Go west, old dude…

Posted on September 16th, 2013 by

One of the great advantages of writing professionally is that we who scribble ideas down for others to read rarely have to face those others in person. We don’t have to worry about an errant idea sending you to the... Continue Reading →

You don’t get what you wish for

Posted on September 9th, 2013 by

It’s a simple truism that is all too often forgotten or ignored as we age: You don’t get what you wish for. You only get what you work for. And more often than not you’ll only see a percentage of... Continue Reading →

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An auspicious visit

Posted on September 4th, 2013 by

Daniel Webster is a member of the US House of Representatives, sent to Washington on behalf of the people of Florida’s 10th Congressional district. One of his committee assignments is Transportation and Infrastructure, which includes 21st Century Freight Transportation, Aviation,... Continue Reading →

Welcome back…

Posted on August 26th, 2013 by

As is my custom, I started the day at a friendly local coffee shop. The caffeine is essential to my diet, the camaraderie of the patrons is important to my mental health, and the slow ramp-up to my full working... Continue Reading →

The distraction meter pegs

Posted on August 19th, 2013 by

It was only recently I learned, with some considerable consternation, that CNN is reviving “Crossfire.” This is a show that ran five days a week on the Cable News Network from 1982 through 2005. In the news release announcing the... Continue Reading →

You can’t do that…and other myths

Posted on August 12th, 2013 by

I recently wrote a post where I suggested it might be possible to earn a private pilot certificate for as little as $5,000. I made that suggestion for the simple reason that it’s true. It’s an option that is available to... Continue Reading →

The extra-Solar Impulse stunt

Posted on August 6th, 2013 by

Let’s get the obvious out of the way right from the start. The Solar Impulse is gangly, goofy-looking, slow, fragile, and can’t possibly carry the entire family in luxurious comfort to Aunt Sally’s house for the holidays. That pretty much... Continue Reading →

When landings give you lemons…

Posted on July 23rd, 2013 by

On Monday evening a Southwest Airlines flight from Nashville to New York touched down at LaGuardia. Then the sparks flew. The nose gear collapsed on roll-out, the airplane skidded to a stop, and all hell did not break loose. I... Continue Reading →

The AirVenture effect

Posted on July 16th, 2013 by

On a bright and beautiful central Florida morning, my phone rings. Steve McCaughey of the Seaplane Pilots Association is on the other end, upbeat and chipper as ever. Since we both live in the same town and have a common... Continue Reading →

The high cost of pointless reporting

Posted on July 9th, 2013 by

On Sunday, July 7, an Asiana Airlines flight from Seoul crashed on the runway at San Francisco International Airport. The airplane impacted just short of the threshold, causing substantial damage to the airframe. The tail departed the fuselage before the... Continue Reading →