The Cessna, The Sky ... and the Cartoonist: Chapters Ten, Eleven & Twelve »

'Round and 'round we go -- doing "circuits" (as they say Down Under) -- and where it stops is hopefully on the runway. Sometimes. Unless you go-around. How's a new (old) pilot supposed to know what to do? Our student pilot and cartoonist from New Zealand continues his tale of learning to fly. More

The Cessna, The Sky ... and the Cartoonist: Chapters Eight and Nine »

Some people say it's hard to spin a Cessna. Harder than some other planes, maybe, but our student pilot and illustrator John Ewing figures out a way to do it in his little C152. AVweb presents two more chapters from John's book in our series about learning to fly "down under." More

The Cessna, The Sky ... and the Cartoonist: Chapters Six and Seven »

Stalls -- a word (and sound) that strikes fear in the hearts of student pilots. And professionals, for that matter. But our bold aviator and cartoonist knows it is a required part of pilot training, and he's ready to take his partner, C152 Charlie, into the air again. More

The Cessna, The Sky ... and the Cartoonist: Chapters Four and Five »

John Ewing continues flight training with chapters on climbs, descents, and turns. But things are never easy when going "back to school" in the retired years of life, and our writer/cartoonist is flummoxed by more technical vocabulary and high-g-force turns. But he's looking forward to the time he can move into the right seat of the plane where the "real" pilots sit. More

The Cessna, The Sky ... and the Cartoonist: Chapters Two and Three »

Our intrepid student aviator and artist, John Ewing, continues his flight training and is hit with academic work that challenges his semi-retired brain. Attitude flying, however, is a bit more intuitive, although we catch him making engine noises in a silent airplane. More

The Cessna, The Sky ... and the Cartoonist: Chapter One -- Introductory Flight »

All pilots once were student pilots, a situation rife for guffaws around the flight club. John Ewing is a story-teller, former Disney animator, artist, and American now living in New Zealand. John documented his flight training in words and cartoons, and this month AVweb brings you the first chapter in his book. More

"From The CFI" Index »

Linda Pendleton brings to AVweb her vast experience as a professional flight instructor to the issues that face CFIs and students of all levels. Here are links to all her "From The CFI" columns as well as other articles she has written. More