November 2015

Pebbles in the Road – Nuisance Obstacles To Aircraft Ownership

Moving along smooth pavement, it’s sometimes disconcerting to find a pebble or two lying in the roadway. Bicycle tires spit them aside with a “ker-chung”, they may bruise a runner’s thin-clad foot, and motorcylists fear an accumulation of them, particularly on a curve. Yet, they are to be expected; life is populated with pebbles in Read More

Tanker Day: Air to Air Refueling

Tanker Day: Air to Air Refueling

There was one F-16C Fighting Falcon receiving fuel from the KC-135’s refueling boom and another waiting. Endurance of the F-16 is limited to about 2.5 hours, even less when engaged in a dogfight. So there was almost always a receiver aircraft in queue, waiting to get tanked up. The 3-4 minutes needed to refuel can Read More

2015 Holiday Aviation Gift Guide

2015 Holiday Aviation Gift Guide

Gift 1, David Miller’s E-Book From University Aviation Press Twin & Turbine’s very own Back Page Bard has compiled the best of his tales in a neat E-book. It needs to be in every pilot’s electronic stocking. Confessions of a Very Private Pilot delivers real-life advice from an owner-pilot on how to evaluate, purchase, train and operate Read More

From the Flight Deck: Scent of a Simulator

From the Flight Deck: Scent of a Simulator

I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’ – Muhammad Ali The ambiance of the layover hotel was starkly different – in a good way. Designated by the company as one of the half-dozen or so “training hotels,” it’s used mostly to Read More

Who’s the Boss?

Who’s the Boss?

Staying Safe When There Are Two Pilots In Command You’re the professional turbine-meister for a mid-sized company whose owner is also a pilot. He’s legally current and qualified in the company jet, though minimally experienced in type. He likes to fly left seat whenever he can, which is not often, and usually takes you along Read More