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In Response to David Miller’s “Scoreboard” (November)

Your articles are always interesting but you drove home a very good lesson with the one on monitoring the scoreboard.  

Our instructors TELL us to pay attention to this but like most pilots new to the G1000, so much is going on that it is often overwhelming (just like figuring out what to watch when starting the turbine in a Meridian).

Now that I’ve got 1,000 in a PA46T, my eyes quickly dart around watching the gauges as the engine comes alive. However, even though I now have the bandwidth, I have not gotten in the habit of watching the scoreboard EVERY time. Like you, I have been following the crash out of BKL but I had not heard the autopilot theory – although it makes perfect sense. Your article drove home a great point and I plan to make this a mandatory scan item whenever I engage the autopilot or make a change.

Charlie Tillett
Wayland, MA


In Response to the Editor’s Briefing (November)

I had to write you a little note to let you know how much I enjoyed your story about being introduced to flight. In particular, about Mr. Clemens. 

We had one of our aircraft (a Beechjet) go to him in 2014. You are right, his infectious love of flying is simply the best. Your article brought back, instantly, our conversations about flying and family while we waited for the money to move around to complete our transaction. Thanks again for the reminder of Mr. Clemens!

Bruce Hanson
Willmar, MN


In Response to Grant Boyd’s “Airpark Living” (November)

I read with interest the story about Alpine Airpark and found an error with this statement: “At that time, the airport consisted of a crushed gravel, private runway just 20 feet wide.” 

Bill Kibbe and I developed the airport in 1978. The runway was 58 feet wide and 6,200 feet long with an 8-inch base and 3 inches of asphalt.

He and I both operated Learjets off that runway, a Lear 35 and 24. I operated out of there for 18 years then sold the property in 1996. Not sure when Kibbe sold his half. I just wanted to set the record straight!

Thank you,
Bill Simpson

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