January 2018

Editor’s Briefing: Ready for Winter Flying

As we begin a new year, we have the opportunity to think about ways we can put our flying machines to good use, be it for business, pleasure or charity flying. It is also the time of year when winter is upon us in full force. That recent blast of Artic air means fantastic climb Read More

The M500: Love at First Flight

The M500: Love at First Flight

In 2016, I stepped away from a Citation V with two nearly-new twin turbofan Pratt & Whitney JT15-5D engines capable of roughly 6,000 pounds of total thrust, 4,300 fpm climb, 16,300 pounds maximum gross weight, and Garmin avionics. This aircraft boasts a nearly 2,000-mile range with 45,000-foot service ceiling, a refreshment center and a flushable Read More

Piper M500

Piper M500

New for 2018: Garmin G1000 NXi For accomplished IFR pilots flying high-performance piston aircraft, there comes a time when they want more: more speed, range, payload, altitude and cabin space. But what they do not want is significantly higher operating costs or more complexity for single-pilot operations. The Piper M500 – with its lowest-in-class operating costs, Read More

Jet Journal: <br> Pilatus PC-24 <br> Certified Right on Time

Jet Journal:
Pilatus PC-24
Certified Right on Time

The competitive field of light jets just got a new player. In early December, Pilatus received FAA and EASA certification for the PC-24 business jet, the first for a Swiss company. Pilatus expects to begin delivering the aircraft to the U.S. market in early 2018. The $8.9 million clean-sheet jet was first publicly announced in Read More

Jet Journal: Personal Safety Standdown

Jet Journal: Personal Safety Standdown

Every year Bombardier Aircraft, parent company of Canadair and Learjet, holds a three-day conference in Wichita called the Bombardier Safety Standdown. The “BSS” began 21 years ago as an in-house meeting of Learjet factory demonstration and flight test pilots, and has grown into an international by-invitation event capped at about 500 attendees annually. Although the Read More