Learning the Differences

Learning the Differences

The challenge is figuring what is unique or different about a new-to-you airplane, then applying that information in some practical fashion.” One of the companies I fly for recently acquired a Gulfstream 150, and over the past several months, our pilot group (mostly accustomed to flying lighter Learjets and Citations) has been getting checked out Read More

Only in America

Only in America

I am 15,500 feet over the approach end of Runway 26L at McCarran International Airport (KLAS) in Las Vegas. I am in a Cessna 340 and not required to talk to anyone on the radio. But for awareness reasons, I have the tower controller on Com 1, who is talking nonstop to inbound airline traffic. Read More

Just Plain Magic

Just Plain Magic

I am standing well away from the operations area of our airport in the middle of a huge meadow of tall yellow grass, with most of the green stalks having long ago given themselves over to the inevitability of fall. A shaft of sunlight is occasionally shining through the broken to overcast cloud layer about 2,000 Read More

The Touch

The Touch

I am sitting in the jump seat of a CJ2 brandishing my seldom-used CFI ticket and CE-525 type rating to complete a 61.55 ride for the pilot in the right front seat. It turns out that the pilot, Carolyn, let her second-in-command authorization run out a week ago and she and her husband John have a Read More

The Problem with Juneau

The Problem with Juneau

I am sitting in the left seat of a King Air 300 simulator configured for the Runway 08 departure from the Juneau Airport (PAJN) in low IFR conditions. I have the power up and the airplane rolling only to find the simulator (unlike a real King Air) has more rudder pedal sensitivity than a Pitts Special Read More