June 2018

Editor’s Briefing: A New Chapter

It is with great honor and pleasure that I write my first editorial briefing.  First, I want to thank Dianne White for this incredible opportunity. I have been writing for Twin & Turbine since early 2017 and she has quickly become one of my greatest mentors and inspirations. Her creativity, professionalism and drive are of Read More


In Response to Kevin Ware’s “Higher Minimums” I always read your articles with interest however, the April article truly hit home. Very well written and thought out. I, like you, am a high time retired AF and airline pilot. I now fly King Airs and personally own a 340 that I love. You hit the Read More

Speed, Stability and Range Converge

A test flight in Tamarack’s active winglet-equipped Citation CJ3 Tamarack Aerospace Group has been developing and installing winglets on members of the Cessna Citation 525 series for several years now. They began with the CJ1 (525) in 2013 and received FAA certification in December 2016, followed by EASA approval a year later (Dianne White wrote about Read More

On a Swivel

Recently, two aboard a Cessna 150 died when the trainer collided with a Cessna 525 Citation jet on the runway at Marion Municipal Airport in Marion, Indiana. The C150 was attempting to take off to the southeast on Runway 15 when it struck the tail of the Citation, which had just landed from the north Read More

Iguanas, Tortoises & Bad Gas

Several years ago, we decided to fly our Cessna 340 from its home base in Washington State (KBVS) down through Mexico and Central America to Ecuador, and then 600 nm across the Pacific to the Galapagos. Well-maintained airplane; two high-time ATP pilots; veteran passenger wives; two airplanes in loose company (a Baron and Cirrus) and Read More

Managed Co-Ownership

Innovative ownership model goes from concept to reality, receiving a positive market response. Since the Wright Brothers, operators have fought to leverage the benefits of aviation at a sensible cost. Over a century late, aircraft users flying less than 200 hours per year are engaging in the same battle.  Last year, a new company Partners Read More

Impact of New Tax Bill on Aircraft Values

It is difficult, if not impossible, to isolate the exact impact of the new tax bill on aircraft values. There are many concurrent factors that may have an impact on aircraft values e.g. the economy, regulatory environment and inventory, to name a few. However, we can observe what has been going on in the market Read More

Five on the Fly: Walt Fricke

The Veterans Airlift Command provides free private air transportation to post 9/11 combat wounded and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots. WHO: Walt Fricke POSITION: Veterans Airlift Command Airboss/Chairman/Founder HOMEBASE: Minneapolis, MN RATINGS: Commerical ASMEL, Instrument (airplane & helicopter), Glider HOURS: 5,000 1. What Read More

License to Learn: A Pilot’s Learning Curve is Unending

Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect. - Captain A. G. Lamplugh You have undoubtedly discovered along your hallowed, obstacle-strewn path to aviation enlightenment, that something is learned or re-learned in the course of every trip. If Read More

Slightly LOST

As I mentioned in last month’s column, both FlightSafety and TRU Simulation + Training are offering enhanced training scenarios for Citation operators. These two-hour courses are in addition to regular 61.58 annual requirements, and are designed to provide more in-depth knowledge about a specific operational topic. In March, I added one of these scenarios during Read More