From the Flight Deck

From the Flight Deck: When It Rains

It never rains in California, it pours, man it pours. – Albert Hammond, 1973 Proverb: It never rains, but it pours. Misfortunes or difficult situations tend to follow each other in rapid succession or to arrive all at the same time. We sometimes cite proverbs, myths, nursery rhymes, even superstitions in our search for excuses, Read More

From the Flight Deck: Divine Lines

Pilot commandments & engine-out SIDs “It ain’t those parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it’s the parts that I do understand.” – Mark Twain Wouldn’t it be nice to have a GPS course for navigating smoothly around life’s obstacles? The database would contain all societal parameters, personal interaction norms and Read More

From the Flight Deck: Unintended Consequences

Aviate, navigate, communicate It was late at night; it had been a long day and you’re tired. Since the airplane was ready and the wind on the ramp was gusting to more than 30 kts., you did an “abbreviated” walkaround. Anyway, the flight will take less than an hour and the weather is supposed to Read More

Guppy School Learning the B737-800 NG

Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward. – C. S. Lewis We needn’t climb the 268 steps to the majestic Big Buddha (Tian Tan), at the Po Lin Monastery in Hong Kong, China, to learn that embracing change is Read More