Jet Journal

Cirrus Safe Return: Cirrus to follow Piper as first to implement Garmin Autoland

Cirrus Safe Return: Cirrus to follow Piper as first to implement Garmin Autoland

The recent announcement by Garmin regarding their revolutionary automatic land capability is excellent news for the industry. And Cirrus Aircraft joins Piper Aircraft as the first of the general aviation manufacturers to introduce the system in a production airplane. The company will implement its Safe Return Emergency Autoland System in the 2020 Vision Jet. The automatic Read More

Touchdown Zone

Touchdown Zone

Three reports from the NTSB: Surveillance video revealed the Cessna Citation 550 touched down about 1,700 feet past the runway threshold of the 5,000-foot-long runway and that the thrust reversers were not deployed during the recorded portion of the landing roll. The airplane’s tires left over 1,300 feet of skid marks before it overran the Read More

Five on the Fly: Mark Pestal

Five on the Fly: Mark Pestal

WHO: Mark Pestal COMPANY: AeroAngel POSITION: President/Founder HOMEBASE: KAPA / Denver, Colorado   1. What led you to form AeroAngel in 2010?  As a board member for a volunteer pilot organization, I saw an unmet need to provide a higher level of service to children needing to access critical but distant medical care by using more Read More

Seeing Through the Forests: Hurricane Dorian Aftermath

Seeing Through the Forests: Hurricane Dorian Aftermath

On September 1, 2019, Category 5 Hurricane Dorian made landfall on Elbow Cay in the Abaco Islands chain of the Bahamas with a predicted path northwest over Grand Bahama. With winds up to 220 mph and rainfall measured in feet, not inches, it was forecasted to be a catastrophic weather event, and unfortunately, the forecasters Read More

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