Featured Blog Posts (24)

Fly-In & Dine In: The Rose Diner

The winter of 2015 has been unseasonably warm and dry in the mountain west. Still while flying into Pagosa Springs, the snow-capped San Juan Mountains on the western side of the Continental Divide frame the sun drenched San Juan Basin. After…

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Added by AircraftOwner Online on April 7, 2015 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Training & Safety: Are You The Best You Can Be?

Well, that is sort of a question that has no good answer. But, maybe this is a good resolution for 2015. And I would like to offer some thoughts that might help you keep such a resolution.

If I told you that you needed to learn a power setting and pitch setting and configuration for every phase of flight, you would think that your work load just increased dramatically. But actually, that knowledge, along with the realization…

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Added by AircraftOwner Online on February 17, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Bending propellers with cameras

Hello, my name is Ryan, and I am an aviation addict! Whether work or play, my career and hobbies all revolve around airplanes. I have been fortunate over the years to be allowed to fly numerous rare aircraft. On many of these great flights I have found…

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Added by AircraftOwner Online on October 31, 2014 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Fly-In & Dine In: Messina’s Runway Café at the Terminal

On a late August day in 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in the United States bringing with her 125 mph winds. Katrina’s storm surge submerged eighty percent of the city of New Orleans including significantly damaging…

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Added by AircraftOwner Online on October 20, 2014 at 1:11pm — No Comments

Winds – Can’t live without them, can’t live with them

So, as I write this, I am sitting at a campground in south central Kansas under a beautiful blue sky with just a touch of a breeze to make the air temperature feel perfect. But I am thinking that winds are not always so kind. About twelve hours ago, my wife and I, as well as many other campers, were scurrying around, lowering tents, raising…

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Added by AircraftOwner Online on October 10, 2014 at 9:25am — 1 Comment

Book Review - Terror of the Autumn Skies

100 years ago this month, a relatively minor member of the European Monarchy was assassinated in a relatively unknown location. And the result of that moment set a new course in world history for the next 100 years. Because of the various alliances between European countries, nearly all of Europe was drug into the…

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Added by AircraftOwner Online on September 24, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Fly-In & Dine In: Breakfast in Bakersfield

John Harmon built the first Van’s Aircraft RV-3 in California. In 1986, he modified a stock RV-3 by bolting on an angle-valve IO-360, different cowl and a raised turtledeck with modified canopy and the Harmon Rocket I (HR1) was born. Since then, John…

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Added by AircraftOwner Online on September 4, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Elimination of the third class medical—What I posted on the aeromedical Email list

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I have been a Senior AME for over thirty year and have been controversial but I have never had to endured as much distain from many of my fellow AMEs for supporting the elimination of the third class medical--even…

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Added by AircraftOwner Online on September 11, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Turn on that ADS-B out transponder and turn on the FAA on your shoulder—always and forever!

There is no free lunch with the FAA and ADS-B is a case in point.  ADS-B out is the ultimate in big brother (aside from your cell phone).…

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Added by AircraftOwner Online on August 26, 2014 at 3:30pm — 6 Comments

Book Review – The Thousand Mile War

So, for my history buff friends, try these: When and where was the last US soil invaded and held by a foreign power? During World War II, when and what was the first Theater of Operations considered conquered by the US and its allies? And another WW II question for my Navy Air readers. What Japanese decision was considered crucial for…

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Added by AircraftOwner Online on August 21, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Fly-In & Dine In - July 2014

 On an excursion to the Salt Lake City area, I had a chance to visit the Provo Municipal Airport (KPVU) and sample the culinary exploits of…

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Added by AircraftOwner Online on July 17, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Book Review: On the Wing

When I picked this book up, I was expecting a story about flying from some northerly point to some southerly point, following the birds. I was expecting something like “Father Goose”, by William Lishman. Lishman’s book follows his account of…

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Added by AircraftOwner Online on July 2, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

A Day in the Life of an Angel Flight Pilot

From time to time, when I talk about Angel Flight missions and the entire Angel Flight program, I am asked how that all comes about, what makes these flights different from other flights, and how does it all happen. So let me describe how a recent flight unfolded. And while there is a lot of activity that goes on prior to the mission, I will just talk about the flight…
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Added by AircraftOwner Online on June 17, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Santa Barbara Wine Country

In the February 2013 issue of Aircraft Owner Magazine I wrote about flying into Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (KSBA) and satisfying one’s hunger at the Beachside Bar and Café. Santa Barbara does not begin and end with the coastline. There is a world beyond the sand, surf, fish n’ chips and beach volleyball.…

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Added by AircraftOwner Online on June 17, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Best Looking Open Cockpit Aircraft

Added by AircraftOwner Online on January 13, 2014 at 3:00pm — 11 Comments

Glider Flying

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Added by AircraftOwner Online on December 3, 2013 at 10:00am — 8 Comments

Which Would You Choose To Fly?

If you had to choose between these two aircraft to fly, which would you choose: 

 

A) A vintage, rare (GA) aircraft that few have put their eyes on, let alone flown  …

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Added by AircraftOwner Online on September 25, 2013 at 11:00am — 11 Comments

Grass or Paved Landings?

We all have opinions about the type of aircraft we fly, but what about where we land our aircraft? Do you prefer…

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Added by AircraftOwner Online on September 4, 2013 at 10:30am — 7 Comments

In Your Opinion, Which Aircraft Manufacturer is the Best?

 

In Your Opinion, Which Aircraft Manufacturer is the Best?



There have been many aircraft manufactures throughout the years. One’s that were one hit wonders, if you will, and others that have stood the test of time… well, in name at least.…

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Added by AircraftOwner Online on August 13, 2013 at 12:00pm — 19 Comments

Oldest Aircraft You Have Flown

We want to know: what is the oldest aircraft you have flown?

Added by AircraftOwner Online on June 10, 2013 at 3:54pm — 15 Comments

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