January 2017

On Final: The Quest

You may recall from a previous installment that I had to part company with my own, very personal jet. I am recovering, but slowly. My friend Larry King kindly offered to lease me his beautiful Citation M2, which I immediately accepted. That plan has worked pretty well. But I still have this irrational yearning to Read More

En Route: Lightspeed Aviation Launches New Flight Bag

Headset manufacturer Lightspeed Aviation has added a new leather flight back to its Adventure Flight Bag Collection named DeLaurentis, for modern aviation adventurer and author Robert DeLaurentis and featuring a high-end, messenger bag design with portable technology features. To help kick off the launch, Lightspeed is offering a free autographed copy of DeLaurentis’s new book Read More

En Route: Garmin Adds New Tools to its Pilot Mobile App

Garmin has added substantial new capability to its Pilot app, including integrated weight and balance calculations, aircraft performance tables and calculations, in-app flight plan editing and customizable checklists. These new features are available as a free update for existing customers and provide pilots with more tools to aid in flight planning and in-flight navigation within Read More

En Route: GAMA Report Reflects Continued Instability

Late last year, General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released the third-quarter shipment and billing numbers for the general aviation manufacturing industry. Worldwide, general aviation airplane shipments declined 3.5 percent, from the same period last year, with 1,504 units shipped in the first nine months of 2016 compared to 1,558 units in 2015. Rotorcraft shipments declined Read More

En Route: Updated Bahamas, Caribbean Pilot’s Guides Now Available

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has taken over as the new publisher of the ever-popular Bahamas and Caribbean Pilot’s Guides. The 2017 update is now available. The Bahamas Pilot’s Guide and the Caribbean Pilot’s Guide have been published since 1979 and contain maps, procedures, Customs and Immigration information, phone numbers, frequencies, fuel availability, Read More