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Piper Cheyenne 400LS:
Outpacing the Test of Time

by Farhad Saba, Owner-Pilot With its 351-knot max cruise speed, efficient Garrett engines, fastest climb rate in its class, FL410 service ceiling, long range and short/uniåmproved runway capability, the rare Piper Cheyenne 400LS can still outperform many turboprops and light jets in various phases of flight and missions. Background From 1973 to 1974 America faced Read More

Scenarios in Pilot Fatigue

Scenarios in Pilot Fatigue

PHOTO COURTESY OF TONY LAVAN From the NTSB: During the approximately five-hour, 25-minute night instrument flight, the pilot of a Pressurized Beech Baron elected not to stop at his planned fuel stop. Upon reaching the destination airport, weather conditions were 300 overcast and two miles visibility in drizzle, which were worse than the forecast. The Read More

To Trade or Not to Trade

To Trade or Not to Trade

For the past 20 years, I have owned the same airplane: a 1979 RTSOL RAM VII Cessna 340A. From time to time, there is a maintenance event, artful advertising from a manufacturer or colorful photos in one of the aircraft sales magazines that makes me wonder, “Maybe I should change to a different airplane.” This Read More

Baron Pilot: Flying to the Top of the YouTube Charts

Baron Pilot: Flying to the Top of the YouTube Charts

Photos by Elizabeth Allenbaugh Kristoffer Patasnik combined his love of aviating and his Beechcraft Baron to create a popular YouTube series that he hopes will motivate aspiring aircraft owners, pilots and passengers. Like most of us, Kristoffer Patasnik was bitten by the aviation bug while in grade school, which means he spent, or misspent, depending Read More

Magenta Sky: Know Your Radar

Magenta Sky: Know Your Radar

In addressing thunderstorm flying, the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) begins with this gem: “Never regard any thunderstorm lightly, even when radar echoes are of light intensity. Avoiding thunderstorms is the best policy.” It sounds like sage advice. One of those things that are great in theory, but rapidly becomes muddled in the grey shades of Read More