February 2016

On Final Just Along for the Ride

The term “Pilot in Command” or PIC is pretty special to most of us. It connotes someone who knows what they are doing, ready in an instant to make crucial lifesaving decisions. It describes everything we do in the cockpit. But what about those times when we have no earthly idea what is going on? Read More

En Route Pilatus Enhances PC-12 NG for 2016

For 2016, Pilatus’ best-selling single turboprop PC-12 NG offers greater speed, better takeoff and climb performance, more cabin comfort, greater range, and a quieter cabin, with no increase in fuel burn or operating cost. The 2016 PC-12 NG cruises at a new maximum speed of 285 knots, thanks to a number of enhancements to reduce Read More

En Route Book Review

Floatplane Odyssey, by William T. Coleman, recounts the 1990 flight of veteran seaplane pilot Tom Casey’s Around The World Flight in a floatplane. Desiring to recreate the U.S. Navy’s 1924 circumnavigation, but only by landing on water, Casey flew alone, seeking sponsorships and support from every angle. He and his wheel-less Cessna 206 completed the Read More

En Route Whisper Prop Propeller System from BLR Aerospace

En Route Whisper Prop Propeller System from BLR Aerospace

Whisper Prop®, the ultra-quiet, low-vibration King Air propeller system from BLR Aerospace, is gaining market share and growing in popularity. Ten Whisper Prop systems have been sold for King Air 90, 200 and 350 aircraft, according to BLR Vice President of Sales and Marketing Dave Marone. “The jury is in,” Marone said prior to the Read More

A Winter Storm Primer

A Winter Storm Primer

From late November through April, fierce winter storms often assault the continental United States and southern Canada. The effects can be devastating in their cumulative effect because some of these storms are not particularly fast movers, while others, such as a Nor’easter, can develop very rapidly and catch pilots unawares. Either way, they can be Read More