February 2015

Editor’s Briefing: Authority – Pilot Responsibility

Years ago, I was reminded by my superior manage-ment “You can delegate your authority, but you can never delegate the responsibility.” That admonition applies to aviation, with great precision. In the final analysis, quoting FAR 91.3(a), “The pilot in command of an aircraft is directly responsible for, and is the final authority as to, the Read More

Where Are You Going To Take Your MU-2 Turboprop?

By LeRoy Cook Intercontinental Jet Services Provides Factory Support For The MU-2 By any reasonable prediction, one would expect that the Mitsubishi MU-2 turboprop twin, introduced in the late 1960s and out of production since 1983, would be an “orphan airplane”, with factory parts and support no longer available. As it turns out, that’s the Read More

Turning The Slogan Into Reality – Business Aircraft

By John Loughmiller For many years, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) trade groups have been telling the business world that General Aviation is a viable business tool, using the slogan “No Plane, No Gain”. The message is often considered to be aimed at larger companies, but its logic Read More

A NASCAR Legend Bill Elliott Turbocharges His Panel

By Kevin Knight NASCAR champ and Conquest II pilot Bill Elliott seems like a character from The Andy Griffith Show who would have been nicknamed “Rocket.” He lives at the base of the Blue Ridge mountains in Dawsonville, Georgia, an hour north of Atlanta. He speaks with a pleasant drawl and has countless stories, from Read More

From the Fight Deck: Baby, It’s Cold Outside! – Aircraft Maintenance

by Kevin R. Dingman It’s winter in this hemisphere, which means it’s colder – colder than when it’s not winter. And although winter is a fine time to add a nip of something to your cocoa and wrap yourself in an afghan near a crackling fireplace, it’s not such a fine time for your airplane Read More

Twin Proficiency: Checkride Circus Tricks

by Thomas P. Turner A King Air B200 impacted the Flight Safety International building after departure and aircraft engine failure from Wichita, Kansas. The pilot, the sole aircraft occupant, was fatally injured and the airplane was destroyed. Three building occupants were fatally injured, two occupants sustained serious injuries, and four occupants sustained minor injuries. Visual conditions Read More

En Route: NetJets Adds 10 Signature Series Phenom 300s to Embraer Order

Embraer Executive Jets and NetJets® Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway company and the worldwide leader in private aviation, have signed an agreement to convert 10 Signature Series Phenom 300 purchase options into firm orders. At current list prices, this addition to the contract is worth US$ 89.55 million. In October 2010, a purchase agreement was signed Read More

En Route: January Error Correction: Missing Text For “From The Flight Deck” column

Somehow, someway, editorial gremlins got into Captain Kevin Dingman’s January Twin & Turbine column “From The Flight Deck”, originally titled “The Window.” The first three paragraphs of the story disappeared somewhere between his computer and our printing press, to our great chagrin because the final portion of the January column didn’t make sense. We can Read More

En Route: BPPP Initial and Recurrent online classes now FREE to American Bonanza Society members.

The American Bonanza Society (www.bonanza.org) and its ABS Air Safety Foundation announce that the industry-leading Beechcraft Pilot Proficiency Program (BPPP) online pilot training programs are now available FREE to ABS members. The innovative “How to Teach Beech” ABS Flight Instructor Academy is also free to all members of ABS. ABS members can add on approximately Read More

On Final: Better Weather – Aviation Forecast

by David Miller How do you handle unforecast adverse departure aviation forecast? Do you fret? Cuss? Kick the dog? I pace. Two recent trips tell the story. A November-morning departure from KGUC (Gunnison, CO) to KADS (Addison, TX) found weather below Gunnison’s landing minimums as we arrived at the FBO. Light snow to boot. Although Read More