October 2015

En Route: Air Capital Interiors Receives FAA Repair Station Certificate

On July 1, 2015, Air Capital Interiors, Inc. received its Federal Aviation Administration repair station certificate for maintenance, repair and refurbishment of aircraft interior panels, cabinets, seats, floor coverings and interior-related components. “This represents a major milestone for Air Capital Interiors,” stated company President Rodney Wilson. “Having the repair station certificate and the FAA’s approval Read More

The Cessna 402 A Versatile Cabin-Class Twin

The Cessna 402 A Versatile Cabin-Class Twin

By the mid-1960s, Cessna Aircraft Company was on a growth spurt, bringing out new aircraft models to fill every possible marketing opportunity. Recognizing that business aircraft was the key to the company’s future, it was obvious that expanding the twin-engine line was vital. The Model 310 was over ten years old and had seen its Read More

Twin Proficiency: Confident “Go” Decision, (thunderstorm turbulence) Don’t Drive on the Greens Part II

Twin Proficiency: Confident “Go” Decision, (thunderstorm turbulence) Don’t Drive on the Greens Part II

I spoke with a pilot at Oshkosh who had very recently survived a harrowing encounter with thunderstorm turbulence as he was flying IFR between cells. The pilot was working with Center to find a path between the growing cells. ATC suggested a deviation based on its real-time weather radar display; the pilot’s onboard NEXRAD upload agreed Read More

Airspeed, Alpha & Attitude

Precision control of an aircraft in flight requires both piloting skills and the tools to evaluate and perfect them. As pilots, we need to be capable of hand-flying the airplane, not just monitoring it. We can take satisfaction in knowing we can keep our aircraft under control, using our eyes, hands and feet. But, how Read More