June 2016

On Final: Sixty Two Inches of Rain

That’s a lot of water in one year. Actually, for Dallas Texas, it’s an all-time record. I thought about that as I prepared for a post-Thanksgiving round trip to KBHM (Birmingham, AL). A huge low had deposited itself and about seven inches of rain over the Dallas area. Ceilings of 300 overcast and visibilities of Read More

Textron Aviation Celebrates 25 Years of CitationJets

Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of the maiden flight of the Model 525 CitationJet prototype, the aircraft that would become the foundation of the light jet segment. The flight took place on April 29, 1991. with deliveries starting two years later. Innovation in the 525 line Read More

Textron Announces Factory-Direct Coverage Programs

Textron Aviation Inc announced on April 20, 2016 that it has added new factory-direct coverage programs – Pre-Buy Assurance, Extended Care and King Air Direct – furthering its commitment in supporting the world’s largest installed fleet. Through these new programs, Citation, King Air and Hawker customers can increase efficiency, reduce costs and optimize the value Read More

Corporate Angel Network Celebrates Milestone Flight

At 9:22 PM on April 14, 2016, a Bombardier Challenger 300 owned by NCR, departed from the Meridian FBO at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport for NCR’s headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Onboard, along with NCR executives, were one-year-old cancer patient Baron Yerby and his parents Casey and Jonathan. They were heading home to Atlanta after Baron Read More

JetAVIVA Agrees to Acquire Kansas Aircraft Corporation

JetAVIVA, the world’s leading seller of light jets, announced May 3, 2016 that it has reached an agreement to acquire Kansas Aircraft Corporation (KAC), a highly-respected aviation sales firm based in the Kansas City metropolitan area. In the last year, the two organizations transacted over 120 aircraft, making the new alliance one of the largest Read More


Since the introduction of GPS and WAAS, many innovative, useful devices, systems, and procedures have been developed and certified. And much written about the resulting departures, arrivals and approaches, using the technology. As we become more reliant on GPS, we are less inclined to need memorization and math to fly our machines. Perhaps the E6-B Read More

Communicating Clearly

Despite the looming advances in datalink communication, much of our interaction with the air traffic control system, as well as other pilots, remains very firmly anchored with verbal instructions and acknowledgement. All of us, I rather imagine, have had hair-whitening experiences with miscommunication during our career. Aviation is critically dependant on knowing what we, and Read More

Touchy Feely

Learning to fly a new model of airplane can be challenging. But, now a days, it’s not controlling the airframe that provides the stress. It’s learning the avionics. Many of us go to large training centers, sit in small classes, and are introduced to avionics systems that are new to us. In owner flown jets, Read More

The Earliest Citation – Great Citations Just Keep On Going

When it began selling Citations in late 1971, Cessna had already been in the jet-building business for a very long time. Almost twenty years earlier, back in December 1952, the U.S. Air Force announced that little Cessna Aircraft Company had been awarded a contract to develop a new model 318 twin-jet trainer, to be called Read More

En Route: Jeppesen Teams with Avionics Source Online Marketplace

Pilots who buy a 12-month Jeppesen NavData® subscription will receive one month free Jeppesen, a part of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, has partnered with Avionics Source, a premier online avionics marketplace, to provide general aviation pilots with avionics system expertise and industry-leading flight data subscriptions, offered together in a one-stop shopping environment. “We are ecstatic Read More

En Route: West Star Aviation Partners with Norwest Equity Partners

West Star Aviation is pleased to announce it has successfully reached an investment partnership with Norwest Equity Partners (NEP), a leading middle market investment firm founded in 1961. Norwest has made a significant investment in West Star Aviation, one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing independent providers of Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) and related Read More

En Route: NavWorx Inks Agreement with Garmin for Affordable ADS-B Solutions

NavWorx, Inc. announced on March 31 that the company has entered into a licensing agreement with Garmin enabling connectivity to the company’s GNS and GTN line of navigators. Under the agreement, NavWorx’s ADS600-B will interface with existing certified position sources, providing the required WAAS GPS to meet the FAA’s mandate for ADS-B equipage. NavWorx offers Read More

En Route: Daher Announces Expanded TBM Family

On April 5, 2016, Daher unveiled its expanded TBM very fast turboprop aircraft family, which now consists of the TBM 900 and TBM 930 versions – each retains the features that have made the TBM 900 a success, with more than 110 sold since its launch two years ago. Daher has introduced the e-copilot® function Read More

From the Flight Deck: Mad Dog Leaving The MD-80

Introduction: 1965 Cruise speed: 504 mph Wingspan: 108' 0" Engine type: Pratt & Whitney JT8D Thrust: 21,700 pounds Unit cost: $41,500,000 - $48,000,000 Crew: Captain, First Officer and three Flight Attendants Manufacturers: McDonnell Douglas, Boeing Commercial Airplanes In the olden days, pilots all knew who Jimmy Doolittle, Hap Arnold, Pappy Boyington and Paul Mantz were. Read More

Twin Proficiency: You’re Cleared…but Are You Clear?

I recently saw a near-collision on a runway, between a business jet and a corporate turboprop. I was in the right seat of a Beechcraft Bonanza A36, instructing a pilot I’d first taught 25 years ago. To our right, on the ramp, the pilot of a Piaggio P180 Avanti was starting up. We taxied to the Read More

Drones: An Opportunity For Aviation

Let’s get this out right up front. I am a pilot and I own a drone. With all the talk about drones mixing with aircraft, I thought it might be good to start this article by clarifying what a “drone” is. When I’m talking about drones, I am talking about sUAV or small Unmanned Aerial Read More

Drones: A Cautionary Tale

As I write this, yet another near-miss has occurred, this time in the U.K., where a small drone came within 20 feet of an Airbus 319 on approach at Heathrow. Encroachment of these aerial missiles into controlled airspace is becoming an everyday event, affecting FAR 91, 121, and 135 operations. It’s only a matter of Read More

The Long Haul – The North Atlantic and the PC-12NG

Pilatus N47NG, Goose Bay. Ready to copy your oceanic clearance?” Even in today’s technological world, aviation continues to evoke many virtues of the past: Exploration, adventure, forging new roads (or, in our case, “holes in the sky”) and a myriad of other feelings, memories, sights, and sounds. One such privilege of flight wraps all of Read More

To Drone, Or Not To Drone…

There is probably no more contentious subject kicking around aviation gatherings than the topic of small unmanned aerial vehicles, a.k.a. “drones”. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they are out there, and with energetic Chinese mass-producers capable of churning them out by the hundreds of thousands, they aren’t going to go away. How users and regulators Read More