November 2020

Strategery

Many people think former President George W. Bush coined this word. In fact, it was first used by comedian Will Ferrell during a Saturday Night Live episode and later used by the President in jest. I thought about the word early on a June morning as I prepared to be strategic for a return flight Read More

Cheyenne IIXL:<br>Up Close and Personal

Cheyenne IIXL:
Up Close and Personal

by Jeffrey Brausch, Owner-Pilot In June 1999, I purchased a 1981 Piper Cheyenne IIXL (N200XL) with freshly overhauled engines, new paint and interior, no damage history and 3,610 hours total time. Not having any turbine experience, my previous aircraft was a Piper Malibu, I headed off to SIMCOM for initial training and simulator work while Read More

MAX Effort: Returning the Embattled B-737 MAX to Service

MAX Effort: Returning the Embattled B-737 MAX to Service

Photo Courtesy of Boeing Airlines have always been a cyclical industry. And despite assertions several years ago that they would “never lose money again,” several unpredictable events resulted in a downturn that is causing a potentially E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event) among some part 121 carriers: The worldwide grounding of the B-737 MAX followed by a Read More

Under Pressure: Lessons in Piston Cabin Pressurization

Under Pressure: Lessons in Piston Cabin Pressurization

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a paradoxical effect on aviation: flying hours are way down while maintenance shops are way busier. I think this is largely due to the reduction in flight hours producing downtime that owners then use to have their airplanes worked on. This has certainly been the case with my own Cessna Read More

Pilatus PC-12 NGX: An Up-Close Look at the Tech Behind Turboprop

Pilatus PC-12 NGX: An Up-Close Look at the Tech Behind Turboprop

As a follow up to our initial review of Pilatus’ PC-12 NGX in our December 2019 issue of Twin & Turbine, Tom Aniello, vice president of marketing, offered us the opportunity to fly the plane at the Pilatus Business Aircraft (a Pilatus Aircraft subsidiary) facility located at Rocky Mountain Regional Airport (KBJC).  Over the years, Read More