David Esler

David Esler
‘The Next Big Development’ 
As Wynand Meyer, director of UAS International Trip Support’s Africa division in Johannesburg puts it, “Africa is the next big development,” as it’s the last continent still fresh for modernization of its infrastructure — mainstream as well as aviation.
Operations In Africa Put Pressure On Pilots
Former Naval aviator John Koon spent his last tour on active duty assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Accra, Ghana, where he flew the American ambassador throughout West and Central Africa in a Beech C12 (King Air 200) where he had plenty of opportunities to assess the quality of ATC and competence of controllers.
What A Business Aviation Flight Department Needs To Know About UAS
It’s obvious that most of the traditional aviation community — the FAA included — was caught off guard by the speed and exponential growth of the UAV onslaught. And it’s only just begun.
The Guys with the Guns 3
Everyone has their Customs clearance story, which often involves allegedly being hassled or otherwise inconvenienced by Customs and Border Protection agents on a rainy night after a 10-hour international flight.
Crossing Over: Border Issues Between the U.S. and Canada
Like it or not, Canada and the U.S. are joined at the hip. Each is the other’s largest trading partner ($500 billion+ total), and our financial, electrical and transportation infrastructure are fully integrated.
ADS-B/C Retrofits 
You knew it was coming — oh, yes, you did — the impending deadline to purchase and install Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast avionics in your aircraft to retain access to U.S. controlled airspace after Jan. 1, 2020. The same cutoff applies to ADS-C, or “Contract,” equipage, necessary for operation in oceanic airspace and requiring flight crew training and, unlike ADS-B, an FAA Letter of Authorization, as well. Five years may seem like a lot of time …
Beyond the Legacy Market 

It’s been over 33 years since the late Hubert Naimer, Chuck Edmondson and Karl Frudenfeld unveiled the UNS-1, the first FMS for business aircraft. Although it focused primarily on the after-market, over the years, their Universal Avionics led by President and Chairman Joachim (Ted) L.

Two STC Programs for Legacy Gulfstreams

Two California charter/management companies with certified repair stations have earned STCs for installations of ADS-B and C equipment aboard legacy Gulfstream models. KaiserAir in Oakland and Clay Lacy Aviation in Van Nuys were awarded the authorizations in March, each based on using Universal Avionics equipment.

GAMA’s Joe Brown on ADS-B 

The real challenge to modernizing the ATC system in the U.S. isn’t the ADS-B infrastructure but the equipage of the system users, General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) Chairman and Hartzell Propeller President Joe Brown said at the GAMA State of the Industry presentation earlier this year.

Convective Weather Probability

Of all the weather phenomena with which pilots must contend, that old nemesis, the thunderstorm, remains the most feared. And for good reason.

Pushing the Modeling Envelope at WSI 

Of all the weather phenomena with which pilots must contend, that old nemesis, the thunderstorm, remains the most feared. And for good reason.

How a Private Sector Weather Service Does It 

Of all the weather phenomena with which pilots must contend, that old nemesis, the thunderstorm, remains the most feared. And for good reason.

Operating in the South Pacific 2
Like few operating areas, the South Pacific will test your airmanship, equipment and flight planning.
What Day Is It? Transiting the International Dateline Across the South Pacific

Imagine a corporate flight department with five long-range business jets that makes up to 15 transits of the South Pacific a year.  

Be Flexible in Planning Your Crew Changes

Bronte Marshall, chief pilot at Oakland-based KaiserAir Inc., urges flight crews to be flexible in spotting relief flight crews on long overwater missions. That advice is based on hard experience involving a crew exchange that wound up being complicated by an unforeseen weather event.


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