On Sunday, July 1, 2018, I had the opportunity to fly with a friend in his Single-Pilot (SP) Cessna Citation, a CE-501, from where it is based, at John Wayne Airport (KSNA) to San Jose, CA (KSJC), and back. It was a beautiful day to fly in Southern California. Though it was warmer than normal, […]
About John Mahany
Since the age of 3, John has been intrigued by airplanes and the world of aviation! Constantly seeking “pearls of wisdom” and inspiration from fellow pilots and experts in aviation, he considers himself to be a lifetime student.
John first earned the distinction of Master Certificated Flight Instructor (MCFI) in 2003 and is one of only 25 worldwide to earn the credential five (5) times. The Master Instructor designation is a national accreditation recognized by the FAA and candidates must pass a rigorous evaluation by a peer Board of Review.
In the words of former FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, "The Master Instructor accreditation singles out the best that the right seat has to offer."
John is widely recognized as an outstanding aviation educator for not only his excellence in teaching, but for his engagement in the continuous process of learning -- both his own, and his students'. He has been teaching aviation safety for more than 30 years and is recognized as a leading advocate of flight safety. John is a frequent guest speaker at safety seminars and is a feature writer in various aviation publications.
Entries by John Mahany
Palm Springs, California. Under partly cloudy skies on Friday morning, October 15, 2015, I attended the 2nd annual Flying Magazine Expo. While it was ok overall, the attendance seemed smaller this year, and the number of exhibitors was down, as well. There were fewer than 100 exhibitors. Some of the biggest players in the industry […]
It was great to see Kay Sundaram last week. She made the trip to Long Beach Airport to meet with our fabulous AOPA volunteers and FAA Safety Team representatives. AOPA is the largest aviation association in the world. It has been protecting your freedom to fly for 75 years. To further our Advanced Pilot Training programs we […]
On Saturday, June 6, 2015, I flew myself and 3 friends to Flabob Airport (KRIR), which is a privately owned airport located in Riverside, California, 38 NM east of Long Beach, as the crow flies. The occasion was the 3rd annual ‘Flying Circus’, which is really an open house, and many antique and vintage aircraft […]
On Saturday morning, May 23, 2015, I flew to the Riverside, CA, airport (KRAL) for breakfast in my Cessna 180, with several other friends, who also have airplanes based at Long Beach, CA. (KLGB). It is a short, 20 minute flight east of Long Beach. On this particular Saturday morning, the weather was marginal VFR, […]
During the first weekend in May, 2015, the Planes of Fame Air Museum, in Chino, California, held its’ annual airshow. This year the crowd was estimated at 30,000 on Saturday and Sunday. I attended this year, after not attending for a few years. The day started out with the typical southern California coastal overcast, but […]
On Saturday evening, April 25, 2015, I attended a Black Tie Optional dinner at the Santa Monica Airport, hosted by the Aero Club of Southern California (ACSC). The occasion was the 2nd Annual Induction Ceremony and Dinner Honoring California’s Most Influential Aviators, into the California Aviation Hall of Fame. It was a privilege to attend. […]
Do you know what an ‘abnormal’ situation is? It’s not an ‘emergency’; it is a situation in which there is a problem but it does not require ‘immediate’ action by the pilot. An engine failure would be considered as an emergency situation in normal category airplanes. But an electrical problem like an alternator or generator fault or […]
The Pilots Bill of Rights II (PBOR) was recently introduced in both the United States Senate and House and is working its way through the legislative process. This will put the long-awaited aeromedical reform into effect, along with a number of other protections for pilots and airmen. From the EAA’s website; “…The first provision of the new legislation is expansion […]
How many of you know that EAA recently had a birthday? I learned this from the Vintage Aircraft Association’s February newsletter, which I just received. From the newsletter, “…This evening, January 26, 2015 is the 62nd anniversary/birthday of EAA. From a coal bin basement first meeting on January 26, 1953 to 185,000- plus members, the […]