The Black Hole Departure disaster

Posted on September 24th, 2014 by

A dark cloud has recently settled on the general aviation community from the fatal airplane crash of Babar and Haris Suleman. They were a father and son pilot team who were attempting to fly around the world. They had become... Continue Reading →

Presence of mind

Posted on August 5th, 2014 by

The first time I took the aircraft controls away from a copilot, it was from a Marine Corps aircraft commander. He’d flown in Iraq. He’d balanced his Sikorsky CH-46 Sea Knight transport helicopter — a twin-rotored behemoth — off the... Continue Reading →

Fatigue: The pilot’s common cold

Posted on April 23rd, 2014 by

Returning from a short tropical vacation, I barely napped on the transatlantic red-eye. It was the night before my third airplane instructional flight. During the ground lesson, I thought I was hiding my jetlag pretty well from my instructor. It... Continue Reading →

Pilot bias

Posted on March 23rd, 2014 by

The first time I rode in a helicopter it was to chase down Donald Trump’s yacht. It would be another six years before I would get my own pilot’s license, so the pilot told me to keep my feet away... Continue Reading →

Expectations and fixation

Posted on March 9th, 2014 by

My first flight lesson was out of Virginia’s Leesburg Executive Airport (KJYO), inside the Dulles Class B airspace. We took off and performed some air work in the practice area. Then we headed back toward the airport. My instructor told... Continue Reading →