- Insurance: Tom Hauge, Wings Insurance
(952) 641-3155 / email@example.com
Tom and his team have been serving the PA46, TBM, and King Air market for decades. If his team can’t get it done, it can’t be done.
- Financing: Miles McCall, CBTx
(936)715-4154 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Miles is an EVP at Commercial Bank of Texas (CBTx), is a pilot, and owns an airplane. Many of the board members at CBTx are airplane owners, so this is a lender that really understand aviation.
- Maintenance Wisdom: Kevin Mead
Kevin is the premier PA-46 Maintenance provider and knows more about the PA-46 fleet than anyone else. A true gem for the PA-46 community, Kevin answers the MMOPA “Hotline” to provide maintenance assistance to MMOPA members.
- Malibu Aerospace
These folks are real PA-46 experts. I find myself calling them often for pre-buy inspections, maintenance advice, and general PA-46 information.
- Midwest Malibu
Tony Beauchamp owns MWM and this one of the premier PA-46 shops in the world. Tony does pre-buy inspections, annual inspections, and I call him often for detailed maintenance information.
- Aircraft Detailing: Faithful Detailing
Clay Cleaver at Faithful Detailing does an amazing job detailing airplanes of all sizes, inside and out. Whether you need just an interior cleaned or a full service detail, give them a call.
- Aircraft Painting
KM Aviation Aircraft Painting; Gerardo is my go-to guy for aircraft painting. Located at KJSO, he is centrally located and is great with details.
- Avionics: R.C. Avionics at KANE
These guys work closely alongside Malibu Aerospace and they’ve done 6+ jobs in the last year of which I was intimately involved. They did a super job and the projects came in under budget. Plus, they have a nice interactive website that helps aircraft owners stay in touch.
You own a PA-46 and are not a member of the MMOPA? Tsk, tsk, tsk…it is one of the best groups around with wonderful support for Malibu owners
Experimental Aircraft Association: This is the other organization that every pilot should join. Super group.
- Stick and Rudder by Wolfgang Langweish
- Chuck Yeager: An Autobiography
- Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey
- A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson
Bryson is one of my favorite writers. He’s got a bunch more books that are excellent, such as One Summer, A Walk in the Park, and In a Sunburned Country, which are all excellent too. If in doubt about “what to read next”, make anything by Bryson your selection.
- Fate is the Hunter by Ernest K. Gann
- Braving the Wilderness, by Brene Brown
Brown is on the leading edge of so much, emotionally speaking. I’ve gone through a lot of personal challenges in my life, and her books always bring me back to a place of goodness in mind and thought. Incredibly relatable, you’ll love her wit and humor, but treasure the truth she speaks.
- West with the Night by Beryl Markham
Tammie Jo Shultz told me of this book, and I enjoyed it too. If you want to read the most remarkable comment, see what Ernest Hemingway wrote about this book.
- The Book of John
- Failure is Not an Option, by Gene Kranz
Fabulous read. This guy got a front row seat to the entire space program, and tells the story in a way that is so readable. From page one he had me hooked. If you like the movie “Apollo 13”, you’ll love this book.
- The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz
- Thou Shall Prosper by Rabbi Daniel Lapin
- Aircraft Widgets
I simply love these shades! Living in Texas, it gets REALLY hot, and I end up flying around at low altitudes doing approach after approach after approach. So, I got a set of cockpit covers for the PA46 that I bring along on just about every flight. These shades knock my interior temps to a manageable level, which is no small feat. Definitely get a set of these…
- Aircraft Covers
This one covers the cockpit only, and I like it a lot since the back windows in a PA-46 have shades. It is light, durable, and helps protect that expensive windshield.