AOPA members are a diverse lot. There are nearly 340,000 of us, with varying skills, from student pilot to astronaut. In between are all sorts of aspirations. Because of your advanced ratings and certificates, you are among a select group of AOPA members who receive "Turbine Pilot," a 16-page insert included in your edition of AOPA Pilot.
Introduced in May 1991, "Turbine Pilot" was initially published four times a year. In 1996, we began publishing six issues a year, about every other month. Designed to better serve the information needs of pilots with higher ratings, "Turbine Pilot" has provided coverage of every new turbine aircraft. In addition, we have attempted to demystify such systems as pressurization, GPWS, and TCAS. Over the years, we've written about high-altitude physiology and weather, transitioning from piston aircraft to turbines, and the history of jet engine development.
In this issue, we feature the all-new Learjet 45. Pilot was among the very first aviation magazines asked to evaluate the new jet, which was slated to be certificated in late August. Also this month, we offer an overview of the biggest change in the turbine marketplace in decades: fractional ownership. Besides meaning drastic change for manufacturers and operators, fractional ownership has opened up new job opportunities for pilots like you.
We're interested in what you think of "Turbine Pilot" and are anxious for your feedback and input. Please take a moment to drop us a line and let us know the types of articles you would find helpful — and the other magazines you read for that information. Tell us what you'd like to see more and less of. Give us an idea of the type of aircraft you own and operate for business and personal flying, the size of the company you work for, and your role in the company's operations. We're particularly interested in any experiences you have had regarding the justification and purchase of new and used turbine aircraft. Send your comments and experiences to Editor, Turbine Pilot, 421 Aviation Way, Frederick, Maryland 21701; fax 301/695-2180. Your input will help us to better serve the needs of all members. — Thomas B. Haines