From the Flight Deck

Sliced Bread
Performance Based Navigation

Performance based navigation (PBN) provides for designing and implementing automated flight paths. It will facilitate improved access to airspace and runways, enhanced safety and reduced costs.  Using a machine invented by Otto Rohwedder, a Missouri-based jeweler, the first automatically sliced commercial loaves of bread were produced by the Chillicothe Baking Company on July 6, 1928. Read More

Freedom of Flight<br>General Aviation: Use It or Lose It

Freedom of Flight
General Aviation: Use It or Lose It

Do you enjoy the smell of fresh-cut grass and the click of a golf ball on your club? Or gently resting the pad of your finger on a four-pound test line – then, one click at a time, trying to convince your favorite fish to bite? Perhaps traversing a wilderness area where the nearest jeep Read More

Litanies:<br>The story of a go-around at DCA

The story of a go-around at DCA

Litany: noun, plural litanies. A prolonged account: a list, catalog, enumeration. It’s ten-past midnight at the end of a 14-hour day. You’re flying an ILS; the weather is 300/1. Winds at 3,000 feet on final show a 40-knot tailwind. It’s reported at the surface as a direct cross at 20 knots. The runway is wet, Read More

MAX Effort: Returning the Embattled B-737 MAX to Service

MAX Effort: Returning the Embattled B-737 MAX to Service

Photo Courtesy of Boeing Airlines have always been a cyclical industry. And despite assertions several years ago that they would “never lose money again,” several unpredictable events resulted in a downturn that is causing a potentially E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event) among some part 121 carriers: The worldwide grounding of the B-737 MAX followed by a Read More