I'm a partner at Boldmethod, as well as the chief tech geek and a writer.
I earned my solo wings in 1996 with the Civil Air Patrol at Pueblo Memorial (KPUB), and my Private Pilot Certificate in 1996 at Denver, Centennial (KAPA) in a 1973 Cessna 172.
The University of North Dakota taught me how to land in 30 knot winds and thirty below temperatures; I returned the favor by instructing there for seven years in Warriors, Arrows and Seminoles.
The classmates, students and instructors I met at UND have become some of my best friends. Most have gone on to the airlines and corporate flight departments - but some are at UND mentoring the next generation of aviation professionals. All of them have been invaluable in helping me write these columns.
Post UND, I worked as an intern, and later a paid intern, at Atlantic Coast Airlines. That opened the door to a job as a safety analyst at JetBlue - my first experience at a company who truly knew their core values. Safety, Caring, Integrity, Fun and Passion - they never asked us to memorize them, but I never met a team member who didn't know them by heart.
Colin Cutler and I started Boldmethod in 2006 - which grew out of a side business writing software for engineering companies. Since then, we've developed:
Software to monitor oil and gas pipelines,
General aviation training,
Software to manage nonprofit donations,
More general aviation training,
Emulators and training for the MQ-1 Reaper and MQ-9 Predator drones,
More general aviation training,
Training software for other military aircraft,
More general aviation training
And now, only general aviation training.
I do this because I love it. Because, aside from what I'm doing now, teaching at UND was the job I loved the most. So, if you've got an idea, suggestion or comment, pass it to me. If you're briefing one day and you think, "I really wish I had [this]," email me. We'd love to build it.
Look closely at the rear of a King Air on the flight line, and you'll often find Raisbeck's Dual Aft Body Strakes replacing Beechcraft's single fin. This striking modification adds directional stability and cuts drag.
If you've ever dreamed of restoring an airplane, this is the series for you. We ran across Kyle Fosso on Facebook and his story had us amazed. He's rebuilding a 1954 Cessna 170B, which he purchased in 2010 when he was 15.
Instrument failures may be one of the toughest parts of instrument training - and can quickly spark confusion if they happen when you're in the clouds. In fact, an airspeed indication failure brought down Air France flight 447 - most likely caused by ice crystals blocking the pitot tubes.
Forget Apple's big press release Thusday, Gulfstream just beat them to the punch. In front of a crowd of 3,000 people - that sadly didn't include the Boldmethod crew :( - they announced an all new family of business luxury: the Gulfstream G500 and G600.
If you've flown any of the Piper Cherokee line of aircraft, you've noticed that their tail is different from most light aircraft. Instead of a horizontal stabilizer with a trailing elevator, Cherokees have an all-movable "stabilator."
Ask an experienced pilot what's the worst in-flight emergency, and you'll probably hear "fire." Most pilots feel comfortable with their ability to land an airplane without power, but a fire can be truly terrifying.