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Bathroom Breaks – part 4 – conclusion

I was flying a fully loaded, C-177 Cardinal in a trio of aircraft rented from the Edmonton Flying Club on a tour of the foothills southbound from Edmonton to Rocky Mountain House, then south to Calgary. My bladder began making me seriously regret my morning coffee. As we neared Calgary, the “pain” became urgent and… Continue reading Bathroom Breaks – part 4 – conclusion

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Information Blizzard?

This article raises some issues of huge significance for airline safety: https://medium.com/@markzee/why-pilots-are-reading-a-reel-of-telegrams-in-the-cockpit-5ff6efd93db3 Air Canada 759 missed the one telling them that 28R was closed in San Fransisco, so they tried to land on the taxiway. Only an alert United crew prevented the worst crash in American history, and then only by 14 feet, or 1 second.… Continue reading Information Blizzard?

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Airline Pilot: A Day in the Life (a short excerpt from my latest book)

Here's a quick sketch of how an airline pilot's day begins at our imaginary airline, GooseAir: Departure Time: -03H:15M  The alarm clock sounds… As I stumble to the bathroom, my few functional brain cells discover that I already know what city I'm in -- without having to read the cover on the phone book. Home.… Continue reading Airline Pilot: A Day in the Life (a short excerpt from my latest book)