September 2016

Editor’s Briefing: Satisfaction… Assured

Satisfactory piloting performance is a moving target; when I fly for proficiency, either on a positioning leg or a purposeful hop under supervision, I try to get as close as I can to a flawless performance. I’ve yet to get there, but if I close the gap slightly, I get to reset my parameter of Read More

The Birth Of The CJ

The Birth Of The CJ

It’s hard to believe that the now-iconic Cessna CitationJet, a.k.a. the Model 525, was only a concept a bit over 25 years ago. As I’ve often said, time flies when you’re having fun. I well recall attending the CJ’s first-flight party on April 29, 1991 in Wichita, Kansas; despite an on-going downturn in general aviation’s Read More

SOP For Post-Maintenance Flights

Business aircraft are expensive to operate, but it is important to budget enough extra funds to allow for pilot proficiency and post-maintenance test flights. It would be embarrassing to roll the airplane out of the shop, load up the company officials and have to return immediately after takeoff because the cabin won’t pressurize. A return-to-service Read More

Twin Proficiency: Three Oshkosh Topics

EAA AirVenture is the world’s largest gathering of pilots and the aviation industry. If you have never attended, make plans for next year … and prepare to be awed by the sheer scope of the event. Not only will you be blown away by the numbers and varieties of aircraft and exhibitors, you’ll also have Read More

NBAA Focus: An Important Milestone, But Much Work  Remains to Be Done

NBAA Focus: An Important Milestone, But Much Work Remains to Be Done

Earlier this year, following months of debate, Congress passed and the President signed into law a bill extending funding and programs for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) through Sept. 30, 2017. That measure was passed as Congress continues to debate a full FAA reauthorization bill; while the passage of a complete reauthorization would have been Read More