Aviation is extremely complex from both a regulatory and operational perspective and it is constantly changing. Interpretations of the regulations change as do the regulations themselves. Alan Armstrong follows changes in the aviation regulations and writes about them in Flightwatch, a blog/newsletter. He also provides commentary and analysis in the wake of aviation accidents and incidents. 

Alan Armstrong Presents “Preemptive Strike – The Secret That Would Have Prevented the Attack on Pearl Harbor” Before the USAF Pilots

On September 19, 2019, a group of retired Air Force pilots received a presentation from Alan Armstrong on his book, Preemptive Strike – The Secret Plan That Would Have Prevented the Attack on Pearl Harbor. The pilots were from the United States Air Force Class 55U and...

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Wind Farms and Public Use Airports – Why the FAA Fails to Ensure Air Safety

The explosion of wind turbine developments across the United States does not bode well for the continued viability of many public use airports. Overview of the Problem Increasingly, wind farms with wind turbine generators (WTGs) nearly 500 feet above ground level...

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Barber’s Point Naval Air Station – and its place in Aviation History

Barber’s Point Naval Air Station is an iconic military airfield complete with massive hangars, long runways and a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean in the background.  In short, it is a national treasure.  Unfortunately, the airfield and many of the aircraft on...

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The Flying Tigers and Guerrilla Air Warfare in China

The activities of Claire Chennault and his Flying Tiger pilots in China is a remarkable study in the ability of a smaller force to keep a vastly larger force at bay using the elements of surprise and superior combat tactics to offset the sheer numbers and weight of the Japanese Air Force in China. The air war in China was anything but orthodox. It was a maverick or guerilla air war flown by American pilots under the leadership of an American commander who had gone rogue.

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