Push Your Right Foot In, Put Your Left Hand Down

Crosswind landing techniques March 2016 Technically speaking, you are 34 times more likely to have a crosswind landing than not. That number may sound like it was derived from a complex formula, but it’s quite simple. For example, if you are landing on a runway configured as 36/18, the prevailing winds would have to be… Read more »

TIS, TAS, and The Other

Knowing the capabilities of your equipment ATC traffic reports are common to all of us who fly in congested areas. Collision avoidance is something every pilot values in the interest of self-preservation regardless if they are flying a J3 Cub or Boeing 767. What isn’t common amongst the pilot community is what equipment or methods… Read more »

Trying “New” For A Change

There Are Dangers That Lie In Comfort February 2016 Looking back to my initial training there were the two variants of the single-engine trainer my school used. Both were the exact same airframes, but one had GPS units that were remnant of Audis and Volkswagens with their red pixelated “Atari” screens. Then there were the… Read more »

Sonic Booms & Embarrassment

Arrogance and Ignorance Are No Excuse for Busting TFRs January 2016 A few years back I was sitting in the FBO at KOAK – Oakland Intl. watching a G550 crew go through what looked like its preparation for a flight. After their APU was up and running a crew member came in to inform the… Read more »


The Dirty and Clean Sides of Aviation January 2016 Ever hear a pilot mention the use of SLOP? Like many terms and acronyms, our imagination can run a bit wild at times until we fess up that we have no idea what something means. SLOP stands for Strategic Lateral Offset Procedures. Still clear as mud,… Read more »

The Platypus and Other Oddities

Aviation Engineering That’s Hard To Believe January 2016 Have you ever studied Australia’s beloved oddity, the platypus? It’s a mammal, lays eggs, then when the young hatch they obtain nourishment through their mother’s milk. They have a bill similar to a duck and use it for electrolocation and an ankle spur that’s capable of delivering… Read more »

50 Years Ago / 50 Years From Now

Is Aviation An “Adapt or Die” Industry? If you ever get the opportunity to pick up an old aviation magazine from 20, heck, 50 years ago I highly recommend it. Basic wing design, how a reciprocating or turbojet engine works, aerodynamics, etc. all seem to stand the test of time. The good stuff comes when… Read more »

Inside Cockpit of Diamond Star DA40

DA40 Added to the Fleet

We are happy to announce that we have added another Diamond Star DA40 to our fleet! N722PA has completed all inspections and its Part 141 conformity check. It is ready for all rental and training flights. Use our online scheduler to schedule your flight or email scheduling@galvinflying.com.  

Caught in Icing

When Being Vague Doesn’t Help December 2015 “Mom, where’s the carpet cleaner?” I yelled from a neighboring room when I was 10 years old. “It’s under the kitchen sink,” she replied nonchalantly. “Wait, why?!” realizing the nature of the question was lacking innocence. At the time I thought I was being clever and handling the… Read more »

Flows and Checklists

Be The Bruce Lee of Your Flight Deck December 2015 I still remember the day I took a seat in the airplane I would begin my primary flight training in. It was a Piper Warrior III and the immense amount of knobs and switches intimidated me. The only thing worse would be trying to watch… Read more »