Blow-Dried Cherries

Blow-Dried Cherries

Cherry farmers ward off harvest-destroying rainfall using a novel tool: Robinson R44 helicopter. It is an ungodly hour on a soaking wet gray morning, with occasional flashes of lightening still visible on the horizon as the recently passed thunderstorm moves out to the east. I am 150 miles from home, suspended some 15 feet above Read More

Jet Journal: Sitting in Back

Jet Journal: Sitting in Back

Three-day trip provides a new perspective on pilot-versus-passenger perceptions. It seemed very strange sitting in the back of the new Gulfstream 280 (G280) at FL430, on a fine leather chair that moves in a dozen different directions, sipping coffee made from a genuine French espresso machine located in its own custom cabinet in the aircraft’s Read More

Jet Journal: Two Nights in Reno

Jet Journal: Two Nights in Reno

A glimpse inside the glamorous life of a corporate pilot We arrive in Reno following a very bumpy descent out of FL410, with 25-knot crosswinds on the approach to 16L and a nasty wind shear being advertised by the tower. Our four veteran business jet passengers are on a recruiting trip for graduates of the Read More

Jet Journal: A Hole in the Ice

Jet Journal: A Hole in the Ice

When clouds bring loads of ice, pilots must reach for all the tools in their toolbox. The nice thing about Learjets is that you can almost always vault completely over weather that would cause other aircraft no end of trouble. And so, it is with some concern that we are sitting in the pilot’s lounge Read More