Articles by The HD Pilot

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The Importance of Sumping - Before EVERY Flight

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On more than one occasion I’ve filled up the plane, stepped into the FBO, came back out and buckled myself in, and only then did I realize I hadn’t sumped the tanks. It’s always so tempting just to say to yourself “I’ve never found any water before, I’m sure there’s not any there this time either”. But fortunately the voices of my seasoned flight instructors start echoing in my head, warning me of the consequences of being lackadaisical.

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$100 Hamburgers - The Beacon Café at Hicks Airfield

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If you’re already passing north of Fort Worth Texas, or looking for an excuse to fly somewhere for lunch, The Beacon is a great little restaurant at Hicks Airfield (T67). I’d heard about this restaurant a couple years back, but dealing with DFW’s Class Bravo airspace had always caused me to put off checking it out. But, now that I’ve been there and sampled the food, it’s definitely going to be on my list of places when I need an excuse to fly.

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Warbirds On Parade - Photo Gallery

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Saturday Sept 5th 2015, the Commemorative Air Force held its annual Warbirds on Parade. The static warbird display included many WWII aircraft, and also had a Car Show alongside it. Here's a photo gallery of some of the aircraft and cars that were there.

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RV-7 Aircraft iPad Won't Charge: Problem Solved!

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I've had my iPad display "Not Charging" before when plugged into a USB port that didn't have sufficient current capacity, but the iPad Mini that I use to run ForeFlight in the cockpit of my RV-7A wasn't even displaying THAT! It acted as though I hadn't even applied power to it at all. Here's the simple fix that got it working...

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