Compassionate or Curmudgeon

Compassionate or Curmudgeon

Flying and the Christmas hustle-bustle-burn-out. Compassion — The feeling that arises when you are confronted with another’s suffering and feel motivated to relieve that suffering—showing sympathy and concern for others. Curmudgeon — A cranky, crusty, ill-tempered individual, full of stubborn ideas or opinions who is always angry, unhappy and seldom socializes with others. Christmas is Read More

Duke Meisters: The 2018 Beechcraft Duke Fly-In

Duke Meisters: The 2018 Beechcraft Duke Fly-In

[Meister – compound noun – akin to maestro – A person regarded as skilled or prominent in a specified area of activity; one who has extensive knowledge or ability.] Aircraft type clubs are organizations that provide information and support to a single aircraft type from the same manufacturer. Most aircraft type clubs are independent of Read More

Guppy Maximus

Guppy Maximus

The Boeing 737 MAX: Guppy or Sardine? Almost two years, several flight physicals and a few check rides ago, I reluctantly transitioned from the left seat of the Mad Dog to the left seat of the Guppy (see “Guppy School,”  T &T Jan., 2017 and “In the Groove,” T & T Jun., 2017). The latest Read More

Watch Your Mouth

Delivering a politically correct passenger briefing or PA Lest someone posts thine vile words or actions to The Kingdom of Social Media, lightens thine purse with litigation or washes thine mouth out with a bar of soap. When I transitioned from the Mad Dog to the Guppy, I had to restrict my gravelly-voiced public address Read More

Sunday Drivers

Sunday Drivers

When others won’t play by our rules: radio, runway and ramp rage Sunday Driver – one who drives slowly, infrequently and in an inexperienced or unskillful way – like one who is out for a leisurely Sunday drive. After qualifying for a concealed pistol license (CPL), I purchased a legal plan and liability policy designed Read More