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Help Your Mechanic

Recently, my mechanic showed me the list of squawks I’d told him about in recent texts, phone calls, and even e-mails. At the top...

Approach Considerations

Garmin GPS navigators can use either of two databases for en-route and terminal navigation. Both are available through Garmin; one is a Garmin product...

Persistent? Or Foolhardy?

Yesterday, I had what’s probably my most “interesting” GA experience. It’s mid-December 2022 as I write this. Recall a nasty storm hit the middle...

Upgrading to a new Airplane?

Recently I helped a friend purchase a Cessna 340A similar to what I fly. He’s pleased with his purchase. In fact, when word got...

Sim Inadequacy

Often I’ve railed against the inability of approved aviation training devices (sims) to mimic the aircraft we fly. If your panel has had any...

VFR Pilot, Instrument Rated

Recently I realized that there are VFR pilots, VFR pilots with an instrument rating, and instrument pilots. Which are you? Reading this, you are...

See and Avoid

Watsonville, California, is where my Cessna 340 and I used to be based. It’s also where, as I write this, just a few days...

Go? Or No-Go?

Although my Twin-Cessna 340 has been amazingly reliable, it is still a complex aircraft with two turbocharged engines, pressurization, and known-ice certification, among other...

Dual-Think Revisited

Years ago, I wrote an article for these pages in which I opined that there was no need or fiscal justification for the dual...

Private Approaches

Frequently we discuss that complying with the regulations isn’t necessarily safe. The common example is instrument currency where six in six isn’t always enough...

Reluctant Passengers

Every once in a while, we get an opportunity to promote general aviation, or just to expose someone to our preferred mode of travel....

That Illusive Proficiency

Simulators first made a believer of me when I got a Pacer Mk II in 1978. In 10 years, I put over 1000 hours...