On Final

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

Which Airplane is for Me? Part 2

In our last episode, we found young David yearning to fly his own turbine airplane. In this episode, he visits new and exotic locales in search of what may be the perfect steed. But first, a few side trips. The MU-2 Reader Ken Sutton emailed me about the process he went through to find and Read More

Flying Aussie Style in a Cessna 182

Touring Australia in a Cessna 182 Eight days, 22 flight hours, memories for a lifetime “I have an idea,” said friend and Citation owner Kirk Samuelson. “Let’s meet in Sydney, rent Cessna 182’s, and fly around Australia.” “Sounds interesting, but I fly jets and haven’t flown a single-engine anything in over 40 years,” I replied. Read More

On Final: Learning to Fly Again

1. Single engine airplanes can be dangerous. They have tiny engines that fail for no good reason. Their electrical systems fry themselves leaving no backup power. Pilots fly them into buildings, mountains, and TV towers seemingly every day. 2. Patty and I are traveling to Australia and renting a Cessna 182 to fly around the Read More