Monthly Archives: December 2011

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.

A Citation Encore Corporate Jet

Cockpit and interior cabin view of a Cessna Citation Encore CE-560 landing at Sarasota Florida. The encore is a private jet capable of comfortably carrying eight passengers. It’s maximum altitude is 45,000 ft and it cruises at 420 kts. With full fuel it has a 1,700 mile range. The Encore is the last Citation that Cessna built in its Citation 500 series of aircraft.

North American P-51 Mustang Start and Takeoff

“Ain’t Misbehavin” is a North American P-51D Mustang. The Mustang, a long range escort fighter, was capable of flying 6-hour missions. During the air war in Europe, USAAF bombers were taking heavy losses due to the inability of fighter escorts to accompany the bomber formations deep into Nazi Germany. Once the fighters turned back, the bombers were vulnerable and German fighters would slice through the formations. The Mustang had the ability to accompany Allied bombers to Germany and back. With its arrival, the Luftwaffe had met its match over the skies of Germany. It was armed with six .50 caliber M2 Browning machine guns and powered by a 1,695 horsepower Packard Merlin V-1650-7 turbocharged liquid-cooled engine. Max speed was 437 mph and ceiling was 42,000 ft. During the war more than 15,000 Mustangs were built.

North American T-6 Texan Start

A friend goes out for some aerobatics in a North American T-6 Texan.Start and takeoff. The North American Aviation T-6 Texan was a single-engine advanced trainer used by the Army Air Force during the Second World War. It was powered by a 600 hp Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN-1 Wasp Radial Engine. The Texan cruised at 145 mph and had a 730 mile range. Today it is a popular airshow performer.

Princess Juliana Airport, in St Maarten. Landing Aircraft cross Maho Beach

Plane spotting on Maho Beach at St Maarten also known as St Martin. This beautiful island is home to one of the best places in the world for plane spotting, Princess Juliana International Airport. Most of these pictures were taken from the Sunset Beach Bar. The bar has a large surfboard planted in the sand which is used to post the arrival times for the 747’s and other large airliners arriving that day. The road between the beach and the runway is sunken about two feet but even so, locals using the road check for landing aircraft before crossing. tourist can often be seen clinging to the fence enduring the jet blast from departing aircraft. It makes for a nice experience, have a beer and wait for the next photo opportunity.