Radar class slated for Twin Commander University

Erik Eliel, Radar Training International

Among the often confusing displays, buttons, switches and annunciators in today’s advanced cockpits, one of the easiest devices to use is the airborne weather radar system. Simply turn it on, and when it’s warmed up and tested, adjust the range and tilt to see the weather ahead. What could be more intuitive?

In fact, there is plenty to know about what radar can do, how it does it, and — most importantly — its limitations. The problem is, formal instruction in the use of airborne weather radar has been difficult to find. That is a void Erik Eliel is on a mission to fill. [Read more…]

Duncan Aviation rolls out off-site avionics services in Chicago area

Duncan Aviation’s Battle Creek, Mich., avionics team recently rolled out an off-site avionics service that allows aircraft owners in the Chicago area to schedule avionics line service in their hangars and at their airports instead of at one of Duncan Aviation’s maintenance facilities.

Duncan Aviation also staffs an engine Rapid Response Team (RRT) in the Chicago area. Duncan Aviation engine service offices support AOG engine emergencies and scheduled engine maintenance at its facilities in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Battle Creek, with RRTs supporting owners in the field.

New friends, old friends, and cherished memories

Reimagined 152 in flight

Later this week I’ll be flying from Lakeland, Florida to Lowcountry Regional Airport in South Carolina. I’m flying there in a shiny, nearly new, totally rebuilt Cessna 152.

As hard as it may be to believe, I’ll be meeting a new friend who will be flying an almost identical airplane in from the frozen north. I suppose we’ll hang out for a bit, grab a bite to eat, and maybe even stay overnight in this quaint southern town. Then we’ll fly home again.

The only twist is that I’ll be flying home in the airplane he flew down and he’ll be flying north in the one I flew up from Florida. The whole trip is something of a hand-off. A swap. [Read more…]