January 2019

Flying with  a Mentor

Flying with a Mentor

Many Twin & Turbine readers have come up through the ranks as masters of their own destiny. By that, I mean flying single pilot. Whether it be in a Cirrus, TBM, Baron, or King Air, many of the airplanes we fly are designed to be flown by one person. And, other than a BFR or Read More

The Makings of a Good Captain

The Makings of a Good Captain

One of the benefits of the professional pilot contract flying I do is that I occasionally fly as Second in Command (SIC) with a wide variety of other pilots as the Pilot in Command or Captain. They come from diverse aviation backgrounds with most (but not all) having more than my 11,000 hours of flight Read More

Five on the Fly: Don Sumple

Five on the Fly: Don Sumple

WHO: Don Sumple POSITION: Executive Director, Angel Flight Central HOMEBASE: Kansas City, MO     1. Can you summarize the mission of Angel Flight Central (AFC)?  Angel Flight Central serves people in need by arranging charitable flights for health care or other humanitarian purposes with the help of volunteer pilots. Angel Flight Central serves 10 states Read More

Listen to Your Body

Listen to Your Body

It is every pilot’s worst nightmare to lose their medical certificate. Outside of achieving ratings, a valid medical is the gatekeeper for a flying career. And rightfully so with regard to the safety of flight, but it also a privilege to hold one from a life wellness standpoint. From personal experience, I lost mine after undergoing Read More