Three Essential Elements Of A Perfect Early Morning Flight

To most people the sky is the limit. To those who love flying, the sky is home. – Unknown Recently I rolled myself out of bed at “O dark-thirty” for an early morning flight.  I had been planning to do so daily for over a week, but other life demands kept getting in the way.  It […]

Biplane Building-How Perseverance, Passion, And Perspective Equals Progress

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. – John Quincy In January, we reached a significant milestone on the Chapter 88 Biplane building project.  The upper right wing was completed and hung on the shop wall! A video of this moment has been posted on the Chapter’s Facebook […]

Three Ways To Use DNA To Authenticate And Launch Your Story

DNA opens an even more mysterious door to understanding the human condition: all of our ancestors live within each one of us whether we are aware of it or not. ― Laurence Overmire, from:   The One Idea That Saves The World: A Message of Hope in a Time of Crisis There is science that bears out the […]

Focus On The Basics-Key Lessons From Flight

“And like no other sculpture in the history of art, the dead engine and dead airframe come to life at the touch of a human hand, and join their life with the pilot’s own.” ― Richard Bach, A Gift Of Wings To focus on the basics, will provide an unshakeable stability when nothing seems fixed. In these […]

The Sun Came Bursting Over The Horizon And A New Outstanding Day Arrived

“From the blackness of nothing to the brightness of everything.  The sun came bursting over the horizon and a new day was here.”  Paul Hancock, The Writings of HANCOCK, September 1975 In the past, The Northfield School of the Liberal Arts had a year-end program called, Americana.  It is an opportunity for students and faculty to […]

Mayday, Mayday, Mayday – When Things Go Really Wrong

“Mayday” is not a call you want to have to make, but sometimes things go wrong…. When it was time to relocate our airplanes closer to home, logistics were considerable.  One had to be transported by truck, the other needed its annual inspection before the re-positioning. Once all the details and dates were known, a […]

What Is Happening With The Cute Biplane Build?

The Biplane Build:  To invent an airplane is nothing. To build one is something. But to fly is everything. – Otto Lilienthal Aviation is still considered a man’s world by many. The time to reach young ladies is during their first years of school. Research has shown that although children may change their minds several […]

“Go With Aircoupe – The Plane That is Going Places”

“Go With Aircoupe – The Plane That is Going Places” – Headline From Ad in 1961 Flying Magazine I own a 1961 Forney Aircoupe inherited from my father.  Along with the sheer joy of taking off, leaving the two-dimensional earthbound realm, this little red and white plane abounds with stories. Recently I was contacted via […]

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, […]