April 2016

When Is It Time

If you’ve been flying over a long, illustrious career, you’ve no doubt thought about when you’re going to hang up the old headset. And maybe you’ve wondered about the consequences of waiting too long. None of us want to end the symphony on a sour note, but we sure would like to keep playing for Read More

Making The Rounds In A Sturdy King Air

Making The Rounds In A Sturdy King Air

The rugged Ozark Mountain region of Arkansas and Missouri is not an easy area to serve with specialized medical care. Roads often wind through wooded hills, adding distance and hours when you have to travel between the small cities dotting the territory. Providing advanced health care in this setting is a challenge. To make the Read More

HAIL?  NO!

HAIL? NO!

Avoiding Hail Hazards The way to not get hailed on is to avoid places where it’s hailing. Talk about a ruined day! It happens a dozen or so times each year. Most of the time it’s small hail, so no damage is done except chipped paint and an apology to your laundress. But, occasionally, hail Read More

From the Flight Deck: Owl Snot, Slippery As…

From the Flight Deck: Owl Snot, Slippery As…

…as in, slipperier than. Before DuPont scientist Roy Plunket accidentally discovered Teflon in 1938, engineers at Fiction Friction, LLC were coaxing owls to excrete the substance, analyzing its molecular structure. What, you’ve never seen an owl sneeze into a beaker? The project was abandoned after a marketing test with homemakers was snot received well. Long Read More

Twin Proficiency: Push & Hold

Twin Proficiency: Push & Hold

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently released its final Probable Cause report on the crash of a Beechcraft King Air B200 that occurred at Wichita, Kansas, October 30, 2014. A solo pilot, delivering the airplane to a refurbishment shop after it had just been sold, reported the loss of the big turboprop’s left Read More