"If the Accelerometer is the Rodney Dangerfield of instruments, perhaps it’s because “G” force is the Rodney Dangerfield of forces."
"Although contact with the earth (and maybe also with a cow) was in my very near future, I did have a few seconds to check some things."
"If I were truly a well-rounded aviator, I’d be proficient at virtually all aviation pursuits. So I guess it’s the “pot calling the kettle black”! I guess I’m a Whuffo, too. "
"I once wrote how dangerous assumptions could be. I guess that could be one of the lessons of this little story. But it’s not the main one. The main lesson behind this little story is that anyone can make a mistake. ANYONE. You, me, or any other airman, no matter how skilled. "
"We do them with a little mnemonic mantra: “power, pitch, pitch, power”, we chant as we run down the runway in our little taildragger, executing as many as five or six landings and takeoffs in one touch-and-go cycle. It’s called “Multiple Landings”, or just “Multiples”. It’s challenging, difficult… and fun as hell!"
"From my very first day as a flight instructor, I have been consumed with inventing and trying out new teaching techniques. These big ideas don’t always work. "
Written 8-2015 I think I first became aware of the possibilities of fireworks before I even got into the airshow business. Art Scholl used to mount fireworks on his Chipmunk…
Smoothosity is a condition that every good pilot knows how to exercise. He doesn’t always exercise it, though. Think of the difference between two different drivers as they negotiate the…
"To paraphrase Forest Gump, 'Good people is as good people does'. Just ask those people who are lined up outside his door."
I will admit that, deep down, I have an admiration for many airline pilots. A lot of my tailwheel students are airline pilots. I admire their knowledge of their…