May 2016

Editor’s Briefing: From Stratus To Cumulus

As the season of spring settles in across the upper portion of the U.S., long after it awakened in the southern tier of states, pilots find themselves plowing through the buildups of cumulus clouds. After a winter of popping up through layers of smooth stratus, we suddenly encounter a return to atmospheric lifting, dealing with Read More

An Honor and a Privilege

An Honor and a Privilege

We are eastbound from Olympia, Washington to Columbus, Ohio at FL 450 in the Lear 40, smoothly riding along in the sun, about 6,000 feet on top of an overcast. The cloud cover extends vertically almost to the ground and horizontally all the way to the east coast, with very few breaks. Airline 737 crews Read More

Why Do I Need A Professional Appraiser?

When I talk about the methods used to select and purchase an aircraft with any number of buyers (piston or turbine), it seems their process is very similar. The buyers clearly understand their budget and needs (the type of aircraft, mission, equipment and so forth), but their next step involves going to their favorite broker, Read More

From the Flight Deck: The Pilot’s Mom

From the Flight Deck: The Pilot’s Mom

Mothers hold children’s hands for a short while – But their hearts forever. Dear Mom; You encouraged our interests, skills and sometimes our whims. Remember the stories you endured while I was growing up? Thanks for the typewriter. I used it to write tales about Boy Scouts, my first solo and becoming a private pilot; I Read More

Twin Proficiency: Public Trust

The private pilot of a Cessna 421 departed about 90 minutes after sunset on the cross-country flight. The climb and level-off at cruise altitude were uneventful and, based on the radar data, appeared to have been accomplished with the use of the autopilot. The cruise altitude of 27,000 feet was the highest the airplane had Read More