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Pilotless aircraft: A great idea for Michael O’Leary (and a bad one for co-pilots)

by John on November 29, 2012

Over the next few weeks, a twin-engined Jetstream will fly from the Warton Aerodrome in Lancashire towards Scotland but it won’t be an ordinary flight as the aircraft will be pilotless according to the Economist. That’s not […]


This summer one of my skydiving students named David noticed me limping around on my bad hip and offered to see if he could help me.  Turns out he’s a sports therapist who works on a lot of NFL and NBA players.    After examining me he determined that if he started me on a […]

The Robots Are Coming

I’d encourage number one son to join the Navy and shoot for becoming a Naval Aviator but the way things are going he’d probably end being a robot technician.  Pilot-less aircraft flying off carriers, so lame.  I don’t think I want to live in this world anymore.

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The Rescue Of The Stormin’ Norman, Part One

In the 1990’s I had a small skydiving operation on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin islands that my friend John and I ran for two winters.  We would’ve continued to operate it longer than two years but our wives realized that while they were stuck in the snowy north land taking […]

More Oops


All 29 aboard an Embraer-E120ER Brasilia turboprop survived a ditching off the Comoros Islands near Mozambique Tuesday; one passenger, a military officer, told Reuters he saw fuel leaking out of the aircraft “like an open tap” after takeoff. The aircraft, a T-tail low wing, was operated by Inter-Iles Air, carrying 25 passengers and four crew. […]

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Be Serious


One of the advantages of being on an IFR flight plan or using flight following when flying cross country is the help ATC gives you with traffic avoidance.  Even though it is indeed a big sky out there collisions do occur, I lost five good friends in a mid-air between a skydiving plane and a […]

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