Cessna Citation Encore flying a visual approach and landing to runway 12R at the St. Louis Downtown Cahokia Airport (KCPS). The copilot is the flying pilot and we have a good view of downtown St. Louis and the Gateway Arch as we turn from the downwind to base leg. This is my first aviation video with a Gopro camera.
A very short repositioning flight in the Cessna Citation Mustang from the St. Louis Lambert Airport to the Spirit of St. Louis Airport. As I taxi onto the runway for takeoff, the airport diagram is displayed on the MFD for easy reference. Once On the runway the synthetic vision shows the runway and center line stripes on the pilot Flight Display. This is so accurate that our position several feet right of the center line as seen through the windshield is accurately displayed on the PFD. The takeoff is on runway 30R and the landing at Spirit Airport is on runway 8R. Straight line distance between the two airports is only 15 nautical miles which makes for a very busy single pilot trip. As soon as I level off, ATC confirms I have Spirit in sight and I’m cleared for the visual to 8R. This was a Saturday afternoon so there isn’t much ATC radio traffic.
A beautiful day for a Cessna Mustang single pilot flight to Rogers Municipal Airport-Carter Field Arkansas. This was the day after northwest Arkansas was hit by a winter storm. I approach the airport from the east and fly a right base for a landing on runway 2. You can see lots of snow on the ground and the snow plow has cleared a narrow strip down the center of the runway. ATC and tower radio communications can be heard in the audio.
Flying the Cessna Citation Mustang single pilot to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and landing on runway 35C. During the climb out I picked up some clear ice on the wing leading edge. In this video you can easily see the ice breaking up and flying off the leading edge. When the deice boots are activated, they’re inflated with bleed air from the engines. The expanding rubber boot breaks the ice and it falls away into the slip stream. The ability to shed ice from the airframe is very important. Ice can accumulate rapidly on the airframe. As it does it adds weight, creates drag, and changes the shape of the wing thus reducing lift. It doesn’t take much ice to affect aircraft performance. This video shows much more of the cockpit instrument panel and you can easily see me paging through Garmin G1000 to load the Bonham Six arrival and the ILS 35C approach. I have an ipad on which I’ve loaded the Foreflight app and I’ve just started using it. We’re still required to have the NOS paper charts though. Air Traffic control communications can be heard in the 2nd half of the video.
A Cessna Citation Encore (CE560) business jet flying a visual approach and landing on runway 35R at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. DFW is the 2nd largest airport in the US and the 3rd busiest in the world. This is the pilots view from the cockpit.
Flying the Cessna Citation into St. Louis. This is an early morning arrival and landing of a Citation Encore at Spirit of St Louis Airport (KSUS). The vast majority of St. Louis bound general aviation aircraft land at the Spirit Airport. We’re flying a visual approach and landing on runway 26L with a left base turn to final. The video starts with an interior view of the main entry door and the passenger cabin area. In the cockpit I point out the visual reference we use to set the seat position before the flight. By lining up the orange and white reference balls the pilots set the seat position so that their eyes are in approximately the same position every flight. This is done in order to ensure that the sight picture through the forward windshield is always the same for visually adjusting the aircraft attitude for landing. Our landing was uneventful. Unfortunately, a Cessna 210 that was landing after us, made a gear up landing. After picking up our passengers we pass the disabled aircraft as we taxi to the smaller runway.
A Cessna Citation Encore (CE560) makes a visual approach and landing to runway 2R at the Nashville International Airport (BNA). This early morning arrival into Nashville starts with a left downwind to runway 2R that takes us over the downtown area of the city. This can be a surprisingly busy airport. At times there are so many Southwest flights arriving and departing that you would think they owned this place. For student pilots this video has lots of ATC radio communications traffic as well as a good cockpit view of the landing.
A Cessna Citation Encore takes off in the rain from the Nashville International Airport (BNA). On takeoff the windshield bleed valves are opened to blow the rain of off the windshield. This system routes hot bleed air from the engines to the windshield to remove ice or rain. During the cruise phase of the flight we look at the TCAS display on the MFD and see it’s indicating crossing traffic at 1,000 ft above us. Once we’re in the terminal area we do a visual approach and landing to runway 26L at Spirit of St. Louis Airport (KSUS). There’s lots of ATC radio traffic in the video and I tried to position the camera get more of the cockpit and instrument panel in the video.
A Cessna Citation II (CE-550) flying a visual approach and landing at the Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA). Enroute we easily pass a few spring thunderstorms. Normally in the Citation 550 we would cruise at FL 300 to FL 350 so it wasn’t always possible for us to stay above the thunder storms. This aircraft normally cruised at 365 kts so it was a little bit slower than the later generation Citations. The cockpit view shows the older analog flight instruments that the Citation II’s were originally equipped with. Cessna eventually replaced the Citation II with the Citation Bravo.
A Cessna Citation Encore flying at night around a line of thunder storms west of St Louis. During the cockpit view you can see the instrument panel labels are illuminated with electro luminescent lights that illuminate the lettering on the panel. The instruments are either illuminated internally or by post lights and the tubes for the pilot flight displays and the multifunction display are internally lighted monitors. As we enter the terminal area for our landing at Cahokia airport we get a great view of the lights of St. Louis. The Citation Encore is an upgraded Citation V with a hot wing, Primus 1000 avionics and Pratt and Whitney PW535A engines