You might want to lay off the cookies Santa…

Posted on December 25th, 2013 by

Dear Santa, I hope this letter reaches you in time. It has been a bit hectic lately, so I’m a little late. Wait, why am I telling you this? You already know. This year, I only want three things: Prompt... Continue Reading →

BMI could trigger additional scrutiny with proposed policy

Posted on November 19th, 2013 by

The FAA is targeting pilots (and controllers) with a “proposed obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) policy.” Pilots and controllers with a Body Mass Index (calculate yours here) with 40 and higher, will be the initial target. Federal Air Surgeon Fred Tilton... Continue Reading →

Why can’t we be more like China?

Posted on November 13th, 2013 by

“China gets ready for takeoff,” [subscription required] is the cover story of the Nov. 18, 2013, of Fortune magazine. The article centers on Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China‘s efforts to bring the C919 to market. For perspective, the C919 is... Continue Reading →


Thank you for your service

Posted on September 18th, 2013 by

If there is one constant in life, it is that change is inevitable. In the aviation industry, this often manifests as people leave one job to take another. Or, as in the case of JoAnn and Sandy Hill from Longmont,... Continue Reading →


Old Coot pilots come up with ideas for a new medical

Posted on August 27th, 2013 by

Guest Editorial By John Christensen I recently attended my 50th high school reunion. I had a wonderful time reminiscing with classmates. As one would expect, the rather large crowd quickly organized itself into small groups, according to interests, past and present.... Continue Reading →

‘He died doing what he loved’

Posted on August 13th, 2013 by

Guest Editorial By THOMAS P. TURNER The pilot of a twin-engine airplane sped through a narrow mountain pass. Low clouds obscured the ridges and peaks; pine trees blurred past just a few hundred feet below, materializing from the mist, flashing... Continue Reading →

Do you feel lucky?

Posted on July 18th, 2013 by

Guest Editorial By STEVE BILL HANSHEW Pilots dread ramp checks. It’s a lot like a prostate exam in a flight physical — you don’t want one, but sooner or later you’re going to get one. No matter that it’s a... Continue Reading →

EAA vs. FAA: It’s complicated

Posted on July 2nd, 2013 by

To be honest, I’m a bit conflicted about all that’s been going on with the Experimental Aircraft Association and the FAA’s demand that the association cover some of the costs of air traffic control at this month’s AirVenture. Continue Reading →

No medical required

Posted on June 19th, 2013 by

Is this country great or what? I can rent a 30-foot-long motorhome, with no prior large vehicle experience, load it with six of my friends and family, and plow on down the road. Continue Reading →

The show must go on

Posted on June 13th, 2013 by

GUEST EDITORIAL By PHILIP HANDLEMAN Sequestration is forcing the Pentagon to slash $41 billion this year on top of the $487 billion reduction in defense spending already mandated over the next 10 years. Resultantly, a cruel triage within the Defense... Continue Reading →