Posts by John J. Nance
Believing in Zero
“So, what’s really going on with air safety?” As ABC’s Aviation Analyst, it’s a constant refrain I hear these days. So let me take it head-on. Airline safety is not coming apart at the seams, nor is flying becoming more dangerous. What IS happening, though, is that the effects of severe operational strain resulting from…Read More
Déjà vu All Over Again
I’ve been in the middle of the fight to improve the safety of medical patients (read: all of us) since the late 1980s, including the opportunity to be one of the founding board members of the National Patient Safety Foundation in 1997. By 1999, the medical profession began to acknowledge that there was a huge…Read More
The Nine Lives of Cristal Global
In many ways, The Nine Lives of Cristal Global (working title) is one of those rare books that is both exciting to read and full of practical, inside information virtually everyone in business – and especially business leadership – needs to understand. (Yes, I know, I’m prejudiced, but I’m also certain you’ll agree). With the…Read More
NOTAM a good day to fly…
There was a profound amount of head-scratching going on among outbound airline passengers Wednesday morning, and it was motivated by confusion. The confusion wasn’t about the fact of cascading flight delays and cancellations – the increasing hemorrhage of flight listings turning to red on the reader boards bore out the deteriorating status of the system.…Read More
ME FLY? IS THERE AN APP FOR THAT?
Most of us who remain in love with flying in any reasonable form have to be feeling a bit helpless these days regarding the march of articles and reports (including a few studies) documenting declining enrollment in basic pilot training courses. It goes way beyond that, however, because when you peruse the figures, you see…Read More
What About the Mountain Featured in 16 Souls?
I’ve had several people ask about the mountain I featured in the story: Long’s Peak, which is essentially a gigantic granite monolith sitting at the southern end of one of my favorite spots on the planet: Rocky Mountain National Park. The official height of the summit has traditionally been 14,255 feet above sea level (although…Read More
Okay, Lieutenant, what are you forgetting?
As pilots, I suspect each of us hear voices every now and then, or at least one in particular: the voice of that one special flight instructor whose words or wisdom will never evaporate into the mists of time separating then and now. Sometimes, as with my Dad flying B-25’s in 1944, the voice is…Read More