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I am often asked where I get my ideas and who my favorite sources are. I do have a good network of friends and few of them have aviation blogs that I visit often.

Of course this depends a great deal on how you define "blog." I spend a lot of time on OpsGroup and some people call it a blog. Its founder is a friend of mine and I highly recommend it. For the purpose of this exercise, however, I want to limit my focus to aviation sites hosted by pilots (not companies) that offer the rest of us pilots information and solutions we might not get elsewhere.


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Why isn't Code7700 on this list? I'm not really sure this website really is a blog. I do tend to pontificate and there are a lot of Stories that aren't really aimed to a specific readership or topic. I also have a fair amount of Video Content. I think one of the defining characteristics of a blog is the opportunity to post your own opinions for all to see. I get a lot of email and if I ever post anything you ask or comment about, I'll get your permission first.

Aerosavvy

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Ken Hoke

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The "about" page describes the site's purpose in a single sentence: "Aerosavvy brings you interesting, easy to read aviation insights from an experienced airline captain." That is an accurate description but it really understates the value of this blog.

The articles are usually given titles that make them seem aimed to the traveling public. Your Oxygen Mask vs. My Oxygen Mask, for example, will reassure the passengers in back that those little dixie cup masks really are important. But the article will provide you a little insight to your own masks that you may not have considered.

The artwork and humor of the site deserve mention too. For example, how would you describe the process of aircraft funneling into the North Atlantic Track system? Aerosavvy uses a photo of a cattle stampede.

Ken Hoke presents interesting topics with an easy to read style and quirky sense of humor. I recommend: https://aerosavvy.com/

Engineering Pilot

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Andreas Horn

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This website was created with the intention of sharing the author's passion for aerospace engineering and aircraft flying. It merges engineering analysis with broader operational aspects. The use of tedious mathematical derivations is generally avoided to make reading more comfortable. Essential equations are added to the mix if required to enhance understanding. (Often it is not the equation itself that should be remembered, but the message it holds.)

Andreas started his career obtaining a Federal Diploma as an Electronic technician in the field of military air-defence RADAR systems. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering as well as a Master's Degree in Aerospace Vehicle Design, specializing in avionic systems design. Andreas worked several years in aircraft design, as an EASA Part 21 Engineer. He is a current, instrument-rated commercial pilot. Andreas is an associate member of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Andreas just recently started this website and is adding very good content. I recommend you keep an eye on: https://www.engineeringpilot.com/

JetHead

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Chris Manno

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I've known Chris Manno since 1982, when we were both copilots in the Boeing 707. He has been a captain for a major air carrier for over 30 years, is a PhD teaching at a major university, is a published author and cartoonist (see the Eddie drawing on the top of the page for an example), and plays lead guitar in a band. He is one of those people that make the rest of us look like we are standing still.

JetHead is a blog primarily aimed toward airline passengers but passes along wisdom of value to us in the front two seats. I spend some time in the cabin of airliners and more time than I care to think about in airline terminals. JetHead has given me some survival tools I would not have had otherwise. Highly recommended: https://jethead.wordpress.com/

The House of Rapp

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Ron Rapp

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Ron Rapp is an ATP-rated pilot qualified by a combination of substantial flight time and enhanced by specialized professional training and experience in more than 60 aircraft types, including tailwheel aircraft, aerobatics, formation flying, gliders, seaplanes, turboprops, business jets, warbirds, experimentals, radials, technologically advanced aircraft, and more.

Ron has logged more than 9,000 hours over the past 20 years doing a wide variety of things. He’s volunteered with Angel Flight, written mile-long messages in the air as a SkyTyper, crop-dusted with ex-military King Airs, flown across oceans in a Gulfstream IV-SP, and tumbled through the air in his Pitts S-2B.

I've been following Ron for years. We trade stories, consult each other, and try to meet up when we are in each other's towns. We share a lot of the same views when it comes to cockpit standard operating procedures. I highly recommend visiting: http://www.rapp.org/about/.

The Inner Art of Airmanship

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Dave English

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Dave English is an airline pilot and writer who is, in his words, "posting on perpetual pursuit of personal piloting perfection. Researching how good pilots become great."

I think the best way to describe Dave's blog is "food for thought." His writing style is fresh and his topics are even fresher. I recommend it: http://www.innerairmanship.com/blog/.

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