June 2017

Which Airplane is for Me? Part 2

In our last episode, we found young David yearning to fly his own turbine airplane. In this episode, he visits new and exotic locales in search of what may be the perfect steed. But first, a few side trips. The MU-2 Reader Ken Sutton emailed me about the process he went through to find and Read More

Gill Batteries New Gen 7000/LT Series Battery Awarded FAA PMA for Cessna Citations

Gill Batteries have been FAA approved for installation of its new-generation 7000 Series/LT sealed lead acid battery on Cessna Citation aircraft.  “We are extremely excited to now be able to offer this advanced battery to the 6,800 Cessna Citations in operation around the world,” Gill Batteries General Manager Armando Chacon said. “These Citation owner-operators now Read More

Duncan Aviation Delivers First CJ3 Pro Line Fusion Flight Deck Upgrade 

Duncan Aviation has delivered the first Citation CJ3 aircraft equipped with the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion flight deck upgrade, which transforms the pilot’s flight experience and meets upcoming NextGen mandates. The system received Supplement Type Certification from the FAA April 21 and the aircraft was subsequently delivered to the customer yesterday afternoon. The second Read More

In The Groove

Guppy School (Part Deux) It’s taken 150 hours, but I’m getting a handle on the 737 Guppy (see “Guppy School,” Twin & Turbine, January 2017). It’s rewarding to once again hear “Great landing, great flight” compliments from the passengers and FA’s, the flight attendants. An observer in the cockpit is well suited to gauge piloting Read More

Recurrent Reality Check

Twin and Turbine’s editor Dianne White posed an intriguing series of questions to me: “When working on our multi-engine rating, we spend most our time practicing engine-out technique, which is critical. But is engine failure what kills pilots and their passengers? Or are they more the result of flying into stuff – weather and terrain? Read More