Category Archives: Commercial Aviation

Why We Fly- Instrument Approach Into Queenstown, NZ


This one always sends chills up and down my spine. An Airbus descends into the clouds on an instrument approach, between some tall mountain peaks. Stunning. There is no better feeling than breaking out on an instrument approach with the … Continue reading

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Unmanned Drones in Civilian Airspace


The attached article Drones in Civilian Airspace, regarding unmanned drones over Florida is disturbing for many reasons, the civil liberties issue being just one of them. The pilot community is united in its concerns over aviation safety. One potential threat is a … Continue reading

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British Airways ad


Great ad showing the history of British Airways, a/ka/a Speedbird. It’s too bad today’s reality of flying commercial falls a bit short. and how it was made:

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Flying Private in Honor of 9/11- Ten Years Later


To honor those Americans lost in the Islamic terrorist attacks ten years ago, I turned off the TV set (where airtime was filled with non-stop 9/11 tributes) and went flying. Why? Mainly because I still can. After 9/11, all aircraft were grounded for … Continue reading

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External GPS Options for Pilots Using the iPad


I hate flying commercial. Pilots are a unique breed. We must be in control of our own destiny rather than be relegated to seat 22-E. But occasionally we must fly commercial and find ways to entertain ourselves while enroute. The … Continue reading

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Do Personal Electronics Interfere with Cockpit Instruments?


This is from AVWEB: http://www.avweb.com/eletter/archives/avflash/1930-full.html#204798 An International Air Transport Association report suggests cellphones and other personal electronics, notably the iPad, can cause alarming disruptions to aircraft systems. The report, obtained by ABC News, is said to document 75 instances between … Continue reading

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St. Petersburg’s Albert Whitted Municipal Airport- A Story of Survival


This past week I had a conference in St. Petersburg, FL. The decision was whether to drive 2 ½ hours to St. Petersburg, FL for two days of meetings, or fly the A36 and arrive in less than a half hour.  … Continue reading

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Sunday Buzz | Alaska Airlines testing iPads in cockpits | Seattle Times Newspaper


The airlines are now finding out what General Aviation pilots have known since last year. The iPad will make a great Electronic Flight Bag. Sunday Buzz | Alaska Airlines testing iPads in cockpits | Seattle Times Newspaper.

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Warbird Gathering at Punta Gorda, KPGD


In late January, a small cadre of general aviation pilots departed from Leesburg and Eustis, flying south to Charlotte County Airport, KPGD. Our plan was to see some vintage WWII aircraft on display at Warbirds Weekend. In our group there were 3 … Continue reading

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TSA Ordering Backscatter Machines to Scan GA


In a never ending effort to find a problem looking for a solution, the TSA is contracting for x-ray backscatter machines to scan aircraft on General Aviation ramps. I predict this will start at the big airports like BOS-Logan and eventually … Continue reading

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