February 2019

How to Train an Astronaut

How to Train an Astronaut

 “Hey Dave, I’m getting my Mustang type rating next month at FlightSafety. Would you ride right seat in the simulator and mentor me for the class?”  While I have heard this request before, it has never come from an astronaut – and an impressive one to boot. Charlie Precourt, a veteran of four shuttle missions, Read More

Gettin’ Hitched

Left Brain = logic, language, math.  Right Brain = art, music, intuition, love. How to engage both when towing an airplane. Saying ‘I Do’ to DIY aircraft towing. What makes an airplane fly? Airspeed and money, right? Regulations, physicals, training, financing, maintenance, insurance, fuel, cleaning and towing can merely be a means to our end Read More

Best Tugs: Advanced Towing

Best Tugs: Advanced Towing

We are fortunate in aviation to have a number of innovative companies to support our industry. One company in particular caught my eye a couple of years ago as I searched for a replacement tug for my aircraft. I scoured numerous options but upon approaching Best Tugs at EAA AirVenture in 2017, I selected their Read More

Five on the Fly: Guido Warnecke

WHO: Guido Warnecke POSITION: Worldwide Ferry Pilot, Owner of GW Aerologistics LLC HOMEBASE: Danbury, CT (KDXR) RATINGS: ATPL (SACAA and FAA) with types in BE30, CE-525, CE-500, G159, GLF2 FLIGHT HOURS: 10,000+   1. Can you describe your introduction to general aviation? I was born and raised in Germany and was always fascinated by flying, mainly Read More

Cheap at Any Price

Cheap at Any Price

Our twin and turbine aircraft are expensive to operate, and I occasionally wonder if the extra cost is worth it. But recently, I had to return from a trip to Phoenix via the airlines that very quickly corrected any doubt I had about the value of the business aircraft we operate – and often take Read More