David Esler

David Esler
Articles
Operating In China: Business Aviation Ops Becoming Easier—But Slowly 
Chinese aviation infrastructure—especially air traffic control—is not set up to accommodate the ad hoc, non-scheduled movement that is key to business aviation.
A Different World: Hong Kong For Business Aviation 
Hong Kong is a world unto itself, classified since the U.K. turned it back to China as a Special Administrative Region. At least in terms of aviation, China regards Hong Kong as a foreign country and handles all flights from there as international arrivals, and all that they entail.
China Promises To Build 2,000 Small Airports By 2030 
China's ambitious plan to create a general aviation infrastructure includes promises to build a network of 2,000 small airports throughout the country by 2030.
China’s Indigenous Business Aviation 
High personal wealth and a growing recognition within Chinese government and industry of the value of business aviation are galvanizing a slowly growing based business jet population in China and Hong Kong.
Business Aviation Flights In China Require Thorough Planning 
As with any international destination, getting the most out of a trip into Chinese airspace—and not winding up sideways with the aviation authorities—demands thorough advance planning.
FAA Letters Of Authorization, OpSpecs And Tabletops 
It is the great catch-all of the Federal Aviation Regulations and the succinct string of words—authorized by the administrator—that sets in motion what is probably the most intimate contact an operator will ever have with the FAA: the dreaded, so-called tabletop examination.
How One Operator Triumphed Over The Mother Of All Tabletops 
One of the more challenging enterprises in aviation is preparing for and undergoing a knowledge validation for upgrade to commercial operator, either under FAR Part 135 or Part 121.
OpSpecs Define Commercial Operations 
Operational Specifications, or OpSpecs, are those special activities authorized by the FAA administrator that define commercial operations.
Overseas Ramp Safety Assessments A 'Hot Topic' 
Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft, or SAFA checks, comprise those infamous ramp inspections business aviation operators often encounter in other countries, particularly in Europe.
Height Busts Are A Human Factors Issue  1
The human factor problem causing the most trouble is height busts in the wake of conditional clearances by ATC.
Cybersecurity In The Flight Department: How Secure Is Your Aircraft?  10
With the introduction of nearly every technological advance in aircraft, unintended consequences have come along for the ride.
What’s Happening In Propeller Technology  19
Fifteen years ago when the very light jet mania was ramping up, developers proclaimed that the gestating mini-jets would herald the demise of the propeller-driven executive turboprop.
Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone Is Full Of Convective Storms  26
Some of the most violent weather to be concerned about on the planet — and the most predictable because it’s always there — can be found in the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone.
GEOS-16: A Weather Satellite For The 21st Century 
Last November, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) cooperatively launched the first of three GEOS-16 weather and environment satellites, which collectively promise to greatly improve weather prediction and enhance aviation safety.
How Commercial Operators Are Redefining Business Aviation Charters  3
If business aviation is to grow in the new economy, it has to be expanded to a larger demographic of users beyond blue-chip flight departments and high-net-worth individuals.
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