How low Did You Go?

How low Did You Go?

The Bell 212 crew had waited in vain for seven hours, hoping the weather would improve at the departure airport, Alerk Island, NWT, and the destination, an oil rig in the Beaufort Sea. The helicopter was finally dispatched in night IFR conditions to fulfill the leasing company’s requirement to have a machine and crew located Read More

AOA  Redux (Aspen’s Angle Of  Attack Solution)

AOA Redux (Aspen’s Angle Of Attack Solution)

The Grumman Widgeon stalled at 200 feet above the water, with only a small buffet from the wing to signal the event. The pilot, cognizant that the amphibian’s design excluded any kind of stall warning device, constantly monitored his airspeed – especially when low – to mitigate the risk of a stall. And yet, even Read More

Tanker Day: Air to Air Refueling

Tanker Day: Air to Air Refueling

There was one F-16C Fighting Falcon receiving fuel from the KC-135’s refueling boom and another waiting. Endurance of the F-16 is limited to about 2.5 hours, even less when engaged in a dogfight. So there was almost always a receiver aircraft in queue, waiting to get tanked up. The 3-4 minutes needed to refuel can Read More

Checkout for all Mustang Lovers

Checkout for all Mustang Lovers

Flying The Famous Fighter I give my wife Gisela a lot of credit when it comes to embracing mid-life dalliances. She enthusiastically mastered SCUBA diving and braved heli-skiing, and she gamely crewed our J-105 sloop, even on the stormy days. Still, I didn’t anticipate that we would find ourselves training together at Stallion 51’s facility Read More

High Anxiety – Citationjet

  by Adam Alpert It was a particularly unpleasant winter morning in New York City. The wind howled out of the east, with blowing, drifting snow. After a pause at the hold point for JFK’s runway 4L, we were cleared to line up and wait. It was 400 overcast, ½ mile, temperature and dewpoint -1° C. Read More