Let me rephrase – Aviation isn’t always perfect. Yes your read that correctly. This coming from a guy that absolutely loves everything about aviation but i reiterate it isn’t always perfect. What do I mean by that? Not everyone loves flying as much as most of us pilots do and with that comes certain challenges when it comes to flying with passengers. Most people’s experience … Continue reading Aviation Isn’t Perfect
I have four stories to share with you. Story #1 It was about 10 years ago. I was doing a little bit of instrument work with my little brother Chris, who is a CFII. We were flying a Cessna 182RG, shooting approaches. I told him that I didn’t want to shoot any missed approaches because I wanted to do some actual landings in the 182RG. … Continue reading Technique vs. Procedure
“People always ask me why I fly….. I always have the same standard answers about how I’ve always loved it, and how as a kid I loved airplanes, etc….. I just wish I could somehow make them understand how this feels. It’s 6:30 am…..there’s no one around….its just me and the airplane. The winds are calm, the temperature is cool and the sun is just … Continue reading Why I Fly
Pilots are peculiar people, aren’t we? We spend thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours learning to fly in search of the best $200 hamburger (inflation). After each check ride we puff our chest out and hold our head up a bit higher. For good reason, right? Being a pilot is as cool as it gets. Flying for an airline in the 121 world has … Continue reading Let’s just go around
405. It’s a lousy credit score, an amazing batting average and a busy California freeway. Last night, it was our flight number. I’m Christopher Rocha, a husband, father and an Airbus 320 Captain with Jet Blue Airways based in Boston, Massachusetts. As co-founder of On The Upwind Flying Club’s blog, I will attempt to bring you the airline pilot’s side of the aviation business. I must … Continue reading The 405
“A recreational flight for two pilots almost turned into their last, as they’re small plane began having major engine issues high up in the air. The pilots showed extreme calm in this frightening situation, and it’s a nice reminder that the people controlling these planes are really good at what they do.” – Right This Minute Continue reading Pilots Turn Potential Disaster into Safe Emergency Landing
That’s a great question. It is one that will trouble many pilots long after this blog has been posted and read. Usually the question is in regards to being able to make a safe flight in seemingly changing weather conditions. Unfortunately, many pilots have made the wrong decision and aren’t here to tell us about it. I want to tell you about the … Continue reading Should We Stay The night?