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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!

Bonanza Owner Interview | Airplane Intel Podcast Episode 62 | 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.

056 - Recap of NBAA 2018 | 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 I share my experience attending NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention and Exposition 2018 in Orlando, FL. This was my first time attending this event, and boy was I surprised. Check out the podcast audio, first-person experience video w/footage, and the video interviews I recorded while there.

054 - Facts and Tips about Piston Twins | Airplane Intel Podcast | 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, what does the 310, Seneca’ and Baron have in common? Don gives us some interesting facts and tips about these popular piston twins. Then, Don takes us on his journey through aviation.

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.

034 - The Beech Debonair and how to buy an 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, Don is flying solo! He discusses the Beechcraft Bonanza and Debonair. Then, he talks about the process of buying an airplane and what to expect during the pre-purchase inspection. Plus, Don’s tip of the week about preparing your airplane for the winter months and your feedback.

032.5 - The Cessna Cardinal Part 2 | 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, we hear from our friend Arthur Billingsley to continue our conversation about the Cessna Cardinal. Art tells us what it was like to own, fly and maintain a Cessna 177RG, and why he chose the Cardinal over competing aircraft such as the Mooney 201 and Piper Arrow.

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.

027 - Hawker 800XP, Cessna Conquest Follow-Up, New AD, Meet Ups + More

This week, we’re talking about the Hawker 800XP, an aircraft that we have a lot of recent experience with. Then, another new AD issued by the FAA that affects some Piper airplanes; listener feedback about the Cessna Conquest, 2 meet ups, and new members to our Plane Partnership Program. Plus, aircraft ownership news, the tip of the week, and your feedback.

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.

024 - The Cessna 210, ATC Privatization, Prebuy Test Flights + 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 back to single-engine aircraft with the Cessna 210, including some inside details from a recent prebuy. Then we talk about how you can help say NO to ATC privatization. Plus, lots of aircraft ownership news, the tip of the week about prebuy test flights, 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.

 

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.

018 - The Mitsubishi MU-2 with Dick Allen + More

This week, we discuss the infamous Mitsubishi MU-2 turboprop aircraft with MU-2 expert and check pilot Dick Allen. Plus, we have some special announcements then tackle aircraft ownership news, the tip of the week and your feedback.

017 - The Beechcraft 58 Baron + More

Today we’re back to piston twins, and in this edition, we discuss the Beechcraft Baron with podcaster and Pressurized Baron owner David Fill. Plus, general aviation news, the tip of the week and your feedback.

Ep 016 - The Beechcraft Musketeer

Today, we discuss the Beechcraft Mustketeer, a great alternative to other four place aircraft such as the Cessna 172, 177 Cardinal, Cherokee, and Arrow with airline dispatcher, podcaster, and Musketeer owner Mike Karrels. We also touch on what its like to own a share of an airplane. Plus, general aviation news, the tip of the week, and your feedback.

015 - Glass Cockpits + More with Max Trescott

Today, we’re talking with Max Trescott, famous flight instructor, glass cockpit and Cirrus expert, author, consultant, and podcaster about glass cockpits and the Cirrus. Plus, general aviation news, the tip of the week and your feedback.

Ep 014 - All About Jets

This week, we’re talking about the ins and outs of jet aircraft ownership with Tom Wachowski of the Private Jet Podcast. We'll discuss everything from planning, acquisition, cost control, maintenance, and more. Plus, general aviation news from the AOPA, fuel prices, and Don's Tip of the Week about the best way to source spare aircraft parts.

Ep 012 - Aviation Insurance with Avemco + More

Today, we get the inside scoop about aviation insurance with Alex Walters, Aviation Sale Underwriter from Avemco Insurance Company. Then, Don shares not one, but 2 tips of the week. Plus, general aviation news, fuel prices and your questions.