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Adventure Day 5, wow… just wow

Yesterday we flew from Lubbock, TX to Phoenix, AZ. It was an interesting flight – gusty winds (35 knots), IMC, moderate turbulence and something apparently called “p-static” (affected our comms, some of the electric displays and it even sent little charges … Continue reading

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Adventure Day 4, too tired for decent update

The title says it all. I’m exhausted. We put over 1,000 statute miles on the plane today flying from Ohio down to Texas. I wish I could update with something substantial, but I’m probably going to be out cold any … Continue reading

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Adventure Day 3, Some Issues…

Well, nothing is ever easy, but it could be worse. The plane is in overall good condition. Everything checked out well during the ground inspection. Unfortunately, a minor issue with the autopilot was discovered during the test flight and they want … Continue reading

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The Monkey, and why I must make this trip

* * The following is an email I sent to my friend pleading my case for a very important mission on our upcoming cross country flight in a single engine plane (read on that here). Dear friend, Confession time. I … Continue reading

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Crossing the Country in a Single Engine Airplane

Last week I received the following email from an aviation penpal: “Dizzy (nickname, not real name), I’m in the process of helping a friend buy a new-to-him 2002 SR22 right now – it’s a smoking deal because it has a … Continue reading

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Being a “Safety Pilot”

**The following was an email I sent to some friends in the pilot community last week after a fun weekend flying three days in a row – once left seat and twice as a “safety pilot.” A safety pilot is … Continue reading

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First Solo Cross-Country Flight

**Author’s Note: This was written in May, 2016. A shorter version can be found in the 2016 September issue of AOPA Flight Training magazine. The long solo cross-country. A huge day in a student pilot’s life. This is the day … Continue reading

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