July 2015

Is Your Example Worthy of Leading? – Flight Instructor

For the most part, Twin & Turbine readers are professionals, possibly in more than one field, since our airplanes are often supported by other endeavors. For certain, the skills needed to fly these complex aircraft are only acquired through a professional approach to the task. This is serious work, folks; we need solid training and Read More

Piper’s Seneca V

The Miniature Cabin-Class Twin Just over 50 years ago, a genius mind at Piper Aircraft considered the possibility of widening the fuselage of a proposed six-seat derivative of the single-engine Cherokee. Another seven inches of width, he reasoned, would make it possible to squeeze three people into the second row of seats. Charter operators would Read More

The 2015 EAA Airventure Oshkosh Show

What To See, How To Get There In the 45 years that aviation devotees have been assembling at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, located in the heartland of North America, the summertime airshow has grown larger and larger. What was once just an annual convention of the Experimental Aircraft Association, when a few homebuilders and aircraft restorers would Read More

Twin Proficiency: Running the Gap

The Beechcraft Duke was in visual conditions at Flight Level 270 (FL270). The pilot reported he observed a 10-mile wide opening between a large thunderstorm cell and a smaller cumulonimbus (CB) build-up that was developing just to the southwest of the large cell. As the airplane approached the gap, the pilot noticed that the CB Read More

From the Flight Deck: Zen and Aircraft Maintenance

First published in 1974, and now dutifully placed in the philosophy section of bookstores and libraries, Robert M. Pirsig’s novel, Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance became a modern classic. Likened by The New York Times to Thoreau and Melville, the odyssey is a philosophical adventure about love and fear, growth, discovery, and life’s Read More

Air Force – Most Remembered Flight

The flight I most remember on a wet day one November, Was an out-and-back I’m fortunate to tell. We were coming back from Robbins with a drop-in planned for Dobbins When the weather over Georgia went to hell. The forecast called for clearing, though an upper trough was nearing With cumulo-nymphos building in the west. Read More

NBAA Focus: NBAA Maintains Spotlight on ADS-B Privacy Concerns Flight Tracking Technology

As the FAA continues its transition to its NextGen air traffic management system, NBAA continues to raise concerns that Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) flight tracking technology – a cornerstone of NextGen – does not include needed protections for operators’ privacy, security and business competitiveness. I recently raised these concerns while attending a NextGen Read More

NBAA Focus: Bolen Raises Industry’s Concerns over ATC Privatization FAA reauthorization before Senate Committee

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen represented the interests of general aviation (GA) in an appearance before a May 19 hearing by the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee focused on the debate over FAA reauthorization, and moving towards a privatized air traffic control (ATC) network. Like most federal agencies, the FAA’s funding and Read More

NBAA Focus: Bloomberg News Publishes NBAA’s Response to Misleading Business Aviation Safety Story

NBAA was quick to respond to a May 14 article by the Bloomberg news organization that distorted business aviation’s safety record. In a forceful letter, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen took a stand for accuracy in safety coverage of the industry. “For starters, Bloomberg readers were never told that business aviation shares a safety Read More

NBAA Focus: NBAA Concerned About Proposed Expansion of Aviation Alaska Military Operation Areas

NBAA recently identified three areas of concern related to the proposed expansion and modification of the vast Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex (JPARC) that could potentially affect operations in business Aviation Alaska. The proposal would add nearly 7,000 square miles to the Fox 3 military operation area and attach to its eastern perimeter the approximately 3,200-square-mile Read More

NBAA Focus: NBAA’s Role as Advocate Extends Far beyond Capitol Hill for Business Aviation

Every day that Congress is in session, NBAA representatives are working to ensure that lawmakers on Capitol Hill understand the importance of business aviation to their constituents and communities back home. While that represents a large portion of the Association’s advocacy efforts, it’s only one aspect of NBAA’s engagement on behalf of the industry. “From Read More

En Route: AEA Convention shatters attendance record

Aircraft Electronics Association's International AEA Convention had nearly 1,900 attendees and a sold out exhibit hall. The 58th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show, which took place April 8-11 in Dallas, Texas, attracted 1,897 attendees with more than 350 avionics repair shops and more than 20 countries represented. The attendance figure breaks the event’s Read More

En Route: The Pilatus PC-24 Makes Its Maiden Flight

On May 11, 2015, the first Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet took off on its maiden flight at 10:00 local time from Buochs airport in Switzerland. Nearly 1,800 Pilatus staff involved in the PC-24 project were there to applaud Prototype P01, call sign HB-VXA, as it taxied for takeoff. The 55-minute flight went exactly as Read More

En Route: CenTex Aerospace Achieves Numerous Milestones With Its Saddle Tank Conversion STC

The FAA has approved CenTex’s revised PMA for Saddle Tank kits, adding the King Air 200 and 300 series aircraft to the original PMA for the King Air 90 aircraft. The first installation of the CenTex Saddle Tanks Plus has been completed at Elliott Aviation in Moline, IL. The conversion was performed on a King Read More

En Route: Million Air Stennis Grand Opening

Freeman Holdings Group recently hosted a grand opening for its newest Million Air FBO facility, at Stennis International Airport (KHSA) in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The newly-constructed $7-million facility includes 7,500 sq. ft. of FBO, 25,000 sq. ft. of hangar space and over 500,000 sq. ft. of ramp space, capable of handling all types and Read More

En Route: Avidyne now offers a full suite of 1090MHz and 978MHz ADS-B solutions meeting the needs of owners flying internationally and above or below 18,000 feet in the U.S

On April 8, 2015, Avidyne Corporation announced expanded ADS-B 978 Series Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) solutions, to include the MLX200 and MLX210 transceivers. Both products are designed for Avidyne customers flying below 18,000 feet in Continental United States (CONUS) airspace who wish to meet the upcoming mandate for ADS-B OUT and receive FIS-B weather and Read More

En Route: Planesense, Inc. Signs Order for Five Nextant 400XTI Aircraft

Nextant President and CEO Sean McGeough and PlaneSense President and CEO George Antoniadis shake hands after signing the purchase agreement. Nextant Aerospace announced March 12, 2015 that they have solidified a multiple 400XTi aircraft order from PlaneSense, Inc., a fractional aircraft ownership company based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. “This announcement represents the culmination of months Read More

On Final: Getting High – Future of flying

Flight Level 450 is definitely rarified air. And, other than three glasses of Cabernet, it’s about as high as most of us get. But I found myself there recently, with Lt. Col. (Ret.) Jon Huggins, Executive Director of Citation Jet Pilots Association, and my good friend, Stuart Fred. We were on a trip to Cedar Read More