A Hair’s Breadth

A Hair’s Breadth

Many pilots don’t realize that an aircraft certificated for flight in icing conditions (sometimes called Flight in Icing Conditions, or FIKI, or simply “known ice” certification) are not designed, safe or legal to operate with impunity in all icing conditions. If the rate of ice accumulation is too great even “known ice” airplanes are not Read More

Stability Distribution

Stability Distribution

Photo courtesy of PAUL BOWEN PHOTOGRAPHY. One of the unique aspects of flying twin-engine and turbine airplanes is the wide range of operating weights. Even more important, utilizing more or less of this loading capability means there is potentially a much wider range of centers of gravity compared to smaller aircraft. Changes in CG location Read More

The Difference Between  Good and Bad Decisions

The Difference Between Good and Bad Decisions

Consider yourself in this situation: You’re receiving your Flight Review in your own airplane. You’re in the traffic pattern to a runway that is not terribly short, but your performance calculations reveal to be close to the minimum length you personally accept under the day’s conditions. There’s a 30-foot tall line of trees on the Read More

Evaluating Weather & Exercising Options

I planned to fly up to Oshkosh from Wichita on Friday before AirVenture. My plan, following suggestions I included in “Are You Good Enough to Fly into Oshkosh?” (July issue), was to fly about 2.5 hours to Dubuque, Iowa (KDBQ), top off the fuel tanks, then make the roughly one-hour hop to Oshkosh following the Read More

Stability, Steep Turns  & Spirals

Stability, Steep Turns & Spirals

The recent, fatal crash of a vintage military trainer provides valuable lessons for pilots of twin and turbine airplanes as well. The NTSB reports: …a North American SNJ-5 airplane impacted terrain following a loss of control during initial climb after takeoff from runway 13R at Kingsville Naval Air Station (NQI), Kingsville, Texas. The pilot and Read More