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Piper’s Impressive Cheyenne III

Piper’s Impressive Cheyenne III

When Piper Aircraft announced its plans to build a big-cabin turboprop in late 1977, time was of the essence – only, we didn’t know it. It took another three years to get the airplane certificated, during which time the robust state of the general aviation manufacturing economy had begun to unravel. The Cheyenne III’s main Read More

Microjet Fun – Flying the SubSonex, With a Bonus!

Microjet Fun – Flying the SubSonex, With a Bonus!

The altimeter reads 9,500 MSL, but I’m only 3,000 feet or so above New Mexico’s high-desert terrain. If I crane my head over my shoulders, I can see the tips of my aircraft’s ruddervators. Yet, I’m still required to do clearing turns before beginning my maneuvers, so I do. I’m about halfway through my Permanent Read More

The Long Haul – The North Atlantic  and the PC-12NG

The Long Haul – The North Atlantic and the PC-12NG

Pilatus N47NG, Goose Bay. Ready to copy your oceanic clearance?” Even in today’s technological world, aviation continues to evoke many virtues of the past: Exploration, adventure, forging new roads (or, in our case, “holes in the sky”) and a myriad of other feelings, memories, sights, and sounds. One such privilege of flight wraps all of Read More

Bill Elliott’s Conquest II

Bill Elliott’s Conquest II

NASCAR champ and Conquest II pilot Bill Elliott seems like a character from The Andy Griffith Show who would have been nicknamed “Rocket.” He lives at the base of the Blue Ridge mountains in Dawsonville, Georgia, an hour north of Atlanta. He speaks with a pleasant drawl and has countless stories, from working at his Read More