A former owner of a Cessna 350 and a current partner in a C177 Cardinal, Joel is a private pilot with 380 hours. His writings have been featured on sites such as Good Men Project and Plane and Pilot magazine, to name a few. Joel holds a degree in Aerospace Engineering, and his interests include space, aviation history, and astronomy.
class b airspace explained

Class B (Bravo) Airspace Explained

Class B, or Class Bravo Airspace, is the biggest class of airspace that exists around an airport. It is reserved for only the biggest and busiest of airports, the realm of the passenger and cargo jets. In many ways it is also the most restrictive, with certain barriers to entry for many types of planes Read More…

unusual attitude recovery

Unusual Attitude Recovery

Loss of control is one of the leading causes of airplane accidents and is also one of the leading causes of airplane related fatalities. Airplanes normally don’t fall out of the sky, and before a loss of control occurs, planes tend to do unusual things. Usually, by the time the pilot realizes he has lost Read More…

trenton mercer airport in new jersey is a class d airport

Class D Airspace Explained

There are several classes of airspace that require control, and Class D (Delta) airspace encompasses some of the smallest airports that require a control tower. For pilots flying smaller General Aviation airplanes, Delta is the least intimidating controlled airspace to fly into. Flight into an airport with an operating control tower is actually a requirement Read More…

a map of all special use airspace in the united states

Special Use Airspace Explained

On a clear day, one can see for miles in any direction, but what you can’t see are the invisible lines that crisscross the country. These lines are the imaginary ones that are depicted on the sectional chart. They separate areas in which a pilot can fly, and have different rules based on the type Read More…

types of landing gear explained

Types of Landing Gear Explained

If you want to take off in an airplane, you don’t want to scrape along on your belly while on the ground. You also want to land without bending your prop and hopefully want to use the airplane again. To facilitate movement on the ground, airplanes are fitted with a variety of landing gear depending Read More…