Come Help Me: Mayday, Mayday, Mayday

Why the alliteration? 6−1−1. Pilot Responsibility and Authority   In an emergency requiring immediate action, the pilot-in-command may deviate from any rule in 14 CFR Part 91, Subpart A, General, and Subpart B, Flight Rules, to the extent required to meet that emergency.  The plan of this pontificating, but penitent, professional pilot was to pen Read More

Max Mania

Max Mania

Much has been written over the past several months about the reason(s) for the Boeing 737 Max crashes – and not just in aviation circles. The events garnered worldwide attention not only because of their commonality, the perceived culpability of the manufacture and implied pilot training deficiencies, but because aviation crashes remain the modern-day version Read More

Enfoque No Autorizado (Approach Not Authorized)

Enfoque No Autorizado (Approach Not Authorized)

Trees, TERPS and Bilingual Lingo Perhaps our litigious, lawsuit-happy society is to blame for the migration of carefulness into all aspects of our lives. With the plethora of scattered notes and cautions, even our instrument procedures can seem as if they’re written in a foreign language. But threatening cautions, warnings and notes usually appear after Read More

Gettin’ Hitched

Left Brain = logic, language, math.  Right Brain = art, music, intuition, love. How to engage both when towing an airplane. Saying ‘I Do’ to DIY aircraft towing. What makes an airplane fly? Airspeed and money, right? Regulations, physicals, training, financing, maintenance, insurance, fuel, cleaning and towing can merely be a means to our end Read More