August 2016

En Route: King Air C90GTx Pro Line Fusion Certified

Beechcraft Corporation, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., announced on May 24, 2016 that it has received type certifications from both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for the new Pro Line Fusion-equipped Beechcraft King Air C90GTx turboprop. With this achievement, the company has now completed FAA and EASA certifications to Read More

En Route: Williams International Receives FAA Certification of its new FJ33-5A Turbofan

Williams International announced on June 6, 2016 that it was awarded the FAA Part 33 type certificate for its new FJ33-5A engine. State-of-the-art aerodynamics and structural enhancements, similar to those already developed and certificated on FJ44-3AP and FJ44-4A models, were implemented into the FJ33 frame size to give the new FJ33-5A more than 2,000 pounds of Read More

From the Flight Deck: Dead Pilots Society

I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I– I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. – Robert Frost Balancing risk and romanticism along the road less traveled Robin Williams’ fans will recognize the title’s play on Read More

On Final: Make Sure Your Holes Line Up

Owning your own jet is pretty special. And when you fly one with a potty, you have arrived. I’m not talking about a popcorn bucket with a lid like the one in my Mustang, I am talking about one that has an electric motor and a button to push to make the fluid swirl around Read More

En Route: Piper’s Flagship M600 Turboprop Achieves Certification

On June 17, 2016, Piper Aircraft’s newest flagship, the Piper M600, received type certification from the Federal Aviation Administration. Piper Aircraft, Inc. and the FAA made the announcement at the company’s headquarters in Vero Beach, Florida. On behalf of the FAA, the type certificate was presented to Piper Aircraft President and CEO Simon Caldecott by Read More

Twin Proficiency: Stop Thinking About Safety

The time has come for us to stop thinking about flying safety. Only a minority of the pilot population wants to hear about it. Some rightly say that nothing about flying is perfectly safe except not flying at all. Tell a pilot you think something is unsafe, and he or she will counter that they Read More

Twin Cessna Flyers meet in Charleston For 2016 Convention

On April 28 – 30, 2016, a group of some 125 Twin Cessna owners and their spouses met in Charleston, SC for the organization’s annual convention. Bob Thomason, the organization’s leader, arranged for an outstanding group of speakers on topics relevant to the safe operation of these now aging, but well cared for, aircraft, varying Read More

Doing The Job of Training Well

It was a simple job. I was mowing a small meadow on our ranch, clipping away weeds to improve the stand of forage. All it required was putting the tractor in gear and turning left at the ever-diminishing corners. Like a lot of life’s chores, I could take time to do it well, or I Read More

Cuba: Flying to Forbidden Territory

Just how hard could it be? A 90-mile flight on a sunny, 70-degree, late-spring morn-ing, at a weather-friendly latitude of 24 North with a high pressure system covering the entire area, flying in loose company of other aircraft with similar performance. Yet, there was a palpable sense of tension during the somewhat informal pre-flight briefing; Read More

Piper’s Impressive Cheyenne III

When Piper Aircraft announced its plans to build a big-cabin turboprop in late 1977, time was of the essence – only, we didn’t know it. It took another three years to get the airplane certificated, during which time the robust state of the general aviation manufacturing economy had begun to unravel. The Cheyenne III’s main Read More

Editor’s Briefing: Rebuilding A Pilot

Every month or so I get a call that starts out with, “I used to fly, but I haven’t been active for quite a while. How hard would it be to get back into it?” No two coming-back pilots are the same, of course, but we always encourage them to give it a shot. Given Read More