Small Mistakes

Small Mistakes

Pilots are an odd group of people. They tend to be perfectionists who have an element of obsessive-compulsive behavior, and hate making mistakes, even very small ones. No matter how hard they try, most pilots rarely achieve a “perfect” flight where everything mechanically and performance-wise is flawless.  I suffer from this malady. So much so Read More

It’s All About the APU

It’s All About the APU

It is 8 degrees Fahrenheit on the ground in Lincoln, Nebraska with ice and snow on the ramp, and a nasty wind blowing down from somewhere near the Arctic circle. Having just arrived by airline, fellow Lear pilot Tim and I are cautiously slipping and sliding our way across the icy ramp to the FBO Read More

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