May 2018


In Response to Kevin Ware’s “Higher Minimums” Even though I now have many more hours than I had 20 years ago, my personal minimums have gotten higher. I would have thought just the opposite would have happened. And when I carry family, those minimums are higher yet.  The bottom line is that we all want Read More

Aviation & Gender | Imagining a Day When it Doesn’t Matter

On April 17, Southwest Flight 1380 experienced a catastrophic engine failure, which resulted in the crew making an emergency descent and landing at Philadelphia. In the wake of the incident, Captain Tammie Jo Shults has been applauded for her professionalism and cool-under-pressure handling of the situation. Thanks to social media and widespread access to the Read More

The TRU Difference

From eye-movement tracking to customized scenario programs, training provider TRU Simulation + Training is leveraging technology and talent to improve training and ultimately make the bizav community safer. The date is next month on your calendar; looming like an unavoidable cloud: Your annual recurrent training event. Like going to the dentist or getting a physical, for Read More

Completing the Circle

An Accident Analysis & What We Can Learn From It. The May 2017 crash of a Learjet 35 at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport has much to teach us regardless of what we fly. The National Transportation Safety Board reports:   The IFR flight plan to TEB planned a 28-minute flight at Flight Level 270. After Read More

Garmin GFC 600

New autopilot is a retrofit game-changer. Bottom line: I really like the GFC 600 autopilot! My impression is that the GFC 600 will be the industry-standard retrofit solution for the Twin & Turbine fleet in record time. It is smooth, precise, interfaces easily with the pilot, and has a bunch of neat features that dramatically Read More

It’s All About the Ice

For some reason, you long ago quit making saliva. Your mouth is so dry it is hard to swallow. Your hands are cold, but at the same time strangely wet with sweat, as are your ears under the Bose headsets. And finally, if all these symptoms of stress were not enough, you just realized a Read More

Five on the Fly: Ryan Reid

WHO: Ryan Reid POSITION: Sales Account Manager, Chief Pilot Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics HOMEBASE: Wichita, Kansas RATINGS: Commercial Single Engine Land, Commercial Multi-Engine Land, CFI, CFII, AGI, IGI HOURS: 1,500   1. Can you describe your role at Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics?  I have worn several hats over the course of my nine years. Some of my Read More

Big Foot Flies Again

Landing currency: category, class and type While recuperating from rotator cuff surgery, my landing currency was about to expire. That hasn’t happened since I first learned to fly. You know, back when we shared the pattern with pterodactyls. As my flying skills withered post-op, I wrote at the hangar office while listening to Clapton and Read More

A Change in the Wind

I have been flying long enough to have seen a remarkable evolution in flying. From renting a vacuum-gauge Cherokee 140 for $10 an hour ($5 more if you wanted an instructor) to Cirrus and Cessna products with avionics more capable than some air carriers. Simulators have evolved also. The “Link” multi-engine box I used in Read More

Daher Debuts New G3000 Features for TBM 930

Daher has introduced the latest features and functionality on Garmin G3000 all-glass integrated flight deck configuration for TBM 930s, the high-end model in Daher’s very fast turboprop aircraft family. “Our long-term partnership with Garmin enabled us to introduce the latest G3000 capabilities on the TBM 930, offering our customers the most modern cockpit technology available Read More

Lightspeed Offers Gift Card Give-away

Lightspeed Aviation has announced that it will put $14,500 worth of gift cards in the hands of 100 lucky pilots this spring. By registering a Lightspeed Zulu 3 headset, partici­pants are automatically entered into one of four drawings to take place between April 17, 2018 and May 29, 2018. Each winner will be awarded a Read More