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My Father’s Son

Have you ever heard someone say, “He or she is just a natural pilot – it must be in their blood?” That has never been said about me. Instead, they say, “Have you always been funny?” I have the ability to make people laugh. Almost universally, the first thing that someone asks my wife Patty Read More



I am not sure if you have noticed, but there has been a rash of landing accidents or “runway excursions” lately. Sometimes weather related, but often just plain poor planning. Mistakes so fundamental that the pilot could have predicted the result before he or she even took off. One fatal accident involving a Phenom 300 Read More

How to Train an Astronaut

How to Train an Astronaut

 “Hey Dave, I’m getting my Mustang type rating next month at FlightSafety. Would you ride right seat in the simulator and mentor me for the class?”  While I have heard this request before, it has never come from an astronaut – and an impressive one to boot. Charlie Precourt, a veteran of four shuttle missions, Read More

Flying with  a Mentor

Flying with a Mentor

Many Twin & Turbine readers have come up through the ranks as masters of their own destiny. By that, I mean flying single pilot. Whether it be in a Cirrus, TBM, Baron, or King Air, many of the airplanes we fly are designed to be flown by one person. And, other than a BFR or Read More

A Challenging Day at the Office

Let’s be honest. Most of us are pretty darn good at running a business. Or a law office. Or a medical practice. But we are all significantly challenged every time we get in an airplane. Especially when poor weather is involved along with a perceived “need to get there.” Such was the case on October Read More