It Can Blow At Any Seam

There’s no stopping Father Time, but next chapter of your flying career can be as a rewarding as your last. In 1979, Tom Wolfe published his epic recounting of the life and times of military test pilots and Mercury astronauts. Wolfe’s chosen title, “The Right Stuff,” set the tone for his story of personal bravery, Read More

Drones: A Cautionary Tale

Drones: A Cautionary Tale

As I write this, yet another near-miss has occurred, this time in the U.K., where a small drone came within 20 feet of an Airbus 319 on approach at Heathrow. Encroachment of these aerial missiles into controlled airspace is becoming an everyday event, affecting FAR 91, 121, and 135 operations. It’s only a matter of Read More

A Winter Storm Primer

A Winter Storm Primer

From late November through April, fierce winter storms often assault the continental United States and southern Canada. The effects can be devastating in their cumulative effect because some of these storms are not particularly fast movers, while others, such as a Nor’easter, can develop very rapidly and catch pilots unawares. Either way, they can be Read More

Aviation Medicals: Winning the Game Part Two

Aviation Medicals: Winning the Game Part Two

Previously, we discussed what a pilot could do to avoid problems during the vision portion of FAA medical examination. Now, we’ll look at the Coronary and Cardiovascular portions of the exams. There are some things you can do that will help avoid problems during this portion of your flight physical. The first thing to understand Read More

Aviation Medicals: Winning the Vision Game

Aviation Medicals: Winning the Vision Game

What I’ve learned in nearly 50 years of examinations Over the years, I’ve equated my yearly visit to an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) to a sporting contest. In this game, you don’t have a traditional opponent; the referee is your opponent. A win means the referee (the AME) signs you off, after going down the Read More