From the Flight Deck

Sunday Drivers

Sunday Drivers

When others won’t play by our rules: radio, runway and ramp rage Sunday Driver – one who drives slowly, infrequently and in an inexperienced or unskillful way – like one who is out for a leisurely Sunday drive. After qualifying for a concealed pistol license (CPL), I purchased a legal plan and liability policy designed Read More

Aviation Adjectives, Adverbs and Accolades

Aviation Adjectives, Adverbs and Accolades

With Plenty of Petroleum and Properly Positioned in Perfectly Peaceful Air, Pilots Pine to Promote  the Purposeful Pleasures of Piloting  The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning. – Mark Twain I have become sensitive to the use of “wrong” words. “We’d Read More

License to Learn: A Pilot’s Learning Curve is Unending

Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect. – Captain A. G. Lamplugh You have undoubtedly discovered along your hallowed, obstacle-strewn path to aviation enlightenment, that something is learned or re-learned in the course of every trip. If Read More

Big Foot Flies Again

Big Foot Flies Again

Landing currency: category, class and type While recuperating from rotator cuff surgery, my landing currency was about to expire. That hasn’t happened since I first learned to fly. You know, back when we shared the pattern with pterodactyls. As my flying skills withered post-op, I wrote at the hangar office while listening to Clapton and Read More