Monthly Archives: January 2013

Blood Red Moon

A cold front had swept the skies of the southern states clean, from Texas to The Smokey Mountains. Our MD-80 climbed steeply in the cool air it left behind, turning east a bright red light appeared on the horizon. A

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Are Boeing’s problems systemic of America’s?

The B-787 is a great design; maybe they need to put the designers back in charge instead of bean counters. Above is the last sentence of an article I wrote a few days ago about Boeing’s problems. After reading a

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The real problem with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner?

Is outsourcing the culprit? Little has been written about what is clearly the 787’s biggest program problem. Boeing embraced outsourcing to save time and money; neither happened. In fact it is safe to say the jeopardy that Boeing finds itself

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Boeing 787

I snapped this picture in LAX just days before the Boeing 787 was grounded. While it has had more than one problem the critical one that grounded the fleet is its lithium batteries over heating. The biggest problem for Boeing

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F-35C Catapult Testing

Catapult testing of the F-35C. Before the Navy takes an aircraft to sea for carrier suitability tests they start at Lakehurst New Jersey. An exact replica of a ship’s catapult and arresting gear is set in a runway for testing.

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Contributing Editor: Airways Magazine

As a Contributing Editor at Airways Magazine one of the things I’ve contributed to is a new Facebook page. For those interested in the Airlines or Airliners, both new and old, check it out. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Airways-Magazine/146901202095633?ref=hl Chip

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F-35A/B/C Lightning II

More of the F-35 Lightning II at work. Here is some video of all three variants of the F-35: Air Force, Navy and USMC. The land based cat tests look good; it comes off the deck well. I’d love to

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American Airlines New Look

American Airlines has new livery; or for those not in the industry. A new paint job. The silver birds of American’s long and storied history will soon be gone. AA’s distinctive look, since even before the days that I wrote

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Pilots vs. Auto-pilots

A quick post from Cleveland. In my books, Project 7 Alpha and Vengeance, I try and show that it is the pilot or aviator not the machine that is paramount. Last night we flew into Cleveland after a long day.

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Art Imitating Life

Or is it: Life Imitating Art? Full circle actually. Chapter 22 of Project Seven Alpha is about Ding Hoa, a puppy adopted by the pilots flying the hump in WWII. Ding was found living near a DC-3 fuselage converted to

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