Piston Power Series: Cessna 421C vs. King Air C90

Piston Power Series: Cessna 421C vs. King Air C90

Let’s say you’ve got a family of six, and the kids are barely kids anymore. You used to be able to haul everyone around in a Piper Malibu, a Cessna 210 or a Cherokee 6, but the kids keep growing and waists keeps growing. Suffice it to say that your family is not what it Read More

Piston Power Series | Cirrus SR22 vs. Diamond DA62

Piston Power Series | Cirrus SR22 vs. Diamond DA62

Let’s say your regular mission is to fly two to four people about 500 nm, and everyone has a small bag to bring along. You have a penchant for the nicer avionics, believe a newer airframe will have better safety features and lower operational costs, and your spouse is a non-pilot who is far more Read More

Diamond DA62 | Across the Atlantic: A Ferry Flight Review

Diamond DA62 | Across the Atlantic: A Ferry Flight Review

Change is usually not welcome when it first enters your life, but often in hindsight that change ends up being the start of a good thing. The best-laid plans can be nice, but a diversion – an unplanned change that takes you down a road less traveled – can be the start of something exciting. Read More

Piston Power Series: Piper Malibu vs. Piper Mirage

Piston Power Series: Piper Malibu vs. Piper Mirage

Editor’s note: Though neither are twin or turbine, these two make an exception to be included in this piston series.  I think the piston versions of the PA46 are some of the sweetest airplanes on the planet. They fit a nice niche between the unpressurized semi-cross country piston airplanes and the pressurized “big airplanes” that are Read More

Piston Power Series: Cessna 310 and Beechcraft Baron

Piston Power Series: Cessna 310 and Beechcraft Baron

Two special people entered my work life about three years ago, also bringing along two special airplanes: Gerald West with his Cessna 310Q, and Deanna Wallace with a Beechcraft Baron 58. I would have enjoyed life with these two even without the airplanes, but they make the relationship all the more sweeter.  For decades, Gerald Read More