Colleague, mentor, role model, and friend to Practical Aero, and more importantly, countless others, Jack D. Mattingly passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, September 26, 2021. Jack LOVED teaching and interacting with students. He was a master at challenging them to not only think, but to think at a systems-level by applying foundational principles from a practical perspective—an approach that’s at the heart of PAI’s mission.[Read more…]
By Mark Jones, Jr.
There’s something to the sound.
The static breaks. The voices clipped.
Commercial aviation has a remarkable safety record. The recent engine mishap involving UA328 out of Denver on Feb. 20th is a humbling reminder that not all events are predictable even when we test for them.[Read more…]
Readings list are in vogue. I found one tonight written many years ago by Richard Bach, a gifted aviation writer, and I don’t think he will mind if I share it here.[Read more…]
Have you ever referred to yourself as a “jack of all trades, master of none”? Or perhaps the opposite rings more true, you’re highly skilled and savvy in a particular area of expertise but when it comes to cross-department meetings you feel like they’re speaking another language (I know I’m not the only non-engineer in a sea of engineers)! At some point or another we’ve all felt a little lost in a meeting. [Read more…]