NBAA 2018 Preview

NBAA 2018 Preview

Business Aviation’s biggest event of the year is quickly approaching. The 2018 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) will be held Oct. 16-18 in Orlando, Florida. The event will feature a wide selection of education sessions, keynote speakers and exhibitors showcasing the latest and greatest in business aviation products.  This year, NBAA is promising Read More

Owner Pilots: A Breed Apart

In light of NBAA taking place this month, I asked my father Randy Groom to recount some of his personal experiences and observations after selling business aircraft for 30-plus years. Below he addresses types of customers, business aviation trends and the common themes that tie owner pilots together.    One of the best parts of Read More

Flying Back  in Time

Flying Back in Time

A flight in “Doc” – one of only two airworthy B-29 bombers in the world. “Ladders up; crew in position; 15-degree flaps; departure to the south. Superfortress Doc is ready for takeoff.”   I’m seated in the bombardier’s seat as Mark Novak, retired military pilot and today’s pilot-in command, completes his checklist just a few Read More

Five on the Fly: Mark Novak

Five on the Fly: Mark Novak

WHO: Mark Novak POSITION: B-29 Doc Chief Pilot HOMEBASE: Dawson, NE RATINGS: Comm/Inst/SEL&MEL with types in LR-JET B-707 B-720 DC-B26 and Authorized Experimental Aircraft, B-29 HOURS: 5,200 Military 3,000 Civilian 350 in the B-29 1. Can you summarize your piloting background?  I was a military pilot for almost 24 years, flying great aircraft like the C-21 (military Read More

Labor of Love

When I moved back to Wichita four years ago, I had no clue I would soon take part in one of the most incredible and rare of projects. A Boeing B-29 Superfortress named “Doc” was undergoing an extensive restoration not even 20 minutes from my house. It was (and still is) the last-known restorable/airworthy B-29 Read More