Close Calls from Stupidity

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 […]

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Destination: Oshkosh

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 […]

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Back to the Bare Basics

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 […]

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Dead Reckoning

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 […]

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Stick and Rudder

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 […]

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Learning to Fly the Tail Wheel

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 […]

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