Advanced Aeronautical Charting: The Airport Icon

A quick glance at a sectional chart will show a plethora of information for pilots. One of the key items on all aeronautical charts is the airports… Most pilots know that airports with long runways are shown with a box-shaped … Continue reading

Winter Preflight – Be Prepared!

Today is the first official start to the winter season according to the calendar… Though I’d argue that “winter” has been here for a while in New England with the snow and well-below freezing temperatures we saw back in mid-November! … Continue reading

The Pickup Preflight

Pickup lines don’t usually work out too well, unless they’re extremely clever and delivered “on point”. The “pickup preflight” works in much the same way. Every now and then a flight doesn’t really start when we board the aircraft. As … Continue reading

The Barnstormer – Disney Flying Fun

The term barnstormer brings many pilots and aviation enthusiasts visions of the good ole’ days of aviation when airplanes had two wings, open cockpits and radial engines. Pilots flew long distances at night navigating rotating beacon to rotating beacon and … Continue reading

Providing Feedback for the Future

On August 31, 2018 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued Advisory Circular 150/5395-1B – Seaplane Bases. This was an update to the previously existing “-1A” version dated August 2013. This is only the second revision to the Advisory Circular on … Continue reading

A Flight in a B-24 Liberator

An early fall Monday at the airport went from a good day at work to the opportunity of a lifetime, a flight in a B-24 Liberator. Just how rare is flying in a B-24? As it turns out, pretty rare … Continue reading

Tales from the Pilot Journal: Learning to Fly Floats

2008 was a great year of flying for me, which means that during 2018, I’ve had a number of 10th anniversaries of various achievements. August 22nd it was earning my CFI, August 24th was my first flight as an instructor … Continue reading