Flying a Jet in the Los Angeles Storms, December 12, 2014.

An excellent view into a professional aircrew at work.

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“That’s some catch, that Catch-22.” –Captain Yossarian, Catch-22

Here’s the deal, captain: you’re flying a 65 ton jet into Orange County airport, the famously short 5,700 foot runway. The stopping distance required there is increased drastically if that runway is wet–and yesterday, “wet” was an understatement: Los Angeles was drenched in a ten-year storm dumping inches of rain in a matter of hours.

And here’s the catch: you want to have the least amount of fuel–which is weight–on board for landing to permit stopping on the short, rain-slicked runway, but at the same time, as much as possible for a divert if necessary to Los Angeles International Airport or to Ontario Airport, both of which have long runways.

But it gets worse. The best bet for a diversion is Ontario, because the inbound air traffic is light compared to always busy LAX. But you’ve been watching on radar two thunderstorms…

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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014: video retrospective

AirVenture this year was outstanding, as always.

History of the F-35B Swivel Duct

Code One has a fascinating article about the origins and history of the three-bearing swivel duct that is at the heart of the F-35B propulsion system.

Image credit: Tom Reynolds/Lockheed Martin


Cessna Citation Latitude first flight

Cessna flew the Citation Latitude on February 18, 2014, the latest member of its outstandingly successful Citation family of business jets.

F-111 Crew Escape Module Development

Video report by McDonnell Aircraft, 1965 or so.

Bruce C. Murray, RIP



Former JPL Director Bruce C. Murray died on August 29. Murray was at the helm of JPL from 1976 to 1982, during a very busy time for planetary exploration – when the Viking spacecraft landed on Mars, and Voyager 1 and 2 were launched and flew by Jupiter and Saturn.

Flying’s 51 Heroes of Aviation

Of course it’s impossible to narrow it down to just 51. Who would you add or subtract from the list?

20th SOS CV-22B in action in Afghanistan

An impressive video.

Ed Rasimus, RIP

Ed Rasimus, decorated USAF fighter pilot and a fine author, died on January 30, 2013.


Gulfsteam G280 pilot report

$24 million buys a very, very nice airplane.