March 2015

On Final: Addiction – faster airplanes

by David Miller I am ready to publicly admit that I have a problem. With speed. Not the over-the-counter kind. Instead, my addiction is an overwhelming need to go as fast as possible in an airplane. Oh, I have been to counseling. I went to JPA (Jet Pilots’ Anonymous) meetings. I even bought a King Air. Read More

 CJ Updates: Pacific Coast Avionics Announces Avionics Upgrade For Cessna Citation Series

Avionics upgrade gives Citation II operator LPV/LNAV/GPS approach capabilities as well as active weather radar, traffic and ADS-B conformity. On January 28, 2015, Dewey Conroy, Vice President and COO of Pacific Coast Avionics announced that the company recently completed a touchscreen GPS/NAV/COM and digital weather radar upgrade on a Cessna Citation Series II business jet. Read More

CJ Updates: Citation Latitude Engine Certified By Transport Canada

The recent Transport Canada (TC) Type Certification of Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW306D1 turbofan engine sets the stage for the entry into service of Cessna’s newest business jet, the Citation Latitude Engine. The PW306D1, flat-rated at 5,907 pounds of thrust, received the TC Type Certificate shortly before Christmas, and Federal Aviation Administration certification is expected Read More

CJ Updates: Cessna rolls out first production Citation Latitude

On January 29, 2015, Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., celebrated the rollout of the first production Citation Latitude, just three years since announcing the aircraft. The Latitude’s assembly features a variety of technological advancements, including the use of new automated robotics and ergonomically-friendly tooling stations. Today’s event is the latest in Read More

CJ Perspectives: Virtual Distractions – aviation technology

My laptop had been complaining for several months that it didn’t feel well. The appearance of a black screen with white letters was announcing a critical failure, and its withdrawal into safe mode was the reoccurring grievance. The electronic workhorse travels in my truck, the cockpit of the MD-80 and aboard the Duke, in a Read More

Record-Breaking 2014 CJP Cessna Citation Convention

By Rob Finfrock More than 350 Cessna Citation business jet owners, pilots, and enthusiasts attended the 2014 Cessna Citation convention Jet Pilots Owners/Pilots Association (CJP) last September, held at the historic Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. The three-day convention, which also hosted more than 100 Citations at nearby Greenbrier Valley Airport (LWB) Read More

Plane Accident – Why Pilots Run Off Runways

by LeRoy Cook A plane accident runway excursion, particularly one that occurs at very near flying speed, is an extremely hazardous affair. High performance airplanes are normally designed for level, prepared and evenly-paved surfaces. They do not comport themselves well when caused to operate on footings other than runways, and the accompanying structural failures often Read More

High Anxiety – Citationjet

  by Adam Alpert It was a particularly unpleasant winter morning in New York City. The wind howled out of the east, with blowing, drifting snow. After a pause at the hold point for JFK’s runway 4L, we were cleared to line up and wait. It was 400 overcast, ½ mile, temperature and dewpoint -1° C. Read More

En Route: Honda Jet Aircraft President Receives Industry Leader Of the Year Award

Honda Jet Aircraft Company has announced that President and CEO Michimasa Fujino has been honored with Kiddie Hawk Air Academy’s Aviation Industry Leader of the Year Award for the development, production, marketing and sales of the innovative HondaJet. The award recognizes dedication to the aviation industry and is presented each year by the Kiddie Hawk Read More

En Route: Swept-Blade Technology Drives Raisbeck Aircraft Engineering 2014 Sales To New Heights

It has been another busy year for Raisbeck Aircraft Engineering; 2014 ended as one of the top three sales years in company history. The year started with the introduction of the new Raisbeck/Hartzell Swept Blade Propellers for the King Air 90 series, followed by FAA certification of the Lear 60 Aft Fuselage Locker, and concluded Read More

En Route: Nextant Flies The Remanufactured G90XT Turboprop

Nextant Aerospace has announced the successful completion of the first test flight for the new G90XT turboprop. The company celebrated the landmark event with a rollout celebration at their headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. “This is a very exciting day for the team at Nextant and our customer base,” said Nextant President and CEO Sean McGeough. Read More

En Route: Michael Young Joins Simcom Director Of Training Operations And Quality

On January 14, 2015, SimCom Training Centers announced that Michael (Mike) Young has joined the company as Simcom Director of Training Operations and Quality. In this capacity, Young will be responsible for the standardization, regulatory compliance and con-tinuous improvement of SimCom’s existing training programs. He will also work with training center managers, courseware developers, simulator Read More

En Route: American Jet International Adds Learjet 31 To Fleet

American Jet International, dba Million Air Charter, a member of the Million Air FBO Company based in Houston, Texas, is pleased to announce the addition of a Learjet 31 to its managed fleet of business jets. It is immediately available for charter. The cabin accommodates up to eight passengers. “After an incredible 2014 we are Read More

En Route: Piper Aircraft Launches Meridian M500 With The Latest In Garmin Avionics

As of January.28, 2015, Piper Aircraft has introduced its newest top-of-the-line M-Class Meridian M500 single-engine turbine business aircraft, featuring the latest in Garmin avionics, enhanced safety features and a number of other significant product improvements. “The 2015 Piper M500 will come equipped with the very newest Garmin avionics package for increased safety,” said Piper President Read More

L3 Announces a line of ADS-B Products

by Kevin Dingman L-3 Aviation Products recently unveiled its Lynx MultiLink Surveillance System (MSS) line of ADS-B products. The company also announced that it has applied for Technical Standard Order (TSO) authorization for the Lynx NGT-9000. “The Cat is officially out of the bag,” said Larry Riddle, L-3 Aviation Products’ vice president of Marketing & Read More

Twin Proficiency: Promote Yourself to Flight Captain

by Thomas P. Turner Flying to Houston for business, my brother’s airline flight from Cleveland to Chicago was delayed and eventually diverted because of severe weather at O’Hare. After a ground-stop delay at Cleveland, the ERJ-145 crew flew some ATC-assigned delaying tactics before lining up for the approach, only to miss the approach from very Read More

From the Flight Deck: Head Bumping – general aviation

by Kevin R. Dingman Instead of waiting for the jump seat on a succession of full regional jets general aviation, I sometimes drive part way to O’Hare, then ride a charter-type bus to ORD. It makes the trip a lot longer, but knowing that I’ll get there for sure, instead of waiting for the next Read More

Taking Poppy Home – flying experience

By Kevin Ware If you’ve owned a twin or turbine aircraft for some time, it’s easy to take their transportation convenience and flexibility for granted. But when you have a flight or passenger experience that makes it all new again, you find that the mission itself is more rewarding than the flying experience. Jeff H. Read More

Flying the Citation Jet CJ3+

 by LeRoy Cook Cessna Adds Improvements To Its CJ3 Cessna’s hot-selling Citation Jet CJ3 has long been a highly sought-after light jet, representing as it does one of the most-capable owner-flown airplanes on the market. Easily cruising at over 400 knots and delivering a range of 1800-2000 nautical miles, it can fill the bill for Read More

Editor’s Briefing: Pearls Along The Path – Pilot Advice

%“Those who refuse to learn from their mistakes are doomed to repeat them,” states a loosely-recalled proverb. I’ve made plenty of mistakes and I’ve seen just about as many made by others, so I think I’ve accumulated a pretty good reference file at this point. The secret, of course, is to be receptive to the Read More