January 2020

And Then There Was One

After buying 10 or so airplanes in my career, and “almost” buying numerous others, I know I need help when I am about to fill a hangar. One previous purchase catastrophe, one close to that, and a couple of lucky ones have taught me that I don’t know what I don’t know about buying airplanes. Read More

Power from the Start: Battery Talk with Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics and True Blue Power

Power from the Start: Battery Talk with Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics and True Blue Power

  Since its founding 55 years ago as a small repair station in Wichita, Kansas, Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics has progressively expanded its product line and industry leadership. While the company remains a strong instrument overhaul and repair facility for a broad base of avionics, they continue to innovate with their own line of avionics, Read More

The Hangar Problem

The Hangar Problem

  There was a truly rare, freak-out weather event this past year at our airport. Strong gusty winds just blew the roof and doors off around 40 hangars built 30 years ago out of wood frames, wood truss roofs and metal siding. Oddly, aircraft tied outside on the flight line 100 yards from these hangars Read More

A Guide to the Citation 560XL Series: Part 1

A Guide to the Citation 560XL Series: Part 1

The most common question I hear when I tell people I’m the 560XL expert for jetAVIVA is, “What is the proper nomenclature when referring to this aircraft: Excel or XL?” Technically, they’re both correct. The original airplane’s official marketed name is the “Citation Excel.” However, like every certified aircraft model, an official serial number designation Read More