Budd Davisson's
Sport aviation as seen through pilot reports, kick-butt photography, flight training, aerobatics, how-to build and how-to fly articles
28 Nov 21 – ...About 48-Hour Days
I’ve talked a lot about time, sleep and the problems most of us are having in dealing with a shortage of both. A couple days ago, Thanksgiving night, actually, I had a chance to inadvertently re-visit a time in my youth, when I came up with a way of having 48-hour days. CLICK HERE TO GO TO BLOG

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Pilot Reports Galore
Read what it's like to fly unusual airplanes, P-51 Mustang to Rutan's SpaceShipOne.


BD Radio Show: PODCAST
20-minute pilot reports and interviews with aviation icons. Go to "Media", when website comes up.

Killer Photography
I have a ton of airplane pictures left over from shooting 300 covers and my Smithsonian show.

How-To Articles & Flight Training
Want to know how to slip an airplane correctly? Or how to control a weld puddle? Which is better: the Cessna Skylane or the Piper Dakota? Lots of info.

Budd's Novels --You'll Love Them
Airplanes, mystery, action and vivid characters: these are books for people who don't read books.
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What's New on Airbum?

New Pireps up!
•Piper Twin Comanche pilot report
•Rearwin/Commonwealth Skyranger
pilot report
Bucker Jungmiester pilot report
* Comparing Airplanes pilot report
* Ford Tri-Motor
pilot report
* Christen Eagle
pilot report
SF260C/SF260TP pilot report
1929 Command-Aire pilot report
Piper Comanche pilot report
Radio Show: PODCAST
Budd's blog: Thinking Out Loud

Flight Training for Pitts Specials and other tailwheel handfuls

I specialize in low-time pilots who want to fly hairy airplanes on nasty runways.
Read Checking out Amputee in Pitts: Where There's a Will

Plane and Pilot editor tries out Budd's flight training.
This Budd's For You

Neat Sh*t is fun
The right kind of life runs on Neat Sh*t. From flintlock rifles to antique hotrods and tiny little motors to ghost towns, it's a fun place to be.

Grassroots: Philosophy with a sideorder of humor
We've cranked out the same magazine column for 39 years and cover from the emotional value of duct tape to the death of my brother. Some is thought-provoking and some is just plain crazy.

Links Page Finally Up
We finally put together a page of links. Some of them are the usual aviation sites, but many are unusual and worth browsing. Also, we are actively seeking links, so if you want to trade links, send us a note.

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Budd's novel, The Stonewall File
is available now!

Come along with Jack Slattery on the fast-paced search for the truth behind the disappearance of his father's B-17 during WWII. Click here to read a sample.

Budd's first novel, Cobalt Blue
is also available

Sam Tipton, ex-fighter pilot and present day lost soul, was rebuilding his life when he was sucked into a scavenger hunt for a lost technological treasure. Click here to read a sample.

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