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Cessna 340 Owner Interview + More | Airplane Intel Podcast | Aviation Podcast

Welcome to The Airplane Intel Podcast, the aviation podcast for aircraft owners, operators, pilots and mechanics. It’s our goal to help you make safer and smarter decisions with your personal or business aircraft. We deliver practical advice, tips and strategies to make aircraft ownership simple, safe and cost effective.

This week, we go in the field to interview the owner of a Cessna 340 that’s for sale near Atlanta, GA. We’ll get the inside scoop on what it’s like to own, fly, and maintain a cabin-class twin Cessna. So, stay tuned!

050 - Avoiding legal mistakes when buying an airplane

Welcome to The Airplane Intel Podcast, the weekly General Aviation podcast for aircraft owners, operators, pilots and mechanics. We deliver practical advice, tips and strategies to make aircraft ownership simple, safe and cost effective.

This week we wrap up our How to Buy an Airplane Series with Part 6. This time, how to avoid legal mistakes when buying and selling aircraft with aviation attorney Talbot Martin.

049 - What to know about aircraft brokers | Aviation Podcast

We’re back with part 5 of our How to Buy an Airplane series. This week, what you should know about aircraft brokers with Erin K Pitts, aircraft broker with USA Aircraft Brokers.

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Our Guest: Aircraft Broker Erin K. Pitts

Erin K. Pitts is an aircraft broker with USA Aircraft Brokers Inc, the largest and oldest network of brokers in the country. She is recognized for her ability to connect buyers and sellers using the internet.  She has sold several aircraft and helps educate people about how aircraft brokers can help make transactions easier, while also making them faster and more profitable than marketing an airplane alone.  You can connect Erin on Facebook or by calling 518-491-8573. You can also learn more about USA Aircraft Brokers by clicking here.

045 - How To Select The Right Airplane + More

Welcome to The Airplane Intel Podcast, the weekly General Aviation podcast for aircraft owners, operators, pilots and mechanics. We deliver practical advice, tips and strategies to make aircraft ownership simple, safe and cost effective.

In this episode we continue our ongoing series about how to buy an airplane. This time we discuss how to research the market and select an airplane that meets your mission, budget, and other requirements. Plus aircraft ownership news and Don’s Tip of the Week.

042 - The Pros and Cons of Aircraft Ownership + More | Airplane Intel Podcast

Welcome to The Airplane Intel Podcast, the weekly General Aviation podcast for aircraft owners, operators, pilots and mechanics. We deliver practical advice, tips and strategies to make aircraft ownership simple, safe and cost effective.

We’re kicking off our new mini-series on how to buy an airplane. This week, the pros and cons of aircraft ownership and how to define your mission so you can get the right airplane for you. Plus, our Sun n Fun 2018 meet up and a new AD affecting some Cessna airplanes.

41.5 [Bonus] PPP and Sun N Fun Meet Up!

Welcome to The Airplane Intel Podcast, the weekly General Aviation podcast for aircraft owners, operators, pilots and mechanics. We deliver practical advice, tips and strategies to make aircraft ownership simple, safe and cost effective.

Want to know how to share the costs and responsibilities of aircraft ownership? In this short episode, Don discusses our free Plane Partnership Program. Learn more about the PPP and register for free here: www.PlanePartnership.com

040 - The Turbo Commander 690B + More | Airplane Intel Podcast

Welcome to The Airplane Intel Podcast, the weekly General Aviation podcast for aircraft owners, operators, pilots and mechanics. We deliver practical advice, tips and strategies to make aircraft ownership simple, safe and cost effective.

In this short episode, Don is flying solo to discuss the Turbo Commander 690B turboprop including a special STC. Then Don reveals a great source for decoding aviation acronyms. Plus, new Plane Partnership Members and the Tip of the Week.

039 - The Beechcraft Baron and Owning a Twin - Aviation Podcast

Welcome to The Airplane Intel Podcast, the weekly General Aviation podcast for aircraft owners, operators, pilots and mechanics. We deliver practical advice, tips and strategies to make aircraft ownership simple, safe and cost effective.

This week Don and I discuss the Beechcraft Baron and ways to make owning a twin more affordable. Plus aircraft ownership news, Don’s tip of the week, and your feedback.

038 - How to Buy a Single-Engine Airplane + More!

Welcome to The Airplane Intel Podcast, the weekly General Aviation podcast for aircraft owners, operators, pilots and mechanics. We deliver practical advice, tips and strategies to make aircraft ownership simple, safe and cost effective.

This week, Don talks about how to buy a single-engine airplane and gives his opinions on several makes and models based on some of the airplane prebuys we’ve done this year including the Beechcraft A36 Bonanza. Plus, aircraft ownership news, our upcoming seminar, and Don’s tip of the week.

037 - The Eclipse 500, How to Buy a Jet + More | Airplane Intel Podcast

Welcome to The Airplane Intel Podcast, the weekly General Aviation podcast for aircraft owners, operators, pilots and mechanics. We deliver practical advice, tips and strategies to make aircraft ownership simple, safe and cost effective.

This week, Don and I introduce the Eclipse 500 series of single-pilot jets. Then we shift our discussion to the ins and outs of buying a jet. Plus aircraft ownership news, Don’s tip of the week, and a new Alphabet Soup segment.

036 - Turboprop Engine Discussion + More | Airplane Intel Podcast

Welcome to The Airplane Intel Podcast, the weekly General Aviation podcast for aircraft owners, operators, pilots and mechanics. We deliver practical advice, tips and strategies to make aircraft ownership simple, safe and cost effective.

This week, Don discusses some of the differences between the Pratt & Whitney PT6 turboprop engines and the Garett TPE-331 engines found on many twin turboprops such as the Cessna 425 Conquest, MU2, and Merlin III. Plus aircraft ownership news and a new SAIB for turbocharger exhaust clamps.

033 - Aircraft Turbocharging + More | Aviation Podcasts

Welcome to The Airplane Intel Podcast, the weekly General Aviation podcast for aircraft owners, operators, pilots and mechanics. We deliver practical advice, tips and strategies to make aircraft ownership simple, safe and cost effective.

This week, thanks to requests from our listener survey, we talk about the pros and cons of buying a turbocharged airplane. Then we talk about some recent avionics equipment approvals in this week’s Alphabet Soup. Plus aircraft ownership news, Don’s tip of the week, and your feedback.

032 - The Cessna Cardinal, 1090ES, Aircraft Polish + More | Airplane Intel Podcast

Welcome to The Airplane Intel Podcast, the weekly General Aviation podcast for aircraft owners, operators, pilots and mechanics. We deliver practical advice, tips and strategies to make aircraft ownership simple, safe and cost effective.

This week, we’re back to single-engine aircraft to discuss the Cessna 177 Cardinal, where you can get the best of both worlds. Then we talk about extended squitter transponders for ADS-B. Plus, aircraft ownership news, Don’s tip of the week about keeping your airplane clean, and your feedback.

031 - Hawker/Beechjet 400, WAAS, Thrust Reversers + More!

Welcome to The Airplane Intel Podcast, the weekly General Aviation podcast for aircraft owners, operators, pilots and mechanics. We deliver practical advice, tips and strategies to make aircraft ownership simple, safe and cost effective. 

This week, we discuss one of the most interesting light jets in the sky, the Hawker/Beechcraft 400, with corporate pilot and aircraft manager Mark Feldman. Mark also tells us about his Boeing Stearman, which you won’t want to miss. Then we talk about WAAS in our new segment Alphabet Soup. Plus, aircraft ownership news, Don’s Tip of the week, and your feedback.

030 - TBM-700 vs. Piper Meridian + More!

Welcome to The Airplane Intel Podcast, the weekly General Aviation podcast for aircraft owners, operators, pilots and mechanics. We deliver practical advice, tips and strategies to make aircraft ownership simple, safe and cost effective.

This week, we’re talking about single-engine turboprops with a side-by-side comparison on the Socata TBM-700 to the Piper PA-46T Meridian. Then we introduce a new segment called the Alphabet Soup. Also, there’s a new AD out there that might affect your ELT. Plus, aircraft ownership news, Don’s Tip of the week, your feedback, and an aftershow.

029 - The Cessna 310 w/ Owner/Pilot Art Billingsley, 3 Tips for More Speed + More!

Welcome to The Airplane Intel Podcast, the weekly General Aviation podcast for aircraft owners, operators, pilots and mechanics. We deliver practical advice, tips and strategies to make aircraft ownership simple, safe and cost effective.

This week, we interview Arthur Billingsley, the pilot and owner of a 1974 Cessna 310Q. Together, we’ll get the inside scoop on what it’s like to own, maintain, and manage a piston twin. Then I share some ideas for getting more performance from your airplane. Plus, aircraft ownership news, Don’s Tip of the week and your feedback.

022 - The King Air 90 Series + More

Welcome to The Airplane Intel Podcast, the weekly General Aviation podcast for aircraft owners, operators, pilots and mechanics. We deliver practical advice, tips and strategies to make aircraft ownership simple, safe and cost effective.

In this episode, we’re talking turboprops with the King Air 90 series. Plus aircraft ownership news, the tip of the week and your feedback.

 

021 - Piston Twins - The Cessna 414A - New ADs, ADS-B + More - Airplane Intel Podcast

Welcome to The Airplane Intel Podcast, the weekly General Aviation podcast for aircraft owners, operators, pilots and mechanics. We deliver practical advice, tips and strategies to make aircraft ownership simple, safe and cost effective.

This week, we discuss an economical piston twin that will take you where you want to go in less time, in style and comfort for a fraction of the cost of a newer, smaller airplane. Plus, aircraft ownership news, the tip of the week, and your feedback about becoming an aircraft mechanic.

020 - The Piper Comanche vs. Mooney M20, Prebuys Vs. Annual Inspections, and ADs + More

Welcome to The Airplane Intel Podcast, the weekly General Aviation podcast for aircraft owners, operators, pilots and mechanics. We deliver practical advice, tips and strategies to make aircraft ownership simple, safe and cost effective.

Today, we’re speaking with Dean Showalter of the Airplane Owner Maintenance Podcast to compare the Mooney M20 to the Piper PA-24 Comanche. Then, we discuss prebuys vs. annual inspections and all about ADs. Plus, aircraft ownership news, the tip of the week, and your feedback about aircraft leasebacks

019 - Single Pilot Jets

Today, we discuss single pilot jets such as the Citation, Eclipse, Phenom, Premier, and Vision. Then Don talks about how you can become a jet aircraft pilot. Plus, aircraft ownership news, the tip of the week, and your feedback.

When it comes to single pilot jets today, we have a lot of choices, from the Citation 500 series to the Hawker/Beechcraft Premier, the Embraer Phenom, the Eclipse Jet, and the new Cirrus Vision Jet, but it wasn’t always that way. Since day 1, the FAA has always treated jets differently. For one, most corporate jets were certified under FAR Part 25, transport category with a MTOW of 12,500 pounds or more. Aircraft certified in the transport category are traditionally required to have two qualified pilots up front regardless of if the airplane was jet powered.

Until 1977, the FAA required all jet powered aircraft regardless of weight to be operated by two pilots. What happened in 1977? Well, Cessna received certification from the FAA for a single-pilot variant of its entry level Citation I, dubbed the Citation I-SP. The aircraft was less than 12,500 pounds and met a number of other stipulations outlined by the FAA including placement of the gear handle, a fully functioning autopilot, and the use of a hands-free communication.

Soon after certification of the Citation I-SP came the Citation II-SP. Owners, operators, and pilots saw the massive benefits operating their jets single pilot had – from increased flexibility, to lower costs, and greater capacity. However, at this point, single-pilot certification of aircraft was given on a case-by-case basis, as the aircraft manufacturer had to demonstrate the to the FAAthat the aircraft’s workload could be handled safety by a single pilot. But newer aircraft, such as the Citation 525 CJ series, the Premier, and even larger turboprops like the big King Airs has similar workloads, but were above the 12,500 pound threshold between part 23 and part 25 certified aircraft. As a result, the FAA was forced to re-think their certification strategies.

Jet aircraft under 12,500 pounds, such as the Citation Mustang, M2, CJ, CJ1, CJ2, and Eclipse Jet can be flown single pilot as they are single pilot certified. However, aircraft above 12,500 pounds, such as the CJ3, CJ4 and Premier are able to be flown single pilot, but the pilot must obtain a single-pilot type rating and meet other criteria outlined by the FAA.

We’ve shared a few ideas in the past of how to achieve this safely and cost-effectively, and in a few minutes, Don’s going to share some more insights with you about how to do this.

So let’s shift our attention to some of these aircraft. We’ve already talked about the Citation 500 and 550 aircraft, so let’s talk about the Cessna Citation 510 Mustang. The Mustang is a 6-place aircraft with club cabin seating in the VLJ segment. It sells between $1.3-3.3 million. It’s theG-1000 cockpit, FADEC, and mechanical controls. It’s powered by 2 Pratt 615F turbofans producing 1460 pounds of thrust. It’ll cruise at Mach 0.63 or about 340 knots at altitudes up to 40,000 feet. It has a MTOW of 8,645 pounds.

Then there’s the Citation 525 CJ series. The original CJ was the predecessor of the Mustang came out in the 90s. The CJ was replaced by the upgraded CJ 1 and elongated CJ2, called the 525A. Then came the CJ3 and finally the CJ4 in 2010. Each model came with a myriad of changes and upgrades made along the way from FADEC engines, glass cockpits, and improved cabins. The aircraft prices range from about 750,000 to over 8.5 million depending on the model. Taking the CJ2 for example, the aircraft has 2 Williams FJ44 engines capable of 2490 pounds of thrust each, 420 knots, about 1700 nautical miles range, a capacity for up to 9 and a MTOW of 12,500 pounds.

Next, let’s look at the Beechcraft Premier. The Premier was Beechcraft’s answer to the light jet and VLJ segment. The aircraft can seat up to 8 comfortably for about 1500 nm at 460 knots. The aircraft is powered by two FJ44’s producing about 2300 pounds of thrust each with a service ceiling of 41,000 feet. The aircraft’s MTOW is 12,500 and ranges between $1 to 3.5 million.

Next, let’s look at the Eclipse Jet.  Now this is a really cool airplane and a real game changer as it was the first VLJ. Introduced in 2006, the Eclipse Jet was meant to be a true private pilot’s jet. Unfortunately, as many of you know, Eclipse had some big problems early into the project leaving a lot of people high and dry. But the Eclipse 500 could fly 370 knots for 1100 miles at a ceiling of 41,000 feet. The MTOW of this aircraft is 5,950 pounds. Today the airplane is worth anywhere between $399,000 to about a million dollars. Then came the improved variant, the Eclipse 550, capable of flying about 375 knots at 41,000 feet for about 1200 miles. The aircraft has room for a total of 6 and has a MTOW of 6,000 pounds. It’s powered by 2 Pratt and Whitney PW615F engines. The Eclipse Jets are the only aircraft in their class with an auto throttle system and side stick controls. The 550 ranges in price between $899,000 to about $3 million.

Of course there are other aircraft in this category such as the Phenom 100 and 300 and the new Cirrus Vision Jet, but those aircraft are beyond the scope of this episode because those are newer airplanes. Anyways, I hope this gives you a better understanding of your options with single pilot jets. And don’t forget to check out the show notes for this episode where we’ve posted 13 videos, 6 articles, and other resources about different single pilot jets.