Irony isn't what it used to be, but still, only a few weeks after resurrecting memories of flying a Cessna 414, one has arrived on the property, and I have been designated to train everyone in it. It's pretty; it has the RAM VII conversion; and it has winglets. It has dual Garmin 530s and weather radar. I like it!
I don't know much about winglets, so I asked a friend who flies for an all-737 airline and he shared some information (this always impresses the guys who don't know you: "My friend at XXX says that winglets...")
The interesting part is that none of the pilots I am training have much time in piston twins, and there is a lot to learn here. They have been flying King Airs (with autofeather and rudder boost) and Citations (almost centerl-line thrust, and nothing to feather), so the piston-engine drill is new to them. This puts me in a dilemma: proper training is hard on the engines, but a little must be done in any event. When I first flew it to regain my multi-engine currency I waited until the final pattern to fail an engine on myself and flew a singl;e-engine pattern to a full stop landing with a slow taxi to parking to make sure the turbochargers cooled adequately.
The RAM conversion adds 25 horsepower a side, but that's only 100 feet per minute of extra climb on one engine (see this post
). Which might be enough in a crisis.
OK, time to go to the airport.