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Thank you for visiting my newest site. And thank you for letting me help you learn to fly or learn more about flying. In this site you'll find many resources that I hope will assist you in enjoying aviation. There are many articles under the Articles menu that answer questions you might have. My Blog also has something for everyone, including a minimalist flight training syllabus for instructors to videos on piloting techniques ranging from "When to Begin the Landing Flare" to interesting aspects of psychology such as "The Troxler Effect." So please feel free to explore, and if you have any questions, use the contact link at the top of the page to contact me. I answer all my emails personally. Sometimes it takes a few days to get to them all, but I do...eventually.

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Latest Posts

  • Bad Instructors: How They Behave and Why You Should Know

    I'm curious about your experience with bad flight instructors and hope you'll add to this blog with your comments. Of course, most flight instructors do a fantastic job. I just can't say that LOUD enough: Most flight instructors do a... read more

  • Aviation Poetry

    Novelist Arnold Bennett once wrote, “I myself have seen it empty buildings that had been full; and I know that it will scatter a crowd more quickly than a hose-pipe, hornets, or the rumour of plague. Even to murmur it... read more

  • The Airline Pilot Shortage

    When a humorist is asked about the looming pilot shortage, he proposes booster seats to solve the problem. When the aviation industry is asked about it, it offers a range of well-meaning and often practical solutions. Not wanting to be... read more

  • Lies, Big Lies & Statistics

    Have you ever heard someone say that flying commercially is safer than walking? I have. Every time I hear this statement I wonder why we don't put insurance machines in shoe stores. Hmmm. Statistics are impressive and persuasive. But before... read more

  • Is Flying Dangerous?

    There I was at my local airport café being pummeled by anti-aviation propaganda. "Flying is dangerous," said an experienced (and easily overheard) instructor on the other side of the room speaking to a table full of relatively new pilots. I... read more

  • Mere Fear

    Fear.     It’s a nasty little word that most pilots treat like someone’s bad toupee. Don’t think about it; don’t speak of it and, if it attracts your attention, pretend you don’t notice it. We often try to ignore fear... read more

  • Why We Make Excuses Not to Fly

    Name one thing that you'd spend thousands of dollars on, develop a relationship with, care a great deal for, then might fear being around. Any parent who said "teenagers" picked the second of two possible answers. The first answer is... read more

  • Pilot Demons

    On the day of my first flying lesson, a tiny voice spoke to me in a Sicilian-like accent. It pleaded, “Rodney, donta goh, donta goh. I cook you pasta, I cook you pizza. Just donta goh flying today,” I’ll never... read more

  • The Cost of Learning to Fly

       At a recent aviation seminar, I listened to a fellow lament the substantial cost of learning to fly. He confessed to spending upwards of $14,500 to obtain his private pilot certificate. Ka-ching! To him, aviation was too expensive for... read more

  • Situational Awareness

         One of my grandfathers was an absentminded poet who kept his grandchildren constantly amused. After a few hours at the typewriter, he'd slip his glasses over his hair and go for coffee. We'd wait patiently for his return.     The... read more

  • Risk Management? Really?

    Is the emperor naked? It sure looks that way. The illusion here is based on the FAA’s belief that student pilots can be taught risk management skills. Learning to manage risk, however, requires prerequisite knowledge that student pilots typically do... read more

  • How to Find a Good Flight Instructor

    Nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, is more important to a person's success at learning to fly than having a good flight instructor. Yes, there are many good flight instructors in the aviation business, just as there are many good... read more