DEAD RECKONING, GPS STYLE
Early in our aviation training, navigation is an important subject. Many of my beginning students get lost easily. That is understandable, since things do look differently as we get up in the air. Suddenly, the road we use to reach the airport does not look the same. Get a little further away from the airport, and some
Ready to Go Electric?
Electric (battery powered) cars have been around for a long time, even going back to Henry Ford’s time. His wife drove a battery operated car. The Tesla Company makes a modern all battery powered auto today. It has great styling, good performance, and NO gasoline power. It is not a hybrid. The Nissan Leaf is another example of
Looking Back in Time
At the end of the year I usually have some extra time to clean out my office spaces. 2015 was no different. I pitch out books or catalogs that I have not even looked at for a year, or longer. Dust off the shelves and try, one more time, to organize my life.
Before actually throwing things away, I do look at them to see if it is
Twas the Night Before Christmas
Well, of course not. Everyone knows that Santa is the only one flying on Christmas Eve, well almost the only one. Some scheduled airlines do fly, but they are way up there and no problem to Santa. Very few General Aviation airplanes are flying.
Several years ago we decided to make a flight from Pittsburgh, PA, to Moline, IL
APA Needs You!
by Craig Albright, APA Secretary
Ever wondered why APA doesn’t do even more for general aviation in Arizona? The answer is simple: We need you! APA is an all-volunteer organization. We have no paid staff, and our overhead is nil. Virtually all your membership dues go toward our mission of promoting and protecting general
From the Flight Deck - August 2013
Roy Evans II
For a few moments, let’s take a ride back in time to our flight training days. Let’s say this is our first solo cross-country, and here we are a few days prior to takeoff. Kitchen table cleared off, sectional chart laid flat, we begin the time-honored tradition of penciling in our true course, measuring distances between
From the Flight Deck - July 2013
Roy Evans II
I've always been fascinated by the Piper Cub, just like any other aviation geek out there. It's bright yellow paint job, the doors that can stay open for flight, and it's simplicity, bring you back to an earlier time of aviation where your eyes dared to look inside at the five instruments that most likely didn't function
From the Flight Deck - June 2013Roy Evans II
We’ve all heard stories of how tight-knit the aviation community is. And, even with the number of pilots out there, chances are you’ll run into someone who you know, who you’ve flown with, or who knows somebody you know, much like the ‘six degrees of Kevin Bacon’. This last month I was at a job fair and put this theory to the test
From the Flight Deck - May Roy Evans II
“What kind of man would live where there is no danger? I don't believe in taking foolish chances. But nothing can be accomplished by not taking a chance at all.” This was said while Charles Lindbergh was discussing his plans to cross the Atlantic, I was thinking about his quote the other day holding short of 25R in PHX. On this
I know that this is an Arizona Pilots Association newsletter, and that almost everyone reading this is a pilot. So, why ask the question: “What’s it like to fly?”
When your friends learn that you are a pilot, or flight instructor, the usual first question is: “how much does it cost to get a pilots license?” Or, “how many hours do you need to get a pilots