The Little Things About Big Engines

The Little Things About Big Engines

There’s no substitute for horsepower. Truer words have never been spoken. If you want speed, you need the engine that develops the greatest horsepower. Why? Try as you must, nothing will replace having more horses under the hood – not even leverage. You can move the world with a long lever, but you can’t move Read More

The Big Things About Little Engines

The Big Things About Little Engines

Bigger, faster, stronger…it’s always better, right? Well, maybe so and maybe no.  In aviation, smaller can bring some real benefits if there are size constraints. The airplane that can’t fit in your hangar will not do a lot of good. And parasite drag is directly commensurate with the size of the object being hurled though Read More

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