I generally don’t like to admit my own idiocy but this story is a classic one that relates to the fundamentals of being a private pilot. That being said here’s a question for all you pilots out there. What is the first thing you are supposed to do after starting the engine. I don’t know […]Read more "Close Calls from Stupidity"
The summer break between my fifth and sixth year of college is under way (no it isn’t because I have failed a bunch of classes or been lazy, it’s because I changed my major late in the game). Yep, I guess you could say I’m a regular Van Wilder except I hope to be graduated […]Read more "Destination: Oshkosh"
I know you all are dying to find out if I made it back from the Bahamas alive. I did in fact, and I am also back in the Stinson after the longest annual inspection in history. What’s more is that the weather is starting to warm up, which means I get to continue my […]Read more "Back to the Bare Basics"
If this was reddit you could find this labeled “not safe for work” so be warned. Nah, I’m just kidding. I have a weird sense of humor right now because I’ve just spent 5 straight hours watching a distillation column, well, distill I guess. Ever done that? no? it’s pretty much on the lines of […]Read more "I Went Streaking Twice (with picture)"
I am currently at the university of Kentucky studying chemical engineering. It’s a lot of intense critical thinking, and studying for finals is no easy task. Many have gone crazy in the attempt, so I decided to take a break and go on a cross country flight… Without a GPS. Shocking I know. Most pilots […]Read more "Dead Reckoning"
I’ve heard many different interpretations of the phrase “good stick and rudder skills”, the latest of which was in reply to the following scenario: A student pilot is doing his check ride and told to do a short field landing. The student sets himself up on a glide path but when he/she becomes low they […]Read more "Stick and Rudder"
Pictured: Me in my 1941 Stinson 10A taxiing at KLEX. In background, my father in his 1934 Waco YKC I have seen it argued by people who have never flown conventional gear aircraft (tail wheel) that there is no difference flying a tail wheel aircraft and flying a tricycle gear aircraft. He made it a […]Read more "Learning to Fly the Tail Wheel"