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Q4 Cessna CJ Review – CitationJet CE-525 Market

If you are in the market for a CitationJet (straight CJ), you have probably noticed the price increase over the last 18 months. I have been monitoring the Cessna CitationJet market over the last 8 months and the asking price is going from $1.4-$2.5 million USD. The price variable depends on several details including engine maintenance program status, avionics, DOC 10 inspection status, damage history, ownership history, airframe time, and operating conditions and location.

A Pilot’s Review of the Garmin GFC 500 Digital Autopilot

A Pilot’s Review of the Garmin GFC 500 Digital Autopilot

A pilot’s detailed review of the Garmin GFC 500 Autopilot in a Cessna 182Q. Includes discussion of LVL button and ESP Electronic Stability Protection System. The Garmin GFC 500 Digital autopilot is an adaptation of Garmin’s OEM GFC 700 that can be found in several factory aircraft applications including but not limited to the Cessna 172, 182/T, 206, and TTX…

Reflection on an Aviation Career Part 1 By Randy DeLong

Reflection on an Aviation Career Part 1 By Randy DeLong

This will be the first of several articles based on my aviation career. Over the course of my career, I have completed flight training and was able to add to my Private Pilot Certificate, an Instrument Rating, Commercial Single and Multi, Certified Flight Instructor with Instrument Rating, Air Line Transport Pilot, Multi and Single engine and Type rated in the Citation 510, 525 560, and Hawker 125, the last 3 are SIC only.

Purchasing an Airplane – Deciding Your Typical Mission

Purchasing an Airplane – Deciding Your Typical Mission

Purchasing an airplane is often looked at as a daunting task. There are many caveats to be aware of and it is a large transaction. Some typical missions for airplane owners are to build time instead of renting, flying to different locations for business, strictly for fun, commuting and for commercial air transport operations. Within these typical missions are certain factors that must be considered. Some of these questions to ask yourself are what and how much you want to carry? How far do you want to go?

Turbocharging vs Supercharging

Turbocharging vs Supercharging

When it comes to high altitude, i.e., turbo or supercharged engines, there are a lot of misconceptions. The vast majority of general aviation piston engines are normally aspirated, resulting in a good amount of flight instructors, commercial pilots, and private pilots alike that do not have any practical experience working with forced induction systems.

Introducing Randy DeLong Aircraft Sales Associate

Introducing Randy DeLong Aircraft Sales Associate

We are pleased to welcome Randy DeLong to High Performance Aviation as our new Aircraft Sales Associate. With an aviation career spanning 42 years, he has seen many changes in airplanes, avionics, and the air traffic control system. Randy’s extensive experience across flight operations and maintenance give him unique insight into important ownership considerations. We look forward to working with Randy, and trust our clients will too as they benefit from Randy’s aviation experience and ability to craft solutions for owners transitioning between aircraft.

What is the Difference Between an Aircraft Dealer and a Broker?

What is the Difference Between an Aircraft Dealer and a Broker?

What is an Aircraft Dealer?
Aircraft dealers are typically businesses that take in airplanes in trade, or proactively buy inventory for the purpose of resale. Dealers are granted Dealer Registration Certificates from the FAA which exist as temporary registration documents during the period between buying and selling the plane.

Garmin G1000 vs. Avidyne Entegra Avionics

Garmin G1000 vs. Avidyne Entegra Avionics

I often get asked about comparisons between the Garmin G1000 and Avidyne Entegra systems. Many Piper, Cirrus, and Columbia aircraft originally debuted with Avidyne glass cockpit systems before later switching exclusively to the Garmin G1000 (or Garmin Perspective as Cirrus calls it). So what’s the difference between the Garmin G1000 and the Avidyne Entegra?

Why Hire an Aircraft Broker?

Why Hire an Aircraft Broker?

Most aircraft owners are smart, successful professionals who pride themselves on their ability to make good financial decisions. However, most aircraft owners will only buy or sell an aircraft a few times over the course of a lifetime. Even aircraft owners who intend to change planes every few years will quickly realize that having an experienced broker on their side can make the difference between a frustrating experience or successful transaction. Aircraft brokers can assist with selling or buying planes. So why should an owner hire an aircraft broker?

Brandon Ray Designated 6-Time Master CFI

Brandon Ray Designated 6-Time Master CFI

Brandon J. Ray, a 6-time Master and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation through the Master Instructors LLC MICEP program. Brandon is the president and owner of High Performance Aviation, LLC where he specializes in aircraft sales and brokerage at Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport (CXO).

CubCrafters Unveils New Carbon Cub

CubCrafters Unveils New Carbon Cub

“Pilots who have flown the new prototype universally report that it climbs aggressively, handles beautifully, and is even more refined than the current models”, says Lervold. “In fact, the thrust generated by the new aircraft is 20% higher than any previous Carbon Cub!”

Textron Aviation Unveils the Cessna SkyCourier

Textron Aviation Unveils the Cessna SkyCourier

The Cessna Caravan platform has set the standard in the single-engine utility category for decades. The Cessna SkyCourier will build on that proven success in the large-utility category, offering even greater capability and mission flexibility.

Risk Management in General Aviation

Risk Management in General Aviation

Risk Management in General Aviation Throughout our lives, we encounter and mitigate risk daily. Whether driving a car, walking down the street, or staying up late to watch the game, many of our everyday activities have some level of risk associated....

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