From the Flight Deck

True Confessions: Telling Passengers the Inconvenient Truth

True Confessions: Telling Passengers the Inconvenient Truth

 “If you’re faced with a forced landing, fly the thing as far into the crash as possible.” – Bob Hoover Without a doubt, October is my favorite month of the year. Fall brings the change of colors, crisp temperatures, the smell of burning leaves, the sound of migrating geese and the holiday of horrors: Halloween. Read More

Participation Trophy

Generations Silent – 1928-1945 – Strong work ethic, humility, prudent saver Boomers – 1946-1964 – Idealistic, revolutionary, collectivist Generation X – 1965-1980 – Materialistic, competitive, individualistic Millennials (Gen Y) – 1981-1996 – Globalist, questioning, self-oriented Gen Z – 1997-? – “Communaholic,” dialoguer, realistic Squarely in the middle of the boomers, I grew up in aviation Read More

Come Help Me: Mayday, Mayday, Mayday

Why the alliteration? 6−1−1. Pilot Responsibility and Authority   In an emergency requiring immediate action, the pilot-in-command may deviate from any rule in 14 CFR Part 91, Subpart A, General, and Subpart B, Flight Rules, to the extent required to meet that emergency.  The plan of this pontificating, but penitent, professional pilot was to pen Read More

Max Mania

Max Mania

Much has been written over the past several months about the reason(s) for the Boeing 737 Max crashes – and not just in aviation circles. The events garnered worldwide attention not only because of their commonality, the perceived culpability of the manufacture and implied pilot training deficiencies, but because aviation crashes remain the modern-day version Read More