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

Jet Journal: A Hole in the Ice

Jet Journal: A Hole in the Ice

When clouds bring loads of ice, pilots must reach for all the tools in their toolbox. The nice thing about Learjets is that you can almost always vault completely over weather that would cause other aircraft no end of trouble. And so, it is with some concern that we are sitting in the pilot’s lounge Read More

The 61.55 Currency Ride

The 61.55 Currency Ride

With A “Long Armed” PNF We are eastbound out of BVS, just north of Seattle, headed for Spokane (GEG) on our way to FL 450 in a Lear 40, with the airplane very light and climbing at over 4,000 feet per minute through 17,000. Just for the experience, I have been hand flying since takeoff, Read More

Spring Training

Spring Training

Professional baseball players have required annual training, which is commonly completed in the spring in a warm, sunny location, on green grass and with attractive onlookers staring admiringly through the fence. Jet pilots also have required annual training, but it almost always scheduled in some frozen, dark mid-western state in the middle of winter, or Read More

Cuba: Flying to Forbidden Territory

Cuba: Flying to Forbidden Territory

Just how hard could it be? A 90-mile flight on a sunny, 70-degree, late-spring morn-ing, at a weather-friendly latitude of 24 North with a high pressure system covering the entire area, flying in loose company of other aircraft with similar performance. Yet, there was a palpable sense of tension during the somewhat informal pre-flight briefing; Read More