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Posts from September, 2019

2019 MMOPA Convention: Beyond Expectations

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Members enjoy four days of knowledge, growth, fun and friendship. Following a record-breaking 2018 convention at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, MMOPA was faced with organizing a convention in only eight months and in a different season of the year. The result, however, was a world-class event that exceeded expectations held at a world-class resort. Held at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, FL, the Convention hosted nearly 300 members, companions, partners, exhibitors and guests. At the Fernandina…… Read More…

Meet Mr. Malibu

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Larry Grant bought the very first production Malibu. And he’s still flying it today. In early 2018, I was cleaning out years of documents from file cabinets in my Kansas City based office. Among them were original brochures from years of Piper production aircraft with an emphasis on Malibus, Mirages and Meridians. Being a packrat by nature, I was having separation issues relegating them to a recycle bin. The brochures were dated as they featured models…… Read More…

Blunder into Thunder

As seasonal hazards go, avoiding thunderstorms makes the first page of our risk avoidance playbook this time of year. Thunderstorms in the free MMOPA Flight Risk Assessment Tool (FRAT) app earned the highest risk number in the app at “8.” It’s safe to say the hazard is well-known. Growing up, most of us learned quickly not to put our hand on a hot stove. It seems intuitively similar we should also respect thunderstorms. Yet the PA46…… Read More…

Ice Advice

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When using the icing prediction tools, here’s you need to know when planning a flight in or near possible icing conditions. On January 18, 2011, the Forecast Icing Potential (FIP) underwent a transformation to become the Forecast Icing Product. Found on the Aviation Weather Center Web site (aviationweather.gov), this next generation of FIP is following in the footsteps of its analysis counterpart, the Current Icing Product (CIP). The Current Icing Potential underwent a similar transition to…… Read More…

PA46 Safety By the Numbers

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A 10-year review: getting Safer & But Room For Improvement “We learn through our experiences” or better still, the experiences of others. I’ve avoided the word “mistakes” because we also learn through good experiences. The information presented here is collected from the FAA and other public sources. Keep in mind that a lot of events go unreported. In this review, we’re going to look at the PA46 fleet data from 2009 through October 2018. The past…… Read More…

Managing Your Mx: ADs & SBs

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What is required and what is the smart thing to do. At the annual inspection or at a pre-purchase inspection is when many owners find out the current status of the airworthiness directives and service bulletins that apply to their PA46. Some sellers advertised their aircraft as having full compliance only to be very disappointed later. The owner and operator must make sure that the AD note compliance is current for flight. Keeping a listing of…… Read More…

Flaps: Myths, Facts and What You Should Know About This Lift-Producing Device

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I find lots of confusion in the PA46 world concerning flaps. When should they be deployed? When should they not be deployed? Are there rules that must be followed concerning the flaps? It’s a broad discussion, and there is rarely a one-size-fits-all answer to the use of flaps. There are lots of variables in the decision-making process, and good judgment is expected and assumed by the pilot. Runway length, crosswind component, type of PA46, airframe icing,…… Read More…

Operating Practices

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Why OPs, rather than standardized operating procedures, are what PA46 community needs. There’s been lots of talk in the last few years in the PA46 world about “Standardized Operating Procedures” (SOPs). Many who know me know that I’m not a fan of “standardized operating procedures” in a PA46, at least not as that phrase is presently interpreted in the aviation community. Now, before you stop reading and place me on the shelf as “one of those…… Read More…

Creating a Culture of Safety – A Fighter Pilot’s Perspective

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As a new (or even an experienced pilot), it is critical to your success and safety that you know your aircraft, your tactics and yourself. To know your airplane: a pilot must intimately comprehend the forces acting on the aircraft, the systems (normal operation, failures and emergency procedures), and the limitations placed on the engine and airframe for any given condition. Tactics are the studied and proven actions that, if executed correctly, would produce mission success…… Read More…

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