Tag "advocacy"

October 12, 2013

Life of Flight: 100 Hours from my Logbook (a book review)

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 takes you inside the process in a step-by-step walk…

October 7, 2013

Looking Up!

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. I reflexively strain my neck to place my gaze upon…

September 11, 2013

Do we really want more pilots?

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 are the ones among us that are active in…

September 2, 2013

My One Wish For Aviation (Blogging in Formation Series)

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 nutshell, my one wish would be to make it less expensive, of course many of your would…

June 22, 2013

Why do we suck at being safe?

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 training programs are fine (could always be better), the equipment very safe, and our FARs exist…

May 8, 2013

12 Ideas You Can Use to Promote General Aviation

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 promote General Aviation. Incrementally, if we all took up the…

April 22, 2013

7 Habits of Highly Effective Aviators

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 being frustrated. If you fall down you just dust…

April 18, 2013

What General Aviation Needs: 8 not-so-easy solutions to GA’s woes

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 for you perusal (not in any specific order).  1.  We need airplanes that are inexpensive to…