Aviation Stories

Back some years ago, I was taking flying lessons with Arnie Sims.  He was very accomplished as a pilot, "A good Stick" as we say.  He came back from Vietnam with three Distinguished Flying Crosses.  Actually, only one made it back to the USA.  The others he gave away.  You see, Arnie was not a war monger... he just loved flying.  As he said, "I am the only pilot to leave the peace symbol in smoke over Saigon." Arnie was raised in California, but some way ended up in a small town in Arkansas teaching flying, owned a plane paint shop, flew commercially and participated in anything that had to do with flying. I have to give him credit for being an extremely firm but calm instructor.  He would let me get the plane into situations and expect me to get it out.  While he calmly sat in the right seat.  My flight training was very meaningful.  He did complement me after my written test score came back.  He said, "I have had a...

Looking for a museum to tour? Try this one.   Poplar Grove Wings and Wheels Click on the post and then CLICK HERE  ...

BASICMED GOES LIVE Yesterday....  One day results. 1,354 PILOTS READY TO FLY FREDERICK, MD – Today, May 1, is the first day aviators can fly under the new BasicMed rules, and 1,354 pilots have already successfully completed the self-assessment checklist, physical examination with a state licensed physician, and AOPA's free online Medical Self-Assessment Course. "AOPA has fought for medical reform for years, and we are happy that so many pilots are ready to fly under BasicMed on the first day," said Mark Baker, AOPA President and CEO. AOPA has developed Fit to Fly, a series of resources to help pilots understand BasicMed which include a Pilot & Physician's Guide, FAQ, video, and more. To help those who have been away from flying, AOPA is partnering with flight schools to offer Rusty Pilots seminars in hundreds of locations across the United States. By attending the three-hour seminar free to all AOPA members, you...

AOPA BASICMED COURSE & FAA MEDICAL EXAM CHECKLIST NOW AVAILABLE Pilots cleared to start process to fly under BasicMed as of May 1 FREDERICK, MD – The wait to get ready for BasicMed is over – the FAA has released the official BasicMed Comprehensive Medical Examination Checklist that pilots must fill out and have completed by a state-licensed physician. It has also published a link to the free online AOPA Self-Assesment Course that satisfies the requirement for pilots to complete a medical education course prior to operating under BasicMed. “We fought long and hard for this on behalf of our members and we’re excited that pilots can now start the BasicMed process,” said AOPA President Mark Baker. “You’re now cleared to take the necessary steps to get in the air as of May 1.” Pilots may now make their doctor appointment, have the FAA checklist filled out by the physician, and complete the free AOPA onlin...

Here it 'tis folks... the latest issue that is now at airports in all 50.  Thanks for reading and sharing this publication.  April Issue 2017 - FLY-LOW Publications Click on RECENT ISSUE ABOVE and follow the links...  much thanks! Ralph McCormick Publisher      ...

Intimating Landings - Dolores Point (strip on left) is a beautiful mesa overlooking the Dolores River, four miles west of Gateway, Colorado. The airstrip sits atop the mesa in a sagebrush meadow between the depths of the red rock canyon country below and the snow capped peaks of the La Sal Mountains. The runway was originally a mile long (oriented north-south) but in recent times, most pilots choose to confine themselves to the northern 2200 feet and avoid the visibility issues with a slightly rolling hilltop and dogleg on the southern end. That hill is approximately seventy feet higher than the north end of the strip near the mesa rim. Due to the substantial slope, landings to the south and takeoffs to the north are recommended (and easier). The average elevation is 7120 MSL making density altitude an important consideration. Flying conditions are usually best in the morning when temperatures are lower and there is less convect...

If you need or want more information on your coming Medical, here is a place and phone number you need to go. Go to post and click on the photo below. ...

The largest flat top mountain in the world is just 69 Statute Miles (60 Nautical Miles) north of Ouray.  This western slope of Colorado is filled with “wonders” like this…  take a view at The rand Mesa from above, a bird’s eye view.   This large mountain between Grand Junction and Ouray is visible from miles away.  The obvious flat top seems to run for miles and miles.   It is unusual compared to the mountains around Ouray which are definitely not flat top.   ...

This is a follow up to the post yesterday about Bessie Coleman, the first black (male or female) American aviator. She was quite an individual with determination. The embedded thirteen minute clip of her life is very interesting... Take a look. ...

Our contributor to FLY-LOW on a monthly basis has flown low over Alaska and here it is... Click on the post and then watch. You can read his column from Alaska each month in FLY-LOW, available at your local FBO or by subscription. Contact Alex Clark to get Alaska flying experience and sea plane rating. Email Alex at dragonfly@alaska.net.   ...