January 2017

5 Days, 8 Cities, 2 Coasts and 1 Citation M2

I have a business trip starting in Dallas next week with presentations in LA, Chicago, Dayton and New York City. Four nights and five days flying several passengers and bags from one coast to the other. Want to fly right seat?” Such was the email from friend Larry King, owner of a Cessna Citation M2. Read More

Airmail: Remembering a Chance Encounter with Arnold Palmer

I really cannot explain why but I am a big fan of the column On Final but it is the first thing I read when Twin & Turbine hits the mailbox (I prefer the hardcopy). If I had to pinpoint a reason, I would say that as a former Cirrus SR22 owner, I am working Read More

Editor’s Briefing: Happy 20th, T&T It’s great to be back in the left seat.

It is a great pleasure to return as editor of Twin & Turbine. Five years ago, I departed the left seat of this remarkable magazine to pursue some challenging opportunities that helped me grow as a professional and an aviator. Now, I am fortunate to rejoin Twin & Turbine as it celebrates its 20th year Read More

Flying The King Air 350i Fusion

Twin turboprop workhorse now outfitted with touch-control Pro Line Fusion As of last summer, all four models of the Beechcraft King Air — C90GTx, 250, 350i and 350ER — had been transitioned into fully-integrated Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics suites. This was no small matter, given that going from the Pro Line 21 cockpit Read More

Textron Aviation Achieves ADS-B Certification for the Mustang

With the looming deadline for compliance with the ADS-B mandate, Textron has completed certification of ADS-B for the Citation Mustang. The now available retrofit modification must be completed at company-owned service centers. “Taking care of our customers is our top priority, and we are committed to ensuring owners and operators across all our platforms are Read More

Foreflight Now Has More Tools for Jet Pilots

For any sophisticated flight planning tool to be truly effective and useful, it must incorporate detailed aircraft performance parameters. For jet pilots, that deep dive was missing from the highly popular ForeFlight tablet and phone app. Until now. At the NBAA BACE held in Orlando last fall, ForeFlight announced that it will be releasing an Read More

NBAA Focus: A New President, A New Congress and A New Year

The new year dawns with a new presidential administration to be inaugurated, and Congress gaveling in a new session of business. It’s understandable that readers of Twin & Turbine have questions about what these changes, prompted by the 2016 elections, will mean for business aviation in the coming year and beyond. Several noteworthy changes to Read More

NBAA Focus: NBAA Continues Defense of Embattled Santa Monica Airport

In a recent letter, NBAA and other industry stakeholders urged city of Santa Monica, CA officials to withdraw their new template agreement for use of specific aircraft tie-downs at the embattled Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) because it does not comply with the city’s federal and California state legal obligations. The city’s agreement purports to Read More

NBAA Focus: BAI Special Feature: Training Your Passengers for Emergencies

(The following is adapted from an article published in the Nov/Dec. 2016 issue of NBAA’s member publication, Business Aviation Insider.) How alert are you when flying as a passenger in a business aircraft? Do you pay attention to the pre-flight safety briefing? What would you do if your phone or computer overheated and caught fire, Read More

NBAA Focus: NTSB Most-Wanted List Highlights Control Loss, Other Risks

The NTSB’s 2017-18 “Most Wanted” safety improvements list features 10 transportation-related priorities, including several that align with key risks identified by NBAA and other general aviation stakeholders. The list includes one item – loss of control in-flight (LOC-I) – dedicated specifically to general aviation. LOC-I is both on NBAA’s list of Top Safety Focus Areas, Read More

Inaugural NBAA Security Conference to Raise Bar on Business Aviation Security

With security threats at home and abroad among the concerns for industry professionals, NBAA recently announced a new educational opportunity focusing on business aviation security. The inaugural NBAA Security Conference - to be held Jan. 24-25, prior to the first 2017 NBAA Regional Forum in West Palm Beach, FL - promises to help attendees raise Read More

Guppy School Learning the B737-800 NG

Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward. – C. S. Lewis We needn’t climb the 268 steps to the majestic Big Buddha (Tian Tan), at the Po Lin Monastery in Hong Kong, China, to learn that embracing change is Read More

Reading Between the Logbook Lines

The real meaning behind the words “Maintenance,” “Inspection” and “Repair.” Three Airworthiness Responsibilities Maintenance is something actively done to maintain airworthiness before something breaks. Maintenance cannot usually be put off until the next annual inspection (although some maintenance functions are routinely re-done as part of an annual). Inspection is done to confirm that the maintenance Read More

En Route: Updated Bahamas, Caribbean Pilot’s Guides Now Available

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has taken over as the new publisher of the ever-popular Bahamas and Caribbean Pilot’s Guides. The 2017 update is now available. The Bahamas Pilot’s Guide and the Caribbean Pilot’s Guide have been published since 1979 and contain maps, procedures, Customs and Immigration information, phone numbers, frequencies, fuel availability, Read More

En Route: GAMA Report Reflects Continued Instability

Late last year, General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released the third-quarter shipment and billing numbers for the general aviation manufacturing industry. Worldwide, general aviation airplane shipments declined 3.5 percent, from the same period last year, with 1,504 units shipped in the first nine months of 2016 compared to 1,558 units in 2015. Rotorcraft shipments declined Read More

En Route: Garmin Adds New Tools to its Pilot Mobile App

Garmin has added substantial new capability to its Pilot app, including integrated weight and balance calculations, aircraft performance tables and calculations, in-app flight plan editing and customizable checklists. These new features are available as a free update for existing customers and provide pilots with more tools to aid in flight planning and in-flight navigation within Read More

En Route: Lightspeed Aviation Launches New Flight Bag

Headset manufacturer Lightspeed Aviation has added a new leather flight back to its Adventure Flight Bag Collection named DeLaurentis, for modern aviation adventurer and author Robert DeLaurentis and featuring a high-end, messenger bag design with portable technology features. To help kick off the launch, Lightspeed is offering a free autographed copy of DeLaurentis’s new book Read More

On Final: The Quest

You may recall from a previous installment that I had to part company with my own, very personal jet. I am recovering, but slowly. My friend Larry King kindly offered to lease me his beautiful Citation M2, which I immediately accepted. That plan has worked pretty well. But I still have this irrational yearning to Read More