September 2015

Best Pilots Make the Best CEO’s and the Best Lovers

Best Pilots Make the Best CEO’s and the Best Lovers That ‘s my takeaway from a report I read from researchers at Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and the University of Oregon. In a study that compared the relative success of 179 companies led by CEO’s who are pilots and 2,900 companies led by Read More

CJ Updates: ForeFlight Mobile Announces Connectivity with Garmin Avionics

On July 16, 2015, ForeFlight, maker of the leading flight app for pilots, announced connectivity with Garmin avionics, broadening the flight planning, in-flight, and connectivity capabilities available to customers. When connected to Garmin Flight Stream, ForeFlight Mobile customers can now wirelessly receive ADS-B weather and traffic, precise GPS position data, and dynamic pitch and bank Read More

CJ Updates: Citation Jet Latitude to Hawaii

Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., recently demonstrated the trans-Pacific capability of its newly FAA-certified Citation Jet Latitude, flying between the U.S. West Coast and Hawaii. The flights follow other recent long-range missions with the aircraft, including the first trans-Atlantic crossing in May and nonstop U.S. coast-to-coast flights earlier in July. “With Read More

Demons – Flight Risk

Air conditioning, humidity control, autopilots and auto-brakes. Airborne internet, coffee makers, drink chillers and butt warmers – they make our airplane feel just like home. These niceties permit our attention to be focused on the safe, efficient and enjoyable operation of the vehicle. But, they also make it easy to overlook the significance of operating Read More

Surely, That’s Wind Shear!

Fly long enough, and you’ll encounter the phenomenon of wind shear. Sometimes known as air pockets, sinkers, bumps, CAT (clear air turbulence) or simply updrafts and downdrafts, the common ingredient is a change in wind speed or direction over a relatively short horizontal or vertical distance. While aircraft tend to fly at a constant speed Read More

Gremlins of Night Flight

Night flight has a tendency to bring out all the gremlins that most pilots are certain live in the wiring and other mysteriously-inaccessible spaces of their aircraft. In addition, the gremlins themselves, quite strangely, seem to become more active when the pilots are rushed. And, on this night, we were really in a hurry. It Read More

First Plane, a Jet

First Plane, a Jet How did it come to be that Tom Garritano’s first foray into aircraft ownership was a Cessna Citation Mustang jet? As he puts it, “The Cirrus I was renting was no longer available, so I said, ‘Looks like we’re going to have to buy an airplane.’ When Tom Craft called me Read More

En Route: Blackhawk Modifications, Pratt & Whitney Canada Commemorate 1,000th PT6A Engine Delivery at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

On July 22, 2015, senior executives from Blackhawk Modifications, Inc., and Pratt & Whitney Canada commemorated their 16-year collaboration and 1,000th engine at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. P&WC leaders noted that “Blackhawk has earned a rock-solid reputation for providing value-added conversion solutions to its customers. Because our PT6A engine has played such an important role in Read More

From the Flight Deck: Cholla Airplanes (Cylindropuntia Aeróplanos) aircraft ownership

They appear soft and fluffy, like a dandelion in full bloom, its white orb of seeds anxious to launch with any breath of wind. It’s a treacherous and deceptive quality; how something so alluring as the fuzzy and harmless-looking cholla (choy-ah) cactus, can bequeath so much grief. The Jumping Cholla (Cylindropuntia fulgida), therefore, provides a Read More

Aviation Medicals: Winning the Game Part Two

Previously, we discussed what a pilot could do to avoid problems during the vision portion of FAA medical examination. Now, we’ll look at the Coronary and Cardiovascular portions of the exams. There are some things you can do that will help avoid problems during this portion of your flight physical. The first thing to understand Read More

Twin Proficiency: Making a Confident “Go” Decision

All of us strive for maximum utility from our airplanes. We all bucked the conventional wisdom to become pilots (“little airplanes aren’t safe,” virtually everyone told us), because we have places to be, people to meet and things to do. Airplanes carve a large section out of our business or family disposable income, so co-workers, Read More

Why do Pilots Overload their Airplanes?

We spend a considerable amount of time during initial training on the subject of airplane weight and balance computations, making sure the trainee knows how to use the charts, plotters and software applicable to the aircraft. Getting the numbers to come out in an acceptable range assures that the aircraft will perform and handle as Read More

In the Belly of the Blob – Flying Risk

From a three-foot hover, I nosed the Bell 47 over the edge at the main base of West Cameron 180, an offshore oil field near Cameron, Louisiana. Descending toward the water toward our blistering sixty-knots cruise speed, I made my wake-up call to the company radio operator in Intracoastal City: “Tango Four Seven is up Read More

Editor’s Briefing: Avoiding Ambivalence

"Why bother to check the weather?” said my veteran traveling companion. “We’re going to go anyway.” His idea had merit, at least from his point of view. We had been at the boring resort-based meeting far too long; any change of location would be welcome. So, very likely, we were going to go “anyway”, just Read More