Five on the Fly: Walt Fricke

The Veterans Airlift Command provides free private air transportation to post 9/11 combat wounded and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots. WHO: Walt Fricke POSITION: Veterans Airlift Command Airboss/Chairman/Founder HOMEBASE: Minneapolis, MN RATINGS: Commerical ASMEL, Instrument (airplane & helicopter), Glider HOURS: 5,000 1. What Read More

Editor’s Briefing: A New Chapter

It is with great honor and pleasure that I write my first editorial briefing.  First, I want to thank Dianne White for this incredible opportunity. I have been writing for Twin & Turbine since early 2017 and she has quickly become one of my greatest mentors and inspirations. Her creativity, professionalism and drive are of Read More

Five on the Fly: Ryan Reid

Five on the Fly: Ryan Reid

WHO: Ryan Reid POSITION: Sales Account Manager, Chief Pilot Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics HOMEBASE: Wichita, Kansas RATINGS: Commercial Single Engine Land, Commercial Multi-Engine Land, CFI, CFII, AGI, IGI HOURS: 1,500   1. Can you describe your role at Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics?  I have worn several hats over the course of my nine years. Some of my Read More

Five on the Fly: Rob Wells

Five on the Fly: Rob Wells

Above Featured Image: Brazilian Kodiak dealer Jim Cable pictured with Rob Wells. WHO: Rob Wells  Homebase: Sandpoint, Idaho / Seattle, WA POSITION: CEO of  Quest Aircraft RATINGS:  ATP with multiple turboprop (including Starship!) and jet type ratings HOURS: 8,000+ 1. You have dedicated more than four decades to business aviation. What aspects about the industry have you Read More

Getting the Most Out of Your PT6A

Getting the Most Out of Your PT6A

The turbine engine is the single most expensive component on an airplane. Here’s how to best manage and minimize maintenance. Now found in more than 70 aircraft models, the PT6A engine family is a powerhouse among the turboprop world – and with good reason. With versions varying from 500-1,700 shaft horsepower, the engine has proven to Read More