After a private pilot passes the written exam and check ride, the real learning begins.
Laughing with the Wind is a collection of articles and stories written by a general aviation pilot for general aviation pilots, filled with useful information for both seasoned and new pilots.
Part I deals with less common emergencies: ill or agitated passenger, loss of power on takeoff, asymmetric flap failure, or blowing a tire on landing. Other articles examine circumstances leading to emergencies such as night disorientation, neglecting to pay attention to details, or deferring to a more senior pilot.
Part II invites the reader to pull up a chair and be a part of some “hangar flying.” Many of the subjects in Part II receive little or no coverage in the wider aviation media. How does a GA pilot cope with fear? Contend with ethical challenges? Know when it is time to stop flying?
Laughing with the Wind is about a passion for flying – flying safely and flying well.
About the Author
Dean Zakos started flying in 1992. He is a private pilot (ASEL, Instrument), a bon vivant of Wisconsin’s Friday fish frys, grilled bratwursts, and local airport restaurants, as well as a part-time writer. He has written numerous legal, business, and aviation articles and has made many presentations to local aviation groups.
Born in Fond du Lac, where he was educated in primary and secondary schools by the Sisters of St. Agnes, he is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Marquette University Law School. He spent most of his legal career with Modine Manufacturing Company (NYSE:MOD) in Racine, retiring as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary.
He learned to fly at Batten Field in Racine, (KRAC) and at the Westosha airport in Westosha (5K6). He is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), local EAA Chapters 93 (Madison), 572 (Fond du Lac), and 838 (Racine), as well as the Piper Owner Society.
Through his training, experiences, and friendships, aviation has provided him with a value far greater than any costs he has incurred.
He and his wife, Claire, live in Madison, Wisconsin.
Dean welcomes your comments and stories. You can contact him via his Facebook page.