Category Archives: Safety Czar

Pattern Work, Landing and Teaching

I’m near certain that umpteen zillion posts have written about this subject.  Nevertheless, here I go with my addition to the pile. How do you teach students to land safely, who didn’t know how to fly a mere 10 hours … Continue reading

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NOTAMs: “What if, instead, the Authorities had simply written what they meant?”

  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 … Continue reading

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No Coffin in My Corner – Airplane Talk Demystified

One of the strangest flight characteristics to the uninitiated non-pilot types, or even fixed wing private pilots, is that jet aircraft have aerodynamic qualities in the upper flight level that are a design limitation: They can both overspeed and fall out … Continue reading

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BFL and why it matters

For those pilots out there this post will cause you to wonder “why is he writing that?” followed by: “I know about that.” I know you do – this isn’t for you.  It’s for everyone else.  With the high profile … 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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Boeing’s 787, Batteries and Growing Up Fast

The problem with new technology is that …. well… just so damn new all the time.  New, as in, you don’t recognize that battery running down the street.  Even though you thought you knew what a battery was, you actually … Continue reading

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Do Glass Cockpits Make Us Safer?

The topic of “does glass make us safer?”  caught my eye while reading this month’s BCA magazine.  (A related podcast here.) In the intelligence section there was a blurb on how the NTSB can’t correlate any improvement in safety stats … Continue reading

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