The House of Rapp

Brazil

Posted by in Gulfstream, Travel

Brazil has long been on my mental “bucket list” of places to visit. Not only is it one of the world’s largest countries both geographically and by population — fifth on both counts — but it’s also the center of attention right now because they are hosting 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. Then there’s the Amazon rainforest; one in ten known species in the world lives in the Amazon, by far the largest collection anywhere. Anyway, recently a two-week trip came up that allowed me to cross this one off my list in the best way possible: on the company dime.

The Missing Link in Flight Simulation

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Several months ago I mused about the how ever-advancing computer technology has led to a marked improvement in simulators for the light GA market. Reader Keith Smith later alerted me to a corresponding service he had developed called PilotEdge. His company’s mission is to add a level of realism to the general aviation FTD that not even the multi-million dollar Level D boxes have thus far been able to offer. I was intrigued. What could possible transform an inexpensive Flight Training Device that way? In a word: radios.

Last Flight of the First Gulfstream Jet

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After forty-seven years of service, the very first Gulfstream jet was recently retired. This aircraft has a unique and fascinating history with the old Grumman Iron Works and her longtime owner. She’s been donated to a museum, and I can’t help but wonder: when people walk by this historic airplane, will they appreciate what they’re looking at?

Southeast Alaska

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Whether you’re climbing Mt. Denali or just doing a bit of fishing, a trip to Alaska always means “adventure”. On this trip, we got a bit more of it than we expected.

The City of Lights

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They call Paris the ‘City of Light’, but the most memorable part of this visit was spent underground in the dark.