation, this book is for you. That's because Owen and his family have a long history in aviation. Owen...


New Toys by Brent - 05-25-2013
Pilots are not unique when it comes to the state of euphoria that accompanies getting something new. Recently, fellow builder and close friend, Greg Schroeder, had the experience of having a brand new Lycoming IO-375 show up on his doorstep. Greg ...


Plan Continuation Bias by Brent - 05-23-2013
I penned an article for General Aviation News this week about a Human Factors condition known as Plan Continuation Bias, we know it as "get-there-itis." I thought folks that come here would enjoy it as well.  Without giving it away, I will s...


Flying As Art by Brent - 05-21-2013
Flying As Art I sometimes like to refer to flying as a form of art. In fact, I'm not alone in the sentiment; many have written beautifully about our craft. Frankly I love the analogy. It allows your imagination to take over. You might visualize ...


Air Show Love by Brent - 05-19-2013
Air Show Love One of the unfortunate byproducts of sequestration is the impact it will have on this Summer's air show season. According the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS), 10s of millions of folks attend air shows annually and it comp...


Batteries included: The simplified future of electric flight by Brent - 05-16-2013
When I think about where we will be in 20 or 30 years in terms of general aviation, it becomes apparent that we will need to be adopters of technology. We have thankfully already seen this shift start to occur in GA. The experimental segment has a...


Something Old, Something New...Light Sport Aircraft by Brent - 05-14-2013
  Tecnam P92 and the Piper J-3 Cub - brothers from different mothers There are plenty of articles that talk about the very specific niche that is the Light Sport Aircraft (LSA), but I thought it would be fun to discuss it from a little different p...


Blogging In Formation Series: My Journey to Flight by Brent - 05-12-2013
My Journey to Flight As part of the Blogging In Formation Series this is my post about how I was drawn to flying. All of us have a different story of how we came to be involved in aviation. For some, you are just starting this journey, for others,...


The Last Bush Pilots: A Review by Brent - 05-10-2013
I have two constants when it comes to my book-reading life. I read anything written by a fellow pilot, but I almost never read non-fiction. In this case I am really glad I broke one of my rules to read Captain Eric Auxier's novel titled, The Last B...


12 Ideas You Can Use to Promote General Aviation by Brent - 05-08-2013
12 Ideas You Can Use to Promote GA In the grand scheme of things, most of these ideas won't really move the needle. We need solutions to several very large issues, but my goal is offer some relatively simple things we can do individually to prom...


Blogging In Formation: Six Aviation Bloggers, Six Posts, Six Days by Brent - 05-06-2013
INTRODUCTIONStarting this week, six aviation bloggers will join forces to provide a series of powerful posts. Think of us as "blogging in formation" for the next six days. These daily posts will describe how the author came to be part of this amazing...


Setting Aviation Goals: The SMART Approach by Brent - 05-03-2013
Setting Aviation Goals: The SMART Approach Having goals is something we should always endeavor to do. Not just for flying, but since we are talking aviation that will be the context for this article. Certainly these ideas can be applied to anyt...


10 Myths About Learning to Fly by Brent - 04-30-2013
Here are 10 myths that I hear frequently from folks that are interested in flying, but don't think they can pursue it.   I can't afford it. I despise the word "can't." There is simply no such thing. If you really want it, you can find ...


This is your brain on FLYING! by Brent - 04-28-2013
Many of your will remember the anti-narcotics campaign launched in the late 1980s (If you haven't seen it, click this link - it's a classic). This popular ad really reminds me of how my brain seems to change when I'm under the influence of fl...


What would I buy...Monocoupe by Brent - 04-26-2013
What would I buy? Monocoupe This is the fifth installment in a 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.  So for this ...


Oh the lure of a grass runway: One of GA's Best Kept Secrets by Brent - 04-25-2013
One my favorite things to do is land on a nice grass runway. There is something about it that almost makes it seem like a guilty pleasure. No TSA, no metal detectors, no sequestration-impacted-control-towers, and rarely any fences, and certainly no...


7 Habits of Highly Effective Aviators by Brent - 04-22-2013
7 Habits of Highly Effective Aviators Habit 1 - Seeks perfection. I believe this is a key trait and it should not be limited to the professional. If you always strive to be the best, you'll need to know how to accept coming up short without bein...


Jet Jocks: How professional pilots can shun recreational aviation by Brent - 04-20-2013
Ok, many of you may not be familiar with this curious phenomenon. Jet Jock is my pet name for professional pilots that not only don't fly outside of their day job, they are actually repulsed by the idea. I first encountered this species of aviato...


What General Aviation Needs: 8 not-so-easy solutions to GA's woes by Brent - 04-18-2013
What General Aviation Needs: 8 not-so-easy solutions to GA's woes When you look across the landscape of General Aviation it becomes apparent that there are some challenges.  I took the liberty of writing down a short list of pain-points f...


FAASTeam Safety Seminar by Brent - 04-16-2013
Last weekend our local EAA and IAC Chapters hosted the annual joint safety seminar. We also have a FAASTeam representative there so we can give FAA Wings credit to whomever attends. The last couple of years, the venue has been PrimeAero at Marysvil...


Aviation Under Attack by Brent - 04-14-2013
Aviation Under Attack I try to shy away from negative subjects in my attempts to promote aviation, but most readers of this blog are "big-boys and girls" and can handle a healthy dose of reality from time to time. The aviation news outlets ha...


How To Be a Pilot - FREE Poster (Share this with your non-flying friends) by Brent - 04-12-2013
How To Be a Pilot - FREE Poster (Share this with your non-flying friends) As another tool to help aspiring aviators,  I have developed a poster that represents a simplified process for how to get licensed as a Private Pilot. It's generic in...


Timing is everything by Brent - 04-10-2013
Timing is everything When it comes to aviation, timing is certainly everything. I pondered this as my friend Bob and I worked on timing the magnetos on his yet to be born, RV-10. [br] You see, the mags have to be aligned and adjusted to precis...


Amazon Aviator by Brent - 04-08-2013
Ok, I'm not talking about "flying the jungles of South America" kind of Amazon Aviator. I'm referring to the cyber-jungle that is Amazon.com. Why am I a big fan of Amazon? Because you can find almost anything at the click of a button and aviation p...


Why do people stop flying? by Brent - 04-06-2013
Why do people stop flying? Why do normal, well-adjusted, intelligent people drop flying like a bad habit? Unfortunately for our industry there are more than a few legitimate reasons: Expense Time Lack of interest Bad experience Access...


Top Posts by Brent - 04-05-2013
Below is a list of featured posts that best represents what the blog is all about. Consider it the best stuff on here, in my humble opinion (in no particular order). 10 Things You Can do to Improve Your Airmanship How do I pay for flight traini...


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10 Simple Things You Can Do to Improve Your Airmanship by Brent - 04-02-2013
Ten Simple things you can do to improve your airmanship. I thought it might be helpful to post up a few things that I have found useful, in terms of keeping the rust off and trying to continuously improve the craft. I'm sure you have some of you...


Flying Frustrations by Brent - 04-02-2013
Most of the things you will read on this blog about flying is that it's all unicorns and rainbows! It's true that flying is one of the most amazing experiences of your life, but it's not without its frustrations. Most recently for me I have been...


Nap of the Earth: Flying low by Brent - 03-31-2013

[pullquote]I will go ahead and state for the record, and in spite of my safety-promotional-ways, that I am not opposed to this type of flying, but...[/pullquote]




If you like this here Flying blog... by Brent - 03-29-2013
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Recurrent Flight Training by Brent - 03-29-2013
Recurrent Flight Training This month, as I have done for almost 2 decades, I found myself in recurrent flight training. As a corporate pilot, recurrent training is not optional - everyone does it, some begrudgingly, some with enthusiasm, some wi...


Aviation W&B Calculator App: a review by Brent - 03-28-2013
I promise this is my last app review for a while, but the last two I have done have been great. This app is no exception. And no I'm not affiliated with the company, beyond getting to try it on my iOS devices. Aviation W&B Calculator was chosen ...


My aviation and flying blog list by Brent - 03-26-2013
Everyone has their favorite flying blog that they frequent. Same goes for forums. There is a gravitational force that exists between you and your favorites that keep you coming back. I want to share with you a list of my favorites and a few hono...


Lessons learned: Cessna 421 "The boss's open door policy" by Brent - 03-25-2013
Flying is an amalgamation of victories and defeats, thrills and chills. Therefore let us not forget, "there but for the grace of God, go I." This fine Summer day dawned really beautifully. I had a trip for an owner of a C-421B from KDUC ...


New Aviation Resources page by Brent - 03-24-2013
I am pleased to add this new page to iFLYblog.com called Aviation Resources. You will always find it at the top of each page in the navigation bar. The goal is to provide a single click where folks can go to see what I recommend in terms of pr...


Resources by Brent - 03-23-2013
Welcome to the aviation resources page. Hopefully you will find it helpful. We add to it periodically, so check back often. Feel free to share this stuff with others.  Disclaimer: Some of these recommendations are affiliate-links, which means we...


Those dang centerlines: pilot proficiency one landing at a time by Brent - 03-21-2013
Those dang centerlines: pilot proficiency one landing at a time One of the things that I have to constantly remind myself to do is stay on centerline during landing (and takeoff). Seems like a simple thing. In fact, in my vocation its a requiremen...


Takeoff - Aviation Weather App: Review by Brent - 03-20-2013
I recently had an opportunity to try what is now my favorite aviation weather app - Takeoff - Aviation Weather I have like five weather apps on my iphone and ipad, but none of them were really optimized for what I wanted to see as a pilot. The beau...


New Transportation System: Kiwi Style by Brent - 03-18-2013
One of our fellow airmen, Dennis, sent me this video and I couldn't resist sharing it with all of your fine fliers out there in the cyber-universe. First, when it comes to modern air transportation systems. There have been lots of concepts batte...


NTSB Safety Alerts: General aviation is on the radar and not in a good way! by Brent - 03-17-2013
NTSB Safety Alerts: General aviation is on the radar and not in a good way! You might have noticed that the NTSB sent out five Safety Alerts last week in response to general aviation safety. Here are NTSB Chairman Debra Hersman's opening rema...


A Career Aviator is Celebrated! by Brent - 03-16-2013
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 startin...


I Love Biplanes! by Brent - 03-13-2013
I Love Biplanes! One of the most existential things you can do as an aviator is fly a biplane, especially an open cockpit variety. Having been lucky enough to have been a steward to one of these sentient vehicles in my youth, I can say I have tas...


Don't wait on your dreams! by Brent - 03-11-2013
Don't wait on your dreams! Recently I got a disturbing call from a good friend of mine. He was diagnosed with a disease that will forever clip his wings. This is a life-long aviator in his late 40s. This really punctuates the need to not wait ...


Clipper Ships of the Sky: The great flying boats that shrank the world 1931-1946 by Brent - 03-09-2013
I have never really had any interest in the Clippers, although they were a big part of aviation's coming of age. I just skipped over that era of aviation history,  but I was aware of the art deco posters that romanticized the big flying boats and...


Happy Sixth Month Anniversary: An aviation blog in the first half year by Brent - 03-07-2013
Today marks the sixth month anniversary of this fine aviation blog. Here's some fun facts: There have been over 40,324 page views, 198 posts, 200+ comments, and 196 subscribers since I began the blog last September (2012). Hey, if you aren't a...


Call Sign: Juice by Brent - 03-06-2013
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, b...


Private Pilot Family Man by Brent - 03-05-2013
This is a fictious story of an average middle-aged guy with a family that also has an affliction - it's called flying. NOTE: This could be anyone. Jack is a loving family man. His wife and two kids mean everything to him. But now in his 40s, life is...


Sequestration impacts VP Biden - Good! by Brent - 03-03-2013
According to Aero-New Network, "Air Force II Won't Be Ferrying The Vice President Home For Weekends. VP Joe Biden says that he'll once again be taking the train home to Delaware from Washington for the weekends now that the sequester has grounded ...


RV NATION: It's a grass roots thing! by Brent - 03-03-2013
RV NATION: It's a grass roots thing! Scott Brown, creator of RV Nation, is building a community. A community of like-minded RV folks where they can come together to talk and exchange all-things-RV. The really cool thing that Scott is doing is provi...


Taking Flight by Brent - 03-01-2013
"I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things…" - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


Energy Management: Best Glide and Best L/D by Brent - 02-28-2013
When you fly you don't really think about energy management so much. As long as the fan out front is turning, you don't have to waste a lot of brain cells on the topic. But what about folks who fly without engines, like glider pilots? They are co...


Does flying lack value? by Brent - 02-26-2013
Does flying lack value? In talking to a pilot friend I hadn't seen in a while, the topic of flying came up, of course. He mentioned he wasn't flying and wanted to buy an airplane, but didn't want anything he could afford. His tastes were beyond his...


How To Be a Pilot ebook: Update #1 by Brent - 02-24-2013
How To Be a Pilot ebook: update #1 I'm still cranking away at the ebook on how to be a pilot. It has been fun so far. Because it's an ebook there's an immense amount of flexibility, which really allows you to be as creative as you want. Plus it wi...


What would I buy...Beechcraft Bonanza by Brent - 02-23-2013
What would I buy….Beechcraft Bonanza This is the fourth installment in a 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.  Pr...


Safety vs. Risk Management by Brent - 02-22-2013
Safety vs. Risk Management I am starting to loath the word safety. This term has been carelessly bandied around for years. Talk long enough to a fellow pilot or group of pilots and inevitably it will come up.  The Internet is particularly riff ...


iFLYblog.com Book Club February 2013: Fire and Air by Patty Wagstaff by Brent - 02-21-2013
Each month I will feature an aviation book that I would recommend you add to your collection. This month I'm featuring Fire and Air A Life on the Edge by Patty Wagstaff. This book is one of my favorites, and not just because it's about aerobati...


DH88 Comet: A timeless design by Brent - 02-20-2013
One of my favorite airplanes and one that I will almost certainly never get to fly, is the De Havilland DH88 Comet. Actually there is only two flying examples, one being a replica that was commissioned and built in the U.S., the other is in a muse...


False Start by Brent - 02-19-2013
False Start You might have read in a previous entry <link here> about how I replaced the spark plugs due to a bad magneto check. Last Saturday was my first opportunity to test fly it since then and I was excited to go. Arriving at the ...


How to be a pilot ebook project by Brent - 02-18-2013
Last week I decided that a free ebook on how to be a pilot was something I wanted to tackle. I realized that we often lament on the many barriers to becoming a pilot, but we ignore one of the most fundamental challenges - just figuring out how to get...


Three reasons I love flying by Brent - 02-17-2013
I felt compelled to write down my top 3 reasons I love flying. Certainly there are more reasons to love this amazing endeavor, but I thought I'd take a stab at it the week of Valentines day. The Sensations Visual overload : nothing compares ...


You've lost your engine, now what? What to do in the case of an engine failure? by Brent - 02-15-2013
You've lost your engine, now what? What to do in the case of an engine failure? As aviators we know our airplanes are very capable of flying with an engine failure. You will obviously be descending, some airplanes faster than others, but it still ...


It's your aviation blog...what do YOU want to see? by Brent - 02-13-2013
It's your aviation blog! With several hundred readers per day, I wanted to reach out and see if your aviation blog is providing aviation content that you want to see. I obviously talk about topics that I am interested in, but that certainly isn't...


Bob's Wings by Brent - 02-12-2013
Bob's Wings Saturday a contingent of friends and fellow builders descended upon Bob's T-hangar to assist in the permanent installation of the wings on his beautiful RV-10. Although there were twice as many people as needed it was fun to see every...


Flying careers are a fickle mistress by Brent - 02-10-2013
Flying careers are a fickle mistress Two pro pilots meet for the first time and inevitably they will quiz each other on how they came to be in their current role. It's fascinating that it would even be worthy of discussion and yet this tradition is...


Anti Air Cam by Brent - 02-08-2013
Anti Air Cam I pride myself on being a pretty reasonable guy. I'm not quick to judge and I'm pretty considerate of others, but in spite of all that I couldn't restrain myself from sharing my thoughts on Sport Aviation's most recent cover-plane. S...


Teaching myself aerobatics: Don't try this at home! by Brent - 02-07-2013
Teaching myself aerobatics: Don't try this at home! Disclaimer: this post is for entertainment only. I do not recommend anyone using the concepts or techniques employed here by the author. Dateline 1992. I was a starving flight instructor flogg...


We have it good in the U.S. by Brent - 02-05-2013
We have it good in the U.S. Sometimes we as Americans need a dose of reality. Lately there has been an over abundance of negative articles about the decline of general aviation, even on this site. I think we need to take stock in how good we reall...


Like this page on Facebook by Brent - 02-03-2013
If you are a Facebook user, I'd love it if you 'liked' iFLYblog!


Airshow Performer Duane Cole by Brent - 02-03-2013
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 e...


Reckless Flying by Brent - 01-31-2013
Reckless Flying With all the emphasis on GA's accident record, especially the experimental segment, I wanted to discuss "reckless" flying - I put reckless in quotes because it means different things to different people. Merriam-Webster defines reck...


Flying Wild Alaska Saved My Marriage by Brent - 01-29-2013
Flying Wild Alaska Saved My Marriage Ok, just kidding! It didn't save my marriage, but it may have the potential to significantly enhanced it. Let me explain. My wife is deathly afraid to fly, when I first met her she had to be medicated to go on a...


Computer ATC Police: TARP and Pilot Deviations by Brent - 01-27-2013
Computer ATC Police: TARP and Pilot Deviations The FAA has a program called Traffic Analysis Review Program (TARP), which relies on an automatic system that monitors pre-established separation parameters and generates alerts when an aircraft appro...


RV-8 Aerobatics: Video by Brent - 01-25-2013
  I shot this video in 2011 during the 40 hour test phase of my RV-8. The music is totally cheesy and way over done, but at the time it seemed appropriate. I didn't have a lot of time on the aircraft at this point so the aerobatics aren't perfect b...


Lean Times by Brent - 01-25-2013
Lean times I have been trying to come to grips with proper leaning of my Lycoming IO-360-A1A. It has the stock Bendix injection system and 10:1 pistons so it's not a standard setup (due to the high compressions pistons). Unlike many of you, I h...


Risk vs Reward: GO/NO GO decision making by Brent - 01-23-2013
Risk vs Reward: GO/NO GO decision-making Every single flight you take is laden with decisions. Most of them are accounted for in regulatory guidance, operating procedures, training, or just common sense. One decision that makes the rest of these dec...


What would I Buy....Globe Swift by Brent - 01-22-2013
What would I buy....Globe Swift This is the third installment in a 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. Our previous in...


Test Flying: Operational Check Flight by Brent - 01-21-2013
Test Flying: Operational Check Flight (OCF) In related articles we talked about test flying your homebuilt aircraft on its first flight. In this post we'll discuss flight test of certified aircraft, both from a regulatory and a practical standpoin...


Fall Flight: A short video by Brent - 01-20-2013
Fall Flight: A short video I shot this video back in October during the height of fall foliage season in Ohio. It's short and not too dramatic, but I thought I would share it now that we are in the throes of winter and the flying up here is scarce...


Getting an Instrument Rating: Perspective by Brent - 01-19-2013
Getting an Instrument Rating: Perspective One of the guys asked about getting his instrument rating recently, so I provided some guidance that I thought I would share with the rest of you. This is not an all-encompassing treatise on getting your i...


Airplane Withdrawals by Brent - 01-18-2013
Airplane Withdrawals Well I haven't flown the RV since December 1st and it's really getting to me. I endeavor to fly weekly even in the winter, but the last month and a half have been tough with work, family, and the weather. I can usually dete...


iFLYblog.com Book Club January 2013: You Can Fly Now by Brent - 01-17-2013
Each month I will feature an aviation book that I would recommend you add to your collection. This month I read a really cool book about learning to fly. Titled You Can Fly Now: Your Keys to a Sky Full of Opportunity, by John S. Craparo. This book i...


New Spark Plugs by Brent - 01-16-2013
New Spark Plugs In troubleshooting a bad magneto check, I have found at least one thing that certainly needed to be addressed - my spark plugs. After watching a webinar on the subject over at EAA.org - link here, I learned some interested things ab...


Security Theatre by Brent - 01-15-2013
  Security Theatre On the heels of glider pilot Robin Fleming being wrongfully incarcerated in South Carolina, I felt compelled to say a few things about the state of security in the US. Here we have a 70-year-old glider pilot who was such a threa...


Home Simulation: Part 2 IFR Student / IFR rated by Brent - 01-14-2013
Home Simulation: Part 2 IFR Student / IFR rated by Michael W. Wojcik Getting into the soup. Some of the most enjoyable experiences of using flight simulation at home is when I began working on earning my instrument rating. Most pilots agree...


Entry-Level Flying Jobs by Brent - 01-13-2013
I was conversing with one of our readers over Facebook and the question came up about first flying job after getting your ratings. I built most of my time flight instructing and if you asked pilots in the US, 90% of them did it this way as well....


Home Simulation: Part 1 Aspiring Aviator / VFR Pilot by Brent - 01-12-2013
Home Simulation, when you can’t fly as much as you would like (part 1). by Michael W. Wojcik Like most people, time and budget limit the amount of hours I can normally fly in any given year. For me it’s typically less than a couple dozen. S...


Foster Lane: Aviation Pioneer by Brent - 01-11-2013
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 ...


Flying with music by Brent - 01-10-2013
Flying with music Oh the guilty pleasure of rocking out to your favorite tune while you are piloting an aircraft through the void. Is there anything more gratifying? I remember as a young man trying to rig up my Sony Walkman (cassette tape) to ...


Stuck Mic Avcast: Interview by Brent - 01-08-2013
Stuck Mic Avcast: Interview Len Costa at the Stuck Mic AvCast interviewed me for their most recent podcast and you can hear it here: http://stuckmicavcast.com/aviation-podcast/smac039a-best-of-2013-iflyblogcom-with-brent-owens/ Rick, Len, Carl...


I want to build another airplane by Brent - 01-08-2013
I want to build another airplane It seems like around this time each year I get the craving to build another airplane. It must have something to do with the long winters up here in Ohio. This affliction even affected me during the last winter o...


Keeping my ticket in my pocket: A TFR tale by Brent - 01-07-2013
Keeping my ticket in my pocket: A TFR tale  by Jim Savage I recently encountered a situation that could easily have turned very bad for the endeavor of me retaining my pilot certificate. I can remember a time, not all that long ago too, when ...


Modern Day Barnstormer: John Mohr by Brent - 01-06-2013
Modern Day Barnstormer: John Mohr If you haven't heard of John Mohr, he's the guy in the stock Stearman that flies so low you have to be in front of the crowd to see his performance. I first saw John at the Gathering of Mustangs and Legends in ...


HGS Flight: an iPad app review by Brent - 01-05-2013
HGS Flight: an iPad app review Rockwell Collins produced this FREE app for iPads to showcase their Head-up Guidance technology. See below: From the Rockwell Collins website: Rockwell Collins has unveiled HGS™ Flight, a new app that lets user...


New Year's Resolutions...aviation style by Brent - 01-04-2013
New Year's Resolutions...aviation style With 2013 already in full swing, I thought it appropriate to post up my aviation related goals for the new year. Many of you know this, but there is a lot of power in actually writing these things down - they ...


Has the last fighter pilot been born? by Brent - 01-03-2013
Has the last fighter pilot been born? Editorial A recent article from the TechNewsDaily reported that an F-16 squadron from the Iowa Air National Guard had given up their beautiful Vipers for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Tragic! This squad...


Building my RV-8: the video by Brent - 01-02-2013
Building my RV-8: the video This is just a small sample of the thousands of photos taken during the construction of my RV-8 aircraft. I plan to write a series of posts regarding the milestones and notable encounters during the build. Check back for ...


The Professional Private Pilot by Brent - 01-01-2013
The Professional Private Pilot Sounds like an oxymoron, but does it have to be? I have flown with dozens of pilots who only fly for their own enjoyment that flew with a high degree of professionalism. I attribute this to good training and mo...


Score one for innovation against the declining pilot population by Brent - 12-31-2012
Score one for innovation against the declining pilot population I have to say I am impressed by all the ideas being brought to bear on the "war against the declining pilot population." Some of the ideas are brand new and some are recycled from the...


Living with your airplane part 2: Residential airparks by Brent - 12-30-2012
Living with your airplane part 2: Residential airparks Last installment we talked about having a private airstrip. This post we are discussing living at an airpark community. Honestly, this is a deeper level of immersion than most of us are acc...


Living with your airplane part 1: Home strip by Brent - 12-29-2012
Living with your airplane part 1: Home strip I have often dreamt of living with my airplane; being able to launch into a beautiful sky by merely walking out my back door is as romantic as it gets. First, only a very small group of us get to e...


Self-Appointed Airport Police by Brent - 12-28-2012
Self-Appointed Airport Police In my hometown we had a gentleman who took on the self-appointed role of airport police. He was actually a nice guy and he meant well, but boy if he thought you were doing something unsafe, he was in your face. ...


What brought you here? Your journey to General Aviation by Brent - 12-27-2012
What brought you here? Your journey to General Aviation All of us have a different story of how we came to be involved in general aviation. For some, you are just starting this journey, for others, it has been a life's quest. Being involved does...


The dirty dozen of aircraft ownership! A simple list of the costs by Brent - 12-26-2012
The dirty dozen of aircraft ownership! A simple list of the costs We'll just be focusing on ownership, not renting. If you fly less than 100 hours a year, renting is almost always more cost-effective, but never as rewarding or convenient as owning...


A Christmas story from WWII by Brent - 12-25-2012
  A Christmas story from WWII Four days before Christmas 1943, in the darkest hours of WWII, a miracle took place. Two enemies—an American bomber pilot and a German fighter ace—met in combat over Germany and did the unexpected: They decided no...


Twas the night before Christmas...mustang style by Brent - 12-24-2012
Twas the night before Christmas all over the place, When we were suddenly confronted by an old flying ace. There was icing reported and turbulent air, He said "File me a flight plan, I gotta get there." Outside sat his aircraft all ready ...


Pattern Work: Touch-and-goes for increased proficiency by Brent - 12-23-2012
  Pattern Work: Touch-and-goes for increased proficiency In my days as an instructor I spent a lot of time in the traffic pattern doing dozens of touch-and-goes. Today, I still feel like this is one of the best places to refine our craft and mai...


It's the end of the world. What did you do? by Brent - 12-22-2012
It's the end of the world. What did you do? Yesterday marked the end of the Mayan calendar, 12/21/12. I hope everyone got out and flew, just incase! Unfortunately, the weather across Ohio was bad all day and I had to work, so I was left to fant...


New Blogging Weapon: GoPro Hero3 Black Edition by Brent - 12-21-2012
New Blogging Weapon: GoPro Hero3 Black Edition GoPro released it best camera yet in late October of this year and I am happy to announce that I will be adding one to my video arsenal this winter. I have to wait for Santa Claus to deliver it unde...


Should I train in a modern or vintage LSA aircraft? by Brent - 12-20-2012
Should I train in a modern or vintage LSA aircraft? A friend of the blog, Dave L., emailed recently asking about completing his Light Sport (LSA) training in a legacy aircraft, in this case a post-war Aeronca Champ, versus a modern LSA trainer. ...


Christmas light rides for fun or profit by Brent - 12-19-2012
Christmas light rides for fun or profit As a starving flight instructor working for a start-up FBO in a small town of 25,000 people, we were always looking for ways to drum up new business. The Christmas of 1992 we concocted a great plan; we adv...


Ohio declares December as GA Appreciation Month by Brent - 12-18-2012
Ohio declares December as GA Appreciation Month I often lament about living in Ohio, mostly because of the lousy weather. One thing I can't complain about is general aviation (GA) in this state, it is alive and well. Every weekend, 9 mont...


Medically speaking by Brent - 12-17-2012
Medically speaking Editorial Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, nor do I play one on TV. The information herein is not medical advice or guidance. Since this month my 1st class medical is due again, I went to the Doctor's office like I h...


RV-8 cockpit tour by Brent - 12-16-2012
RV-8 cockpit tour The video below is a basic cockpit tour of my RV-8. This airplane has an IO-360 200hp engine with inverted fuel/oil and a Hartzell constant-speed prop. It first flew August 13, 2011. It is equipped with an Advanced AFS3500EE...


A shout-out to aviation's volunteers by Brent - 12-15-2012
A shout-out to aviation's volunteers Flying creates such an emotional connection that it really draws people in, many of these folks actually never fly. In fact, some of the more important people to our hobby aren't licensed at all. The good new...


Spartan Days: Failed Flight Training by Brent - 12-14-2012
Spartan Days I was a student at Spartan School of Aeronautics (their new name is Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology) back in 1990. At the time Spartan had a boom of pilots coming through with dreams of airline cockpits in their heads. ...


Virtual Self-Righteous Aviator by Brent - 12-13-2012
Virtual Self-Righteous Aviator As a companion article to the Self-Righteous Aviator(SRA), I present to you the Virtual Self-Righteous Aviator (V-SRA). This particular sub-species of SRA, can usually be found lurking on message boards througho...


Does building or restoring an aircraft make you smarter? by Brent - 12-12-2012
Does building or restoring an airplane make you smarter? For the sake of the argument lets consider "smarter" as a tangible enhancement in problem-solving skills. After building my RV-8 I pondered this very subjective question. Part of me felt l...


Paying it forward: aviation style by Brent - 12-11-2012
Paying it forward: aviation style This year Indiana resident and pilot , Nancy Warren, did an amazing thing. Nancy is a member of the United Flying Octogenarians. That membership requirement is to be actively flying past 80 years of age. At 8...


iFLYblog.com Book Club December 2012: Top Gun Days by Brent - 12-10-2012
Each month I will feature an aviation book that I would recommend you add to your collection. I recently finished this book and it was an outstanding read - I couldn't put it down! If you love books that are written by the person who was there a...


What will general aviation look like in 40 years? by Brent - 12-09-2012
What will general aviation look like in 40 years? The year is 2053. I drive to my small general aviation airport in my electric vehicle and pull right up to my hangar. There is no need to gain access via gates due to the virtual barrier placed aro...


The Instrument rating demystified by Brent - 12-08-2012
The Instrument rating demystified The instrument rating is really a graduate level course that many undergrads quiver at the thought of undergoing. Lets examine it in detail and discover some common mistakes and misconceptions. What is an ins...


Buying a used homebuilt by Brent - 12-07-2012
Buying a used homebuilt In this economy there is no question it's a buyers market. This is the same for the used homebuilt market, there are plenty of good deals out there. But do you really know what you're buying? Lets examine some key questi...


iPad EFB by Brent - 12-06-2012
iPad EFB Since GPS nothing else has revolutionized aviation in recent history like the iPad. This was the first time in our industry a consumer electronic device gained widespread acceptance in the aerospace arena, and for good reason. If you...


Should I fly into Oshkosh? by Brent - 12-05-2012
Should I fly into Oshkosh? This is a question that many aviators ask themselves. Airventure Oshkosh is an amazing experience that should be on every pilot's bucket list and for thousands it is the one event every year they WILL NOT miss. B...


The airport social scene by Brent - 12-04-2012
The airport social scene I was lucky to get to work for the FBO in my hometown after flight school to build hours. It was one of the most memorable times of my life. To set the stage, Duncan (KDUC), is a small town of 25,000 located 50nm sou...


RV-10 In Progress by Brent - 12-03-2012
RV-10 In Progress A good friend of mine, Bob Leffler, is nearing completion of his beautiful RV-10. I have seen this airplane materialize over the years and it is really going to be a nice ship. As he is starting to get into the firewall forw...


What would I Buy....Luscombe 8A by Brent - 12-02-2012
What would I buy....Luscombe 8A This is the second 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. See our pr...


How do I pay for flight training? by Brent - 12-01-2012
How do I pay for flight training? It seems like lately there has been a plethora of articles and blog posts on the internet about the cost of flying and how our population is shrinking. I felt it was appropriate to provide some ideas on how to ...


Balancing Flying with Family by Brent - 11-30-2012
Balancing Flying with Family editorial If you are a family man or woman, you need to balance your flying activities with your home-life. Certainly every situation is different so many of these points won't apply. If your whole family is into...


Checklist Discipline (updated) by Brent - 11-29-2012
Checklist Discipline  (Update) Fellow pilot and friend Mike Wojcik contributed to this piece. See his work below regarding a checklist he dev...


The Self-Righteous Aviator by Brent - 11-28-2012
The Self-Righteous Aviator One of the phenomena that I have observed in the wild is the self-righteous aviator (SRA). You know the one; they think they know it all and everyone else is beneath them. This curious species usually migrates to ...


Dreaming of Flight: Flying as a second career (update) by Brent - 11-27-2012
Dreaming of Flight: Flying as a second career There is an often asked question that is batted around in real and virtual hangars across the land – should I chase my dream of flying for a living? In a related article I asked, “Is the romance ...


Always learning: a pilot can never learn too much by Brent - 11-26-2012
Always learning: a pilot can never learn too much Learning is defined by Webster as: the process of acquiring modifications in existing knowledge, skills, habits, or tendencies through experience, practice, or exercise. As pilots we always have ...


Old Flight Bag: A glimpse into a flying life by Brent - 11-25-2012
Old Flight Bag: A glimpse into a flying life My aunt was good friends with a Doctor in Alaska during her days living up there. He passed away a few years ago and the family wanted me to have his old flight bag. It was in storage at my paren...


We need more aviation heroes by Brent - 11-24-2012
We need more aviation heroes editorial Ever since Neil Armstrong passed away, I have lamented on the status of our aviation heroes. The number of people who have risen to hero status in the aviation world continues to shrink - we just aren't...


Why do people live near airports and then complain? by Brent - 11-23-2012
Why do people live near airports and then complain? Editorial Help me out. Why do people move in next to an airport and then complain about the airplanes? This completely blows my mind. Are they so compulsive that they go through the arduous proce...


Happy Thanksgiving! by Brent - 11-22-2012
Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving means something different to everyone. I think for pilots it has a special meaning. As aviators we get to experience something few mortals will ever know; the patchwork of our fragile Earth from above, the beauty ...


Reflections of a flight: Flying with a camera under my wing by Brent - 11-21-2012
Reflections of a flight Short Flight from iflyblog.com on Vimeo. For fun I mounted my camera under the wing of the RV-8 and shot this footage on a short flight from Buckeye Executive airport to The Ohio State Airport last week. Most of t...


Jerrie Mock and the Spirit of Columbus by Brent - 11-20-2012
Jerrie Mock and the Spirit of Columbus I wrote an article for Air Facts Journal on one of the least known, but probably most interesting aviatrix of the last century. She was the first woman to fly around the world solo. One of the fun things a...


Flying Young Eagles: My 1st Rally by Brent - 11-19-2012
Flying Young Eagles: My 1st Rally I am ashamed to admit it, but Saturday was my first time to attend a Young Eagles rally. Not only did I attend, but I flew as a volunteer pilot. EAA Chapter 9, based in Columbus, OH,  was host to the November ...


First Flight: Flight Testing your Experimental Aircraft by Brent - 11-18-2012
First Flight: Flight Testing your Experimental Aircraft Flight testing your homebuilt aircraft for the first time is statistically proven to be a riskier proposition than normal flight operations. Of course this makes sense; the first time a bun...


Crossfired: A Spectacular Fly-In by Brent - 11-17-2012
Crossfired Over the summer a gaggle of around 30 RVs converged on a beautiful grass strip near Akron, OH. The destination - Crossfire's, a veritable 'field of dreams' grass strip owned by John Fury. Once, or more times, a year John opens up h...


B-17 Gas Station by Brent - 11-16-2012
B-17 Gas Station A friend sent me this story and I couldn't resist posting it here. I tried to determine who the original author was, but to no avail. My best guess is from this website by a guy named Blair Shorney. Some of the claims in the story...


My First Flight by Brent - 11-15-2012
My First Flight My first time to slip the surly bonds of earth occurred at Lawton, Oklahoma. I was 14 years old. The vehicle, a Piper Arrow IV. The pilo...


Aviation Book List: ebooks by Brent - 11-14-2012
Aviation Book List: ebooks A friend of the blog asked on our Facebook page about a list of recommended aviation books. He was specifically interested in boo...


A Horse of a Different Color: Flying and Horses? by Brent - 11-12-2012
A horse of a different color One of things I enjoy, outside of flying, is horseback riding. After a recent ride it occurred ...


Short Sortie: A Normal Flight in the RV-8 by Brent - 11-11-2012
Short Sortie: A Normal Flight in the RV-8 Since the last time I flew the -8 was four weeks ago, I was looking for any excuse to go flying yesterday. My home airport doesn't have fuel so I have to go to other airports to top-off. So the mission ...


Aviation Mentorship: Air Facts Journal by Brent - 11-10-2012
  As a contributor for Air Facts Journal I penned an article for them on mentorship as it relates to aviation. You can find it here: http://airfactsjournal.com/2012/11/aviation-mentorship Hopefully you will find it useful, whether you...


Handling an Aircraft Emergency by Brent - 11-09-2012
Handling an Aircraft Emergency Few of us really know how we'll react in a true emergency. Thankfully, they are extremely rare in our modern GA airplanes. But will you be prepared when that day comes? The day that something goes terribly wrong and...


My Ride in a T-34 by Brent - 11-08-2012
My Ride in a T-34 In High School I pumped gas to pay for my flying. It turned out to be a great opportunity to be a paid airport bum; I met all sorts of people and learned a ton. One of the neat things that happened was meeting Col J. Paul Tidw...


FAA Safety Briefing: A Free Publication From the FAA by Brent - 11-07-2012
If you don't already know about the FAA's free publication that comes out 6 times a year, you owe it to yourself to check it out. FAA Safety Briefing is a very well done full-color glossy periodical that covers a wide variety of topics. The Nov...


My Last Piston Twin Trip by Brent - 11-06-2012
My Last Piston Twin Trip My last paying trip in a piston twin was emotional, but not for the reasons you might think. First I should quantify,  at the time I didn't realize this was to be my last round trip. I was flying for a great little ...


iFLYblog.com Book Club November 2012: Stick and Rudder by Brent - 11-05-2012
Each month I will feature an aviation book that I would recommend you add to your collection. An appropriate title for some of my more recent posts, Stick and Rudder: An Explanation of the Art of Flying is the oldest flying book I have read and it...


Flying with Finesse by Brent - 11-04-2012
Flying with Finesse I love it when we refer to flying as art. It distills away all the sorid technical details and leaves us with the one thing that keeps us coming back, our physical connection with the flying machine. This connection should b...


FLIGHT: The Movie by Brent - 11-03-2012
UPDATE: 11/03/12 You may have heard, but in case you haven't, there is a flying movie out November 2nd called 'FLIGHT'. It stars Denzel Washington, which I'm a huge fan, and it is directed by Robert Zemeckis, who did 'Forrest Gump' and 'Cast Away...


Cory Bird's Symmetry: An Airplane as Art by Brent - 11-03-2012
Cory Bird's Symmetry One of the most beautiful light airplanes I have ever seen is Cory Bird's one-of-a-kind homebuilt called Symmetry. Cory designed and built this aircraft over 14 years and 15,000 man-hours. Powered by a 200hp, IO-360. It fir...


WACO Classic won Autopilot Approval....Really? by Brent - 11-02-2012
Hot off the presses from General Aviation News:  http://www.generalaviationnews.com/2012/11/01/71216/ Editorial WACO Classic Aircraft has won FAA approval of the S-TEC System 55X autopilot STC for installation in the WACO YMF-F5C and 5D. I ...


What's in a name? by Brent - 11-02-2012
Naming Contrary Mary How did my RV-8 come to be called 'Contrary Mary'? Early in the construction of my RV-8 I needed to decide on a paint scheme. I wanted something that would pop, the traditional white base with some kind of accent strip(s)...


Father and Son First Solo by Brent - 11-01-2012
Father and Son First Solo This came across the Twitter feed and I couldn't resist the urge to put it up on my blog. Father and son Michael and Gregory B. both solo'd a C-172 on the same day in Kissimmee, FL. According to Sun State Aviation's F...


Barnstormers.com Addict: So many aircraft for sale, so little money... by Brent - 10-31-2012
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 p...


Dedicated Facebook Page by Brent - 10-30-2012
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...


How To Fly a Taildragger: 201 by Brent - 10-30-2012
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 gyr...


Hawker Beechcraft to emerge from Bankruptcy as Beechcraft Corp by Brent - 10-29-2012
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 ...


Links by Brent - 10-28-2012
Here's a list of blogs that we like to frequent. They cover a variety of topics, all aviation related. If you don't see a link here that you feel deserves a spot, please let me know via email. First stop is: FIXEDWINGBUDDHA.com this is the place t...


How To Fly a Taildragger: 101 by Brent - 10-28-2012
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...


Smoke in the Cockpit by Brent - 10-27-2012
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 ...


What Should You Do To Help The Declining Pilot Population by Brent - 10-26-2012
What Should You Do To Help The Declining Pilot Population Editorial There has been a lot published lately on the deterioration o...


What would I Buy....Kolb by Brent - 10-25-2012
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 ...


EAA Leadership Transition by Brent - 10-24-2012
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 th...


NAIA Days: My Flight School Experience by Brent - 10-23-2012
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 s...


iFLYblog.com Book Club October 2012: Fate is the Hunter by Ernst Gann by Brent - 10-22-2012
Each month I will feature an aviation book that I would recommend you add to your collection. Appropriately, the first book is the seminal work by Captain Ernest Gann - Fate is the Hunter. This is my favorite flying book of all time! The romanc...


Right Break by Brent - 10-21-2012
In the spirit of the article published here today on formation flying, I thought I would share this simple video with you. It was a mid-day flight and rough down low so forgive the camera shake. The video was shot at Port Columbus (KCMH) in Columb...


Formation Flying by Brent - 10-20-2012
Formation Flying Editorial/Flight Training This article is not a how-to, there are many good resources on the internet for the nitty-gritty details, rather this a high-level overview of formation flying as it relates to the general aviation pilot...


Lynda Meeks: The Sky's the Limit by Brent - 10-20-2012
  Lynda Meeks: The Sky's the Limit Editor: If you haven't read the Huffington Post article about Lynda and some of the things she is doing is is p...


Cloudahoy: A Review by Brent - 10-19-2012
I had an opportunity to use a new iOS aviation app last week called Cloudahoy. I have to say, it's pretty slick. The idea behind the app came from ins...


Complacency: The Silent Killer by Brent - 10-18-2012
Complacency: The Silent Killer Let's face facts, flying can be risky. In spite of statistics that say flying is safer than driving - which are arguable, there are elements of flying that are swiftly unforgiving. We have done well in recent deca...


Are Experimental Airplanes Really That "Experimental?" by Brent - 10-17-2012
Are experimental airplanes really that "experimental?" Editorial This article may seemed biased toward experimental airpla...


Misadventures of a C-172 Flight by Brent - 10-16-2012
Misadventures of a C-172 Flight As a starving flight instructor working my tail off to make ends meet, I did some 'interesting' flying. (Editors note: no specific dates, locations, or names are used in this story to protect me from any bad-guys...


Mary Flies by Brent - 10-15-2012
My 8 year old daughter Mary, goes flying with her dad! Although the RV-8 has been flying for over a year, my two daughters have not been up in it yet - seems mom is more than a bit nervous about them flying. Well yesterday the opportunity pres...


Redbull Stratos: A Success by Brent - 10-14-2012
Felix Baumgartner literally jumped into the history books today with his unconfirmed record breaking free fall from the edge of space. Jumping from approximately 127,000'. He fell for over 4 minutes, hopefully achieving speeds over Mach 1 on his way ...


Yeager Celebrates Going Mach One 65 Years Ago by Brent - 10-14-2012
Sunday, October 14th, 2012 at 10:24 a.m. General Yeager will be in an F-15 high over the Mojave Desert going Mach 1 just like he did 65 years ago in his Bell X-1. Article by BY KEITH ROGERS LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL Posted: Oct. 12, 2012 | 2:0...


FLY AWAY IN AN S-LSA RV-12! by Brent - 10-13-2012
October 11, 2012 For Immediate Release: FLY AWAY IN AN S-LSA RV-12! Van’s Aircraft, Inc. is pleased to announce a new program to build completed, fly-away, RV-12s. Better yet, Van’s has a working agreement with Synergy Air of Eugene, OR to ...


My Friend Tom Webster Goes West by Brent - 10-13-2012
Last week a good friend, Tom Webster, passed away. Tom was 76 and lived in Columbus, OH most of his life. He was an avid aviator and built an RV-7A that he flew right up to the end. He passed peacefully in his sleep. As you would imagine, he was a...


NTSB Press Release on G650 Crash by Brent - 10-11-2012
Today the NTSB issued a press release on the G-650 test flight crash that killed 4 crewmembers and destroyed the aircraft.  The short version is that Gulfstream was too aggressive in trying to get the airplane certified and to the market. Go here...


Obama Critical of Corporate Aviation: Again! by Brent - 10-10-2012
I will steer clear of politics on this blog, but no matter your political affiliation, this kind of rhetoric is damaging to aviation as a whole. Below from AvWeb: In last week's presidential debate, President Obama said people who operate busines...


Professional Flying: Is the romance gone? by Brent - 10-10-2012
Editorial Is the romance gone from professional flying? Why do most of these pilots choose golf, boating, hunting, ad nauseam over a pleasure flying on their days off? (For our purposes, professional flying refers to the airline, charter, or cor...


Flying in High School by Brent - 10-09-2012
Flying In High School There are not enough high school students learning to fly these days. I was lucky enough to get my private license my senior ye...


Embry-Riddle: Climbing out despite turbulent times by Brent - 10-09-2012
You might wonder how a big aviation university is doing during the recession. After all, airline flying is not the glamorous, big money career it used to be. What’s a college to do? At Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida,...


Aerobatics: A Primer by Brent - 10-08-2012
Arizona Aerobatics Reprinted article by George Norris The sky is a deep Arizona blue and the hint of wind that sneaks around the windscreen in the open cockpit has a nice early morning chill. You quickly check your airspeed and altitude and then st...


SpaceX Makes History - Again! by Brent - 10-08-2012
SpaceX Makes History - Again! I normally won't be discussing space too much on this blog, but last night I watched the SpaceX CRS-1 Rocket launch into orbit with a NASA payload bound for the International Space Station and it totally geek'd me out...


Flight Stimulation: A Week In the Life of Recurrent Training by Brent - 10-07-2012
This week I get the privilege of repeating a tradition that has gone on for the last 16 years -recurrent simulator training. I don't know of many professions where you literally put your career on the line twice a year in exchange for keeping the ...


Mid-Air Collision: Disaster Averted by Brent - 10-06-2012
On Friday, October 5th, two Piper aircraft collided in the skies over Arizona. At least one of the aircraft was on an IFR training flight. As you view the pictures you'll realize how miraculous it was that no one was injured. One aircraft made it ...


AOPA Air Safety Foundation: The Latest Nall Accident Report by Brent - 10-06-2012
Editor: Each year the AOPA Air Safety Foundation publishes a free report capturing accident data and statistics. This edition of the report is covering accidents in 2010 (this delay is to allow accident investigations to close). I highly recommend re...


Mitchel Flying the RV-8 by Brent - 10-05-2012
When you build an airplane, there are many times that you just need an extra hand. This is especially true with a metal airplane that needs to be rivet...


The Bugatti 100P: Reviving a Ghost by Brent - 10-04-2012
Editors Note: As a native of Oklahoma, I have been excitedly watching the progress of this fascinating project coming out of Tulsa. I can't wait to see it fly! By D.R. STEWART World Staff Writer In June 1940, as Ettore Bugatti and Louis de Mong...


We Fly Dynon’s New D1 Pocket Panel by Brent - 10-03-2012
By Stephen Pope Dynon Avionics has unveiled a portable backup EFIS that might just be the perfect budget emergency flight display. The Dynon D1 Pocket Panel makes use of the same micro AHRS (attitude and heading reference system) technology as ...


Mayday! The Declining Pilot Population Part 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 by Brent - 10-02-2012
Special Report Introduction (updated Oct 5th, 2012) The dwindling number of pilots in the U.S.A. has the attention of a lot of people. There are currently far more questions than answers and it is unlikely that those answers will come from one sourc...


The Bücker Jungster I by Brent - 10-02-2012
My Bücker Jungster I Dateline Spring of 1992 Having my first taste of ownership with the Ercoupe, I set a goal to have some kind of aerob...


Pilot Training Tools: When, if at all, would you let a student bring an iPad or other electronic flight bag into the cockpit? by Brent - 10-01-2012
Pilot Training Tools By Pia Bergqvist / Published: Sep 21, 2012 When, if at all, would you let a student bring an iPad or other electronic flight bag into the cockpit? Chris Esposito co-founded Orlando, Florida’...


Sunday Sortie by Brent - 09-30-2012
Sunday Sortie Due to my annual inspection and vacation, post-Oshkosh flying has been minimal at best. My usual ritual of once-a-week sorties all...


The Fokker Triplane: My Secret Obsession by Brent - 09-29-2012
The Fokker Triplane: My Secret Obsession Ok I have a confession. I'm in love with another airplane besides my darling RV-8 and I'm not entirely sure what to do about it. It started innocently and impulsively. I was strolling through Kitplanes...


RV-14 by Brent - 09-28-2012
AOPA did a little video on the new Vans RV-14.


Preflight Inspections: It's What You Don't See That Can Hurt You by Brent - 09-28-2012
Preflight Inspections: It's What You Don't See That Can Hurt You Doing an adequate preflight inspection is one of the tenants to good airmanship. We pride ourselves on knowing every nut, bolt, and screw on our airplanes, but how well do we really d...


EAA Eagle Flights by Brent - 09-28-2012
EAA Eagle Flights  Diane Thornton climbed into the cockpit of a T-6 Texan military trainer Tuesday morning and soon was the first adult recipient of an EAA Eagle Flight. Her pilot, EAA president/CEO Rod Hightower, taxied them off in his warbir...


Automotive Powerplant Conversions: Caveat Emptor by Brent - 09-27-2012
Automotive Powerplant Conversions: Caveat Emptor Editorial I offer my opinion and experience on the subject of using high performance water-cooled automobile engines in your homebuilt airplane. Although I am not a mechanic, I have flown behind ...


The Piper Cub by Brent - 09-27-2012
Piper Cub By Stephen Pope / Published: Jul 25, 2012   (editor: Check out this video to get the essence of how pure flying can be in a Cub!) [embedplusvideo height="356" width="584" standard="http://www.youtube.com/v/QiYykW268qQ?fs=1" vars=...


My Own Private Oshkosh: Airventure 2012 by Brent - 09-26-2012
My Own Private Oshkosh: Airventure 2012 Airventure Oshkosh is an event no self respecting aviator should miss. It has something for everyone and barring bad weather, there is no better aviation venue. The only complaint is you can't see it all! Th...


Race 88 at the 2012 Reno Air Races by Brent - 09-25-2012
Cool video from the 2012 Reno Championship Air Races. [embedplusvideo height="356" width="584" standard="http://www.youtube.com/v/QVdJg4trUiQ?fs=1" vars="ytid=QVdJg4trUiQ&width=584&height=356&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=0&auto...


Cessna 182 JT-A by Brent - 09-25-2012
Cessna 182 JT-A By Robert Goyer / Published: Sep 24, 2012 Cessna 182 JT-A Over the years I’ve flown around a dozen varieties of the Cessna 182, from the latest glass-panel turbo models to impeccably restored early bir...


Jeff Granger and his Extra 300L by Brent - 09-25-2012
Jeff Granger and his Extra 300L One of the best parts of our community is how some have taken up the charge to be part of the solution. To me that means, flyin...


Dual Purpose Mission by Brent - 09-24-2012
Dual Purpose Mission On the heels of my recently completed 1st annual inspection, I had two things that needed to be accomplished; do a post-annual shakedown flight and top off my thirsty tanks.  My home airport, Buckeye Executive, is out of fuel...


Kermit Weeks is my Hero! by Brent - 09-24-2012
Ok, if you don't know who Kermit Weeks is you need let me explain it in one sentence. He is what you or I would be if we were rich! He's the creator of the Fantasy of Flight Theme Park in Polk City, Florida and he has the largest private collec...


United takes first 787 by Brent - 09-24-2012
By:  EDWARD RUSSELL WASHINGTON DC 4 hours ago United Airlines took ownership of its first Boeing 787-8 on 22 September, the carrier announced today. It says that it will fly the aircraft, which is registered N20...


The Tale of an Almost Glider Pilot by Brent - 09-22-2012
The Tale of an Almost Glider Pilot When I was working for Jim at Brewer Aviation, he decided it would be fun to buy a glider so we could give lessons and rides. This was pretty typical of Jim, we always looking for ways to get people excited about...


Antique and Classic Airplanes are GAs Best Kept Secret by Brent - 09-21-2012
Antique and Classic Airplanes are GAs Best Kept Secret These are a class of airplanes that I believe are under recognized ...


Stall Spin Awareness: What Your Instructor Should Be Telling You by Brent - 09-21-2012
Stall/Spin Awareness The industry has not done a good job keeping people from spinning into the ground. In this short article I will distill down the essence of the problem and hopefully provide another perspective that might keep you out of trouble...


Space: The Final Frontier by Brent - 09-20-2012
Space: The Final Frontier Editorial With the recent passing of Neil Armstrong, I find myself lamenting about where we are in the history of manned space exploration. I am a disciple of all things related to outer-space. I actually found myself...


iFLYblog.com Audiocast Episode #3 by Brent - 09-19-2012
This is episode #3 of the iFLYblog.com Audiocast. To be fair, this isn't a podcast in the traditional sense. The audiocast will simply be an audio version of posts that are here on the blog. The truth is, lots of folks like to listen to content ...


Fly Cheap: Some techniques and tips for flying without breaking the bank by Brent - 09-19-2012
How to fly as inexpensively as possible  Below I outline some things I have learned over the years, plus brought in some new ideas on how to fly without breaking the bank. This will be centered around the basic requirement of the $100 hamburge...


Our Unfriendly Airports by Brent - 09-18-2012
Editorial Our Unfriendly Airports When it comes to customer service there seems to be a universal constant among airport...


Annual Inspection: The first annual on my RV-8 by Brent - 09-17-2012
Annual Condition Inspection: Wow a year went by fast! August 2nd, 2011 marked a year since I signed off the inspection on my newly minted RV-8. Nine days later I would fly her for the first time (another story for another day). Having flown the ai...


The Ercoupe: A Journey into the resurrection, restoration, and triumph of a 48 year old airplane by Brent - 09-17-2012
This story starts out innocently enough, my dad and I were looking for a good used airplane. Nothing fancy, just something that carried two people and it didn't have to be fast or flashy - our mission was low-cost! Our 1946 Ercoupe - N3466H with...


Flight Testing Homebuilts: Are You Ready by Brent - 09-17-2012
by Lt Col Mike 'Vac' Vaccaro             It’s been discussed and written about quite a bit in the experimental/amateur built community, but it’s worth inclusion in any safety program geared toward operation of EAB aircraft:  are you...


iFLYblog.com Audiocast Episode #2 by Brent - 09-16-2012
This is episode #2 of the iFLYblog.com Audiocast. To be fair, this isn't a podcast in the traditional sense. The audiocast will simply be an audio version of posts that are here on the blog. The truth is, lots of folks like to listen to conten...


Quiet Technologies Halo In-Ear Headset: Review by Brent - 09-16-2012
Quiet Technologies Halo In-Ear Headset: Review In this article we are reviewing the Quiet Technologies Halo. The QT Halo is an light-weight, passive, in-the-ear aviation headset designed to compete with the active noise canceling headsets on t...


User Fees: The never ending saga by Brent - 09-15-2012
User Fees - The Never Ending Saga: Wednesday Sept 12 the Small Business Committee of the House of Representatives convened with strong opposition to aviation user fees, but there are still indications that some members will continue to push for the ...


Professionalism in Flying: Thoughts on taking your flying to the next level by Brent - 09-14-2012
Professionalism in Flying: Aviation Professionalism is not the exclusive domain of the airline, corporate, or military pilots. It is an attitude or a state-of-mind that drives decision-making and actions, whether you are flying for-hire or not. Any ...


Flying the Twin Beech by Brent - 09-14-2012
Flying the Twin Beech: There are certain pivotal moments in your life - 1st solo, marriage, birth of your kids; not in any particular order - sorry honey! I feel fortunate to have had a few of those 'wow' moments and this is one of those stories. I...


iFLYblog.com Audiocast Episode #1 by Brent - 09-14-2012
This is my second episode of the iFLYblog.com Audiocast. To be fair, this won't really be a podcast in the traditional sense. The audiocast will simply be an audio version of posts that are here on the blog. The truth is, lots of folks like to l...


Checking Out in a New Airplane: A thoughtful approach to risk management by Brent - 09-13-2012
Checking out in a new airplane: There aren't many articles on this very important topic so we are happy to tackle the subject here. DISCLAIMER: This is generic advice and can not cover every possible situation or scenario. Determining your qualifica...


Learning to Fly: What you really need to know by Brent - 09-13-2012
Learning to Fly: Learning to fly is one of the most rewarding things you can do. This article will outline some of the things you should consider when getting your wings. Disclaimer: this is not a complete treatise on the subject, but it might point ...


Buying an airplane: Part two by Brent - 09-12-2012
Buying an aircraft: Now that you have settled on your mission it is time to identify the airplanes that fit into that category. You can do this by researching the various web-sources such as airliners.net, wikipedia, or even google. Once that is d...


iFLYblog.com Audiocast Episode #0 by Brent - 09-08-2012
This is my first episode, not sure why I called it #0, just seemed appropriate.  I am totally new to producing a podcast, but I listen to them all the time. To be fair, this won't really be a podcast in the traditional sense. The audiocast will...


Who is Brent? by Brent - 09-08-2012
Who is Brent Owens? Contributor for iFLYblog.com Senior level management pilot at a large corporate jet operator Falcon 2000 Captain EAA Technical Counselor EAA Flight Advisor Aircraft builder My Story (the short version): I started...


Buying an airplane: Asking yourself the right questions by Brent - 09-08-2012
Buying an airplane is one of the biggest decisions you can make. Initially we start with some simple (or not) questions. In future segments we'll decend down into the details of purchasing an aircraft. Before we can proceed you need to ask youself...


Building your own airplane: What is it like? by Brent - 09-08-2012
Building your own airplane? This question rarely gets asked, most pilots (or even layman) go right for the jugular, "How long did it take? Was it hard? How many years? How much did it cost?". They skip right over the more important question - "Wha...


About by Brent - 09-07-2012
What is this blog all about? It's simple! Our goal is to use this medium to promote, educate, and share this great gift of flight that we all enjoy!  In our opinion, it doesn't matter what you fly, we are a brotherhood. Flying is such a won...


Welcome to iflyblog.com: Virtual hangar by Brent - 09-07-2012
iflyblog.com is a virtual hangar where I give out free advice and tell stories about flying. This is the inaugural post of the blog and I'm very excited to share myself using this new medium. The internet has allowed information to flow in ways no on...