The Pilot's Lounge #77: FBO Professionalism; An Oxymoron? »

Who was it said you can't get good help anymore? With unemployment higher than usual, you'd think FBOs would be able to hire (and train and hold on to) professional, customer-service-oriented staff. AVweb's Rick Durden thinks any FBO that doesn't strive for professionalism will soon go out of business. Oh, wait a minute ... More

The Pilot's Lounge #76: And Now For Something ... »

Got a lust for adventure? Tired of the status quo? Finished boring holes in the sky or getting $100 (let's be honest -- $200) hamburgers? AVweb's Rick Durden hasn't seriously thought about skydiving for many years, but recently he decided to take the plunge, and it has awakened his soul. More

The Pilot's Lounge #75: Preflight? Who Cares? »

Recent AVweb columns have brought the question to the fore: Should a pilot perform a detailed preflight inspection, or is there such a thing as too much information? AVweb's Rick Durden has a thorough conversation about it this month in The Pilot's Lounge. More

The Pilot's Lounge #74: Getting The Rust Off Without Declaring Bankruptcy »

If it has a been a winter without much flying, you're probably itching to jump into the plane. But if you want to do it safely, you'd better do some work to get back in the game. AVweb's Rick Durden has found ways to keep the cost of refresher training down, and put fun back in your practice. More

The Pilot's Lounge #73: A Test Pilot's Story »

As the WWII generation ages, we begin to lose details from the days when flying turned from novelty to a true industry. Among many recent books of dubious value, a gem is found in a self-published memoir by Al White, one of the most self-effacing test pilots of his time. Rick Durden reviews it from the Pilot's Lounge. More

The Pilot's Lounge #71: "Fresh Annual" And Other Hooks For Suckers »

The combination of a challenging national economy and fast-paced (but not face-to-face) internet communication is causing more planes to be sold in very poor mechanical condition with questionable -- if not illegal -- documentation. AVweb's Rick Durden updates the old buyer-beware maxim in The Pilot's Lounge. More

The Pilot's Lounge #70: Do Humans Create Those Written Tests? »

Every pilot has taken them -- and most have noticed strange or at least confusing questions on those FAA Knowledge Tests. Sometimes it seems like nobody official has even looked at those questions in decades to decide if the questions are relevant. AVweb's Rick Durden met the folks who actually are updating those old tests. More

The Pilot's Lounge #69: In 2004, We Resolve »

2003 was, in some ways, a great year for aviation; and in other ways, it was pretty sad. But we're already thinking about 2004. AVweb's Rick Durden has assembled his quick list of things his fellow pilots in The Pilot's Lounge have resolved to accomplish in the next year. More

The Pilot's Lounge #68: Of Good, Evil And Little Airplanes »

We don't often speak of evil in regards to anything that happens in aviation. But after dealing with people who seem to be intentionally malicious, it takes a strong dose of medicine -- hanging out with joyous pilots -- to get back in balance. AVweb's Rick Durden spent time with both kinds of people this month. More