Blowout!

As a pilot of a 1989 Piper Malibu Mirage, I get to fly all over our great country and have experienced many interesting non-scheduled “events” while flying.  On a recent trip from Central Florida to South Carolina, I had one of those events. It was a pleasant day for flying, aside from the routine incessant…

Atlantic flight…Narsarsuaq to Iceland…

(Continuing post on Atlantic flight…) The departure from Narsarsuaq exemplified the power reserve of the King Air C90.  We climbed out in the clear smooth air and continued out over the North Atlantic.  The scenery departing Greenland (on the eastern shore) was particularly beautiful. Most of the flight to Iceland was uneventful.  The winds forecast…

Exhaust leaks…

On a really clear, perfect day for flying without a cloud in the sky, I had a flight from Cherokee County (KJSO) up to Auburn, IN (KGWB), which is about a 4 hour flight in the Malibu. I’ve flown this flight literally hundreds of times, but this day I would not get out of Texas.…

Wave lift on Oahu…

All of the glider flying I have been doing lately has been done with use of orographic lifting which is lifting due to horizontally moving air being forced upwards by terrain. I’ve been training at Dillingham Airport on Oahu, Hawaii, a beautiful airport on the North Shore with the Waianae Mountains right next to the…

Malibu Engine Seizure…

February 15th was just like most days for me in terms of flying and flight preparations.  I made the final arrangements for my business visit with a customer and called the airport FBO (KJSO, Cherokee County, TX) to have the 1989 Piper Malibu Mirage taken from the hangar and fueled for the trip.  This one…