Electric Belite SkyDock Flies After Just 2 Months

Less than two months ago I wrote about the first flight of the Belite Skydock. It's a spindly little airplane, but made with modern technology and materials. It promises fun, affordable aviation. Now, in just two months, they've gone from first flight of their design to first flight using a pair of electric motors.

SpaceX One-Ups New Space Race with Interplanetary Transport System

SpaceX just announced that it's taking humanity to Mars and beyond. SpaceX made their announcement on the heels of Blue Origin announcing their New Glenn launch system - a big step from their suborbital New Shepard rockets aimed at space tourism. SpaceX's Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) will be larger than the Saturn V, the largest rocket humanity has produced so far.

Pipistrel's HY4 First Flight - Is Hydrogen Fuel Cell Aviation Becoming Practical?

A Pipistrel aircraft recently completed its first flight at the Stuttgart airport. Why is this cool? It's the world's first 4-seat aircraft powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The aircraft is part of the HY4 Project that aims to build a fleet of these aircraft and start a network of clean, efficient air taxis.

Blue Origin Announces New Glenn Orbital Launch Vehicle

The heat just got turned up another notch in New Space Race. Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin just announced a new rocket, the New Glenn. NASA reports that the 23' diameter rocket will provide 3.85 million pounds of thrust. While Blue Origin's new rockets are enormous, they don't have quite enough thrust to match the 5 million pounds of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy.

AviationBull's First Podcast Guest Appearance

It's been almost a year, but my guide for converting military logbooks to civilian standards is still one of our more popular articles. Based on follow-ups from that article, I'm preparing an in-depth evaluation of the most popular electronic logbook apps on the market.

How an Hour in a Fart Chamber Saved My Life

There is a lot more to being a pilot than having the stick & rudder skills to keep the ball centered and the blue side up. Sometimes I think we don’t emphasize these skills enough. How are you going to go to the bathroom on this flight? What are you going to eat? (You did remember to bring some food, right?) Do the tone of your radio voice and efficiency of your calls inspire confidence in controllers, or do they earn you disdain and penalty vectors?

I recently used another skill, recognizing my personal hypoxia symptoms, to potentially save my life and my airplane. I learned that skill through several sessions in flatulence-filled funny rooms, also known as hypobaric (or "altitude") chambers. How about we mix it up today and do story first, background second?

Preparing for the Logbook Battle Royale

People frequently ask me what electronic logbook program/app I recommend. Unfortunately, as a computer geek, I've been unable to recommend any of them because I just made my own years ago. Thankfully, mobile computing and the cloud have reached the point where the logbook apps available offer far more capability than anything I can do in MS Excel or even Access. So, I'm going to host an Electronic Logbook Battle Royale. I'm going to do a head-to-head comparison of the most popular logbook apps out there.

Short-Term Pilot Shortage Solutions for the USAF

I've written a couple articles recently comparing the financial angle of staying in the military for a full retirement vs. getting out halfway through to start an airline career 9 years earlier. My second article was prompted by proposals to increase the USAF's pilot retention bonus from $25K per year to as much as $60K per year. The USAF Chief of Staff (CSAF) and the Secretary of the Air Force (SECAF) put forth their proposal because the Air Force is having trouble retaining pilots.

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