January 2021

Plane to Plane

You might have noticed we have published numerous (pre-owned) aircraft comparison articles over the past two years – beginning with the “Top Turboprop” series in the fall of 2019, followed by “Piston Power” last summer. T &T contributor Joe Casey has authored 10 comparison articles in all, garnering a great deal of positive reader feedback. Read More

When You Can’t Lose
That Nagging Feeling

You couldn’t ask for a more perfect day. A languid, high-pressure system bathed the central states in unseasonably warm temperatures, clear skies and light winds, an unusual reprieve for early December. It was an ideal day to move my aircraft from its home field in Rogers, AR, to Columbia, MO, to start a major avionics Read More

Transition to SETPs

Photo Courtesy of Clint Goff Congratulations! You’re about to transition into a single-engine turboprop (SETP)! You’ll need to use most of the skills you’ve developed as a pilot of a piston-engine airplane. But there are significant differences in the way you’ll fly a turboprop – and only some of them are related to the engine Read More

Prop to Prop
Comparing the Cirrus SR22T and Piper Meridian

Photo Courtesy of Clint Goff Let’s say you need a cross-country machine that will carry you, three others and bags to the destination with style, safety and speed. You’ve been flying for a while now, have a pilot’s license and instrument rating, filled your first logbook, started the second, and are ready to move up. Read More

Currency, Competence and Confidence

In my area of the country at least (Pacific Northwest), the COVID pandemic has resulted in a serious reduction in the amount of business and personal flying being conducted. This has been particularly noticeable to pilots like me who fly professionally on a fill-in or contract basis. Even the full-time guys are just barely getting Read More

Shirt Tails
Remembering Our First Solo Flight(s)

Learn with your brain; Remember with your heart. Our pilot ranks have shrunk over the last four decades and the aviation alphabet groups (EAA, AOPA, GAMA, NBAA, etc.) have made a concerted effort to get more younglings interested in flying – and I’m all for it. How could we not assist in exposing future generations Read More

Confessions of a
G1000 Driver

by Alex Jones, Owner-Pilot I bought my G58 Baron in January 2015 as an upgrade from the A36 Bonanza I had been flying for four years. The concurrent moves – Bonanza to Baron and modular to G1000 avionics – both offered improved utility with some additional challenges.  The Baron has allowed me to travel safely Read More

What Good Looks Like

Several years ago, the Citation Jet Pilots Association’s safety committee came up with the idea to produce a series of videos depicting challenges that pilots face in the cockpit. Things like engine failures on takeoff in mountainous terrain, circling approaches and landing on contaminated runways. We mused that if we could show less than admirable Read More