Tag "experimental"

August 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 Vietnam-era F-4 jock. He was in a Pitts and I was in a 2/3rd scale composite…

June 8, 2013

Most Memorable Flight : First Flight of my RV-8

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 a long story! One of the things that…

June 7, 2013

Flying with Friends: Tom’s RV-4

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

May 28, 2013

AirVenture Oshkosh 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 hope dearly, but in the end…

May 25, 2013

New Toys

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 is building a Sportsman 2+2 so this engine was a welcome sight indeed. He…

May 16, 2013

Batteries included: The simplified future of electric flight

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 already been on the cutting edge, with electric flight….

March 13, 2013

I Love Biplanes!

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 tasted it’s nectar first hand. There are few…

March 3, 2013

RV NATION: It’s a grass roots thing!

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 providing significant value to members. One of the ways is by leveraging the…

February 8, 2013

Anti Air Cam

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. So what is it about the Air Cam that stirs in me…

January 25, 2013

RV-8 Aerobatics: Video

  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 by any stretch – still…