January 2016

On Final: Pressure to Perform – Airplane

Pressure to Perform – in the airplane, that is. As owner pilots, we feel it from time to time. Departing through building thunderstorms, to get home for the kids basketball game. Launching in low vis conditions with no suitable takeoff alternate because of a family emergency. Flying all night, to be ready for the big Read More

En Route: Rockwell Collins and Duncan Aviation unveil Pro Line Fusion® flight deck upgrade for Citation CJ3

Rockwell Collins and Duncan Aviation jointly announced at the 2015 NBAA show that Citation CJ3 owners have a new aftermarket option for meeting mandates while simultaneously enhancing their ownership and flying experience – the Pro Line Fusion® flight deck upgrade. The system is expected to be certified for the CJ3 at the end of 2016 and Read More

NBAA Focus: No Plane No Gain Advocacy Website Upgraded for Better Mobile Compatibility

Highlighting the many benefits from business aviation to citizens, companies and communities across the country is the purpose of the No Plane No Gain campaign, co-founded by NBAA and then General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Recently unveiled improvements to the popular No Plane No Gain advocacy website will help industry stakeholders tell their stories about Read More

NBAA Focus: NBAA Applauds FAA Ruling Preserving Santa Monica Airport Access

NBAA recently welcomed a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ruling that will require the city of Santa Monica, CA to keep the historic Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) open at least through 2023. Last February, court officials ruled in favor of the FAA over an October 2013 lawsuit by city officials maintaining that Santa Monica never Read More

NBAA Focus: NBAA Takes Next Step to Collaborate with NTSB on Lessons from Fatal 2014 Accident

Acting on a recommendation spelled out by the NTSB in its final report on a fatal 2014 accident involving a business jet, NBAA recently took an initial step in responding with a plan to analyze the extent of a problem that contributed to the accident, and communicate the results. The recommendation was one of five – Read More

NBAA Focus: Battle Over ATC Privatization Coming in 2016

A New Year Starts With A Continued  Threat Requiring Industry Action As we head into the New Year, the general aviation community faces the very real threat I wrote to Twin & Turbine readers about in 2015: in Washington, DC, proposals have been introduced, supported by the airline lobby, which would create a privatized Air Traffic Read More

Twin Proficiency: Procedural Noncompliance

When I was a young officer in the U.S. Air Force, we often discussed the difference between “doing things right” and “doing the right thing.” If you’ve ever been a small part of a large bureaucracy (and the military office corps is nothing if not a large bureaucracy), you can probably understand the distinction: “doing Read More

From the Flight Deck: Intuitively Obvious – intuition

A  leisure activity for all of us, but also a source of research and study for professional pilots and writers, aviation periodicals help to keep us in-the-know. There’s a heap of them and they’re more palatable than manuals, graphs and regulations. We read them to keep up with developments in the industry including new airplanes and avionics, Read More

AOA Redux (Aspen’s Angle Of Attack Solution)

The Grumman Widgeon stalled at 200 feet above the water, with only a small buffet from the wing to signal the event. The pilot, cognizant that the amphibian’s design excluded any kind of stall warning device, constantly monitored his airspeed – especially when low – to mitigate the risk of a stall. And yet, even Read More

NBAA Convention Returns to the Desert

The National Business Aviation Association’s annual convention and exhibition returned to Las Vegas, Nevada in November, a site that’s always a popular diversion for business aircraft operators. Held later than usual, just a week before Thanksgiving, the show was preceded by cold temperatures and blustery 60-knot wind gusts that thankfully moderated as the week went Read More

Wintertime Blues

There was no drug test, strip search or detention. This story was not penned from the City jail or an interrogation room. And I was grateful that they didn’t install a parking boot on my jet, or an ankle bracelet on my leg, right then and there. But, when an angry, bulletproof vest-wearing Chicago Police 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