November 2015

(Flying trips to both Coasts) Sea to Shining Sea

I don’t often get to travel to both coasts in one week, but this August was different. Transporting my daughter Emily to Long Island for a wedding, and then attending a Citation Jet Pilot’s event in Napa one week later, had me pulling out lots of charts in advance. The airways and fixes all looked Greek Read More

En Route: Hartzell Propeller Honors Company Founder at National Aviation Hall of Fame 

Hartzell Propeller Inc. was a co-presenting sponsor of the National Aviation Hall of Fame’s 53rd Annual Enshrinement Dinner & Ceremony on October 2, 2015. This year’s inductees included the late Robert N. Hartzell, an early manufacturer of wooden aircraft propellers, later designing lightweight metal propellers that became a catalyst to help develop the general aviation Read More

NBAA: From Engaging Presentations to Impressive Speakers, NBAA2015 Promises to Dazzle in Las Vegas

Each year, NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition is where we view business aviation’s products and services all in one place. The event also is an opportunity to network with peers, learn new skills, and reflect on the state of the industry as we move toward a new year. NBAA2015 will continue this proud tradition, Read More

NBAA: House Hearing Highlights Need for Action on UAS Regulations

A recent hearing before the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s aviation subcommittee regarding the safe utilization of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) highlights the urgent need for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to issue federal regulations for the burgeoning industry. A primary topic at the hearing was the FAA’s failure to meet a three-year-old, congressionally Read More

NBAA: Aircraft May Now Stay in Cuba for Seven Days

A recent easing of tensions between the U.S. government and Cuban leadership may ultimately serve to open up the island nation to general aviation (GA), but it won’t happen overnight. Changes recently announced by the U.S. Treasury and Commerce departments allow U.S. aircraft operators authorized by the FAA to fly into Cuba to keep their aircraft Read More

NBAA: NBAA Joins Groups Opposing Unilateral Emissions Standard

NBAA recently joined with other industry stakeholders in formally opposing calls from within Congress for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take unilateral action in adopting aircraft emissions standards before the issuance of an internationally agreed-upon standard. Following extensive deliberations and consultations with industry stakeholders – including NBAA, through its representation on the International Read More

NBAA: Business aviation Must Remain Engaged, Vigilant as 2015 Draws to Close

As the clock ticks down towards the final days of 2015, it’s natural for us to reflect upon the policy challenges that confronted our aviation community over the past year, and the efforts undertaken by NBAA and the industry to respond to those challenges. I believe we can be cautiously optimistic when it comes to Read More

Twin Proficiency: Check It Out – checklist

Recently, I flew with a pilot who has been flying the same type of airplane for about 40 years. He’s now in his late 70s. Besides being sloppy with all his flying techniques, I noticed that he didn’t use a checklist. When I queried him about this, he told me that he’s been flying for Read More

Who’s the Boss?

Staying Safe When There Are Two Pilots In Command You’re the professional turbine-meister for a mid-sized company whose owner is also a pilot. He’s legally current and qualified in the company jet, though minimally experienced in type. He likes to fly left seat whenever he can, which is not often, and usually takes you along Read More

From the Flight Deck: Scent of a Simulator

I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’ – Muhammad Ali The ambiance of the layover hotel was starkly different – in a good way. Designated by the company as one of the half-dozen or so “training hotels,” it’s used mostly to Read More

2015 Holiday Aviation Gift Guide

Gift 1, David Miller’s E-Book From University Aviation Press Twin & Turbine’s very own Back Page Bard has compiled the best of his tales in a neat E-book. It needs to be in every pilot’s electronic stocking. Confessions of a Very Private Pilot delivers real-life advice from an owner-pilot on how to evaluate, purchase, train and operate Read More

Tanker Day: Air to Air Refueling

There was one F-16C Fighting Falcon receiving fuel from the KC-135’s refueling boom and another waiting. Endurance of the F-16 is limited to about 2.5 hours, even less when engaged in a dogfight. So there was almost always a receiver aircraft in queue, waiting to get tanked up. The 3-4 minutes needed to refuel can Read More

Pebbles in the Road – Nuisance Obstacles To Aircraft Ownership

Moving along smooth pavement, it’s sometimes disconcerting to find a pebble or two lying in the roadway. Bicycle tires spit them aside with a “ker-chung”, they may bruise a runner’s thin-clad foot, and motorcylists fear an accumulation of them, particularly on a curve. Yet, they are to be expected; life is populated with pebbles in Read More