From the Fight Deck: Vascular Time Bomb

From the Fight Deck: Vascular Time Bomb

A pilot’s blood pressure, hypertension and the FAA Form 8500-9 Vas•cu•lar [adjective] Latin: Hollow container; a vessel or vessels, especially those that carry blood. Time Bomb: [noun] A potentially detrimental, dangerous or catastrophic delayed reaction. They say many people don’t realize that they have high blood pressure. This isn’t true for us pilots because we Read More

Control Freaks

How to finesse the landing, sink the putt and regulate entropy in the universe  The phrase was first used in the 1970s, an era when the principle of “doing your own thing” and letting others do the same, was born. It’s a somewhat derogatory assessment of the way in which a “driven” person interacts with their universe Read More

From the Flight Deck: Renewal, An Orwellian Replica

From the Flight Deck: Renewal, An Orwellian Replica

re•new•al noun: The action of extending the period of validity of a license, mandatory in order to verify identity, trustworthiness, competence and compliance with mandates. We get an email or text every time we leave the store, doctor’s office, movie theatre, bank or a restaurant. Someone is always probing us to doublethink our recent visits Read More

From the Flight Deck: One Foggy Night

From the Flight Deck: One Foggy Night

Managing low-visibility procedures like Santa. Once upon a Christmas Eve flurry, RVR’s were squat; reporting six, four and blurry. “Our Christmas hustle must go on without pause; we can’t wait for the weather,” exclaimed Mrs. Claus. Santa’s retort, was precise and quite short: “I work like a dog, when there’s snow or thick fog. Any Read More