Air-Minded: Yellow Peril

“Carry a barf bag whether you think you’re prone to airsickness or not,” my instructor pilot said, “because you never know.” […]

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Busting Up the Tearoom Trade (Updated 3/22/19)

… all this happened 30 years ago, at a time when gay servicemen and women were actively pursued, identified, and forced out (usually with dishonorable discharges). […]

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Ideas for the Task Force

Sexual assault in the military continues to be a huge problem. Arizona Senator Martha McSally recently revealed that, as a young fighter pilot, she was raped by a senior officer. She called for the creation of a Department of Defense sexual assault task force, and yesterday acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan agreed to form one. […]

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Safety Sam & His Wheelchair Tram

My experiences driving disabled vets for the VA came rushing back. I’d done literally everything wrong, and that was what had been bugging me earlier. […]

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Air-Minded: Eagle Versus Flanker

Hush Kit, “the alternative aviation magazine,” has published another piece of mine, this one about how F-15 Eagle pilots trained to face the threat posed by the Soviet Union’s then-new Su-27 Flanker in the late 1980s and early 90s, when I flew F-15s at Kadena Air Base in Japan. […]

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Air-Minded: the FAA and the 737 Max

“Satisfying the needs of aviation interests” and “encouraging and developing civil aeronautics”? The conflict is baked in, part of the FAA’s DNA. […]

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Air-Minded: First Flights

Everyone has to start somewhere. Do you remember your first airplane ride? […]

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Erin Go Get a Job

If you’re doing something people need, it’s not menial or beneath you. Don’t disparage honest work. […]

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