Springtime Storms

On April 14, I found myself in Clearwater, Florida planning a return to Dallas with Citation M2 owner Larry King and our wives.  Springtime weather in the Southeast can be challenging as you can see from the lightning strikes along a massive cold front that morning. Indeed, the storms that we needed to cross had Read More

Just a Tire

Just a Tire

“Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain. I have some good news and some bad news.” “Uh oh,” I said to my wife Patty as we sat on a 2 p.m. American Airlines flight from Salt Lake City to Dallas, about to leave the gate.  “One of our tires needs to be replaced, and it Read More

My Father’s Son

Have you ever heard someone say, “He or she is just a natural pilot – it must be in their blood?” That has never been said about me. Instead, they say, “Have you always been funny?” I have the ability to make people laugh. Almost universally, the first thing that someone asks my wife Patty Read More

Almost

Almost

I am not sure if you have noticed, but there has been a rash of landing accidents or “runway excursions” lately. Sometimes weather related, but often just plain poor planning. Mistakes so fundamental that the pilot could have predicted the result before he or she even took off. One fatal accident involving a Phenom 300 Read More

How to Train an Astronaut

How to Train an Astronaut

 “Hey Dave, I’m getting my Mustang type rating next month at FlightSafety. Would you ride right seat in the simulator and mentor me for the class?”  While I have heard this request before, it has never come from an astronaut – and an impressive one to boot. Charlie Precourt, a veteran of four shuttle missions, Read More