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Sleep Is Underrated

The drone of engines and the soft white noise of a radar room are soporifics more powerful than high school English class. It's not so bad falling asleep, but how you handle waking up....

Fuel Strainer Lottery

Every time you drain the tanks and don't get what you're looking for, you're a winner. Skip this step at your own risk....

Instructor Gets A YouTube Code Red

Make a minor mistake and it'll make YouTube for sure. Commit a major blunder and you're headed for viral legend....

Who's Afraid Of A Dead ASI?

Evidently, some people are. If your instructor didn't cover ASI-less flying in primary training, you've led a sheltered life....

Remembering ATC's Secret Weapon

You may think ATC runs on sophisticated radar and powerful computers that track every gnat in the sky. But it's the people who make it work....

Modern Navigators Are Unerring, But Also Numb To The Universe

Modern navigation requires no knowledge of anything beyond an on-off switch and a memory for step through menus. It's too bad, in a way....

Sure, You Voted. But Can You Renew Yourself?

For CFIs, flight reviews are mere bagatelles. It's the biennial renewal that makes a root canal look a better way to spend a Friday afternoon....

Runaway Terror

The Lion Air accident unleashes the dark demons of autopilots run amok. But for light airplanes, the imagining is worse than the reality....

Lion Air: A Media Muddle

For the working press, reporting on air crashes is a technical challenge. The recent Lion Air accident in Indonesia ramped up the challenge even more....

Seller Beware

Airplane sales are famously loosey-goosey. As a result, they are depressingly susceptible to fraud. Read this tale and maybe you'll avoid that....

ADS-B Apocalypse

We're not quite there yet, but you can see if from here. Avionics shops are scheduling out two or three months for installation and that delay may soon grow....

The Trouble With Trainers

Killer app and flight trainer don't go together in the same sentence for a reason. Trainers have a limited market, low margins and they're hard to sell. Yet no type of aircraft is more important to aviation's future....

ATC Wasn’t All Fun, Just Mostly

Working as a controller used to be more fun than it is now. And best part of working the tower cab is you got to see your mistakes in real time....

The Future Starts Today

Those of us who have been around aviation for a while have seen plenty of change?and those starting out in the industry today should expect even more....

Wait, You Mean Bernoulli Had It All Wrong?

It?s only by a twist of fortune that YouTube didn?t exist in 1738. Otherwise, airplanes still wouldn?t be a thing....