March 2017

Editor’s Briefing: Avoiding the Runaway Runway

With night IFR conditions prevailing, the light jet was cleared for the ILS approach to Runway 19. There were multiple snow showers the area, and the pilot queried the tower about the runway condition and braking action. Tower reported back that a Cessna 210 Centurion had landed a few minutes prior and reported conditions “moderate” Read More

Jet Journal: An Active Approach to Better Performance

Tamarack Aero’s ATLAS Active Winglet system expands the range/payload, fuel burn and speed equation for Citation 525 line. Sometimes the simplest ideas are the most effective. Tamarack Aero has developed a product that is not only elegant in its simplicity, but delivers extraordinary results. The company has developed a winglet system for the Citation 525 Read More

Jet Journal: Cessna Citation Business Jet Celebrates 45th Anniversary

In January 1972, Cessna Aircraft Company delivered its first Citation business jet, the first ever to be designed and certified for single-pilot operations. Following the delivery of the Cessna Citation 500 to American Airlines, Cessna would go on to deliver 52 jets that year, making it the industry’s biggest seller. The publicized launch retail price Read More

Jet Journal: No Fly Zone

Fitness to Fly: IMSAFE KBKL – 29 Dec 16 – 2250L – 26023G32KT 6SM -SN BR SCT012 BKN021 OVC026 01/M02A. The Aircraft: 2012 Citation 525C CJ4, 6 SOB. Crew: Owner-pilot. The passengers: his wife, two sons, a neighbor girl and her dad. The trip: a one day out-and-back for a basketball game. Last radar contact: Read More

Making History Fly

“It flew like a good B-29.” Six, simple words — representing decades of tireless work. On July 17, 2016, history was made when a fully restored B-29 named “Doc” roared back into the sky for the first time in 60 years. First Flight Everyone is in place by 8 a.m. Approximately 250 volunteers, supporters and Read More

Twin Proficiency: Departure Control

Focus the same amount of care and attention to a low-visibility departure as you do an instrument approach. From an NTSB Preliminary Report: A Cessna Citation 525 (CJ4) was destroyed in a collision with Lake Erie shortly after takeoff from runway 24R at the Burke Lakefront Airport (BKL), Cleveland, Ohio. The pilot and five passengers Read More

Off to a Good Start

While understanding a starter’s “duty cycle” is critical to any piston aircraft pilot, it’s twice as important when you’re cranking up a twin. Occasionally you just have one of those days: You’re late getting away from your office. Traffic is a mess. It takes forever to file your flight plan. And to top it all Read More

From the Flight Deck: Unintended Consequences

Aviate, navigate, communicate It was late at night; it had been a long day and you’re tired. Since the airplane was ready and the wind on the ramp was gusting to more than 30 kts., you did an “abbreviated” walkaround. Anyway, the flight will take less than an hour and the weather is supposed to Read More

En Route: ForeFlight Adds New Features to Latest Updates

ForeFlight released the first major update for 2017, version 8.3, which brings a collection of new features to the app. The update includes new weather maps, new night settings and logbook enhancements. The latest addition has a new satellite weather overlay for the Maps screen that weather geeks will love. This new Color IR Satellite option Read More

En Route: Former Agusta Westland Executive to Lead XTI Aircraft Company

XTI Aircraft Company (XTI), which is developing the TriFan 600 six-seat tilt-rotor business aircraft, has hired Robert J. LaBelle as its chief executive officer.  He joins XTI after three years as CEO of AgustaWestland North America. Before that, he served as president of AgustaWestland Tiltrotor Company, Inc., the company supporting the development of the AW Read More

En Route: Apollo Astronaut at EAA AirVenture 2017 to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Program

Astronauts from the Apollo missions that put humans on the moon for the first time are expected to be at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017, as the airshow commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo program. The 65th annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention is July 24-30 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The reunion Read More

En Route: Lightspeed Aviation Unveils New Zulu 3 Headset

Lightspeed Aviation has unveiled the Zulu 3 ANR headset that adds several enhancements including: New contoured ear seals that are designed to hug the curve of the jaw, for a more natural fit that increases comfort and stability; New cables built around a Kevlar core that are stronger and more flexible than standard cables, while weighing Read More

En Route: Performance Aircraft Expands Into Jet Sales

Aircraft sales company Performance Aircraft announced today that Curt Epp, former regional sales director at Textron Aviation, has joined the company to specialize in managing jet and turboprop aircraft transactions. President and founder Bill Heckathorn said Epp will help the company launch newly expanded brokerage and acquisition services focused on helping more individuals enjoy high Read More

On Final: Which Airplane For Me?

Now that I have determined I simply cannot live without owning my own airplane, which one is the right choice? I narrowed my selection immediately by deciding that I must have two turbine engines. Nothing against the TBM, Pilatus and Meridian, or you fine piston folks. I just love the hum and theoretical safety of Read More