The House of Rapp

The Red Rocket

Posted by in Aviation

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 of images: blistering speed, eggs, air racing, and more than a crash or two. Many folks deride the airplane for it’s unusual fuselage shape. I’ll grant that she’s undoubtedly unique, but I happen to love the compact, curving visage of this zippy little ship.

Reflections

Posted by in Aviation, Humor

Flying, when it’s done right, has some undeniably artistic aspects. This video reminds me of that airborne “zen” many of us pursue when we’re aloft.

“Am I Nervous?”: An Aerobatic First Solo

Posted by in Aerobatics, Aviation, Instructing

A student of mine does triple duy as pilot, videographer, and narrator on his first aerobatic solo flight.

Big Brother is Watching

Posted by in Aerobatics, Aviation, Law, Safety

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.

The Real Fun

Posted by in Aviation, Gulfstream

It takes quite a few steps to get a Gulfstream in the air on a typical day. But once those tasks are done the real fun can begin, as this video illustrates.