In airplanes, students must be 16 to fly solo and 17 to earn a private pilot certificate. That’s easy, black & white from the regulations. But how old does a potential young aviator have to be to get started learning? … Continue reading →
Flying without a checklist is like playing golf without a putter… Seriously, it makes success that much more difficult. Once you have been flying for a little while, most flights are a series of similar repeated activities above different places. … Continue reading →
On the most recent episode of my Mansfield, MA cable access television show, Aviation Adventures, I was very excited to be joined by Sean Collins (@AOPAEastern on Twitter). Sean is the Eastern Regional Manager for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots … Continue reading →
We’re a few weeks (or so) into 2014 and sadly many New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight and go to the gym more have already began to fade. Though, I’m happy to report that I have exercised on 20 of the 25 days so far this year! That’s more than 150 inclined-treadmill or elliptical miles at home or at the gym. In any event, keeping a resolution can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. In 2006, I gave up soda, that was rough at first but I made it. Last year I was determined to lose weight and fly more than I ever had in a calendar year. Again, both presented a challenge, but both were accomplished! It is good to challenge ourselves every so often.
So for 2014, I’d like to ask/challenge every pilot to make and KEEP his or her own flying resolution. Set a resolution (read goal) to fly more this year than you did last year. Flying more will improve your skills, make you a safer pilot and give you more time up in the air to enjoy that awesome view. You’ll also have more time to take others up in the air with you. Who knows, maybe someone you take for a flight will get “hooked,” and become a fellow pilot and active participant in our aviation community. If you succeed and fly more this year than last year, great now you have a new total to shoot for next time. If you don’t succeed, you will know what not to do when you get another shot in 2015. So go fly!
There are a few things pilots use for bragging rights. Some of these are hours flown, aircraft flown, airports visited and long trips completed. Each pilot is proud of his/her own favorite adventure. For me it was winning a regional … Continue reading →
The BEST way to reduce the cost of your flight training is to buckle-down and do some chair flying. There are multiple reasons why chair flying is not only extremely valuable but also very effective. Whether a pilot is training … Continue reading →
Yesterday the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) announced the dates/locations for their 2014 regional fly-in events. This presents a great opportunity for all of us to get more people into the activity, which we all love so much, aviation! … Continue reading →
Much of the country has seen snow recently and because of that, there is 1 extremely vital thing you need to bring with you when you go flying today! Here in Massachusetts we got anywhere from 4” of snow to … Continue reading →
The first sunrise of 2014 from 2500′ over Plymouth Harbor. I’ll be adding a “First Flight” to my calendar each year. As we move into 2014, there are many ways to make sure you fly more this year. But, the … Continue reading →
Next time you’re thinking, “Hey that looks cool…” when you reach for your iPhone or digital camera, see if you can tip your wings a little and get a cool reflection in the shot too. I didn’t even notice the … Continue reading →