September 2016

On Final: Just A Normal Flight

November one eight six five Charlie, you are cleared to the India CharlieTango airport, after departure turn left zero five zero, radar vectors Texoma Four departure. Climb and maintain two thousand, expect flight level three two zero, ten minutes after departure. Departure control one two four point three, squawk three seven eight four.” My passenger, Read More

CJ Updates: Honda Aircraft Company Receives FAA Production Certificate

  On July 11, 2016, Honda Aircraft Company announced that it has earned a Production Certificate from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Honda Aircraft Company is building the HA-420 HondaJet, an advanced light jet, at its world headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina. Melvin Johnson, FAA Small Aircraft Directorate Manager for the Central Region, Read More

CJ Updates: Executive AirShare Moving Into New Wichita Facility

Growth in the air is leading to growth on the ground for Executive AirShare at its original base of operations. The nation’s third-largest fractional aircraft provider has broken ground on a new facility at Wichita’s Col. James Jabara Airport (AAO). It will provide greater efficiency for the company and its shareowners. Executive AirShare, founded in Read More

CJ Updates: Send Solutions, LLC Receives FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC)

Airtext™ solves the problem of staying connected electronically without the high cost of a traditional internet option. Send Solutions, LLC announced on June 24, 2016 the receipt of STC approval for the installation of the “Airtext” passenger Iridium Texting Systems on Textron Aviation Inc.’sCessna 750 (Citation X). Airtext allows up to 16 passengers the ability Read More

CJ Updates: CJP Appoints Andrew Broom as Executive Director

The Citation Jet Pilots Owner Pilot Association (CJP) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Broom as the organization’s Executive Director. Broom’s appointment was approved during a board meeting on July 27th at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. “A methodical search process and two months of interviews concluded in Oshkosh with Read More

CJ Perspectives: Hold That Thought

When you can’t land – Teardrop, Direct or Parallel Air Force instrument training was old-school: manual systems, old avionics and an all-in-one HSI/RMI. The entry position at my airline was as a Flight Engineer on the B-727. In those days, new-hire hazing – I mean, training--was administered by old-school flight engineers in an aircraft with Read More

It’ll Be Hot on Bourbon Street

CJP Brings its Annual Convention to New Orleans From its first gathering in 2009, the Citation Jet Pilots Owner/Pilot Association (CJP) has always strived to bring its members the most impressive, entertaining and educational annual conventions in the owner-flown aviation community. For the 2016 convention, more than 400 Citation owners, operators and pilots will gather Read More

Six Things You Simply Must Have in Your Airplane

It’s not Christmas yet, but I’ve been thinking about the kind of presents every pilot should have in his/her cockpit. Things that dramatically improve our ability to safely operate our flying machines. Most of the items on my list didn’t even exist twenty years ago. Here we go: 1  FADEC This one and something every Read More

Spring Training

Professional baseball players have required annual training, which is commonly completed in the spring in a warm, sunny location, on green grass and with attractive onlookers staring admiringly through the fence. Jet pilots also have required annual training, but it almost always scheduled in some frozen, dark mid-western state in the middle of winter, or Read More

En Route: Daher Launches “Elite Privacy” TBM Lavatory Enclosure

On July 26, 2016, Daher announced a major new enhancement for its TBM very fast turboprop, offering the quick-change option of a lavatory compartment to be available for new-production aircraft from 2017. The “Elite Privacy” configuration integrates a lavatory area into the TBM’s aft fuselage. It serves as a non-belted bench-type seat with a low Read More

En Route: Textron Aviation Debuts Cessna Deanli Single Engine Turboprop

Just one year after announcing it would bring a clean-sheet design single engine turboprop (SETP) to market,Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. unveiled the Cessna Denali. A mockup of the aircraft’s cabin was displayed alongside a mockup of GE Aviation’s all new advanced turboprop engine on July 25, during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. “The Cessna Denali Read More

En Route: Embraer Introduces A New Evolution Of The Phenom 100

On July 27, 2016, Embraer Executive Jets launched an evolution of its entry-level Phenom 100 business jet, the Phenom 100 EV. Featuring a new Prodigy Touch flight deck, based on the Garmin G3000, and modified Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F1-E engines that offer more speed with superior hot-and-high performance, the Phenom 100 EV will enter Read More

From the Flight Deck: Retire Me Not

More than anything else, Jonathan Livingston Seagull loved to fly. This kind of thinking, he found, is not the way to make oneself popular with other birds. – Richard Bach As described in Mad Dog (T&T June, 2016) the MD-80 is being retired at my carrier. I just received an e-mail from the company making it Read More

NBAA Focus: NBAA-BACE Coming to Orlando, FL, in November

The size, strength, and diversity of the business aviation community will be in the spotlight throughout the 2016 NBAA Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) coming to Orlando, FL, later this year. Taking place Nov. 1-3, NBAA-BACE is expected to bring together 27,000 current and prospective business aircraft owners, manufacturers, and customers at the Orange Read More

NBAA Focus: NBAA Opposes FAA Proposal Regarding Expired Navigation Databases

NBAA recently submitted comments to the FAA opposing the agency’s proposed revision to Master Minimum Equipment List Policy Letter-98, Navigation Databases (MMEL PL-98). The original policy letter describes how operators may defer an expired navigation database until a time and location in which the database can be properly updated, by verifying navigational waypoints in the Read More

NBAA Focus: NBAA Responding to State Tax Challenges On Both Coasts

Business aircraft owners and operators in New Jersey and Nevada have recently joined with NBAA in opposing potentially onerous proposed state tax changes that could significantly impact operators’ bottom line. “The industry needs to stay engaged in these state-level battles, because their outcomes could have significant implications for people and companies that rely on aircraft Read More

NBAA Focus: NBAA , NTSB Emphasize Importance of Timely, Accurate PIREPs

NBAA joined with others across the aviation community in participating in a recent forum conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on the importance of pilot reports (PIREPs) in advising other pilots, as well as air traffic controllers, about real-time weather conditions. “For pilots, the difference between life and death can come down to Read More

NBAA Focus: An Important Milestone, But Much Work Remains to Be Done

Earlier this year, following months of debate, Congress passed and the President signed into law a bill extending funding and programs for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) through Sept. 30, 2017. That measure was passed as Congress continues to debate a full FAA reauthorization bill; while the passage of a complete reauthorization would have been Read More

Twin Proficiency: Three Oshkosh Topics

EAA AirVenture is the world’s largest gathering of pilots and the aviation industry. If you have never attended, make plans for next year … and prepare to be awed by the sheer scope of the event. Not only will you be blown away by the numbers and varieties of aircraft and exhibitors, you’ll also have Read More

SOP For Post-Maintenance Flights

Business aircraft are expensive to operate, but it is important to budget enough extra funds to allow for pilot proficiency and post-maintenance test flights. It would be embarrassing to roll the airplane out of the shop, load up the company officials and have to return immediately after takeoff because the cabin won’t pressurize. A return-to-service Read More

The Birth Of The CJ

It’s hard to believe that the now-iconic Cessna CitationJet, a.k.a. the Model 525, was only a concept a bit over 25 years ago. As I’ve often said, time flies when you’re having fun. I well recall attending the CJ’s first-flight party on April 29, 1991 in Wichita, Kansas; despite an on-going downturn in general aviation’s Read More

Editor’s Briefing: Satisfaction… Assured

Satisfactory piloting performance is a moving target; when I fly for proficiency, either on a positioning leg or a purposeful hop under supervision, I try to get as close as I can to a flawless performance. I’ve yet to get there, but if I close the gap slightly, I get to reset my parameter of Read More