April 2017

Editor’s Briefing: There are no happy endings.

There are no happy endings. Endings are the saddest part. So just give me a happy middle, And a very happy start. - Shel Silverstein On March 6, a storm system ripped through the Midwest, forming a line of thunderstorms from Oklahoma to Canada. By the time the line reached Kansas City, tornado warnings were plentiful, and Read More


Kudos to Kevin Ware’s “A Hole in the Ice” Just wanted to send a quick note to say how much I enjoyed Kevin’s article (February 2017), and appreciated the discussion of the analysis that went into the go decision, and to how he flew the descent and approach. I fly a Baron in the Great Read More

Legally Speaking: Unintended Consequences

Avoid turning an inadvertent act into enforcement action. You have received your clearance for an IFR departure from your home airport, which includes “climb and maintain 5,000 feet.” The tower clears you for takeoff, and adds, “Amend your initial altitude, climb and maintain 1,500 feet.” You take off, and the tower tells you to contact Read More

Jet Journal: Flying For a Cause – Part 1

Part 1: The “Why” of Charitable Flying If you’re like many Twin & Turbine readers, the path to the left seat of your cabin-class aircraft has been a rewarding one. You’ve been blessed with a successful career, financial security and a fulfilling lifestyle. Flying most likely played a central role in your professional and personal Read More

Jet Journal: Two Nights in Reno

A glimpse inside the glamorous life of a corporate pilot We arrive in Reno following a very bumpy descent out of FL410, with 25-knot crosswinds on the approach to 16L and a nasty wind shear being advertised by the tower. Our four veteran business jet passengers are on a recruiting trip for graduates of the Read More

Jet Journal: Five on the Fly

WHO: Randy Harmon – Owner COMPANY: Harmony Air Flight school, aircraft rental, aircraft management, charter WHERE: Nashville, TN QUALIFICATIONS: Lt Col, USAF (Ret) CFI, CFII, MEI, CSIP, AGI, SES, ATP 1. Can you describe the mission of Harmony Air? Currently, we operate with 12 pilots and 18 aircraft (we began with just three pistons back Read More

Jet Journal: Citation Sovereign+ and Citation Latitude Awarded Steep Approach Certification

The Cessna Citation Sovereign+ and the Citation Latitude have attained FAA and EASA steep approach certification, adding operational capability to the midsize business jets. The certification allows the aircraft to fly approach angles of up to 6.65 degrees, which is necessary to access European destinations such as London City Airport (LCY) and Lugano Airport (LUG) in Switzerland. Read More

Jet Journal: Third Pilatus PC-24 Prototype Takes Flight

The third and final Pilatus PC-24 prototype, P03, which also represents the series aircraft standard, completed its first flight March 6 from Buochs airfield in Switzerland. The jet, registration HB-VSA, flew for two hours and five minutes within central Switzerland. This flight marks another important milestone in the Pilatus PC-24 development program. The aircraft, designated Read More

It Can Blow At Any Seam

There’s no stopping Father Time, but next chapter of your flying career can be as a rewarding as your last. In 1979, Tom Wolfe published his epic recounting of the life and times of military test pilots and Mercury astronauts. Wolfe’s chosen title, “The Right Stuff,” set the tone for his story of personal bravery, Read More

Twin Proficiency: Pilot Belief System

Confirmation bias can lead pilots to act on their belief of what is happening, despite evidence that the opposite is occurring Say you are solo in a very familiar aircraft, approaching a busy but familiar airport. The tower controller clears you to land on Runway 20L at Orange County/John Wayne Airport (KSNA), the shorter and Read More

From the Flight Deck: Divine Lines

Pilot commandments & engine-out SIDs “It ain’t those parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it’s the parts that I do understand.” – Mark Twain Wouldn’t it be nice to have a GPS course for navigating smoothly around life’s obstacles? The database would contain all societal parameters, personal interaction norms and Read More

NBAA: Advocating for Business Aviation for 70 Years

On Feb. 13, 1947, a group of visionary business leaders and pilots united to encourage safety and professionalism throughout their nascent industry, and to protect access to airports and airspace. This initial meeting of aviation professionals resulted in the organization that ultimately became the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). Even 70 years ago, possible airline Read More

Good Neighbors, Good Outcomes: Supporting Your Airport

(An extended version of following article appeared in the Jan/Feb. 2017 issue of NBAA's Member publication, Business Aviation Insider. To read the complete article and more, download the BAI app at www.nbaa.org/news/insider/.) It stands to reason that flight departments that have a cooperative relationship with the airports at which they are based, or fly into Read More

New, More Accurate Convective Forecast Product Now Available

The National Weather Service (NWS) recently announced implementation of a new convective weather product – the Traffic Flow Management Convective Forecast (TCF) – which will allow for a more accurate representation of forecasted convective weather. The TCF will have a look and feel similar to the CDM Convective Forecast Product (CCFP), which it is replacing. Read More

New NBAA Safety Initiative Focuses on Loss of Control Prevention

The NBAA Safety Committee recently launched a new program featuring loss of control inflight (LOC-I) prevention resources for pilots of all experience levels. The first in a series of planned LOC-I awareness efforts, NBAA’s new resource page includes tools such as informational videos, a visual guide to key LOC-I topics and an extensive, frequently updated Read More

En Route: Textron Aviation Technical Publications Now on New On-line Platform

Textron Aviation has launched a new online platform for its Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker technical publications. Called 1View, the portal provides customers access to all maintenance manuals, flight documents and service information for their aircraft. Designed with accessibility and easy to use in mind, the all-in-one system combines the functionality of the Cesview and Interactive Read More

En Route: MODAERO Aims to Attract Millennials to Aviation Event

This year’s MODAERO Festival and Air Show will be bigger and better than ever. The event will take place June 2-4, 2017 at the Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport (KCXO). The event began in 2016 as a national fly-in targeting the growing millennial demographic which, according to FAA records, accounts for more than 48 percent of all Read More

En Route: Get a Free Lynx NGT-9000 ADS-B Transponder With a New S-TEC 2100 Digital Flight Control System Purchase

Genesys has a new promotion to encourage aircraft owners to upgrade to meet the ADS-B mandate. Those who purchase a new S-TEC 2100 Digital Flight Control System between now and June 30, 2017, will also receive a free Lynx NGT-9000 touch screen 1090ES/ADS-B transponder. Genesys Aerosystems Director of Sales and Marketing Jamie Luster said, “There is Read More

En Route: Upcoming Events

April 22-23 Gulf Coast Salute featuring the Thunderbirds Tyndall Air Force Base, FL May 6-9 Ft. Lauderdale Air Show featuring the Canadian Snowbirds Ft. Lauderdale, FL June 2-4 MODAERO Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport (KCXO) Houston, TX Aug. 9-11 Canadian Business Aviation Association CBAA 2017 Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) www.cbaa.ca May 13-20 Joe Nall Week Triple Read More

On Final: Learning to Fly Again

1. Single engine airplanes can be dangerous. They have tiny engines that fail for no good reason. Their electrical systems fry themselves leaving no backup power. Pilots fly them into buildings, mountains, and TV towers seemingly every day. 2. Patty and I are traveling to Australia and renting a Cessna 182 to fly around the Read More

Airmail: Commander is a Pilot’s Airplane

Commander is a Pilot’s Airplane I’ve been a Twin & Turbine reader since the dawn and read the latest On Final by David Miller (March 2017) with interest. A friend and I owned Twin Commander 1000 N79PH for 12 years. We got jet fever and moved to an Embraer Phenom 100 N43EP for the last Read More