Flying Lessons Blog

Peter Goutiere, Hump Pilot, Hotshot, Storyteller, Rascal, Dead at 108

January 23, 2023

(Note, this story has been changed to correct Peter Goutiere’s age at death, which was 108, not 109.) Peter Goutiere, a World War 2 Hump pilot, died on Sunday at the age of 108. His death leaves Moon Fun Chin, the last surviving member of the group of daredevil aviators who brought troops, food, fuel and other supplies into China after Japan severed China’s only land supply route. Goutiere flew for CNAC, a partnership between the Government of China and Pan American World Airways. Before and during World War 2 flying over the Himalayans was a deadly serious business. The planes were unpressurized and heavily… Read More…


Judge Reopens Criminal Case Against Boeing in 737 Max Crashes

January 20, 2023

A Federal Judge in Texas ordered Boeing to appear in court in San Antonio later this month to be arraigned on the criminal charge of fraud against the United States, for the company’s role in deceiving the Federal Aviation Administration about flaws in its Boeing 737 Max aircraft. Families of the 346 people who died in the crashes of two Boeing 737 Max aircraft in 2018 and 2019 will be present to speak to the court – as is their right as victims of the crimes to which Boeing has already pled guilty. This hearing is a knock-on effect of Judge Reed O’Connor’s ruling last… Read More…


Prior to Near Collision at JFK, AA Pilots Voiced Concern to FAA

January 17, 2023

Prior to the near collision of two airliners departing New York on international flights last week, pilots of American Airlines complained to the Federal Aviation Administration about new operating procedures presented to crews at the beginning of the new year. Now, some American pilots are wondering if those new procedures may have contributed to the near disaster on January 13th by creating confusion on the flight deck. Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board say they are investigating what happened last Friday, when a Delta 737 aborted takeoff during the roll as an American Airlines 777 crossed its path about 1000 feet ahead…. Read More…


New AA Pilot Procedures Could be Part of Investigation into Near Collision at JFK

January 16, 2023

  Two international flights, one an American Airlines Boeing 777 and the other a Delta Air Lines 737 came within a thousand feet of colliding as both were taxiing for take off from New York John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday night.  The Delta flight, headed for Santo Domingo was cleared to take off and had begun accelerating when American flight 106 to London crossed in front of it. On the control tape, one can hear a partial expletive from the air traffic controller as he realized the conflict. Following swiftly with “Delta 1943 cancel take off plans.” The plane braked sharply as the… Read More…


Airline Industry Boss to Travelers – There Will Be No Santa Claus for Airfares

December 6, 2022

As the holiday lights in Geneva twinkle, the chief of the global airline association that calls this city home, has some less-than-festive news for air travelers; airfares will continue to rise. There will be increased ticket prices, said Willie Walsh, Director General of the International Air Transport Association. Walsh was quick to acknowledge that won’t be welcome news. But for anyone who has been reading the news or buying a tank of gasoline, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise either. “You cannot expect an industry making on average $1 per passenger to absorb the oil prices we’ve seen,” Walsh told a group of aviation… Read More…


Absence of Altitude Briefing in Dallas Air Show Crash

December 1, 2022

Instructions given to pilots flying in the Wings Over Dallas air show last month, appear to have directed the historic fighter plane on a collision course with a World War 2 bomber. Both planes plummeted to the ground, killing all six aboard both planes during the Commemorative Air Force show on November 12. In a preliminary report on the disaster released by the National Transportation Safety Board on Thursday, the investigator notes the person responsible for managing the aircraft from the ground, a position known as “air boss” directed the fighter planes to change altitude as they approached the airport where spectators were gathered. “There… Read More…


American Jet Strikes Birds on Landing – Lots of Blood but Only Avian Casualties

November 17, 2022

As bird strikes go, this one had to be a doozy. Late Tuesday night, American Airlines flight 1855 from Chicago to Kansas City flew through birds on approach, about 7 and a half miles from the runway. The pilots declared an emergency and Kansas City airport fire and rescue trucks hurried into position. The pilots landed safely and there were no injuries to passengers or crew. Looking at the damage though, which extends across the front of the aircraft, it appears the engine cowling took the brunt of the impact on the right along with the radome while birds created craters on the leading edge… Read More…


Not Designed to be Safe, Pilot Says of Plane in Air Show Collision

November 14, 2022

See my previous post here The pilot of the World War 2-era fighter plane that sliced through a B-17 at a Dallas Air Show on Saturday, told YouTube viewers he would not be flying warbirds in ten years. In a poignant interview with Vintage Aviation News posted on YouTube, Craig Hutain, one of six who died over the weekend in a mid-air collision, talked about the rare plane he was flying, his experience as a pilot and the importance of preserving historic aircraft. Hutain, who was a captain for United, with a massive 34-thousand hours of flight time was piloting the single-seat P-63 in a… Read More…


Fatal Collision in Dallas – The Plus & Deadly Minus of Flying Historic Aircraft

November 13, 2022

Spectators at a Dallas air show were horrified on Saturday when two airplanes collided over their heads at the Wings Over Dallas event, killing all aboard both airplanes. A historic military bomber, a Boeing B-17 with five people onboard was flying slowly and at a relatively low altitude to give viewers a look at the World War 2-era plane. It was overtaken from above by a smaller and much faster fighter plane that made a turning descent into it causing both to break apart and plummet to the ground. At least two retired American Airlines pilots were among the five-member crew of the B-17 according… Read More…


Underdogs Win Victories in Separate Battles Against Boeing and Delta

October 21, 2022

October 24, 2022 – This post has been updated to include statements from Delta A Federal Judge in Texas stated the obvious late Friday when he ruled that the families of people killed on Boeing 737 Max aircraft were victims of crimes Boeing has acknowledged committing during the design of the airplane. In 2018 and 2019, 346 people died in two separate crashes; one in Indonesia and the other in Ethiopia which largely were the result of Boeing’s intentional actions. U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, however, has taken the position that the government, not the families of the dead, was Boeing’s victim. This is more… Read More…


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