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Here are the 30 most popular posts by number of page views:

  1. Aircraft Crash Videos (19,918 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.

  2. Aviation Scholarships (9,418 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...

  3. C-130 Bird Strike (8,083 views)

    C-130 goes mano-a-mano against an Eagle. The result? See the photos for yourself.

  4. Team Aerodynamix (6,963 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.

  5. Gulfstream G650 Accident Report (6,487 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.

  6. The Red Rocket (6,482 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...

  7. A Starship in the Wild (6,384 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...

  8. Big Brother is Watching (5,874 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.

  9. Gyroscopic Precession (5,603 views)

    Gyroscopic precession is not well-understood by most aviators... unless they're aerobatic pilots, that is.

  10. Learning to Fly -- Without An Instructor? (5,427 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...

  11. About (5,331 views)

    A bit about myself, my flying career, and the history of this web site.

  12. Aircraft Tire Pressure (4,863 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.

  13. Passengers: Keeping Things Interesting (4,597 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...

  14. A Skosh of Paranoia (4,561 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...

  15. Martin Mars (4,426 views)

    Photos of some very impressive fire fighting done with the world's largest operational flying boat, the Martin Mars.

  16. The Key to Good IFR: More VFR (4,418 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...

  17. Photos (4,304 views)

    I love photography! This page highlights some favored images from my life and travels as seen through the Instagram app.

  18. Jet Blue 292 (3,905 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.

  19. Acceptable Risk (3,872 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...

  20. Motoart Under the Tree (3,676 views)

    The Christmas season is upon us, and while it's doubtful I deserve much more than a lump of coal, that hasn't stopped me from salivating over a piece of aviation art from a Torrance-based company called Motoart.

  21. Flying is Not Driving (3,654 views)

    The mid-century era was a wonderful time for design, architecture, and even aviation. Unfortunately, it was also the top of a slippery slope in pilot proficiency which just happens to have coincided with a proliferation of nosewheel designs... and a maddening late 50's advertising campaign by...

  22. Archive (3,615 views)

    This is a complete reverse chronological archive of all posts at the House of Rapp going back to May of 1997.

  23. Southwest Airlines Midway Overrun Photos (3,288 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.

  24. Crappy Sunglasses (3,226 views)

    I manage to lose sunglasses in the most creative ways possible. I can give you several examples... but there's one story which really takes the proverbial cake.

  25. Constant Speed Propeller Maintenance (3,021 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?

  26. Takeoff Briefings for Singles (2,865 views)

    Things happen quickly when the engine quits at low altitude. Doesn't it makes sense that the time to prepare for emergent situations is before they occur? If the answer is yes, then I wonder why takeoff briefings are not typically taught or performed in single-engine airplanes. I think they...

  27. "Unable": Your Ace in the Hole (2,468 views)

    Father may always know best, but air traffic controllers don't. Yet 14 CFR 91.123 requires compliance with all ATC instructions. So when you're asked to do something kooky, what do you do?

  28. A Day at Medfly (2,434 views)

    A photographic tour of a day of flying at the California Medfly eradication program -- one of my many day jobs.

  29. Year of the Tailwheel (2,426 views)

    My wife and I just returned from a fun and relaxing flight along the Southern California coastline in a vintage 1947 Stinson Voyager. It was a perfect start to what will hopefully be a safe and prosperous new year. It also got me thinking about what would make this trip around the sun a positive...

  30. Mandated Spin Training (2,180 views)

    The stick-and-rudder skill deficiencies in today's pilots didn't start today. It began years ago when they were learning how to fly. Fixing it will require a journey into the past. It's time to get back to basics, and you won't cover all the bases unless spin training is a central part of the...