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Vintage Beechcraft Bonanza Video


Amazing to see these original videos of the classic Beechcraft Bonanza. Even more amazing, all of these aircraft were designed by a group of engineers in Wichita with nothing more than a slide ruler. To this day, there is nothing near as beautiful as an … Continue reading

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The Wind Gods


A nice tail wind southbound today from Leesburg International to Ft. Lauderdale Exec turned into a headwind on the trip home. The last cool front of the season pushed through Florida yesterday, bringing in a strong northwest flow, clear skies and dry … Continue reading

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N9481U


This was the little plane that started it all, meaning my love of aviation. N9481U was not just any Cessna 150, but a Cessna 150/150. She was a 1976 model ship, based at Orlando Country Airport, near Zellwood, FL. This … Continue reading

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There, But For the Grace of God, Go I……..


It’s the day after Thanksgiving, about 75 degrees and partly cloudy, with a breeze out of the east. I was hanging out at X55, a local grass strip, watching a friend give rides to his son’s Air Force buddies in a … Continue reading

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Flying Private in Honor of 9/11- Ten Years Later


To honor those Americans lost in the Islamic terrorist attacks ten years ago, I turned off the TV set (where airtime was filled with non-stop 9/11 tributes) and went flying. Why? Mainly because I still can. After 9/11, all aircraft were grounded for … Continue reading

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ForeFlight 4.0 Updates Mobile HD for iPad and iPhone Users


ForeFlight Mobile HD users on iPhones and iPads will be pleased with the latest 4.0 upgrade, available for download through the Apple App Store. The latest update to this EFB program includes some needed options which make the user interface … Continue reading

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Confusion in the Pattern


Lately there have been some “lively” discussions regarding the lack of general aviation airmanship, on pilot blogs and local hangar flying sessions, but also from the FAA. The recent Nall Report on aviation safety does not paint a pretty picture with respect … Continue reading

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Chasing Tail


Most people think the V-tail empennage was invented by, or unique to, Beechcraft Bonanza airplanes. Not true. The first V-tailed Bonanza did not roll off the assembly line until 1946. It was in 1930 that a Polish engineer named Jerzy Rudlicki created … Continue reading

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Easter at KSSI


We managed to get away for a few days to St. Simons Island, on the southeast Georgia coast. St. Simons is located about an hour south of Savannah by auto. Our flight from Leesburg to KSSI in the A36 was just … Continue reading

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Geo-referenced Approaches into Leesburg


This past weekend, I finally had the chance to do a post-maintenance flight in my Bonanza after its annual inspection was completed. The weather was clear and the sky blue, especially welcoming after the horrendous storms that came through Central Florida last week. After … Continue reading

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