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

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