October 2019

Words from the FAA Deputy

I write this column as I return from the 2019 Citation Jet Pilots (CJP) Convention in Colorado Springs. Each year, the multi-day event offers a full schedule of seminars, exhibitors and speakers surrounding Citation ownership. This marked my second time attending the convention, and I again leave feeling inspired after three full days with such a Read More


In Response to Kevin Ware’s “The Problem with Juneau” (August) Your article brought back 52 years of memories of flying into Juneau. I started in a Connie in 1967, then a B-720, and finally many years in a B-727. Back then there was no DME on the LDA approach, only the crossing radials of SSR Read More

The Spark

Whenever I am interacting with owner-pilots, I’m interested in hearing how they became interested in flying. I find it fascinating to learn how people with diverse backgrounds discovered aviation. Research has shown people find their way to the left seat three primary ways: Would-be pilots are introduced to aviation by a parent, relative or friend Read More

Top Turboprop Series: Pre-Owned King Air C90 and King Air 200

  Anyone who has read my writing knows that I absolutely love the King Air lineup of airplanes. Rugged, reliable and easy to fly and maintain. And today, there are many types of King Airs serving in a multitude of general aviation and military roles, each with specific abilities and associated costs. The highly successful Read More

Let’s Talk Fuel: Strategy and Tactics

From recent NTSB preliminary reports: A Piper PA46-310P was substantially damaged during a forced landing while on approach to Poughkeepsie, New York. The pilot and two passengers were seriously injured, and one passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane came to rest upright among trees and brush. The was no evidence of fuel, no fuel spillage, and Read More

Five on the Fly: Daniel Cheung

WHO: Daniel Cheung COMPANY: Aviation Tax Consultants POSITION: CPA, Aviation Tax Planning Expert HOMEBASE: Columbus, Indiana and Scottsdale, Arizona (SDL) 1. What does Aviation Tax Consultants do and what is your role? ATC works with business aircraft owners to structure their ownership to be tax efficient and at the same time compliant with federal and state tax laws Read More

Designing the Approach Customized Instrument Procedures

You are cleared for the RNAV RWY 19R approach at Dulles (KIAD) flying the LPV. At LAUGH waypoint, you are at 3,000 MSL and start your descent on the glide path. The METAR shows a ceiling of 300 AGL, just above minimums. You break out of the clouds just before the DA of 478 and Read More

NBAA 2019 Preview

Business aviation’s biggest event of the year is just around the corner. The 2019 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) returns to Las Vegas October 22-24. Last year, the event attracted around 1,000 exhibitors and attendees representing all 50 states and 90 countries.  In addition to dozens of education sessions, the convention will feature Read More

Just Plain Magic

I am standing well away from the operations area of our airport in the middle of a huge meadow of tall yellow grass, with most of the green stalks having long ago given themselves over to the inevitability of fall. A shaft of sunlight is occasionally shining through the broken to overcast cloud layer about 2,000 Read More

Recognize and Recover: Proficiency in airmanship maneuvers is key to avoiding the dreaded stall/spin.

Recognize and recover. That’s a phrase my first flight instructor taught me, and it’s a tool I’ve used ever since. He used it to impress upon me how important it was to hear, feel and understand (recognize) an impending stall and anticipate my response using pitch and power to recover. The ability to recognize and Read More

True Confessions: Telling Passengers the Inconvenient Truth

 “If you’re faced with a forced landing, fly the thing as far into the crash as possible.” – Bob Hoover Without a doubt, October is my favorite month of the year. Fall brings the change of colors, crisp temperatures, the smell of burning leaves, the sound of migrating geese and the holiday of horrors: Halloween. Read More

En Route

New Cowling System Introduced for the PC-12 American Aviation, Inc. and Edmo Distributors, Inc. recently announced a new ram air cowling system for the Pilatus PC-12 called Speed Cowl. The system received an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate at the end of July. “Speed Cowl vastly improves ram air recovery to the turbine engine intake. This Read More

Trains, Planes and Automobiles

Sometimes we forget just how lucky we are to own an airplane. Having sold my Mustang a few months ago, I now remember. As you may recall, I have access to Larry King’s M2, but he took my airplane (okay, his airplane) on a round-the-world journey several months ago, and I am relegated to airline Read More