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#193 Why Landings?

“Lately, I’ve changed the way in which we do multiples. Now, we conduct the first landing as a Wheelie on the left side of the center line. Then we power up, get back in the air and slide over to the right side with an alternating side slip. The heading never changes.” […]

#191 Fear (Gulp!)

“As the balloon gained altitude I always became acutely aware of the height. In fact, I had this fear of the basket’s floor giving way. ” […]

#190 Energy Management

“In most cases, I choose to gain speed over altitude in the early stages of a takeoff. ” […]

No. 189, which is actually “No 2. Swoop, Sink and Plant (The Wheel Landing)”

“If you run into someone who says “I only do three points”, or “Wheel landings are just too fast”, run as fast as you can and disregard everything that person has ever told you. Why? Because in my opinion they have their head firmly lodged in their nether regions. ” […]

# 188 The Window

” in my opinion, approach speed has absolutely nothing to do with the quality of the landing (hear that sound? That’s the sound of bags of Cheetos being dropped as the trolls leap to their keyboards)” […]

#186 Practice

“No matter what pilot operation you feel like improving, the chances are that you can practice it gradually.” […]

#184 Liberty

“We still have too many pilots who’ve drunk the Kool-Aid of government control.” […]

#182 The Influence of One Elephant

“Some people will lose because of this decision on my part, but it’s my hope that thousands will benefit (Hey, I said it was “my hope”!).” […]

#180 Tiedowns

 

Written October, 2016

By the title, you’d think that this was a story having to do with tying an airplane down. It’s not. Of course, if the airplane in question HAD been tied down, there would be no story! Parts of this story were featured in the Tailwheeler’s Journal article, “The World’s […]

#178 By Myself

“I’ll let you know if I ever perfect this maneuver and what I’ve decided to call it! ” […]