Editor's Briefing

En Route: Comments Needed On Flight Service Program Changes

Ever eager to cut costs and “eliminate redundancies and underutilized services”, the Federal Aviation Administration has announced coming changes in the way pilots interact with Flight Service. Comments are being taken prior to implementation. Quotes from the announcement and T&T editorial remarks follow: “On October 1, 2015, the FAA will consolidate Flight Watch services into Read More

What Price Security?

On the night of March 30, 2003, Chicago’s Mayor Richard M. Daley directed an act of domestic terrorism by surreptitiously bulldozing the runway at Meigs Field, ending a long-running debate over maintaining convenient general aviation access to the City’s downtown. His excuse, at one point, was that his act was necessary for security reasons. In Read More

Editor’s Briefing: Greening Up

As I write this, the relentless grip of winter has receded and there is, finally, a solid week of spring weather showing its welcome face. Now we can get back to enjoying flying. Oh, sure, we did some aviating in the cold and slick times, but it was considerable work to accomplish. It’s so much Read More

Editor’s Briefing: Pearls Along The Path

%“Those who refuse to learn from their mistakes are doomed to repeat them,” states a loosely-recalled proverb. I’ve made plenty of mistakes and I’ve seen just about as many made by others, so I think I’ve accumulated a pretty good reference file at this point. The secret, of course, is to be receptive to the Read More

Editor’s Briefing: Nothing Else

Every so often, I, and probably you as well, get asked the question: “Why Do You Fly?”. While there can be varied and convoluted answers, it really boils down to “nothing else can do what it does.” When it comes to a business tool, only our company airplane can bring us home on an early Read More