December 2018

A Challenging Day at the Office

Let’s be honest. Most of us are pretty darn good at running a business. Or a law office. Or a medical practice. But we are all significantly challenged every time we get in an airplane. Especially when poor weather is involved along with a perceived “need to get there.” Such was the case on October Read More

Compassionate or Curmudgeon

Compassionate or Curmudgeon

Flying and the Christmas hustle-bustle-burn-out. Compassion — The feeling that arises when you are confronted with another’s suffering and feel motivated to relieve that suffering—showing sympathy and concern for others. Curmudgeon — A cranky, crusty, ill-tempered individual, full of stubborn ideas or opinions who is always angry, unhappy and seldom socializes with others. Christmas is Read More

A Medical Look at Hypoxia

A Medical Look at Hypoxia

Is it actually safe to operate pressurized aircraft at cabin altitudes above 10,000 feet? Over the years, there have been numerous NTSB reports of pilots flying pressurized twin and turbine aircraft in the mid to high 20 flight levels, failing to respond to radar controllers and ultimately crashing. One of particular note occurred several years Read More

Behind the Scenes: Pilot Training

Behind the Scenes: Pilot Training

What qualities are training providers looking for when they hire in an instructor? How is the volatility of the pilot market altering the training business? What tips do instructors have for pilots preparing for a training course? During a recent visit to TRU Simulation + Training in Tampa, we got specific in our exploration to Read More

Five on the Fly: David Crockett

Five on the Fly: David Crockett

WHO: David Crockett POSITION: Regional Aircraft Sales Manager, Cutter Aviation, TBM HOMEBASE: San Antonio, TX RATINGS: Commercial ASEL AMEL CFII ASEL HOURS: 7,300 (with 3,000+ hours in TBMs)   1. Can you summarize Cutter Aviation’s history serving the aviation community?  Cutter is the oldest, continuously operated family-owned aircraft sales and service company in the world, having Read More