June 2019

Why an Extra?

The focus on prevention is a significant shift from previous upset or unusual attitude training, which primarily focused on recovering from a fully developed upset. Well, I broke the rules. I did not feature a twin or turbine on the cover…but it got your attention, right? That was my goal, as this issue focuses on Read More


In Response to David Miller’s “My Father’s Son” (April) I trust this message finds you and Patty well. I just read the above captioned article. Thank you. I mentioned to you once how strikingly similar some aspects of our aviation careers have been. I realized this morning there’s another similarity. I have attached for you Read More

Normalizing Upset Recovery Training

Not that many years ago, most general aviation pilots were taught to fly using tailwheel airplanes before tricycle-gear aircraft, with their inherently more stable characteristics. My mother learned to fly nearly 60 years ago in an Aeronca Champ with no electrical system, something that was very common at airfields across the country. Flying that little Read More

Great Getaways: Beaufort, North Carolina

Located in the southern Outer Banks region of North Carolina, Beaufort is a quaint coastal town with around 4,000 residents and storied 310-year history. Originally called “Fishtown,” the town is the third oldest in the state, established in 1709 and incorporated in 1723.  Today, visitors enjoy historical sites, fishing and quiet beaches. Southern Living recently Read More

Flying Blackhawk’s XP67A Engine Upgrade

I consider myself a lucky pilot in that I get to fly just about every King Air type. I currently have a B100 and 300 under management and fly both more than 100 hours per year. I also regularly fly the King Air 90, 200 and 300/350 series either in training or ferry flights. Often, I Read More

Upset Prevention and Recovery Training: From Skeptic to Convert

I used to scoff at the idea that upset training was different than aerobatic training. I thought, what was the point? Why bother with something like “upset training” when you can just learn aerobatics? I discussed this stance with friends who teach Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT), and while they explained the differences, I was Read More

Five on the Fly: Patty Wagstaff

WHO: Patty Wagstaff POSITION: President, Patty Wagstaff Airshows Inc., Manager, Patty Wagstaff Aviation Safety, LLC HOMEBASE: St. Augustine, Florida RATINGS: ASEL, ASES, AMEL, Commercial/Instrument, CFII, Commercial Rotorcraft; Type Ratings in G-TBM, L-39, T-28 and Tucano HOURS: 11,500  1. Can you walk us through a typical week in the life of Patty Wagstaff?    My primary job is operating an aerobatic school Read More

Fly It Like a Fighter: A firsthand glimpse at jet upset recovery training.

If you haven’t really seen it or felt it, will you be able to follow the crucial procedures when you unexpectedly find yourself in an upset situation with seconds to react? Following weeks of anticipation  and excitement, the time has come for my upset recovery training. I arrive at a hangar on the east side Read More

Check Ride

We are in a Lear 45 at 15,000 feet over the far northwestern corner of the continental United States, just on the edge of the Olympic mountain range near a VOR called Tatoosh (TOU). The weather is crummy, with cloud layers every 200 feet or so, making visual flight between them almost impossible. The purpose Read More

Come Help Me: Mayday, Mayday, Mayday

Why the alliteration? 6−1−1. Pilot Responsibility and Authority   In an emergency requiring immediate action, the pilot-in-command may deviate from any rule in 14 CFR Part 91, Subpart A, General, and Subpart B, Flight Rules, to the extent required to meet that emergency.  The plan of this pontificating, but penitent, professional pilot was to pen Read More

Springtime Storms

On April 14, I found myself in Clearwater, Florida planning a return to Dallas with Citation M2 owner Larry King and our wives.  Springtime weather in the Southeast can be challenging as you can see from the lightning strikes along a massive cold front that morning. Indeed, the storms that we needed to cross had Read More