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Plane & Pilot October 2017

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11 Números

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5 min.
business is personal

The first business aircraft, dating back more than 70 years now, were piston-powered personal machines, including the Cessna 195, with its throwback seven-cylinder radial engine and Art Deco design. The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention in Las Vegas is fast approaching—“fast” being the operative term in all things related to the activity. While business aviation has been dominated by turbine-powered equipment for decades now, that wasn’t always the case. The first business aircraft, dating back more than 70 years now, were piston-powered personal machines, including the Cessna 195, with its throwback seven-cylinder radial engine and Art Deco design. Recently named by this title as one of the 10 Most Beautiful GA Planes ever, the 195 has a special place in business aviation history. As devotees of the 195 might know, Cessna…

1 min.
very light jets

Year that the term VLJ became widely used: Around 2000 Widely accepted definition of VLJ: Sub-10,000 pounds, single-pilot First VLJ, kind of: Fouga Magister, single-engine, 7,055 lbs, 385 knots, FL300 Introduced: 1956 for military training Number built: Just under 1,000 Number flying today: Unknown, but still a popular civilian plane Companies today that have rejected VLJ name: Cessna, Diamond, Embraer, Piper First large-scale VLJ program: Eclipse 500 First certificated VLJ: Cessna Mustang, 2006 Full FAA type certification for Mustang received: September 8, 2006 First flight: April 2005 First production model delivered: November 22, 2006 Range: 1,167 nm Mustang production ended: May 2017 Reason given: Lack of demand Reason widely believed: Price point too close to M2 Number of Mustangs built: 472 Cost, 2015: $3.35 million Most shipped in one year (2009): 125 First 6,000-pound VLJ: Eclipse 500 First flight: August 2002 Awards: 2005 Collier Trophy Full FAA type certification received: September 30,…

3 min.
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The commercial pilot departed in the light sport, amphibious airplane during daytime visual meteorological conditions to perform a new employee familiarization flight with the passenger, who the company had recently hired. A witness, who was in a boat on a lake, reported seeing the accident airplane flying about 30 to 50 feet over the water at what appeared to be between 30 to 40 mph. The witness added that, as the airplane passed by his position and entered a nearby cove, which was surrounded by rising terrain on either side and at its end, he heard the engine “rev up and accelerate hard” as the airplane approached the right side of the canyon “in what appeared to be an effort to climb out of ” the canyon. Subsequently, the airplane…

4 min.

Garmin D2 Charlie Pilot Watch Since it introduced the first model five years ago, the Garmin D2 (for “Direct To”) has been a popular item for the company, and every year or two it comes out with a new model that’s slimmer, better looking and more feature-rich. This year’s D2 watch is up to Charlie (the Bravo was the second iteration, because the D2 name wouldn’t make sense anymore as the “D3,” right?). Anyway, D2 Charlie has a remarkable new feature: radar. No, there’s not a radar pod you wear on your head to get the weather; the watch interfaces with your smartphone or as a member of Garmin’s connected cockpit, communicating with a number of compatible devices to get METARS, TAFS, NexRad radar and much more. There’s also, as in…

4 min.
test flight: $199 foreflight scout ads-b receiver

When I first saw the news that ForeFlight was coming out with a $199 USB thumb-drive-sized ADS-B device I was curious...but not sold. While I liked the idea, I wanted to see how it worked. So I decided to give it the ultimate test drive, taking it into the hornet’s nest that is the Ripon Arrival into KOSH. I got the little Scout unit the day before I left for AirVenture in my 182. I had ForeFlight already loaded on my large-display iPhone 7 Plus, and the phone made the WiFi connection right off the bat. Scout is tiny, only the size of a largish USB thumb drive, and you can position it anywhere you’d like using the cute little suction cups that come with the unit. I put it on…

7 min.
back to the airport, stat

Whether your ground school was a set of video lessons or an instructor with a chalkboard, certainly at some point in every pilot’s training, the “Aviate, Navigate, Communicate” adage reared its head. I can still hear the old instructors drumming the message home. “Fly the plane and make sure that you’re not about to hit a mountain or a tower,” they’d preach. “You can pick up the microphone and worry about the controllers later.” It’s a great idea when you’re training to fly alone. The world of multi-crew aircraft, however, comes with its own set of communication challenges. Captains and first officers can’t read minds; and then there’s the flight deck door. In addition to being intrusion-resistant, it can also hamper messages relayed between the cabin and the flight deck. Communicating on…