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Pilotless Planes? Perhaps we’re nearly there!

It’s tantalizing (perhaps) to think that pilotless aircraft may soon be plying the skies. We’re not talking about UAS or drones but those with passengers on board. Of course, some will argue that we’ve had that for years with someone occupying the pilot’s seat but with the autopilot doing most of the work. Most of the […] Read More

January 16, 2015

A jet goes down

This week a Phenom 100 business jet crashed about a mile from the Gaithersburg, Maryland, Montgomery County Airpark (KGAI) runway. The jet plunged into a house with a young mother and two children inside who perished along with the pilot and two passengers. Annually, there are very few off-airport ground fatalities, which make these accidents dramatic and newsworthy. No […] Read More

December 10, 2014

Electro-vision

Last time we talked about a VFR training flight that tangled with mountainous terrain in the dark, and there was some discussion regarding synthetic vision or syn-vis. I had recommended the old-fashioned way of looking at the chart, VFR or IFR, to determine the Maximum Elevation Figure (MEF) or the Minimum Obstruction Clearance Altitude (MOCA) and Off […] Read More

December 4, 2014

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