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Blow-Dried Cherries

Blow-Dried Cherries

Cherry farmers ward off harvest-destroying rainfall using a novel tool: Robinson R44 helicopter. It is an ungodly hour on a soaking wet gray morning, with occasional flashes of lightening still visible on the horizon as the recently passed thunderstorm moves out to the east. I am 150 miles from home, suspended some 15 feet above Read More

A [True] Transatlantic Tale

A [True] Transatlantic Tale

Fifty-one years ago, crossing the pond in a twin piston Piper with a single ADF was a pioneering adventure Life was coming up roses for me that spring of 1965. I was successfully established as a freelance aviation journalist; a major aviation magazine had added me to its masthead as a contributing editor and my Read More

The Kodiak Makes a Splash

The Kodiak Makes a Splash

We circle above Lake Travis two times, locating power lines, wake signs and boats. Mark Brown, Quest Aircraft’s lead factory demo pilot, informs me the key to water landings is to plan the perfect landing zone then overfly it, allowing plenty of area to face variable winds, currents, debris and traffic. It’s a hot Texas Read More

Look Up,  Look Down… Look Out!

Look Up, Look Down… Look Out!

A basic guide to the most valuable navigation device you probably rarely use. If you are experienced using your airplane’s on-board radar, and you turn it on during most of your flights, then congratulations! You are a rare breed! However, if you are like most pilots, you probably don’t use your radar often and feel Read More

Ready for OSH:  The Third Degree

Ready for OSH: The Third Degree

Precise speed control matters in achieving predictable touchdown point. No time is that more crucial than when landing at the at the world’s busiest GA airport in late July. AirVenture is the “Holy Grail” pilgrimage nearly all pilots dream about. The controllers are beyond incredible as they safely manage thousands of operations, but they sometimes Read More