Articles

We love all aspects of flying. We especially love sharing our thoughts about the ever-evolving aviation world with our clients and other aviation enthusiasts. We’ve written articles covering everything from maintenance to technology to just our general musings on flying. We hope you find these articles useful and informative!

— Charter —

SweetTrips Charter Destination Series: Brown County, Indiana

by Craig Agapie

SweetTrips Charter Destination Series: West Michigan

by Craig Agapie

SweetTrips Charter Destination Series: Hamilton County, Indiana

by Craig Agapie

Photo of Mackinac Island land bridge

SweetTrips Charter Destination Series: Northern Michigan

by Craig Agapie

— Maintenance —

Maintaining Your Aircraft This Summer

by Sean Barr

aircraft detailing

Springtime Aircraft Preparation

by Sean Barr

Preparing Your Aircraft for Winter

by Sean Barr

Preventive Maintenance Dos and Don’ts

by Sean Barr

Brakes – Safety Check

by Dylan Gingrich

Dylan Gingrich discusses an important aspect of aviation safety, the brakes.

Blue Skies and Blue Gas: A Pilot’s Favorite Scenario

by Joel Pierce

Flight Operations Director Joel Pierce teaches you how to make sure your gas is up to snuff.

Seatbelts: Safely Connected, Ready to Fly!

by Dylan Gingerich

Dylan Gingerich gives you some pointers on making sure your seatbelt is set up to do what it's supposed to: keep you safe!

Carbureted vs Fuel Injected

by Myron Yoder

Sweet Aviation mechanic Myron Yoder delineates the major differences between carbureted and fuel injected engines.

A Frosty Situation

by Lorin Kaney

As the seasons and the leaves change, aviators face a new challenge: frost on their planes. Flight Instructor Lorin Kaney talks you through how to handle it.

Heating It Up

by Dylan Gingerich

Tips and tricks on conquering the cold from Dylan Gingerich.

Diamond Eclipse Propellers: Wood Prop Nuances

by Dylan Gingerich

Sweet Aviation friend Dylan Gingerich talks about the nuances of a very important piece of the plane: the prop.

Collision Avoidance

by Myron Yoder

Sweet Aviation mechanic Myron Yoder offers up tips on important aviation topic: avoiding in-air collisions.

Building a Kit Plane – Part 9

by Patrick Borton

Certified, test flight done, and ready to fly!

Building a Kit Plane – Part 8

by Patrick Borton

The kit plane project is completed!

Building a Kit Plane – Part 7

by Patrick Borton

Read along as the kit plane project heads toward the final phaze.

Building a Kit Plane – Part 6

by Patrick Borton

The kit plane project moves a bit further down the road.

Building a Kit Plane – Part 5

by Patrick Borton

Read along as Patrick talks about the kit plane project's progress as it nears completion.

Building a Kit Plane – Part 4

by Patrick Borton

Part 4 of Patrick Borton's journey kit plane build.

Building a Kit Plane – Part 3

by Patrick Borton

The continuing of Sweet Aviation Maintenance Assistant Patrick Borton's building of a kit plane.

Building a Kit Plane – Part 2

by Patrick Borton

The next phase of Sweet Aviation Maintenance Assistant Patrick Borton's journey through the building of a kit plane.

Building a Kit Plane

by Patrick Borton

Sweet Aviation Maintenance Assistant Patrick Borton tells of his experience building a kit plane with a friend.

Introducing Maintenance Services

by Joel Pierce

We're pleased to announce the addition of Maintenance to our available services.

— Technology —

Preparing Your Aircraft for Winter

by Sean Barr

Your Inflight Weather Monitor

by Dan Leonard

Ground School instructor Dan Leonard talks about how the iPad has innovated weather monitoring in modern aviation.

Is It Legal?

by Joel Pierce

Sweet Aviation Flight Operations Director Joel Pierce and talks through the legal implications of using the iPad in the cockpit.

More Uses for the iPad

by Lorin Kaney

Lorin Kaney talks more about Apple's iPad and its emerging role in aviation.

Your New Smaller Cockpit Companion

by Lorin Kaney

Lorin Kaney talks you through the pint-sized new iPad mini — and its role in the cockpit.

Flying with the iPad

by Lorin Kaney

Sweet Aviation flight instructor and mechanic Lorin Kaney talks about an aviation tool that is becoming more and more prevalent in the aviation world: Apple's iPad.

Accessorizing Your iPad

by Lorin Kaney

Sweet Aviation flight instructor and mechanic Lorin Kaney talks about in-cockpit accessories for your iPad.

Mounting Up

by Lorin Kaney

Lorin Kaney educates on the different ways to mount the iPad in the cockpit.

— Training —

My Journey to Becoming a Professional Pilot

by Chelsea Noel

Power Available

by Dave Hernandez

The Forgetting Curve

by Dave Hernandez

Summertime Flying

by Lorin Kaney

Sweet Aviation flight instructor and mechanic Lorin Kaney talks about the joys — and the hazards — of summertime flying.

We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know

by Wayne Gibson

Business owner and private pilot Wayne Gibson talks about a pilot's need to evaluate each situation, both on the ground and in the air.

From Passenger to Copilot

by Joel Pierce

Flight Operations Director Joel Pierce reminds passengers to be ready to pinch hit in case of an emergency.

Flight Reviews – Are You Due?

by Joel Pierce

Flight Operations Director Joel Pierce gives you guidance on making sure you're legal to fly.

Passion for Proficiency

by Joel Pierce

Sweet Aviation Flight Operations Director Joel Pierce talks about the importance of spending the time, effort, and money on improving your piloting skills.

Frequent Flying Leads to Piloting Success

by Joel Pierce

Sweet Aviation Flight Operations Director Joel Pierce offers his thoughts on frequent flying — and why it makes you a better pilot.

Planning for Safety: Flight Plans

by Myron Yoder

Sweet Aviation mechanic Myron Yoder talks you through the importance of filing and activating your flight plan.

Surprise, We’re the FAA!

by Justin Iida

Private Pilot Justin Iida relays his experience with an FAA ramp check — and the importance of making sure you have all the required documents.

The Pilot in Command and Aircraft Airworthiness

by Dylan Gingerich

Sweet Aviation friend Dylan Gingerich talks about the responsibilities of the PIC and determining aircraft airworthiness.

Elevator Trim

by Myron Yoder

Sweet Aviation mechanic Myron Yoder shows you how properly adjusting the elevator trim can improve your landings.

Challenge Your Instrument Skills

by Joel Pierce

Sweet Aviation Flight Operations Director Joel Pierce offers his thoughts on staying current — and the importance of doing so with a certified flight instructor.

Blue Skies and Blue Gas: A Pilot’s Favorite Scenario

by Joel Pierce

Flight Operations Director Joel Pierce teaches you how to make sure your gas is up to snuff.

Collision Avoidance

by Myron Yoder

Sweet Aviation mechanic Myron Yoder offers up tips on important aviation topic: avoiding in-air collisions.

Exercising Safety at a Controlled Airport

by Myron Yoder

Sweet Aviation mechanic Myron Yoder gives you guidelines for traversing controlled airports.

Night Flying

by Myron Yoder

Sweet Aviation mechanic Myron Yoder gives you tips and tricks on how to make night flying even more enjoyable.

Missing the Forest for the Trees

by Joel Pierce

Sweet Aviation General Manager Joel Pierce discusses common mistakes new pilots make.

Leaning Procedures

by Myron Yoder

Sweet Aviation mechanic Myron Yoder provides pointers on leaning.

Is It Legal?

by Joel Pierce

Sweet Aviation Flight Operations Director Joel Pierce and talks through the legal implications of using the iPad in the cockpit.

— Perspectives —

California or Bust: A Young Pilot’s First Solo Cross-country Adventure

by Cody Worman

So Many Reasons to Fly

by Randy Holland

Our friend Randy Holland details how Sweet Aviation helped him get back in the air — and what it meant to him and his father.

Fishing and Flying

by David DeWald

Sweet Aviation Flight Instructor David DeWald tells you how flying made it easier for him and his family to make the annual trip to their favorite fishing spots.

Destination: Lunch at the Fly Inn

by Patrick Borton

Sweet Aviation Maintenance Assistant Patrick Borton tells of his experience lunching at the Fly Inn Restaurant in Plainwell, Michigan. Hand-pressed beef patties — need we say more?

The Miracle of a Dream

by Dan Leonard

Ground School instructor, private pilot, and overall aviation enthusiast Dan Leonard talks about how he got to pursue his aviation dreams.

What Flying Means to Me

by Dan Leonard

Ground School instructor Dan Leonard talks about what he loves most about flying — the people.

How My Business Took Flight

by Local entrepreneur Michael Ottenweller talks about how learning to fly simplified his business life.

Michael Ottenweller

Summertime Flying

by Lorin Kaney

Sweet Aviation flight instructor and mechanic Lorin Kaney talks about the joys — and the hazards — of summertime flying.

We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know

by Wayne Gibson

Business owner and private pilot Wayne Gibson talks about a pilot's need to evaluate each situation, both on the ground and in the air.

From Passenger to Copilot

by Joel Pierce

Flight Operations Director Joel Pierce reminds passengers to be ready to pinch hit in case of an emergency.

Flight Reviews – Are You Due?

by Joel Pierce

Flight Operations Director Joel Pierce gives you guidance on making sure you're legal to fly.

Passion for Proficiency

by Joel Pierce

Sweet Aviation Flight Operations Director Joel Pierce talks about the importance of spending the time, effort, and money on improving your piloting skills.

Frequent Flying Leads to Piloting Success

by Joel Pierce

Sweet Aviation Flight Operations Director Joel Pierce offers his thoughts on frequent flying — and why it makes you a better pilot.

Planning for Safety: Flight Plans

by Myron Yoder

Sweet Aviation mechanic Myron Yoder talks you through the importance of filing and activating your flight plan.

Surprise, We’re the FAA!

by Justin Iida

Private Pilot Justin Iida relays his experience with an FAA ramp check — and the importance of making sure you have all the required documents.

Collision Avoidance

by Myron Yoder

Sweet Aviation mechanic Myron Yoder offers up tips on important aviation topic: avoiding in-air collisions.

Building a Kit Plane – Part 9

by Patrick Borton

Certified, test flight done, and ready to fly!

Building a Kit Plane – Part 8

by Patrick Borton

The kit plane project is completed!

Building a Kit Plane – Part 7

by Patrick Borton

Read along as the kit plane project heads toward the final phaze.

Building a Kit Plane – Part 6

by Patrick Borton

The kit plane project moves a bit further down the road.

Put-in-Bay

by Dan Leonard

Sweet Aviation Ground School Instructor gives you reasons to make the quick trip over to Put-In-Bay.

Medications and the FAA

by Murph

Sweet Aviation friend Murph gives you insight on the rules concerning medications and piloting planes.

Young Eagles

by Laramie Resler

Sweet Aviation friend and aviation enthusiast Laramie Resler talks about one of her passions, the EAA Chapter 2 Young Eagles programs.

Missing the Forest for the Trees

by Joel Pierce

Sweet Aviation General Manager Joel Pierce discusses common mistakes new pilots make.

Building a Kit Plane – Part 5

by Patrick Borton

Read along as Patrick talks about the kit plane project's progress as it nears completion.

Building a Kit Plane – Part 4

by Patrick Borton

Part 4 of Patrick Borton's journey kit plane build.

Building a Kit Plane – Part 3

by Patrick Borton

The continuing of Sweet Aviation Maintenance Assistant Patrick Borton's building of a kit plane.

Building a Kit Plane – Part 2

by Patrick Borton

The next phase of Sweet Aviation Maintenance Assistant Patrick Borton's journey through the building of a kit plane.

Building a Kit Plane

by Patrick Borton

Sweet Aviation Maintenance Assistant Patrick Borton tells of his experience building a kit plane with a friend.