“‘Gotcha’ Switch,” Greg’s May, 2018 Flying Carpet column

Posted in Flying Carpet column, Greg's piloting tips with tags , , , , , , , , on March 29, 2018 by Greg Brown

Every pilot experiences a bit of pucker factor when descending through clouds on an instrument approach. Am I really where I think I am, safely separated from the ground?

I was reminded of the stakes when my friend Mark phoned after landing at Colorado Springs with his wife and another couple.

“After clear weather through the mountains, we encountered an inversion east of the Rockies,” he said. “Colorado Springs was reporting 1000 broken, 1500 overcast, so I requested the ILS Runway 17L approach. The vectoring and intercept seemed fine, but we broke out of the clouds just above the trees while still several miles from the runway. It was quite a scare, and I want to determine the cause so it never happens again.”

For you VFR pilots: an instrument landing system (ILS) consists of two intersecting perpendicular radio signals projected from the ground. By centering the associated vertical (localizer) and horizontal (glideslope) needles, pilots are guided to the runway.

Mark wondered if the problem was with glideslope signal or receiver, or if he’d made some serious error in executing the approach. The approach plate showed terrain 1,000 feet above field elevation north of the airport, so I suggested he might feel low breaking out there. That didn’t satisfy Mark, however…

**Read Greg’s entire column, ‘GOTCHA’ SWITCH“**

Photo: Mark, with his Bonanza.

(This column first appeared in AOPA Flight Training magazine.)


©2018 Gregory N. Brown

For those who’ve requested a picture of the “Flying Carpet…”

Posted in Uncategorized on March 19, 2018 by Greg Brown


For those who’ve requested a picture of the Flying Carpet…


“Riding a Flying Carpet,” Viktor Vasnetsov, 1880.

Greg’s latest delivered “Down to Earth” series Fine Art Metal Print

Posted in Greg's photographs with tags , on March 5, 2018 by Greg Brown


I never imagined my “Down to Earth” series terrestrial photos would prove as popular as my aerial shots.

Here’s a flush-framed 13″ x 19″ Sunset over the Coconino County Fair Fine Art Metal Print, newly arrived for delivery.


“Off Limits?” Greg’s April, 2018 Flying Carpet column

Posted in flying adventures, Flying Carpet column, Greg's photographs with tags , , , , , , , on March 1, 2018 by Greg Brown

Adventures in restricted airspace

Restricted airspace is something we pilots study and then studiously avoid.

Fortunately, it’s limited enough in most places to easily bypass. But here in the Intermountain West, huge swaths of the stuff can dictate 100-mile detours.

Jean and I regularly experience this flying from Flagstaff to Alamogordo, New Mexico to visit family. To bypass 135 miles of restricted airspace encompassing White Sands Missile Range, we must steer east past Socorro and then 90 miles south, or southeast to El Paso and turn north.

Normally we take the shorter northern route. But when weather recently shrouded northern New Mexico, we launched via El Paso.

En route, we reflected on restricted-airspace lessons we’ve learned

**Read Greg’s entire column, OFF LIMITS?“**

Photo: Arizona Highway 85, viewed from 100 feet.

(This column first appeared in AOPA Flight Training magazine.)


©2018 Gregory N. Brown

“Cloud Wings,” Greg’s March, 2018 Flying Carpet column

Posted in flying adventures, Flying Carpet column, Greg's photographs with tags , , , , , , on January 29, 2018 by Greg Brown

Earning your wings requires hand-eye coordination, but instrument flying (IFR) is a brain game.

Yes, mastering flight by tiny needles is tough, but navigation, holds, and approaches are exciting and fun. And while IFR may be the hardest rating, it’s also the most safety-enhancing, rewarding, and practical. When I earned my cloud wings forty years ago this month, my flight-completion rate doubled overnight to over 90%.

Instrument flying, of course, gets you where you’re going without sight of the ground, and “instrument approaches” deliver you safely to landing.

As with VFR cross-countries, instrument flight plans are crafted around checkpoints, but using predefined fixes from an IFR chart. These days, thanks to GPS and moving maps, we can fly great distances and shoot programmed instrument approaches almost as readily as by looking out the window.

But it wasn’t always that easy…

**Read Greg’s entire column, CLOUD WINGS“**

Photo: GPS Runway 3 LPV instrument approach to Flagstaff, Arizona.

(This column first appeared in AOPA Flight Training magazine.)


©2018 Gregory N. Brown

Poppies and Pinecones: Greg’s latest Fine Art Photography Metal Prints

Posted in Greg's photographs on January 20, 2018 by Greg Brown

Flower Power!


I photographed “Bradshaw Mountains Poppies” north of Phoenix near Black Canyon City, Arizona.

c2017GregoryNBrown_BradshawMtnsPoppies_7092e24x36Smw1200Nowhere is the power of numbers more boldly reflected than in these fields of Mexican and Golden poppies captured from a mile in the air. (Available in both horizontal and vertical formats.)

See all my latest “Views from the Flying Carpet” aerial Fine Art Metal Prints, including “Cloud Quilt,” “Earthbound Rainbow”, “Flaming Autumn Aspens,” and a new vertical crop of my iconic, “Sunset Rains.” (I’ve received numerous requests for that image to fit vertical spaces, but it took me awhile to get it just right.)

The Great New Year’s Pine Cone Drop!

And here’s my latest “Down to Earth” terrestrial Fine Art Metal Print, “The Great Pine Cone Drop,” celebrating New Year’s at downtown Flagstaff’s historic Old Weatherford Hotel.

See all my latest “Down to Earth” prints including, “Supermoon Rises over Kachina Wetlands.”


Many thanks to all who have invested in my photography products to date, including Fine Art Metal Prints, Photographic Wall Calendars, and Pilot Achievement Plaques.
Happy New Year!

Celebrating five years since Greg’s first solo fine art print exhibition

Posted in Greg's photographs, life & love on January 7, 2018 by Greg Brown

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Wow! Five years have already passed since my first solo “Views from the Flying Carpet” photography exhibition.


Thank you, friend, fellow pilot, and Master Printer Richard Jackson (above left) for starting me down this path, and former Northern Arizona University College of Arts & Letters Dean Michael Vincent for inviting this first solo exhibition that led to numerous others.


And a special thanks to all you good folks who have supported my passions for flying and photography by investing in my Views from the Flying Carpet and “Down to Earth” series Collector Prints and Fine Art Metal Prints, Pilot Achievement Plaques, and Photographic Wall Calendars since then!

Here’s wishing you the Happiest and Healthiest of New Years for 2018!


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