Flying

Flying the Piper Arrow

Piper did a lot of things right when they invented the Arrow.  If you want an all around amazing complex trainer that is gentle, has predictable flight characteristics, you want an arrow.  While the PA-28R is n...
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

I am often asked. How did you like owning a Twin Cessna?  In this article, I will share with you the in's and out's of owning and operating this legendary airplane. Cessna produced two models of Twin Cessna ...

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 ...