We've all heard and read about the fatigue problem found in today's cockpits. The fix is more sleep, but the schedules we're dealing with, don't allow it. Most turn to coffee, but the expense and ingredients outweigh the benefit received by the caffeine. Enter Cockpit Coffee (cockpitcoffee.com), a rebranded drink and the brainchild of Susan Rippinger. Susan tells Al and Marc, that it leaves out the bad stuff (sodium, carbs, calories, dairy, etc.) and keeps the taste, caffeine, and natural electrolytes in.
From a current events perspective, A wide range of topics were discussed. Everything from progress in the alternative fuel world, to the impending announcement from MVP Aero of a LSA Amphib that will compete with the Icon A5. Our condolences to the folks in Florida and pilots everywhere as the historical Chalet Suzanne is closing after 83 years. Planes were ending up at wrong destinations, as three 737 fuselages ended up in a Montana river thanks to a train derailment. That was followed by a United 777, who diverted after takeoff from Hawaii and had to land at the closed runway at Midway Island. Al made it two weeks in a row that he closed down an airport after losing communication during his IFR flight. An interesting week to say the least.
Al and I will be broadcasting live from Oshkosh in two weeks, and look forward to meeting many of you on the first day of the Airventure. Marc will be speaking at AOPA on both Monday and Friday and hope our fans stop by and introduce yourself. It'll be great to put names and faces to our social media friends and to thank you for being a loyal listener and member of the SimpleFlight aviation family.