Getting to Know Josh O’Donnell, New York Center Air Traffic Controller

From time to time I like to use ReviewBeforeFlight to mention great people and share their stories… In this edition of “Let’s Get to Know…” we meet Josh O’Donnell. Josh has a very interesting story intertwined in aviation, and now … Continue reading

The Hobby of Flying is for Men & Women!

Flying is an incredible hobby… I think about the other things I do like fishing and golfing for example. While relaxing, they are ordinary in nature, I mean unless you are incredibly skilled at either, then it is more of … Continue reading

Real Life General Aviation Training

“Real Life General Aviation Training” is an article I wrote, which appeared in the January/February issue of Mentor magazine. Mentor is the official publication of the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI). My aim with this piece was to highlight … Continue reading

Introducing the newest member of the ReviewBeforeFlight TEAM, Mitch Roberts!

Introducing Mitchell Roberts, the newest writer here at ReviewBeforeFlight!   Mitch is currently pursuing his Instrument Rating (IFR) & Commercial Pilot Certificate, and as a result he is working hard to build flight time! I saw this as an opportunity … Continue reading

The VALUE for a certificated pilot that enrolls in a ground school!

All too often pilots earn their wings, take flight and never look back. Then comes the letter from the FAA, an angry controller or a WAY-TOO-LONG flight review. Any of which could be avoided if the pilot had continued learning … 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

Checklists: Reduce Error & Mitigate Risk

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

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