The Gift of Flight!

I remember when I was in high school. I loved to sit at the flight simulator on the PC and explore the different airports and cities. I wondered if they looked the same in real life. What was it like to fly in a real plane? At a family picnic, I saw a small airplane … Read more…

From Above It All

Late in the afternoon, just as Iowa farmers were preparing for harvest, I took a student up for one of our first instructional flights. I couldn’t help but take a moment to capture a photo of this unique farm layout with drainage patterns carved out in the gently rolling hills. Virtually unnoticeable from the ground, … Read more…

The shortage of pilots

Yes, there is a shortage of pilots, but what does that mean? Well, first of all, let’s look at why there is a perceived shortage of pilots. Traditionally in the USA pilots came from in of three sources. The first generation of pilots were self-taught. They literally built their own planes and then jumped in … Read more…

Flying beats the competition! 

Big companies invest in multi-million dollar jets because they know something their competitors don’t. Flying beats the competition. But what about small planes? Does it make sense to learn to fly and invest in your own plane? I came up with three scenarios from my experience.  Scenario 1: I got my private pilot license and … Read more…