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Date Line… July 18, 2019

Busy issue for me! Derek Roberts, who developed and authored the Pilot Perspectives column has moved on to other things and I’m filling in this month. Going forward the staff will share the column, which profiles a pilot and his or her plane; so look for more from me in this space in the future! I’m also proud to say my inaugural stab at the column made the cover! (It really has more to do with the awesome photo by Julia Apfelbaum of Distant Thunder than the power of my pen.)

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Here’s what the guts of it look like:

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And of course, there’s also my regular Questions from the Cockpit, this time digging into a question about aircraft lighting. You may be surprised to learn that early aircraft had horn–just like cars–as well as position lights!

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Date Line… June 20, 2019

Two pilots walk into a bar… No, wait. Booze was last month! This time on Questions from the Cockpit I look at the question of seating: Debunking many of the myths of why the airplane’s Captain sits on the left.

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Date Line… May 23, 2019

Booze is the topic this month in my  Questions from the Cockpit column. Well, booze and altitude. Pick up a copy at an airport near you!


Date Line… April 13, 2019

Risqué topic this month on Questions from the Cockpit. Yep, it’s the all sex in airplanes edition, with a look at the “Mile High Club,” and it’s origins. It’s in print and in the digital edition on page 13.

Don’t forget to join the fun and email your questions to

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Date Line… March 21, 2019

Hooray! Today is the debut of my brand-new column at GA News: Questions from the Cockpit. Look for it every-other-issue in the second issue of the month. I’ll be answering reader “I wonder why?” type questions about all things aviation in an educational, entertaining, and–occasionally–edgy way.   :-)

Also online here.

Got a question? Email to

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Date Line… December 6, 2018

Let’s face it. Some sports are better on TV. No, really, they are. But is air racing one of them? GA News asked us to find out. Online here (with bonus photos!), in print at your neighborhood airport, or check out the digital version on pages 22 and 23!

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Date Line… November 15, 2018

And now for something totally different! This month GA News ran my story on the 42 Ercoupe Owners Club Nationals. Check out the awesome double spread of my buddy Lisa F. Bentson’s drone image of the ‘Coupes on the ramp at Spaceport America, deep inside restricted air space! Pick up a copy at an airport near you, check out the digital version here, or the online edition here.

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Date Line… June 21, 2018

The final (sad) chapter in my Air Racing from the Cockpit series. If it were a book, it would be Chapter 36. Online here, but the Digital (and print) version is always prettier!

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Date Line… December 7, 2017

Why air racing is just like poker. For me anyway. Check out my look back at this season’s various flavors of air racing, in print here and online here.

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Date Line… November 16, 2017

Check out my coverage of the Red Bull air races… Well, more specifically, of the high-priced Sky Lounge. Digital version here, online here.

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Date Line… November 15, 2017

Can you believe it? Even with missing nearly half the season I’m still the second place National Champ for production airplanes. My Dodge Challenger had to stand in for Race 53 at the awards ceremony as everyone’s favorite airplane is still missing an engine…

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Date Line… November 2, 2017

OK… Well I thought it was over… But readers demanded to know more about the engine problems that doomed Race 53′s 2017 SARL racing season, so Air Racing from the Cockpit lives on for part 35. Both online and in the digital version of the printed magazine.

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Also, in the same issue, a little piece about the New Mexico STEM expo…

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Date Line… October 19, 2017

Hey, you didn’t think GA News was going to dump me just because the story of my racing in the Sport Air Racing League was over, did you? Check out my coverage of the National Air Races. Four full plages, plus a wee bit more! As always, you can read online, in print, or in the digital edition. And how about those awesome air race images by Lisa F. Bentson?!

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Date Line… October 18, 2017

Web exclusive! Check out my coverage of the nation’s largest aviation STEM event!

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Date Line… October 5, 2017

It’s the end of an era! Be sure to catch the last dispatch in my long-running Air Racing from the Cockpit series. Online here and pint-style here. Can you believe it? In the end, it was a 34-part series! Actually, it was supposed to run to a full 40-parts, but without a functioning airplane, we were at risk of having to change the name of the series to Air Racing from the Maintenance Shop so the decision was made to wrap it up early. Still, what a great ride…

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Date Line… September 21, 2017

A test flight goes badly, very badly following the installation of a “new” engine. The story is online here, or read all about it in the digital edition of the magazine here.

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Date Line… September 7, 2017

Arrrggggg! More engine troubles plague Race 53. Read about how I spent the “down time” waiting on repairs online here, or see the digital version of the issue here.

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Date Line… August 27, 2017

Down for maintenance, I score a classic air racing plane to keep in the game. The digital edition is here and the online story is here.

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Date Line… August 10, 2017

So it’s not ALL racing for GA News. Check out the story of our annual family reunion. Our airplane’s family reunion, that is. On web and mobile friendly here, or checkout the awesome layout in the digital version of the actual magazine.

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Date Line… July 20, 2017

How much of a gentleman can you afford to be in this “gentleman’s sport?” New facts come to light after the trophies are handed out and I have to decide what to do. Online here or digital version of the printed magazine here. And don’t forget you can pick up the latest issue at most local airports for free!

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Date Line… July 6, 2017

Victory at long last–Read about how I clawed my way to the top of the pack! In your web-browser here or in e-dead tree format here.

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Date Line… June 22, 2017

A maintenance nightmare makes for a scary flight and a missed race. Pick up a copy at your local airport, log on, or view the digital version of the magazine here.

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Date Line… June 8, 2017

Sometimes the best part of the race happens after the checkered flag. Read all about online, in print, or in the digital edition.

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Date Line… May 15, 2017

A new flavor of Sportsmanship is the theme of this edition of Air Racing from the Cockpit. Easy online here, digital here, or at an airport near you…

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Date Line… May 11, 2017

Check out this awesome layout of my latest air racing article! I love the way the wing of Race 53 goes beyond the edge of the photo and right into the text! Speaking of text you can read the digital version here or the online version of the article here. The photos vary, so you might want to check both out!

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Date Line… April 22, 2017

My first ever air race triathlon! Check it out in the April 27 edition, or read about it online right here. Note: There are bonus pics online, including me in a… Well, you’ll just have to go see for yourself!

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Oh, and lookie here, I made the new TOC (which stands for Table Of Contents):

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Date Line… April 2, 2017

Web exclusive! Learn about the changes and maintenance nightmares between seasons in A new season and a ‘new’ airplane. This story never made it to print, so you gotta read in on a electronic device right here.

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Date Line… March 20, 2017

A new season of SARL air racing, and Air Racing From the Cockpit is back for a second year! The first installment, Get Ready to Rumble, is now online here, and in the April 6th print edition!

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Date Line… January 12, 2017

The final installment, Part 20, of the first season of Air Racing From the Cockpit is now on the streets and at an airport near you! First season, you ask? Yep! I’m happy to report that I’ll be racing next year and the GA News will carry a “dispatch” in every issue starting with the March 23 issue and running all the way through the end of the year! After all, you just can’t get enough air racing. So join me next year for my sure-to-be-epic rematch with Team Ely of Race 55. Oh, yeah, the wrap-up story is also online here!

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Date Line… December 22, 2016

Now we’re up to Part 19 of Air Racing From the Cockpit: Looking back on the race season. Also online here.

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Date Line… December 8, 2016

OMG! I’m on the cover of the Rollin’ Stone:

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Yep, Part 18 of Air Racing from the Cockpit: A new national champion is flying to an airport near you! Be sure to check out Lisa F. Bentson’s awesome in-cockpit image of Race 53 rounding a virtual pylon at 75 degrees of bank! Also online here.

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Date Line… November 17, 2016

Part 17 of Air Racing from the Cockpit: Back in the Saddle Again is now at an airport near you! Of course, if you prefer to read online the story can be found on your favorite digital device here.

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Date Line… November 3, 2016

Due to how close two of the races were, the online stories Omens and An ill-timed breakdown were combined in print. So for bonus content, you’ll have to go online and read the original full-length stories! These make up Parts 15 and 16 of Air Racing from the Cockpit!

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Date Line… October 20, 2016

Mountain adventures and weather woes are featured in Part 14 of Air Racing From the Cockpit: A Chain of Bad Decisions. Also online here.

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Date Line… October 6, 2016

It’s not really part of my Air Racing From the Cockpit series, but it is Air Racing. My coverage of the National Championship Air Races at Reno is out. Check out the awesome layout of my “side bar” about being out on the pylons on the fourth page!

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Date Line… September 22, 2016

Part 13 of Air Racing From the Cockpit, The Best Worst Time Ever, is out, spread across four full pages! Or, you can still check out the online version as well. In this episode I’m hight above the Arizona desert, and I have company.

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Date Line… August 25, 2016

Part 12 of Air Racing From the Cockpit, Expect the Unexpected, is in print! And as always, there’s an online version as well. This time I’m telling the story of successful speed mods, a community event, and what we threw out of the airplane.

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Date Line… August 11, 2016

Part 11 of Air Racing From the Cockpit, Family Jewels is now on the streets! Of course, it’s also online as well. It’s the story of two families and a famous air race.

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Date Line… July 28, 2016

Air Racing From the Cockpit Parts 9 and 10, A long flight to a short race, is in print, eating up four full pages. But that’s the Cliff Notes version. It’s such an epic tale there wasn’t room for the pair of stories in print, so if you want all the details, be sure to read the web versions. Part 1 is here, and follow this link to get part 2.

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Date Line… July 7, 2016

Air Racing From the Cockpit, Part 8, The champs and the challenger, is in print, and wonderfully spread across three full pages again. This time I’m telling the story of the Big competition, and my competitors…

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Date Line… June 16, 2016

A hard day’s work continues my Air Racing saga in the pages of General Aviation News. This is Part 7!

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Date Line… June 2, 2016

An ethical dilemma, Part 6 of Air Racing From the Cockpit, continues the tale:

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Date Line… April 19, 2016

An unexpected pair of victories, Part 5 of Air Racing From the Cockpit, is in today’s issue:

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Date Line… May 5, 2016

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Speed Kings, Part 4 of Air Racing From the Cockpit, is in print! Check out the sweet double spread:

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Date Line… April 21, 2016

Start your engines, Part 3 of Air Racing From the Cockpit, is now at an airport near you:

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Date Line… April 7, 2016

Planning to win, Part 2 of Air Racing From the Cockpit, is out:

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Date Line… March 24, 2016

Today’s issue kicks off my multi-part series on air racing from the inside! Check it out Part 1 of Air Racing From The Cockpit

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