Here are the 30 most popular posts by number of page views:
- Bedford and the Normalization of Deviance (129,626 views)
The NTSB report on the Bedford G-IV crash has been released, and "pilot error" doesn't even begin to describe it. How do respected, well-trained, experienced pilots screw up so badly? And could it ever happen to us? Sadly, the answer is "yes".
- Aircraft Crash Videos (23,221 views)
Aircraft crash and incident videos I've gathered from various places on the internet. This is a perennial favorite, if my server logs are any indication.
- "I Don't Work for You!": A True Story (21,663 views)
Pilots who want to hire on with a major airline will tell you it's not necessarily easy. But you know what's even harder? Trying to quit! Here's a true story about a friend who tried to do just that -- and couldn't.
- Last Flight of the First Gulfstream Jet (15,181 views)
The first Gulfstream jet ever manufactured made it's first flight in 1966. It was recently retired after 44 years of continuous service with a single owner. Here's a look at the history and future of this one-of-a-kind aircraft.
- Aviation Scholarships (13,162 views)
Okay, so you want to pursue flight training but the funds just aren't there. Wouldn't it be great if someone appeared out of thin air with the money you need to achieve your goal? It's not as far-fetched as you might think...
- A Tragic Pile of Twisted Metal (12,524 views)
What's worse than having your pride-and-joy destroyed in an accident? Obliterating it yourself... on purpose. Welcome to the world of 21st century liability concerns. The real losers: our children.
- Gulfstream G650 Accident Report (10,288 views)
The Gulfstream G650 accident report has been published by the NTSB. While they strongly point the finger at Gulfstream, after reading the full accident docket, the takeaway for me is that given the kind of testing required by the FAA, it's a wonder accidents don't happen more often.
- Aircraft Tire Pressure (10,175 views)
Tires are probably the least sexy part of an aircraft: a ball of hot, stinky, greasy rubber. it's also the airframe component which absorbs the most punishment, so they deserve a little attention every now and then.
- C-130 Bird Strike (9,994 views)
C-130 goes mano-a-mano against an Eagle. The result? See the photos for yourself.
- No Apologies (8,872 views)
Aviators can be an ambitious lot. We want to go places (no pun intended), and feel like we should always be progressing toward larger airplanes, new ratings, more hours. Sometimes I'll hear an aviator speak in apologetic terms about their flying because they "only" fly this or that. Whether the...
- About (8,821 views)
A bit about myself, my flying career, and the history of this web site.
- A Ball of Blue (8,419 views)
NATS, the British ATC entity, recently published a video modeling a day's air traffic over southern England. It's an impressive technical achievement, but it left me feeling sad about what's missing from the skies over there.
- Archive (7,777 views)
This is a complete reverse chronological archive of all posts at the House of Rapp going back to May of 1997.
- The Red Rocket (7,677 views)
I suppose every pilot has a catalog of "dream aircraft" they'd like to fly before their gravity-defying days are over. My bucket list includes a quirky looking homebuilt called the Questair Venture. The Venture conjures up a unique set...
- Team Aerodynamix (7,127 views)
Physical ability is less important that good judgment when it comes to flying... but there's no denying the impressive skill of groups like Team Aerodynamix. Take a look at this video and I think you'll be hard pressed to disagree.
- A Starship in the Wild (7,075 views)
When I was a kid in the 1980s, Beech represented some of the most exciting and cutting-edge stuff in the world of flying. For example, the much anticipated -- and highly unsuccessful -- Starship. We came across one recently in the mountains of Colorado, and to my eyes it still looks as sweet as...
- Gyroscopic Precession (7,037 views)
Gyroscopic precession is not well-understood by most aviators... unless they're aerobatic pilots, that is.
- Constant Speed Propeller Maintenance (7,008 views)
Physical failure of a prop blade or hub in flight is far more likely to kill you than an engine failure. So why do many pilots ignore the relatively infrequent maintenance needed by their constant-speed propeller?
- Photos (6,969 views)
I love photography! This page highlights some favored images from my life and travels as seen through the Instagram app.
- Learning to Fly -- Without An Instructor? (6,145 views)
Just how important is the instructor when it comes to learning to fly? That might be a surprising question for an CFI to ask, but the longer I teach, the more cognizant I become of the many ways in which an instructor can function as a barrier to the student's progress. And apparently I'm not the...
- Big Brother is Watching (6,107 views)
As pilots, it's worth remembering that virtually all aircraft contain computerized devices, even if they're just portable ones. They're everywhere, and they record things that can come back to haunt us later.
- Martin Mars (5,583 views)
Photos of some very impressive fire fighting done with the world's largest operational flying boat, the Martin Mars.
- Jet Blue 292 (5,183 views)
Were the pilots of Jet Blue 292 heroes? The media seems to think so. I, on the other hand, make the case that they were not heroes, just aviators doing the exact thing they'd been trained year after year to do.
- Passengers: Keeping Things Interesting (4,942 views)
When it comes to cataloging the intriguing travelers one has encountered over the years, few people can rival the improbably tall tales spun by pilots. Obviously it's important to maintain confidentiality in this business, but by removing all identifying information and changing some details, a few...
- The Key to Good IFR: More VFR (4,794 views)
The most common landing procedure used by IFR airplanes is the visual approach. It's fast, efficient, and simple. So why did the crew of Asiana 214 have such a hard time with it on a good clear day? Because quality IFR flying starts with a solid VFR background -- and VFR flying is something...
- A Skosh of Paranoia (4,741 views)
You'll hear all sorts of advice on emergent situations. Some say never rush into anything, others will tell you immediate, decisive action is invaluable. It would be lovely if there was a single "best strategy" for every situation, but like many things in the world of aviation, there are times...
- The Unintentional Aerobat (4,636 views)
Do you think it's possible to fly aerobatics without awareness of it? Not only is it possible -- it's quite common. I've seen it done in every kind of airplane, from little Cubs to large-cabin Gulfstreams.
- A Day at Medfly (4,630 views)
A photographic tour of a day of flying at the California Medfly eradication program -- one of my many day jobs.
- Southwest Airlines Midway Overrun Photos (4,228 views)
Photos of the Southwest Airlines overrun incident at Midway Airport, along with an interesting story about political restrictions on Chicago airspace that came about as a result.
- Acceptable Risk (4,099 views)
Dutch pilot Jaap Rademaker recently landed his Foxbat A-22 on the deck of a new kind of cargo ship which features a completely flat top deck. The resulting video has been making the rounds on the internet, and was recently <a...