July 2020

Piston Power Series | Cirrus SR22 vs. Diamond DA62

Piston Power Series | Cirrus SR22 vs. Diamond DA62

Let’s say your regular mission is to fly two to four people about 500 nm, and everyone has a small bag to bring along. You have a penchant for the nicer avionics, believe a newer airframe will have better safety features and lower operational costs, and your spouse is a non-pilot who is far more Read More

Surviving COVID-19

No, not the disease. I have been lucky there. But our esteemed Twin & Turbine contributor, Rich Pickett, did just that and has eloquently written about his scary ordeal (see this month’s Editor’s Briefing). Welcome back, Rich! All I had to do is survive living cooped up at home for months. It was truly a Read More

Cabin Class Fever | After the Great Lockdown: The Great Lakes = Great Flying

Cabin Class Fever | After the Great Lockdown: The Great Lakes = Great Flying

cab·in fe·vernounThe distressing, claustrophobic irritabilityor restlessness experienced when a person or group is stuck at an isolated location or in confined quarters for an extended period. Lately, we have all had cabin fever. And our restlessness, frustration and irritability became privately and publicly evident – but no more. Now that we can resume flying, eating out and Read More

Lucky People

Over the past several months, the COVID-19 problem dramatically reduced the number of executives flying business jets around the country to meet with customers. But, that doesn’t mean all flying has come to a standstill. Much of the piston and propeller fleet has been flying just fine, and quite fortunately, so have I – though Read More

IFR Oddities

When I earned my Instrument rating, it was common to include the phrase “No SIDs/No STARs” in the Remarks when filing an IFR flight plan. Partly we were being cheap. In those days you had to buy stacks of paper charts and books even for a single IFR flight, and the SIDs (Standard Instrument Departures) Read More