Author Archive | Roger Harris

Learn to Fly – video set from 1947

BSAA member Adam Pivonka forwarded this to me. It’s an entire set of videos uploaded to youTube. Given their age, they are very professionally done and very informative too. Watch ’em. If you’re young, it’ll make you feel “retro”; If you’re old, you’ll feel really old. The Secret of Flight

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Energy Management

AOPA’s Air Safety Institute (an excellent resource) has a newsletter titled “CFI to CFI”. It’s geared towards flight instruction. The most recent issue has an article about energy management in airplanes – a tool that is used on every flight in every type aircraft. I found it interesting and thought that the membership might agree. […]

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Flying on OTC Meds

It’s that time of year again – coughing, sneezing, wheezing time. We all hope that it doesn’t happen to us but invariably it does at some point during the year. It’s probably a good time to consider what the FAA says regarding the use of meds while flying. This FAA publication contains some good simple […]

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Flying with ESP

Do you have ESP – Extrasensory Perception?  I don’t.  But some new Cessnas do.   I do a little work as a Check Pilot at Infinity Flight Group in Trenton and they just received a brand new C-172 that has this new Garmin safety feature.  ESP – “Electronic Stability and Protection” is an “envelope protection” […]

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Rest in Peace, Al Haynes

Every red-blooded pilot knows the name Chesley Sullenberger but do you remember Al Haynes? Captain Haynes worked for United Airlines and deserves credit and admiration equal to Sully’s. In 1989, he landed a DC-10 in Sioux City, Iowa with no flight controls. The hydraulics had all been severed when the #2 engine threw a fan […]

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CBD Use and Pilots

Pilots who fly under Part 135 and Part 121 of the FARs are subject to random drug and alcohol testing.  There’s no such thing for those of us who fly strictly under Part 91.  But the same prohibitions of drug use still apply.  It’s up to the pilot to “self-enforce”. Despite the fact that marijuana […]

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