Cheap at Any Price

Cheap at Any Price

Our twin and turbine aircraft are expensive to operate, and I occasionally wonder if the extra cost is worth it. But recently, I had to return from a trip to Phoenix via the airlines that very quickly corrected any doubt I had about the value of the business aircraft we operate – and often take Read More

The Makings of a Good Captain

The Makings of a Good Captain

One of the benefits of the professional pilot contract flying I do is that I occasionally fly as Second in Command (SIC) with a wide variety of other pilots as the Pilot in Command or Captain. They come from diverse aviation backgrounds with most (but not all) having more than my 11,000 hours of flight Read More

A Medical Look at Hypoxia

A Medical Look at Hypoxia

Is it actually safe to operate pressurized aircraft at cabin altitudes above 10,000 feet? Over the years, there have been numerous NTSB reports of pilots flying pressurized twin and turbine aircraft in the mid to high 20 flight levels, failing to respond to radar controllers and ultimately crashing. One of particular note occurred several years Read More

The Fish Box Tax

The Fish Box Tax

It is salmon fishing season in Southeast Alaska, and in the far back corner of the Juneau (JNU) FBO’s somewhat ratty hangar, behind a beat-up old yellow propane powered fork lift and miscellaneous trash, there sits an ancient white deep freezer. The brand name plate is long gone and there are numerous scrapes and dents that Read More

Old Dogs & Old Airplanes

Old Dogs & Old Airplanes

Airplanes can be like an old hunting dog – very much liked and appreciated, but after years of faithful service, they regrettably need to be “put down.” This was recently the case with our old Lear 35. Knowing it was to be our Lear 35’s last trip before its final flight to the “vet’s office,” Read More