February 2017

editor’s briefing: Distracting Distractions

Last fall, the unthinkable happened. It was unthinkable because I didn’t think it would happen to me, and I wasn’t ready for it when it did. After 25 years of flying and thousands of hours, I have had my share of “uh-oh” moments in the cockpit. But this is one I didn’t see coming. On Read More

Multiple Policies = Multiple Problems?

Ensure your various policies do not overlap, or worse, conflict with each other. Do you own or operate an aircraft? Or maybe you own or lease a hangar? If you are reading this, chances are you do one or both. Additionally, you probably purchase insurance to protect against your perceived exposures. Most people think insurance Read More

Jet Journal: A Plane with a Purpose: Meet the Millennium Phenom

If you attended AirVenture Oshkosh 2016, you may have noticed a very unusual business jet parked in Boeing Square sandwiched between the C-47 “That’s All, Brother” and an F-15 Eagle. Featuring a custom, air-brushed paint scheme inspired by Star Wars, Star Trek and vintage military aircraft markings, this is no ordinary Phenom 100. The distinctive Read More

Jet Transition: Fast-Track or Step-Up?

For decades, the path to advancement in high-end personal or business aviation was clear: learn to fly in a simple, fixed-gear single-engine airplane. After a time check out in a high-performance piston airplane, that is, one with more than 200 horsepower, usually with a controllable-pitch propeller. You’d probably earn your instrument rating in this airplane. Read More

Jet Journal: A Hole in the Ice

When clouds bring loads of ice, pilots must reach for all the tools in their toolbox. The nice thing about Learjets is that you can almost always vault completely over weather that would cause other aircraft no end of trouble. And so, it is with some concern that we are sitting in the pilot’s lounge Read More

From the Flight Deck: The Write Stuff Authentic Aviation Authors

With a hot coffee at hand, the crackling fireplace provided ambience for perusing a stack of magazines and several issues of Trade-A-Plane. Not that I would ever sell the Duke, but you never know when an irresistible MU-2 may flirt with the Air Force retirement check and seduce my better judgement. A sigh accompanied the Read More

Reining It In

Proper energy management and technique are keys to getting your aircraft stopped in time Bringing an aircraft safely to taxi and turnoff speed begins with proper planning. Know how much runway you need to get stopped, factoring in the weight, wind and altitude conditions, the runway surface and any obstructions in the approach path. Landing Read More

En Route: WAI Announces Pioneer Hall of Fame Inductees for 2017

Women in Aviation International (WAI) has selected the 2017 inductees into its International Pioneer Hall of Fame. These women will be honored at the 28th annual International Women in Aviation Conference, which will be held March 2-4, 2017, at Disney’s Coronado Spring Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. “Honoring these women and chronicling their achievements Read More

En Route: Barry Schiff DVD Available at Aircraft Spruce

ASA’s Proficient Flying, the Best of Barry Schiff is now available for purchase at Aircraft Spruce. Barry Schiff is a consummate aviator, author, and educator with a passion for general aviation. In these three DVD’s, Barry Schiff uses his educational skills to help pilots visualize procedures that will ensure safety while flying. Each disk contains Read More

En Route: New Beechcraft G58 Now Equipped with G1000 NXi Flight Deck

The factory new Beechcraft Baron G58, along with Textron Aviation’s entire piston line, will now equipped with next generation Garmin G1000 NXi integrated flight deck. The avionics system has received FAA certification for Textron Aviation piston aircraft and the company said “deliveries are expected to commence soon.” The G1000 NXi platform features faster processing times, Read More

En Route: Garmin Introduces VIRB Ultra 30 Aviation In-cockpit Bundle

Want to capture and share all the action from your next flight? Garmin has added to the VIRB Ultra 30 action camera family, offering several new accessories tailored to capturing rich, high definition footage in-flight. VIRB Ultra 30 is a waterproof action camera with the power to shoot stunning Ultra HD footage at 4K/30fps. The Read More

En Route: Cutter Aviation Adds Two HondaJets to its Charter Fleet

Two new HondaJet aircraft have begun operations from Cutter Aviation and the first ever FAA Part 135 charter flight in a HondaJet departed from Cutter Aviation Phoenix Sky Harbor in late December 2016. Gordon Paige, Cutter’s director of operations, said, “We are delighted to be the first charter provider offering flights with the new HondaJet. Read More