Last july and august, nascar internet discussion boards swirled and smoked like a winning car churning victory donuts after a race. Jack Roush had just wrecked his jet (N6JR)-his second serious crash flying "little" airplanes. The auto-racing legend and founder of Roush Fenway Racing walked away from this one-staggered, actually-bloodied, blinded in one eye and with several cracked bones.
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February 1, 2011
November 1, 2010
Sociologists talk about how societies throughout history have had varying tolerance for disparities of wealth. That is, the degree to which the economic gap can expand before the unwashed masses rise up and take down the well-scrubbed wealthy few. Think Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution.
October 1, 2010
From the dictionary: "intangible:...that which cannot be easily defined, formulated or grasped." When it comes to assessing much of the value in flying privately, that term is dead on. True, there are software programs like Travel$ense from the National Business Aviation Association that can help make a strong financial case for business aviation.
August 1, 2010
Even though I'm a pilot, I still love loading up the car and hitting the highway for a far-off vacation destination. Some of my most relaxing moments have been behind the wheel, with Woody Guthrie's "ribbon of highway" stretched out ahead of the hood ornament.
June 1, 2010
Irony is a funny thing. Sometimes "ha ha" funny, and other times just weird. Occasionally it's both.
April 1, 2010
When it comes to reliability, there's a fundamental difference between the aviation field and just about every other walk of life. Nowhere is the chasm more visible than when you compare aviation's safety culture with what goes on in the computer industry. I know.
February 1, 2010
Is your jet a business too? Or is it part of the executive compensation package? Among people who never fly privately, probably 99 out of 100 would view it only as the latter. We inside the industry, meanwhile, tend to acknowledge only the former-to a fault.
December 1, 2009
AVIATION LEGEND JIMMY DOOLITTLE made the first "blind" landing in September 1929, a little more than 80 years ago. He used an experimental Sperry gyroscope to serve as his artificial horizon and then-revolutionary radio beacons to home in on the runway.
October 1, 2009
Scaling back doesn't have to mean giving up the benefits of private aviation and settling on airline travel.
September 1, 2009
It's understandable that no equivalent to your local auto-parts store exists for business jets. Aircraft maintenance records must be documented scrupulously, and the pedigree of every nut, bolt and washer has to be recorded for possible FAA review. So, when it comes time to replace a fuel pump or engine mount-or even a tire-it makes a difference where the part comes from.
“You’re absolutely right—and you can’t stand up in your [expletive] Rolls-Royce, either.”
-William Lear, in the early '60s, replying to a man who complained that he couldn't stand up in the original Lear Jet
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