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Surviving COVID-19

No, not the disease. I have been lucky there. But our esteemed Twin & Turbine contributor, Rich Pickett, did just that and has eloquently written about his scary ordeal (see this month’s Editor’s Briefing). Welcome back, Rich! All I had to do is survive living cooped up at home for months. It was truly a Read More

First Flight Back

                  ‘Twas the night before May first, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, Patty and Peaches asleep on the couch Foreflight on the iPad by the chimney with care In preparation for my first flight in six weeks though I dare I sprang Read More

First Solo–Again

“November seven three zero Juliet Alpha, will you need a runup at the end?”  I was ready for the question from Love ground control (KDAL) but anxious about the flight. It wasn’t the weather. But after 14 years of exclusively flying jets, this would be my first solo flight in a King Air. “Negative, zero Read More

Jet or Turboprop: Which is Easier to Fly?

It sounds like a pretty easy question, right? Maybe not. The answer depends on when your airplane was designed. The newer the certification, the more integrated the airplane. The Citation Mustang, a 2006 design, has about 50 switches, levers and toggles to manipulate. The King Air C90 has more than 90. The latest single-engine turbine Read More

Roundtrip to Wichita at the Speed Of…

“I need to drop my M2 off at the service center in Wichita. Want to fly right seat?” came the voicemail question from friend Larry King. “Oh, and I might buy a 206, so Cessna will take us home on a demo flight back to Dallas,” he added. Now, that might be an interesting trip, I Read More