AVweb's John Deakin is back with his Pelican's Perch column, and relates his own heavy-jet gear-up story.
John Deakin's Old Books & Publications - (Articles - May 15 2004)
AVweb's John Deakin has acquired quite a few gems in his reference library, and he has made photocopies available to the public.
This is a list of a half-dozen reprints and how you can acquire them.
Pelican's Perch #79: The Air America Years (Part II) - (Articles - Mar 28, 2004)
AVweb's John Deakin did spend time in Southeast Asia as part of Air America, one of the "airlines" run by the CIA in the 1960s.
Upon arriving in Asia, there was time for using old Link trainers, relaxing in hot springs, avoiding alcohol-pushers, and learning the reputation of The Company as John
Pelican's Perch #78: Props Driving Engines - (Articles - Feb 29, 2004)
If your CFI (or mechanic) instructed you never to let the propeller drive the engine, or never to run the engine "oversquare," it's time for a reality check.
AVweb's John Deakin addresses a few more of these engine myths that started back in the days of radial-engines.
Pelican's Perch #77: Startups & Runups
- (Articles - Feb 1, 2004)
Even the apparently simple tasks of starting and running up a piston aircraft engine before takeoff should be done with the same concerns for engine life, reliability and safety as any other part of flight.
AVweb's John Deakin steps us through the process, dispelling myths as he goes.
Pelican's Perch #76: Those Dreadful POHs (Part 2) - (Articles - Dec 7, 2003)
Last month, AVweb's John Deakin described some strange events from his airline days that were caused by too-strict reliance on "The Book.
This month, the pelican gets on his
perch to tackle a few GA POHs and finds (gasp!) inconsistencies, errors, and just plain dangerous recommendations.
Pelican's Perch #75: Those Dreadful POHs (Part 1) - (Articles - Nov 9, 2003)
Everything your POH says is correct, and anything it doesn't say you can do, you can't, right?
Did you really think John Deakin
favorite contrarian -- could let that kind of gross generality continue unquestioned?
Pelican's Perch #74: Hurricane (Part 2) - (Articles - Oct 12, 2003)
AVweb's John Deakin concludes his two-part series on the Hawker Hurricane with this report of his first time flying it.
As you'll see, it takes a lot of time just to get ready to go, but once it does, it does it in a Hurry!
Pelican's Perch #73: Hurricane (Part 1) - (Articles - Sep 14, 2003)
It still gets less press than its more-famous compatriot, the Spitfire, but the Hawker Hurricane was the mainstay of the British fighter squadrons in the European theater of World War II
AVweb's John Deakin considers it one of his favorites, and his two-part pilot report begins this month.
Pelican's Perch #72: The Legendary Zero (Part 2) - (Articles - Aug 17, 2003)
In this continuation of his checkout in a Japanese Zero, John Deakin does his preflight in the cockpit, fires it up and takes to the air in one of the very few flying examples of this famous WWII fighter.
Pelican's Perch #71: The Legendary Zero (Part 1) - (Articles - July 20, 2003)
The Japanese Zero of World War II
was so light it could out-turn just about any American fighter, but that meant it had very little armor, so one good shot would take it down.
Nowadays, there are maybe two flying examples in the entire world -- and AVweb's John Deakin is now a qualified pilot in one of them.
Pelican's Perch #70: Gulfstream IV Part 2 - (Articles - June 22, 2003)
Last month, AVweb's John Deakin told us what it was like to live the life of an itinerant Gulfstream IV pilot.
This month he
digs into the actual operations in the cockpit and, guess what?
It's a good thing he
likes computers and can read computer screens.
Pelican's Perch #69: Gulfstream IV - (Articles - May 25 2003)
Two years ago, AVweb's John Deakin wrote about taking Gulfstream IV training and the start of his move from airlines to bizjets.
This month, John
chronicles the long and challenging process that still hasn't quite settled down.
AVweb's John Deakin shows us engine-monitor data from an aircraft that lost power on takeoff just after an annual inspection.
You know AVweb's John Deakin is going to have something to say about that.
Pelican's Perch #64: Where Should I Run My Engine? (Part 2 -- The Climb) - (Articles - Jan 5 2003)
Last month, AVweb's John Deakin started a discussion of where to run an engine during a typical flight.
With so much detail needed, he
ended the column just as we took off!
back to talk about the climb, and as usual he
has real-world data to back up his
Pelican's Perch #63: Where Should I Run My Engine? (Part 1) - (Articles - Dec 13 2002)
In his many columns about how to lean, whether to use full power after takeoff, oversquare operation and so on, AVweb's John Deakin has left many of the details up to the pilot/owner.
Yet many readers would just as soon have him tell them exactly how to set up and run an engine.
In this month's column he
does just that, with a step-by-step guide to smarter engine operation.
Fair warning: His
advice may not always agree with the POH.
Pelican's Perch #62: The Air America Years - (Articles - Nov 10 2002)
AVweb's John Deakin has told us a little (in "Pelican's Perch #14" and "PP #47") about his time with The Company.
In this month's Pelican's Perch, he tells ALL the secrets — how he got in by the skin of his teeth, finally learned how to execute the "radius of action from a moving base" from an old Chinese ground instructor, and more — and he won't even have to kill you after he tells you!
Pelican's Perch #61: Test Pilot School
- (Articles - Oct 13 2002)
After years of dreaming, AVweb's John Deakin became an instructor at the famous Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB.
Well, for a short time, anyway!
was headed for Ada, Oklahoma ... and he
almost made it!
Pelican's Perch #59: Fried Valves - (Articles - Aug 18 2002)
A cylinder in your piston aircraft engine flunks its compression check, with lots of leakage past the exhaust valve.
The mechanic says you probably fried the valve by leaning too aggressively.
Wrong, says AVweb's John Deakin!
AVweb's John Deakin devotes this column to discussing and correcting the numerous errors in Flying's article.
Pelican's Perch #57: The Whyalla Report... Junk Science? - (Articles - Aug 17 2002)
On May 31, 2000, a Piper PA31-350 Chieftain operated by Whyalla Airlines crashed in South Australia after suffering catastrophic in-flight failure of both engines, killing the pilot and seven passengers.
A year and a half later, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau
(ATSB) issued their 150-page investigation report and blamed the accident on buildup of "lead oxybromide deposits" caused by Whyalla's aggressive leaning procedures.
AVweb's John Deakin has dissected the ATSB report, and concludes that while improper leaning procedures may have been involved, the ATSB analysis is seriously flawed and their lead-oxybromide theory is pure poppycock.
Pelican's Perch #56: Superfortress! - (Articles - Jun 4 2002)
AVweb's John Deakin was recently invited to join a small group of CAF pilots who regularly fly the world's only remaining flyable B-29 "Superfortress.
AVweb's John Deakin dispels a bunch of myths about TEL, explains what it does and why it's so indispensable in high-performance recips, and talks about one solution to the coming unleaded-avgas crisis that actually works.
Pelican's Perch #54: Pitch, Power, and Pink Elephants - (Articles - Mar 31 2002)
Every primary student is taught that power controls altitude and pitch controls airspeed — or was that power controls airspeed and pitch controls altitude?
Truth is that pilots have been arguing about this since Orville and Wilbur debated the question over a couple of beers at Kitty Hawk.
AVweb's John Deakin (who claims to have been there at the time) weighs in on this issue by offering some real-world scenarios and taking a look at how modern autopilots work.
Pelican's Perch #53: Well, SIAP on You, Too! - (Articles - Mar 2 2002)
There's a lot more to flying a Standard Instrument Approach Procedure (SIAP) than meets the eye.
AVweb's John Deakin discusses what goes into the design of an SIAP and how to shoot an approach legally and safety — and tosses in some tricks, some gotchas, and some interesting case studies.
offers a guided tour of his
new C-131 checklist, and explains some of the thinking and human-factors considerations that went into it