Slam Dunk

Posted on September 8th, 2005 by

I don’t care how well you think you are ready for an emergency, nothing beats professional training to make sure. Continue Reading →


Posted on January 6th, 2005 by

It’s pretty common for the family and close friends of a pilot to consider that pilot “the only one I’d feel comfortable flying with.” It’s no different with my family and non-flying friends. (Those friends of mine who do fly... Continue Reading →

Radio Flyer, Part 3: It’s in the plane, but how do I really use it?

Posted on January 1st, 2001 by

In the past two issues, I have covered the decision process leading to selection and installation of the UPSAT Apollo Full IFR system in my airplane. My installation includes the GX60 IFR GPS/COM and dedicated indicator and associated annunciator panel,... Continue Reading →

Not just for the big boys

Posted on January 1st, 2001 by

The twin-turbine Bell 412 helicopter I fly for Baptist Hospital in North Carolina sucks a lot of Jet-A. This is why when we land at FBOs, the line crews have big smiles. Continue Reading →

Radio flyer Part 1 — Deciding on a full avionics stack isn’t always an easy task

Posted on January 1st, 2001 by

This is the first in a three-part series describing the problem with the writer’s currrent avionics package, the solution and his experience flying with the new avionics choices he made. Continue Reading →

Diving into Flying

Posted on January 1st, 2001 by

Like many other pilots in my age group, I acquired my initial interest in flying by watching the CBS television series, “Sky King,” which aired from the mid-’50s through the early ’60s. I had the good fortune to meet the... Continue Reading →

Cool running

Posted on January 1st, 2001 by

Do you remember the days before digital watches or clocks? When we were asked for the time, the answer usually would be something like “It’s almost 2:30″ or “About 1:15.” Then came digital timekeeping and the answers became “2:28″ or... Continue Reading →

Cruise Control — Some tips to help you determine your airplane’s actual cruise speed

Posted on January 1st, 2001 by

A first time buyer recently asked me to clear up some confusion about significant differences in cruise performance and range between a ’75 and ’76 model of an airplane he was considering. When reviewing some of the various web sites... Continue Reading →

Recoveries:As with flying, preparation is the key to regaining medical after surgery

Posted on January 1st, 2001 by

From mid-November of last year until mid-February of this year, I was at “non-flying” status while recovering from surgery to repair a rotator cuff tear. I used the time as effectively as I could. I put my Cardinal RG in... Continue Reading →

Personal Airline

Posted on January 1st, 2001 by

For those of us who use general aviation to travel, conversations often come up comparing the use of our airplanes to the commercial airlines. This has become a major issue since Sept. 11 and the absolute mess the commercial airline... Continue Reading →