October 2016

Sharing The Burden, And The Benefits

Owning and managing a cabin-class airplane can be a burdensome proposition, despite the beneficial bounties of being able to go where you want, when you want, in privacy. The care and feeding of our airplane isn’t cheap, especially when you add in storage, maintenance and insurance. Private flying is a wonderful freedom and privilege, at Read More

Editor’s Briefing: Control Freaking

Ever wonder why we have that uneasy feeling in the pit of our viscera just before we launch on a big trip? Most likely, we are tied up in knots because we’re not in total control. Pilots are, by nature, control freaks. The very definition of Pilot In Command reeks of control. We must stay Read More

Flying Piper’s New M600 Turboprop

Flying Piper’s New M600 Turboprop

Barely a month following its certification, we were privileged to fly the Piper M600, the newest and greatest of the PA-46 turboprops in Piper’s stable. It appears that, from what we saw, fifteen years after the first Meridian was delivered, Piper has achieved the perfect formula for its personal turboprop. If you’ve tuned in late, Read More

AVFAB Launches New AVFabulous Update for King Airs

AVFAB Launches New AVFabulous Update for King Airs

Aviation Fabricators, located in Clinton, Missouri, has announced a broad package of interior improvements for the Beech King Air 90 and 200 series. Termed the “AvFabulous” upgrade, the mix-and-match menu allows customers to tailor elements of the package to suit individual needs. We recently toured the AvFab C90 demonstrator aircraft during a visit to the Read More

The Reason Why

When reviewing and polishing the techniques and skills of flying, we often lose sight of the reason behind our pursuit of excellence. The goal is NOT to become as good as we can possibly be at performing a maneuver. Rather, it should be to understand WHY the maneuver is important. That is the element that Read More