May 2019

Just a Tire

Just a Tire

“Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain. I have some good news and some bad news.” “Uh oh,” I said to my wife Patty as we sat on a 2 p.m. American Airlines flight from Salt Lake City to Dallas, about to leave the gate.  “One of our tires needs to be replaced, and it Read More

Max Mania

Max Mania

Much has been written over the past several months about the reason(s) for the Boeing 737 Max crashes – and not just in aviation circles. The events garnered worldwide attention not only because of their commonality, the perceived culpability of the manufacture and implied pilot training deficiencies, but because aviation crashes remain the modern-day version Read More

Imaginary Controls

Imaginary Controls

For some strange reason (perhaps my medical training), I have a particular fascination with horrific diseases. Over time, this interest has led me to faraway places such as Bergen, Norway where Dr. Hansen discovered the bacteria that causes leprosy, a disease that now bears his name. Leprosy itself is a ghastly condition that causes the Read More

International Airspace: What You Should Know

International Airspace: What You Should Know

We are all accustomed to the freedom and liberty of being able to hop in our airplanes and fly wherever we want without doing much more than filing a flight plan, lighting the fires and blasting off. However, when your destination requires that you fly through international Flight Information Regions (FIRs), things can get a Read More

Five on the Fly: Jo Kimbell

Five on the Fly: Jo Kimbell

WHO: Jo Kimbell POSITION: Senior Interior Design Specialist, Textron Aviation HOMEBASE: Wichita, KS   1. You have dedicated nearly four decades to business aviation, predominantly at Beechcraft. What aspects of the company and industry have had you hooked? Wow, when you put it into decades, it makes me seem old. But time has flown by; I Read More