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To Trade or Not to Trade

To Trade or Not to Trade

For the past 20 years, I have owned the same airplane: a 1979 RTSOL RAM VII Cessna 340A. From time to time, there is a maintenance event, artful advertising from a manufacturer or colorful photos in one of the aircraft sales magazines that makes me wonder, “Maybe I should change to a different airplane.” This Read More

Baron Pilot: Flying to the Top of the YouTube Charts

Baron Pilot: Flying to the Top of the YouTube Charts

Photos by Elizabeth Allenbaugh Kristoffer Patasnik combined his love of aviating and his Beechcraft Baron to create a popular YouTube series that he hopes will motivate aspiring aircraft owners, pilots and passengers. Like most of us, Kristoffer Patasnik was bitten by the aviation bug while in grade school, which means he spent, or misspent, depending Read More

Magenta Sky: Know Your Radar

Magenta Sky: Know Your Radar

In addressing thunderstorm flying, the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) begins with this gem: “Never regard any thunderstorm lightly, even when radar echoes are of light intensity. Avoiding thunderstorms is the best policy.” It sounds like sage advice. One of those things that are great in theory, but rapidly becomes muddled in the grey shades of Read More

Digital Weather Radar:  Past, Present and Future

Digital Weather Radar: Past, Present and Future

“Conversation about the weather (radar) is the last refugeof the unimaginative.”  – Oscar Wilde, Irish Dramatist Obviously, Mr. Wilde was not a pilot – well, at least not a pilot that did any serious instrument flying. If he were, he’d have a much greater appreciation for the safety-enhancing capabilities offered by airborne weather radar.  When Read More

LOW AND FAST: the World of Agricultural Aviation

LOW AND FAST: the World of Agricultural Aviation

Photo Courtesy of Air Tractor According to the most recent survey by the National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA), there are approximately 3,500 agricultural pilots and 1,560 aerial application operations throughout the United States. Though a lesser-known side of aviation, the small businesses and pilots making up the industry play a vital role in helping farmers Read More