Archive for July 2008

Ear issues and GA flying

July 30, 2008

I found a great post here from blogger Plastic Pilot. Ear issues are a major concern for me after having 3 painful experiences with tubes that wouldn’t equalize on descent (one on a commercial plane, two on GA planes). One of the major reasons I moved up to pressurization was the discomfort and potential for serious damage that can occur from clogged eustachian tubes (the others included kids, ability to get over the WX, bumps and high mtns of the west).

I was reminded of how painful these can be today when flying in a Dutchess on the way back from a maintenance drop of the Mirage. Though my ears were clear, I had some congestion a few weeks ago which must have been lingering. My ears cleared on the many descents today, but they were “sticky”, and it was painful. Even a couple weeks after a cold, all was not right.

Fortunately pressurization really changes this equation, and the Mirage has made a huge difference. I’m also much more careful about being clear before I fly.

One other tip: always fly with Afrin.

Burt Rutan and Sir Richard Branson – What a team!

July 30, 2008

Just read the news of the talk by Burt Rutan and Sir Richard at Osh Kosh on AvWeb.  I think it’s fantastic that these legends go to KOSH each year.  This talk reminded me of a time a couple of years ago when I saw Burt at the Ted conference.  I spoke to him briefly, and asked him to autograph my logbook (I had flown my B36 in to KMRY for the conference).

His 2006 speech can be seen here on the site .  It’s a wonderful and impassioned plea for entrepreneurs, engineers and kids (yes kids) to once again recapture the dream of space travel.

I’m rooting for these guys.

Blogs can fly

July 29, 2008

Kudos to Rob Mark over at Jetwhine for organizing the first ever aviation blogger fest at Airventure this year. The event attracted 20-30 or so of the leading bloggers in aviation. See Jetwhine’s post here and the AOPA blog post here.

I hope Rob makes this an annual event, as the Osh Kosh gathering has always been about reunions, of friends, pilots, airplanes and families.

I hope to make it next year. In the meantime, I’m happy to see the next news medium (blogs) get a good solid start in the aviation world.

July 28, 2008

I just heard of a new social network for pilots called A full review can be found on JetWhine here. is currently in beta, but you can request an invite on the page. The site’s goal is to connect pilots from all corners of the aviation world to share experiences, learnings, events, photos, etc. Given how much we pilots love to talk about flying (just ask us, we can talk about flying!), I think this is a great idea.

The site has all of the socnet features and functions that you’d expect including groups, messaging, friending, status/mini feeds, photos, etc. Its nicely laid out too. I’ll post additional pireps as i get deeper into it. but it seems terrific.


July 23, 2008

I just discovered the iPhone app called ForeFlight, a flight planning software package. I saw it on MyFlightBlog. I am an avid user of FltPlan, a really wonderful and complete web-based flight planning, weather briefing, and filing system. It would be nice to have something on the iPhone. I’ll use it for a bit and give a pirep later. One note: is free, Foreflight is $69 bucks. More to come.

Just found this great photo blog

July 23, 2008

Check out this great blog from a 757 pilot named Rand Peck. Wonderful photos and great prose.

Can’t believe I’m Missing KOSH

July 23, 2008

Saw this post today and can’t believe I’m missing KOSH. I’m envious of Jack. OSH is heaven for the aviation buff.

Have fun Jack!!!