Category Archives: Flying


Sheppard Air ATP 121 Test Installation on Mac OS X

On August 1, 2014, the FAA Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate requirements become significantly more difficult and expensive to qualify for. (It appears to only apply to multi-engine operation.) To be “grandfathered” under the old requirements, applicants must pass the … Continue reading

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Parking Problems

I’ve read thousands of airplane accident reports over the years, so I’ve had a pretty good idea of what went wrong with the Dreamliner battery system since Day One, even before the 787 was grounded by the FAA. But the … Continue reading

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Southwest Airlines 737-800 Coming Soon

Uh oh … if you’re a Southwest Airlines frequent flier, some bad news: they’re configuring the new 737-800 with 175 seats, 38 more than the 737-400. If you’re taller than average, good luck with your knees. Of course, Southwest is … Continue reading

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Garmin G500/G600 Links and Photos

I came across an interesting photo of a Piper Aztec twin with the Garmin G500 installed (see center of photo) on recently: 1973 Piper Aztec E N21LX with Garmin G500/G430W/G696/G350 “Flight Deck” That’s roughly a $40,000 panel upgrade. I … Continue reading

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Personal Flight Simulator Notes

There was an unusually large number of flight simulator setups for sale on eBay this January, with about 5 available ranging from $600 to $4,250 for a fairly new Precision Flight Controls (PFC) C2 setup. I guess it was spring … Continue reading

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