December 2016

Editor’s Briefing: The Numbers Game

How good are you at playing the numbers game, when flying? Like most pilots, you probably have some number-crunching aids to apply in common situations. You know, like so-many pounds of fuel for the first hour and so-many for each hour after, during cruise flight. Or, tripling the thousands to be lost to get the Read More

Flying the Grand Caravan EX

Flying the Grand Caravan EX

Putting The Extra In The Cessna Caravan More horsepower is the answer to a lot of aviation shortcomings. The venerable Cessna Caravan, after 30-plus years in production, has grown into a dependable workhorse, seen all over the world in utilitarian roles. But there’s always a desire for a little more…payload, climb, takeoff capability…the usual list. Read More

Whatever Happened to Airmanship?

Whatever Happened to Airmanship?

Today’s pilots often place algorithims ahead of the raw data  More and more pilots today are relying almost blindly on an array of information fed to them by a computer. What is presented to them, after being massaged by an algorithm, they accept; information from raw nature is not analyzed as it used to be Read More

The 61.55 Currency Ride

The 61.55 Currency Ride

With A “Long Armed” PNF We are eastbound out of BVS, just north of Seattle, headed for Spokane (GEG) on our way to FL 450 in a Lear 40, with the airplane very light and climbing at over 4,000 feet per minute through 17,000. Just for the experience, I have been hand flying since takeoff, Read More

NBAA-BACE 2016 Wrap-Up

NBAA-BACE 2016 Wrap-Up

Signs of the general aviation recession were hidden by optimism at the 2016 National Business Aviation Association’s convention, held in Orlando, Florida in early November. The NBAA show has been internationalized with the added “BACE” (business aviation convention & exposition) appellation, making it officially the NBAA BACE. As the worth of business flying spreads around Read More