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

Iguanas, Tortoises & Bad Gas

Iguanas, Tortoises & Bad Gas

Several years ago, we decided to fly our Cessna 340 from its home base in Washington State (KBVS) down through Mexico and Central America to Ecuador, and then 600 nm across the Pacific to the Galapagos. Well-maintained airplane; two high-time ATP pilots; veteran passenger wives; two airplanes in loose company (a Baron and Cirrus) and Read More

It’s All About the Ice

It’s All About the Ice

For some reason, you long ago quit making saliva. Your mouth is so dry it is hard to swallow. Your hands are cold, but at the same time strangely wet with sweat, as are your ears under the Bose headsets. And finally, if all these symptoms of stress were not enough, you just realized a Read More

Jet Journal: Higher Minimums

Jet Journal: Higher Minimums

Professional flying is nearly always an extremely relaxed, highly controlled and almost boring affair. When you depart, under what conditions, where you are going, and by what routing is often entirely under the control of a complex set of rules and a team of experts, of which you are only one. You certainly feel professionally Read More