Monthly Archives: January 2011

February 3, 1959-The Day the Music Died


This coming week marks the 52nd anniversary of one of the entertainment world’s most infamous plane crashes. Bonanzas are stout aircraft, but intolerant of inexperienced, careless, or ham-fisted pilots. One particular Beech Bonanza, a straight Model-35 V-tail version with CAA registration number N3794N, will forever … Continue reading

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Why We Fly: One-Six Right, the movie


If you love general aviation and have not yet seen One-Six Right, here is a link on Hulu. I have added a permanent link to the right. One-Six Right is a great film on the roots of general aviation and … Continue reading

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Flying The “Sim”


Flying under Instrument Flight Rules, or IFR, is like no other kind of flying. It is truly being master of the sky, without being able to see out the front window, while using various electronic instruments to track of your … Continue reading

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Forked-Tail Doctor Killers


The V tail Beechcraft Bonanza is the best flying machine ever built, bar none. I admit I may be a little prejudiced, but they are awesome aircraft. When I traded my Piper Arrow for the V-tail, I knew I had an … Continue reading

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Kiddie Wings and Private Planes


According to a recent news report, at least one major U.S. airline has resumed an age old tradition: that of giving away little plastic wings to kids onboard. Airlines quit handing out pilot wings to children due to a ban … Continue reading

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Fly-in at 28J, Kay Larkin Airport, Palatka, FL


General Aviation is alive and well, at least if you go by the number of people and planes at today’s fly-in at Lt. Kay Larkin Airport, Palatka, Florida. This airport is not far from Jacksonville and the St. Johns River. … Continue reading

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XM Weather in the Cockpit? You Cannot Be Sirius!


Aside from Global Positioning Systems, one of the technologies that has had an important positive impact on safer flying is XM Weather in the cockpit. XM Weather, or XMWX, is almost like having The Weather Channel in your panel at … Continue reading

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Pushing Tin- Boca and Back


On my flight to South Florida a few days ago, I filed IFR and was cleared radar vectors, direct Pahokee VOR, then BCT, direct. ATC assigned an altitude of 6,000, and as it turned out, that put me in a scattered to … Continue reading

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