From the Flight Deck

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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


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

In The Groove

Guppy School (Part Deux) It’s taken 150 hours, but I’m getting a handle on the 737 Guppy (see “Guppy School,” Twin & Turbine, January 2017). It’s rewarding to once again hear “Great landing, great flight” compliments from the passengers and FA’s, the flight attendants. An observer in the cockpit is well suited to gauge piloting Read More

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