James Albright



The Normalization Of Compliance 
The May 31, 2014, crash of a Gulfstream IV at Hanscom Field (KBED), Bedford, Massachusetts, was a call to action for many in business aviation. These pilots threw out the book and came up tragically short.
Under Control: Is Your Aircraft Ready For An Approach And Landing?  2
If you have any doubt about your aircraft’s airworthiness while in flight, pressing on without taking steps to reassure yourself might be an exercise in wishful thinking.
Foreign Destinations: Flying In The U.S. Is Different 1
If your native country is other than the U.S. and you are scheduled to fly there, you will probably need to make the usual preparations for an international flight.
Designated Airports For Arrival From Certain Areas South Of U.S.
Certain airports are designated for arrival from specific areas south of the U.S.
Oops, Wrong Airport: It’s More Than Embarrassing, It’s Dangerous  47
There are a variety of contributing factors that result in wrong-airport landings and a few common threads we can look out for to avoid being on the nightly news.
Immediate Action: What Pilots Need To Memorize  48
How often are you required to do something so quickly in your cockpit that you have no time to read your checklist, consult the crew or think? During my years as a U.S. Air Force pilot, I was fed a steady dose of what we called "bold-print" items in our checklists that had to be committed to memory.
A New Standards Captain: The Role Is Really That Of Top Instructor  2
A standards captain with the right attitude can be the best instructor in any flight department.
Pilot Error: A How-To Guide  11
Aviation safety professionals will tell you that pilot error is one of the most controllable factors leading to aircraft accidents. But pilot error is inevitable.
Explaining Teterboro’s ‘Non-Circling, Circling Approach’  12
A review of procedural considerations at Teterboro Airport can help ensure flight safety in the aftermath of a Learjet 35A crash there.
Now Hiring!  8
It is not completely accurate to say the world is facing a pilot shortage of epic proportions. It would be far more accurate to say we are facing an epic shortage of highly qualified pilots.
Adding Japanese ‘Shisa Kanko’ Techniques To Modern Cockpits  13
The Pointing-and-Calling method used by Japanese train engineers combines looking at something, pointing at it, calling out the observation and listening to your own voice.
When Pilots Become Passengers  34
During my first-ever opportunity to lead a formation of two T-37 jet trainers as a solo pilot, my wingman, also a student pilot, failed the ride. I asked the instructor why the other lieutenant busted.
Approach Impossible: 'Chair Flying' To Minimums Or Not At All  16
Much of flying is an act of faith. You are placing your trust in those who designed and built the aircraft, in those who maintain it and in those who trained you to defy gravity for a living.
Big Sky Redefined  31
The Theory: The sky is so vast and your aircraft so small, there’s almost no chance of a “midair” encounter. Of course we all know this theory is invalid and would never embrace such a blind course of aircraft avoidance. And yet so many of our actions validate the theory that we needn’t look outside our aluminum tubes to see others that might share our airspace. The classic “beak-to-beak” midair collision scenario came from the U.S. Air Force in the 1970s. It featured an F-4 Phantom II heading right at you, the closure speed was on the order of 900 kt. and you didn’t stand a chance.
‘Fixing’ Problem Pilots  31
For safety’s sake, it is up to us to help problem pilots improve. Learn about the seven types of problem pilots, what drives them and how to approach them.