Not again, I thought, we’ve already done that . . . TWICE! Jim Trusty 2006 I got a call from an old student of mine today and he said he had hung the wing tip of his Mooney while trying to taxi between some hangars. … Continue reading FROM THE LOGBOOK: Today we are going to learn to TAXI?
Are you ready to be one with the beast? Jim Trusty 2012 Ubiquitous—adj.—existing or being everywhere; widespread; constantly encountered. This definition from Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary really and truly describes the computer. And you say, not in my house! Don’t be too sure. At … Continue reading FROM THE LOGBOOK: The “Ubiquitous” Computer is Here to Stay!
www.faasafety.gov Jim Trusty 2012 Yes, www.faasafety.gov is the newest way to communicate with your government. They have almost stopped using mail-outs and gone over to the computer for information about the Federal Aviation Administration, some of the business it conducts, and upcoming safety events across our great nation. About 40% … Continue reading FROM THE LOGBOOK: The Newest Way to Reach Out For Information…
Jim Trusty 2012 It seems like such a simple question and really, it should be. We have spent an entire lifetime learning one thing or another, so why now should the inner workings of a flying machine pose a problem or three for us, the pilots? If we investigate just a little more, we start … Continue reading FROM THE LOGBOOK: HOW DO WE LEARN?
A general aviation pilot rushed to make a VIFNO (Void If Not Off by) departure time for an IFR flight at night. Once in the clouds, he suffered a gyro failure and subsequent disorientation. He reported to ASRS that his prior instrument and simulator training were unequal to the "mechanics of the human mind" experienced … Continue reading Mechanics of the Human Mind
I was honored to be invited by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism for the 2010 Gateway Fixed Base Operator Familiarization & Seminar Trip. This was a four day trip that included stops at Grand Bahama Island (Freeport), Green Turtle Cay (Abaco) and George Town (Exuma). The trip started on August 26th when the group of … Continue reading Bahamas FAM Trip 2010
Everyone at Toledo's Suburban Airport knows Mildred Benson. She learned to fly there, back when it was called Wagonwheel. For years, she wrote the "Happy Landings" column of the Toledo Blade. Ten years ago, she gave up her Cherokee 180. Her last flight in the left seat was in 1996. Now she writes a column … Continue reading Mildred Benson: Toledo Queen of Private Aviation by Michael Marotta
For many young aviators making the leap (of faith?) into professional aviation, it comes as a shock that their first paycheck, indeed their first many paychecks, seem a virtual David to their bills' Goliath. A typical regional airline job starts paying in the high teens or low twenties. That reality combined with the fact that … Continue reading Flight Crew Crash Pads
I took my first lesson on October 31, 1983 after seeing The Right Stuff. My next three lessons came a year later. Then the following October another lesson. Then nine years went by (where?) and I had two more. Since June 22 of this year, I have been up 10 times. In all, I have … Continue reading Instructors by Michael Marotta
"You are up there with your friends. You might be the last one out and you make that 1000-foot three-dimensional dive and you find your grip and you are smiling with your friends and you are not moving at 110 miles an hour but only very slowly together." On Tuesday, August 4, 1998, Brenda O'Brien … Continue reading The 1-to-100 Glide: An EAA Chapter Meets a Skydiver by Michael Marotta