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That Knobby Little Wheel

Like most student pilots, I tended to fly with the type of casual touch that my primary instructor described with the term 'death grip.'

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Technology Transitions – up and down

There have been some unexpected airline pilot retirements lately - unexpected because the captain had not reached age 60. This early retirement was not because of pay cuts or poor working conditions, it was because he or she was asked to move to a ‘glass cockpit” airplane and the upward technology transition was just too much. Is it hard to teach an old dog new tricks?

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Taxiway Incursion

My MD-88 flight from Atlanta rocketed down final approach at the Class C primary airport in Florida this hot Monday morning. From seat 19A I spied a Seneca in the run-up area at the end of the eastbound runway. (A lot of flight training originates from this airport.) The twin Piper sat cocked into the wind, the forward cabin door open as the instructor tried despondently to capture some of the last of the prop blast before sentencing himself and his student to the broiling cabin.

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Talking Heads

Driving to Distraction: We've all noticed greater coverage in the media lately regarding the increasing number of automotive accidents attributed to the use of cell phones while driving -- so what about talking while flying?

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