June 2019

Springtime Storms

On April 14, I found myself in Clearwater, Florida planning a return to Dallas with Citation M2 owner Larry King and our wives.  Springtime weather in the Southeast can be challenging as you can see from the lightning strikes along a massive cold front that morning. Indeed, the storms that we needed to cross had Read More

Come Help Me: Mayday, Mayday, Mayday

Why the alliteration? 6−1−1. Pilot Responsibility and Authority   In an emergency requiring immediate action, the pilot-in-command may deviate from any rule in 14 CFR Part 91, Subpart A, General, and Subpart B, Flight Rules, to the extent required to meet that emergency.  The plan of this pontificating, but penitent, professional pilot was to pen Read More

Check Ride

Check Ride

We are in a Lear 45 at 15,000 feet over the far northwestern corner of the continental United States, just on the edge of the Olympic mountain range near a VOR called Tatoosh (TOU). The weather is crummy, with cloud layers every 200 feet or so, making visual flight between them almost impossible. The purpose Read More

Five on the Fly: Patty Wagstaff

Five on the Fly: Patty Wagstaff

WHO: Patty Wagstaff POSITION: President, Patty Wagstaff Airshows Inc., Manager, Patty Wagstaff Aviation Safety, LLC HOMEBASE: St. Augustine, Florida RATINGS: ASEL, ASES, AMEL, Commercial/Instrument, CFII, Commercial Rotorcraft; Type Ratings in G-TBM, L-39, T-28 and Tucano HOURS: 11,500  1. Can you walk us through a typical week in the life of Patty Wagstaff?    My primary job is operating an aerobatic school Read More