IS&S Autothrottle System for PC-12s and King Airs

Okay, so you’ve lined your twin up for takeoff, advance the throttles, V1, V2, rotate, and just after you’ve stowed the gear, the left engine gives up. As you try to “rub your head and pat your tummy,” you reactively do your best to control the airplane and keep it flying. But, in your attempt Read More

Avionics Upgrades<br>How New Avionics Affect<br>Aircraft Value

Avionics Upgrades
How New Avionics Affect
Aircraft Value

As much as we’d like to believe they are value-adding, the fact is, many variables impact just how much your new avionics will positively impact the bottom line when it comes time to sell.  I can tell you from many years of personal experience; new avionics have a nearly hypnotic effect on aircraft owners. When Read More

Are Engine Maintenance Programs Worth the Money?

Are Engine Maintenance Programs Worth the Money?

Like any kind of “extended coverage” arrangement, engine maintenance programs (EMPs) are polarizing subjects. Some say they’re unquestionably worth the value they deliver, while others are just as sure that they’re worthless.  What do early color TVs have to do with first-gen turbine aircraft engines? Well, more than you might think. In the early days Read More

Baron Pilot: Flying to the Top of the YouTube Charts

Baron Pilot: Flying to the Top of the YouTube Charts

Photos by Elizabeth Allenbaugh Kristoffer Patasnik combined his love of aviating and his Beechcraft Baron to create a popular YouTube series that he hopes will motivate aspiring aircraft owners, pilots and passengers. Like most of us, Kristoffer Patasnik was bitten by the aviation bug while in grade school, which means he spent, or misspent, depending Read More

Digital Weather Radar:  Past, Present and Future

Digital Weather Radar: Past, Present and Future

“Conversation about the weather (radar) is the last refugeof the unimaginative.”  – Oscar Wilde, Irish Dramatist Obviously, Mr. Wilde was not a pilot – well, at least not a pilot that did any serious instrument flying. If he were, he’d have a much greater appreciation for the safety-enhancing capabilities offered by airborne weather radar.  When Read More