VFR CROSS COUNTRY FLYING
VFR CROSS COUNTRY FLYING  Howard Deevers  Long cross country flights are lots of fun, IFR or VFR. Traveling for pleasure, for business, to visit family, or on a vacation, and using your airplane is what flying is all about. When weather permits, flying VFR can be even more fun. At the lower altitudes that most of us will fly, you can see much more of the country. Flying at… Read more...VFR CROSS COUNTRY FLYING
OH, NO! ANOTHER NEW FORM TO FILL OUT - THE ICAO Flight Plan
OH, NO! ANOTHER NEW FORM TO FILL OUT  THE ICAO FLIGHT PLAN  Howard Deevers  Yes, it is true. Starting in June, 2017 pilots will be required to use a new Flight Plan. Actually we were to begin using it in January, but that got extended. The new Flight Plan is in the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) format, but don’t worry; it still has an FAA form… Read more...OH, NO! ANOTHER NEW FORM TO FILL OUT - THE ICAO Flight Plan
AGING IPADS, AND OTHER AVIATION ELECTRONICS
AGING IPADS, AND OTHER AVIATION ELECTRONICS  Howard Deevers  It seems strange to even talk about aging iPads, since they have only been around for as little as 7 years. “Electronics” in aviation go back to before WWII. They were fairly simple systems, such as the “Automatic Direction Finder,” or ADF as we call them. Radios were tube type, and not very… Read more...AGING IPADS, AND OTHER AVIATION ELECTRONICS
OWNER ASSISTED ANNUALS
Owner Assisted Annuals  Howard Deevers  Disclaimer: I am not an A&P. These opinions may not reflect those of Arizona Pilots Association. Most of us want to keep the cost of flying as low as possible, so we can keep on flying. One way to do that is to assist in the Annual on your airplane. 91.409 requires an annual inspection of every certified aircraft. Of course, you… Read more...OWNER ASSISTED ANNUALS
FLYING IN MEXICO
FLYING IN MEXICO  Mexican Government Aircraft Intercept  Howard Deevers  The second weekend in December I flew a dentist, and his son, to El Rosario, Baja, Mexico for the Flying Samaritans. The SAM’s, as they are called for short, take doctors, dentists, nurses, and chiropractors to their clinic in the small town of El Rosario (on the Pacific side of the Baja) to… Read more...FLYING IN MEXICO
POLITICS, AGAIN
Politics, Again  Howard Deevers  (Disclaimer: These comments and thoughts are mine, and not necessarily those of Arizona Pilots Association) For many of us there was a great feeling of relief when this election cycle ended. Never mind who won, but the feeling that it is finally over! The election may be over, but the next cycle is just beginning. What am I talking about?… Read more...POLITICS, AGAIN
Simple Mistakes
Simple Mistakes  Howard Deevers A recent article from the FAA said that the new “kinder” FAA would not punish pilots for “simple mistakes, inadvertent actions, or other small infractions.”  That got me to thinking:  What exactly are simple mistakes? I’m sure we all make them.  A simple mistake might be knocking over a glass of milk at… Read more...Simple Mistakes
THE JOY OF FLYING A SMALL PLANE
The Joy of Flying a Small Plane Howard Deevers To the general public, any airplane that is not a jet with at least two engines is a small airplane. Even a King Air or Beech 1900 would be considered to be a "puddle jumper." To most of us single engine fliers, a King Air of any size is a "big plane." So making a long cross country flight, solo, in a "small" airplane is totally foreign to… Read more...THE JOY OF FLYING A SMALL PLANE
LET’S TALK ABOUT THIS
Let's Talk About This Howard Deevers Remember your first flying lesson? Sure we do. The instructor did all of the talking on the radios, and it seemed so easy for him. Then after a few lessons, he insisted that I talk on the radio. The Cessna 150 I was flying had no intercom; we did not have a head set, but only a hand mike and speaker to listen to. He told me what to say, and I… Read more...LET’S TALK ABOUT THIS
IT’S ONLY A FLAT TIRE
It's Only a Flat Tire Howard Deevers The EAA convention is known as AirVenture, but before that name it was simply referred to as OSHKOSH. Most of us still refer to it as OSHKOSH. For one week the airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, is the busiest airport in the world. About 700,000 people and 10,000 airplanes will make Oshkosh the place to be for anyone interested in aviation. My friend,… Read more...IT’S ONLY A FLAT TIRE
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