About this blog
Let’s talk about tips, tricks and things that help us know our airplane better ... from the inside out. This is a ‘basics' BLOG where engines, avionics and owner maintenance are discussed and stories are told.
About me: I own Van Allen Airmotive, a new aircraft maintenance and management operation in Allentown PA at Queen City Airport KXLL. I’ve been pilot since 1982, with instrument and twin ratings and I own a 1996 Mooney M20M Bravo.
My early background was in engines (non-aircraft), turbocharging and racing. I later enjoyed years of electrical engineering work, including audio processing and RF transmitter and antenna design. The last 20 years has been in Internet security, cloud hosting and SaaS technologies - for the most part I have been a serial entrepreneur and the founder/CEO of a public Internet company. I am a paramedic and cardiac care instructor, and I fly for Pilots n’Paws as often as I can.
I am an avid promotor of the aircraft owner being an integral part of the maintenance, and if possible, doing his or her allowable maintenance all the time. I think Mike Busch at Savvy Aviator is helping to change the way we think about maintenance and repairs, and George Braly and the folks at GAMI are pushing the industry out of the stone ages by using science and testing to disprove ol’ wives tales and prove how you can be safer and save money by understanding your engine a bit more.
Finally I’m a big fan of the way Jason Schappert of MZeroA teaches airmanship and promotes continued education for pilots.
So what do you like? What do have to share?