September 2018

Left, Right or Straight Ahead

During thunderstorm season in the U.S., added considerations are required almost every flight. Such was the case in June as I departed with four passengers to Tampa, Florida. The flight down from ADS (Addison, Texas) was fairly routine as we deviated around several buildups along the Alabama and Florida coastlines. Arriving at KTPA (Tampa) however, Read More

Garmin Expands Aircraft Approvals for the  GFC 600 and GFC 500

Garmin Expands Aircraft Approvals for the GFC 600 and GFC 500

The Bonanza/Debonair (C33, E33, F33, G33), Cessna 210 and Grumman AA-5 series will soon be approved for the GFC 500 autopilot, while the Beechcraft Baron (58P, 58TC) and Cessna 208B will be eligible for the GFC 600. Between the two autopilots, Garmin has completed 10 STC’s in the last year, with more to follow.  The Read More

Avidyne Receives STC Certification for IFD 550  in Select Citation 525s

Avidyne Receives STC Certification for IFD 550 in Select Citation 525s

The STC provides installation approval of Avidyne’s dual hybrid-touchscreen IFD550/540 Series FMS/GPS/NAV/COM systems in Cessna CitationJet 525/525A models with Collins Pro Line 21 and the FGC-3000 Digital Flight Control System. The upgrade also includes compliance with the ADS-B mandate. “Upgrading to the Avidyne IFD Series gives these CJ owners significant new capabilities that extend the Read More

Watch Your Mouth

Delivering a politically correct passenger briefing or PA Lest someone posts thine vile words or actions to The Kingdom of Social Media, lightens thine purse with litigation or washes thine mouth out with a bar of soap. When I transitioned from the Mad Dog to the Guppy, I had to restrict my gravelly-voiced public address Read More

Airport Day

Airport Day

Today is not a typical day of flying. We are nearly 6,000 pounds under maximum takeoff weight. In a Lear 40 with a basic empty weight of 13,232 pounds, that is really light. The airplane’s TFE 731-20 turbofan engines each put out 3,500 pounds of thrust, giving us a thrust-to-weight ratio of 1:2. Following the maximum Read More