Five on the Fly: Todd Simmons

Five on the Fly: Todd Simmons

WHO: Todd Simmons POSITION: President of Customer Experience, Cirrus Aircraft HOMEBASE: Knoxville, TN (KTYS) RATINGS: Private, Instrument, Vision Jet SF50 Type Rating, Glider Rating FLIGHT HOURS: 2,300 1. Can you describe your current role at Cirrus Aircraft and what “customer experience” entails? Customer experience describes all of the touch points for our customers – or as Read More

Behind the Phones of an MRO Facility

Behind the Phones of an MRO Facility

Photos Courtesy of Duncan Aviation Airplanes are expensive. Most of us do all we can to reduce that expense, but despite our best wishes – and often in the face of meticulous preventative care – eventually something is going to malfunction. When it does, we turn to the experts at Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Read More

$100 Hamburger

$100 Hamburger

Putting a finger on what exactly is “the best part” of aviation is difficult. But there is one unsuspecting activity I will always appreciate as it combines several of my favorite things (i.e. airplanes, outdoors, food) and is one of the simplest joys: the $100 Hamburger.  It’s not the “burger” itself that I love (although Read More

Five on the Fly: Susan Carastro

Five on the Fly: Susan Carastro

  WHO: Susan Carastro POSITION: Veterinary Ophthalmologist, Owner-Pilot HOMEBASE: West Palm Beach, FL (LNA) RATINGS: CFI, MEI, ATP FLIGHT HOURS: 2,300   1. Can you describe your introduction to general aviation?  Aviation is in my DNA. My father was a pilot in the Air Force while my mother got her private ticket in 1956 and Read More

Great Getaways

Springtime is my favorite time of the year. Nature comes back to life, the birds are singing, and – if you listen carefully – you’ll hear the sound of Lycomings, Continentals and Pratts awakening from their cozy hangars to spool up for the year’s adventures. As we begin to thaw, it’s time to start thinking Read More