February 2016

Incomplete Information

The morning sky was clear, I was enjoying a 50-knot tailwind, and I would soon be landing to pick up the passenger for the return trip. We would be back home for lunch. On such days, it was great to enjoy the freedom and flexibility of general aviation transportation. The only annoyance was strong westerly Read More

Grumman Mohawk Turboprop Twin

Dr. Joe Masessa, like the majority of us, had boyhood dreams of being a pilot, and an astronaut as well, since he grew up in the 1970s during the Lunar landings. He hung around a lot of airshows, soaking up their ambience, and after he went into the medical field and established his dermatology surgery Read More

Airborne Radar for Navigation?

Strange that airborne radar is so seldom used nowadays for its original purpose. Bob Buck, author of the perennially-popular book “Weather Flying” and one of the greatest aviators of all time, once told me how in olden days he used airborne radar to navigate from Rome down across the Adriatic Sea to Athens. Due to Read More

Mohawk Memories

In the mid-1950s, the U.S. Army contracted with Grumman Aircraft to develop a light turboprop observation and support airplane, one capable of operating out of rough forward airstrips yet fast and agile enough to evade the enemy’s countermeasures. The outcome was called the OV-1A Mohawk, in keeping with the Army’s use of native names for Read More

Conflicting Priorities

The multiengine instructor radioed Air Traffic Control that an engine was on fire. The nighttime training flight was about four miles from Okmulgee Airport, near Tulsa, Oklahoma. The instructor requested a straight-in approach to Runway 1L at Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Riverside Airport, where the Beechcraft twin was based. The controller asked the pilot to repeat the Read More

A Winter Storm Primer

From late November through April, fierce winter storms often assault the continental United States and southern Canada. The effects can be devastating in their cumulative effect because some of these storms are not particularly fast movers, while others, such as a Nor’easter, can develop very rapidly and catch pilots unawares. Either way, they can be Read More

En Route Whisper Prop Propeller System from BLR Aerospace

Whisper Prop®, the ultra-quiet, low-vibration King Air propeller system from BLR Aerospace, is gaining market share and growing in popularity. Ten Whisper Prop systems have been sold for King Air 90, 200 and 350 aircraft, according to BLR Vice President of Sales and Marketing Dave Marone. “The jury is in,” Marone said prior to the Read More

En Route Book Review

Floatplane Odyssey, by William T. Coleman, recounts the 1990 flight of veteran seaplane pilot Tom Casey’s Around The World Flight in a floatplane. Desiring to recreate the U.S. Navy’s 1924 circumnavigation, but only by landing on water, Casey flew alone, seeking sponsorships and support from every angle. He and his wheel-less Cessna 206 completed the Read More

En Route Pilatus Enhances PC-12 NG for 2016

For 2016, Pilatus’ best-selling single turboprop PC-12 NG offers greater speed, better takeoff and climb performance, more cabin comfort, greater range, and a quieter cabin, with no increase in fuel burn or operating cost. The 2016 PC-12 NG cruises at a new maximum speed of 285 knots, thanks to a number of enhancements to reduce Read More

On Final Just Along for the Ride

The term “Pilot in Command” or PIC is pretty special to most of us. It connotes someone who knows what they are doing, ready in an instant to make crucial lifesaving decisions. It describes everything we do in the cockpit. But what about those times when we have no earthly idea what is going on? Read More