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#254 Flight Instructors

“By the way, since this article was written, my pall Jamie Klaes has not only become a flight instructor, but she is now in charge of a program to teach indigenous kids from villages all over Alaska to fly. A better person could not have been found”. […]

#243 Incident at Drewsey

It was back when I was in the airshow biz. I was on my way to an airshow in Ontario, Oregon. Since it was fairly close, I was flying my 100 HP Cub and was being followed by my then-wife in the “Duckmobile” with all of our props, two dogs and 7 Ducks.

It […]

#242 Blowing My Own Horn

I was this guy’s first flight instructor and soloed him. On his first solo he proved that he had the correct instinct when he made a low pass on one wheel. He went on to become the Commanding officer of an FA-18 Squadron on an Aircraft carrier. […]

#241 Please Don’t Feel Bad

It has occurred to me that, not only do I say some rather unflattering things about the Acme flying school, but such statements may cause those who learned from Acme to feel bad. Trust me, that is not my intent. […]

#240 Leading with Inside Rudder

I was prompted to write this article because of one applicant with whom I recently flew. It seems that until he flew the tailwheel endorsement course, he suffered from a bad coordination habit and no one thought to correct it. […]

#239 Why Acme Training is Good

I’ll bet THAT title surprised you. The ol’ curmudgeon claiming that the Acme Flying School’s training is GOOD? Well, sure, and, in case you haven’t figured it out yet, I’ll let you in on my thinking. […]

#238 Pitch and Power

There may be no better symbol of how flight training is conducted than the old debate about what controls speed and what controls altitude. […]

#237 Tara’s “Aha!” Moment

 

Written in July, 2019

All of us who fly are indebted to our flight instructors. There are good ones and not so good ones. But they guide their students to their private pilot certificates and in doing so they teach a whole bunch of details. In fact, the number of facts they […]

#235 The Tailwheel Town Landing

“…Why do you suppose that Acme Grads land the way they do? They make high, wide downwinds, then keep the power in and the flaps down while they fly a huge pattern that ends at some point on the runway. ” […]

#234 Air Awareness

“I remember one such time when a friend and I were offered a chance to ride in the Catalina that was part of the Erickson Aircraft collection. We sat in the voluminous back of the plane as Brent Conner rumbled the old ship down to the approach end of the runway. He did the runup and one mag on one engine dropped a lot. Brent decided that some work needed to be done and it wasn’t worth departing with that bad mag. So we never flew, but it was Air Awareness time. And it was worth something to us all.” […]