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It’s always sumthin’…

Here’s a tip of the wing to the Obama Administration. In the Administration’s initiation into the Presidential Circle of User-Fee Proposers the authors at least hit on an honest justification — We, the royal “We” of Americans, need the money. Thanks for not setting off on that old, discredited canard about general aviation not paying [...]

Chinese Octocopter

God bless them, those Chinese REALLY want to fly. Local farmer Shu Mansheng starts the engines of his self-designed and homemade flying device before a test flight in front of his house in Dashu village on the outskirts of Wuhan, Hubei province

September 11, 2011

Our thoughts this morning are with the victims of the September 11 attacks, their families and their loved ones. And our profound thanks go out to all who responded and served, on that day, and since.

Mind boggling

Five years ago TODAY, Jeb, Dave and I recorded the very first episode of the UCAP Podcast. Go figure. The shownotes say Aug 24, which was the date the episode was posted on the net.

Steven Colbert in space

Probably a little outside of the mission of this blog, but cool nevertheless. I’m really getting into this kind of Maker stuff. I think this falls outside of Dave’s criteria for “flyable” though.

Happy Orville’s Birthday, ALL!

Yessiree, today’s the birthday of the first human acknowledged and credited for successfully operating a heavier-than-air machine from level ground… Mr. Wright, Orville, would be 140 today and as he was at his death on Jan. 30, 1948, be even more amazed by the progress of aviation in the post-World War II years…ultralights to light-sport [...]

Brainless Idiots!

Do people really think that if they post a comment to a blog, and give as their name: “Penis Enlargement Pill”, that they won’t get blocked as spam? Whisky-Tango-Foxtrot!

UPDATE on the coolest nascar invocation ever

A little while back I posted a video of what I judged to be a very cool invocation at the start of a NASCAR race. I confess that, at the time I posted it, I was uncertain how real it was. But it was fun, so I showed it to you. This, on the other [...]

The View from 2,500 Feet

Not to make this an all-Fallows-all-the-time blog, but this short piece by James Fallows’ wife Deborah does a pretty good job of identifying and exposing one of the reasons we fly: the sense of adventure. It also highlights the fact we can see the world as no one else. Recommended… Jeb

“Girls With Wings” looking for help in northeast.

Got this email from Girls With Wings founder, AcroCamper, and AvPal, Lynda Meeks. This is a good cause, consider it. Dear Girls With Wings Supporter, I am writing this email to let you know of a plan we have in the works for the first weekend in October at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome ( ) [...]