The Spark

The Spark

Whenever I am interacting with owner-pilots, I’m interested in hearing how they became interested in flying. I find it fascinating to learn how people with diverse backgrounds discovered aviation. Research has shown people find their way to the left seat three primary ways: Would-be pilots are introduced to aviation by a parent, relative or friend Read More

What Makes a Turboprop Safer? Answer: You

What Makes a Turboprop Safer? Answer: You

Two engines or one? If your aircraft is equipped with the highly reliable Pratt & Whitney Canada PT-6 turboprop engine, are you really safer in a twin rather than a single?  This perennial debate gets resurrected every time there is a high-profile crash. And we’ve had a few in the last few months that caught Read More

Orange is the New Black (and Yellow)

  If you haven’t noticed, it’s construction season. And I’m not just talking about those annoying orange barrels that lead to blood-pressure-raising traffic backups on your local highway. I’m talking about the other annoying construction that has invaded more than 5 dozen airports across the United States.  I’m personally feeling the pain. My home airport, Read More

Knowing When to Say No

A spring bomb cyclone hits the Midwest. Historic flooding swamps the Midwest and Southeast. Heat waves smother Florida and the Southwest. A stuck pattern in the jet stream creates a trough over the western United States, which allowed systems to push further south than typical for late May into June.  If you were anywhere near the Read More

Normalizing Upset Recovery Training

Not that many years ago, most general aviation pilots were taught to fly using tailwheel airplanes before tricycle-gear aircraft, with their inherently more stable characteristics. My mother learned to fly nearly 60 years ago in an Aeronca Champ with no electrical system, something that was very common at airfields across the country. Flying that little Read More