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Leading Edge Blog

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

Media madness and dangers of flight

Just when the fear-of-flying hysteria couldn’t get worse it did. How does this affect GA? The Germanwings tragedy is high on everyone’s mind right now and Talk TV is trying to assess the mental health of pilots while messing up everyone else’s with their inane commentary. In my prior life overseeing nuclear weapons (which my friends acknowledge […] Read More

April 8, 2015

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