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Best Laid Plans…

May 9th, 2009 · 2 Comments

I’d gotten everything ready to head on down to San Diego early tomorrow morning. The goal was to “set up camp” on a small patch of ground in Coronado’s Centennial Park from which I could photograph the 2009 Red Bull Air Race qualifying event. I’d borrowed a nice lawn chair from my sister’s RV. I’d […]

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Tags: Airshows · Lenses · Personal · Photography · Uncategorized

Load Factor…

April 2nd, 2009 · 3 Comments

During the month of March, I did something I don’t normally do. In addition to tracking the total time of each leg I fly in my little gray crew logbook, I decided to keep track of how many passengers I carried on each leg. It was interesting to see the changes from week to week […]

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Tags: Airliners · Aviation · Logbook · Operations · Uncategorized


March 30th, 2009 · No Comments

I don’t know exactly what’s been keeping me from writing for the blog, lately. I think it has at least partly to do with my recent discovery of Facebook, a site that I hate yet can’t seem to stop using. Rest assured, everything is still okay here. We became something of a victim of the […]

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Tags: Aviation · Operations · Personal · Photography

The Lens You Can’t Do Without…

January 22nd, 2009 · 3 Comments

A lot of people are into photography. With the price point of good digital SLR cameras coming down in recent years, there is a definite move towards these cameras over point-and-shoot types by people who want a little more “do-more-ability.” When people find out that I’m a photographer, I get a lot of technical questions […]

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Tags: Gear · Lenses · Photography · Tech/Geek

A Reinforcements Haiku…

January 18th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Round white office goods Reinforcing my Jepp charts Thanks, paper bungholes!

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Tags: Publications

Waterfowl and Weather Radar…

January 14th, 2009 · 7 Comments

Here’s one for Mythbusters! As we waited by runway 16L in Sacramento, CA yesterday morning, we were informed by the tower controller that there was a large flock of migratory waterfowl approaching the airport from the East. It appeared to him that they were traveling west-southwest and would cross over the departure end of the […]

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Tags: Aviation Safety

Old Stuff…

January 7th, 2009 · 2 Comments

I’ve got a thing for old stuff. Old books, for instance. I’ve got a small collection of first-edition hardbounds to prove it. I find it fun to sit and leaf through the books, wondering who’s hands they’ve been in…how the little scratch got onto the back cover…what brand of tobacco was smoked by a man […]

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Tags: Gear


January 7th, 2009 · 4 Comments

My company is in the process of developing a program that will revolutionize the way we navigate our aircraft from one point to another. We are transitioning to a “performance-based” navigation program, which will allow us to further automate the following of our planned flight path in all phases of flight. Essentially, we pilots will […]

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Tags: Airliners

So Long, 2008!!

January 2nd, 2009 · 5 Comments

A crazy year behind me now. My block time in the 737 for 2007 was 843 hours and 05 minutes. Slacking, clearly. That’s 24 hours less than last year (essentially one whole four-day trip less this year than last), and cleary shy of the 1,000 hour FAA maximum. Yes, every year there are a few […]

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Tags: Logbook

Flagship 3701 – Revisited

January 11th, 2006 · 9 Comments

Back in June, I discussed the crash of Pinnacle Airlines flight 3701 that occurred near Jefferson City, MO. In this month’s issue of Popular Mechanics, an article by Jim Gorman looks further into the events leading up to the wreck as they’ve been uncovered by the NTSB. Though there is quite a bit of information […]

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Tags: Airliners · Aviation · Operations · Uncategorized