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The Weakest Link

Statistically, pilots are the cause of about 90% of all accidents. If we’re the weakest link, would aviation safety be better served by removing us from the cockpit? Read more →

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Do Something!

Instead of keeping their powder dry, the Germanwings crash will undoubtedly prompt politicians to “do something”. That has many pilots — myself included — concerned. Read more →

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How Far is Far Enough?

The latest crop of long-range business aircraft have the ability to traverse most of the world’s routes non-stop. For those which remain out of reach, I muse about whether the added range is worth pursuing in an environment of diminishing returns. Read more →

Is that steep climbout "necessary for normal flight"?

The Unintentional Aerobat

Do you think it’s possible to fly aerobatics without awareness of it? Not only is it possible — it’s quite common. I’ve seen it done in every kind of airplane, from little Cubs to large-cabin Gulfstreams. Read more →

TransAsia ATR-72

Flying Backwards

If safety is paramount in aviation, why do the least experienced professional pilots sometimes fly the most challenging aircraft and profiles? Why do the newest instructors teach the most difficult courses? Isn’t that backwards? Read more →

It's ironic that world's largest and most expensive piece of high-tech machinery looks like a sewer main.

Twenty Years and Counting

In the greater scheme of life and history, twenty years is an insignificant blip. But for a web site, two decades takes you back to the very beginning of the World Wide Web. Let’s reminisce…. Read more →

Tired Pilot

All Work & No Play

Flying is fun — that’s why we got hooked in the first place. But flying for a living can easily suck the life out of your aviation passion… if you let it. Read more →

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Fifty Classic Destinations for Pilots

When GA pilots are finishing training, they often look around and say “what now?”. The structured environment is gone, the goal achieved. A friend recently published a book that provides some suggestions for that situation. Read more →

Michael Whitaker

He’s One of Us Now

To run an organization effectively, it must be understand it inside and out by those at the top. Unfortunately, few if any of the executives at the FAA are pilots. But that changed recently and it’s a good thing for general aviation. Read more →

Actor.  Pilot.  Two guys with the right stuff.

Who’s the Best Pilot?

“Who’s the best pilot you ever saw?” That famous line from The Right Stuff inspired me to ask what constitutes a great pilot in the real world. Read more →