March 2016

How low Did You Go?

The Bell 212 crew had waited in vain for seven hours, hoping the weather would improve at the departure airport, Alerk Island, NWT, and the destination, an oil rig in the Beaufort Sea. The helicopter was finally dispatched in night IFR conditions to fulfill the leasing company’s requirement to have a machine and crew located Read More

Back to Turboprops

It is a gray, windy winter after-noon and I find myself weaving back and forth across the runway’s white centerline like a drunken sailor,rapidly accelerating through 90 knots on the takeoff roll in a Cessna Conquest I. It has been awhile since I have flown turboprops and Tim, the check pilot sitting next to me, Read More

Why Do Pilots Run Out of Gas

Fuel is one of those absolutes in aviation, like altitude and airspeed, that positively must be maintained and managed until the aircraft is parked. It would seem simple enough to keep sufficient fuel in the tanks to enable a planned landing. But, several times a year, some pilot somewhere tries to fly with his tanks Read More

From the Flight Deck: Rules

Rules are made for people who aren’t willing to make up their own. — General Chuck Yeager Having slipped through the audits, reviews, simulations, tests and safety nets, a gremlin laid in wait…. for years. Waiting for the paths of a cavalier pilot and an obscure catalyst to intersect. One that would allow demonstration of Read More

When You Absolutely, Positively, Don’t Have to be There

When I flew Part 135 charters, the unwritten rule was “Always schedule the trip; it’ll usually work out. If not, we’ll use a backup plan or cancel.” Customers were told to make alternate travel plans if they had a critical need to be there, in case we couldn’t fly. And everyone understood that safety was Read More

Twin Proficiency: What’s This Vsse?

VSSE: The safe, intentional one-engine inoperative speed. Originally known as “SafeSingle-Engine Speed.” Now formally defined in 14 CFR Part 23, Airworthiness Standards, and required to be established and published in the Approved Flight Manual/Pilot’s Operating Handbook. VSSE is the minimum speed to intentionally render the critical engine inoperative. FAA Airplane Flying Handbook Multi-engine airplanes have Read More

Hartzell’s Investment In Five-Blade Swept Props Cuts Wide Swath Through Business Aviation

Hartzell Propeller has strengthened its global leadership in turboprop propellers through a multiyear, multimillion-dollar investment in advanced aerodynamics and manufacturing techniques, featuring structural composite technology. The result has been the rollout of several new five-blade structural composite propellers and an aggressive campaign to identify fleets of turboprops for five-blade propeller upgrades that enhance performance across Read More

Jazz Weight and Balance – Jazz Software Releases Jazz W+B to the Apple App Store

As of November 5, 2015,Jazz Software announced the availability of Jazz Weight and Balance for iPad and iPhone. By offering pilots a better way to compute their aircraft weight and balance, the app reduces preflighting time and increases safety, by accurately checking loading in relation to the weight and balance envelope and that there is Read More

dBrief– A Logbook App For General Aviation

Streamlined app offers free alternative to overkill logbook software As you may be aware, the electronic logbook scene is an abyss. There are tons of options, but the professional ones are outrageously expensive, and the most-popular free ones are cumbersome and hard to use on mobile–and they all fail in one crucial area: the simplicity Read More


New entry-level IFD440 provides a la carte pricing for added functionality. Avidyne Corporation announced on February 1, 2016 that it is offering a new lower-priced IFD440FMS/GPS/NAV/COM, starting at $12,399, including mounting tray and installation kit. The new entry-level IFD440 pricing option allows customers to add wireless (WiFi & Bluetooth®) for $1,300 and Forward Looking Terrain Read More

Upgrading to a CJ4

When your company is expanding and you need a plane with more range to keep up with its needs, maintaining family ties is a logical option. Now that Textron Aviation supports both the former Beech Aircraft and Cessna Citation lines, an upgrade from a Premier 1 jet to a Citation CJ4 makes a lot of Read More

The 2015 CJP Convention

Atremendous turnout supported the 2015 gather-ing of the Citation Jet Pilots Association, held September 9-13 at the historic Broadmoor resort and spa in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Approximately 100 Citations crowded the huge ramp at Colorado Jet Center and the accompanying crowd brought by that fleet filled the plenary and seminar sessions in the International Center Read More

Maintaining Flying Skills

Much has been made of a recent general deterioration in manual flying skills, leading to a “dumbing down” of piloting abilities in order to fill cockpit seats. But, when faced with an in-flight crisis, it still takes a professional crew to avoid disaster, even if the aircraft only requires one pilot. There is a danger Read More

A Flying Squadron…For Citation Pilots

When I was flying T-38s and U-2s for the US Air Force, my squadron mates and I didn’t “own” the jets …but sometimes it sure felt like we owned them! We flew them all over the U.S. and all over the world, experiencing some of the most unique adventures I could imagine. With those high-performance Read More

CJ Perspectives: Reactions Aging and reaction time

“The time elapsing between the beginning of a stimulus and the beginning of an organism’s reaction to it.” That’s the definition of reaction time – if you don’t mind being called an organism, that is. Even if you do mind, it’s still the definition. Our high school driver’s education teacher used “age, experience and wisdom” Read More

Under New Guidance, ATP’s Motto Is “Knowledge Fuels Safety”

For more than four decades, since the firm’s inception in 1973, Aircraft Technical Publishers has been providing vital technical information and, more importantly, management of that information, to flight departments and MRO companies throughout the world. Under the guidance of its new CEO, Charles Picasso, ATP continues to expand and improve its service. “I’m looking Read More


How often do you think about life and death? Personally, I really think I am going to outlive just about everybody. I don’t like visiting retirement homes, even though my mom lives in one. But, once in a while I reflect on just how tenuous my place is here on this planet. I had that Read More