December 2021

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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no constant but change

In two years, so much has changed—and tried its best to change us. I celebrated two years at the helm of this magazine in October, and those 24-plus months have proved the axiom: There is no constant but change. In November 2019, the National Business Aviation Association gathered its constituents together—members, exhibitors, sponsors and industry guests—for an upbeat, jet fueled congregation on the Las Vegas oasis. Blending turbine-powered airplanes, helicopters, avionics and a few piston platforms, there was only the merest inkling of what was to take center stage when the show returned in 2021. Advanced air mobility. Sustainability. Alternatively powered aircraft. An S-curve leap for the business aviation sector. This fall, the hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center—filled with companies from across the spectrum—vibrated with the joy of finally meeting again in…

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December 2021 Charlie I just finished Dan Pimentel’s story about Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock and 38 Charlie [“In Depth: Charlie,” November], and am thrilled that this story is finally seeing the light of day. Dan and I crossed paths roughly 10 years ago when I was the director of operations for an aircraft-management company in Statesville, North Carolina. At the time we met, I’d just returned from a trip to Washington, D.C., where I had spent several days strolling the vast complex of the Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum. While there, I had stumbled across 38 Charlie and the untold story of its historic flight. I had not yet located a copy of the original printing of the book, and somehow during Dan’s and my conversation, [he] was kind enough…

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holiday gear guide

1 SENSORCON AV8 INSPECTOR Carbon monoxide poisoning remains an ongoing concern anytime we fly—whether it’s from a piston-powered airplane or turbine-engine exhaust. The portable carbon monoxide monitor produced by Sensorcon, the AV8 Inspector, comes in two models to keep close tabs on the CO levels in the cockpit and within enclosed spaces on the ground. The AV8 CO-01 is a rugged water and shock-resistant unit that fits into the palm of your hand for easy transport between aircraft. A digital display gives the collective CO reading, and visual and aural alarms warn you of unsafe levels. The CO-03 Pro version adds a vibrating alarm, alarm adjustment, and a time-weighted average feature that reports the average of three readings over a 24-hour period. Both come with a two-year warranty. The CO-01 retails for…

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gulfstream reveals g400, g800

Perhaps it was a foregone conclusion that Gulfstream would fill in the blanks numerically in its lineup, from the large-cabin, midsize G280 to the nearly certificated ultralong-range G700. Flying was invited to a sneak preview of the new models in September at Gulfstream’s headquarters in Savannah, Georgia. The G400 The first of the two jets added to the roll-up, the G400, takes position between the G280 and the G500 and G600. “It’s a sweet spot in the customer base,” Gulfstream’s president Mark Burns said, with strong demand for an aircraft with a large, stand-up cabin that can cover 4,000 nm and cost about $35 million. In fact, the G400 is projected to range up to 4,200 nm at Mach 0.85 and 3,950 nm at Mach 0.88. Gulfstream will start building the first airplane…

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business aviation commits to net-zero carbon by 2050

Leaders from across the business-aviation community came together in mid-October at the National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Las Vegas—and came away pledging to an industrywide commitment to net-zero carbon by 2050. Ed Bolen, president and CEO of the NBAA, and Pete Bunce, president and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, joined International Business Aviation Council director general Kurt Edwards in building on the 2009 Business Aviation Commitment on Climate Change goals, which included: reducing carbon emissions 50 percent by 2050, increasing fuel efficiency 2 percent per year from 2010 to 2020, and achieving carbon-neutral growth by 2020. The updated goal? To drive toward net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The groups also plan to sustain the fuel efficiency increases by 2 percent each year from 2020 to…

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honeywell anthem flight deck

With the debut of Anthem, Honeywell proposes to address this critical question: How do you bring the pilot all of the information and tools they now have at hand without severing their connection to the environment through which they fly? It aims to do this by keeping the pilot within a seamless space—enveloped in apps and targeted information—from the time they conceive a flight plan and climb on board the airplane until they stop in the chocks at the other end. Honeywell revealed the Anthem avionics suite targeted for a wide range of platforms, including single-engine turboprops, business jets, transport-category aircraft, rotorcraft and VTOLs. The company posits that the scalable, flexible flight deck will enable the integration among pilot, aircraft and environment regardless of the aircraft. The customizable software underlying the shiny new…