Flying September 2019

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The sharp wit and experienced judgment of Flying’s experts cover all the challenges and rewards that aviation offers to all flying enthusiasts. From industry news updates, regulations, trends, air shows and events to carefully researched reports on all categories of airplanes, helicopters, avionics, products, technology, accessories and equipment to pilot technique, flight training, safety, weather, operations and maintenance.

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3 minuti
contingency planning

I’d just finished applying a coat of primer to a well-weathered pair of rocking chairs that adorn my front porch when a rumble of thunder interrupted my work. That’s odd, I thought. The storms weren’t forecast to reach our area until one o’clock. I pulled out my phone and looked at the time. One o’clock on the nose. Standing in your driveway with a fast-moving thunderstorm bearing down normally doesn’t present a problem. You can walk inside. It’s another matter when wet paint is involved. With all the elegance of a horse in stilettos, I dragged the sheet of cardboard upon which I’d placed the chairs across the driveway until they were safely inside the garage, glistening white and still gently swaying. Whether it’s freshly painted rocking chairs or GA airplanes, the…

4 minuti

PERFECT FLIGHT I continue to love Flying magazine for the thought-provoking articles you present. Dick Karl’s recent article, “In Pursuit of Perfection” [June], reminded me that the perfect flight is often as elusive as the impossible turn. On a recent flight from Fort Worth Spinks Airport to San Angelo Regional Airport, the perfect flight was about to be accomplished. I was 6 miles from the airport, had called the field in sight and was lining up on Runway 18 when something didn’t look right. The controller saw my descent and instructed me to turn to 330 and climb to 3,000 feet for a left base to 18. When I got on the ground, a flight instructor at the FBO laughed and said I wasn’t the first visiting pilot to line up…

1 minuti
g1000 nxi

Garmin has added five Cessna and Beechcraft models to the list of airplanes that are eligible for retrofit upgrade to the G1000 NXi integrated avionics system. Aircraft owners can upgrade to the improved avionics suite in the Cessna 172, 182 and 206, as well as Beechcraft Bonanza and Baron—if the airplane is already equipped with a WAAS-capable G1000 integrated flight deck. The NXi upgrade offers faster processors, a long list of enhanced features and sharper displays that add up to a major improvement over the legacy G1000 system that has been installed in many thousands of GA airplanes over the years. Garmin says deliveries of G1000 NXi systems for the Cessna and Beechcraft models will begin very soon. The upgrade carries a list price of $28,995 (plus the cost of…

1 minuti
gulfstream g500 wins 2019 flying innovation award

The biggest prize handed out at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, went to Gulfstream for the development of the G500 business jet as the Savannah, Georgia, company’s president, Mark Burns, accepted the 2019 Flying Innovation Award from the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Stephen Pope, at an awards presentation on July 22. The G500 competed against four other contenders for the main prize, with nominees consisting of the winner’s of the 2019 Flying Editors’ Choice Awards, which were revealed in January. In addition to the G500, the nominees for the Innovation Award included Garmin’s TXi touchscreen avionics systems, the Pilatus PC-24 business jet, Vashon Ranger light-sport aircraft and Lancair Mako high-performance single. This was the third annual Flying Innovation Award after the Cirrus Vision Jet won the inaugural prize in 2017 and the HondaJet was…

5 minuti
slow down

I have never parked my airplane after a more or less uneventful flight and been so dismayed at the sight of my wing when I shut down the engine. The flight, approach and landing were textbook, with no hint at all of the excitement that could have greeted me that night. No, the ailerons were fine, the flaps were retracted completely, the strobes intact and the leading edge had very few bugs. Here is my story. The Denver air at 7:30 a.m. in February was crisp with single-digit temperatures and not a breath of wind. My buddy and I had departed with a goal of reaching the balmy weather of Orlando, Florida, in a single day. The plan was for a three-leg cross-country flight in a low-wing four-seater. With 28 to 33…

6 minuti
unstabilized approach

On a sunny afternoon in May 2017, a Learjet 35A on a Part 91 positioning flight from Philadelphia to Teterboro, New Jersey, crashed in an industrial area half a mile from the approach end of Teterboro’s Runway 1, killing both pilots. It was a day of scattered clouds, good visibility and gusty northwest winds. A high probability of moderate low-level turbulence and wind shear had been forecast, and pilots were reporting 20-knot speed losses at nearby airports. Teterboro Tower issued warnings of gusts to 32 knots. The weather was consistent with the forecast, and though the Learjet pilots had not—as far as investigators could ascertain—obtained more recent weather information after their first briefing at 6:30 a.m., they knew what they needed to know. The cockpit voice recorder transcript for the fatal flight…