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Airliner Takeoffs and Landings

Flying a private jet doesn’t mean you’re totally isolated from the airline world. At larger airports General aviation service providers, called FBO’s or Fixed Based Operators provide a variety of services to arriving and departing private aircraft. FBOs may occupy one side of the field and the airline terminal the other. At smaller airports these FBOs are often the only business selling services such as fuel, maintenance, or hanger space. Even though they may be operating on the same airport, for security reasons, private aircraft are not allowed to pick up or drop off passengers at the airline terminal. But, you may see an airliner like a Boeing 737 or an Airbus 320 in airline colors parked on the general aviation ramp. This often happens when extra space is needed for parking or the airline may be doing a special charter like flying a sports team. Often FBOs will drive passengers from private flights to the terminal or back. If an aircraft is going to be on the ground for an extended period or needs to be picked up from a service center, pilots need to be repositioned. In these cases the company will buy airline tickets for the repositioning crew. All of the video from inside 737s was taken during crew repositioning flights. Many of the airline takeoffs and landings in this video were taken from general aviation ramps. Takeoff and landing by various airliners.

Cessna Citation Excel Cockpit, Cabin, and Landing

Cessna Citation 560XL CabinThe Cessna Citation Excel, also known as the 560XL, is a comfortable highly reliable medium-sized private turbofan jet manufactured by Cessna Aircraft in Wichita, Kansas. In its design of the Citation 560XL Cessna blended it’s previously popular designs by using a shortened Citation X standup cabin attached to a Citation V wing and tail. They then added the highly efficient Pratt & Whitney Canada PW500 turbofan to power this roomy business jet. For easy landings, trailing link landing gear was added to give the pilot the ability to make those glassy smooth landings over and over again. In its standard configuration it has 8 plush passenger seats and a fully enclosed lavatory. During its production run 308 were built then Cessna switched to building the 560XLS with upgraded PW545B engines with even better performance. In the Excel cockpit pilot work load is reduced by the integrated Honeywell Primus 1000 avionics suite and Full Authority Digital Engine control for the engines. To set engine power the flying pilot simply advances the throttles to the appropriate detent and the FADEC system adjust all engine parameters for the requested power setting. This aircraft is a top of the line performer with its straight laminar wing and large turbo fan engines. it can take off in 3,590 feet and climb to cruise altitude in just 18 minutes. This airplane is easy to fly and great for short runways and high altitude airports like Eagle and aspen. Maximum takeoff weight 20,200 lbs Cruise speed: 435 ktas Range: 1,700 nm Service ceiling: 45,000 ft Rate of climb: 3,500 ft/min
Video is of a Cessna Citation Excel 560xl takeoff, landing, cockpit and interior cabin.

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 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.

Cessna Citation II Landing in Rain


The Cockpit view from a Cessna Citation 550 corporate jet as we fly around weather. We use weather radar and a GNS 530 with XM Satellite and WX Weather Service to avoid the cells.  This combination is the best way to go. I like to think of the Garmin as my strategic display for weather planning and the weather radar as my tactical display for maneuvering around cells. At our destination we have to fly around some cells and get into a little rain just before landing.

A Cessna Citation Encore Corporate Jet landing Sarasota FL

The Cessna Citation Encore (CE-560) is an 8 seat private jet that cruises at 420 kts, has a 1,800 nm range and will climb non stop to 45,000 ft. It’s powered by two Pratt and Whitney PW535A engines generating 3,400 lbs of thrust each. It has great short field performance and is a favorite among the straight wing Citations. This video shows the cockpit instrument panel with the Primus 1000 avionics suite and cabin interior as well as a cockpit view of the landing at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport SRQ.

Cessna Citation II Cockpit and Landing

A Cessna Citation II landing on runway 30L at the Cahokia Illinois airport. The Citation II is an eight seat corporate jet that cruises at 365 kts. Cessna’s citation corporate jets fly all over the world and have been one of the most successful private jets ever built.