Mary Smith sent in this photo of a Lockheed Vega, which stopped at Centennial Airport (KAPA) near Denver on its way back from Oshkosh 2014. [Read more…]
Once, when I was a teenager manning the pumps at a full service gas station, a gentleman rolled up in a gorgeous Rolls Royce. He claimed it had previously belonged to the velvety-voiced crooner Nat “King” Cole.
You can imagine my surprise when he climbed out and encouraged me to take a seat behind the wheel. [Read more…]
TARBES, France – DAHER-SOCATA delivered 51 new TBM 900s in 2014, representing a 27% increase from 2013.
With an order intake for 64 aircraft in 2014, it was the best year ever in terms of TBM sales volume, and the second best year for the company’s aircraft program since 1990, according to company officials. [Read more…]
During an instructional flight in a Cessna 172RG over Redmond, Ore., the CFI and student were unable to fully extend or retract the left main landing gear. They made several attempts to fix the problem, but were unsuccessful, so they made a gear-up landing. [Read more…]
Attorney Dennis Haber sent in this photo, taken after, what he says, was a long day. “I had a hearing in Orlando on an FAA violation matter. The photo was taken after my flight from Miami to Orlando and return after work at sunset.” [Read more…]
A long time ago it was decided by people much smarter than I am that only one language should be the language of aviation. That language was to be English, regardless of a pilot’s nation of origin.
Those same people decided that a specific lexicon should be created within English to reduce any confusion spawned by regional accents. So along came the aviation alphabet and quirky customs, like pronouncing 5 and 9 as “fife” and “niner.” The hope was that by adopting one official language and creating a lexicon of aviation-specific terminology, miscommunication would be greatly reduced.
The thing about language and lexicons is that they’re like tools of the trade. And all tools of the trade are only as good as the operator handling them. [Read more…]