Category: Aviation Related Sites

100,000 blog hits – what people are reading…

September 13, 2008 | By | Add a Comment

Today, my 10 month old blog received its 100,000th view.  I know that there are many bloggers that get this many views every week, but for me, this is a fun milestone considering I only received 10 hits per day during the first month (thanks mom!).  My blog now averages between 600 and 1200 hits […]

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The "richest" application I've ever seen! A full-motion flight simulator for an Embraer 190

March 19, 2008 | By | Add a Comment

Ok, ok – this article is not about Adobe technology or AJax or any other recently discussed RIA technology … but it is about a VERY engaging and immersive user interface. I recently was asked to join a sales call at a major airline training center where pilot recurrent training takes place. In the room […]

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Airbus A320 vs. 55MPH gusting winds

March 5, 2008 | By | 1 Comment

This reminds me of my first cross-wind landing attempts during my private pilot training. Whether you or a pilot or not, this will make you cringe!  Notice that the wing tip hits the pavement – which definitely creates a bit of paperwork for everyone involved. [youtube=] CNN Story AVWeb Story

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The Most Amazing Jet Picture – new details emerge on how it was taken

January 12, 2008 | By | 15 Comments

In September, 2003, the picture below showed up on several websites. I remember the day it came out because it was absolutely amazing, but it seemed to be an impossible shot. The aviation boards were full of rumors about the picture being fake but few days later, more details surfaced on the accident and how […]

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What a new plane looks like

November 13, 2007 | By | Add a Comment

I’ve flown 17 different types of planes since November, 2002 when I first started flying but most of these planes (including mine) were built in the 70’s. I even flew one that was built in 1944! My local airport recently acquired a brand new Diamond DA40 airplane – a 4-seater, single engine airplane made of […]

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Attention Pilots – Pilot Logbook Excel Spreadsheet

November 12, 2007 | By | 4 Comments

Ok, for non-pilots, this will seem silly…but if you are a pilot, go to and grab a copy of a spreadsheet I created a couple of years ago that many use as a flight log. It provides graphs, currency checks and more. Free to download.

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Garmin 396/496

November 9, 2007 | By | Add a Comment

Ok, this falls under the cool toys category. A few months ago, I purchased a Garmin 396 GPS to use while flying. In addition to the usual things you would expect from a GPS, it also offers near real-time weather that is broadcast from the XM Radio satellites. After flying with this a few times […]

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My little airplane

October 31, 2007 | By | Add a Comment

My material pride and joy -> A few stats: 1978 Grumman Tiger AA5B 4 seats 4 cylinder, 180 HP engine Cruise Speed 150MPH Fixed prop, fixed gear (means that it’s less expensive to insure!) Fully IFR equipped Length 22ft Wingspan 31ft 6in Empty weight 1500lbs Max takeoff weight 2400lbs Fuel capacity 51gals Fuel burn 10.5 […]

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