November 2018

From a J3 to T&T

In my introductory Editor’s Briefing in June, I mentioned that my flight training was “unconventional.” I attribute that description to several factors, but the most notable of them was this: I had no intention of learning to fly in the first place. Flashing back to 2010: I was an animal science major, halfway through my Read More

In the Aftermath of a Hurricane, General Aviation Delivers Hope

Ken Malvey’s TBM 850 arrives at Lumberton, NC with supplies. Operation Airdrop leverages its grass-roots network of GA pilots to solve “week one” problems after a natural disaster. A plane, a pilot’s license, fuel and a willingness to drop everything to help people desperately in need. That was the genesis for one of the most Read More

Airpark Living: An inside look into some of the country’s most popular, developing airparks

Owning a personal aircraft affords operators an immense amount of flexibility, freedom, and time-savings – the type of which non-aviators can only imagine. However, a select few owners take the sum of those benefits to the next level: living with their aircraft. Their commute time from coffee in the kitchen to removing the control locks Read More

2018 Holiday Gift Guide

‘Tis the season for pilot gatherings, gadgets, and gifts. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Garmin D2 Delta Aviator Watch ($899.00-1,249.00)  Garmin’s newest and smaller-sized family of GPS aviator watches, the D2 Delta series, offers aviators new levels of capability and connectivity such as dynamic color mapping, NEXRAD weather, automatic flight logging, alerts for course deviations, pattern altitudes and more. Read More

Journey to the Ends of the Earth

Follow along on a 90-day solo circumnavigation from the South Pole to the North Pole. If you were to assume that planes have a purpose far greater than just flying, what would you do with your plane? Would you use it as a global billboard? Raise money for aspiring pilots? Educate kids about STEM? Showcase aviation Read More

Stability Distribution

Photo courtesy of PAUL BOWEN PHOTOGRAPHY. One of the unique aspects of flying twin-engine and turbine airplanes is the wide range of operating weights. Even more important, utilizing more or less of this loading capability means there is potentially a much wider range of centers of gravity compared to smaller aircraft. Changes in CG location Read More

The Little Things About Big Engines

There’s no substitute for horsepower. Truer words have never been spoken. If you want speed, you need the engine that develops the greatest horsepower. Why? Try as you must, nothing will replace having more horses under the hood – not even leverage. You can move the world with a long lever, but you can’t move Read More

Five on the Fly: Jan McKenzie

WHO: Jan McKenzie POSITION: President, Ninety-Nines International HOMEBASE: Loveland, Colorado (KFNL) RATINGS: Instrument Airplane and Commercial Rotorcraft HOURS: 2,800 1. Can you summarize the history and mission of the Ninety-Nines (99s)? The organization was founded in 1929 at Curtiss Field in Long Island, New York. All 117 women pilots at the time were invited to assemble Read More

The Fish Box Tax

It is salmon fishing season in Southeast Alaska, and in the far back corner of the Juneau (JNU) FBO’s somewhat ratty hangar, behind a beat-up old yellow propane powered fork lift and miscellaneous trash, there sits an ancient white deep freezer. The brand name plate is long gone and there are numerous scrapes and dents that Read More

Duke Meisters: The 2018 Beechcraft Duke Fly-In

[Meister – compound noun – akin to maestro – A person regarded as skilled or prominent in a specified area of activity; one who has extensive knowledge or ability.] Aircraft type clubs are organizations that provide information and support to a single aircraft type from the same manufacturer. Most aircraft type clubs are independent of Read More

En Route: Garmin G700 TXi Available for Some Citation Models

Garmin recently announced the availability of the G700 TXi touchscreen flight display for popular Cessna Citation business jet models. The initial Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the G700 TXi flight display will be approved for select Cessna Citation II/SII and Citation V aircraft, is available from JETTECH and can be installed across the Garmin dealer network. This is Read More

En Route: Honda Aircraft Announces Performance Package

At NBAA, Honda Aircraft Company announced the addition of a performance package for the HondaJet HA-420. The company’s new Advanced Performance Modification Group (APMG) engineered the upgrade, enabling existing HondaJet owners to enhance their current aircraft with several new performance and software features.  The APMG Performance Package offers current HondaJet owners the opportunity to implement Read More


What’s the most important item in the cockpit? If you said, “the pilot,” you are correct. But what about the second most important item? I suggest it’s not the autopilot, but instead, the “scoreboard.” That tiny, colorful box with all sorts of confusing acronyms situated directly in front of your vision. It’s so important because Read More

NBAA Focus: Business Aviation Stakeholders Key in Shaping Our Industry and Confronting Challenges

 As our industry looks towards NBAA’s annual Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) taking place Oct. 16-18 in Orlando, we may also reflect upon a milestone year for business aviation – one that demonstrated the importance of engagement throughout our aviation community on matters affecting us, most notably seen throughout the debate over privatization of ATC Read More

NBAA Focus: NBAA, Industry Examine Fuel Contamination Hazards Following Second DEF Incident

NBAA was concerned over recent news of a second business aviation jet fuel contamination incident in nine months. This event could have led to a serious accident, were it not for the prompt actions of the flight crew. On Aug. 14, a Dassault Falcon 900EX, operated by Fair Wind Air Charter, was forced to return Read More

NBAA Focus: Fitness for Duty About More Than Physical Considerations

Fitness for duty is an important consideration for all individuals serving in a safety-sensitive role in business aviation. This includes ensuring that employees are mentally and emotionally able to perform their roles responsibly, as well as in good physical health. Stress due to family matters, finances or other factors may significantly affect a person’s job Read More

NBAA Focus: Skyward – NBAA’s Work to Grow the Business Aviation Workforce

Business aviation is a dynamic, forward-looking industry long characterized by innovation and a pioneering spirit, so it follows that careers in business aviation are very often highly-skilled, high-paying jobs in the fields of the future. That said, like many other industries, business aviation also increasingly faces a significant challenge in ensuring its future workforce demands Read More

NBAA Focus: The Very Best of Our Industry Comes to Orlando for NBAA-BACE

This is a very exciting time for business aviation. Deliveries of new aircraft are up, new airframes reshaping the market, and business aviation operations are on the rise in nearly every location across the globe. All this energy and enthusiasm will be surging throughout NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) taking place Oct. 16-18 Read More