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Fueling traps

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2012

I'll be the first to admit that I've been a bit lazy during an aircraft fueling or two. The fact is that airplanes have caught on fire, run out of fuel, received contaminated fuel, or been overfueled countless times because of improper management and oversight of aircraft fueling by the flight crew. Here are two recent experiences that emphasize crew responsibilities when fueling aircraft.

Cessna's Conquest of the turboprop market

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2012

AOPA owned a Cessna Conquest for some 20 years starting in the early 1980s. It was the first turbine airplane I ever flew.

Mentoring matters

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2012

International flying poses challenges to the pilot only accustomed to domestic flight. Differences in IFR procedure design, ATC, and flight planning all require adjustment from normal routine. One issue that has proven especially troubling is that of varying transition altitudes and levels found outside North America.

Flair in the flare

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2012

In all the years I've been flying corporate jet aircraft, one truth keeps coming through: You can fly a perfect flight every time and no one says a thing, but botch a landing and no one will ever forget. So I've given a lot of thought to the flare, judging your projected touchdown spot, and just what you should and should not do in order to carry out a smooth jet landing.

Going single

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2012

Funny how things change. There was a time not long ago when the notion of flying a single-engine anything in serious instrument weather—and especially for commercial operations—was unthinkable, or at least unlikely.

System Synopsis

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2011

Aircraft designers pray at the altar of system redundancy, so virtually all essential aircraft systems come with backups. Of course, that goes double for twins—especially turbine-powered twins. But what about a failure of a single-engine turboprop's sole fuel control unit (FCU)? If it decides to go belly-up the engine will rapidly spool down and summarily quit. Among other cues, you'll detect the onset of an FCU failure by observing drops in the torque, fuel flow, and gas generator rpm. The engine noise level will also be a clue.

Make it an easy transition

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2011

No company has built more business jets than Cessna. And while the market has been hard on all used business jets these past couple of years, the Citations have held up as well as any. With the used market beginning to firm up a bit, the time is right to consider a business jet before the best of the lot are gone. The lighter end of the Cessna CJ line - CJs, CJ1s, and CJ2s - can provide great value and, with their respectable flying habits, make for an easy transition to those new to turbines. Light jet expert Cyrus Sigari explores just how versatile the CJ fleet is in "The Deal on CJs,".

Mentoring matters

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2011

It's common knowledge that things happen quickly in jets. Starting an approach in a light jet at 180 knots obviously requires much faster thinking to maintain situational awareness than does the same approach in a single-engine piston at 90 knots. While this reality certainly challenges transitioning jet pilots, what's often even more challenging than the fact that things happen quickly is the fact that the pilot needs to make things happen even more quickly.

The deal on CJs

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2011

The Cessna model 525 CitationJet, first delivered in 1993, was a fresh design that replaced the venerable Citation I in the single-pilot, entry level jet niche. The "CJ" was an immediate success and became the foundation for Cessna’s light-jet line. In today’s market conditions, buyers can pick up a five- to 10-year-old, like-new, single-pilot "legacy" CitationJet CJ1 or CJ2 for roughly half the price of the equivalent 525 from the current line.

Jet or turboprop?

Article | Nov 01, 2011

Entry-level jets were so tempting to Jeffrey Brausch, a member of the Air Safety Institute Board of Visitors, that he looked at nearly every offering on the market. When decision time came in 1999, the model he wanted most was the one he already owned, a pristine 1981 Piper Cheyenne II XL.