Confessions of an Old Grouchy Aviation Skeptic

Confessions of an Old Grouchy Aviation Skeptic

The following is guest editorial by my father Randy Groom, an industry veteran and owner-pilot. 2020 marks the 40th year since I left college and joined the general aviation industry at Beechcraft in Wichita. In those 40 years, I have watched with amazement as new designs and new airframe companies attempted, and in some cases, succeeded Read More

An Unforgettable Journey

An Unforgettable Journey

The first time I heard the Skyhawk check in on frequency, I was 30 miles off the coast of Georgetown, Guyana. From the sound of it, they appeared to be about 60 miles behind me and based on our mutual headwind, probably only doing about 90 knots. I had no idea who they were or Read More

Upgrading to Garmin G500 TXi

Upgrading to Garmin G500 TXi

It’s common knowledge that upgrading an older airplane’s panel is an expensive affair. So how do owners justify taking a legal, functioning legacy stack of avionics and replacing them with all-new technology? Some simply seek the “latest and greatest” for their aircraft. Some start with the steps necessary to become ADS-B compliant and then keep Read More