Banner Towing

A while back I shot some video and photos of banner towing operations with Beach Banners, based at Craig Airport in Jacksonville, FL.  Air-to-air, banner pickups, and photos taken over a few weekends. This video was shot with the window open so it’s noisy. The day starts by laying out the banners for the custom…

Air France AF447

Understanding Air France 447 with Capt. Bill Palmer

A330 captain Bill Palmer joins me to discuss his book Understanding Air France 447. Many factors contributed to the crash of this A330, which went down in the Atlantic in 2009. Bill walks us through the factors involved in the crash including aircraft systems, pilot fatigue, pilot proficiency, and the state of professional pilot training.…

DIY 737 Simulator

DIY 737 Flight Simulator

Sounds simple enough. Find a Boeing 737 cockpit, truck it over a few states, and transform it into a working flight simulator complete with 210 degree cockpit view of the outside world, all while tucked away inside a building. Dave Jones joins me to discuss his 737 flight simulator project, how he came to own…

Karlene Petitt, Airline Pilot, Novelist

In this, part 2 of my interview, Karlene Petitt tells the story of her career as an airline pilot and of her aviation novels and popular website. The tumultuous airline business can make for a roller coaster career for pilots. Pilots striving for an airline career won’t want to miss her story, one that has…