February 2019

2019 Optimism

Each month my local aero club, the Wichita Aero Club (WAC), hosts a luncheon where dozens of industry professionals, pilots and city leaders congregate to foster and promote aviation, both locally and nationally. I have attended a number of these luncheons over the past few years and find it to be a fantastic networking and Read More


In Response to Kevin Ware’s “A Medical Look at Hypoxia” (December) I enjoy your articles in Twin & Turbine and had a question regarding your most recent. After flying a Baron 58 for 22 years, I recently acquired a JetProp and enjoy it immensely. My aircraft is equipped with an emergency O2 bottle right behind Read More

Return to Service Checklist

Getting back in the saddle following an extended break. A few years ago, I began experiencing discomfort in my hips while running. I was training for a half-marathon – my favorite distance race – and was struggling through my weekly mileage goals. Thinking it was a pulled or overworked muscle, I treated it with heat/cold packs, Read More

When the Rubber Doesn’t Meet the Road

We’ve got a problem in the twin and turbine world, and I predict this problem is going to cause the demise of many nice and flyable airplanes this winter. What is the problem, you ask? Pilots accepting contaminated runways with a crosswind. I’ve preached about this issue to clients during training events for years, yet Read More

L-39 Albatros: Own and Fly a Fighter Jet

 The dream of flight began when we became enviously aware of our avian cohabitants. Pilots who have achieved this dream are summoned by a siren song offered in various meters. Some are drawn to a remote terminus difficult to reach by commercial carriage (traveling without interaction with TSA is a major benefit). Many merely love Read More

Cheap at Any Price

Our twin and turbine aircraft are expensive to operate, and I occasionally wonder if the extra cost is worth it. But recently, I had to return from a trip to Phoenix via the airlines that very quickly corrected any doubt I had about the value of the business aircraft we operate – and often take Read More

Five on the Fly: Guido Warnecke

WHO: Guido Warnecke POSITION: Worldwide Ferry Pilot, Owner of GW Aerologistics LLC HOMEBASE: Danbury, CT (KDXR) RATINGS: ATPL (SACAA and FAA) with types in BE30, CE-525, CE-500, G159, GLF2 FLIGHT HOURS: 10,000+   1. Can you describe your introduction to general aviation? I was born and raised in Germany and was always fascinated by flying, mainly Read More

Best Tugs: Advanced Towing

We are fortunate in aviation to have a number of innovative companies to support our industry. One company in particular caught my eye a couple of years ago as I searched for a replacement tug for my aircraft. I scoured numerous options but upon approaching Best Tugs at EAA AirVenture in 2017, I selected their Read More

Gettin’ Hitched

Left Brain = logic, language, math.  Right Brain = art, music, intuition, love. How to engage both when towing an airplane. Saying ‘I Do’ to DIY aircraft towing. What makes an airplane fly? Airspeed and money, right? Regulations, physicals, training, financing, maintenance, insurance, fuel, cleaning and towing can merely be a means to our end Read More

How to Train an Astronaut

 “Hey Dave, I’m getting my Mustang type rating next month at FlightSafety. Would you ride right seat in the simulator and mentor me for the class?”  While I have heard this request before, it has never come from an astronaut – and an impressive one to boot. Charlie Precourt, a veteran of four shuttle missions, Read More