Flight As Perspective

From stand-up comedian, Louis C.K.’s bit on “The Miracle of Flight,” I think anyone will understand the perspective of an aviator. In a short…

Balancing Act: Managing Aircraft Energy

The airplane is an amazing energy system—continuously transforming, transferring, distributing, storing, and exchanging various forms of energy as it moves through the air. Viewing…

Icy Surprise

For a number of years, I have advocated that pre-flight planning should begin up to a week prior to the flight date. Thus, when…

For Everything, Turn, Turn, Turn

I’m tired of hearing, “He was a good pilot.  How could that happen?” No, I’m not just tired, I’m mad when I hear that…

Carburetor Heat: The rest of the story

How many times have you read a checklist with Carburetor Heat “APPLY” or “ON” as one of the tasks that should be accomplished during…

IPC Dilemma: Is the system broken?

  As an aircraft accident investigator, I have seen pilots come to grief due to fundamental IFR flying mistakes that occurred within a short…

A New Way to Create Professionals

  A new regulation went into effect in August 2013 requiring pilots serving as the second in command in Part 121 operations to hold…

Summary: Loss of Control White Paper

      A comprehensive white paper on the subject of Loss of Control-Inflight (LOC-I) is available in the members resource center on the…

Upset Training Recommendations for ICAO

  For many years now, Loss of Control In-flight (LOC-I) has been the primary cause of fatalities in both Commercial and General Aviation. The…