Airport Day

Airport Day

Today is not a typical day of flying. We are nearly 6,000 pounds under maximum takeoff weight. In a Lear 40 with a basic empty weight of 13,232 pounds, that is really light. The airplane’s TFE 731-20 turbofan engines each put out 3,500 pounds of thrust, giving us a thrust-to-weight ratio of 1:2. Following the maximum Read More

CJP Convention  2018 Preview

CJP Convention 2018 Preview

  Cessna Citation owners, partners and exhibitors will soon gather at CJP’s annual convention, October 24-27, at the scenic Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, Texas. It will be a particularly special year as the Citation Jet Pilots Owner Pilots Association (CJP) is celebrating its 10th anniversary.  Each year, the CJP Read More

Review: Bose ProFlight Aviation Headset

Review: Bose ProFlight Aviation Headset

  The bar has been raised for lightweight Active Noise Reduction (ANR) headsets. Bose made its first major public debut of their new ProFlight aviation headset at EAA AirVenture 2018. I stopped by for an in-booth demonstration and ultimately walked away impressed and with a headset in-hand to try in real world scenarios. I have 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

Evaluating Weather & Exercising Options

I planned to fly up to Oshkosh from Wichita on Friday before AirVenture. My plan, following suggestions I included in “Are You Good Enough to Fly into Oshkosh?” (July issue), was to fly about 2.5 hours to Dubuque, Iowa (KDBQ), top off the fuel tanks, then make the roughly one-hour hop to Oshkosh following the Read More