Monthly Archives: February 2014

GAO Report on pilot shortage verifies it is tied to low wages

The Government Accountability Office report on pilot work force, stated the biggest cause for the current shortage was low pay rates. As my article stated yesterday the approximate 24,000 dollar a year jobs are simply not drawing pilots. The numbers

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PILOT SHORTAGE: why you can NOT trust data in the press

I recently read an article lambasting a Wall Street Journal article by Ashely Rowe of Wanted Analytics. The data is so flawed, the conclusions are fantasy. The Wall Street Journal article written by Jack Nicas and Susan Carey was spot

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BUCKET LIST: is dogfighting on yours?

Is slashing through the skies in a fighter locked in combat on your bucket list? Unfortunately that is a tough fill. Here is a video compilation that at least puts you there for a few minutes. leland Read more about

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Phantom Attack (part 3)

BLUEBIRD transmitted over the shot common frequency meant an Aegis Class Cruiser had entered the fight. Not good! The Aegis class was an SM-2-ER shooter, a particularly nasty Surface to Air Missile (SAM). The Spy 1 radar system could literally

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Why the Pilot Shortage is here and now

A Pilot Shortage is here and now, this picture illustrates why. The Greyhound Ad looking for drivers provides not only proof but irony. In the advertisement the printed starting hourly wage for a Bus Driver is $21 an hour. Most

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Phantom Phlashback…in the Phight! (part 2)

“Bloodhound 101, LA Center, switch Beaver control 354.5” “Flight go.” I dialed the manual frequency in the UHF radio. “Beaver Control, Bloodhound 101 flight of four Phantoms checking in for your control.” “Roger Bloodhound, squawk 1001, have your section leader

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Phantom II Plashback (part 1)

“Tower, Bloodhound 101, flight of four, take off.” “Bloodhound 101, Point Mugu tower, you are clear to take off runway 11.” I tapped my helmet over the ear then held up 5 fingers to switch my flight to button 5

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ENDGAME In Print!

For those that like to curl up with a good book; a paper book. ENDGAME is now available in soft cover. Treehouse did a fantastic job, I’m very pleased! leland

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My Favorite Destination– a Blogging in Formation Post

My favorite Destination? As a pilot there are so many variables, so many things to consider: Manhattan rising majestically in the night sky as I descend over the Hudson River. It’s skyscrapers lit like a futuristic metropolis in a science

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