Jet Journal

Turning Professional

Turning Professional

Every month I receive a surprising number of reader emails from pilots on the subject of turning professional. Almost all have a couple of thousand hours of flying time, a commercial license and are in their 50s or early 60s. Many are professionals in other fields such as doctors, lawyers or accountants, or have been Read More

The Compliance Spectrum

The Compliance Spectrum

It’s a phrase found frequently in NTSB reports: “The pilot’s failure to….” An (admittedly old) NTSB survey of accidents from 1978 through 1990 revealed that procedural noncompliance was a factor in 78 percent of all crashes. It’s one thing to say the pilot failed to comply with a procedure. It’s another thing entirely to understand Read More

The Hangar Problem

The Hangar Problem

  There was a truly rare, freak-out weather event this past year at our airport. Strong gusty winds just blew the roof and doors off around 40 hangars built 30 years ago out of wood frames, wood truss roofs and metal siding. Oddly, aircraft tied outside on the flight line 100 yards from these hangars Read More

A Guide to the Citation 560XL Series: Part 1

A Guide to the Citation 560XL Series: Part 1

The most common question I hear when I tell people I’m the 560XL expert for jetAVIVA is, “What is the proper nomenclature when referring to this aircraft: Excel or XL?” Technically, they’re both correct. The original airplane’s official marketed name is the “Citation Excel.” However, like every certified aircraft model, an official serial number designation Read More

Learning the Differences

Learning the Differences

The challenge is figuring what is unique or different about a new-to-you airplane, then applying that information in some practical fashion.” One of the companies I fly for recently acquired a Gulfstream 150, and over the past several months, our pilot group (mostly accustomed to flying lighter Learjets and Citations) has been getting checked out Read More