Jet Journal

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

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