November 2019

Judgment or Experience: Becoming a Great Pilot

Judgment or Experience: Becoming a Great Pilot

We have all grown up with truisms. Those memorable sayings that are obviously true. Like, “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.” Or, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” How about, “The more hours in your logbook, the better pilot you are.” I am not so sure about that last one. In my flying Read More

Only in America

Only in America

I am 15,500 feet over the approach end of Runway 26L at McCarran International Airport (KLAS) in Las Vegas. I am in a Cessna 340 and not required to talk to anyone on the radio. But for awareness reasons, I have the tower controller on Com 1, who is talking nonstop to inbound airline traffic. Read More

Touchdown Zone

Touchdown Zone

Three reports from the NTSB: Surveillance video revealed the Cessna Citation 550 touched down about 1,700 feet past the runway threshold of the 5,000-foot-long runway and that the thrust reversers were not deployed during the recorded portion of the landing roll. The airplane’s tires left over 1,300 feet of skid marks before it overran the Read More

Five on the Fly: Mark Pestal

Five on the Fly: Mark Pestal

WHO: Mark Pestal COMPANY: AeroAngel POSITION: President/Founder HOMEBASE: KAPA / Denver, Colorado   1. What led you to form AeroAngel in 2010?  As a board member for a volunteer pilot organization, I saw an unmet need to provide a higher level of service to children needing to access critical but distant medical care by using more Read More