Category Archives: Training

First IFR in IMC

IFR: Instrument Flight Rules. You can fly in the clouds. VFR: Visual Flight Rules. A lot simpler, but you can only fly where you can see. IMC: Instrument Meteorlogical Conditions. You can’t see where you are flying. Way back on … Continue reading

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Watch Me Fly

Okay, this is pretty cool. You can click on that link and it will show you the last time I flew the DiamondStar on an instrument flight plan. Amazing. It will show you the actual radar trace of the flight. … Continue reading

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Why do we preflight?

So Adam and I have carefully planned our flight to Ryan Field, Arizona. We have an oxygen system, plotted flight plan, information about the airport we’re headed to, and information about airports along the way. We have snacks packed, liters … Continue reading

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Money

There is an aviation joke: What makes an airplane fly? And the person being asked (usually a student pilot) tosses out all sorts of correct answers about airfoils, the Bernoulli effect, lift, and so on. The joke answer is: Money. … Continue reading

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Bounce Number Two: Stay Ahead of the Plane

Colin and I strapped in again on Thursday for an airport bounce. The aim was to really try out the Diamond DA20 as well as get some more new airports into the log book. We rented the plane from South … Continue reading

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Hundredth Hour: Buffalo Burger Redux

My brother and I are not two peas in a pod as pilots, or as people. We got into this at the same time and progressed equally smoothly, but we are quite different in temperament, and subtly different in the … Continue reading

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First Parental Charter

Adam was having such fun flying Mom and Alex around that I had to figure out a way to take them up. The problem was that I didn’t really need to go anywhere. I don’t know where Adam is getting … Continue reading

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