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Irrational Behavior

I believe I am stricken with a virus known in medical circles as “irrationalis behaviorus.” It is characterized by expressions of emotions such as crying hysterically and maintaining unrealistic expectations. The most severe cases of the virus are found in aircraft owners.  Or, in my case, former aircraft owners. You may recall that I sold my Read More

Judgment or Experience: Becoming a Great Pilot

Judgment or Experience: Becoming a Great Pilot

We have all grown up with truisms. Those memorable sayings that are obviously true. Like, “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.” Or, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” How about, “The more hours in your logbook, the better pilot you are.” I am not so sure about that last one. In my flying Read More

Trains, Planes and Automobiles

Trains, Planes and Automobiles

Sometimes we forget just how lucky we are to own an airplane. Having sold my Mustang a few months ago, I now remember. As you may recall, I have access to Larry King’s M2, but he took my airplane (okay, his airplane) on a round-the-world journey several months ago, and I am relegated to airline Read More

Load Shed

Load Shed

We have all heard this term before. It usually appears in a discussion of the electrical system during our initial or recurrent training, as in, which systems systems are lost in the event of an engine failure. I would like to use it another way. Follow along on this circuitous analogy. Professional athletes are trained Read More

Saying Goodbye to My Mustang

Saying Goodbye to My Mustang

    I’m still not ready to admit you’re gone. We traveled together from coast to coast. Sometimes just the two of us. Streaking through the morning skies. On our lofty perch at 410. We could communicate without speaking. I knew when you had enough. Like trying to climb heavy and hot. Others couldn’t quite Read More