September 2015

From the Flight Deck: Cholla Airplanes (Cylindropuntia Aeróplanos) aircraft ownership

From the Flight Deck: Cholla Airplanes (Cylindropuntia Aeróplanos) aircraft ownership

They appear soft and fluffy, like a dandelion in full bloom, its white orb of seeds anxious to launch with any breath of wind. It’s a treacherous and deceptive quality; how something so alluring as the fuzzy and harmless-looking cholla (choy-ah) cactus, can bequeath so much grief. The Jumping Cholla (Cylindropuntia fulgida), therefore, provides a Read More

Aviation Medicals: Winning the Game Part Two

Aviation Medicals: Winning the Game Part Two

Previously, we discussed what a pilot could do to avoid problems during the vision portion of FAA medical examination. Now, we’ll look at the Coronary and Cardiovascular portions of the exams. There are some things you can do that will help avoid problems during this portion of your flight physical. The first thing to understand Read More

In the Belly of the Blob – Flying Risk

In the Belly of the Blob – Flying Risk

From a three-foot hover, I nosed the Bell 47 over the edge at the main base of West Cameron 180, an offshore oil field near Cameron, Louisiana. Descending toward the water toward our blistering sixty-knots cruise speed, I made my wake-up call to the company radio operator in Intracoastal City: “Tango Four Seven is up Read More

Editor’s Briefing: Avoiding Ambivalence

“Why bother to check the weather?” said my veteran traveling companion. “We’re going to go anyway.” His idea had merit, at least from his point of view. We had been at the boring resort-based meeting far too long; any change of location would be welcome. So, very likely, we were going to go “anyway”, just Read More

Twin Proficiency: Making a Confident “Go” Decision

Twin Proficiency: Making a Confident “Go” Decision

All of us strive for maximum utility from our airplanes. We all bucked the conventional wisdom to become pilots (“little airplanes aren’t safe,” virtually everyone told us), because we have places to be, people to meet and things to do. Airplanes carve a large section out of our business or family disposable income, so co-workers, Read More