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Pilot and musician making his way across the skies and stages of Southern California
The Big Lie:  ATC Stuck In The 1960s
2017-09-12 17:58
The debate on so-called “ATC privatization” is not a new one. A Google search of the phrase yields 171,000 results, many of them news articles going back more than a quarter cen… Read More
Know Thyself
2017-08-24 19:45
I’ve met so many people on my journey in aviation. Some of them were ridiculously happy, thankful every day for the ability to go to work as a pilot. Others were jaded and surly, giv… Read More
When Things Go Sideways
2017-07-24 08:39
I can’t determine who first said it, but flying has been described as “hours of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror”. The phrase may have been adapted from a des… Read More
2017-05-30 18:42
Non-pilots are usually surprised to learn that the most involved and challenging part of flying sometimes takes place on the ground rather than in the air. Preflighting the aircraft, making… Read More
2017-05-22 19:53
Pilots don’t always get much of a chance to interact with passengers, but when we do there’s a good chance I can anticipate some of the questions they’ll ask. Among the mo… Read More
2017-05-15 21:56
Well, they’ve done it. A team from the National Aerospace Laboratory in the Netherlands has managed to solve all the aviation world’s problems with a single stroke! Air polluti… Read More
2017-04-20 04:31
“Don’t make ’em like they used to…” I’m not sure if it was a question or a statement, but the docent who sidled up to my son and I recently at the Museum… Read More
2017-02-21 19:15
It’s counterintuitive, but statistics clearly show that you’re more likely to have an accident or incident on the ground than in the air. Think about the hangar rash, ground loop… Read More
2016-12-20 22:07
Most pilots have experienced “differences training” in one way or another. Perhaps it was making the jump from a normally-aspirated airplane like the Cessna Centurion to its tur… Read More
2016-12-12 21:12
An airplane is a lot like an onion: there are countless layers to peel back. I’ve been flying the Gulfstream IV-SP for five years now, and on every trip I learn something new. Most… Read More

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