Cracked Cylinders

Cracked Cylinders

  What previously was a smooth, aerodynamic engine cowl is now laying on the hangar’s concrete floor with various parts never intended for public viewing being exposed in all their tangled awkwardness for any passerby to see. Within this jumble of tubes, wires and other objects mounted on various odd-shaped brackets, there is a small Read More

Safeguarding the “Gotcha’s”

Safeguarding the “Gotcha’s”

Every aircraft has its unique characteristics, which begs the question: how can this airplane hurt us? It is a short trip today: Seattle’s Boeing Field (KBFI) to Boise, Idaho KBOI) in a vintage 1983 Lear 35. Less than 30 seconds after our wheels leave the pavement of runway 13R we are doing 250 knots and Read More

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