Media reports and stories

Why Our New Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC) is Different

Flying self-selects fabulous people. But the sad fact is that many of these very special people and their passengers come to grief because they inadvertently assume risks that they don’t fully understand. This is why we have come to so be deeply saddened by the lost opportunity represented by Flight Instructor Refresher Courses that cover…  [ Read More ]

The Threat to Our Airport

Our local airport (MYF) is under threat—not by the neighbors, not by criminals, but by the very operators of our airport.  They are well intentioned.  We have had “incidents”.  These incidents aren’t security hazards; they are taxiway and runway incursions.  Not one has resulted in a risk of collision with an aircraft.  These “incidents” get…  [ Read More ]

Teaching Aviation Citizenship

(We originally wrote this article for the National Association of Flight Instructors) As instructors we have many responsibilities—creating pilots who are great risk managers and truly prepared to be pilot-in-command would be high on the list.  It would seem that teaching good aviation citizenship would come way down this list.  But in my view, teaching…  [ Read More ]

Pilots Who Should Scare Us—And What To Do About Them

(We originally wrote this article for the National Association of Flight Instructors) It has happened to most of us who have been flying very long.  Someone we know, but maybe not all that well, comes to grief in an airplane, along with their passengers.  Very often the flight instructors and other pilots who knew the…  [ Read More ]

Vaughn College Students Are Participating In The Redbird Skyport Flight Training Laboratory

You already know this—when a person learns to fly, it changes who they are and how they feel about themselves forever. That’s why we were so pleased recently to stop by the Redbird Skyport in San Marcos, TX to congratulate the students from Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in Flushing, NY on passing their…  [ Read More ]

Highlights from “Flying the Citation Mustang–Single Pilot”

Last week, we posted about our experiences learning to fly the Cessna Citation Mustang and also mentioned that we were finishing up production of our new course, “Flying the Citation Mustang—Single Pilot”. We thought you might be interested in viewing some highlights from the video that will be going into the course, so we put…  [ Read More ]

Learning To Fly the Citation Mustang—Single Pilot

You would think we would be over the thrill that comes with flying a new aircraft.  But the excitement Martha and I felt recently from learning to fly the Citation Mustang demonstrated that when it comes to flying, we still have the childlike enthusiasm of beginners. To a pilot with a piston-powered background like us,…  [ Read More ]

No guns, no cuffs this time at SBA

As you may know, the last time Martha and I were at Santa Barbara airport, we were met by the police, held at gunpoint, and placed in two separate police cars with our hands cuffed behind our backs. This time we were met instead by Craig Fuller, President of AOPA, and invited to the Mayor’s…  [ Read More ]

AOPA Presents Us with 2010 Pilot’s Choice Award

Martha and I are here for day two of the AOPA Aviation Summit today and wanted to post a quick entry about yesterday’s events. We were pleasantly surprised – and honored – when AOPA presented us with the 2010 Pilot’s Choice Award for the “Most Watched Video by Time” on AOPA Live. The video was…  [ Read More ]