In the zone

Posted on January 1st, 2001 by

My Cardinal RG recently returned to service after a pretty extensive annual inspection. The 12 months leading up to that annual were good because not one trip was canceled due to maintenance problems and only one trip was delayed. Continue Reading →

Magic Formula? — No, but educated guesswork is required to figure hourly operating costs

Posted on January 1st, 2001 by

As a result of my recent columns about cost of operation, I was asked if I had a “magic formula” for my calculating those costs. No, there is no magic formula. Certainly some “educated guesswork” has to be employed where... Continue Reading →

Diving into flying, Part 2 — the Bahamas

Posted on January 1st, 2001 by

In the last issue, I addressed how many pilots are also SCUBA enthusiasts, and how flying to dive destinations can satisfy both interests in one trip. I also mentioned that I would soon be returning to the Bahamas to try... Continue Reading →

Canadian Connection

Posted on January 1st, 2001 by

What better way to end another great year of traveling in my Cardinal RG than a December business trip to Canada? (Yeah, I know, a better way might have been a trip to the Bahamas.) Wheels up from my Rowan... Continue Reading →

Operating cost confusion — Know your numbers because it is a most important factor when you buy a plane.

Posted on January 1st, 2001 by

In my April column, I addressed the dilemma many inexperienced aircraft purchasers encounter when they consider only the purchase price of a used plane but not the associated operating costs that go along with it. The trap, as stated in... Continue Reading →

East to Edenton

Posted on January 1st, 2001 by

For my wife, it had been one of those miserable weeks. By Friday, she was stressed to the max, being driven nuts by her job as a commercial property manager. In contrast, it was a pretty good week for me.... Continue Reading →

Who’s the boss?: When it comes to operating your aircraft, it better be you

Posted on January 1st, 2001 by

Southerners have a long-standing reputation for being friendly. Continue Reading →

Keeper — When you find a plane that fits, make it perfect and keep it.

Posted on January 1st, 2001 by

In addition to literally hundreds of airplane sales transactions I have been involved with over the past 28 years, my current 1974 Cardinal RG is the 17th aircraft I have personally owned. A couple of airplanes (a ’69 Cardinal and... Continue Reading →

The Lancair 300: Truly new

Posted on January 1st, 2001 by

After all of the “new” airplanes I have flown for evaluation since the mid ’90s, it sure is refreshing finally to report to you on one that really is new and exciting through and through, and not just updated with... Continue Reading →

At what price? — Looking to buy a plane? Be sure you can afford more than just the sticker price.

Posted on January 1st, 2001 by

I suspect many of the aviators who will venture to Lakeland for this year’s Sun ’n Fun might have “airplane hunting” on their agenda. Hey, everybody wants to own an airplane, but many pilots are still in the dreaming stages.... Continue Reading →