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April 21, 2014

Army Helicopter School 1969

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

April 17, 2014

Competent and Confident In Your Flying

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

April 5, 2014

Solo World Record Breaker: Matt Guthmiller

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

April 5, 2014

Amazing Airlines: A book review

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 of an airline, all of the details you would see as a passenger…

April 4, 2014

Solo Flow

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

March 29, 2014

The Practical Use Of An Airplane – Part 2

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 frolicking among other like-minded, hormone-encrusted,…

March 23, 2014

Practical Use Of An Airplane – Part 1

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 aerobatics are 85% of what I intended to do with my…

March 7, 2014

Extra 300L – Dream Machine With No Conscience

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 Dinslaken Airfield in Germany. It is a certified, factory-built, thoroughbred…

March 1, 2014

My Most Memorable Passenger

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 when I flew piston twins for a company in my home town. …

February 27, 2014

Burning The Ships

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’t totally the true, the shipped were actually…