January 2018

Editor’s Briefing: Ready for Winter Flying

As we begin a new year, we have the opportunity to think about ways we can put our flying machines to good use, be it for business, pleasure or charity flying. It is also the time of year when winter is upon us in full force. That recent blast of Artic air means fantastic climb Read More

Piper M500

New for 2018: Garmin G1000 NXi For accomplished IFR pilots flying high-performance piston aircraft, there comes a time when they want more: more speed, range, payload, altitude and cabin space. But what they do not want is significantly higher operating costs or more complexity for single-pilot operations. The Piper M500 – with its lowest-in-class operating costs, Read More

The M500: Love at First Flight

In 2016, I stepped away from a Citation V with two nearly-new twin turbofan Pratt & Whitney JT15-5D engines capable of roughly 6,000 pounds of total thrust, 4,300 fpm climb, 16,300 pounds maximum gross weight, and Garmin avionics. This aircraft boasts a nearly 2,000-mile range with 45,000-foot service ceiling, a refreshment center and a flushable Read More

Jet Journal: Personal Safety Standdown

Every year Bombardier Aircraft, parent company of Canadair and Learjet, holds a three-day conference in Wichita called the Bombardier Safety Standdown. The “BSS” began 21 years ago as an in-house meeting of Learjet factory demonstration and flight test pilots, and has grown into an international by-invitation event capped at about 500 attendees annually. Although the Read More

Jet Journal:
Pilatus PC-24
Certified Right on Time

The competitive field of light jets just got a new player. In early December, Pilatus received FAA and EASA certification for the PC-24 business jet, the first for a Swiss company. Pilatus expects to begin delivering the aircraft to the U.S. market in early 2018. The $8.9 million clean-sheet jet was first publicly announced in Read More

Five on the Fly

WHO: Lynn Nichols Homebase: Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport Wichita, KS POSITION: Chairman/CEO of Yingling Aviation, a 71-year-old company Board Member, Doc’s Friends and GAMA RATINGS: Private, Multi-Engine, Instrument 1. Can you summarize Yingling’s history serving the aviation community? Where do you envision the company going in the future? Since 1946, Yingling Aviation has provided Read More

From the Flight Deck: Renewal, An Orwellian Replica

re•new•al noun: The action of extending the period of validity of a license, mandatory in order to verify identity, trustworthiness, competence and compliance with mandates. We get an email or text every time we leave the store, doctor’s office, movie theatre, bank or a restaurant. Someone is always probing us to doublethink our recent visits Read More

NBAA Focus: NBAA, Other Groups Oppose Capping Veterans’ Flight Training Benefits

NBAA and other aviation associations are urging key lawmakers to make changes to legislation that would cap payments to veterans’ flight-training programs. At issue is H.R. 4149, legislation aimed at improving the delivery of veterans’ flight-training benefits. NBAA recently signed on to a letter to leaders of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, seeking changes Read More

NBAA Focus: Trump Administration Policies Impact Cuba Flights

New restrictions on travel to and trade with Cuba recently announced by the Trump administration have already affected business aviation operations to the island nation. Policies created under the Obama administration allowed Americans to travel to Cuba for several specific reasons, including the “people-to-people” category of educational travel. The Trump administration rolled back the “people-to-people” Read More

NBAA Focus: NBAA Asks FAA to Hit Pause Button on Proposed IAP Cancellations

Following recent flight management system (FMS) software glitches that required FMS manufacturers to pull thousands of instrument approaches from their databases, NBAA recently asked the FAA to “hit the pause button” on implementation of its proposed policy on cancellation of certain instrument approach procedures (IAPs) – specifically circling approaches and circling approach minima. In one Read More

NBAA Focus: NTSB: General Aviation Fatal Accidents on the Decline

Accident rates among general aviation pilots are on the decline, as noted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) at a recent meeting of transportation stakeholders to review progress made in addressing the agency’s 2017-18 Most Wanted List. The NTSB Most Wanted List identifies the most critical areas in need of attention to reduce transportation Read More

NBAA Focus: NBAA Will Continue Fighting ATC Privatization, SMO Restrictions in 2018

Without question, 2017 will be remembered as a year that brought many challenges to our shared aviation community. The most significant example of these concerns has been the continuing effort on Capitol Hill to push for privatization of the nation’s air traffic control (ATC) system, and our industry must remain engaged in this fight as Read More

On Final: Just a Routine Departure

I’ll bet you have departed from your home base hundreds of times. And like me, you can probably recite the procedure from memory. At my airport, Dallas Addison (KADS) however, the routine can be demanding. Addison lies just north of busy Dallas Love (KDAL). Normal departure procedures off Rwy 15 include an immediate 100-degree left Read More