November 2019

Supporting the Bahamas

On September 1, Category 5 Hurricane Dorian pummeled the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas. And then, as the world watched with increasing dismay, it stalled for more than 24 hours over Elbow Cay and Grand Bahama. Dorian broke the type of records you don’t want to be broken – including becoming the most powerful hurricane Read More

Tamarack Winglets: Straight Talk with CEO Nick Guida

There’s this great adage that goes like this: “Numbers don’t lie, but they are so easy to misrepresent.”  Few can relate more directly to that statement than Tamarack Aerospace Founder and CEO Nick Guida. Over the course of more than a year, the developer and manufacturer of the ATLAS active winglet system for the Citation Read More

Top Turboprop Series: Pre-Owned Pilatus PC-12 and King Air 350

I can hear my Papaw speaking from the grave, “I wouldn’t touch that with a 10-foot pole! Are you crazy?!” I’m going to stir the pot with this article as it seems to me there is only one type of turboprop pilot with as much passion for their steed as a King Air 350 pilot – Read More

2019 Holiday Gift Guide

MotoArt Aviation Furniture Own a piece of aviation history with a customized piece from MotoArt, based in Torrance, California. MotoArt recycles old aircraft parts (i.e., vintage aircraft, bombers, airliners), turning them into functional art and aviation décor and furniture. The company offers dozens of designs including cowling desks, airplane conference tables, engine coffee tables, galley Read More

Flying to the Bahamas

            If you are pondering your first international flight, or if you wish to experience a truly “general aviation friendly” international destination, the Bahamas is difficult to beat. An archipelago of 700 islands starting less than 50 nm off the east coast of Florida, it is a dream destination for Read More

Seeing Through the Forests: Hurricane Dorian Aftermath

On September 1, 2019, Category 5 Hurricane Dorian made landfall on Elbow Cay in the Abaco Islands chain of the Bahamas with a predicted path northwest over Grand Bahama. With winds up to 220 mph and rainfall measured in feet, not inches, it was forecasted to be a catastrophic weather event, and unfortunately, the forecasters Read More

Five on the Fly: Mark Pestal

WHO: Mark Pestal COMPANY: AeroAngel POSITION: President/Founder HOMEBASE: KAPA / Denver, Colorado   1. What led you to form AeroAngel in 2010?  As a board member for a volunteer pilot organization, I saw an unmet need to provide a higher level of service to children needing to access critical but distant medical care by using more Read More

Touchdown Zone

Three reports from the NTSB: Surveillance video revealed the Cessna Citation 550 touched down about 1,700 feet past the runway threshold of the 5,000-foot-long runway and that the thrust reversers were not deployed during the recorded portion of the landing roll. The airplane’s tires left over 1,300 feet of skid marks before it overran the Read More

Only in America

I am 15,500 feet over the approach end of Runway 26L at McCarran International Airport (KLAS) in Las Vegas. I am in a Cessna 340 and not required to talk to anyone on the radio. But for awareness reasons, I have the tower controller on Com 1, who is talking nonstop to inbound airline traffic. Read More

All the Leaves are Brown: Flying with a summer brain and an autumn body

Dad first took me hunting for rabbits when I was four years old and for my first flight in a C-172 the next year. When I was older, he added hunting deer, geese and squirrels to our outdoor activities. Fifty-nine years later, hunting is still what I do when I let my hair down – Read More

Judgment or Experience: Becoming a Great Pilot

We have all grown up with truisms. Those memorable sayings that are obviously true. Like, “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.” Or, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” How about, “The more hours in your logbook, the better pilot you are.” I am not so sure about that last one. In my flying Read More