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.
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.
Everyone loves holding, right?!? What could be better than burning fuel flying a racetrack in the sky - and those entries can make your head hurt. Test your IFR skills with these 7 holding questions...
Lakeland Aero Club is a piece apart. First, everyone who's involved is in... High school - or just graduated. From the president on down, this is a member managed organization. And they're all teenagers.