Scarfing Doublers – Intriguing New Vocabulary For Aircraft Building

You can’t build up a vocabulary if you never meet any new words.  – Rudolf Flesch and Abraham Lass   Each time I find myself in a new experience realm intriguing new vocabulary appears.  For this new amateur airplane builder, each time my EAA Chapter workgroup gathers around the chapter biplane project, an adventure ensues: learning curves, applied physics, […]

A Labor Of Love – What’s Happening On The EAA Biplane?

To invent an EAA Biplane is nothing. To build one is something. But to fly is everything. -Otto Lilienthal I am building an EAA biplane as a part of an EAA project team.  Early this spring, my Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter toured the Go Create facility located on the Wichita State University campus.  The tour […]

Taking Time For Exciting Memorable Chance Encounters

For me, serendipity, coincidence and chance are more interesting than any preconceived construct of our human encounters. –Charles Traub Recently while my husband was blowing off our sidewalks, he spotted a gentleman taking time looking over our house from the curb.  This is not an uncommon occurrence, since the house, even in its current “need […]

How Does One Find The Slipstream To A Transformational Adventure?

I have lived my life in the slipstream of experience – Author: Elizabeth Jane Howard A slipstream is defined as “a current of air or water driven back by a revolving propeller or jet engine” and “an assisting force regarded as drawing something along behind something else.”  As applies to life, it usually is in retrospect that I […]

An Update On Daddy’s Biplane

It’s time to update the progress on the biplane project.  For those unaware of this, below is a partial reprint of an earlier BLOG post.  The update is at the end of the post. Me, at seven years of age: “Daddy, how long will it take to build the biplane?“ Daddy: “I’m not sure, but […]

Finding Common Ground In Volatile Times

“We all come from different paths in life but we can find common ground.” ― Nanette Mathews I sat in a conference room of a large radar facility facing a potentially hostile group of air traffic controllers as our team briefed the purpose of our visit. I was part of an air traffic evaluations team whose […]

The New Normal Day After Thanksgiving – 2020

Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often. – Johnny Carson A New Normal.  I dislike that term, but unfortunately it is accurate for this season in our world. The Holidays are a […]

Can What We Know Prevent Desired Learning?

‘It is what we know already that often prevents us from learning.’ – Claude Bernard Unlearning so that desired learning can occur seems counter intuitive.  Yet, during a recent experience in upgrading my piloting skills, I had to do some serious unlearning to learn! I have been a private pilot since 1992.  With the exception […]

Behind The Scenes – Reflections On September 11

It was the advent of the second plane, sharking in low over the Statue of Liberty: that was the defining moment. Until then, America thought she was witnessing nothing more serious than the worst aviation disaster in history; now she had a sense of the fantastic vehemence ranged against her … For those thousands in […]