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2021 Poster Project

It is with great pleasure that I can announce the 2021 Charity Fundraiser: the Oshkosh 2021 Charity Poster Project. Just like in 2019, four posters will be autographed by aviators popular on YouTube and Instagram and then auctioned off for to charitable organizations in August of this year. Read all about it here.

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Patrons Zoom Call

All patrons are invited to a Zoom call with Martin on Saturday July 17, 2021. Details have been sent via email to all active patrons, including a Zoom link and dial-in information. We’ll talk about upcoming video projects and Oshkosh, and there’ll be time for questions and answers. See you there!

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Oshkosh 2021

AirVenture 2021 is almost here. I can’t wait!

N70TB and I will be camping in the North 40 the entire week. After the very wet opening weekend of 2019, let’s cross our fingers for some nice and dry weather for this year.

I look forward to seeing new products, learning new things, watching the air show, and of course to meeting people. I give a few presentations over the course of the week:

Lean of Peak & Mixture Management

Not quite sure what the mixture knob is all about and how to use it properly? You’ve heard about lean-of-peak, but you don’t know if it’ll harm your engine? In this presentation, we will start from scratch and figure out how your mixture setting affects combustion, resulting in different horsepower, temperatures and pressures. You will see quickly that there is no magic here. Offered three times during the week:


Monday, July 26

10:00 AM

Forum Stage 04

Tuesday, July 27

9:00 AM

American Bonanza
Society (ABS) tent

Saturday, July 31

10:00 AM

Workshop Classroom A
Making Better Flying Videos

If you are curious about putting an action cam to use in the cockpit, come to this session where I will share some of the things I’ve learned over the years of making video.

Topics range from choosing the right camera and camera mount, to different viewing angles, to recording audio, to selecting music for your videos.


Wednesday, July 28

1:00 PM

Forum Stage 03
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Sun ‘n Fun is in the books!

Sun ‘n Fun 2021 is a wrap – and the biggest news is probably that the fly-in and expo actually happened this year. Yours truly was in Lakeland the entire week, and I witnessed first hand how say after day attendance increased, leading to a record crowd on Saturday.

Now I am in the process of turning the approximately 4.5 terabytes of video footage I captured into a few videos from the week. The first one is out on YouTube; a new one will follow every day (or every other day) from here on, before I return to my “regular programming”.

It was nice to see many fans and subscribers, and even a few patrons of the channel in Lakeland. To me, aviation is as much about people as it is about airplanes, and there is no better way to experience this than at these fly-ins.

Now I have less than 100 days to pack for AirVenture 2021 – hope to see you there!

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Sun ‘n Fun

All indications are Sun ‘n Fun – only three weeks away at the time of this writing – is going to happen in 2021. I can’t wait – I will be there, and I will give forum presentations again this year, on two topics:

I. Making Sense of Lean of Peak and Mixture Management:

Wed. April 1411:00 AMCFAA-02
Thu. April 1511:00 AMCFAA-04
Fri. April 1611:00 AMCFAA-07
Sat. April 1711:00 AMCFAA-04

II. Making Better Flying Videos

Thu. April 1512:00 PMCFAA-04
Sat. April 1712:00 PMCFAA-04

Looking forward to seeing you in Lakeland!

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Airplanes & Coffee

Yesterday I went to Airplanes and Coffee for the first time, a once-a-month event where everyone is invited to join for a cup of coffee and to drool over airplanes – trainers, warbirds, and in this case a beautiful L-39 owned by Chris L. who had his stunning jet on the ramp at Sulphur Springs, TX (KSLR). Chris created a fantastic video of his transition training for the L-39, which you can see here.

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Bonanza Instruction

This month I completed the online training for the ABS Flight Instructor Academy, which is a first step towards accreditation in the BPPP program (Beechcraft Pilot Proficency Program), which I hope to achieve later this year.

I have flown over 1,000 hours in my A36 Bonanza, and I look forward to helping other Bonanza owners feel comfortable and safe in their aircraft.

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Back from Annual

Just before the end of the year, N70TB was due for its annual inspection. As usual, I took the plane to Iowa Wing & Rotor in Vinton, IA (KVTI) where Mike Zenisek took good care of it, as usual.

There were no issues with the engine and propeller, as you would expect from the brand-new setup which I had just installed in the spring of 2020. A couple of minor things were corrected, and I swapped out the old LED landing light for a newer, brighter one.

Now we just need some nice flying weather – Iowa so far has had an unusually gray and icy winter.

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Happy New Year!

2020 couldn’t be over soon enough – but not all was bad in 2020. A look back at some of the highlights shows 2020 was far from a normal year, which put the spotlight on a different things. Fewer cross countries meant more time for flight training, culminating in my flight instructor certificate. At the end of 2021, I am a CFI/CFII and I thoroughly enjoy training students at the Executive Aero Flight Club in Cedar Rapids, IA.

A video with a look back at 2020 is available here.

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CFI ➡ CFII

Just before the end of the year, I accomplished a training and learning goal by adding an instrument rating to my flight instructor certificate. Commonly known as CFII, this allows me to prepare students for their instrument rating. I have been very passionate about instrument flying since I obtained my own instrument rating (as a Private Pilot Certificate add-on) in 1998, and I am excited to share what I have learned with others from here on.