January 2015

On Final: Perfectious Pilot

by David Miller per-fect-ious (pur fek shus) noun. 1. The art of attempting perfection. 2. Description of any pilot. There you have it. I have created a new word. Perhaps you have not given this word much previous thought. But recently, I had two occasions to do so. The first was during a visit to Read More

En Route: TBM Owners and Pilots Association 2014 Aviation Convention Still Rising

Another record-breaking TBMOPA Aviation Convention brings 107 TBM aircraft to New Orleans’ Lakefront airport 111 owners, 30 vendors and over 330 attendees were present at the event DAHER-SOCATA and the TBM Owners and Pilots Association (TBMOPA) announced that the 2014 TBMOPA convention broke another attendance record with the presence of more than 100 TBM 700s and TBM 850s, Read More

En Route: Saddle Tank – Fly Farther, Loiter Longer

CenTex Aerospace, Inc. recently announced a just-completed installation of its Saddle Tank system on a King Air 350. Guardian Flight, with corporate headquarters in South Jordan, Utah, is the largest air Medevac provider in the state of Alaska, with seven bases statewide. Rick Wysowski, Director of Operations, says that the Saddle Tank system “will allow Read More

En Route: Pacific Coast Avionics Completes All- Garmin Avionics Panel Upgrade On King Air B200 

Advanced Garmin Avionics G600 with Synthetic Vision, dual GTN750 touchscreens and GDL88 ADS-B gives this 23-year old King Air 21st century capabilities. On November 6, 2014, Dewey Conroy, Vice President and COO of Pacific Coast Avionics Corporation in Portland, Oregon, announced that the company recently completed its latest complete panel upgrade on a Beechcraft Super King Air B200. Read More

En Route: ATC phraseology What you should know about “Climb Via” FAA Notice Number: NOTC5469

On April 3, 2014, the FAA changed ATC phraseology and procedures associated with Standard Instrument Departure (SID) clearances. The new key phrase is “climb via,” which is closely related to the long-standing “descend via” phraseology used in Standard Terminal Arrival (STAR) clearances. Misunderstanding of the new “climb via” SID phraseology has caused the filing of numerous Read More

En Route: AeroVueTM identified by Sierra Industries as an integrated avionics solution for the “Sapphire” Cessna 525 Citation Jet upgrade program

On September 19, 2014, Sierra Industries, Ltd., part of the SkyWay Group, followed its announcement of the Sapphire program, a new suite of performance upgrades to the Cessna 525 Citation Jet series, by revealing that it is currently in discussions with Honeywell’s Bendix King for an avionics integration solution, centering on the recently introduced AeroVueTM Read More

Business Aviation Convention-Regional Forums Offer Owner-Operators Convenient Access to Industry Resources

While NBAA’s annual convention provides an unparalleled opportunity for owner-operators in the business aviation industry to network with their peers from across the United States and around the world, it is not always possible for these busy professionals to commit to a multi-day event. That’s where NBAA’s Business Aviation Regional Forums come in. These valuable, Read More

FAA Clarifies Policy That Aviation Fuel-Tax Revenue Must Fund Aviation

NBAA welcomed a recent announcement from the FAA, amending the agency’s airport revenue usage policy to emphasize that tax revenue from aviation fuel-tax sales must go back into the aviation system. The change, published as a “Final Policy Amendment” and effective Dec. 8, reconfirmed a nearly three-decade-old policy that nevertheless had faced periodic challenges due Read More

Aviation Safety – NBAA Continues Work with NTSB On Behalf of Business Aviation Community

For years, NBAA has represented the business aviation community in working collaboratively with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to help enhance aviation safety. That tradition continued on Dec. 3, when an NBAA delegation spent several hours at NTSB’s headquarters in Washington, DC. Some 20 representatives from the Association toured NTSB’s upgraded facilities, including NBAA Read More

NBAA Applauds House Vote to Renew Accelerated Depreciation on Business Aviation Assets, Including Aircraft

If your plans for the upcoming year include the purchase of a new aircraft for business use, NBAA has good news for you. Just last month, Congress once again demonstrated its strong support for business aviation assets by voting to extend several expiring tax provisions, including accelerated depreciation, for one year. “NBAA applauds this action Read More

Business Aviation – As 2015 Begins, What a Difference a Year Makes

by Ed Bolen NBAA President and CEO As we hang a new calendar on the wall, it occurs to me how much difference just one year can make. For example, at the start of 2014, we were contending in Washington with a controversial proposal from the FAA – introduced at the close of the previous Read More

Twin Proficiency: Single-Pilot Safety Stand-Down, Part II

by Thomas P. Turner Last month I described the first presentation made in the National Business Aircraft Association’s 2014 Single-Pilot Safety Stand-down, held in October. That first session focused on single-pilot resource management. Additional sessions, one on loss of control and upset/emergency maneuver training by Paul “BJ” Ransbury of Aviation Performance Solutions, another by Dr. Read More

From the Flight Deck: Clouds in My Coffee – Flying Experience

by Kevin R. Dingman     None of us got to where we are by avoiding hard work or tough decisions. But, when contemplating choices with potentially life-altering consequences, often times it’s rejuvenating to set aside the daily grind and embrace the visceral. My hangar office is just about finished; one of last year’s resolutions. Now I Read More

Missed Approach: We Almost Missed

In a Lear 40, it‘s a very short 28 minute, 177 nm-mile trip from Skagit Regional (BVS), just north of Seattle, to Hillsboro Airport (HIO), west of Portland. As we pass over the volcano-flattened mountaintop of Saint Helens and start our descent, Jeff H (the pilot flying) and I find ourselves wishing we could delay arrival by Read More

NBAA 2014 – Blockbuster Attendance – business aviation

by LeRoy Cook Continuing on a recent string of highly successful Business Aviation Conventions and Exhibitions, the National Business Aviation Association’s 2014 show in Orlando, Florida’s Orange County Convention Center was another blockbuster. Over 100 aircraft       were stuffed into static displays on the Showalter Flying Service ramp at Orlando Executive airport and inside the convention Read More

The Great Citation M2 Migration of 2014

       by LeRoy Cook, with The Travelers On Tour With A New Citation M2 Every true adventure begins in the imagination. Picture this: you love to see the world, experience different cultures, have your mind changed by new ways of seeing things. Africa, the home of great lions, graceful giraffes and elusive leopards, has irresistible appeal. Read More

Editor’s Briefing: Nothing Else – Company Plane

Every so often, I, and probably you as well, get asked the question: “Why Do You Fly?”. While there can be varied and convoluted answers, it really boils down to “nothing else can do what it does.” When it comes to a business tool, only our company plane can bring us home on an early Read More