August 2018

To Stop or Not To Stop

The following recent, fairly long trip in the Mustang nicely illustrates just how many different factors come into play when flight planning. A group of Citation owners including myself were invited to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles (KIAD) for tours and meetings. To top it off, we would walk alongside the space shuttle Read More

Sunday Drivers

Sunday Drivers

When others won’t play by our rules: radio, runway and ramp rage Sunday Driver – one who drives slowly, infrequently and in an inexperienced or unskillful way – like one who is out for a leisurely Sunday drive. After qualifying for a concealed pistol license (CPL), I purchased a legal plan and liability policy designed Read More

The Currency Conundrum

The Currency Conundrum

It was a hot and dry day near the banks of the Columbia River in Eastern Washington. The lawn sprinklers were creating a distracting fine mist with mini-rainbows as I made an approach to the helicopter’s designated grass landing area. I had another pilot onboard and a group of field workers also watching, so I Read More

Stability, Steep Turns  & Spirals

Stability, Steep Turns & Spirals

The recent, fatal crash of a vintage military trainer provides valuable lessons for pilots of twin and turbine airplanes as well. The NTSB reports: …a North American SNJ-5 airplane impacted terrain following a loss of control during initial climb after takeoff from runway 13R at Kingsville Naval Air Station (NQI), Kingsville, Texas. The pilot and Read More

Five on the Fly: Randy Groom

Five on the Fly: Randy Groom

WHO: Randy Groom POSITION: Founder and President, Groom Aviation Former President, Beechcraft Former Executive Vice President, Piper Aircraft HOMEBASE: Vero Beach, FL RATINGS: Commercial Instrument Single/Multi Land & Sea King Air 300/350/1900 Type Rating HOURS: 11,000 1. Throughout your career, you’ve had a front-row seat to many of general aviation’s dramatic changes, consolidations and significant downturns over the Read More