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Article | Nov 01, 2010

Are you nervous about stall practice? You have copious company. One student I inherited from another instructor became so nervous during the stall sequence that he developed a peculiar habit of humming along with the stall horn.

License to Learn

Article | Oct 01, 2010

In 1998, Sen. John Glenn returned to space at 77 years of age on shuttle mission STS-95.

License to Learn

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2010

With a serious face, I tell my safety seminar audiences about my successful career transition—from Chippendale dancer to flight instructor. They always burst out laughing at this tall tale, which is of course totally humiliating.

License to Learn

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2010

Without examining my logbook I know I have at least 2,000 hours of flight time in the Cessna 150, of which about 1,950 were spent climbing (at least it seems that way). My jest is only a reflection of my fondness of this wonderful little machine.

License to Learn

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2010

At some time or another we’re all quitters. Take, for example, an acquaintance of mine who began piano lessons because he’d always dreamed of tickling the ivories.

License to Learn

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2010

Anyone who has flown behind a panel full of glass in a technologically advanced aircraft knows how easy it is to be overwhelmed by information. Yet many pilots seem to handle the data and their cockpit chores with grace and aplomb—and all without having extraordinary levels of brain-processing power.

Topics Pilots

License to Learn

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2010

Over the years, I’ve seen my grandfather do a number of strange things. One time, while watching football on TV, he sat there yelling at the players.

Topics Pilots

License to Learn

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2010

Recently, I was having a difficult time seeing things that were in plain view. I was even thinking about visiting the “Our Lady of Fatima Optometry Center,” which has the motto, “If we can’t correct your vision, at least you can have one.” My problem began with placing a candy bar on the first shelf of the kitchen pantry (I hide my chocolate there because my wife, Princess Buttercup, goes cuckoo for cocoa).

Topics Events

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2010

“Too much of nothin’ can make a man feel ill at ease, One man’s temper might rise, while the other man’s temper might freeze. In the days of long confessions, we cannot mock a soul, When there’s too much of nothin’, no one has control.” —“Too Much of Nothing”, Peter, Paul, and Mary And sometimes too much of something isn’t such a good deal, either.

License to Learn

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2010

In the summer of 1969, NASA made the crew of Apollo 11 one of the best space-flight deals of the last century. According to Craig Nelson, in his wonderful book, Rocket Men, NASA Administrator Thomas Paine told the Apollo 11 crew that if they got into trouble on their lunar landing mission, they shouldn’t hesitate to abort.