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 →

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The Real Problem with LAX

A Los Angeles-based news outlet asked for my thoughts on how to “fix LAX”. Many Angelinos are probably wondering how to do that, too. Unfortunately, the real problem with the airport isn’t the airport at all. It’s much larger and has been half a century in the making. Read more →

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A Self-Evident Solution

While the FAA employs many quality individuals, as a whole, the agency seems to be falling apart on us. Here are several examples of how FAA policies are hurting GA and how the trend can be reversed. Read more →

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Teaching a Homeless Man to Fly

A fellow pilot recently wrote about teaching a homeless man to fly. His post reminded me that I once did the same thing, and in the process learned a valuable lesson about how we can be our own worst enemy when it comes to achieving long-held goals. Read more →

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Upset Recovery Training: Not Just a Fad

Upset recovery training is a big industry buzzword. Is it really a worthwhile investment of a pilot’s time and money, or is this just the latest safety fad? And what’s the difference between “upset recovery” and “aerobatics” anyway? Read more →