May 2019

Fun in the Sun

Last month, I attended the 45th annual Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo (SNF) in Lakeland, Florida. With 200,000 guests and 500-plus exhibitors, SNF is aviation’s second-largest airshow, falling in line behind EAA AirVenture (Oshkosh). And while I am longtime regular at AirVenture, this was only my second visit to SNF. I excitedly returned Read More

Tornado Alley

Understanding how convective weather works can help you plan your flight with a higher likelihood of success, as well as safety. You may decide the airplane is better off left in the hangar, unless, of course, the tornado finds your hangar instead.  A low-pressure “bomb cyclone” was straddling the Midwest. A dry line extended through Read More

Great Getaways: Little Traverse Bay

What could potentially be described as the “Martha’s Vineyard of the Midwest,” the Little Traverse Bay area of northern Michigan is our next great getaway. At approximately 45 square miles, Little Traverse Bay is Lake Michigan’s fourth largest bay, behind Green Bay, Grand Traverse Bay and Bay DeNoc. Notable towns comprising the Little Traverse Bay Read More

Radar and Drift

Radar and drift. I bet you’ve never heard those words used in the same sentence. Fading, attenuating and even marching are interesting words occasionally used with the term “onboard radar” – but drift? Yes, drift has an important meaning when it comes to using onboard radar. However, my contention is not that the radar itself Read More

King Air 350i King Ranch Edition

Since manufacturing the first King Air 90 in 1964, Beechcraft King Air products have earned the reputation of capable and versatile aircraft recognized by pilots worldwide. Today, more than 7,300 units of the iconic turboprop have been produced, with Textron Aviation currently offering the following commercial versions: King Air C90GTx, King Air 250, King Air Read More

Five on the Fly: Jo Kimbell

WHO: Jo Kimbell POSITION: Senior Interior Design Specialist, Textron Aviation HOMEBASE: Wichita, KS   1. You have dedicated nearly four decades to business aviation, predominantly at Beechcraft. What aspects of the company and industry have had you hooked? Wow, when you put it into decades, it makes me seem old. But time has flown by; I Read More

International Airspace: What You Should Know

We are all accustomed to the freedom and liberty of being able to hop in our airplanes and fly wherever we want without doing much more than filing a flight plan, lighting the fires and blasting off. However, when your destination requires that you fly through international Flight Information Regions (FIRs), things can get a Read More

Imaginary Controls

For some strange reason (perhaps my medical training), I have a particular fascination with horrific diseases. Over time, this interest has led me to faraway places such as Bergen, Norway where Dr. Hansen discovered the bacteria that causes leprosy, a disease that now bears his name. Leprosy itself is a ghastly condition that causes the Read More

Max Mania

Much has been written over the past several months about the reason(s) for the Boeing 737 Max crashes – and not just in aviation circles. The events garnered worldwide attention not only because of their commonality, the perceived culpability of the manufacture and implied pilot training deficiencies, but because aviation crashes remain the modern-day version Read More

Just a Tire

“Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain. I have some good news and some bad news.” “Uh oh,” I said to my wife Patty as we sat on a 2 p.m. American Airlines flight from Salt Lake City to Dallas, about to leave the gate.  “One of our tires needs to be replaced, and it Read More


In Response to Kevin Ware’s “Cheap at Any Price” (February) “Cheap at Any Price” was laugh out loud funny! I have made it now 20 months without riding a commercial airline. It is cheap transportation, but it is no fun.  I met you at a TTCF Convention a couple of years back. You did a Read More