Tragedy at Reno 2011

I was fortunate enough to have the following article published in the November/December 2011 issue (#39) of Warbird Digest (  The National Championship Air Races 2011 was supposed to be a very exciting year for air racing but ended in tragedy. The stage was set for an incredible air race in what I call the “year of the woulds.” Would Steven Hinton, the current world champion join a handful of legendary race pilots who have won three championships in a row? Would this be … [Read more...]

Reno 2010 – A “First Timer’s” Perspective

Reno 2011 (September 14-18) is less than a year away and I am ready for my second Reno National Championship Air Race and Air Show experience!  Reno 2010 was my first time covering an air race.  My experiences at Reno this year were nothing short of incredible.  As a first timer attending the Reno Air Races, I thought I would share a few of my experiences. I was fortunate enough to attend Reno 2010 as media with the Photorecon team.  Having media access allowed me to basically be on the … [Read more...]

2012 Cable Airshow – Birddog Style

On January 7, 2012 at 6:00 am, I made my way to the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, California. There, I was to be a passenger in the museum’s Cessna L-19 Birddog that was scheduled to be on static display the Cable Airshow in Upland, California. To say I was excited to fly in the Birddog, let alone to an airshow, and with my good friend at the controls for his first airshow, would be an understatement. The Aircraft  The L-19 was designed for the U.S. Army as a light observation … [Read more...]

Big Bear Air Fair 2011

On August 6, 2011, Big Bear Airport hosted its bi-annual air fair. Started in 1984, the Big Bear Air Fair is a combination of community a vendor fair, warbird and vintage aircraft static display, and general aviation fly in. Big Bear Airport is located in the San Bernardino National Forest 25 miles northeast of San Bernardino, California. The airport has a 5,850 foot runway and operates under an “uncontrolled approach” in terms of air traffic control. This year’s Air Fair included a … [Read more...]