On Final

Left, Right or Straight Ahead

During thunderstorm season in the U.S., added considerations are required almost every flight. Such was the case in June as I departed with four passengers to Tampa, Florida. The flight down from ADS (Addison, Texas) was fairly routine as we deviated around several buildups along the Alabama and Florida coastlines. Arriving at KTPA (Tampa) however, Read More

To Stop or Not To Stop

The following recent, fairly long trip in the Mustang nicely illustrates just how many different factors come into play when flight planning. A group of Citation owners including myself were invited to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles (KIAD) for tours and meetings. To top it off, we would walk alongside the space shuttle Read More

High Performance Buffet

High Performance Buffet

 It began with a casual call from my M2 friend, Larry King. “Have you ever been to Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting?” he asked. “No, I’m not a shareholder and I’ve never been invited,” I replied. “Well, I am. Let’s go,” said Larry. It turns out there is a lot of planning involved in such a Read More

Slightly LOST

As I mentioned in last month’s column, both FlightSafety and TRU Simulation + Training are offering enhanced training scenarios for Citation operators. These two-hour courses are in addition to regular 61.58 annual requirements, and are designed to provide more in-depth knowledge about a specific operational topic. In March, I added one of these scenarios during Read More

A Change in the Wind

I have been flying long enough to have seen a remarkable evolution in flying. From renting a vacuum-gauge Cherokee 140 for $10 an hour ($5 more if you wanted an instructor) to Cirrus and Cessna products with avionics more capable than some air carriers. Simulators have evolved also. The “Link” multi-engine box I used in Read More