March 2018

On Final: How Much Is Enough?

  In the past twelve months I have completed four 61.58 simulator events. Two in the M2 and two in the Mustang. You would think that would be enough. At least that’s what I thought as I accidently shut down the only running engine during my recent M2 recurrent at FlightSafety in Wichita. It was Read More

En Route

  New Film Details First  U.S. Naval Aviators in WWI Filmmakers Darroch Greer and Ron King have created an engaging film that combines history, aviation and inspiration. The Millionaire’s Unit tells the unsung story of a group of Yale college students who took the initiative to learn to fly in preparation for America’s entry into Read More

From the Fight Deck: Vascular Time Bomb

From the Fight Deck: Vascular Time Bomb

A pilot’s blood pressure, hypertension and the FAA Form 8500-9 Vas•cu•lar [adjective] Latin: Hollow container; a vessel or vessels, especially those that carry blood. Time Bomb: [noun] A potentially detrimental, dangerous or catastrophic delayed reaction. They say many people don’t realize that they have high blood pressure. This isn’t true for us pilots because we Read More

Once a Doctor, Always a Doctor

Once a Doctor, Always a Doctor

  Due to the somewhat insecure nature of the business, many pilots who fly airplanes for a living also have a backup career. When those secondary skills are called for while aloft, it can make for some novel deviations from regular pilot duties. In my case, being a doctor with an emergency medicine background has Read More

2017 Tax Cuts  & Jobs Act

2017 Tax Cuts & Jobs Act

How the New Law Impacts Business Aviation After years of debate, tax reform has arrived. The late-year 2017 passage and signing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has reshaped the business and individual tax landscape. The TCJA provides excellent tax opportunities for businesses of all sizes to invest in general aviation aircraft but Read More