Where is the emergency ?

When was the last time you had an emergency, a real one? Everyone will have their own creative interpretation on the matter. A perceived emergency will vary from one individual to another. Experience will bring its own bias. One way or another, an ocean separates a stressful situation where a pilot gets busy and an… Read more »

Going faster

… an important aspect aside from flying the aircraft, was flying the aircraft as intelligently as possible.

Paradigms

Paradigms or changing the way you see the environment. This not about the loose change in your pocket. Paradigms are about ones narrow view of the world. They are the basis of systemic stagnation. The last place one wants to hear about paradigms is in the flight deck. Cockpit resource management Understanding paradigms and their… Read more »

Refurbishing project

Tired of that old rustic interior with colonial seating and tape covered cracked side panels? Depending on how much time you spend aboard your favourite aircraft, comfort (read fatigue) will sooner or later become a concern. This old aircraft Honest folks, let’s admit it. After spending a few hours sitting in a beat up old… Read more »

The return home (3)

The conclusion of the North Atlantic crossing aboard the PA-30 All this previous talk about planing was coming to bear. Great weather at Narsarsuak and friendly welcome made for a relaxed atmosphere. Frankly, I would personally have cherished the project of staying a couple of days for some hiking. But as mentioned earlier in the… Read more »

13 minutes

Many will claim that there is nothing more troubling than a fire onboard a wooden ship at sea. Aviators know there is worst: a fire in flight. Total recall 11 years ago I have written an article for the aviation magazine «Plein Vol». It dealt with fires in aircraft. I have decided to refresh this… Read more »

What happened to the crossing?

The PA-30 project of refurbishing is actually making progress. It appears I may even fly the Twin Comanche within a few weeks. The side effect of course is this time thing or lack thereof. I should be able to relate the finishing touch to our journey across the North Atlantic very shortly. Thank you for… Read more »

Another long night…

The weather briefing documents where all over the place. Progs and high level charts where a mess with no clear indications but rough conditions. The worst part was light winds.

The return home (2)

Having options available is a great safety enhancement and confidence builder. Then and only then flying becomes a solid operation. Solid operations are good! Flight planing out of BIRK On the morning of August 28th, Iceland was still covered by the low pressure system. This forbade any hope of a scenic flight once again. We… Read more »