January 2016

NBAA-BACE 2016 Wrap-Up

NBAA-BACE 2016 Wrap-Up

Signs of the general aviation recession were hidden by optimism at the 2016 National Business Aviation Association’s convention, held in Orlando, Florida in early November. The NBAA show has been internationalized with the added “BACE” (business aviation convention & exposition) appellation, making it officially the NBAA BACE. As the worth of business flying spreads around Read More

Wintertime Blues

Wintertime Blues

There was no drug test, strip search or detention. This story was not penned from the City jail or an interrogation room. And I was grateful that they didn’t install a parking boot on my jet, or an ankle bracelet on my leg, right then and there. But, when an angry, bulletproof vest-wearing Chicago Police Read More

NBAA Convention Returns to the Desert

NBAA Convention Returns to the Desert

The National Business Aviation Association’s annual convention and exhibition returned to Las Vegas, Nevada in November, a site that’s always a popular diversion for business aircraft operators. Held later than usual, just a week before Thanksgiving, the show was preceded by cold temperatures and blustery 60-knot wind gusts that thankfully moderated as the week went Read More

AOA  Redux (Aspen’s Angle Of  Attack Solution)

AOA Redux (Aspen’s Angle Of Attack Solution)

The Grumman Widgeon stalled at 200 feet above the water, with only a small buffet from the wing to signal the event. The pilot, cognizant that the amphibian’s design excluded any kind of stall warning device, constantly monitored his airspeed – especially when low – to mitigate the risk of a stall. And yet, even Read More

From the Flight Deck: Intuitively Obvious – intuition

A  leisure activity for all of us, but also a source of research and study for professional pilots and writers, aviation periodicals help to keep us in-the-know. There’s a heap of them and they’re more palatable than manuals, graphs and regulations. We read them to keep up with developments in the industry including new airplanes and avionics, Read More