Category Archives: Aviation Species

Fly Your Dog?

A key consideration for your next Cessna 140 modified bush plane: Can you fit the hound? So you purchased a 1947 Cessna 140, put some bush tires on it, and your therapist feels that this is a good direction (and … Continue reading

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NASA Humor: “That wing sure is critical”

I found this image on reddit and realized that since criticism and CRM are topics of interest, this would be a nice post to prime the pump for an upcoming article I’ll be doing on the supercritical wing. The interesting thing about … Continue reading

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Accepting Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or Drones) to the rest of us, are something that we all kind of know is growing (8.5% of US Air Force as of this article) but somehow we think that we won’t be around when … Continue reading

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Staying Relevant as an Astronaut or Bus Driver

Glamor fades.  Whether it is the sun, radiation, or just the sum total of alcohol consumed by pilots, the trend is that we are on our way out.  And many of us don’t like such talk.  But this article on … Continue reading

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Surfair Suffering from Convention

Revolution is tough without that disruptive nugget.  Not having that nugget has led Surfair to retreat into the conventional operation of what could have been a novel membership based system.  I’ve followed them since their birth since I’m no stranger to the concept of … Continue reading

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The Way Flying Machines Should Look

As a big fan of simplicity, biomimicry and a few other big words that designers and engineers throw around, I like to think of the reality of our current design paradigm as stuck.  Stuck with convention, regulation and conformity.  Leaving the … Continue reading

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Simulation for Management?

Like Noam Chomsky, I’m not a huge fan of NPR, but when I do listen, I’m sure to put on my critical thinking hat in order to evaluate whether it’s leakage from mainstream media or something of actual value.  The … Continue reading

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