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A Starship in the Wild

Posted by in Technology

When I was a kid in the 1980s, Beech represented some of the most exciting and cutting-edge stuff in the world of flying. For example, the much anticipated — and highly unsuccessful — Starship. We came across one recently in the mountains of Colorado, and to my eyes it still looks as sweet as the day I first saw a picture of one on the pages of Flying magazine.

Stick & Rudder Skills Are Important

Posted by in Opinion Leaders, Safety, Technology

A highly experienced airline captain and ERAU aviation professor has opined that automation management skills should be receiving more focus than basic stick-and-rudder aptitude. Wanna guess what I think of that idea?

Getting Better: Simulators for General Aviation

Posted by in Aviation, Instructing, Safety, Technology

Most of the big technological advances in flying have been in the instrument panel. But now they’re starting to make serious strides in the area of flight simulation, and GA stands to reap a huge benefit.


Posted by in Aviation, Safety, Technology

Speed-to-fly is a concept traditionally limited to the glider pilots. But the physics apply to all aircraft, and with the advent of computer technology in the cockpit, it’s possible to augment the traditional “best glide” speed and truly maximize our engine-out performance.

Gulfstream G650 Accident Report

Posted by in Aviation, Gulfstream, Safety, Technology

The Gulfstream G650 accident report has been published by the NTSB. While they strongly point the finger at Gulfstream, after reading the full accident docket, the takeaway for me is that given the kind of testing required by the FAA, it’s a wonder accidents don’t happen more often.