August 2016

Editor’s Briefing: Rebuilding A Pilot

Every month or so I get a call that starts out with, “I used to fly, but I haven’t been active for quite a while. How hard would it be to get back into it?” No two coming-back pilots are the same, of course, but we always encourage them to give it a shot. Given Read More

Piper’s Impressive Cheyenne III

Piper’s Impressive Cheyenne III

When Piper Aircraft announced its plans to build a big-cabin turboprop in late 1977, time was of the essence – only, we didn’t know it. It took another three years to get the airplane certificated, during which time the robust state of the general aviation manufacturing economy had begun to unravel. The Cheyenne III’s main Read More

Cuba: Flying to Forbidden Territory

Cuba: Flying to Forbidden Territory

Just how hard could it be? A 90-mile flight on a sunny, 70-degree, late-spring morn-ing, at a weather-friendly latitude of 24 North with a high pressure system covering the entire area, flying in loose company of other aircraft with similar performance. Yet, there was a palpable sense of tension during the somewhat informal pre-flight briefing; Read More

Doing The Job of Training Well

It was a simple job. I was mowing a small meadow on our ranch, clipping away weeds to improve the stand of forage. All it required was putting the tractor in gear and turning left at the ever-diminishing corners. Like a lot of life’s chores, I could take time to do it well, or I Read More

Twin Cessna Flyers meet in Charleston For 2016 Convention

On April 28 – 30, 2016, a group of some 125 Twin Cessna owners and their spouses met in Charleston, SC for the organization’s annual convention. Bob Thomason, the organization’s leader, arranged for an outstanding group of speakers on topics relevant to the safe operation of these now aging, but well cared for, aircraft, varying Read More