Flying

Personal Minimums Night

Knowing Your Personal Minimums

PAVE The FAA refers to an acronym of PAVE for setting your minimums.  So what is PAVE and why is it something we should know as pilots? P - Pilot A - Aircraft V - enVironment E - External Pressures As...

Planning Your Alternates

You plan to fly Portland to North Bend the next morning. You've been watching the weather at North Bend and are pretty comfortable you can get in without the need to file an alternate. You base this information...
4.4

Black Hole Airport VFR at Night

Recently I had the opportunity to fly with a very talented pilot who was finishing up his commercial license. In order for a student to satisfy the requirements for their commercial license. They must complete ...
4.1

Flying the Cessna 414

One of the most common questions I get about the Twin Cessna 414 goes something like this: "What was it like flying that old school airliner"?  I will share with you the ins and outs of owning and operating thi...

Cruising in the Columbia 400

A Little while back, I had the great opportunity of flying a Cessna Columbia 400 from Caldwell, ID (KEUL) to Klamath Falls, OR (KLMT). Being a private pilot, unable to fly for hire, I, as any normal pilot is, w...

Bucket Of Bolts

Happy Birthday It was an early birthday present for me and boy was it a great one. The weather was hot but it was great to see one of the worlds last great flying B-29's, "FiFi" at the Boise airport.  I could ...

Twin Comanche

N88WW A 1972 Piper Comanche Twin sporting two Lycoming IO-320's.  I have a flow a good number of twins and I will say this is one impressive little bird.  I'll spare you all the history of the Twin Comanche al...