December 2015

Editor’s Briefing: Foggy Bottom

Still in the sunshine as the gear and first flaps went out, it looked as if the arrival was proceeding normally. The airport’s landmarks were coming out of the haze, obscured somewhat by the early sun angle. Wisps of morning mist filled the valleys under us, but they should be dissipating with solar warmth. Sliding Read More

Big-Engine- Baron Turns Fifty

The Beechcraft Baron C55, the first of the Baron line to use Continental’s big-bore IO-520 engines, achieved certification on August 18, 1965. In the half-century since, it continually retained its status as the foundation of fast personal transportation, and was eventually expanded into stretched-cabin and pressurized variants. Further upgrades with a new panel and 300-hp Read More

Winter Wisdom

Flying through the pit of winter, when life-threatening wind chills and unusable runways are distinct possibilities, is not for the faint of temperament. It takes devotion to the cause to tug an airplane out onto a slippery ramp in the dark, perform a perfunctory preflight with numb fingers, and race snowstorms to the destination’s final Read More

From the Flight Deck: Guide My Sleigh

This past fall, I made several trips in the Duke that needed the WAAS GPS discussed in the September T&T article “Old-School”: a Garmin 430W coupled to a Century IV autopilot and flight director. In fact, one leg would turn out to be critical – more on this in a bit. The trips were right Read More

Twin Proficiency: Confirmation Bias

From the NTSB: While on a night instrument approach to a non-towered airport, the aircraft collided with the airport’s perimeter fence and terrain. The fence and perimeter road were parallel to, and about 750 feet east of, the runway. The last radar plot was at an altitude of 1,200 feet MSL, slightly east of the Read More

After you land… Call This Number

  “After you land… CALL THIS NUMBER” [Responding To An FAA Investigation] By Kevin Ware It is 112 degrees F. on the ramp at North Las Vegas (KVGT), our Citation 560 is facing southwest into the afternoon sun and we have a GPU hooked up with the air conditioning going full blast--but the inside of Read More

On Final: The Art Of The Preflight

Preflighting your airplane is a pretty routine event, but it can be handled in many different ways. Back in my Falcon 10 days, I was based at a Fortune 500 flight department. They had a team of mechanics that accomplished the preflight duties and actually “released” the airplane on a written form. That did not Read More

En Route: TBM Owners and Pilots Association Convention

TBM Owners and Pilots Association Convention Brings Daher Turboprop Family Together The TBM Owners and Pilots Association (TBMOPA) announced a record attendance at its latest annual gathering, held October 7-11. Over 100 TBMs – including 20 of the new TBM 900s, as well as the predecessor TBM 850s and TBM 700s – arrived at Charleston Read More

En Route: Sierra Industries

  Sierra Industries introduces improved, re-designed entry step for Cessna Citations     Cessna Citation modification firm Sierra Industries is proud to introduce Version 2.0 of its Citation cabin step. Designed with significant improvements in functionality and appearance over the original factory step, the “SkyStep” improves safety and utility at a highly competitive price. Manufactured Read More

En Route: Cessna Citation XLS+ Simulator

FLIGHTSAFETY international to install new cessna citation xls+ simulator at Columbus learning center. FlightSafety International announces that it is building a new Cessna Citation XLS+ aircraft simulator. It is expected to enter service in April, 2016 at FlightSafety’s Learning Center in Columbus, Ohio, following Level D qualification by the Federal Aviation Administration. Qualification by other Read More

En Route: GTC 580 touchscreen controller

As if September 8, 2015, Garmin has announced a new GTC 580 touchscreen controller option, which serves as the interface between the pilot and G2000, G3000 and G5000 Integrated Flight Decks (IFD), while also providing Standby Flight Display (SFD) capabilities. A new high-resolution landscape-oriented display and responsive infrared touchscreen serve as the primary point of Read More

En Route: Hartzell’s Composite 5-Blade Swept Propellers

Hartzell's Composite 5-Blade Swept PropellersNow Flying on More than 20% of TBM Fleet    Hartzell Propeller has delivered more than 150 advanced swept-airfoil five-blade propellers for Daher TBM 700/850/900 aircraft in the 18 months since receiving FAA type certificate approval for the high performance props. The announcement was made at the 15th Annual TBM Owners and Read More

En Route: JetfuelX

JETFUELX SIGNS 2,000th AIRCRAFT  Aviation Community’s Rapid Acceptance Is Unprecedented   JetFuelX, led by tech innovator and pilot Jason Talley, has announced that the 2,000th aircraft has signed up for their fuel management tool for turbine aircraft owners and corporate flight departments. Developed by pilots for operators, the program is free, fast, and can be Read More