Jet Journal

Just Plain Magic

Just Plain Magic

I am standing well away from the operations area of our airport in the middle of a huge meadow of tall yellow grass, with most of the green stalks having long ago given themselves over to the inevitability of fall. A shaft of sunlight is occasionally shining through the broken to overcast cloud layer about 2,000 Read More

NBAA 2019 Preview

NBAA 2019 Preview

Business aviation’s biggest event of the year is just around the corner. The 2019 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) returns to Las Vegas October 22-24. Last year, the event attracted around 1,000 exhibitors and attendees representing all 50 states and 90 countries.  In addition to dozens of education sessions, the convention will feature Read More

The Touch

The Touch

I am sitting in the jump seat of a CJ2 brandishing my seldom-used CFI ticket and CE-525 type rating to complete a 61.55 ride for the pilot in the right front seat. It turns out that the pilot, Carolyn, let her second-in-command authorization run out a week ago and she and her husband John have a Read More

Bose Releases ProFlight Series 2

Bose Releases ProFlight Series 2

Bose debuted its latest aviation headset, the ProFlight Series 2, at this year’s EAA AirVenture. Since the original version launched in April of 2018, the company has continued to update and improve the product. The ProFlight is primarily targeted for pilots flying turbine aircraft, but I’ve used the headset in several types of aircraft including Read More

The Problem with Juneau

The Problem with Juneau

I am sitting in the left seat of a King Air 300 simulator configured for the Runway 08 departure from the Juneau Airport (PAJN) in low IFR conditions. I have the power up and the airplane rolling only to find the simulator (unlike a real King Air) has more rudder pedal sensitivity than a Pitts Special Read More