November 2020

Almost First-Time Owners

In September we came this close to purchasing a Mooney – a story I thought I’d share here. I will turn it over to Jared to summarize the experience, but spoiler alert: the search is still on. Jared Jacobs: Shortly after Rebecca and I made the call to start our airplane search, a connection of Read More

The Hangar Hunt

Northwest Arkansas is known for its backcountry flying experiences with 64 airstrips within an 80-mile ring. Quick, what’s the toughest thing you’ve ever had to do as a pilot?  Master the NDB approach with a fixed card ADF during your instrument training? Survive your first type rating at FlightSafety? Flight plan a trip into the Read More

Are Engine Maintenance Programs Worth the Money?

Like any kind of “extended coverage” arrangement, engine maintenance programs (EMPs) are polarizing subjects. Some say they’re unquestionably worth the value they deliver, while others are just as sure that they’re worthless.  What do early color TVs have to do with first-gen turbine aircraft engines? Well, more than you might think. In the early days Read More

Pilatus PC-12 NGX: An Up-Close Look at the Tech Behind Turboprop

As a follow up to our initial review of Pilatus’ PC-12 NGX in our December 2019 issue of Twin & Turbine, Tom Aniello, vice president of marketing, offered us the opportunity to fly the plane at the Pilatus Business Aircraft (a Pilatus Aircraft subsidiary) facility located at Rocky Mountain Regional Airport (KBJC).  Over the years, Read More

Under Pressure: Lessons in Piston Cabin Pressurization

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a paradoxical effect on aviation: flying hours are way down while maintenance shops are way busier. I think this is largely due to the reduction in flight hours producing downtime that owners then use to have their airplanes worked on. This has certainly been the case with my own Cessna Read More

MAX Effort: Returning the Embattled B-737 MAX to Service

Photo Courtesy of Boeing Airlines have always been a cyclical industry. And despite assertions several years ago that they would “never lose money again,” several unpredictable events resulted in a downturn that is causing a potentially E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event) among some part 121 carriers: The worldwide grounding of the B-737 MAX followed by a Read More

Cheyenne IIXL:
Up Close and Personal

by Jeffrey Brausch, Owner-Pilot In June 1999, I purchased a 1981 Piper Cheyenne IIXL (N200XL) with freshly overhauled engines, new paint and interior, no damage history and 3,610 hours total time. Not having any turbine experience, my previous aircraft was a Piper Malibu, I headed off to SIMCOM for initial training and simulator work while Read More


Many people think former President George W. Bush coined this word. In fact, it was first used by comedian Will Ferrell during a Saturday Night Live episode and later used by the President in jest. I thought about the word early on a June morning as I prepared to be strategic for a return flight Read More