Jet Journal

Stuff Happens

Stuff Happens

As much as we try to personalize them, airplanes are above all mindless mechanical devices that wear down and break at regular intervals, in spite of our mechanic’s best efforts. When this occurs, the pilots involved (and I am definitely one of them) invariably tend to blame themselves and lie awake at night thinking about 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

Increase Your Plane’s  Value in Today’s Marketplace

Increase Your Plane’s Value in Today’s Marketplace

A few thousand dollars spent now can be the difference between the right price and no sale at all. It’s no surprise that the aircraft sales industry is a highly dynamic and cyclical marketplace. At any given point, one model market can be “on fire” at the same time another market is completely dead. This Read More

Five on the Fly: Jed Johnson

Five on the Fly: Jed Johnson

WHO: Jed Johnson COMPANY: Pilatus Aircraft POSITION: Chief Pilot HOMEBASE: KBJC RATINGS: FATP, CFII, MEI HOURS: 11,300 1. Can you summarize your aviation background?   My father got me exposed to aviation. He worked with VanDusen, AAR and Duncan Aviation, so we traveled in GA aircraft a lot when I was growing up. I followed a Read More