August 2019

National Aviation Day

  Get ready to celebrate! August 19 marks the 80th annual National Aviation Day – a holiday dedicated to honoring aviation’s achievements and pioneers of flight.  As readers of this magazine, I think it’s safe to assume that aviation has impacted your life in some way. The majority of you are owner-pilots and chief pilots Read More


In Response to Kevin Ware’s “Check Ride” (June) The first place I go in Twin & Turbine is to Kevin Ware’s stories. It is uncanny how the life of pilots can parallel each other. There are many common threads. What brings me to comment this time is not the check ride (as a Part 135 Read More

Orange is the New Black (and Yellow)

  If you haven’t noticed, it’s construction season. And I’m not just talking about those annoying orange barrels that lead to blood-pressure-raising traffic backups on your local highway. I’m talking about the other annoying construction that has invaded more than 5 dozen airports across the United States.  I’m personally feeling the pain. My home airport, Read More

Great Getaways: Ox Hunting Ranch • Uvalde, Texas

Ox Hunting Ranch in Uvalde, Texas sits atop 18,000 acres of Texas Hill Country and is regarded by many as one of the best hunting ranches in the world. Though primarily a mecca for hunting, the ranch also offers dozens of activities for the whole family along with luxurious, rustic-themed accommodations. Activities and Amenities Ox Read More

Target Your Training

  A friend of mine is a successful business owner who flies a number of airplanes, including a single-pilot Cessna Citation. I ran into him at a recent NBAA event, and of course, the conversation focused on flying. At one point, he said, “Someone should tell the FAA that the workload in a single-pilot turbine aircraft Read More

NASCAR Champion Takes on Manufacturing

“NASCAR looks at private aviation as a necessity. We just could not succeed without it.” Within just a few minutes of our interview, it is clear NASCAR driver and entrepreneur Brad Keselowski is a big advocate for private aviation. Not for the flash and luxuries his fans might relate to jet ownership – but for the Read More

Five on the Fly: Matt Stringfellow

WHO: Matt Stringfellow POSITION: Managing Partner HOMEBASE: Chicago Executive Airport (Old Palwaukee, KPWK) RATINGS: ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI 1. Can you describe your introduction to general aviation?   I took my first flight when I was 13; it was a tour of Boulder, CO, where I grew up. From there, I was hooked and used the money Read More

Broker or No Broker? The Smart and Safe Approach to Purchasing an Aircraft

“Buying an airplane can be risky and complicated. It is critical to enter that journey with someone who asks you lots of questions to understand your mission and goals.” - A. Baker, owner of Gulfstream 200, Premier 1, Citation CJ1+, Cheyenne 400 and Piper Meridian The purchase of an aircraft is both an investment and a Read More

The Problem with Juneau

I am sitting in the left seat of a King Air 300 simulator configured for the Runway 08 departure from the Juneau Airport (PAJN) in low IFR conditions. I have the power up and the airplane rolling only to find the simulator (unlike a real King Air) has more rudder pedal sensitivity than a Pitts Special Read More

Oshkosh 2019: Year of the Fighter There are only two types of aircraft – fighters and targets.

  In 1972, “American Pie” by Don McLean, “Rocket Man” by Elton John, “Saturday in the Park” by Chicago and “Go All the Way” by The Raspberries were hits. My hair was shoulder length, shoes were platform, pants were bell-bottom and I did not yet have 100 hours flying time. I ventured to Oshkosh that Read More

Saying Goodbye to My Mustang

    I’m still not ready to admit you’re gone. We traveled together from coast to coast. Sometimes just the two of us. Streaking through the morning skies. On our lofty perch at 410. We could communicate without speaking. I knew when you had enough. Like trying to climb heavy and hot. Others couldn’t quite Read More