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 By Jim Hanson    Jim Hanson    July 1, 2016

Experiencing the Pipistrel motor glider

When flying any new aircraft, I like to study it first. I look it over carefully. In this case, I noted the long wings, the glider-like T-tail, the wide and roomy cockpit. Paul and I conducted a...

 
 By Jim Hanson    Jim Hanson    June 1, 2016

Experiencing the Pipistrel motor glider

Most pilots enjoy flying different kinds of aircraft. Each aircraft has its own handling characteristics, performance, and even its own personality. In my aviation career, I've been able to fly a...

 
 By Jim Hanson    Jim Hanson    March 1, 2016

Return to Edwards

With a lull in the action at the runway, we toured the ramp at South Base. I was surprised to see a fleet of Skyhawks, and a T-42 Beech Baron. "Base flying club" said Haire, reading my mind. It's...

 

Return to Edwards

The next day, I met Haire at Century Circle, a collection of Century Series aircraft located just outside Edward's West Gate. Haire is a retired Army Aviator, who flew Huey's, Cobras, and Chinooks....

 

An education initiative involving aviation

The Problem Like so many things that we "know" to be true today, facts are fungible. What may have been good advice 20 years ago is not good advice today-yet these false "facts" remain in place until...

 

Oshkosh observations

I go to Oshkosh (nobody in aviation calls it "Airventure") every year to cover what's new in the industry. It's a chance to try to gauge the health of the industry - to try to spot emerging trends -...

 
 By Jim Hanson    Jim Hanson    April 1, 2015

NWA History Centre

Jim Hanson It's cold and windy outside, and the days are short. Not exactly great fun-flying weather-but if you want your "aviation fix" to help get you through until Spring - here's a suggestion....

 
 By Jim Hanson    Jim Hanson    April 1, 2015

Notable accomplishments by Northwest Airlines

• Began service delivering the mail on CAM 9 (Minneapolis/Chicago) in 1926, using two rented, open-cockpit biplanes. • 1926 — Northwest became the first airline to operate a closed-cabin...

 
 By Jim Hanson    Jim Hanson    April 1, 2015

Northwest family includes 13 airlines

According to the narrative of the NWA History Centre, there were 13 airlines represented in the history of Northwest Airlines. Following are excerpts from that history: “During its first 60 years...

 

Flying the Wren

Last year, I had a friend ask me to find him an airplane. That's always a loaded and open-ended task. Another friend told him "You ought to buy a Super Cub." Most aircraft dealers would be happy to...

 
 By Jim Hanson    Jim Hanson    April 1, 2014

As I Recall: Part III

"How did we get this way?" Jim Hanson I picked the age of the AOPA and FLYING magazines reviewed in this series (late 50s and early 60s) because it was about the time I started flying. It is also a...

 
 By Jim Hanson    Jim Hanson    March 1, 2014

As I Recall: Part II

From the April, 1960 issue of AOPA Pilot — provided by Minnesota Flyer Iowa reader Phillip Carson. I’ll try to introduce readers to the old printed pages — and make my own snark-filled...

 

As I Recall: Part I

Jim Hanson I save all my back issues of aviation magazines—literally, over 3000 pounds worth in the last 50 years. My wife calls me a “pack rat” — a “hoarder” — I tell her it is for...

 

99s complete new compass rose in Albert Lea

The 99s-an international association of women pilots, (there were initially 99 charter members) recently completed a new compass rose for the Albert Lea Municipal Airport. The old compass rose had...

 

Truly the Spirit of Aviation

There are some years at Airventure (Oshkosh) that are “breakthrough” years — notable for the appearance of new aircraft, avionics, or technologies. The “I-Pad Revolution” a couple of years...

 

Innovation at AirVenture

Outside the Innovation Pavilion, Minnesota's own Greg Herrick, President of the Aviation Foundation of America, and Stu Horn, President of Aviat Aircraft show off the technology demonstator for a...

 

Just Fly Minnesota! 

A writer friend sought my counsel (that sounds SO much better than "hey, what do you think about......?") regarding information for ex-pilots getting back into flying after a long layoff.  My reply...

 

Destinations: Go Anywhere

This could be the subject of an entire article, but I’ll limit the discussion to those pilots returning after a long layoff. Many pilots have heard of the benefits of going “Light Sport.” For...

 

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