Who’s the Boss?

Who’s the Boss?

Staying Safe When There Are Two Pilots In Command You’re the professional turbine-meister for a mid-sized company whose owner is also a pilot. He’s legally current and qualified in the company jet, though minimally experienced in type. He likes to fly left seat whenever he can, which is not often, and usually takes you along Read More

In the Belly of the Blob – Flying Risk

In the Belly of the Blob – Flying Risk

From a three-foot hover, I nosed the Bell 47 over the edge at the main base of West Cameron 180, an offshore oil field near Cameron, Louisiana. Descending toward the water toward our blistering sixty-knots cruise speed, I made my wake-up call to the company radio operator in Intracoastal City: “Tango Four Seven is up Read More

Air Force – Most Remembered Flight

Air Force – Most Remembered Flight

The flight I most remember on a wet day one November, Was an out-and-back I’m fortunate to tell. We were coming back from Robbins with a drop-in planned for Dobbins When the weather over Georgia went to hell. The forecast called for clearing, though an upper trough was nearing With cumulo-nymphos building in the west. Read More

Alternates VFR

Alternates VFR

by Gary “Waldo” Peppers “Weather recall” is one of the most hated transmissions a fighter pilot ever hears, second maybe only to “Guns kill at thirteen thousand over Quartzite!” My flight heard the dreaded weather recall from the 325th Tactical Fighter Wing SOF (Supervisor of Flying) in the middle of our final air-to-air engagement. It Read More