Owner’s Handbook: Cream of the crops

Posted on January 1st, 2001 by

Light aircraft are trainers, check-runners, news gatherers, ambulances, taxis, tour guides, fire fighters, police patrollers and family haulers. That’s what general aviation is all about. Continue Reading →

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 →