Jet Journal

Jet Journal: Five on the Fly

Jet Journal: Five on the Fly

WHO: Martin Ingram COMPANY: President and CEO of Muncie Aviation WHERE: Muncie, Indiana QUALIFICATIONS: Aircraft salesman Since 1983, Dealer for Piper, Daher and Quest, 5,000+ hours of flight time 1. Congratulations on 85 years. Tell us about Muncie Aviation’s beginnings. Muncie Aviation was founded by Edmund Ball, one of the sons of the original Ball Brothers (famous for the Ball glass Read More

Jet Journal: Litanies

Jet Journal: Litanies

The story of a go-around at one of the nation’s most carefully controlled airspaces: DCA Litany: noun, plural litanies. A prolonged account; a list, catalog, enumeration. On five-mile final, the approach is not working. You’re too fast. The spacing on the plane in front of you is insufficient, you’re not fully configured, you dropped your pen and Read More

Jet Journal: Sitting in Back

Jet Journal: Sitting in Back

Three-day trip provides a new perspective on pilot-versus-passenger perceptions. It seemed very strange sitting in the back of the new Gulfstream 280 (G280) at FL430, on a fine leather chair that moves in a dozen different directions, sipping coffee made from a genuine French espresso machine located in its own custom cabinet in the aircraft’s Read More

Jet Journal: Five on the Fly

Jet Journal: Five on the Fly

WHO: Kirby Ortega – Chief Pilot, Aircraft Management Programs COMPANY: Yingling Aviation WHERE: Wichita, Kansas QUALIFICATIONS: FAA Gold Seal Flight Instructor, FAA Designated Pilot Examiner, 30+ years at Cessna, former chief pilot piston engine operations, 25,000 hours 1. What led you to becoming (and remaining) a pilot at Cessna for 30 years? The versatility. I served in various piloting roles Read More