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Aviation’s Covid Consequences

Concentrating on a short-term goal is natural when facing unpleasant restrictions, but these inconveniences pale in comparison to the long-term consequences. What unites both timeframes is the inescapable reality that as individuals, societies, and industries, we are intimately responsible for the consequences of our decisions. With a clear blue sky to stare into, it is a perfect day to ponder aviation’s Covid consequences. Pilot Shortage to Surplus Before the coronavirus disrupted our lives, p...
Tags: General, Airports, Congress, America, Wisconsin, Aviation, Airlines, Business Aviation, AIP, Tony Evers, Airline Pilot, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, Pilot Shortage, EAA Airventure, Aviation Security, Recreational Aviation

Bob Crandall Upfront on Industry Bailouts

Bob Crandall retired in 1998 as chairman, president, and CEO of AMR, parent organization to American Airlines and while many people today might not remember his name, they’ll pretty quickly recognize what he created while he was at the helm. Bob Crandall (L) with another industry giant, the late Herb Kelleher, co-founder of Southwest Airlines. Crandall is the often combative, no-nonsense finance-marketing focused guy who, while at American created American Advantage, the industry’s first fre...
Tags: Congress, America, Bloomberg, Aviation, Airlines, Seattle, Boeing, American Airlines, Nikki Haley, AMR, IATA, Calhoun, Herb Kelleher, International Air Transport Association IATA, Airline Pilot, The Buzz

Researchers Seek IFR-rated Private & Airline Pilots for Study of GA Flying Activity

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University researchers are asking INSTRUMENT-rated PRIVATE pilots and AIRLINE pilots to complete a 2-5 minute questionnaire ( as to the amount/type of NON-revenue flying in light aircraft undertaken by them. Such information, combined with light aircraft accident data, could lead to improved general aviation safety for either, or both, groups of pilots.
Tags: General, Education, Aviation, IFR, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Airline Pilot, General Aviation, Airline Pilots, Airline Pilots for Study of GA Flying Activity

Pilots, OTC Drugs Can Be Interactively Bad

A recent New York Times story about the hidden drug epidemic rooted in the conflict between prescribed medications and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and supplements focused on people in their 60s, but as I read, I could easily see that pilots taking prescribed medications could also be unknowing participants. According to the article, people in their 60s take an average of 15 prescriptions a year. “And that’s in addition to the myriad of over-the-counter drugs, herbal remedies, vitamins and mine...
Tags: Education, Safety, New York Times, Aviation, Faa, Airline Pilot, OTC drugs, Aeromedical, Aviaation Medical Examiner, CAMI Toxicology Lab

MCAS Certification a Human Factors Failure

During the interviews for a story on avionics interfaces, one source made a passing reference to interface failure of the Boeing 737 Max MCAS (Maneuver Characteristics Augmentation System). The significance of this observation did not resonate until I started reading FAA Advisory Circular 25.1302-1, Installed Systems and Equipment for Use by the Flightcrew, dated May 3, 2013. The guidance in the 62-page AC “is intended to minimize the occurrence of design-related errors by the flightcrew and to...
Tags: Safety, Aviation, Airlines, Faa, Aerospace, Boeing, Ac, Airline Pilot, MCAS, Human Factors, Aircraft Interface, FAA Advisory Circular

Automation and the Atrophy of Airmanship

In the cover feature of the September 18, 2019 New York Times Magazine, William Langeweishe presents a cogent, comprehensive, and nuanced answer to its interrogative headline, “What Really Brought Down the Boeing 737 Max?” The subhead summarized the answer: “Malfunctions caused two deadly crashes. But an industry that puts unprepared pilots in the cockpit is just as guilty.” In the words that follow, Langeweishe shows that airmanship is what separates the prepared from the unprepared. Calling t...
Tags: Education, US, Marine Corps, Aviation, Airbus, Airlines, Boeing, Business Aviation, New York Times Magazine, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Hudson River, Sioux City, U S Air Force Academy, Chesley

Translating The 737 MAX 8 Crisis

I rather fancy myself as a translator of aviation speak, trying to be sure people who read about our industry really understand what I’m trying to explain, whether that’s in print or online. The past few weeks have been a nightmare for most journalists trying to explain the intricacies of the 737 MAX 8 & 9’s Maneuvering Characteristic Augmentation System, or MCAS. Because of the weight and the placement of the new CFM International LEAP-1B engines added to create the MAX, the nose of the aircraf...
Tags: Podcast, Aviation, Faa, Operations, Airline Safety, Ethiopian Airlines, What Next, Airline Pilot, The Buzz, Mary Harris, Boeing 737 MAX 8,

Malaysian Flight 370: Five Years Later

Md Nor Yusof, chairman of Malaysian Airline System Bhd., right, told reporters on March 25, 2014 that Flight 370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean with no survivors. The search for wreckage was suspended. (Photographer: Goh Seng Chong/Bloomberg © 2014 Bloomberg Finance LP© 2014 BLOOMBERG FINANCE LP) On March 8, 2014, a Boeing 777 with 239 people went missing on a flight between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing. As details emerged within hours of the airplane’s last communication with air traffic contr...
Tags: Aviation, Airlines, Airline Safety, Airline Pilot, The Buzz, Aviation Safety, Aviation History, Jetwhine Podcast

Enlisted Pilots: Has Their Time Come Again?

With retention of active duty aviators and recruitment of qualified newcomers to fill empty cockpits a growing challenge for America’s armed forces, might it be time to reopen the flight training door to enlisted pilots who meet the physical and physiological requirements? To be a military pilot today, applicants must be officers, which require a four-year college degree. Is that an essential requirement? Today’s officer pilots hold degrees in almost every discipline from anthropology to zoolog...
Tags: Military, Aviation, Helicopter, Airline Pilot, Flight Training, Aviation History, Aviation Education, Pilot Shortage, Enlisted Pilots, Military Pilots

Pilot leaves message in sky

If you thought of pilots as serious, focused people who never stray off the sensible path, think again. A pilot test-flying a single propeller aircraft in Salisbury, a suburb of Adelaide in Australia, got so bored he spelled out “I’m bored” on his tracking device by carefully maneuvering his flight path. Photo: FlightAware Leaving South Australia’s Parafield Airport just before 9:00 AM yesterday morning, and returning around 12:00 PM, the pilot was tasked with flying the aircraft, a Diamon...
Tags: Travel, Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Pilot, All, Salisbury, Airline Pilot, Test Flight, Flight Tracker, Parafield Airport

Insanity and the DOT Pilot Shortage Solution

As most sentient people know, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Or maybe it is just laziness because developing a new, more efficient way of educating pilots is too much time, effort, and money. When it comes to evening out the pilot shortage cycles, it is much easier and economical to put a new name on a century of tradition unimpeded by progress. That’s what Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao did in announcing the department’s Forces to ...
Tags: Transportation, Education, Aviation, Faa, Aerospace, Chao, Elaine Chao, CFI, Airline Pilot, Aviation Education, Pilot Shortage, Performance Based Pilot Certification

Redbird Migration Looks Back at the Future of Flight Training

For the past six years, Redbird, which has developed a family of aviation training devices, has sponsored a flight-training symposium attended by a hundred or more of the land’s leading aviation educators. Known as the Redbird Migration, in the past this flock congregated at Redbird’s roost in Texas. For its seventh season, it met in Oshkosh, hosted by EAA. For many of the participants, it was their first time in Oshkosh outside of EAA AirVenture, and the dearth of aircraft, people, and traffic...
Tags: Texas, Education, Aviation, Airlines, Faa, Aerospace, Wright, John Gibson, EAA, Oshkosh, Airline Pilot, Student Pilots, Flight Training, Sean D Tucker, Aviation Education, Flight Instructors

Everyday Airline Pilot 4K

Video by: AvTur Cruising What a great video that will inspire you to want to become a commercial airline pilot.   FB Twitter
Tags: Documentary, Aviation, Uhd, Airline Pilot, Airbus A320, Commercial Pilot, Cool Aviation VIdeos

Have ALPA’s Efforts Actually Threatened Advances in Aviation Safety

It all began last month with the White House’s infrastructure plan that included severing the decades old ties between the FAA and its air traffic control system. President Trump said he supported the split, an effort that would be financed by user fees. Obviously no one, except the airlines pretty much support the effort. Then came the FAA Reauthorization bill to keep the FAA alive past September 30. The House of course thinks their version, including a privatized ATC system, is the best answer...
Tags: Safety, Congress, Obama Administration, Washington, Senate, White House, Mit, South Dakota, Alaska, House, Aviation, Airlines, Air Traffic Control, Faa, Boeing, Business Aviation

Erudite Aviators Provide Solace & Solutions

Looking at the challenges aviators face foretells of a seemingly insurmountable struggle to sustain our beloved avocation that is, for a lucky few, also an occupation. What makes this situation worse is that most of these challenges pit aviator against aviator. The summit of challenge mountain is the proposed privatization of ATC. Supported by airline aviators, the user fees that would support it would, it is safe to assume, eliminate the ticket taxes the airlines pay on each passengers base tic...
Tags: General, Education, Safety, Aviation, Airlines, Faa, Aerospace, ATC, Airline Pilot, Flight Training, Aviation Safety, Richard Bach, Aviation History, Aviation Education, Aviation Training, Recurrent Training

Same Plane, New Name & Accomplishments

Exploring the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center , I saw this blood red P-51C hanging from the ceiling, and I immediately knew that this plane had to be Paul Mantz’s Bendix air racer that finished first in 1946, and again in 1947. Getting close enough to read the name under the cockpit, I wondered who Capt. Charles F. Blair might have been? And what was the link to  Pan American World Airways? The white letters on the long cowling said this was the Excalibur III and not Ma...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, London, General, Education, Airports, America, Cold War, History, Atlantic, Alaska, Amelia Earhart, Aviation, Norway, West Coast, Air Force

Pilots, Aviation & The Paradox of Progress

A statement or situation that seems contradictory or absurd but may be true in fact is a paradox. “Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink!” is the paradox for mariners adrift in any ocean. For aviators, the paradox is that progress in technology that makes their flying lives easier is also reducing the number of seats for them in the pointy end of airplanes.If the paradox is not clear, it is the fact that as more and more machines replace human workers the population has increased, mean...
Tags: General, Drones, Aviation, Airlines, Air Force, US Air Force, Airline Pilot

Eastwood Got It Right With Sully

Eastwood Got It Right With Sully Most pilots tend to take airplane movies with a grain of salt because they’re usually riddled with mistakes or enough exaggerations to quickly make us nuts. Remember big snoozers like Tuskeegee Airmen, Flight or Pearl Harbor? Of course, there have been a few outstanding films over the years like 12 O’Clock high and the Battle of Britain. But the good ones are few in number. When Clint Eastwood’s “Sully” began the other night, I was hoping one of my favorite dire...
Tags: Chicago, Tom Hanks, Canada, Britain, Clint Eastwood, Aviation, Airlines, Pearl Harbor, Airline Safety, Ntsb, Skiles, Hudson River, Sully, Eastwood, Airline Pilot, The Buzz

How a Chick Landed in the Cockpit

Sometimes you accidentally become a pilot.
Tags: Spotlight, Editorials, Airline Pilot

Left Behind by the On-Time Machine

On-time departures are a critical aspect of airline operations and how they are viewed by the flying public. However, is it worth sacrificing passenger satisfaction in some instances in order to stay on time?
Tags: Spotlight, Editorials, Airlines, Department Of Transportation, Time Machine, Airline Delay, Airline Pilot, Gate Agent