On Final

So You Want to Buy an Airplane

Each time I buy an airplane (now on number 10) I get a little more organized. Perhaps you can learn from my successes and failures. Here’s some things you should consider. Who Are You Buying From? My experience with purchasing from the manufacturer (Textron in my case) on both new and used Citations has been Read More

When the Lights Went Out

“Want to fly with me to see the total eclipse?” The text from friend and M2 owner Larry King seemed simple enough. Since the viewing percentage in the Dallas area would be only 70 percent, why not take the airplane to a location where we could experience what many had not seen for nearly 100 Read More

Hot and Bothered

Summertime pre-flights can be a pain. By the time I am finished with all my chores on a 100-degree ramp, I am uncomfortably drenched in sweat. I tend to rush things hoping to get in the air sooner and to cooler temperatures. By contrast, a preflight on any summer morning in Gunnison, Colorado is delightful. Read More

On Final: Meet November 4-1-6 Delta Mike

Buying a new car can be a wonderful experience. After you get over writing the check, that is. An undeniable new vehicle smell permeates the interior. The slick paint glistens under rows of hot white lights in the showroom. And if that new vehicle is an airplane, you can multiply the sensations by 10. Such Read More

On Final: The Envelope Please

My documented search for the next airplane has generated more reader feedback that I imagined possible. Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised that pilots are opinionated. Boy, we love our airplanes! I heard from lots of MU2, Commander, and Conquest owners. From Eclipse lovers. From King Air pilots. From Citation 501 folks. Even a Piaggio and Read More