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Bright Lights

I haven’t even written about the last flight and we are planning the next exciting one: Rome! As in Italy, not Indiana. We’re planning to fly there, meet my mother (who is visiting friends), take her to Mannheim and then fly home. My mother is very impressed at the taxi service she’s being offered ……

Read more… 3 Aug 07

N666EX at Málaga

I’ve not gone missing, just that time seems to be slipping away from me at the moment. I’m working on two projects that are eating up quite a bit of time and the summer sun is proving quite a distraction. Back soon… :)

Read more… 19 Jul 07

Flying Over Lake Constance

Here’s the view as we fly away from our initial destination at Lake Constance. No, you don’t get a view of us flying to it as I was busy with the plane at that point! At the wing tip you can see the airfield, the same one that I linked to on Google in the…

Read more… 3 Jul 07

Practice Flight on Google Earth

I sit at my desk, staring at the web browser. A voice inside my head says, Pass your message. “November 666 Echo X-ray is a PA32 travelling from Beziers to Altenrhein, Switzerland. We are currently west of the Alps at 7,500 feet and requesting a flight information service.” 7,500 feet! Flying past the Alps! Wow,…

Read more… 21 Jun 07

Flying High

Next weekend Cliff and I will be braving the Alps though which I’m already having nightmares about. We’ll be flying from Málaga to Lake Constance for a wedding which I’m very much looking forward to but there’s still the flight to plan (Argh, do we have maps for Switzerland?) and the fear of going over…

Read more… 15 Jun 07

Looking for info: Yarborough Monument

The Yarborough Monument on the hills of Culver Down looks out over the channel like a burnt out lighthouse. It is a memorial for Charles Anderson-Pelham, who became the first Earl of Yarborough in 1794 and founded the Royal Yacht Squadron. Lord Yarborough had what appears to have been an illustrious naval career but in…

Read more… 5 Jun 07

Accident Reports

Air Taxi Prototype Crash at Cotswold Airport

On the 9th of August 2023, a VX4 crashed at Cotswold Airport in Gloucestershire during a test flight over the runway. The VX4 is a prototype air taxi, designed and…

The Unstallable Plane That Stalled

The Cessna 185 Skywagon is a high wing, single engine aircraft: basically a Cessna 180 with six seats, a strengthened fuselage and a slightly more powerful engine. It’s a popular…

Demystifying

Training an AI Copilot To Spot Gliders

My friend Maria at Daedalean wrote this article about how they are using AI to help pilots detect gliders. I thought it was fascinating and Daedalean gave me permission to…

The Missing Bolts from Alaska Airlines flight 1282

On the 5th of January 2024, Alaska Airlines flight 1282 had just taken off when it lost a door plug, leaving a gaping hole on the left side of row…

History

Gladys Ingle Inflight Wheel Change: Emergency Action or Stunt?

This video of a mid-air wheel exchange goes viral once a year or so, but I never get tired of watching it. Last week, it showed up on Reddit and…

The Disappearance of the Hawaii Clipper May Not Be as Mysterious as Was Thought

This week, we have a guest post by J.B. Rivard who wrote an article for the American Aviation Historical Society (AAHS) and used one of my articles as a reference.…

Fun Stuff

A Few Good Stories

I’m in Dresden at the moment and I’m afraid I haven’t had a free moment to write you a new article. Luckily, lots of other people are on the internet…

Flying Fails and Airshow Considerations

Long-term readings of Fear of Landing know that my favourite aerobatics show of all time is Kyle Franklin’s Ben Whabnoski Comedy act. Just in case some of you haven’t seen…