Train Like You Fly – Fly Like You Train Beechcraft Premier Type Rating

Train Like You Fly – Fly Like You Train Beechcraft Premier Type Rating

Photos by Author I was in the midst of my initial training for the Beechcraft Premier type rating with my long-time friend, Horacio Valeiras. Horacio and I were in Wichita at the FlightSafety Textron Aviation Training (FSTAT) Center. The training was 16 days and entailed 80-plus hours of ground instruction, 8 hours in the FlightSafety Read More

Citation Training at  LOFT

Citation Training at LOFT

I recently added an FAA Part 135 Citation 525-series Captain position with Jet Methods (based at Palomar, California) to my aviation experiences. The process required an interesting combination of ground, online and flight training. Each charter certificate holder has a set of FAA-approved operating specifications known as “OpSpecs.” They detail everything from dispatching the airplane, maintenance, Read More

A Cross-Country Flight and Review of the Pilatus PC-24

A Cross-Country Flight and Review of the Pilatus PC-24

Photos Courtesy of Jerry Wyszatycki, Avatar Productions. I have been flying the various models of the Pilatus PC-12 since 2006. Whether flying shorter hops or transporting people and supplies for disaster relief, the airplane has shown me amazing versatility. So, when Pilatus announced its PC-24 program and subsequently named it the Super Versatile Jet, I knew Read More

Garmin Rolls Out GTN Xi Series: Fourth Generation

  Garmin International recently announced an updated version of its popular GTN series of GPS/NAV/COMs. Building upon the capabilities of the previous GTNs, they are releasing the new units – named GTN Xi – with higher resolution displays and faster processors. The GTN 650Xi and GTN 750Xi represent the fourth generation of GPS/NAV/COM systems since Read More

Garmin Debuts the GI 275: An electronic replacement for legacy  primary flight instruments.

Garmin Debuts the GI 275: An electronic replacement for legacy primary flight instruments.

Garmin announced the release of a totally new instrument – the GI 275. The Garmin GI 275 is unique, having the capability to replace a number of legacy instruments depending upon configuration and installation.  The GI 275 can serve as the primary instrument for various functions, including attitude indicator (AI), attitude directional indicator (ADI), course Read More