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
Jet Journal: Dutch Treat – Flight to retrieve fishing crew provides up-close look at life at “Deadliest Catch” port.
We are over the Bering Sea southwest bound at FL410 in the Lear 40. Off to our right is an ocean of broken ice heaped into odd-shaped forms. To our left is a group of yellow/brown tundra-covered islands with patches of snow visible even though we are well into spring. Except for one container ship Read More
Part 2: The “How” of Charitable Flying Welcome to the second installment in our series on charitable flying. Last month we introduced the idea that cabin-class aircraft owners and pilots are well situated to carrying out these vital medical and humanitarian missions. As a reader of Twin & Turbine, you probably have access to one Read More
The third and final Pilatus PC-24 prototype, P03, which also represents the series aircraft standard, completed its first flight March 6 from Buochs airfield in Switzerland. The jet, registration HB-VSA, flew for two hours and five minutes within central Switzerland. This flight marks another important milestone in the Pilatus PC-24 development program. The aircraft, designated Read More
The Cessna Citation Sovereign+ and the Citation Latitude have attained FAA and EASA steep approach certification, adding operational capability to the midsize business jets. The certification allows the aircraft to fly approach angles of up to 6.65 degrees, which is necessary to access European destinations such as London City Airport (LCY) and Lugano Airport (LUG) in Switzerland. Read More