Orange is the New Black (and Yellow)

  If you haven’t noticed, it’s construction season. And I’m not just talking about those annoying orange barrels that lead to blood-pressure-raising traffic backups on your local highway. I’m talking about the other annoying construction that has invaded more than 5 dozen airports across the United States.  I’m personally feeling the pain. My home airport, Read More

Knowing When to Say No

A spring bomb cyclone hits the Midwest. Historic flooding swamps the Midwest and Southeast. Heat waves smother Florida and the Southwest. A stuck pattern in the jet stream creates a trough over the western United States, which allowed systems to push further south than typical for late May into June.  If you were anywhere near the Read More

Normalizing Upset Recovery Training

Not that many years ago, most general aviation pilots were taught to fly using tailwheel airplanes before tricycle-gear aircraft, with their inherently more stable characteristics. My mother learned to fly nearly 60 years ago in an Aeronca Champ with no electrical system, something that was very common at airfields across the country. Flying that little Read More

Tornado Alley

Tornado Alley

Understanding how convective weather works can help you plan your flight with a higher likelihood of success, as well as safety. You may decide the airplane is better off left in the hangar, unless, of course, the tornado finds your hangar instead.  A low-pressure “bomb cyclone” was straddling the Midwest. A dry line extended through Read More

Avoiding the Strike

Avoiding the Strike

“It came out of nowhere.” If you have every experienced a bird strike or know someone who has, these words might sound familiar. I admit that I uttered them myself recently when a crow-sized bird smacked against my windscreen shortly after I rotated on takeoff. Thankfully, the size of the bird resulted in my plane Read More