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Cessna 421Most insurance companies require recurrent training for the operators of the Cessna 421 aircraft. Unfortunately, many Cessna 421 training programs make you choose either training in your airplane or training in a simulator. I offer an insurance company approved program that combines both training in a cabin class simulator and in your airplane.


Often overlooked, this is an important element of your recurrent experience. I use a six hour PowerPoint and lecture presentation to review the following Cessna 421 systems:

  • Welcome/Introduction
  • Aircraft Fuel System
  • Engines/Propellers
  • 421 System pre-flight Checks and Test
  • 421 Flight Profiles & Power settings
  • 421 Emergency Procedures Checklist
  • Flight Controls/Wing Flaps
  • Electrical Systems
  • Landing Gear
  • System Checks and Tests
  • Emergency Procedures Checklist
  • Flight Profiles
  • System Check and Tests
  • Environmental Systems
  • Anti-ice/Deice
  • Performance
  • Systems Failure Analysis
  • Avionics & Auto-pilot
  • Emergency Procedures Checklist
  • Anti-ice/Deice

As an A&P mechanic, I can explain the airplane's systems in more detail than other instructors.


Aircraft only training does not delve into emergency procedures deep enough to be an effective learning experience. Prudence and common sense dictate that you donít pull the critical engine below VMC to see what will happen. Merely reviewing the Cessna 421 systems on the ground and then flying the airplane while practicing zero thrust engine failures is not thorough training. Only a cabin class simulator can safely replicate an engine failure at gross weight just as you lift off. I use the simulator in my program to practice all the emergencies that are too dangerous or damaging to review in the airplane. Some of the emergencies include:

  • In flight shutdown and restart
  • Engine failure on takeoff/climb/enroute
  • Visual approach with one engine inoperative
  • Emergency descent
  • ILS with one engine inoperative
  • Non precision approach with one engine inoperative
  • No flap approach and landing
  • Missed approach with one engine inoperative
  • Engine fire
  • Severe ice accumulation

Of course, non emergency system failures are also reviewed in the simulator:

  • Electrical failures
  • Gear failure
  • Autopilot failure
  • Smoke control

The simulator is also used for normal procedures including:

  • Holding
  • ILS/VOR/LOC/GPS approaches (Garmin 430)
  • Stalls
  • Steep Turns
  • Rejected landings/Go-arounds


Although the simulator is a great tool, it does not replicate the actual avionics in your airplane. In order to complete your training, we will fly in your 421 and review the following items:

  • Flight Director/Autopilot usage
  • Nexrad (if equipped)
  • Radar (if equipped)
  • Navigation/Avionics systems
  • Normal instrument approaches including circle to land
  • Unusual attitudes
  • Take-offs and landings
  • Single pilot resource management

I do not introduce emergencies during the flight phase. I have found that this is too choreographed to be a productive training event. I use the flight portion of the training to evaluate your aircraft handling and decision making skills.


It is rare to find an instructor who has the experience in a 421 and the teaching skills to help you operate your airplane efficiently and safely. Here is my experience:

  • I flew as the Chief Pilot and Check Airman on a charter 421ís for 2 years.
  • I am the Chief Pilot of a restaurant chain flying a Kingair 90.
  • I took an early retirement from the airlines to offer my students a professional, peer-to-peer training environment.
  • My experience includes 20,000+ hours as a Captain with US Airways.
  • I am licensed in Single and Multi-engine airplanes as an ATP, CFI, CFII-MEI. My type ratings include Airbus A319/320/321, Boeing 767/757/737, DC-9, Fokker F100/F28, EMB-110 and the Cessna Citation CE-500. Also, I have obtained a Flight Engineer rating and an A & P mechanic's license.
  • I have 30 years of instructional experience in twin engine aircraft. As a former check pilot and flight instructor on the Boeing 737, my responsibilities included reviewing the abilities of Captain and First Officer's for competency to fly passengers in airline operations.
  • I am an FAA Lead FAAST Team Safety Counselor for the SC/NC area.
  • I have been awarded the FAA's "Gold Seal" and Iíve been named a Master CFI by the National Association of Flight Instructors.
  • I have authored nine aviation textbooks published by Mc-Graw-Hill.
  • I do all the training and have given over 400 hours of 421 instruction.

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Once you complete my program, you have earned a flight review and instrument competency sign off as well as a certificate of recurrent training for your insurance company.

FEE $695

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