April 2015

A New Generation of PC-12’s
It’s not difficult to regain PA, but first we have to realize that we’re lost
“Weather recall” is one of the most hated transmissions a fighter pilot ever hears

Editor’s Briefing: Looking Back – pilot logbook

It doesn’t take long. As soon as pilots accumulate a few hundred flying hours, they begin to leaf back through their pilot logbook, reminiscing over planes flown, places seen and people noted. I remember filling up my first slim volume of carefully-annotated minutia (truly, there were some flights logged in indigence-mandated minutes) and turning through Read More

The Majestic Pilatus PC-12 NG

by Todd Hotes A New Generation of PC-12’s The Pilatus PC-12 is a majestic-looking airplane, standing 14-feet tall with a 53-foot wingspan. Its footprint rivals that of a small to mid size jet, but it’s not. It’s a single-engine pressurized turboprop. The latest version, the PC-12/47E, also known as the NG (Next Generation), was introduced Read More

Where are we now, Exactly? – live tracking

by LeRoy Cook Staying aware of the aircraft’s position and, most importantly, where it’s going on its present track or live tracking, is a vital part of piloting. Historically, many, many tragic CFIT (controlled flight into terrain) accidents have resulted from lapses in positional awareness. The pilots thought they were in safe airspace, until the Read More

Alternates VFR

by Gary “Waldo” Peppers “Weather recall” is one of the most hated transmissions a fighter pilot ever hears, second maybe only to “Guns kill at thirteen thousand over Quartzite!” My flight heard the dreaded weather recall from the 325th Tactical Fighter Wing SOF (Supervisor of Flying) in the middle of our final air-to-air engagement. It Read More

Twin Proficiency: Awareness Reserves

by Thomas P. Turner It was a surprising and frightening statistic. Several years ago, I attended the Bombardier Safety Stand-Down in Wichita, Kansas. The Stand-Down is a two-day series of Pilot Safety seminars and workshops, aimed primarily at pilots and operators of business jets. During one presentation, the speaker asked the roughly 300 people in Read More

From The Flight Deck: Kite Flying Tales

by Kevin R. Dingman Just as we scribe details of a troublesome flight in our logbook, so the snowfalls and venomously-bitter cold of last winter are now recorded. Inches and feet, extreme temperatures and lessons learned; from north to south, many of these were charted as new records. Now, April showers bring May flowers, and Read More

NBAA Opposes Onerous New White House Proposal – You Can, Too

by Ed Bolen NBAA President and CEO Despite our industry’s many benefits to communities across the United States, business aviation is frequently a target for unsubstantiated rhetoric and onerous policy proposals from Washington policymakers. For example, President Obama’s recently released fiscal year 2016 budget proposal again focused on business aviation with a renewed effort to Read More

NBAA-Backed Provision Included in Pilots’ Rights Legislation

Congressional proponents of the nation’s general aviation (GA) industry recently introduced new legislation to bolster legal protections for GA Pilots’ Rights Legislation nationwide, including language proposed by NBAA to ensure that pilots and other certificate holders facing FAA enforcement action have timely access to information necessary to assist them in formulating a proper defense. U.S. Read More

NBAA Focus: NBAA Weighs in on Canada’s Planned Security Department Electronic Passenger Info System

NBAA recently advised international business aircraft operators of two new Security Department online systems, scheduled for implementation by spring 2016 by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), to pre-screen air travelers prior to a flight’s departure for Canada. The interactive advance passenger information (IAPI) initiative – similar to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s electronic Read More

NBAA Applauds House Vote to Make Small-Business Expensing Allowance Permanent (320)

NBAA recently welcomed a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to make several small-business tax provisions permanent, including the ability to expense up to $500,000 in capital investments. The “small-business expensing provision” encourages investments in equipment, such as aircraft parts, up to a certain value by not subjecting them to standard depreciation. Instead, they Read More

NBAA Has Resources, Updates on Drone Technology Developments

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or “drones”, offer great promise for a variety of applications in many areas of life and commerce wtih Drone Technology, including opportunities for use by entrepreneurs and companies that rely on aviation as part of doing business. NBAA recently introduced a dedicated web resource to assist business aviation stakeholders seeking information Read More

En Route: Tom Turner and Fred Nauer Named to Flight Instructor Hall of Fame

The National Association of Flight Instructors’ Flight Instructor Hall of Fame was established 18 years ago to recognize individuals who exemplify the promotion of excellence in flight instruction. This year, NAFI is proud to announce two outstanding individuals as inductees into the Hall of Fame. They are Twin & Turbine’s very own Tom Turner, along Read More

En Route: NextGen GA Fund Announces the Launch of “Jumpstart GA 2020” ADS-B Out avionics, Orders 10,000 L-3 Lynx NGT-1000 Units

On February 11, 2015, the NextGen GA Fund announced the launch of “Jumpstart GA 2020” to accelerate the general aviation community’s adoption of rule-compliant ADS-B Out avionics. As part of this program, the GA Fund has secured an order for 10,000 L-3 Lynx® NGT-1000 units, manufactured by L-3 Aviation Products of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dealer Read More

En Route: Twin Commander University Set For April 23-25 In Savannah

The distinctive Twin Commander profile – a long, slim wing atop a long, low-slung fuselage ending in a tall vertical fin – has been a familiar sight for nearly six decades. And, one of aviation’s greatest living heroes – Bob Hoover – has been around for nearly as long, flying his extraordinary energy-managment air show Read More

En Route: Piper Aircraft Launches Meridian M500 With The Latest In Garmin Avionics

As of January 28, 2015, Piper Aircraft has introduced its newest top-of-the-line M-Class Meridian M500 single-engine turbine business aircraft, featuring the latest in Garmin avionics, enhanced safety features and a number of other significant product improvements. “The 2015 Piper M500 will come equipped with the very newest Garmin avionics package for increased safety,” said Piper Read More

En Route: Wing Jet Center Awarded Status As Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business 

John Wing, CEO and Owner, Honored for His Service John Wing, CEO and Owner of Wing Jet Center at Lone Star Executive Airport (KCXO) in Conroe, Texas, was recently recognized for his service as an aviator during the Vietnam War by being awarded with the Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business status. “We are proud Read More

En Route: Quest Aircraft Sold

On February 19, Quest Aircraft Company signed an agreement to be acquired by “Setouchi Holdings Inc.”, a member of “Tsuneishi Group”. Tsuneishi Group is a well-established global entity, with solid roots in shipbuilding, transportation and related industries. “We are very excited to have a strong organization such as “Tsuneishi Group” believe in Quest, our products, Read More

En Route: Comp Air Aviation putting its entire line on sale

Comp Air Aviation, one of the largest kit aircraft manufacturers in the world, supplying kit aircraft for more than 25-years, is putting its entire line of composite kit aircraft on sale. Whether you are looking for the ever-popular and economical CA-6 and CA-4 six and four-place piston-powered models, or one of the highly sought-after high Read More

En Route: Nextant Flies The Remanufactured Aircraft G90XT Turboprop

Nextant Aerospace has announced the successful completion of the first test flight for the new aircraft G90XT turboprop. The company celebrated the landmark event with a rollout celebration at their headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. “This is a very exciting day for the team at Nextant and our customer base,” said Nextant President and CEO Sean Read More

On Final: Sometimes, Slow Is Better – Aircraft Speed

by David Miller Recently, I wrote about my addiction to aircraft speed. But, as I found out on one of my latest flights, sometimes flying slowly is just as important. An area of low pressure was moving into north Texas, with showers scheduled to arrive by noon. The forecast for Addison (KADS) was 1,500 overcast Read More