From the Flight Deck

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

Altered States

Altered States

Flying the redeye without reverting into a Neanderthal Fa • tigue: / fuh-teeg / Noun 1a Extreme tiredness; typically resulting from mental or physical exertion, sleep deprivation or illness. Known to cause irritability, poor judgement and blabbering like a caveman. The first time I flew while tired (the word fatigue wasn’t in vogue at the Read More

Directions

Staying in the books to stay current. Some of us don’t like to read directions. Even for challenging tasks like assembling furniture, a suite of home electronics or the boring sections of an airplane manual. The “us” being mostly us guys. We like to think that we are MacGyver; able to use innovation, ingenuity and Read More