Boeing Super F-18.
I’m not a terribly patriotic Canadian, but I think this is an interesting story worth following.
Hegemony, aerospace, and the military industry industrial complex make for great reading when trying to understand the 51st State “nort of de border” as we say in Maine. Richard Aboulafia writes extensively about the link between US prime contractors and the Canadian companies that play second fiddle as subcontractors for US aerospace manufacturing.
It is really hard to fight when we are so intertwined. Bonne chance Justin. Donald, more reading recommended.
Image credit to therogueaviator.com
For those of us that extract money from airplanes and aerospace related things, the evolution of the pilot archetype fascinates me.
Jeff Friedrich outlines the current trend of the marginalization of skilled labor in one of the best articles on the subject. Labor, regulation, technology and business models conspire to forsake a key ingredient – people.
While many debate that automation will do us in anyway, why not have some competent people around just in case?
If Elon Musk has anything to say about it (prediction), it might not be a bad idea to keep them even better trained and fed too. The car you can park. For critical aircraft failures, why not have a pilot with a compass and watch? And throw in some half decent training and compensation for good measure.
DHC 2 Beaver near San Francisco
Thank you to the many pilots and supporters that turned out yesterday at the Marin County Civic Center. Common sense has prevailed and Richardson’s Bay will continue to have Seaplane Adventures operating as part of the fabric it has been there for 70 years.
This also means I can keeping adding seaplane ratings to private and commercial tickets. Bravo Aaron and the rest of the gang.
My images are normally fatter and shorter. But you really need to see this ramp in taller format to get the point about pilot pay that I’ll try to make on the coat tails of someone with much more clout on the matter.
Routes of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and Singapore Airlines Flight 351, including airspace restrictions
Mark Zee’s statement above is sticking in my mind as I prepare for the IFR add on to my CFI. Mainly because I see it leaking into how we learn.
Archaic CFII and IFR prep questions remind me that much aviation is more about a right of passage than learning.
Becoming a rockstar at decoding weather outputs should make you wonder. And on a more crazy note, let’s look at the rafts of NOTAMs we’re all asked to process – before each flight. Then consider that a NOTAM’s obvious urgency could have saved Malaysia MH17.
What if the crew knew what the NOTAM meant, that would have saved their lives?