March 2019

Almost

Almost

I am not sure if you have noticed, but there has been a rash of landing accidents or “runway excursions” lately. Sometimes weather related, but often just plain poor planning. Mistakes so fundamental that the pilot could have predicted the result before he or she even took off. One fatal accident involving a Phenom 300 Read More

Enfoque No Autorizado (Approach Not Authorized)

Enfoque No Autorizado (Approach Not Authorized)

Trees, TERPS and Bilingual Lingo Perhaps our litigious, lawsuit-happy society is to blame for the migration of carefulness into all aspects of our lives. With the plethora of scattered notes and cautions, even our instrument procedures can seem as if they’re written in a foreign language. But threatening cautions, warnings and notes usually appear after Read More

It’s All About the APU

It’s All About the APU

It is 8 degrees Fahrenheit on the ground in Lincoln, Nebraska with ice and snow on the ramp, and a nasty wind blowing down from somewhere near the Arctic circle. Having just arrived by airline, fellow Lear pilot Tim and I are cautiously slipping and sliding our way across the icy ramp to the FBO Read More

Fly Cooler: The Story of Jet Shades

Fly Cooler: The Story of Jet Shades

 Kevin Duggan, the founder of Jet Shades, loves flying but often found himself unbearably hot while in the cockpit on the ground in his home state of Florida. He faced the same dilemma above the clouds (even with air conditioning), struggling to shade his eyes from the bright sun. He tried the usual solutions like Read More

Five on the Fly: Susan Carastro

Five on the Fly: Susan Carastro

  WHO: Susan Carastro POSITION: Veterinary Ophthalmologist, Owner-Pilot HOMEBASE: West Palm Beach, FL (LNA) RATINGS: CFI, MEI, ATP FLIGHT HOURS: 2,300   1. Can you describe your introduction to general aviation?  Aviation is in my DNA. My father was a pilot in the Air Force while my mother got her private ticket in 1956 and Read More