November 2016

The PIAGGIO Royal Gull

The PIAGGIO Royal Gull

A Twin-Engine Amphibian with Italian Flair The available examples of twin-engine general aviation amphibian airplanes make a very short list, and their marketing success has been quite limited, for various reasons. To build a rugged airframe for water use, light enough to be powered by relatively small piston engines, at a cost within reach of Read More

2016 Holiday Gift Guide

2016 Holiday Gift Guide

“Living in the Age of Airplanes” Movie On DVD We who fly often assume, wrongly, that everyone knows how aviation works. And, our own limited perspective may blind us to the overall effect of routine global aviation on everyday living. Starting with our distant ancestors’ restriction to a world bounded by few days of walking, Read More

An insider’s guide to Trouble-Free Turbocharger Operation

An insider’s guide to Trouble-Free Turbocharger Operation

With a little understanding, care and effort, you can achieve a lot more reliability from your aircraft’s turbocharger. It seems like every time I get around a group of pilots, the talk soon turns to turbochargers. And, seemingly, every pilot in the group has his/her own turbocharger horror story. I guess it’s understandable. As the Read More

Twin Proficiency: Night Risk Management

Twin Proficiency: Night Risk Management

It’s the time of year when you are more likely to be flying in the dark. Objectively, it shouldn’t make much difference, especially if you’re flying IFR—just fly the procedures and keep your eyes on the instruments, and you should be all right. The record shows, however, that the rate of accidents at night is Read More