When The Norm Becomes The Abnorm

When The Norm Becomes The Abnorm

If you’ve been flying for much time at all, you’ve probably noticed that a significant portion of flight training is dedicated to handling deviations from the norm (or the “abnorm” as I have coined it).  A classic example is when your...
The Simple Magic of Gyroscopic Precession

The Simple Magic of Gyroscopic Precession

Some of the concepts that we have to grasp in aviation are fairly straightforward. If you nose the plane over towards the ground, you tend to speed up. Wind blows you sideways, so you have to correct for that drift by adjusting your heading into the wind. These...
Understanding Zulu Time

Understanding Zulu Time

What time is it right now? Look at your watch or your phone. Your answer will likely differ from mine and others, even if we are all checking at the same moment in time. Think about the strike of midnight on New Years Eve, marking the turn of the new year. Everyone in...
Feed Your Aviation Bug While On The Road

Feed Your Aviation Bug While On The Road

When flying to another airport for a hundred dollar hamburger, a big part of the tradition is simply finding an excuse to fly somewhere. But that doesn’t mean that the culinary experience that you have at the destination airport isn’t significant. After...
Lessons Learned From Cessna 172 Accidents

Lessons Learned From Cessna 172 Accidents

It’s not hard to convince anyone that flying is an incredible way to travel. It’s faster and often more convenient than other modes of transportation. It’s the times when things go wrong that people fear the most. As a pilot, I’m not immune to...
Weight A Moment: Weight And Balance Explained

Weight A Moment: Weight And Balance Explained

“Alright, you can go with us, but we’ll have to go with half full tanks.” The amount of seats in an airplane can be deceiving. I fly a Cessna 172, which has four seats, but carrying four people is rarely a reality. To know what I can carry, I have to...