December 2020

Fit for Flight

“In times like this, it’s easy to feel like everything is a threatwhen the reality is…you’re probably doing okay. ‘Managing the story’ is being mindful of the present moment – not letting your mind run into the future.” – Matt McNeil, LiftAffect The inspiration for this month’s briefing comes from NBAA’s recently published “Pandemic Playbook: Read More

Deck Out Your Office

An interesting side effect of the coronaviruspandemic and resulting lockdowns is the significant spike in business occurring over the internet. This transition has included a heavy reliance upon video calls in an attempt to conduct “business as usual” from home to which we are now digitally viewing colleagues’ and clients’ backyards, kitchens, living rooms and Read More

Lessons in Leadership

Exactly one month into the new millennium, Alaska Air flight 261 crashed into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Los Angeles. It was a scheduled international flight from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to Seattle-Tacoma Airport in Washington. There were two pilots, three cabin crew members and 83 passengers on board. There were no survivors. The Read More

Avionics Upgrades
How New Avionics Affect
Aircraft Value

As much as we’d like to believe they are value-adding, the fact is, many variables impact just how much your new avionics will positively impact the bottom line when it comes time to sell.  I can tell you from many years of personal experience; new avionics have a nearly hypnotic effect on aircraft owners. When Read More

Loss of Control:
Latest FAA Guidance

In-flight loss of control (LOC-I) is the leading cause of fatal accidents for both commercial and general aviation accidents. The FAA recently provided new guidance for stall prevention and recovery as well as modifications of Full Flight Simulators (FFS) to provide Extended Envelope Training (EET) – higher fidelity beyond the current limitations.  Some of the Read More

Lines in the Sand:
Pandemic fatigue, airline furloughs, a 2021 mulligan

We are all just peasants again:Bake at home, avoid the plague, revolt. The past year has presented significant challenges to us all, with current events often feeling like the sword of Damocles hanging over our head. COVID still haunts us; the world economy and politics feel as if they’re on a precipice; the airlines are Read More

CJ2 Avionics Upgrade

by John Brantigan, Owner-Pilot When my wife Carolyn and I purchased our Citation CJ2 brand new from Cessna in December 2002, we specified dual Garmin 530s in place of the Collins Nav-Com units normally a part of the Collins ProLine 21 system. This was new for Cessna because so many buyers were immediately replacing the Read More


“Gunnison Crested Butte Regional Airport, automated weather observation one three zero seven Zulu, wind calm, visibility one zero, sky conditions 600 scattered, overcast 4,400, temperature one-two Celsius, dewpoint one-one Celsius, altimeter three zero four one, remarks, density altitude 8,400.” I listened to the automated Gunnison AWOS with more than usual interest as I drove from Read More