September 2020

The Search is On

On the path to ownership – in search of an efficient cross-country machine. It’s official. My husband Jared and I are in the market for an airplane! We have discussed (dreamt of) owning an airplane for years, but I always swiftly dismissed the idea – we are too young and they are too expensive.  Well, Read More

Digital Weather Radar: Past, Present and Future

“Conversation about the weather (radar) is the last refugeof the unimaginative.”  – Oscar Wilde, Irish Dramatist Obviously, Mr. Wilde was not a pilot – well, at least not a pilot that did any serious instrument flying. If he were, he’d have a much greater appreciation for the safety-enhancing capabilities offered by airborne weather radar.  When Read More

Magenta Sky: Know Your Radar

In addressing thunderstorm flying, the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) begins with this gem: “Never regard any thunderstorm lightly, even when radar echoes are of light intensity. Avoiding thunderstorms is the best policy.” It sounds like sage advice. One of those things that are great in theory, but rapidly becomes muddled in the grey shades of Read More

Baron Pilot: Flying to the Top of the YouTube Charts

Photos by Elizabeth Allenbaugh Kristoffer Patasnik combined his love of aviating and his Beechcraft Baron to create a popular YouTube series that he hopes will motivate aspiring aircraft owners, pilots and passengers. Like most of us, Kristoffer Patasnik was bitten by the aviation bug while in grade school, which means he spent, or misspent, depending Read More

To Trade or Not to Trade

For the past 20 years, I have owned the same airplane: a 1979 RTSOL RAM VII Cessna 340A. From time to time, there is a maintenance event, artful advertising from a manufacturer or colorful photos in one of the aircraft sales magazines that makes me wonder, “Maybe I should change to a different airplane.” This Read More

Train Like You Fly – Fly Like You Train Beechcraft Premier Type Rating

Photos by Author It started as a pleasant flight from Fresno (KFAT) to Oakland (KOAK) in the Beechcraft Premier 1A jet. Departing Fresno with low ceilings and visibility of 600 RVR, it was a fast climb through the overcast to FL400 in the clear then WHAM! Rapid decompression. Oxygen mask on, mic to mask, throttles Read More


(stow-e-key-oh-metric)Airplane engine chemistry, carbon monoxide detectors and butter pecan ice cream. If you understand the relevance of the above compounds, chemicals, emulsions and reactions as they relate to flying fossil fuel-powered planes, then just go purchase a sensitive CO detector, put it in your airplane and move on to the next prodigious T &T article. Read More

En Route

Introducing the Beechcraft King Air 360 Textron Aviation ushered in the next generation of its legendary King Air turboprop family with the Beechcraft King Air 360/360ER. The updated flagship turboprop offers the latest technological advancements in the cockpit, a redesigned cabin, and enhancements to passenger comfort. The aircraft is currently in production with customer deliveries expected Read More


“Jax Center, King Air three niner six delta mike would like to deviate ten right for a buildup,” I asked. “That’s approved, and when able, direct Charleston executive,” came the immediate reply.  Descending through 12,000 feet, in the clear, I noticed a small buildup to my left, only a few hundred feet above me. I Read More