David Esler

David Esler
Articles
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.
'Embracing Change' in the UK 
We are not talking about Brexit, although it looks like there will be be lots of change for the British to embrace when the UK abandons the European Union.
Glut Of Used Aircraft Could Feed New Charter Concepts 
The flow of relatively young, high-time business jets exiting the fleets of fractional ownership companies could allow whole ownership for first-time buyers while supporting a vigorous charter business that could nearly cover the cost of ownership.
New Concepts In Charter, Part One  3
These are disruptive times. New technologies are challenging and changing the ways we communicate, conduct business and socialize. Nothing is immune to the new economy, and the vanguard for general aviation change may reside in the charter segment as FAR 135 operators embrace the “shared economy” movement.
Airport Privatization: Governments Reevaluating Their Control  8
Financial and other pressures are causing governments to reevaluate their control of airports, with the outcome unclear.
Good News And Bad News For Municipal Airports
Are airports in peril, either from owners that want to privatize them or municipalities that want to shut them down? The NBAA's Steve Brown has some good news and some bad news.
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