Here’s To Kansas Air Tour 2019 In The Bag

“There is no sport equal to that which aviators enjoy while being carried through the air on great white wings.” Wilbur Wright, 1905 The fall season is full of flying activities in Kansas.  Weather is generally more stable and cooler temperatures beckons one to the skies.  Don’t misunderstand, flying is great any time of the […]

Who Are The Poor And How Can We Serve Them?

For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. Matt 26:11 Recently I was watching an episode of Poldark on Masterpiece Classic.  It is a BBC Period piece set in Cornwall England beginning in the 1780s.  In this particular episode the lower classes in the region were starving due to […]

Why Bother With A Girls In Aviation Day?

Flying is the best possible thing for women.  — Baroness Raymonde de Laroche of France, first licensed woman pilot, regards receiving her license, 8 March 1910. I participate in a closed Facebook group called The Landline.  It is a forum for pilots and controllers to interact over questions about anything pilot-controller aviation system related. Recently a […]

An Awesome Crazy Personal Aviation Day

To invent an airplane is nothing. To build one is something. But to fly is everything. – Otto Lilienthal I have spend a lot of time with airplanes over the past few weeks.  One particular day turned into a personal aviation day taking me from one corner of Wichita, the Air Capital of the World, […]

Excited Anticipation Of Kansas Air Tour 2019

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison A couple of years ago, I heard about The Kansas Air Tour.  I was attending the annual EAA Chapter 88 Fly-in at Jabara Airport, where the tour ended that year and […]

From One Generation To The Next In The Aircoupe

Legacy is not what I did for myself. It’s what I’m doing for the next generation. –  Vitor Belfort For those of us without children of our own, imparting into the next generation takes a different path.  My spouse teaches and we employ young people to help with yard work.  Sometimes I work in the […]

How To Plan For A Wildcard

Wildcard (noun):  A person or thing whose influence is unpredictable or whose qualities are uncertain. I plan.  Even when I know a plan is likely to change, I still plan.  It just feels better when I have a framework defined before the week begins.  This puts me in the action rather than reaction mode, accomplishing […]

When Things Go Wrong – A Year After

“Mayday” is not a call you want to have to make, but sometimes things go wrong…. It’s been one year since I made this call.  Thought it was worth a repost.  Happy 4th of July – I plan to be flying. June 2018 – When Things Go Wrong When it was time to relocate our […]

What It Takes To Be A Crazy Air Traffic Controller

I spent thirty-eight years in public service as an Federal Employee.  The first four in  personnel, now called human resources, for the Air Force Reserves.  The last thirty-four as an air traffic controller. Almost twenty of those were active air traffic control in en route and terminal radar as well as a tower environment.  The […]