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“Gitchigami” – Flying to and Touring Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

“Gitchigami” – Flying to and Touring Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Even on a warm and calm day, the power and danger of Lake Superior is palpable. The largest fresh water lake on earth, its enormity can be appreciated from nearly any perspective. Whether flying above it, strolling along a sandy beach, perched high on a shoreline cliff, or crossing in a large ship or ferryboat,…

Avoiding a Coronavirus Currency Crisis – Tips to Ward Off the Rust

Avoiding a Coronavirus Currency Crisis – Tips to Ward Off the Rust

As both an airline pilot and an active general aviation pilot, maintaining my various legal currency requirements to act as pilot in command (PIC) has historically been relatively easy. My airline simulator training and checkride events suffice to meet my Biennial Flight Review (BFR), Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC), and my 90-day multi-engine landing requirements (as…

Comments on the Death Valley Article

In my 17-plus years of writing aviation articles, rarely has one generated as much correspondence as Trip Report – Death Valley Offers a Unique Getaway which appeared in the January 2020 issue of King Air magazine (written during the summer of 2019). I received numerous emails and phone calls about the article, universally complimentary of…

Bucket Lists, Part III: Be a Box Checker!

Bucket Lists, Part III: Be a Box Checker!

Author’s Note: The following is the third installment in a series of articles which will resonate most with King Air corporate and charter pilots, but can apply to the owner/pilot, as well. After all, making the most of layovers and planned or unplanned travel downtime is a goal any pilot can pursue. If you have…

Trip Report: Death Valley Offers a Unique Getaway

Trip Report: Death Valley Offers a Unique Getaway

While covering only 26 miles in a 1.5-hour drive, we’d seen exactly one other vehicle. The temperature hovered in the mid-90s and the reflective surface of the dry lakebed caused me to squint behind my sunglasses. I encouraged my kids to take in the scene. Here we were, miles from anywhere, to­gether, yet alone, standing…

Bucket Lists, Part II:  Be a Box Checker!

Bucket Lists, Part II: Be a Box Checker!

Author’s Note: The following is the second installment in a series of articles which may resonate with King Air corporate and charter pilots as it relates to making the most of travel downtime. But it can also apply to the owner/pilot, whether it’s making a stop on the way to a planned destination or adding…

Bucket Lists, Part I – Be a Box Checker!

Bucket Lists, Part I – Be a Box Checker!

Editor’s Note: The following is the first of an upcoming series of articles which may resonate with King Air corporate and charter pilots when it comes to making the most of travel downtime. But it can also apply to the owner/pilot whether it’s making a stop on the way to a planned destination or adding…

Eden at Sunrise – Flying to and Touring Acadia National Park, Maine

Eden at Sunrise – Flying to and Touring Acadia National Park, Maine

I quickly silenced the alarm that began chirping at precisely 4 a.m. Even as a morning person, forcing myself from a cozy bed while my wife and kids continued to snooze contently re­quired extra motivation at that hour. The reward was looming just outside the door and would unfold over the next 90 minutes. Dressed…

The Fastest King Air: Blackhawk’s XP67A 350

The Fastest King Air: Blackhawk’s XP67A 350

The Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67A turbo-propeller engine. That’s a mouthful! However, for an experienced King Air pilot, the various versions of the iconic PT6 powerplant roll off the tongue with ease. Memorizing which version they operate and the shaft horsepower (SHP) and equivalent SHP (ESHP) ratings of it are mandatory for King Air pilots.…

Pilot Speak: Facelift: Jeppesen SID/STAR Charts Having “A Little Work Done”

Instrument procedure charts are not the sole domain of Jeppesen (now a Boeing company). Various governmental agencies and private companies have produced competing charts for decades. Yet, Jeppesen (Jepp) charts have long been the gold standard in Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) procedure publications for turbine aircraft operators the world over. They’ve always presented the detailed…