A PILOT LOOKS AT 50

“I have spent over 2 solid years in the sky.  And after 2 divorces, 3 bankruptcies, 1 merger  and a furlough, I can even call myself a ‘Real Pilot’.” Well, I went and done it, folks.  This month, I turned the Big 5-0!  In celebration (or lament), here’s an abbreviated update of my very first […]

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Interlude: Cap’n Aux’s 3 seconds of Fame

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS CAP’N AUX?NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC This is crazy!  An astute blog reader spotted me in a National Geographic documentary waltzing through security at some random airport (LAX, perhaps?)  Another blog reader, Anthony G., found the vid as a download (since removed.) SMILE, YOU’RE ON CANDID CAMERA!(I must be showing off my Thai […]

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THERE I WUZ! — EPISODE 1: THE SKY FELL

INTRODUCING:  “THERE I WUZ!” —Cap’n Aux’s personal, spine-tingling, bone-tickling cockpit travails! **DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF MY GOOD FRIEND STEVE WILSON, A CAREER ALASKA BUSH PILOT.** Steve Wilson fuels his trusty Luscomb for a little playtime. Steve, you taught me so much about flying the bush, and about the simple joys in life.  You will be […]

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A Thai Adventure

“The Girl, the Sold Watch, and Everything” –A Thailand Adventure “Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee” went our little scooter, put-putting at full hamster motor speed to haul our two “Farong” (Westerner) tushies up the  winding Thailand hillside. Eyes squinted in determination and tongue chewed in concentration, I fishtailed up the wrong (left) side of the twisting, 2-lane, rice noodle […]

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Busted Aviation Myths #2: Otto is My Copilot

Otto is my Copilot MYTH:   “That’s a pretty hi tech autopilot ya got there!  I mean, those things practically fly themselves, right?!”MYTH BUST: Uh, only if you call the cruise control in your car the Designated Driver. Otto’s 2D 1st Cousin Autopilots are extremely sophisticated.  They can fly from here to TOM (Timbuktu) with uncanny […]

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