Most people doubt that the FAA would inspect anything without finding a violation on some farfetched problem. Well doubt no more. Nothing is further from the truth. The inspection is just what it says it is: A courtesy evaluation.
Well, we're still here. The predicted end of life on earth (as we know it) didn't occur. Those of us who were fearful of the dreaded Y2K bug are still surfing the Web at warp speed. Now we all can get back to business as usual.
Once upon a time, a long time ago, there was a little airplane that could do anything, almost. No, this is not a fairy tale about an airplane, but rather a story about what happened to me and the airplane that I owned at the time.
Lying awake at night has its advantages. A person can solve all the ills of the world while trying to attain the elusive bliss that comes with uninterrupted sleep. I for one have had a spate of sleepless nights lately which prompted me to write this article.
Last month we had a meeting in our office at which the subject of pre-planning and communication came up. Aside from aviation-related subjects we have situations in our everyday lives that also require pre-planning and communication.
Gov. Sarah Palin on Tuesday appointed a former Anchorage lawyer with White House and State Department service to be Alaska's new attorney general, just weeks after state lawmakers rejected her last choice.
Several years ago the Federal Aviation Administration began a program to enhance safety called the Pilot Aircraft Courtesy Evaluation, or PACE. This program began as an opportunity for the pilot and/or aircraft owner to receive, free of charge, an inspection of their aircraft, aircraft records, pilot proficiency and pilot records. Now, you are probably thinking, "What sort of a gimmick is this anyhow?"
In the middle of December, I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of nurses from all over Southeast Alaska on the issue of aviation safety. The main topic of my talk was passenger rights. These people fly to outlying areas to render medical care on a regular basis. They had concerns about their personal safety when in small aircraft as well as large air carriers.
February is the month that some think of hearts and flowers, weddings and trips to Hawaii.
Do you like to gamble? A little trip to Las Vegas maybe? Or for those of us who have money to spare, Monte Carlo? Some of you who read my column might think that gambling is something to avoid for one reason or another. A waste of time. A waste of money.
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