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wiley post

After the end of World War I, the world saw many changes in areas of technology, science, and industry. The two-decade period (1918-1938) is considered by some to be the Golden Age of Aviation. Streamlined monoplanes quickly replaced their slower wooden biplane counterparts. Other important developments during this period include the rise of civil aviation and the development of many commercial airlines.

Before this so-called Golden Age of Aviation began, another event took place, and although it likely didn’t make the papers or attract any attention, it has earned its spot in the timeline of aviation. A Texas cotton farmer and his wife had a baby. But just why does this matter? That baby would grow up to become a record-setting figure in the world of aviation, none other than Wiley Post.

It’s impossible to know what kind of hopes William and Mae Post had for their new son, Wiley. Their lives were not easy and they moved frequently to find work, while probably facing many of the same challenges that others did during this period of history. The Post family eventually settled in Oklahoma, which would prove to be important in their story as this is where young Wiley had his first encounter with an aircraft in flight. The place was the county fair and the plane was a Curtiss-Wright pusher. He got bitten by the flying bug right then and there and soon enrolled in a school for automobiles and aviation.

As he got older, Post had a …

Pilot Training

Weapons and bombs are being fired from drones in the air and package delivery to your business or home may soon be done via drone. Do we really need pilots anymore for air travel?

I would say yes, but that may be just because I am a pilot. There has been a strong drop in the number of flight deck crewmembers over the past few decades.

There was a minimum of three pilots in each airline cockpit when I began my career way back in the ancient late 1970’s. A captain, a co-pilot (or first officer) and a flight engineer (or second officer) were required crew on all big jets. Only a few jets, like the Douglas DC-9 had only two pilots and no engineer.

International and foreign carriers had much more crowded cockpits. I visited an Aeroflot cockpit one day at JFK back in the early 1980s. They had a captain, first officer, flight engineer, navigator, radio operator, and a political officer all crammed onto the flight deck!

We members of the Airline Pilot’s Association howled when the then brand-new Boeing 767 was going to show up on our property with only two pilots and no engineer. Truth be told, the first few 767s my airline bought were supposed to come with flight engineer panels in the cockpit! I know this, because I was slated to become one of those 767 flight engineers.

The battle was lost before it even really began. There was no way that the more …

Embraer Legacy 600
Legacy 600 Review

The Embraer Legacy 600 is a super medium sized jet. It houses a big jet attitude with big jet performance in a medium jet body. Embraer decided after the huge success of their model 146 jetliner to branch out into the corporate jet market with a medium sized fully functional executive jet. They hit a home run at their first time up to bat in this market.

The Legacy 600, certified in 1999, is Embraer’s first attempt at designing and producing business jet, but you couldn’t tell by looking at it and flying it. The aircraft has been very successful and it continues to be manufactured today.

This aircraft competes on the upper end of the small to mid-sized range of business jets and is considered a “Super Midsize” aircraft. It has design features to compete with its rival the Canadair Challenger. It can compete with larger business jets in terms of payload comfort and safety.

Embraer has since launched an extensive lineup of business aircraft after its initial success with the Legacy 600, from the entry-level Phenom 100 to the Lineage 1000, a very-long-range business jet version of the company’s 100-seat E-190.

The Legacy 600 has the capability to be divided into three distinct cabins. This allows passengers to comfortably travel in different areas of the aircraft doing different things. Some might be interested in enjoying a meal while other passengers might be interested in sitting back to catch up on their reading while vegetating on …

citation m2 review

The Citation M2 Review

 

A Big Step Up in a Small Airframe

The Cessna Citation M2 is more than an incremental upgrade from their entry level jet, the Mustang and the much more expensive and complex CJ line. An expanded interior that allows for a total of seven people to fly together with a much-needed move of the lavatory toilet to a location in the rear of the aircraft – with its own privacy door – bring the M2 up from to the level of a true corporate air barge.

The very first M2 was delivered in December of 2013. This aircraft shows a lot of promise and you will be seeing more and more of them as time passes.

The Basics

Range: 1,300 nautical miles (with reserves) Maximum Cruise Speed: 400 knots true airspeed Single Pilot: 5 to 6 passengers Useful Load: 3809 lb Take Off Distance: 3,250 feet

On the Ramp

The M2 retains the same basic lines of the Mustang or any Citation. You may notice the new wing tip extensions along with the usual low wing design. A cursory inspection of the top of the wings will show you a trim tab on the left aileron as well as flight and ground spoilers installed on top of the airfoil.

The M2 sports the usual T-tail arrangement and the fuselage shares the same clean lines of the Mustang with no bleed air windshield heat vents like those installed on older Citation models.

The Passenger Cabin

With …

howard hughes

The aviation industry, as we know it today, has a total global impact of more than $2 trillion, but that hasn’t always been the case. In fact, if it weren’t for the passion and dedication of a few pioneers of flight, the world of aviation might not look anything like it does now.

Without these adventurous spirits who broke ground and paved the way for the development of the aviation industry, it’s hard to say what air travel would look like today. Jet Charters is proud to be the worldwide air charter marketplace, but we know that one important part of moving forward is looking back and shining a spotlight on important moments and figures in aviation history who helped make what we do possible.

One integral figure in the timeline of aviation history is Howard Hughes.

Howard Hughes was a pivotal player in the development of aircraft technology. Thanks to him and other innovators who dared to dream and were committed to seeing their ideas come to life, we can get anywhere in the world quickly and safely. Jet Charters is proud to recognize the efforts of aviation pioneers like Howard Hughes.

Howard Hughes’ love of flight was with him from a young age. He first learned to fly at the famous Rogers Airport in Los Angeles, under the tutelage of many aviation pioneers. He went on to set world records in flight as well as engineer aircraft such as the world had never seen before.

Arguably, his most …

Falcon 10/100 Review

Falcon 10/100 Review

 

The Falcon 10/100 could be considered a classic sports car of an executive aircraft. It is old but fast and has classic lines. Not the most fuel efficient charter and air taxi aircraft out there, but its low acquisition cost and attractive design draws in buyers and operators. Production began in 1971 and ceased in 1989, but it remains a popular business jet on the used market.

Many of these aircraft are still in the skies. Some are used as executive transports and for charter and quite a few are still in use as short to medium cargo aircraft.

The Falcon is a lightweight, pressurized, twin-engine business jet that first flew in 1963. It was developed as a joint effort between two old and venerated French aerospace companies; Dassault and Aerospatiale.

As time passed and technology advanced, several additional models of the Falcon were built with each adding more powerful engines. The Series F was the first Falcon model with high-lift devices. (Leading edge flaps) It had more powerful engines, and increased fuel capacity. The Falcon 200 replaced the Falcon 20 starting in 1981. The re-engined Falcon had more fuel capacity and upgraded avionics. The last Falcon 200 was produced in 1988.

The Falcon 10 is a scaled down version of the Falcon 20. The model 10 seats four to seven in an executive seating arrangement. The Falcon 10’s engines are two 3,230-lb maximum thrust Garrett AiResearch turbofans.

The Falcon 10 is essentially a seventy percent …

winglets

Humans were designed to stay very close to the ground and live in the paper-thin layer of oxygen, nitrogen and other gasses that we happily call “the atmosphere.”

This apple skin thick layer of breathable gas that we pilots have become accustomed to sucking into our lungs at a partial pressure of somewhere around thirty inches of mercury, or 14.7 psi, is used by aircraft more efficiently the higher they can climb.

Airplanes, especially business and charter aircraft perform better and can cavort happier through the upper levels of the Troposphere where the air is thin but the true airspeeds and tailwinds can amaze and result in high-speed travel.

We low level humanoids don’t do very well in terms of staying alive if we have to breathe the air that is available above somewhere around eighteen thousand feet. To be specific; the same thin air that our aircraft love and thrive in would kill us humans in very short order if we don’t get some help.

Pressurization has been around since the 1920s. Wiley Post, the eye patch wearing buddy to Will Rogers and high altitude record setter, used a pressurized flight suit in his aircraft on December 7, 1934 when he set an unofficial record by flying the single engine aircraft to an estimated fifty thousand feet. Without pressurization, Post’s blood would have boiled and he would have died in a few seconds at that altitude.

The electronics and gizmos that control the pressure in your aircraft can’t talk …

piper seneca review

Piper Seneca Review

 

Light piston engine twins make up a large percentage of the air taxi and corporate fleets in the world and the Piper Seneca is one of the two fundamental aircraft of that class found in the skies today. The other player in the market is the Beechcraft Baron and it holds the high ground today only when it comes to acquisition cost.

The Seneca, while not cheap, comes in at a much lower price than the Baron (it is priced about $300,000 less than the sticker price of a comparable G58) and is almost identical in performance. Many people think the Seneca has the Beech Baron beat when it comes to passenger comfort.

Piper made their first Seneca prototype back in 1965 by wedding two wing-mounted engines to the wings of a Cherokee Six test bed aircraft. That particular aircraft was actually a tri-motor – they didn’t take the engine off of the front of the fuselage of the test aircraft.

The basic design idea of the Seneca originally was to mitigate the increasing number of fatal twin engine aircraft accidents. The asymmetric thrust caused when one of the two engines failed was considered to be a main reason for pilots losing control of twins. Piper hoped to help this situation by fitting their new Seneca with counter-rotating propellers – a design idea that is still found on the Seneca V of today. It was found that this design change did little to impact the safety …

challenger 300

Challenger 300 Review

 

Passengers and aircraft operators have wanted a full sized jet at the cost of a smaller plane. The Bombardier Challenger 300 fulfills this mission with style.

Popular among both large and small companies, the 300 is in a class almost by itself. Comfort and speed for a reasonable cost has always been the goal of most corporate and charter operations and this aircraft fits the bill.

Bombardier announced the Challenger 300 program in 1999 and made its first customer delivery in 2004. Since then, the aircraft has been a workhorse for quite a few commercial and corporate operators including Flexjet ® and Xojet®. This quick and comfortable bizjet is giving its super mid-size competitors good competition. The 300 offers good value and spacious cabin with low operating costs.

 

How it is put together matters

For the 300, Bombardier relied almost entirely on new computer-assisted design and put together a global supply chain with components from companies in Australia, Canada, Japan, Northern Ireland, Taiwan and the U.S. Parts and assemblies came in 12 major subassemblies and are put together on Bombardier’s Montreal shop floor into a finished airplane in four days.

The quick assembly time belies this airplane’s incredible performance. Eight passengers and a crew of two can be carried over a range of 3,065 nautical miles, according to Bombardier. This brings such nonstop routes as Miami–Seattle, Washington, D.C.–San Francisco, Bangor, Maine–San Diego, New York–London, Geneva–Dubai and Singapore–Tokyo into the capabilities of corporate and charter departments.…

Falcon 50 Review

Falcon 50 Review

 

The three engined Falcon 50 is a long range aircraft which is based on the earlier twin-jet Mystère/Falcon 20 and 200 families. It is very popular with passengers, operators and pilots. This aircraft re-defined what a business aircraft was able to do and made very long range flights, including trans-oceanic flights, possible and economical.

The Dassault Falcon 50 was designed using the Falcon 20’s design and flowing lines for its basic form. The design requirements dictated that in order for the airplane to easily fly its over three thousand nautical mile range it would need to be a totally new aircraft from earlier models that incorporated quite a few new ideas, materials and craftsmanship. Although the appearance of a Falcon 50 looks much like its smaller, twin-engine siblings, under the skin, it is a totally different bird.

 

A brief history

The Falcon 50 was first certified in February 1979 in France and a month later in the United States. Production of the Falcon 50 ended in 1996. When it debuted, it was put in competition with the older Lockheed Jetstars with its four engines and other legacy airliners like the Boeing 707 that were expensive, but needed if business leaders wanted to cross oceans in a hurry.
Almost two decades after the Falcon 50 came the Falcon 50EX which made its first flight in 1996. The Falcon 50EX was outfitted with more efficient and powerful engines than the Falcon 50 that with other design enhancements …