October 2018

Stress Test

Hello sim tech, this is Dewaine, instructor in the M2 sim. We have all sorts of problems here. The simulator is frozen, airspeed is inoperative and we need a reset.” Such was the situation Larry King and I found ourselves in on day three of our recent recurrent in Wichita. Our planned 6 p.m. departure Read More

Guppy Maximus

Guppy Maximus

The Boeing 737 MAX: Guppy or Sardine? Almost two years, several flight physicals and a few check rides ago, I reluctantly transitioned from the left seat of the Mad Dog to the left seat of the Guppy (see “Guppy School,”  T &T Jan., 2017 and “In the Groove,” T & T Jun., 2017). The latest Read More

Old Dogs & Old Airplanes

Old Dogs & Old Airplanes

Airplanes can be like an old hunting dog – very much liked and appreciated, but after years of faithful service, they regrettably need to be “put down.” This was recently the case with our old Lear 35. Knowing it was to be our Lear 35’s last trip before its final flight to the “vet’s office,” Read More

Garmin Upgrades the Venerable Citation Excel/XLS

Garmin Upgrades the Venerable Citation Excel/XLS

Operators of the Cessna Citation Excel and XLS (CE560XL) will soon have a great opportunity to upgrade their airplanes with the latest avionics technology. Garmin is in the final stages of certification of the G5000 avionics suite for the Excel and XLS, which they expect to be completed in Q1 of 2019. The Excel, with Read More

Attitude: The Theory of Everything

Attitude: The Theory of Everything

After having flown with hundreds of pilots over the years, I’ve noticed huge variations among the group as it pertains to each individual’s innate ability, dedication to precision and attitude toward their continued education and thorough training.  While some pilots are truly naturals when it comes to stick and rudder, others are masters of the Read More