I don't do any charter flying. All my flying is done to support my medical equipment business. We use the plane to visit customers across the country. Any additional flying is moving my family and friends around for fun.
If you look closely at the picture below you will see my trusty editor, Sam, and his family with my family in Telluride, CO.
I have about 6,000 hours. I’ve been flying since 1983. I started out in a Cessna 172 and moved into a Piper Seneca II. I spent 10 years in the ANG flying the F-16 in Ft. Wayne, IN. After that, I owned a Cessna 414A, several MU-2 turboprops and the current plane which is a Beechcraft Premier 1A.
The Premier does not have auto-throttles. The autopilot has Flight Level Change “FLC” mode which will hold a selected airspeed. The aircraft maintains airspeed by controlling the pitch. The pilot must still control the throttles or power lever.
I had the great honor of serving my country in the USAF and the ANG. I flew F-16's for 10 years before retiring. It remains one of the most memorable and life changing things in which I have ever had the opportunity to participate.