September 2015

Best Pilots Make the Best CEO’s and the Best Lovers

Best Pilots Make the Best CEO’s and the Best Lovers That ‘s my takeaway from a report I read from researchers at Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and the University of Oregon. In a study that compared the relative success of 179 companies led by CEO’s who are pilots and 2,900 companies led by Read More

Demons – Flight Risk

Air conditioning, humidity control, autopilots and auto-brakes. Airborne internet, coffee makers, drink chillers and butt warmers – they make our airplane feel just like home. These niceties permit our attention to be focused on the safe, efficient and enjoyable operation of the vehicle. But, they also make it easy to overlook the significance of operating Read More

Gremlins of Night Flight

Gremlins of Night Flight

Night flight has a tendency to bring out all the gremlins that most pilots are certain live in the wiring and other mysteriously-inaccessible spaces of their aircraft. In addition, the gremlins themselves, quite strangely, seem to become more active when the pilots are rushed. And, on this night, we were really in a hurry. It Read More

First Plane, a Jet

First Plane, a Jet

First Plane, a Jet How did it come to be that Tom Garritano’s first foray into aircraft ownership was a Cessna Citation Mustang jet? As he puts it, “The Cirrus I was renting was no longer available, so I said, ‘Looks like we’re going to have to buy an airplane.’ When Tom Craft called me Read More

En Route: Blackhawk Modifications, Pratt & Whitney Canada Commemorate 1,000th PT6A Engine Delivery at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

On July 22, 2015, senior executives from Blackhawk Modifications, Inc., and Pratt & Whitney Canada commemorated their 16-year collaboration and 1,000th engine at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. P&WC leaders noted that “Blackhawk has earned a rock-solid reputation for providing value-added conversion solutions to its customers. Because our PT6A engine has played such an important role in Read More