March 2016

Mortality

How often do you think about life and death? Personally, I really think I am going to outlive just about everybody. I don’t like visiting retirement homes, even though my mom lives in one. But, once in a while I reflect on just how tenuous my place is here on this planet. I had that Read More

Under New Guidance, ATP’s Motto Is “Knowledge Fuels Safety”

For more than four decades, since the firm’s inception in 1973, Aircraft Technical Publishers has been providing vital technical information and, more importantly, management of that information, to flight departments and MRO companies throughout the world. Under the guidance of its new CEO, Charles Picasso, ATP continues to expand and improve its service. “I’m looking Read More

CJ Perspectives: Reactions Aging and reaction time

“The time elapsing between the beginning of a stimulus and the beginning of an organism’s reaction to it.” That’s the definition of reaction time – if you don’t mind being called an organism, that is. Even if you do mind, it’s still the definition. Our high school driver’s education teacher used “age, experience and wisdom” Read More

A Flying Squadron…For Citation Pilots

When I was flying T-38s and U-2s for the US Air Force, my squadron mates and I didn’t “own” the jets …but sometimes it sure felt like we owned them! We flew them all over the U.S. and all over the world, experiencing some of the most unique adventures I could imagine. With those high-performance Read More

Maintaining Flying Skills

Much has been made of a recent general deterioration in manual flying skills, leading to a “dumbing down” of piloting abilities in order to fill cockpit seats. But, when faced with an in-flight crisis, it still takes a professional crew to avoid disaster, even if the aircraft only requires one pilot. There is a danger Read More