Editor's Briefing

Editor’s Briefing: Avoiding the Runaway Runway

With night IFR conditions prevailing, the light jet was cleared for the ILS approach to Runway 19. There were multiple snow showers the area, and the pilot queried the tower about the runway condition and braking action. Tower reported back that a Cessna 210 Centurion had landed a few minutes prior and reported conditions “moderate” Read More

editor’s briefing: Distracting Distractions

Last fall, the unthinkable happened. It was unthinkable because I didn’t think it would happen to me, and I wasn’t ready for it when it did. After 25 years of flying and thousands of hours, I have had my share of “uh-oh” moments in the cockpit. But this is one I didn’t see coming. On Read More

Editor’s Briefing: The Numbers Game

How good are you at playing the numbers game, when flying? Like most pilots, you probably have some number-crunching aids to apply in common situations. You know, like so-many pounds of fuel for the first hour and so-many for each hour after, during cruise flight. Or, tripling the thousands to be lost to get the Read More

Sharing The Burden, And The Benefits

Owning and managing a cabin-class airplane can be a burdensome proposition, despite the beneficial bounties of being able to go where you want, when you want, in privacy. The care and feeding of our airplane isn’t cheap, especially when you add in storage, maintenance and insurance. Private flying is a wonderful freedom and privilege, at Read More