October 2015

On Final: One In and One Out – Center

As I studied the radar picture while parked at the Million Air KADS (Addison, Texas) ramp, I knew another plan was in order. My typical route to Gunnison, Colorado would take me through a developing area of precipitation near Amarillo. “Ground, November 1865 Charlie, should I file another flight plan for weather or just negotiate Read More

En Route: Garmin® Introduces New, All-Digital Bluetooth® GMA 350c Audio Panel

Garmin International Inc. has announced its all-digital series of Bluetooth-enabled audio panels, the GMA 350c, GMA 35c and GMA 350Hc. The GMA 350c series incorporates Bluetooth technology for wireless access to music, phone, Garmin Pilot™ alerts and more. This adds to an impressive list of features, including industry-first Telligence Voice Command technology and 3D Audio Read More

En Route: Gulf Coast Avionics Completes Garmin G1000 Panel Upgrade On A Colombian Army King Air B200

The first-of-its-kind project was done in collaboration with Corporación de la Industria Aeronáutica Colombiana in Bogotá, Colombia. Rick Garcia, President and CEO, Gulf Coast Avionics Corporation recently completed its first Garmin G1000 panel upgrade on a Colombian Air Army King Air B200. “This project had many unique aspects to it,” Garcia said. “It was our Read More

En Route: Quest Aircraft Planning Kodiak Factory Expansion

Quest Aircraft Company has developed plans to expand its Sandpoint, Idaho factory. The company is adding approximately 75,000 square feet to its KODIAK production facility. Construction is slated to begin in August, with a targeted completion by the end of the year. “We are very pleased that the increased worldwide demand for the KODIAK necessitates Read More

En Route: Flightsafety is building a King Air 350 full-flight simulator equipped with Rockwell Collins  Pro Line Fusion Avionics

FlightSafety International has announced that it is building a full-flight simulator for the King Air 350 aircraft. The new FlightSafety FS1000full-flight simulator will be equipped with the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system. “FlightSafety is pleased to increase the support we provide owners and operators of King Air aircraft,” said Steve Gross, Vice Read More

En Route: Pacific Coast Avionics Upgrades Piper Meridian to Garmin Glass and Touchscreens

New-generation custom panel upgrade includes dual Garmin G500 EFIS units, GTN 750 touch-screen GPS/COM/NAV and GDL 88 ADS-B UAT Dewey Conroy, Pacific Coast Avionics’ Vice President and COO, announced August 3rd that the company has completed a next-generation Garmin panel upgrade on a Piper PA-46-500TP Meridian turboprop. Conroy said that the Meridian is owned by Darren Read More

From the Flight Deck: Old-School

I was talking with a flight attendant the other day about changes in the airline business; water cooler talk–or, in Part 121 parlance, “sit-time” talk. We have about an hour between flights to “sit” – if we don’t have to change planes and move thirty or forty gates away, that is. When we keep the same Read More

Airspeed, Alpha & Attitude

Precision control of an aircraft in flight requires both piloting skills and the tools to evaluate and perfect them. As pilots, we need to be capable of hand-flying the airplane, not just monitoring it. We can take satisfaction in knowing we can keep our aircraft under control, using our eyes, hands and feet. But, how Read More

Pilot Training – The Gray Area: Are You Current, Proficient, or Both?

Is it possible for a ----baby bird to survive without its mother? Sure, at least for a while. Ultimately, however, the odds will change and the outcome will yield unfortunate, if not tragic, results. The same analogy can apply to pilots, except manipulation of the odds can be made in favor of survival. I am Read More

Twin Proficiency: Confident “Go” Decision, (thunderstorm turbulence) Don’t Drive on the Greens Part II

I spoke with a pilot at Oshkosh who had very recently survived a harrowing encounter with thunderstorm turbulence as he was flying IFR between cells. The pilot was working with Center to find a path between the growing cells. ATC suggested a deviation based on its real-time weather radar display; the pilot’s onboard NEXRAD upload agreed Read More

The Cessna 402 A Versatile Cabin-Class Twin

By the mid-1960s, Cessna Aircraft Company was on a growth spurt, bringing out new aircraft models to fill every possible marketing opportunity. Recognizing that business aircraft was the key to the company’s future, it was obvious that expanding the twin-engine line was vital. The Model 310 was over ten years old and had seen its Read More

En Route: Air Capital Interiors Receives FAA Repair Station Certificate

On July 1, 2015, Air Capital Interiors, Inc. received its Federal Aviation Administration repair station certificate for maintenance, repair and refurbishment of aircraft interior panels, cabinets, seats, floor coverings and interior-related components. “This represents a major milestone for Air Capital Interiors,” stated company President Rodney Wilson. “Having the repair station certificate and the FAA’s approval Read More