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Flights to Remember

I was recently asked to contribute to the Turbine Edition of AOPA Pilot magazine. My first article: a series of "flights to remember". Read more ?

Other Aspects Of The 2017 Tax Cuts And Jobs Act Impacting Business Aviation

In addition to clarifying the exemption of aircraft management services from FET (which I discussed in my February 9, 2018 post), the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the "Act") also included several other provisions with a direct impact on business aviation: Repeal of 1031 Like-Kind Exchanges for Aircraft and Other Personal Property. Show More Summary

Instructional Techniques: Reinventing the Wheel

The techniques we use to teach instrument flying are sometimes panned as old, inefficient, or boring. I take exception with that viewpoint. Read more ?

How Do You Respond To A Request For Reexamination?

If you are involved in an accident or incident and the FAA finds out about it, which it usually does, it is quite possible that you may receive a letter from the FAA requesting that you submit to

A Pilot’s Best Friend

A good flight attendant can be one of the most valuable features of a business aircraft, but they don't always get the respect and recognition they deserve. Read more ?

Does That Certificate Of Insurance Really Say You Are Covered?

If someone operates an aircraft that is insured by another party (e.g. a lessee leasing the aircraft from the aircraft owner or another operator of the aircraft where that lessor has an existing policy insuring the aircraft) and theShow More Summary

Stupid Pilot Tricks

Stupid pilot tricks come in many shapes and sizes. Here's one in the shape of Hawker 800 which was captured by at least one enterprising photographer at the recent NBAA convention in Las Vegas. Read more ?

What Do You Do When The FAA Denies Your Medical Application Because Your Physician Made The Wrong Diagnosis?

I was recently asked this question by an airman in this very difficult situation. When the airman was younger, the airman was diagnosed as having bipolar disorder. More recently the airman was evaluated by a new doctor who told the airman that, in the doctor

Flight School Security Awareness Training: Are You In Compliance?

After 9/11, the TSA determined that flight schools and flight instructors were in a position to help provide security in the aviation environment. As a result, the TSA enacted regulations requiring both flight schools and independent...Show More Summary

NBAA Interview

My last post resulted in a call from NBAA to appear on their podcast for an interview about America's air traffic control system. Read more ?

The Big Lie: ATC Stuck in the 1960s

Proponents of ATC privitization claim that American air traffic control is "stuck in the 1960s". When the hyperbole and sensationalism are set aside, the facts seem to tell another story. Read more ?

Pencil Whipping Has No Business In Aviation

To this day, I am still amazed at the number of pilots and aviation professionals I run into who think it is OK to "pencil whip" a document. Some pilots trying to build time toward their next certificates/ratings may add "parker pen time" to their pilot logbooks. Show More Summary

Know Thyself

Some pilots are so happy with their flying career while others seem truly miserable -- even when they're both doing the same job. Is the difference simply a matter of perspective? Or is there something else at work here? Read more ?

Twin time

The club has obtained a shiny new (well, not really new, but fairly low time) Diamond DA-42 Twin Star. I'd been telling myself that I was going to buy an hour in a twin engined aircraft to broaden my horizons a little and check off somethings on my New Years list. Show More Summary

What Should You Do When ATC Asks You To Call?

If you ever find yourself in this position, it is important to understand that you do not have to make that call. You are under no legal obligation (regulation or otherwise) to place the call. The request is not an ATC instruction under FAR

When Things Go Sideways

There aren't many second chances in life -- and there are even fewer in aviation. One error and you're out of a job! I've seen several examples of this recently, and it leaves me wondering if we might be missing out on an opportunity make aviation safer. Read more ?

What Are "Maintenance Instructions" And Why Should You Care?

If you are an air carrier operating aircraft with nine passenger seats or less under 14 C.F.R. Part 135, you know that

What You Need To Know About Letters Of Authorization

Do you fly in RVSM airspace? Or do you manage aircraft that fly in RVSM airspace? Do you fly air tours under

Fuelish Decisions

For the charter/corporate pilot, determining if, when, how much, and where to purchase fuel can be rather complex... and getting it wrong can cost a fortune. Here's a look at the decision-making process. Read more ? Related posts: Fueling...Show More Summary

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