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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…

“Unable” by Deanna Wallace

“Unable” by Deanna Wallace

Air traffic controllers are a mystery to some. Through time and experience, most pilots become comfortable talking to air traffic control (ATC) and operating fully within the national airspace system. They adeptly navigate through normal and special use airspace, arrival and departure procedures and instrument approaches into airports. As pilots, we take pride in being…

Pick of the Litter- AOPA Chief Mark Baker adds King Air F90 to his Fleet

Pick of the Litter- AOPA Chief Mark Baker adds King Air F90 to his Fleet

Mark Baker, head of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), reached the point in his flying and professional career in 2019 when he could choose any airplane he wanted. He chose a Beechcraft King Air F90. “If I were to go eeny, meeny, miny, moe on the ramp, I would have always wanted to…

Update Your Calendars: King Air Gathering 2020 Date Change

Update Your Calendars: King Air Gathering 2020 Date Change

The King Air Gathering (KAG) that was previously scheduled to be held in late August, has been moved to late October – specifically Oct. 22-24, 2020. The event is still being held in Wichita, Kansas, birthplace of the King Air. A brief, tentative schedule is as follows: Thursday, Oct. 22 – Arrivals and Blackhawk Aerospace…

The King Air Market: More Complicated Than Ever – by Chip McClure

The King Air Market: More Complicated Than Ever – by Chip McClure

It’s been a full year since I last wrote an article for this magazine about the market for King Airs. At that time, I was confident in my assertions and the market in general. In fact, the market had been as stable as I had seen it … almost predictable. We’re all accustomed to ever…

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…

Unexpected Career – Chance encounter reveals flight path

Unexpected Career – Chance encounter reveals flight path

Growing up, Joe Casey had no idea he’d own an aircraft-related company one day. It was really a fluke that he discovered aviation at all. “When I graduated from college with my non-aviation degree, I didn’t have a plan of what I was going to do,” he explains. “I decided to drive halfway to the…

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…

Mission 2 – Special Wheels Up fleet spreads charities’ important missions

Mission 2 – Special Wheels Up fleet spreads charities’ important missions

Starting with the first Beechcraft King Air 350i that Wheels Up took delivery of in 2013, all but four of the 72 King Airs to join the fleet of the private aviation company have the same stylish blue and white paint scheme featuring the word “UP” on the tail. Those exceptions are the aircraft that…