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#164 “Them what can, do”

I recently received a message from a friend across the Atlantic. Earlier he had sought my help in defending himself from prosecutors who were after him for water-skiing his airplane. I did a bit of research and found that this guy was far more qualified than I was. In his message, he let me know […]

#162 Hands

My daughter, Janet’s, hand in mine. Hers is much larger now.

I think it was during the filming of Dawn Flight back in 1974 that I first became aware of the distinctive look of an aviator’s hands. Tim Saltonstall flew the Cessna 180 which we used both as a towplane and a camera […]

#160 Why Landings?

“As I’ve pointed out in “Brian’s Flying Book”, a flyer is already more efficient by simply using the Tailwheel Town pattern.” […]

#158 Shoes

” The reason given for shoeless flight is usually the same. The shoeless fliers claim that their feet are then more sensitive to rudder pedals and brake. Although they may be right, I don’t think they are right enough to cancel the lack of safety. So I usually say to them, “Get over it”.” […]

#157 What’s the difference?

This may be the most important article I ever write, considering that it deals with the difference between “The Tailwheel Town Way” and “The Acme Way”. I believe that at least 90 % of all flight training is done the “Acme” way. In fact, it’s probably true that almost all flight schools are “Acme”. Occasionally, […]

#156 Instrument Gazing



One of the most famous movie lines is the one uttered by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz”. As Dorothy, she turns to her dog and exclaims, “I guess we’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto!” You may have a similar epiphany if you fly at Tailwheel Town.

Judy Garland as […]

#154 Some of my best friends are (fill in the blank)

“With tolerance in mind, I realize that many of my flying friends are Acme proponents. I think they are wrong and that their flying skills are substandard as a result, but I’m not going to try to convince them.” […]

#149 “Dinkey Divey”!

“There is hardly a flight goes by that I don’t see some Whuffo doing something stupid.” […]

#138 “Goofy, CFI”

“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. ” […]

#136 Ground Below, Air Above

“I guess I figured that I didn’t want to advertise my occasional skud running or have to answer the question, ‘Cessna Eight Four Victor, do you see the terrain ahead?’ ” […]