Jet Journal Feature

The Currency Conundrum

The Currency Conundrum

It was a hot and dry day near the banks of the Columbia River in Eastern Washington. The lawn sprinklers were creating a distracting fine mist with mini-rainbows as I made an approach to the helicopter’s designated grass landing area. I had another pilot onboard and a group of field workers also watching, so I Read More

Stability, Steep Turns  & Spirals

Stability, Steep Turns & Spirals

The recent, fatal crash of a vintage military trainer provides valuable lessons for pilots of twin and turbine airplanes as well. The NTSB reports: …a North American SNJ-5 airplane impacted terrain following a loss of control during initial climb after takeoff from runway 13R at Kingsville Naval Air Station (NQI), Kingsville, Texas. The pilot and Read More

Jet Journal: Higher Minimums

Jet Journal: Higher Minimums

Professional flying is nearly always an extremely relaxed, highly controlled and almost boring affair. When you depart, under what conditions, where you are going, and by what routing is often entirely under the control of a complex set of rules and a team of experts, of which you are only one. You certainly feel professionally Read More

The Cessna Citation CJ3  Goes Fusion

The Cessna Citation CJ3 Goes Fusion

A much-needed flight deck upgrade brings the venerable light jet favorite into the future.  How do you improve your favorite airplane when that airplane is a Cessna Citation CJ3? Fast, capable, and enjoyed by its owners and pilots, the latest avionics upgrade is to the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion suite promises to make a Read More