Boating & Aviation

Flying April 2019

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.

United States
Bonnier Corporation
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12 Issues

In this issue

3 min.
persistent threat

The National Transportation Safety Board issued an updated “most wanted” list of transportation safety improvements earlier this year. First published in 1990, the compendium is the agency’s primary advocacy tool to help save lives, prevent injuries and reduce property damage resulting from transportation accidents — all noble goals to be sure. The NTSB now releases a new most wanted list once every two years instead of annually as it did in the past to give safety regulators more time to make progress. The 2019-2020 list calls for safety improvements in Part 135 air charter flight operations — notably, the only aviation-specific recommendation to make the cut. Noticeably absent from the list after several years of inclusion is Loss of Control-In Flight (LOC-I), which, according to the experts, “refers to accidents in which…

3 min.

THANK YOU, PETER Peter Garrison’s column “This Did Not Happen” [February] probably tops my list of the superbly written articles delivered by Flying through the years. Spiced with Saint-Exupery flair, facts are intertwined into a narrative that rightfully identifies the lack of comprehension and ill actions that reigned up front in that doomed Airbus A330. Sure enough, it is always easy in hindsight and sitting in a comfortable chair to point fingers, yet these errors still creep up on us today … and bite hard. Air Asia and Lion Air, amongst others, remind us we must heed the words of the Collins, Morgans and Garrisons of the aviation world. Michael Conroy via email Peter Garrison’s column, “This Did Not Happen,” is haunting, powerful and disturbingly true. When I retired from my airline 25…

1 min.
lift flight bag

For pilots who aren’t satisfied by the current trend of ditching traditional carrying cases for backpacks, Flight Outfitters has introduced a line of stylish and rugged flight bags as part of its Lift product line. The Lift bag shown here ($99.95) is perfect for a headset, iPad, sunglasses and other assorted gear. The bag’s exterior pockets are a great place to store pens or a backup radio for easy retrieval. If you want to carry more, the Lift XL ($149.95) is a laptop-style, soft-sided bag with three interior compartments, one of which features multpile pockets and zippered compartments to store just about anything you’ll want to bring along on a flight. A padded compartment easily accomo-dates two headsets. Flight Outfitters offers Pro versions of both bags that are solid black rather than the…

2 min.
aerion partner boeing sees the future

Aerion Supersonic’s AS2 business jet moved another step closer to reality thanks to new a new partner, Boeing, a company with a portfolio already focused on cutting-edge designs from autonomous air vehicles to passenger-carrying hypersonic aircraft. Boeing NeXt will provide engineering, manufacturing and flight test resources to help bring Aerion’s AS2 supersonic jet to market. Aerion officials told Flying that Boeing sees the future of supersonic air travel fitting well into the company’s “mobility ecosystem” beyond the AS2 business jet. Jeff Miller, Aerion’s vice president of marketing and communications, said Boeing sees “a strong strategic alignment on the SST, with the AS2 being just the first of a family of such aircraft.” The premise of the AS2’s business case was to be able to fly supersonically over water and subsonically over land.…

4 min.
we fly: sandel avionics avilon cockpit

Since glass displays first emerged in general aviation cockpits, most systems have been designed with one standalone primary flight display and a separate multifunction display. Some displays have been split in two, having a smaller PFD on one half and an MFD on the other. When introducing its new Avilon system, Sandel Avionics chose a different route. Its main display combines several boxes, keeping more information in the pilot’s field of view. Sandel was started more than 20 years ago by Gerry Block, a passionate aviator who has spent his career developing electronic equipment in various industries. The name Sandel combines the names of his children: Sandy and Elliot, and the company is best known for its forward-looking TAWS product lines and electronic-navigation displays. The company is based in Vista, California, approximately…

3 min.
st. paul downtown holman ils/loc rwy 32

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (KMSP) ranks 16th in the nation for air traffic, a constant mix of airline, business aviation and military airplanes. It’s harried enough to also challenge some general aviation pilots. A great alternative to KMSP sits just five miles northeast, St. Paul’s Downtown Holman Airport. KSTP’s Runway 32 stretches 6,500 feet and is served by the ILS/LOC 32 approach, and offers circling opportunities to the airport’s other two Runways, 27 and 31. Additional approaches are available as well. A. THOSE CROSS RADIALS Before flying this approach, pilots who regularly fly without a GPS or with one that’s not IFR-certified may want to refresh their VOR intercept and tracking skills. They’ll be needed to identify intersections along the localizer like KIKKY, RULDE and HOVIN that pinpoint the IAF and the…