Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve talked extensively about the benefits, both personal and commercial, of owning your own plane. From the ability to take off seemingly on a whim to the almost endless earning potential that a plane can bring while doing what you love, owning an airplane can open doors to freedoms you never thought possible.
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.
Let’s look at some definitions that will help us to get an understanding of the different types of engines. When you look at the different types of engines today the designation of the engine can leave you wondering what they mean. For instance, Lycoming has a TIO-540-AJ1A engine rated at 310 BHP, and Continental has a TSIO-550-C engine, which is also rated at 310 BHP. These numbers are very different and to the manufacturer, it has a particular meaning under the Type Certificate issued by the FAA.
Learn how to use the Garmin G1000 VNAV descent planning with the Garmin GFC 700 autopilot. VNAV, VNV, VPTH, and more.
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…
The owner or operator of an aircraft is primarily responsible for meeting the requirements and maintaining airworthy condition.
After working on Phenom 300’s, 100’s and the ERJ135/145 (aka Legacy 600) for several years as an aircraft mechanic, I was elated to be presented with an opportunity to embark on a trans-continental journey with a longtime, family friend, and retired American Airlines 777 captain Russ. The trip was to originate out of Dallas TX, catch a flight to London England, and then get on another flight to Hamburg, Germany. The route back was dictated by weather and range limitations of the Phenom. Essentially, we would be taking the northern route to cross the Atlantic, instead of flying directly across it.
Part II of a reflection 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.
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.
Changes in the piston engine aircraft market are often reflected between flight training providers and aircraft manufacturers.
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.
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 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.
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?
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 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).