General News & Press Releases

  • Jeopardy

    April 2, 2014

    Seminar: “Aviation Jeopardy” – April 16, 2014

    This fun and interactive seminar will give you and your fellow aviators an opportunity to challenge yourselves with aviation trivia, VFR, IFR, aviation history, weather, and much more. Brandon Ray will challenge your aviation knowledge with a variety of topics. We invite everyone to participate, share [..]

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    WAAS Event Web

    February 23, 2014

    Seminar: WAAS for the Modern Aviator – April 12, 2014

    Learn about all types of approaches that can be flown with WAAS, including LNAV, LNAV+V, LNAV/VNAV, LP, and LPV. [..]

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    Migration 11 Logo

    July 10, 2013

    COPA Migration 11: Gulf Coast Adventures

    I have never seen so many Cirrus aircraft in one place at one time! I’ve also probably never looked so silly either, mouth dropped wide open in amazement at likely one of the largest concentrations of Cirrus pilots and aircraft worldwide. [..]

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    July 1, 2013

    Deliveries Begin for World’s Fastest Single-Engine Aircraft

    Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. company last week delivered the first production units of the Cessna TTx to customers following a ceremony at the Cessna facility in Independence, Kan. The TTx holds the distinction of being the world’s fastest commercially produced and certified fixed-gear single [..]

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  • Cirrus SR22 Generation 5

    June 19, 2013

    Cirrus CAPS – The Numbers Are In

    The Cirrus Airframe Parachute Systems (CAPS) claims 69 saves to this date. See why Cirrus believes their system is an invaluable safety net for Cirrus pilots. [..]

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    April 18, 2013

    No Paper, No Problem

    Hank Gibson, Instructor/Pilot for High Performance Aviation, LLC in Sugar Land, TX, will present about EFBs (Electronic Flight Bags) – including both the iPad and iPad Mini – and how they are quickly changing the way we fly, and some things to keep in mind when using each. Will discuss the applications [..]

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    COPA Logo

    March 6, 2013

    COPA Critical Decision Making Seminar at KSGR

    A Critical Decision Making (CDM) seminar isn’t really a seminar but rather a facilitated interactive hangar flying session where the group looks at general aviation and Cirrus statistics, reviews case studies of Cirrus accidents, and participates in the reenactment of an actual accident. [..]

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    iPad Mini with Wing X Pro

    March 6, 2013

    Flying With The iPad Mini

    The iPad brought pilots convenience and functionality in the cockpit. The iPad Mini has taken what the iPad did for aviation and made it even better. I started using the iPad Mini in December and have loved it in the cockpit. Below is a breakdown of why you should go with it over the regular sized [..]

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  • February 16, 2013

    Direct-To Danger: FAASafety Team Seminar on Feb. 20th

    Hank Gibson, Instructor Pilot, High Performance Aviation, LLC, will be discussing some operating tips on the Garmin GPS units to increase situational awareness, as well as getting the most out of your equipment. You’ll leave reconsidering the way you use your GPS! [..]

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    January 28, 2013

    Altitude Chamber – Program Update

    Due to fiscal constraints at NASA, all FAA training in the altitude chamber has been discontinued until further notice. [..]

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    Vision Inspired SR22T

    January 19, 2013

    Cirrus Announces New 2013 Generation 5 SR22

    Cirrus Aircraft today introduced its new SR-Series aircraft lineup for 2013, which is dominated by an order of magnitude increase in load carrying capability for the best-selling SR22 and SR22T. Increasing the certified gross weight to 3600 lbs. (1,633 kg) for both SR22 and SR22T, this new utility and [..]

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    $100 Hamburger

    November 7, 2012

    A Hungry Pilot’s Guide to Airport Diners

    As a flight instructor, I make it to a lot of airports throughout the course of a year. I like going new places, landing at different airports, and finding new challenges. But, my goal for each flight is to find some place good to eat. That could either be an airport diner (Brenham, TX for example, [..]

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  • Piper Mirage

    October 17, 2012

    HPA Announces Owner Pilot Proficiency Program

    A pilot/owner can expect the usual professional, personal instruction that HPA offers in all of it’s training. Whether an owner has a Cirrus, Cessna, Beech, Piper, Diamond, or even a Bellanca, the instructors at HPA can help him stay proficient and safe. [..]

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    Nasa Biological Lab

    September 16, 2012

    AOPA Reviews HPA Sponsored Altitude Chamber Event

    Yasmina Platt, Regional Manager for AOPA, joined several other students on Tuesday at the NASA Altitude Chamber for a hypoxia training session. She wrote a review on her experience, found here on the AOPA Blog. High Performance Aviation sponsors several Altitude Chamber events per year. Please visit [..]

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    Skylane NXT

    July 27, 2012

    Cessna Unveils 182 Skylane NXT

    This week at Oshkosh, Cessna unveiled the next generation C182 Skylane, known appropriately as the NXT. What’s so fancy about it? Well, Cessna has taken a leap forward in the General Aviation community by putting an SMA SR305-230E Turbo Charged, Jet A fueled engine on the latest Skylane model. By [..]

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    Oxygen picture

    July 9, 2012

    Altitude Chamber at NASA // Aug. 28th, 2012, Houston, TX

    HPA is excited to announce this upcoming event… We have organized a group event for the altitude chamber at NASA on Tuesday, August 28th, 2012. This will be a great learning experience that you won’t want to miss!

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  • Sugar Land Airport

    May 15, 2012

    High Performance Aviation, LLC Announces Relocation to Sugar Land, Texas

    High Performance Aviation, LLC has provided factory accepted flight training for aircraft owners throughout North America from the Lone Star Executive (Conroe, Texas) Airport for the previous two years. Now, High Performance Aviation is announcing its relocation to the Sugar Land Regional Airport so [..]

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    May 15, 2012

    FAASTeam, Seminar-KIWS, West Houston Airport, Houston, TX

    Gold Seal CFI, CFII Skip Warren of High Performance Aviation, LLC will discuss GPS systems and uses in navigation and approach procedures. [..]

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    May 9, 2012

    FAASTeam, Safety Meeting-KSGR, Sugar Land, TX

    Gold Seal CFI, CFII, MEI, and CSIP Hank Gibson with High Performance Aviation, LLC will discuss takeoffs and landings, instrument departures and arrivals. [..]

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    Texas Skyways Logo

    May 2, 2012

    Texas Skyways’ Newest Winner Available Soon

    Boerne, TX-They’ve done it! After several years of meticulous designing, extensive pro- totyping, and thorough testing, Texas Skyways latest and most exciting engine mod- ification is the installation of the famed Continental Top Induction, Tuned Injection 310 Horsepower IO- 550-N engine into the newer [..]

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  • Cirrus: The Next Leap Forward

    April 12, 2012

    Cirrus Announces the Next Leap Forward

    April 18 is the day.

    Cirrus will be the story.

    Within days, the world will hear news of a historic next step
    in personal aviation.

    See below to get a hint of what’s to come. [..]

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    March 15, 2012

    COPA Migration 10, July 5-8, Duluth, Minnesota

    Don’t delay in registering for COPA’s Migration 10 – Homecoming July
    5-8, 2012. In honor of celebrating our tenth Cirrus Owners and Pilots
    Association Migration, we’re going back “home” to Duluth, Minn. – the
    birthplace of all our Cirrus aircraft. [..]

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    Altitude Chamber

    February 27, 2012

    Altitude Chamber at NASA // Mar. 26, 2012, Houston, TX

    Our last event was a success, and we are happy to announce that we have arranged another trip to the altitude chamber at NASA in Houston, TX. This 1-Day event will be held on Monday, March 26th, and is free to participants. [..]

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Cessna, Cirrus & Garmin Articles

  • BOS-SLK Screenshot

    March 27, 2014

    Cold, Alone and Afraid: Flying in the Northeast

    An unexpected schedule change, Icing conditions and Low IFR. Center inquired what the ride was like at 8000, my reply was light rime/light turbulence but nothing I could not handle, I would soon regret thinking that last part. [..]

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    March 5, 2014

    Mountain Flying in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming

    The valley and surrounding terrain bring very odd and unpredictable weather, with freezing fog, snow, and low clouds popping up without notice. Since the mountains are so high, you also cannot get radar services or flight following in the valley or below 10,000ft. The only way to have your flight tracked [..]

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    WAAS Step 4

    January 28, 2014

    WAAS In It For You?

    In the age of rapidly changing technology it is nearly impossible to keep up with the latest computer, tablet, or smart phone. Aviation is beginning to see similar technological innovation at a pace unmatched in any previous period of history. [..]

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    G1000 Flight Plan

    January 5, 2014

    Flight Plan Views in the G1000

    One of the great (and sometimes confusing) things about the G1000 is that it provides many options for customization. One of the simplest options available to us is the ability to change the layout of the Flight Plan page on the MFD. [..]

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  • taylorcraft1

    December 20, 2013

    Hand Propping Gone Wrong

    Since I began flying, I have always felt a connection with older and vintage airplanes. It is something about the true meaning of aviation when flying in a wood and fabric built machine from the 1940s… [..]

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    Night Clouds

    November 28, 2013

    First Solo flight in IMC and Circling Approach at Night

    I was extremely fixated on the runway, and as I turned base, something just told me to look down at my airspeed indicator and to my surprise I was only a few knots away from entering an uncoordinated stall [..]

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    November 17, 2013

    Emergency Landing in Danbury, TX

    Out of nowhere, it was almost as if something snapped in the engine and it started to violently shake. Immediately I pushed all the controls forward – throttle, prop and mixture. I saw the manifold pressure come up and it started vibrating even worse… [..]

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    Bird Strike

    November 2, 2013

    Bird Strike

    As I passed downtown Houston, out of nowhere a bird hit the airplane. Its guts were splattered all across the windshield and my heart started to race. I looked down at I-10 again and thought to myself “I can’t land there”. I didn’t know if the bird had gotten into the engine cowling or intakes, [..]

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  • PTS

    October 1, 2013

    The Big Day: Tips for the Checkride

    The day has finally come for you to demonstrate your exceptional pilot skills to a Designated Pilot Examiner. How many pilots are under the impression that it will be a flawless flight, the best of their training career? Odds are, not many. [..]

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    GPSMap 496

    September 25, 2013

    Garmin GPSMap 496 – Keep it Simple!

    Sometimes the best things in life are the simplest. I present to you the Garmin GPSMap 496. [..]

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    G1000 Shot

    September 16, 2013

    Break the Chain

    In almost every accident analysis, there is a chain of events that can be followed all the way up to the accident. It is never just one thing, but a combination of bad choices that ultimately lead to the final event. I had convinced myself that these were just the statistics of other peoples’ accidents, [..]

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    September 2, 2013

    Going Missed

    It was supposed to be a routine solo flight – from Hooks to Pearland and back to drop off my aerobatic parachutes to be re-packed. I was in a Cessna 172 that was equipped with a Garmin 430 with WAAS and no autopilot or onboard weather. [..]

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  • Citabria

    August 30, 2013

    First Aerobatic Contest

    I have always been known to be a thrill seeker. It was nothing new to most of the people that knew me to find out that I was interested in airplane aerobatics. I had always loved roller coasters, and an aerobatic sequence is pretty much just that – except you aren’t connected to the ground. [..]

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    August 25, 2013

    Travels to EAA Airventure Oshkosh

    EAA Airventure Oshkosh has long been referred to as “Mecca” for pilots. The EAA claims it is the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration”, where both pilots and performers gather for a week-long celebration of almost every type of aviation… [..]

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    August 15, 2013

    Garmin GTN 650: A Touch-Screen Dream

    If you’ve ever used any of Garmin’s variety of avionics outfits, you know that the company has built its reputation on the prolific use of GPS technologies. You probably also know that Garmin products demonstrate a high level of quality, design, functionality, and execution. I was recently afforded [..]

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    Cirrus SR22 Generation 5

    May 22, 2013

    The Weight Has Been Lifted

    The Cirrus SR22 G5 is quite a flying machine. I got the chance to fly in one for about 9 days during the month of May. I was able to put it through it’s paces, see how it reacted, and overall got a good sense of the airplane. [..]

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  • Cessna Independence Factory

    May 14, 2013

    The Cessna Factory Experience

    Back in December, I had the chance to go to the Cessna Factory in Independence, KS to receive my Cessna FITS Accepted Instructor training. Now, the city of Independence isn’t much to write home about, but the experience I had at the factory sure was top notch. I encourage Cessna owners everywhere to [..]

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    Kestrel JP10

    May 1, 2013

    Time To Upgrade

    Looking to buy a new airplane? Look no further! This guide will give you the steps you need to buy your next Cirrus, Cessna, Beech, Piper, or any other aircraft. Don’t want to do all the work yourself? Give the experts at High Performance Aviation a call! [..]

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    Line of Cirrus Aircraft

    April 3, 2013

    Starting to Get Frustrated?

    When you shut down your Turbocharged or Turbonormalized Continental Engine in your Cirrus SR22T or SR22TN, especially on a hot day, the fuel lines inside the cowling are heat soaked. Because they are so hot, when a restart is attempted, the fuel get’s vaporized once it get’s into the fuel lines under [..]

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    RNAV Approach KWLD

    April 2, 2013

    Using VNAV on an Approach (Garmin G1000) Part II

    In my last article, we discussed some advanced functionality of VNAV for descent planning. VNAV is typically used for enroute descents and to meet crossing restrictions on descent. In this article we show an example of how you can incorporate VNAV on your instrument approaches as well. [..]

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  • Pilot Logbook

    March 13, 2013

    Electronic Logbooks

    Electronic logbooks have been around for years. I tried several times to put all my flight time into a spread sheet, but I started well into my flying career, so I had no desire to put all the hours in to document all my flights. I have a lot of friends who did start the spreadsheet approach when they [..]

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    GFC 700 Flight Director

    February 22, 2013

    Garmin GFC 700 Autopilot and Flight Director

    Ever wish your airplane could fly itself? With the Garmin GFC 700, that vision is getting closer to reality. In the past, some GA aircraft have been equipped with rate-based autopilots, like the S-TEC 55X or the Bendix-King KAP 140. Some of these autopilots would allow the aircraft to fly standard-rate [..]

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    VNAV Profile

    January 24, 2013

    Garmin G1000 VNAV Tips and Tricks

    The VNAV function on a G1000 or Garmin Perspective system is a great resource to assist pilots in planning descents. It takes a lot of the math out of the process. Here are some advanced tips and tricks for utilizing the VNAV function properly. [..]

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    Aircraft Icing

    January 19, 2013

    Identifying and Avoiding Ice

    With winter on the way, all pilots know what that means. When it gets cold and cloudy, hello icing conditions. Pilots without any kind of de-icing or TKS system on their airplanes know this is a no-go. It’s always a really bad idea to go into icing conditions with no protection. [..]

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