July 2018

Aviation Tapestry

As EAA AirVenture approaches, I find myself reflecting on the many varying threads that bring more than half-a-million people together for the world’s “Greatest Aviation Celebration.” In particular, I wonder about the attending pilots who, for one week, are surrounded by like-minded and passionate fellow pilots. Certainly, a unique setting given that only .002% of Read More


In Response to Kevin Ware’s “It’s All About the Ice”  I just wanted to say I enjoyed Kevin Ware’s excellent and informative piece regarding icing in the Pacific Northwest (May 2018 issue). We may have passed in the dark at altitude in years gone by. I was the aviation manager for GTE for many years Read More

EAA AirVenture 2018 Preview; Historic aircraft and anniversaries underline the “Year of the Tanker”

(Lead Photo Courtesy of Boeing Company) Following a record-breaking show in 2017, EAA Chairman, Jack Pelton claimed it was possibly the best AirVenture week he had ever seen. Between the Apollo reunion, historic bomber flights, WWII reenactments and Blue Angels performances, EAA set themselves a high bar. Scheduled for July 23-29 this year, EAA hopes Read More

Are You Good Enough to Fly into Oshkosh?

(Lead Photo Courtesy of PAUL BOWEN PHOTOGRAPHY) Flying into Oshkosh, Wisconsin’s Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH) for EAA AirVenture is an amazing experience. But it’s one that requires special expertise, and for you to be at the very top of your game. Come to think of it, we need to be at our very best every time Read More

Five on the Fly: Kirby Chambliss

WHO: Kirby Chambliss POSITION: Owner, Team Chambliss Aerobatic Performer & Red Bull Air Race Pilot HOMEBASE: Flying Crown Ranch near Eloy, AZ FLEET: Piper M600 Edge 540 (airshow plane) Two-place Edge 540T (for media/publicity) 1946 Piper J3 Cub Fieseler Storch RATINGS & HOURS: ATP 28,000 hours NUMBER SKYDIVE JUMPS: 1000+ Aerobatic champion and Red Bull Air Race star Kirby Read More

On the Fence About Going to AirVenture Oshkosh? Here’s 10 Reasons Not To.

(Lead Photo Courtesy of Connor Madison) As the topic for my Editor’s Briefing a few years ago, I penned a piece called “10 Reasons Why You Should Go to Oshkosh This Year.” Being perennially passionate about general aviation’s biggest celebration, the article was inspired by my efforts to convince my spouse to make the trek Read More

The Flying Black Cadillac. And other tales from the flight line.

We land, call ground control and then head for the FBO keeping a sharp look out for the “line guy,” who is usually some young fellow wearing a uniform shirt and holding a set of orange wands. With signals practiced at home in front of his bathroom mirror, he expertly directs us to a tight Read More

Aviation Adjectives, Adverbs and Accolades

With Plenty of Petroleum and Properly Positioned in Perfectly Peaceful Air, Pilots Pine to Promote  the Purposeful Pleasures of Piloting  The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning. – Mark Twain I have become sensitive to the use of “wrong” words. “We’d Read More

NBAA Focus: NBAA Continues Investment in Developing Future Industry Workforce

Business aviation faces an unprecedented shortage of qualified workers to fill roles in flight departments, maintenance facilities and support operations. NBAA is dedicated to bolstering the business aviation workforce of today, while also developing the next generation of industry leaders. For example, earlier this year NBAA joined with fellow aviation stakeholders to support the Aviation Read More

NBAA Focus: Montana’s Bozeman Airport Sets Positive Example for Airport Operators

Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) in Montana is among the busiest and fastest-growing small-hub airports in the Northwest, hosting a variety of aircraft operations, including scheduled airlines, Part 91 and Part 135 operators, helicopters, glider towing, air ambulance, cargo, military training, flight schools and light general aviation. To their credit, airport management and the Gallatin Read More

NBAA Focus: FAA Approves Extension to NBAA Small Aircraft Exemption

 The FAA recently approved an extension to NBAA’s Small Aircraft Exemption, allowing NBAA members that operate small aircraft to take advantage of the flexibility usually offered to operators of larger, turbine-powered aircraft. Additionally, the FAA has removed a previous limitation that restricted the use of the exemption only to operations conducted within the United States. Read More

En Route: Pilatus Extends PC-12 Maintenance Intervals

Pilatus engineers recently developed and certified a new “PC-12 Master Maintenance Plan” to give owners greater flexibility with regard to the timing of required inspections and maintenance. The plan applies to all PC-12 Series, and is expected to reduce required maintenance labor by 20 to 40 percent. Based on a detailed analysis of in-service fleet Read More

En Route: Daher Announces ISR Configuration

Last month, Daher revealed a new ISR configuration of its TBM 910 and TBM 930 single-turboprop aircraft. The enhanced ISR capability for Daher’s current TBM family aircraft was announced during Eurosatory, an international defense and security show held in Paris.  This new TBM configuration is characterized by underwing hardpoints that enable the aircraft to be Read More

High Performance Buffet

 It began with a casual call from my M2 friend, Larry King. “Have you ever been to Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting?” he asked. “No, I’m not a shareholder and I’ve never been invited,” I replied. “Well, I am. Let’s go,” said Larry. It turns out there is a lot of planning involved in such a Read More