Category: Pilot shortage

Over a decade ago I made a New Years Resolution to finish my first novel, Project Seven Alpha. I’m the type of person that does better under a deadline; this effort was no different and I drug myself across the …

New Years Resolution 2014 Read More »

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The below aviation Week article seems written in defense of the MPL program European carriers are now utilizing. It’s analysis in my opinion is dangerously flawed and contradictory. First it is framed in the view of a single seat fighter …

Aviation Week Viewpoint; flawed analysis Read More »

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On 15 August 1983, a 24 year old with a mere 165 hours of total flight time, landed a twin engine jet on an aircraft carrier solo. A super natural pilot? Nope, an average jet SNA (Student Naval Aviator). That …

Experience vs. Intense Training (MPL) Read More »

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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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Angle of Attack – Excerpt 1 from Thomas Lennon Films on Vimeo. The more things change, the more they stay the same. In my book Vengeance, I write about students going to “the boat” for the first time. Watching this …

Aircraft Carrier Landings; in my old squadron VT-21 Read More »

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After reading an Editorial in Wednesdays Wall Street Journal (Bring in the Robots) I felt compelled to respond. In my books (Project 7 Alpha, Vengeance and soon End Game) I write about basic flying skills and then build on them …

My Response to Wall Street Journal Editorial on Cockpit Automation Read More »

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Power + Attitude = Performance Lesson #1, day #1 of flight training. The most basic requirement of flying any type of fixed wing aircraft; keep enough air flow over the wing to keep it flying. I’ve climbed straight up for …

Asiana 777 crash in San Fransisco: what really happened Read More »

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As my readers know I have been writing about a looming pilot shortage for years. The world economic downturn, age 65, industry consolidation and gutted airline pilot contracts; have all slowed the pace. Two things are now evident: first, retirements …

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This is what happens when you dumb down the profession; it will get worse with pilot shortage. All I can say is, Wow! chip Pilots sleep as flight attendant turns off autopilot on Bangkok-Delhi flight MUMBAI: Two Air India pilots …

Air India crew turns cockpit over to Flight Attendants to take a nap in first class Read More »

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My last post detailed a pilot recruitment program that to me is indentured servitude. Skywest Airlines has put in place a much better program. Contrast the two and then ask your self which program would you go with? Which program …

A better solution to the coming pilot shortage Read More »

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