Transitioning to High-Performance Airplanes

Stepping up from that C150, Skyhawk or Archer you've been flying to something that can carry the whole family and enough fuel to fly nonstop to Aunt Fanny's for Thanksgiving can mean transitioning to what the FAA defines as a "high-performance" airplane. In addition to a new logbook endorsement, you'll need a firm understanding of the substantial differences in weight, loading, controls and additional equipment these airplanes usually carry. Before you decide what wine goes best with turkey, AVweb's Scott Puddy has a few thoughts for the transitioning pilot.

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