July 2016

Editor’s Briefing: To Keep A Fire Going

One of the tasks integral to being an outdoors person is fire-building. In my youth, I learned to carry matches, and even tinder material, if I was going to spend extended periods in the great out of doors. And yet, getting a fire started was often easy; I found that keeping it going could be Read More

Microjet Fun – Flying the SubSonex, With a Bonus!

The altimeter reads 9,500 MSL, but I’m only 3,000 feet or so above New Mexico’s high-desert terrain. If I crane my head over my shoulders, I can see the tips of my aircraft’s ruddervators. Yet, I’m still required to do clearing turns before beginning my maneuvers, so I do. I’m about halfway through my Permanent Read More

NBAA Focus: Continuing Vigilance Required on FAA Reauthorization

The recent passage of U.S. Senate legislation to reauthorize funding and programs for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), without language to privatize the nation’s air traffic control (ATC) system and fund it with new user fees, is a positive development for the business aviation community. However, we must remain vigilant on the ongoing debate over Read More

NBAA Focus: NBAA Continues Fighting Back Against Efforts to Close SMO

City officials in Santa Monica, CA remain determined in their efforts to shutter Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO), with that battle recently claiming a large flight school at the historic airfield. Although SMO is owned and operated by the city and has federal obligations to allow aeronautical activities at the airport on reasonable terms, officials Read More

NBAA Focus: Flight Management Systems Can Help, Or Challenge Single-Pilot Operators

By helping single pilot operators keep track of their location, fuel burn, weather and traffic conditions, and more, flight management systems (FMS) are a particularly valuable tool in modern cockpits. However, systems differences between different FMS manufacturers and models of FMS may also make managing these systems an unwelcome challenge at an inopportune time. “If Read More

NBAA Focus: NBAA Joins with Other Groups to Support Federal Oversight of UAS

NBAA recently joined with several aviation groups in signing a letter opposing two proposals that would eliminate federal oversight for the regulation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and their integration into the National Airspace System. The proposals were offered as amendments (#3558 and #3650) to H.R.636, the Senate bill reauthorizing FAA programs and funding, and Read More

NBAA Focus: NBAA’s Regional Forum Coming to White Plains, NY in September

Throughout the year, NBAA hosts three Regional Forums across the country to bring together local business aircraft owners, operators, manufacturers, customers and other industry professionals to share knowledge, discuss issues affecting the region, and learn how business aviation can help companies succeed. Twin & Turbine readers are encouraged to attend NBAA’s last 2016 Regional Forum, Read More

Objectivity and Recurrent Training

Aviation, certainly more so than many other professions, relies on the “Honor System”. Let’s think about it: how many times have you been ramp checked by the FAA, or had to present your pilot or medical certificate to anyone else in an official capacity? How many times have you met an FAA inspector, in any Read More

The High Season – AirVenture Oshkosh Preview

The annual mid-summer celebration of aviation, absolutely the greatest airshow on earth, will be staged in Oshkosh, Wisconsin from July 25 through July 31. If you haven’t been there, make it a priority to attend. If you haven’t been to EAA AirVenture for a while, make this the year. And if you go every year, Read More

Twin Proficiency: Near-Collision Part II: When to Cancel IFR

In last month’s column, I described a very-near collision I witnessed on the runway of a non-towered airport. The pilot of a turboprop twin, obtaining his IFR release on an 1,100-overcast day, apparently not monitoring, and certainly not transmitting on, the CTAF (Common Traffic Advisory Frequency), pulled out in front of a Cessna Citation that Read More

En Route: Textron’s SETP Revealed

Textron Aviation Inc., revealed further program details on May 23 at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) regarding the development of its highly anticipated single engine turboprop aircraft (SETP). The company also announced that letters of intent for the high performance, clean sheet SETP are being accepted. The SETP will be designed to Read More

En Route: HondaJet Receives European Certification

On May 23, the HondaJet received type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Honda Aircraft Company announced the achievement during a press conference at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE), in Geneva, Switzerland. Steven Higgins, EASA Section Manager for High Performance Aircraft and Turboprops, presented the type certificate for the HA-420 Read More

From the Flight Deck: We the Pilots

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln For the Pilots of Owner-Flown, Cabin-Class Aircraft. That’s what it says there on the cover, right under Twin & Turbine. Conversationally, we all just say “T&T.” It’s a boutique periodical for an elite and select few. Well, Read More

On Final: Those Pesky Flashing Lights

We see them everywhere. On police cars, at railroad crossings, even on our airplanes. Do you ever go to Starbucks on Sunday morning at 0530, when absolutely no one is on the road, and still stop at the red light? I have been known to treat that red light as a “suggestion.” Perhaps that kind Read More