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 Post subject: Duke Training - BPT for Duke Initial!!!
PostPosted: 20 Sep 2017, 14:31 
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Hi BT,

Some of you know that I have been working to bring a Duke to airworthiness status after about 6 years out of annual and to fly it with a total of 8 hours multi-engine time on me.

Well this past weekend we made it - Thanks to the BPT team - would not have happened without them.

BPT worked:
- with my insurance company to arrive at a insurance plan that would cover me with a total of 8 hours ME time in an Apache.
- worked out a detailed Duke Initial Ground School program
- worked out a great Duke Initial Flight program with two very experienced pilots
- worked out the schedule so that I could attend the BPT (Bonanza/Baron) training class at OK city this past weekend.

The training in OK City was a series of 1 hours lectures with Q&As - the instructors and material were so interesting that each hour seems like 5 minutes - the time just flew by. Some of the pilots there had attended these courses 19 times - If you go back 10, 15, 19 times for training it shows how valuable this training, both ground and flight, really is.

After 25 hours of inflight Duke training with two of their instructors (Special Thank you to Kent Ewing and Bill Hale of BPT), I feel very qualified to fly the Duke. Nothing like cruising along at FL 230 with the cloud tops below you and beautiful blue sky above. It is in the log books but I lost count of how many single engine approaches we did as well as engine shut downs - BPT covered every system and issue that could have happened both inflight and on the ground. You lose one of those 380HP engines on take off roll and you need to be trained for it and ready - Thanks to BPT I am.

The training environment is very open and you really look forward to learning it, these guys are demanding but in an enjoyable way.

I highly recommend BPT for Initial and Recurrent Bonanza, Baron, and now Duke training!!! :thumbup: http://www.pbpt.org

Any questions let me know - So far loving those big TIO-541 engines.

Ken
PS Here is a picture of us at FL 230 enjoying a nice pressurized cabin :thumbup:


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 Post subject: Re: Duke Training - BPT for Duke Initial!!!
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+1000 for BPT and Kent Ewing and Bill Hale.

See you guys soon in Norfolk!

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Congrats on enjoying pressurized comfort in the Flight Levels!!


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Great choice of instructors! Bill Hale still has a sense of joy when he flys, even in my lowly Debonair. Haven't flown with Kent, but he is all business in the classroom, so maybe next time in Tucson. I think many on BT would love to have a Duke, good luck with it!

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 Post subject: Re: Duke Training - BPT for Duke Initial!!!
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Ken.....job well done.. :clap: :clap: ....you'll be smiling a lot these days!!!

Please post some pics of the Duke!!!!

I sure miss my Duke!! :sad:

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 Post subject: Re: Duke Training - BPT for Duke Initial!!!
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Thank you Conrad - The Duke is a blast to fly!

Here is a picture of the Duke ( white/blue ) at Fredericksburg, TX airport after the first leg of the Duke Initial flight training.

We were surprised to see another Duke on the ramp and had to park next to it and take some pictures - the two Dukes had the same exact mods - intercoolers, BLR, VGs, winglets, and strakes. The other Duke is based at Conroe, TX - got me thinking of calling a Duke lunch get together in the near future. :D

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+1000 for BPT and Kent Ewing and Bill Hale.

See you guys soon in Norfolk!

I'm of the same opinion.
Except for the Norfolk bit :D

I don't know what it is about the Duke, but I really want one, they look great.
[edit: I've realized I'm a bit like a dog in heat and I think every airplane is extra good looking these days, while I await my Turbo Commander being fixed... But I'd say I definitely thought the Duke was sexy prior to my current externally mandated flying celibacy]


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 Post subject: Re: Duke Training - BPT for Duke Initial!!!
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Congratulations, you will love the Duke. I am flying a second one now. Probably have 1K hours in the type. I have owned and flown Barons, Bonanza's, Navajo Chieftan, many singles and others including TBM 700/850. There is nothing that compares to TBM's in my view, but in the pressurized twin piston world, the Duke is a great value and joy to fly. Fly it by the book and have fun!

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Very nice Ken- Congratulations! How many hours did you have total before the BPT training(aside from the 8 hours ME?) Duke's look like wonderful planes!


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HI Stephan,

1800 TT
1500 in the Bonanza with IFR rating
and then the 8 MEL

I am enjoying the learning the Duke and flying it.

Ken


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