A Beechcraft Super King Air 350 lands on runway 25 at the Eagle County Regional airport west of Vail Colorado. Located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Eagle airport often makes top ten lists of extreme or dangerous airports. This is due to its high elevation, mountainous terrain and unpredictable weather. The approach to runway 25 at Eagle starts at the Kremmling VOR (RLG) 30 miles to the north east. This routing takes aircraft over rugged mountainous terrain that on pretty days can be one of North America’s prettiest areas to fly in. Unfortunately when the weather turns bad it can also be an area which needs to be approached with the greatest of respect. Mountain flying can be rewarding but, treacherous for the unsuspecting aviator. At an elevation of 6,540 feet, Eagle is one of the highest airports in the US and aircraft performance needs to be looked at closely before going. In addition, at the height of the sky season, the FAA imposes a slot system for arriving and departing private aircraft to better facilitate traffic flow. In this video we are flying into Eagle/vail just after the first snow fall of the season.
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.
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.
The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a four engine bomber with a crew of 10 that the Army Air force flew during the Second World War. Used primarily during the European air war, the B-17 could carry up to 8,000 lbs of bombs and with a reduced bomb load had a maximum range of 2,000 miles. Its four Wright R-1820-97 Cyclone turbo supercharged radial engines produced 1,200 horsepower each. Its max speed is 287 mph and it has a service ceiling of 35,600 ft. Named the flying fortress it was heavily armed with 13 .50 cal M2 machine guns. The top instrument panel is from N390TH “liberty Belle” a B-17G which was lost on June 13,2011 just outside Aurora Illinois. “Liberty Belle had just departed Aurora when a fire broke out in the number 2 engine. Unable to extinguish the fire the crew made a forced landing in a farmer’s field and the ensuing fire destroyed the aircraft. Fortunately, all aboard made it out safely and no one was injured. The second instrument panel is from N3509G a B-17G named “Miss Angela”. The Palm Springs Air Museum is home for “Miss Angela”. Both aircraft are g models which have the twin .50 cal. chin turrets built into the lower nose. Boeing built over 8,600 B-17G’s and only twelve of these are still flyable.
The Cessna Citation VII, the last of the Citation 650’s, is an upgraded Citation III powered by two Garrett TFE731-4r-2s turbofan engines capable of producing 4,080 lbs of thrust. It has a maximum cruise speed of 480 knots, a range of 2,000 nm and a 51,000 ft service ceiling. The VII was Cessna’s corporate jet that it marketed against the Lear Jet lineup of high speed private jets. The 7 is capable of .85 Mach or 85% the speed of sound. Cessna surpassed this when they built the Citation X which is capable of mach .92. A total of 119 VII’s were built.
A Citation 550 crosses the beach at 3,000 ft for a landing at Naples Florida
A Cessna Citation Encore, CE-560 private jet instrument panel during a recent night flight. The Encore has a 3 tube Honeywell Primus 1000 integrated avionics system, RDU’s for radio frequency tuning and a Megitt standby attitude indicator for emergency use. The EFIS and MFD indications show this aircraft is flying north at an altitude of 34,000 ft at a true airspeed of 433 knots and is on a direct course to Rochester Minnesota.
A Cessna citation Encore CE-560 lands during a snow shower at the Springfield Illinois airport.
A Cessna Citation CE-560 passes low over a train during a training flight. We were doing multiple practice approaches at Scott Air Force Base in preparation for a type ride with the FAA. Scott is a joint use base with the the Air Force on one side and general aviation businesses on the other. This approach was an ILS to runway 32R with a 200 foot decision height. We got the minimums call(200′) as we passed over the train. If you fly, be safe. If you don’t, call your local airport and sign up for an introductory flying lesson.
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.