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New Avionics in the Bonanza

A ten-month project is coming to an end: On November 11, 2022 I picked up my Bonanza from Garmin in Kansas City. Even though we are still waiting for final FAA approval of the new digital autopilot interface, even the current setup is magnitudes better than what I had in my panel before. Let me give you a tour in my new video.

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Flying the B-29

Just before Oshkosh, I had the opportunity to fly in the cockpit observer seat of “DOC”, one of the two remaining B-29 aircraft in airworthy condition. This was in Mason City, IA at the monthly airport BBQ – specifically, the one in July, the one just before Oshkosh. It was a fantastic (and maybe once-in-a-lifetime for me, $$$) experience.
Did I bing my cameras? You bet I did! The ride was surprisingly smooth (for a piston airplane!), and sitting in the very seats that were once the workplace of pilots of the greatest generation was touching. Aircraft Commander Steve Zimmerman and his crew did a nice job explaining what they were doing, and I try to convey a lot of that in this new video (click here).

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See you in Oshkosh!

At last – Oshkosh/AirVenture is here again, and I am excited to be there the whole week. Unfortunately, my Bonanza is still not ready for me (avionics upgrade), so I will make a road trip instead and experience AirVenture from an RV in Sleepy Hollow. 

If you are in Oshkosh, I hope you can join me at one of my presentations (LOP/mixture management on Monday and Saturday morning) or the YouTubers Meet & Greet on Monday afternoon. I’ll also be at the ABS dinner on Tuesday and the SAFE dinner on Thursday. And odds are you can find me at the SOS beer tent after dark. Please come and say hi if you’re there.

Whether you are flying or driving, have a safe trip, and see you in Oshkosh!

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N70TB New Autopilot

N70TB has been in the shop for a few months now for its biggest upgrade yet. I’m happy to say that we are nearing the end – another few weeks, meaning completion is likely just before or after Oshkosh. The center piece of the upgrade is a new autopilot – my Century III broke late last year. In my view, repairing it didn’t make much sense – it’s a 40-year-old system, and at some point I just had to bite the bullet and switch over to a new digital autopilot. That is what’s going on with my Bonanza, and while I can still not disclose the full extend of the project, I am sharing my thoughts about available autopilot in a new video, and which one of them is going to be in N70TB from here on.

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Where is N70TB?

It’s June 2022, and I have not flown N70TB since early January. What in the world is going on that keeps me from flying my favorite Bonanza? I can’t share details yet, but I can tell you the Bonanza spent quite a while at Gardner Lowe Aviation in Peachtree City, GA (Atlanta Regional – Falcon Field) getting a facelift. If all goes to plan, I will have her back in time for Oshkosh, and then I can share the rest of the story over the summer. For now, all I can say is: I am beyond excited about what’s coming!

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Sun ‘n Fun 2022

It is time for the world’s second-largest fly-in again! I am excited to be back in Lakeland, FL for Sun ‘n Fun, and I will be there from Tuesday to Friday this year.

Here is a list of events I will be at:

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BPPP Instruction

Martin has achieved accreditation in the BPPP Program (Beechcraft Pilot Proficiency Program) and can now provide the flight portion of your BPPP BEST or BPPP Focus training event. After you complete the computer-based ground training, we can fly in your aircraft to complete the BEST training which may help reduce the cost of your next insurance renewal.

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2021 Poster Project

It is with great pleasure that I can announce the 2021 Charity Fundraiser: the Oshkosh 2021 Charity Poster Project. Just like in 2019, four posters will be autographed by aviators popular on YouTube and Instagram and then auctioned off for to charitable organizations in August of this year. Read all about it here.

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Patrons Zoom Call

All patrons are invited to a Zoom call with Martin on Saturday July 17, 2021. Details have been sent via email to all active patrons, including a Zoom link and dial-in information. We’ll talk about upcoming video projects and Oshkosh, and there’ll be time for questions and answers. See you there!

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Oshkosh 2021

AirVenture 2021 is almost here. I can’t wait!

N70TB and I will be camping in the North 40 the entire week. After the very wet opening weekend of 2019, let’s cross our fingers for some nice and dry weather for this year.

I look forward to seeing new products, learning new things, watching the air show, and of course to meeting people. I give a few presentations over the course of the week:

Lean of Peak & Mixture Management

Not quite sure what the mixture knob is all about and how to use it properly? You’ve heard about lean-of-peak, but you don’t know if it’ll harm your engine? In this presentation, we will start from scratch and figure out how your mixture setting affects combustion, resulting in different horsepower, temperatures and pressures. You will see quickly that there is no magic here. Offered three times during the week:


Monday, July 26

10:00 AM

Forum Stage 04

Tuesday, July 27

9:00 AM

American Bonanza
Society (ABS) tent

Saturday, July 31

10:00 AM

Workshop Classroom A
Making Better Flying Videos

If you are curious about putting an action cam to use in the cockpit, come to this session where I will share some of the things I’ve learned over the years of making video.

Topics range from choosing the right camera and camera mount, to different viewing angles, to recording audio, to selecting music for your videos.


Wednesday, July 28

1:00 PM

Forum Stage 03