General Aviation
Trulli
Harrison Ford on the red carpet in 2017. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons | Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0))

Harrison Ford and Aircraft of Doom

Whether it’s piloting Air Force One after it’s been hijacked by terrorists or fighting TIE fighters "a long time ago in a galaxy far far away...," Harrison Ford and the characters he's played have had a thrilling and long history of operating flying machines. Both in his prolific professional life as a president, Harvard professor of archaeology and space cargo pilot and in his personal life as a private pilot, he's had the opportunity to fly a number of aircraft…

Opinion: Suggestions on Keeping Up with Your Flight Training During…

The outbreak of COVID-19 has forced many non-essential businesses to shut down and the majority of the population to stay at home, resulting in an unprecedented impact on the aviation industry. Major airlines have parked much of their fleet following the decline in passenger numbers. Many pilots around the world…

Learning to Fly a Seaplane: A Personal Reflection (Part 3)

In the world of aviation, enthusiasts are often seen discussing aircraft that land on concrete runways rather than those that land over water. However, living in a state that has a large coastline, as well as needing to obtain my rating for my job, I wanted to share my story…

Learning to Fly a Seaplane: A Personal Reflection

In the world of aviation, enthusiasts are often seen discussing aircraft that land on concrete runways rather than those that land over water. However, living in a state that has a large coastline, as well as needing to obtain my rating for my job, I wanted to share my story…

The Challenge of Single Pilot Instrument Flying

When a pilot receives their private pilot's license they are allowed to fly in VFR, or Visual Flight Rules. This means a pilot must fly outside of the clouds and have good visibility. This is because as a private pilot we are required to keep separation visually. Pilots flying in…

What It Takes to Get Your Private Pilots License

Everyone who wants to become a pilot has a different story: Parents are pilots, wants to see the world, just loves airplanes, etc. Of all the different stories and aspirations, everyone starts in the same place, How to Fly an Airplane 101, also known as the Private Pilot's class. No…

Final C-17 Globemaster III Departs From Long Beach

On November 29, 2015, the last ever C-17 Globemaster III military airlifter departed Boeing's Long Beach, California production plant. This take off marks the end of the C-17 production era, along with all aircraft production in Long Beach. Prior to flying to Boeing's San Antonio location, the airplane overflew the…

A Day in The Life of a Charter Pilot

Being a charter pilot is an interesting occupation within the aviation industry. In this piece, we take you inside the life of a charter pilot.  5:30 AM My day started at 5:30 AM on a cloudy Tuesday morning. I was going flying, but not on a big passenger jet. Instead,…

The Airplane: What Would Modern Life Be Without It?

The airplane; easily one of most influential inventions of the 20th century, if not all time. Let's be honest, nothing has come along that has revolutionized our world as much as aviation. Granted, the internet is a pretty decent invention, it didn't shrink the world as much as it did…

The Significance of the First “Solo”

For reference, a solo in aviation terms is when a student pilot flies by themselves during their training. The first solo, for any pilot, is a huge step forward in their training and aviation lives, mine came on a cloudy April day in 2014. I have always had an interest…