The Devil is in the Details: Flight Review Documentation

Every 24 calendar months FAA-certificated pilots are required to complete a flight review, or satisfy the FAA currency requirements through another method, such as earning a new certificate/ rating or completing a phase of the FAA WINGS program. The concept … Continue reading

A Pilot’s Logbook is MORE than just a Record of Flight Time!

Short of buying an airplane, the most expensive aviation item any pilot will own is their logbook. The value of each hour recorded in that book added together after 1 year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, 20 years and … Continue reading

Fall in love with flying AGAIN, try something NEW!

At one point or another you realized that flying was such a unique experience, was so fascinating that you simply had to be a part of the aviation world. Maybe you still feel the love of flying every day, maybe … Continue reading

Pick the flight bag that FITS your mission & supplies!

Everyone in aviation has an opinion of some kind on flight bags… Some pilots like aviation-specific bags, some like generic bags and some pilots don’t use a flight bag at all. What is the right choice? The real answer is… … Continue reading

Getting to know Sean Collins, AOPA Eastern Regional Manager!

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

Time to check-in while climbing in 2014!

Cloud surfing

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!

-Fly Safe, @MTElia1B9

Why you should AVOID the straight in approach!

General aviation pilots that make straight in approaches are cheating themselves. There, I said it! Flying out of a nontowered (NOT uncontrolled, thank you) airport has a great deal of advantages, in my opinion. However, there is one thing that … Continue reading

Chair fly and save money on your flight training!

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

New Regional AOPA Fly-Ins: A High Flying Opportunity

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

The BEST way to make sure you FLY more in 2014!

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