• August
  • 11
  • 2017
  • Sheila Wallace

On July 10, 2017, former Anheuser-Busch CEO August Adolphus Busch IV was arrested after police say he tried to fly a helicopter while allegedly intoxicated. Officers reported Busch had "mumbled and slurred" speech to the point "it was difficult to understand" and that he was unable to follow some directions....


  • July
  • 13
  • 2017
  • Jared VanLue

During a recent descent, I was faced with a difficult decision about what altitude I was supposed to descend to. I had been cleared to "DESCEND VIA" the ANTHM3 RNAV into KBWI. As you can see from the image, the lowest altitude listed for landing to the east is 4000'...


  • July
  • 10
  • 2017
  • Ryan Retelle

This past winter, general aviation pilots around the Northeast had the opportunity to purposely land on an icy runway. The snow was plowed to create a 2300' x 100' runway for about a two-week window in February. This provided recreational pilots a destination in Alton Bay, NH to land their...


  • July
  • 05
  • 2017
  • Jared VanLue

Something I've been thinking about lately regarding security has nothing to do with the airplane. I'm pretty adventurous on layovers and like to explore different cities. It's one of the perks of the job, right? I often go out alone because it's usually daytime and I'm a fast walker. I'm...


  • July
  • 03
  • 2017
  • Ryan Retelle

The summer season is a great time to enjoy some refreshing lemonade, get your list of house projects completed, and attend the Takeoff and Landing Performance Assessment (TALPA) Update Meeting hosted by the FAA. On July 11-12, 2017, stakeholders who are involved in the TALPA process will attend a working...


  • June
  • 29
  • 2017
  • Dan Boedigheimer

InFO 17006, Use of the Localized Aviation Model-Output-Statistics (MOS) Program (LAMP), Weather Product. The FAA doesn't even keep you in suspense. They give it away in the short title they give to their InFO products. Don't worry, there won't be a quiz at the end and it is not likely...


  • June
  • 26
  • 2017
  • Chris Tranbarger

Regulatory reform. The phrase alone generally tends to make one cringe. Why? Because when we hear it, we expect more regulation, and regulation by its very nature creates limits, prohibitions, and/or requirements on how we conduct ourselves and our businesses in the course of operating aircraft for a living. I'll...


  • June
  • 20
  • 2017
  • Tony Wallace

We were in Morristown, NJ (MMU) for a trip to Bedford, MA (BED). It was a relatively short flight and our last leg of the day. We would be at the hotel before dark and would be the end of a great day of flying. The weather at Morristown was...


  • June
  • 16
  • 2017
  • Tony Wallace

Mayday, Mayday, Mayday!! You are cruising along at FL410, and you have just crossed 30 West eastbound to Dublin, Ireland. So far, everything has been uneventful and you have about three hours remaining in your flight. You are actually becoming bored and ready to get to your destination, when suddenly...


  • June
  • 13
  • 2017
  • Sheila Wallace

I was doing some research for a Part 135 Operator regarding dry ice. In the process, I discovered that there have been very few reported incidents involving carbon dioxide incapacitation aboard aircraft resulting from the sublimation of dry ice. In the incidents that have been reported, the aircrew recognized symptoms...


  • June
  • 01
  • 2017
  • Anna Kozak

Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) is fundamental to the foundation in the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). The FAA mandate is to install ADS-B Out equipment for aircraft flying in US airspace by January 1, 2020 (above 10,000 feet or in Class B or C airspace); however, aircraft...


  • May
  • 30
  • 2017
  • Anna Kozak

Until January 2008, ICAO's standards and recommended procedures (SARPs) required only that aviation personnel in contact with international flight operations master a set of words and phrases known as "ICAO Radio Telephony Phraseology." As you might imagine, there is a significant difference between a relatively limited set of technical aviation...


  • May
  • 25
  • 2017
  • Anna Kozak

In January 2017, new OSHA rules tightened the requirements to help prevent falls from ladders and raised work platforms. The new rules are primarily focused on the construction industry, but also apply to aviation maintenance technicians workers in hangars. Incorporated in the new rule are advances in technology, industry best...


  • May
  • 22
  • 2017
  • Tony Wallace

We were enroute from Guadalajara, Mexico (MMGL) to Laredo, TX (KLRD). Laredo was a Customs stop. We only had one short leg after Laredo and we would be done for the day. It was early afternoon; the weather was beautiful. The Big Sky, Little Airplane theory is wide open spaces,...


  • May
  • 17
  • 2017
  • Jared VanLue

Remember our initial discussion on the Hawker 700 crash in Akron, OH? If not, review that blog post. Many people wonder "why didn't the Captain take over"? In this situation, I actually agree with the PIC's decision to let the SIC fly the leg. I've come to the conclusion that...


  • May
  • 12
  • 2017
  • Tony Wallace

We departed Punta Gorda, FL (KPGD) enroute to Houston Hobby (KHOU) and were cleared to climb to 11,000 feet. The weather was typical for southern Florida in the spring time—2000 Broken and 10 miles. A couple of minutes after takeoff, while climbing above the broken layer, we received a TA...


  • May
  • 10
  • 2017
  • Jared VanLue

The NTSB released their factual report of a Hawker 700 crash in Akron, OH (KAKR) a few months ago, and the facts are a little disturbing. As usual, it's never the one event that causes an accident, but a combination of factors. As a CFI-I with 20 years of experience, type...


  • April
  • 27
  • 2017
  • Tony Wallace

You are rapidly climbing to FL370. Your requested flight level is 390, but ATC has restricted you to FL370 due to an Airbus 319 flying in the opposite direction and maintaining FL380. You are climbing very well today and your rate of climb is 3000 feet/min. When you pass FL361...


  • April
  • 11
  • 2017
  • Chris Tranbarger

On March 31, 2017, President Donald Trump reappointed Robert Sumwalt to a two-year term as vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and announced his intention to renominate Sumwalt to another five-year term on the board. Vice Chairman Sumwalt is a pilot's pilot serving on the board, not...


  • March
  • 07
  • 2017
  • Phil Taylor

The FAA recently released an updated version of the Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (PHAK) and there have been some changes that are worth noting. What was formerly an entire 24-page PHAK Appendix devoted to Runway Incursion Avoidance in the last issue has been compressed to 6 pages in Chapter...


  • March
  • 01
  • 2017
  • Greg Lamb

You have been examined and issued a medical by the AME, the mechanics have completed the aircraft inspections, your international paperwork has been checked and double checked, and your preflight checks are all done. Are you ready for your international flight? You may be, but is your passport? The condition...


  • January
  • 09
  • 2017
  • Greg Lamb

With a new year comes new challenges, but Father Time is poised to deliver flight crews operating in North America a belated holiday gift. New regulations, guidance, policies, and procedures are commonplace for pilots, so we will gladly welcome changes that simplify our lives. In 2016, ICAO recommended that member...


  • December
  • 19
  • 2016
  • Sheila Wallace

Every now and then, the aviation gods drop a gem in your lap such as this—a lawyer attempting to drop the charges against his client. His client is a pilot who, fortunately, was stopped before (allegedly) flying intoxicated. The facts at hand are this: Blood alcohol content 0.343 (8 times...


  • November
  • 29
  • 2016
  • Anna Kozak

ADS-B surveillance technology allows aircraft to use GPS to share accurate position data with ATC and other aircraft. Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) is the standard generic term for satellite navigation systems with global coverage. GPS is specific to the United States' GNSS system. This allows continuous and automatic broadcasts...


  • September
  • 28
  • 2016
  • Ryan Retelle

Within the Notice to Airman Publication (NTAP) Part 4, Graphic Notices Section 1, General – Cold Temperature Restricted Airports, is a list of updated airports that are affected when cold temperatures influence the terrain clearance for instrument approach procedures. Pilots are instructed to apply a cold temperature error correction (Temp...



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