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Alan Malone

About Our Blog

This blog is written by retired Designated Pilot Examiner and long time CFI Alan Malone.  Alan has written over 300 essays and many are available on LaAviator.com.  If you haven't read them all, this would be a good time to go to the archives, pick some titles that look interesting to you and read them.  Our old website had access to all of them but when I had to build a new site I only listed links to those published back through 2017. The rest will be coming and are still out there in cyberland.  If there is one that isn’t there yet that you want to read, just shoot me an email and I will send you the link to read it.

If you would like to contact Alan Malone to thank him and comment on his essays he can be reached at alanm1@cox.net.them and will learn something beneficial as well.  



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The Roaring 20's

Alan reviews his life history in The Roaring 20s (Essay #312).

To read the essay click HERE

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Don’t Think It to Death, But Do Keep It Within Gliding Distance of the Runway

How were taught to fly a landing approach?  Alan tells us about the different ways and his preferred approach in Don’t Think It to Death, But Do Keep It Within Gliding Distance of the Runway (Essay #309)  

To read the essay click….HERE

Where Were You on 9/11?

There is no need to add any further explanation about this week’s essay….. Where Were You on 9/11? (Essay #309)

To read the essay click….HERE

A Close Call

There are all kinds of close calls and we’ve all had them.  You will have to read this week’s essay to find out what kind Alan recently had.  Its title is A Close Call (Essay #308).

To read the essay click…. HERE

On the Deaths of Fellow Airmen

LaAviator.com exists to serve the Louisiana Aviation Community….  or you might even wish to call it a family.  I’ve always felt that aviation folks are very close.  That makes it especially tough when the family loses some of its members.  Alan reflects on losing some of his friends in this week’s essay On the Deaths of Fellow Airmen ( Essay #307)

To read the essay click….HERE

A Swing to the Left

We all know we have to apply right rudder on take off and have been told why…. but I bet you don’t know all the reasons why.  Alan puts a lot of thought into all of the reasons in this week’s essay…. A Swing to the Left (Essay #306)

To read the essay click….HERE

Weather Machines

Alan writes about how weather briefings have evolved over the years in The Weather Machines (Essay #305).  To read the essay click HERE.

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Out of Sight of Land

How do you feel about flying over water?  Obviously folks do it all the time….. all of the way back to some very famous aviators.  Some of them are successful and some tragically not.  Alan gives us is thoughts on all of them in…. Out of Sight of Land (Essay #304).

To read the essay click….

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Career Paths

Why do you do what you do?  It’s an interesting question.  I spend a lot of time and effort to do the Facebook page, news emails and webpage for LaAviator.com. Why?  It’s easy for me to answer that question…. Aviation has given me a great deal of pleasure my entire life and I want it to thrive and continue so others can enjoy it as well.  

Folks ask me all the time why I don’t charge for advertising and turn it into a good business.  I always tell them that I’m retired and I don’t want another job.  I really enjoy doing this and there is no pressure.  If I get up and decide not to do the newsletter I don’t have to.

Alan tells us why he’s done what he’s done and continues to do in this week’s essay…. Career Paths (Essay #304)

To read the essay click….HERE

On Packing

Alan give us his advice on how to pack for trips in all types of aircraft.  This week’s essay is called On Packing (Essay #303)

To read the essay click….HERE

Jumpers and Wuffos

Alan tells us more about his nine years of skydiving in this week’s essay….

Jumpers and Wuffos (Essay #302)

To read the essay click…. HERE.

Back To Basics Again

What if the student knows more than the instructor?  It could happen.  Alan talks about some occasions where he has experienced that in Back to Basics Again (Essay #301)

To read the essay click….HERE.

Opus 300

Essay 300….. 

Wow, Alan has written three hundred essays!  That is quite and accomplishment and I’ve read them all.  When he started writing them I never thought that several years later they would still be coming every week.  I know I couldn’t do it.

Alan thanks me repeatedly for accepting and publishing his Blog.  Who wouldn’t accept a free gift to the Louisiana aviation community that was both entertaining and educational?

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Alan.  Hopefully both of us will be around for many more years of writing and publishing.

To read his 300th essay, Opus 300, click…. HERE


In this essay, Alan lists the titles of all of the essays he has written.  Our old website had access to all of them but when I had to build a new site I only listed links to those published back through 2017.  The rest will be coming and are still out there in cyberland.  If there is one that isn’t there yet that you want to read, just shoot me an email and I will send you the link to read it.

I hope that many of you will contact Alan Malone to thank him for this wonderful gift that he has given to all of us.  He can be reached at alanm1@cox.net.

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Partnerships I Have Had

Alan wrote some suggestions in last week’s essay about buying an airplane.  This week he gives you some thoughts around sharing the cost of ownership in…..  Partnerships I Have Had (Essay #299).

To read the essay click…. HERE.

On Buying An Airplane

Do you want to buy an aircraft?  You know what they say…. The two best days in your life is the day you buy it and the day you sell it.  Anyway, Alan has owned several and has written some great advice on how to go about it.

To read his essay called On Buying An Airplane (Essay #298) click HERE.

Oh, Please Hold Me Darling!

Normally I write a little summary about Alan’s essay for the week.  This week I’m going to just see if the title will get you interested enough to read it…..

Oh, Please Hold Me My Darling! (Essay #297)

To read the essay click HERE.

How Many Ratings are Enough?

AWhen you get more pilot ratings, you can do more things…. And learn more things.  Alan discusses How Many Ratings Are Enough? (Essay #295)

To read the essay click HERE

Paint Jobs

Someone can be a totally different person after a make-over.  It’s the same thing with an airplane after a paint job.  Alan has had some experience with that as well and writes about it in Paint Jobs (Essay #294)

To read the essay click….HERE.

The Death of an Airplane

It’s a sad day when an airplane makes its last flight.  Alan writes about one he is very familiar with in this week’s Essay….The Death of an Airplane (Essay #293)

To read the essay click….HERE

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What is it About Flying? - 5/2/19

Why do we like aviation?  Alan gives us his take on that this week in What is it About Flying? (Essay #292)

To read the essay click HERE.

An Aviator's Perspective - 4/24/19

And now for something completely different.  Alan talks about a modern art exhibit and gives us…...An Aviator’s Perspective (Essay #291)

To read the essay click…. HERE

Modeling Reality - 4/18/19

Many of us built and flew model aircraft as we were growing up and some still do.  It’s a wonderful hobby.  Alan writes about his experiences with model aircraft along with some future plans in Modeling Reality (Essay #290).

To read the essay click…. HERE

The High Performance Checkout - 4/4/19

Alan recently spent some time introducing a pilot to a high performance airplane.  He tells us all about it in this week’s essay…. The High-Performance Checkout (Essay #288).

To read the essay click HERE.


Ice is a Major No-No - 3/28/19

Have you ever had a significant amount of ice form on your light aircraft, during a flight?  If you have, just the fact that I just mentioned it probably caused the hair to stand up on the back of your neck.  Well Alan has had a happen more than once, and he writes about in this week’s essay….Ice is a Major No-No (Essay #287)  To read the essay click….  HERE

FMQ - 3/21/19

Most of you that read Alan’s Essays must know that he was a long time FAA DPE.  And as one, you must know that he had to have frequently asked students a lot of the same questions over his long career….and they are usually called  FAQ’s.  So what is a FMQ?  To find out you’ll have to read this week’s essay….FMQ (Essay #285).

To read the essay click….HERE


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On Risking Life and Limb to See a Basketball Game - 3/11/19

The disease of “Get-there-itis” is something that all pilots are aware of….and it seems like it would be no problem to eradicate.  Unfortunately most of us have had at least a mild case of it.  A bad case can be fatal.  Alan confesses that he has actually had a case of the illness in this week’s essay…. On Risking Life and Limb to See a Basketball Game (Essay #284)

To read the essay click HERE.

The Twin Beech - 3/5/19

I always thought the Beech 18 was a beautiful classic aircraft.  Alan tells about his experience flying them in this week’s essay… The Twin Beech (Essay #283).  To read the essay click….

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How Much Room Do You Need? - 2/26/19

Have you ever been sitting on the end of the runway looking at some high trees on the other end and wondering if you are going to clear them?  Or circling an airstrip looking down at the runway and wondering if I can get down and stopped before I hit that building on the end of the runway?  Most of us have at some time or another.  It’s a good idea to have a fairly firm answer to that question before you give it a try.  Alan talks about just that in this week’s essay…. How Much Room Do You Need? (Essay #282)

To read the essay click….HERE

A Clipper Honeymoon - 2/17/19

A newly married couple with a Piper Clipper.  What do you do?  Right, take off in it for your honeymoon.  This week’s essay is A Clipper Honeymoon (Essay #281)

To read the essay click HERE

Student Attitudes - 2/8/19

What was your attitude when you started flying lessons? Alan writes about several of his students in Student Attitudes (Essay #280).

To read the essay click HERE.

By The Numbers - 2/4/19

They’re a whole lot of numbers to deal with in aviation…. and some of them are there to help us from running out of fuel.  Alan discusses that in this week’s essay…. By The Numbers (Essay #278).

To read the essay click HERE.

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The Single Engine Class - 1/24/19

I never thought of anyone having a Multi-Engine rating and not having a Single-Engine one…… but Alan has and has met some of those folks.  See what he has to say in The Single-Engine Class (Essay #277)

To read the essay click HERE

A Little of This and a Little of That - 1/15/19

How do you answer the question…. “What do you do for a living?”  Alan tells you his answer to that question in this week’s essay….. A Little of This and A Little of That (Essay #276)

To read the essay click….HERE

Levels of Learning - 1/8/19

To be a good teacher you need to know how people learn….and that applies to teaching folks how to fly as well.  Alan explains that in this week’s essay called

Levels of Learning (Essay #275).

To read the essay click HERE

The Santa Bust - 12/26/18

Alan gives us a fun Christmas reflection in this week’s essay called The Santa Bust (Essay #274).  To read it click HERE,

An Impressive System - 12/19/18

If you are a regular reader then you know that Alan had to transition from private aircraft travel to airline travel this year.  He reflects on a year of trips in this week’s essay….. An Impressive System (Essay #273).

To read the essay click HERE

Pilots and Robots - 12/13/18

Alan recalls the many technological improvements that he has lived through in aviation during his long flying career.  He calls this week’s essay Pilots and Robots (Essay #272).  To read what they were click HERE.

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Rehabilitation in Seaplanes - 12/6/18

Alan discussed in a recent essay about the old parachutes and how they were difficult to steer.  Now he discusses the newer rectangular parachutes that were easy to steer but you would either land very softly or very, very hard.  Guess which way Alan landed?  And how could that possibly relate to the title of this week’s essay, Rehabilitation in Seaplanes (Essay #271)

You will have to read it to find out by clicking HERE

End of Year Hodgepodge - 11/29/18

Alan is starting to wrap up things for the end of the year in End of Year Hodgepodge (Essay #271).

To read the essay click….HERE

A Walk in the Weeds - 11/22/18

You watch skydivers now with their modern parachutes and they seem to be able to steer them to a spot landing almost anywhere they please.  Well, it wasn’t always that way. Alan tells about one of his jumps in the “good old days” in A Walk in the Weeds (Essay #270).

To read the essay click….HERE

Hazardous AttitudesThat Affect Aeronautical Decision-Making - 11/16/18

In this week’s essay, Alan has written about several scenarios that show how hazardous attitudes can lead to a possible accident.  It’s easy to read them and identify the other folks we know that have that attitude, but sometimes it’s difficult to see our own issues.  Well, we’re in there somewhere if we get honest with ourselves. The title of the essay is Hazardous Attitudes That Affect Aeronautical Decision-Making (Essay #269) and to read it click HERE.

On Stress - 11/7/18

Is stress a good thing?  Well maybe it is sometime.  Alan gives his thoughts in this week's essay On Stress (Essay #268). 

To read the essay click HERE.

More About Multitasking - 10/31/18

Did you know that motorcycle riders make better pilots?  Alan explains why in this week’s essay More About Multitasking (Essay #267).

To read the essay click HERE

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Excuses For Going Flying - 10/24/18

Most pilots look for reasons to go flying.  Alan talks about his and other reasons in this week’s essay called Excuses For Going Flying (Essay #266).   You can read it by clicking HERE

Where the Heck Are We? - 10/15/18

As a new pilot, were you ever worried about getting lost?  That might seem a little weird to new pilots when you can navigate easier with your phone than anything we had in the instrument panels in the early days.  In today’s essay Alan talks about how he navigated in his early pilot days in Where the Heck Are We?  (Essay #265)

To read it click HERE

Multiple Approaches Are a Bad Idea - 10/5/18

Alan writes about a very serious safety issue this week that has claimed many lives in Multiple Approaches Are a Bad Idea (Essay #263).  To read the essay click…. HERE

How Far Should We Go in Private Training - 9/27/18

Are the requirements for a Private Pilot Certificate adequate?  Alan gives his take on that in this week’s essay - How Far Should We Go In Private Training (Essay #262).  To read the essay click HERE.

The Initial Solo - 9/20/18

If you’re a pilot I’m pretty sure you remember a lot of details about your first solo.  Alan tells you why in this week’s essay…. The Initial Solo (Essay #261). To read it click HERE

Good News/Bad News - 9/13/18

Alan writes about another experience with airline travel versus general aviation aircraft travel.  He calls this one Good News/Bad News (Essay #260). To read it click HERE