February 2020

Misfueling Discussion

"It really doesn’t matter if you are the smartest pilot in the world, or have the most endorsements in your logbook, at the end of the day, it still comes down to diligently checking every box." I want to thank our readers who reached out to me following my December editor’s briefing, “In Honor of Dr. Read More


In Response to David Miller’s “Irrational Behavior” (December) I just read your piece in the December edition of Twin & Turbine. I learned to fly at age 11 in 1969 and have owned two Bonanzas and four new Barons over the course of my flying career. We took our two teenage sons all over the Read More

Keep Calm and Keep Flying the Plane: Tammie Jo Shults talks about preparation, attitude and having faith in the face of an emergency.

It was one 10-minute snippet in time that made Tammie Jo Shults famous. A Southwest Airlines captain, Shults and her co-pilot Darren Ellisor were celebrated for successfully landing their Boeing 737 after a catastrophic, uncontained engine failure at altitude caused an explosive decompression that greatly compromised the aircraft’s flying characteristics. She was hailed for her Read More

Top Turboprop Series: King Air 90 and Turbine Duke

Photos Courtesy of Clint Goff If you’ve read my writings, you know that I love the PA46 series of airplanes. They are designed for the owner who craves efficiency and speed – both characteristics I find appealing in an airplane. So, it is no wonder that I really appreciate the JetPROP conversion provided by Rocket Read More

Garmin Debuts the GI 275: An electronic replacement for legacy primary flight instruments.

Garmin announced the release of a totally new instrument – the GI 275. The Garmin GI 275 is unique, having the capability to replace a number of legacy instruments depending upon configuration and installation.  The GI 275 can serve as the primary instrument for various functions, including attitude indicator (AI), attitude directional indicator (ADI), course Read More

Aerial Refueling: “Flexibility is the key to air power.”

13:00 Southern Missouri (25,000 Feet)  As he intently scans the horizon and cloud layer thousands of feet below his small window, the boom operator sees a black, spaceship-looking figure fast approaching. If his search methods were not so deliberate and perceptive, the incoming object could have easily been overlooked. Seconds later, the unmistakable outline of Read More

Five on the Fly: Major Rudy J. Belew

WHO: Major Rudy J. Belew COMPANY: Kansas Air National Guard POSITION: KC-135R Pilot and OST Chief of Aircrew Training HOMEBASE: Topeka Regional Airport (KFOE) RATINGS: FAA – Commercial, Multi-Engine and Instrument;  Military – Instructor/Evaluator Pilot HOURS: 2500 1. What led you to pursue a career in aviation? I grew up in an aviation family and began Read More

The Compliance Spectrum

It’s a phrase found frequently in NTSB reports: “The pilot’s failure to….” An (admittedly old) NTSB survey of accidents from 1978 through 1990 revealed that procedural noncompliance was a factor in 78 percent of all crashes. It’s one thing to say the pilot failed to comply with a procedure. It’s another thing entirely to understand Read More

Turning Professional

Every month I receive a surprising number of reader emails from pilots on the subject of turning professional. Almost all have a couple of thousand hours of flying time, a commercial license and are in their 50s or early 60s. Many are professionals in other fields such as doctors, lawyers or accountants, or have been Read More

Straight from the Heart

You see this guy, this guy’s in love with…flying. – Herb Alpert, 1968 For some that are compensated monetarily for flying airplanes over and over (and over and over), it’s easy to forget that being around airplanes once elicited very joyful emotions. Many have forgotten the epiphany when our curiosity, courage and checkbook overcame anxiety Read More

Graduating from the Academy

My airspeed is decreasing below 90 knots and the airplane is climbing even though we are in level flight,” I yelled to Larry Barna, my sim instructor. “I am going to switch the ADC (air data computer) to number two.”  “Dave, remember when you flew a Baron,” replied Larry. “You don’t have an ADC problem. Your Read More