The Checklist

The Checklist

How and when the checklist should be used, and why single-pilot IFR demands a different approach. My aviation career began like many; learning to fly in a humble Cessna 172 with a nearly-starving CFI at a non-controlled, rural one-runway airport. For me, the airport was Just Plane Fun Airpark in Nacogdoches, Texas; a short grass Read More

Quest Introduces Kodiak Series II

Quest Introduces Kodiak Series II

The latest derivative of the utility turboprop offers a sizeable list of technical improvements. Throughout my career in aviation, I’ve been fortunate to pilot a great spectrum of aircraft, both civilian and military. But if I had a “home,” in this industry, it would be in the single-engine turbine market. I’m most notably an instructor Read More

Garmin GFC 600

Garmin GFC 600

New autopilot is a retrofit game-changer. Bottom line: I really like the GFC 600 autopilot! My impression is that the GFC 600 will be the industry-standard retrofit solution for the Twin & Turbine fleet in record time. It is smooth, precise, interfaces easily with the pilot, and has a bunch of neat features that dramatically Read More

Retrofit Revolution

Retrofit Revolution

Thanks to investment by avionics manufacturers, there are a plethora of new advanced autopilots that bring safety features and capabilities to older generation aircraft.  It’s all about to change. The future for general aviation, and especially for those that operate twin and turbine airplanes, is super bright. There are many reasons for my optimism: One Read More