License to Learn: A Pilot’s Learning Curve is Unending

Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect. – Captain A. G. Lamplugh You have undoubtedly discovered along your hallowed, obstacle-strewn path to aviation enlightenment, that something is learned or re-learned in the course of every trip. If Read More

Big Foot Flies Again

Big Foot Flies Again

Landing currency: category, class and type While recuperating from rotator cuff surgery, my landing currency was about to expire. That hasn’t happened since I first learned to fly. You know, back when we shared the pattern with pterodactyls. As my flying skills withered post-op, I wrote at the hangar office while listening to Clapton and Read More

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