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A Year of Flying Cessna Citations and a King Air 350

This video is a year of corporate flying in 5 minutes. It’s mostly takeoffs, landings and approaches or what I like to call the fun part of the job. I enjoy what I do and like to share that experience in my videos. In actuality, over a years’ time, I’ve flown many more flights and in more airplanes than are shown in the video. So this video is more of an attempt to give you the feel of flying as a charter pilot than a day by day account. Unfortunately, I don’t always have the chance to pull out my camera and capture what would have made great video so some of the coolest things I’ve seen I didn’t get in the video. The aircraft in the video are the Cessna Citation Mustang, Citation Encore, Citation II, Citation Excel and a Beechcraft King Air 350. Some of the video is taken while acting as the pilot or co-pilot. A few of the included scenes are of the aircraft cockpits and the cabin. The name of the music is “Full Throttle”

Winter landing at Fond Du Lac County Airport

A Cessna Citation makes a Winter landing on runway 36 at the Fond Du Lac County Airport (FLD) in Wisconsin. With snow covering the ground it’s hard to pick out the runway till getting fairly close to the airport. The large flat area to the northeast of the field is frozen lake Winnebago. This airport is just 14 miles south of the Oshkosh airport and acts as a reliever during the yearly fly in. During the EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh Fond du lac is a popular stopping spot for aviators who want camp next to their airplanes and avoid the more crowded traffic pattern at the Oshkosh airport.

King Air Passenger Oxygen Masks Drop

The Beechcraft King Air 350 has a pressurized cabin that can maintain a cabin pressure altitude of 10,200 feet at an aircraft altitude of 35,000 feet. The air used for cabin pressurization is high pressure hot air supplied by each of the Pratt and Whitney PT6A turbo prop engines. This compressed air is conditioned to a comfortable temperature before entering the cabin and excess air is vented from the cabin by a cabin pressure outflow valve on the aft pressure vessel bulkhead. The outflow valve will vary the amount of air escaping through the valve to maintain a set cabin pressure/altitude set by the pilot. If this valve fails the cabin pressure safety valve will limit the pressure differential of the cabin to 6.6 psi thus preventing cabin over pressurization. If an engine were to fail the remaining engine can supply enough bleed air to pressurize the cabin. If the cabin were to lose pressure and the passenger oxygen auto deployment system is working properly then as the cabin altitude climbs to 10,000 feet the CABIN ALTITUDE warning light in the cockpit illuminates, at 12,000 feet the CABIN ALT HI warning illuminates red on the master warning panel, at 12,500 feet a barometric pressure switch energizes a solenoid which opens the passenger oxygen system shutoff valve allowing pressurized oxygen to flow into the oxygen supply line. This pressure opens the passenger masks doors and the masks drop out. At the same time the cabin lights come on full bright, the no smoking fasten seat belt light illuminates and a chime sounds. In order for oxygen to flow into the passenger masks the lanyard valve pin must be pulled out by the user. At 13,500 feet the cabin dump switch limiter closes both outflow valves and attempts to stop the rise in cabin altitude. The passenger oxygen autodeplyment system is required to be operationally checked and this is done by flying the airplane with the cabin unpressurized to an altitude that would activate the system and drop the mask as shown in the video.

Cessna Citation Mustang Takeoff, landing and Cockpit

Garmin  1000 Moving map Display MFD
G1000 Multi Function Display

A short single pilot Mustang trip from Columbia Missouri to Spirit of St Louis Airport. This IFR trip has low ceilings and visibility on both ends. If you’ve never flown single pilot IFR the autopilot serves as your copilot. The Citation 510 has an integrated Garmin 1000 avionics suite which really makes the whole single pilot IFR experience so much easier. The large panel moving terrain display on the MFD is a huge help with situational awareness. The trip itself is only about 20 minutes long but it’s a busy 20 minutes. IFR COU to SUS with an ILS to 26L.

Cessna Citation Encore Night Landing at Nashville International

A Cessna Citation CE560 takes off from Spirit of St. Louis airport (SUS) at sunset, climbs out over st Louis and makes a night Landing at Nashville International Airport (BNA)on runway 31. The middle of the video during this IFR flight is a night view of the aircraft cockpit.

King Air 350 Landing at the Des Moines Airport

Video of a Beechcraft King Air 350 landing at the Des Moines International Airport (DSM). Included in the video are up close views of the cockpit with views of both the pilot and copilot sub panels, the fuel panel, and the throttle quadrant. The BE350 is a pressurized cabin class twin turboprop. It can land at 95 % of US airports and can carry 8 to 11 passengers and up to 550 pounds of luggage in its large cargo area. It cruises at 360 mph, has a 1,800 mile range, and It’s max service ceiling is 35,000 ft. It can be flown single pilot if the pilot has a single pilot 350 type or as a crew. The 350 is a joy to fly and a heavy lifter for its size. This is one airplane that you can fill all the seats and top the fuel tanks with weight to spare. The basic operating weight of this aircraft is 9,580 lbs, max fuel is 3,611 lbs and Max ramp weight is 15,100 lbs. That leaves an available payload of 1,909 lbs.

Cessna Citation II landing Orlando Executive Airport

A Cessna Citation II, CE-550, departs the Tampa International Airport(TPA) and repositions to the Orlando Executive Airport(ORL) in central Florida. Shortly after takeoff and during the turn to the east the citation passes over McDill air Force base which is only about 5 miles south of Tampa. This is a short repositioning flight at 11,000 feet and for most of the flight we’re in and out of the lower clouds. There is some Air traffic Control communication in this video but it’s hard to hear due to the background noise generated by the defog fan. Once in the terminal area we’re cleared for the visual approach to runway 7 behind another airplane doing pattern work. After the lowering the landing gear the aircraft about to land is directed by Tower to go around and this air plane can be seen climbing in front of the Citation II.

Cessna Citation Landing Arlington Texas

Video of a Cessna Citation Encore CE-560 takeoff, cruise and landing at Arlington Airport (GKY). On this flight the copilot is the flying pilot. Arlington is about 10 miles south of the DFW airport. Due to its close proximity to DFW, Air Traffic Control requires arriving private jets to descend below the arrival and departure gates of DFW, and then are vectored around DFW to the east. This routing takes arriving aircraft right over the Dallas love airport at a relatively low altitude. In the video the citation flies over Dallas love then turns to the west. At this point the crew gets a Traffic Alert from the TCAS(Terminal Collision Avoidance System) but pass well to the side of the VFR traffic. They then descend and after crossing over the Grand Prairie Airport are cleared for the visual approach to runway 16 and land. Getting into theses smaller general aviation airports where your passengers are closer to their destination is one of the huge advantages to having access to a business jet.

Cessna Citation II Night Flight

A Night flight over the St. Louisarea in a Cessna Citation II (CE-550) business jet. On  a clear night the lights from large cities can often be seen by pilots up to 200 miles away.