Month: August 2013

Do you want fries with that visual approach? The International Air Transportation Association (IATA), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have opposing solutions to address the problem of a world wide pilot shortage. After a rash of “pilot error” accidents …

The Pilot Shortage, Visual Approaches and Mc-Pilots Read More »

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Early Naval Aviation in the United States was a time of innovation and fantastic ideas. My personal favorite was the Rigid Airship Aircraft Carriers of the early 1930s. Essentially blimps that carried and operated fighters from within. USS Akron (ZRS-4) …

Rigid Airships (ZRS 3,4+5), airborne aircraft carriers: Naval Aviation History (part 2) Read More »

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As Aviators, when we hear or read about an accident we compartmentalize and coldly analyze it. We push it away emotionally and key on the technical, operational and procedural errors. It is a form of self preservation; because deep down, …

TWA-800: 13,760 Feet-My Personal Hole in the Sky :TWA-800 Read More »

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THE HISTORY OF NAVAL AVIATION (part 1). In my Aviation Trilogy: Project Seven Alpha, Vengeance at Midway and Guadalcanal and very soon End Game in the Pacific; I try to thrill the reader and show the adventure of flight. Books …

USS Langley: The History of Naval Aviation (part 1) Read More »

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I’ve often been asked the difference: Day is basically a race track pattern; a flight enters the break at 800 feet and after passing the carrier turns hard to the down wind. In the break the jet decelerates to landing …

Day and Night Aircraft Carrier Landings (split screen) Read More »

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In my last post I commented that nothing has changed except the aircraft. This video verifies that…except for the non-standard hand signals? And here is what it is all about: chip

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