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

Airport Day

Airport Day

Today is not a typical day of flying. We are nearly 6,000 pounds under maximum takeoff weight. In a Lear 40 with a basic empty weight of 13,232 pounds, that is really light. The airplane’s TFE 731-20 turbofan engines each put out 3,500 pounds of thrust, giving us a thrust-to-weight ratio of 1:2. Following the maximum Read More

The Currency Conundrum

The Currency Conundrum

It was a hot and dry day near the banks of the Columbia River in Eastern Washington. The lawn sprinklers were creating a distracting fine mist with mini-rainbows as I made an approach to the helicopter’s designated grass landing area. I had another pilot onboard and a group of field workers also watching, so I Read More