Spring is coming to an end, summer is knocking on our door, and I can hardly believe all the bugs that are still flying around. Last weekend when I returned from flying, the airplane looked like it may have been approaching an over gross condition with all the bugs on the canopy and leading edges. Keeping a separation between bugs on the windshield and the traffic out
For Arizona pilots, the summer season means we're up a lot earlier than normal and we seem to be scraping less bugs off since we're flying higher than during the winter months. Whatever keeps us flying...
We had a great winter filled with several backcountry events, getaways, local flying and an amazing Copperstate Fly-In. Even with this all behind us, Summer
Springtime is definitely here, based on the number of bugs I’ve been hitting. Either that, or I’ve been flying too low lately, but I really think that actually it’s that time of the year again, and it’s warming up. Let’s enjoy it while we still can, and let’s go flying!
It’s hard to believe, but come May, BasicMed will be two years old. More than 45,000 pilots have
With the cool weather quickly fading behind us, the increased danger of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from a faulty muffler also begins to subside. This is a concern I think about every time I fly my 59-year-old aircraft during the cooler months. While I’m confident in the maintenance and condition, parts do fail. Recently, there have been three CO events that
I would like to think that we are out of the bad winter weather and we will be having some good flying weather for a while. The white mountains around us are something to behold, but the white airports with snow covered runways are another. Check NOTAMS and fly carefully.
It’s that time of the year that the state legislature is in session and our legislators are working on
Looking back on Copperstate 2019 and the Buckeye Air Fair, held in parallel, I’m excited about the state of General Aviation and where we’re headed. The buzz and excitement of the tens of thousands who visited Copperstate seemed to share my feelings. Our APA booth was packed from start to finish, three full days. Even the unseasonably chilly weather didn’t slow the
I think the flying weather has been great so far this year, and the increased airplane performance resulting from the cooler air has been impressive from my vantage point in a small, light airplane. Now is the time to take someone interested in aviation for their first airplane ride. Without having to get an early morning start, the air is solid, and generally smooth as glass
Another month of glorious flying weather has passed us by. The holidays are behind us, a new year is in front of us with clear blue skies above us. We’ve featured several articles recently about the importance of getting ADS-B Out installed. Nearly every alphabet group related to aviation has been beating the same drum. Lead time to get equipment installed is
I hope everyone has enjoyed the holidays, and is enjoying the cool, dense and relatively stable flying weather. The increased aircraft performance is very noticeable and much appreciated. Now, if only the pilot performance had also improved an equal amount. As a side benefit, after returning from a recent relatively lower altitude breakfast flight, I was going to clean the
With the New Year upon us, everyone seems to have some sort of resolution. Lose weight? Nope. Sleep more? Not likely. For generations, these resolutions seem to die out after the first couple of weeks. How about, “I will aviate more safely?” I’m not talking about just the portion between takeoff and landing, but everything about the flight. How thorough was the weather