September 2019

Load Shed

Load Shed

We have all heard this term before. It usually appears in a discussion of the electrical system during our initial or recurrent training, as in, which systems systems are lost in the event of an engine failure. I would like to use it another way. Follow along on this circuitous analogy. Professional athletes are trained Read More

Participation Trophy

Generations Silent – 1928-1945 – Strong work ethic, humility, prudent saver Boomers – 1946-1964 – Idealistic, revolutionary, collectivist Generation X – 1965-1980 – Materialistic, competitive, individualistic Millennials (Gen Y) – 1981-1996 – Globalist, questioning, self-oriented Gen Z – 1997-? – “Communaholic,” dialoguer, realistic Squarely in the middle of the boomers, I grew up in aviation Read More

The Touch

The Touch

I am sitting in the jump seat of a CJ2 brandishing my seldom-used CFI ticket and CE-525 type rating to complete a 61.55 ride for the pilot in the right front seat. It turns out that the pilot, Carolyn, let her second-in-command authorization run out a week ago and she and her husband John have a Read More

Bose Releases ProFlight Series 2

Bose Releases ProFlight Series 2

Bose debuted its latest aviation headset, the ProFlight Series 2, at this year’s EAA AirVenture. Since the original version launched in April of 2018, the company has continued to update and improve the product. The ProFlight is primarily targeted for pilots flying turbine aircraft, but I’ve used the headset in several types of aircraft including Read More