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King Air 200GT Review
King Air 200GT Review

More than 2,000 King Air 200s have been delivered since the first one flew off of the production line, making it the most popular turbine-powered business airplane in history. The 200GT is the latest model in a venerable line of corporate and charter aircraft that pilots and passengers have enjoyed and depended on for decades.

Beechcraft has added over two thousand improvements to the King Air design over the years. The most valuable change recently to the model was switching the engines on the new B200GT, giving the turboprop more speed and higher climb rates.

The PT6 turboprop engine that the 200GT uses is divided into two main sections, one to generate the hot high-pressure gas stream and another that captures the energy in that gas to turn the propeller. The power producing part of the engine is not coupled directly to the propeller, and that is why it is called a “free turbine” design.

Pratt took the gas generator part of the PT6A-60A engine that powers the bigger King Air 350 with 1,050-shaft horsepower rating and mated it to the gearbox section of the Dash 42 engine in the previous model of the 200. The new engine, dubbed a PT6A-52, is still limited, or flat rated, to 850 shaft horsepower at the propeller, but the engine has the thermodynamic ability to produce well over 1,000 shaft horsepower.

The B200GT has some important improvements that were carry overs from the 350, including newly styled seats with …

Pilot Training

Pilots are usually thought of as young, swashbuckling types with keen eyes, razor-sharp reflexes and youthful looks. The flying public has been led over the years to assume that piloting an aircraft is a young person’s game. This belief was backed-up until recently by a mandatory retirement age of sixty years old for airline pilots.

Flight crews were called upon in the early days of aviation to be paragons of strength, youth and quickness. The aircraft they flew back then required actual physical strength to muscle around the sky.

High altitude flying without pressurization, air conditioning or heat was a physically demanding endeavor and in the early part of the twentieth century when aviation got its start, sixty years of age was past the expected lifespan of most people.

Flying is no less demanding now, but it is demanding in areas other than the need for brute strength. High-performance jets, corporate and charter aircraft of all types, from single-engine Cirrus to multi-engine piston aircraft all have an over-riding need that can’t always be fulfilled by young, bright-eyed pilots. These aircraft and their operators need deeply experienced flight crews that have the background, wisdom and experience to operate them safely.

Older pilots are now the most sought after people in the aviation business. Highly experienced airline captains, military pilots, and others who used to be considered too aged to fly are now coveted additions to many charter and corporate flight departments.

That sixty three year old captain you see flying your …

King Air C90 B
King Air C-90 Review

The King Air C-90 is a seven to ten-place, pressurized, all-metal, low-wing, twin-engine, turboprop aircraft that has been a staple of the charter and corporate flying business ever since its introduction in 1964.

Beechcraft has had a long history of excellence and quality and is a favorite of both operator/pilots and passengers.

Beech has produced six different basic King Air models, with the 90 series being the first and the smallest. The first Model 90 King Air was basically a Queen Air with turboprops. After it was first introduced to the flying public, the 90 series has gone through quite a few airframe and power plant modifications.

A pair of Pratt and Whitney turboprop PT6A-135 engines powers the King Air 90. Each is rated at 750 shaft horsepower. They are three-stage, axial-flow engines, with a single stage compressor and single-stage reaction turbine. A pneumatic fuel control schedules fuel flow. Propeller speed remains constant within the governing range for any given propeller control lever position.

The airplane electrical system is a 28-VDC system, which receives power from a 24-volt, 34-ampere hour NiCad battery, two 250-ampere starter-generators, or through an external power receptacle. A hot battery bus is provided to power certain convenience lights, emergency equipment, and other items. These items have power available at all times; regardless of the BATT switch position.

The fuel system on this aircraft is divided into two separate tank systems, one for each engine that is connected by a common cross feed …

Aviation Safety Action Program

The air charter industry is very diverse. Charter operator and broker organizations of various sizes, quality and competencies are vying to handle your flight and dollars. New charter brokers appear continuously, offering as an expert to arrange charters as your agent, or offering a flying membership program. It is important to understand there are no real barriers to entry and literally anyone can advertise as a charter broker or membership program, and take your money up front.

The DOT and FAA government departments do their best in reviewing and enforcing practices in their separate realms, however there is little barrier to entry, government rating or seal of approval for charter brokers, and private charter fliers assume their own risk in choosing a private jet and charter service.

One key component when evaluating charter operators is whether they have implemented an Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP). ASAP is a confidential, nonpunitive safety reporting program that allows employees to report events when they have confidence that their reports will be used to produce positive results, and not to place blame. Companies that have implemented an Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) have learned a wealth of information regarding safety-related events that otherwise would have gone undetected until a major event occurred.

ASAP is an FAA/industry partnership that provides a near consequence-free environment, whereby the participants can identify safety issues and report information that can be critical in identifying potential precursors to accidents.

Your charter broker operator will help you evaluate the quality and …

business-aviation-travel

The saying goes, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” This is certainly the case when it comes to business travel. Just because the main purpose of the trip is business that doesn’t mean that you cannot devote some times to having fun. Here are a few quick tips to help make your next next work trip a blast.

Learn all about the destination

Doing your homework about your destination ahead of time can really go a long way when you are trying to fit in some pleasure time. Get on websites like Tripadvisor or Yelp to check out some of the most highly rated destinations, restaurants, and attractions that are around your destination. (Pro tip: check out the location of the reviewers and follow whatever the locals say above what other tourists say. They know what they are talking about.)

Plan out your stay

Once you have picked out all the places that you cannot miss out on schedule them around your work schedule so you can get the best of both worlds. You should do this ahead of time so you can be strategic about your trip. Pick a hotel that is close to as many of the sights that you want to see as possible. This will cut down your travel time and leave more time for all the things on your list. You should also prioritize the things that you want to do so you get all your “must see” things accomplished first …

Boeing Business Jet Review

Boeing Business Jet Review

 

When the term “Boeing Business Jet” is used, most people think of the Boeing 737 in an executive configuration. It is true that most BBJ’s are 737’s, but the term “Boeing Business Jets” includes much bigger aircraft in the inventory, like the 777, 787, and 747.

The right amount of money and intent can result in any kind of Boeing being outfitted for executive use, but this review will be about the Boeing 737. It outnumbers the other models by a huge amount and is the lowest cost, smallest BBJ and is the aircraft most likely to be chartered and operated by corporate flight departments. To save time and to keep things simple, lets agree for the rest of this review that the “BBJ” refers to the BBJ Boeing 737.

Costs are a relative thing…

High cost may be the first thing you think of when considering the BBJ, but like many other things in business travel, cost is a relative thing. The ability of the BBJ to carry huge loads over very long international distances offsets a lot of the concern about expenses versus travel. The acquisition cost of the BBJ is around $30 million for a bare-bones jet. By the time the aircraft comes out fully outfitted from a completion center its cost usually rises in to the $80 million dollar range.

Boeing airliners have a very long history of service going all the way back to the beginning of aviation. This long …

Business Travel

Your health might be the last thing on your mind while you are traveling for business. Who has time during the fast paced environment of business travel. It is important, however, to take care of yourself amidst all the hussle to avoid derailing your productivity with health issues. Here are five ways that you can better take care of yourself while traveling for work:

Avoid Your Stressors

By now you are probably aware of the things you are going to encounter during your business trip that will really set you off. It might be the risk of having your luggage lost or the prospect of having to fight through a crowded airport. If at all possible, you need to try and plan for these things ahead of time. If your trip is going to be a short one try to pack all of your belongings in a carry on bag and try to schedule a flight during hours with less traffic. Identify your stressors ahead of time and figure out what you need to do to avoid them. This will go a long way in making your trip more enjoyable.

Get Some Sleep

It is a common misconception that while you are on a business trip you will be working constantly. Obviously this is the purpose of the trip, but you need to make sure that you are leaving plenty of time to get enough sleep in. A lack of sleep affects everything from memory to immune systems, and your …

Hawker 800XP Review

Hawker 800 XP Review

 

Hawker jet aircraft have been flown as corporate and charter aircraft ever since the beginning of the business jet age. The aircraft line has a strong and honorable history that incudes the venerable defender of the British Empire during the Battle of Britain – the Hawker Hurricane.

The company has come a long way since the dark days of World War II and has built a reputation as a provider of strong and reliable aircraft. Hawkers have historically been comfortable and economical conveyances for world and business leaders.

Comfort, Speed, Economy, Safety

The Hawker 800 began its life by receiving its supplemental type certificate in 1984. Initially, the new aircraft was a Hawker 700 with Honeywell’s up-rated TFE 731-5R engines replacing the earlier TFE 731-3 engines. The Hawker 800 sported a redesigned cockpit windscreen. Other changes included a modified rear fuselage fairing, which helped to reduce drag and improve aerodynamic efficiency, a glass cockpit and a modified passenger cabin.

Three hundred and seven model 800s were built before the design moved on with the XP version of the 800 that was introduced by Raytheon in 1995. Improved engines on the 800XP produced 360 pounds of additional thrust, which significantly improved short field takeoff performance. It also added eighty nautical miles to the aircraft’s cruising range.

The 800XP came factory equipped with the then new Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite, increased front and aft baggage volume and usability, user-friendly 15-inch LCD VIP touch screens, LED …

MGM Grand Mansion

If you have ever been to Las Vegas or just have a general interest in luxury resorts, then you have probably heard of the MGM Grand resort, the third largest hotel resort complex in the world, right on the Vegas strip. It’s prestige and reputation are unmatched, but there is one aspect of the estate that stands out among the rest. That is the Mansion at MGM Grand. This ultra exclusive hotel is exactly what it says; a mansion.  It staffs 170 people, including 30 multilingual staff members, to accommodate its 29 villas. It has been said that these villas are for the high rollers that are fortunate enough to gain an invitation (with their definition of “high roller” being someone who gambles between $500,000 and $1 million dollars an hour). The building is nestled in a secluded part of the resort off of the Vegas Strip, with its own private entrance, providing for both privacy and close proximity to all the action.

The Mansion was designed to mirror Tuscan villas from the 18th century. Among its amenities are an outdoor pool with connecting koi pond, a salon, a screening room, a game room, a private casino, a boardroom, and a climate-controlled courtyard for when you want to experience nature without the weather. Upon arrival at the Mansion you will be greeted with complimentary champagne and butlers ready to serve you in any way.

The villas themselves are equally as impressive as the amenities. They range from 2,400 sq.ft to …

jet-charter-kentucky-derby

Last year, those attending the Kentucky Derby got to take part in history when American Pharoah won the first title that would later become his triple crown, a feat that had not been accomplished since 1978. It’s time again to head back to Louisville and experience the tradition, history, and excitement that is the Kentucky Derby.

Nearly 150,000 people make there way to Churchill Downs every year for the Derby. It is an unforgettable experience that is often times regarded as one of the must-attend sporting events in the country. The event is much more than just a race, it is a week-long affair.

The week kicks off on the Saturday the 30th with an opening night ceremony consisting of dancers, musicians, and visual artists entertaining you while raising funds for the Fund for the Arts. The events pick back up on Tuesday the 3rd with an evening of racing practice that you can attend. Sit back and observe all the 2016 participants as they train for the big race. You will also be able to expand your knowledge by listening to the expert commentary of Gary West and Joe Kristufek. Races will also be held on this day as well as Wednesday.

On Thursday attend the Thurby event featuring Old Forester Master Bourbon Specialist, Jackie Zykan, for cocktail demonstrations and a chance to enter into a contest for Oaks and Derby tickets! Follow this up with an evening of exquisite food and wine presented by some of the most …