From the Flight Deck

From the Flight Deck: Renewal, An Orwellian Replica

From the Flight Deck: Renewal, An Orwellian Replica

re•new•al noun: The action of extending the period of validity of a license, mandatory in order to verify identity, trustworthiness, competence and compliance with mandates. We get an email or text every time we leave the store, doctor’s office, movie theatre, bank or a restaurant. Someone is always probing us to doublethink our recent visits Read More

From the Flight Deck: One Foggy Night

From the Flight Deck: One Foggy Night

Managing low-visibility procedures like Santa. Once upon a Christmas Eve flurry, RVR’s were squat; reporting six, four and blurry. “Our Christmas hustle must go on without pause; we can’t wait for the weather,” exclaimed Mrs. Claus. Santa’s retort, was precise and quite short: “I work like a dog, when there’s snow or thick fog. Any Read More

From the Flight Deck: Deferred Maintenance

From the Flight Deck: Deferred Maintenance

“Pay me now, or pay me later.” (Fram oil filter slogan, Circa 1971) DMI (Deferred Maintenance Item) – postponing maintenance activities in order to save costs, maintain a schedule or to meet budget constraints. The failure to perform such repairs could lead to higher long-term costs, component deterioration and ultimately, component failure. Lately, the Duke Read More

Exit Strategy

When to set the brakes for the last time. It was on the 10th day of May – 1884 – that I confessed to age by mounting spectacles for the first time, and in the same hour I renewed my youth, to outward appearance, by mounting a bicycle for the first time. The spectacles stayed Read More

Bee Hive Basics

The FAA / ATC Divorce: Who gets custody of GA? The Part 121 folks claim they are being hobbled by an antiquated system no longer capable of supporting their needs. Why else would they be chronically late if not for a broken, government-run system? Severe weather was approaching as I planned my departure from the Read More