December 2016

On Final: First Time Flyer

It doesn’t matter how many hours you have in your logbook. Or how many type ratings you have. The fact is, the first time you fly an airplane as the sole PIC  (Pilot In Cockpit) it is a new experience.  Being all alone “up front” on that first flight can be challenging, frustrating, and sometimes Read More

En Route: Garmin® announces G5000™ program for the Cessna Citation Excel and Citation XLS aircraft

On October 25, 2016, Garmin International Inc. announced a G5000 modernization program for the popular Citation Excel and Citation XLS. The Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) is targeted for approval in late 2018 and will be available from select Garmin dealers, as well as Textron Aviation Service Centers. “For over five years and across multiple airframes, Read More

En Route: Signature Technicair® Offers New Ads-B Compliance Option For Turboprops And Light Jets

Signature TECHNICAir®, in collaboration with FreeFlight Systems, is proud to announce ADS-BFREE, a new option for simple and cost-effective ADS-B compliance. Initially available to non-RVSM turboprops and light jets without TCAS II, the upgrade replaces existing transponders with a light-weight, compact worldwide-compliant dual ADS-B approved transponder system, designed to simplify installation and provide a whole Read More

En Route: Cessna Flies Its Citation Longitude

Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., announced the successful first flight of its Citation Longitude super-midsize jet on October 8, 2016. The flight comes less than a year after the company unveiled new details for the revolutionary aircraft – the company’s latest example of continued investment in its family of larger business jets. “Today’s Read More

En Route: Cessna celebrates segment leadership with 5,000th Citation light jet delivery

On October 3, 2016, Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., announced the recently delivery of the 5,000th Citation light business jet, a Citation M2,  to Helitrip Charter LLP, which is leasing the aircraft to Catreus Ltd., an established charter operator based in the U.K. This milestone demonstrates Textron Aviation’s leadership in the light jet segment. “We Read More

En Route: With CenTex Conversion, King Air 200-series Flies Farther, Faster and Safer

CenTex Aerospace, Inc. announces it has received FAA approval of a new addition to the popular Halo series of gross weight increase conversions. The new Halo 275 conversion for King Air 200 and 250 series airplanes increases the maximum takeoff weight to 14,000 pounds and the maximum landing weight to 13,500 pounds. Price of the Read More

Twin Proficiency: Missed Approach: The First 400 Feet

300 feet to go…hand on the throttles (you’re going to have to pull them back if you see the runway, or push them forward if you don’t). 200 to go…localizer centered, glideslope centered. 100 to go…still nothing but gray outside. Missed approach point: no runway environment in sight, miss the approach…. You’ve now entered what is Read More

From the Flight Deck: Let It Snow Above average snowfall is forecast

For all life on earth, nothing is as fundamental as the length of daylight. The tilt of the Earth’s axis affects the duration of daylight and plays a major role in our weather. It’s tilted at an angle of 23.44° to the plane of its orbit and because of this, at certain times during the Read More

NBAA-BACE 2016 Wrap-Up

Signs of the general aviation recession were hidden by optimism at the 2016 National Business Aviation Association’s convention, held in Orlando, Florida in early November. The NBAA show has been internationalized with the added “BACE” (business aviation convention & exposition) appellation, making it officially the NBAA BACE. As the worth of business flying spreads around Read More

The 61.55 Currency Ride

With A “Long Armed” PNF We are eastbound out of BVS, just north of Seattle, headed for Spokane (GEG) on our way to FL 450 in a Lear 40, with the airplane very light and climbing at over 4,000 feet per minute through 17,000. Just for the experience, I have been hand flying since takeoff, Read More

Whatever Happened to Airmanship?

Today’s pilots often place algorithims ahead of the raw data  More and more pilots today are relying almost blindly on an array of information fed to them by a computer. What is presented to them, after being massaged by an algorithm, they accept; information from raw nature is not analyzed as it used to be Read More

Flying the Grand Caravan EX

Putting The Extra In The Cessna Caravan More horsepower is the answer to a lot of aviation shortcomings. The venerable Cessna Caravan, after 30-plus years in production, has grown into a dependable workhorse, seen all over the world in utilitarian roles. But there’s always a desire for a little more…payload, climb, takeoff capability…the usual list. Read More

Editor’s Briefing: The Numbers Game

How good are you at playing the numbers game, when flying? Like most pilots, you probably have some number-crunching aids to apply in common situations. You know, like so-many pounds of fuel for the first hour and so-many for each hour after, during cruise flight. Or, tripling the thousands to be lost to get the Read More