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Leading Edge Blog

Slip Sliding Away—but a really great touchdown !!

Not the way songwriter Paul Simon intended, this week’s blog is about stopping on the available runway. The accident statistics show pilots are much attracted to the far end of a landing runway. There are multiple reasons: Excess speed is one, and water is another. Water is a universal lubricant and one of its less endearing qualities is that it […] Read More

May 27, 2015

Pissing genies and the aircraft electric

With apologies for the headline, writer Earnest K. Gann eloquently stated that, “Somewhere in the heavens there is a great invisible genie who every so often lets down his pants and pisses all over the pillars of science.” Despite advanced and redundant systems we remain as vulnerable as ever. Engines and certain mechanical systems were often the reason of a […] Read More

May 6, 2015

Placards needed or are we idiots?

Most of the placards plastered on my aircraft are just there, like wall paper, and I usually look right through them. But while communing with the aircraft one rainy afternoon in the hangar, I got to thinking about why they existed—did the FAA require them or did the manufacturer get sued for not telling someone […] Read More

April 22, 2015

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