Happy Independence Day!

The Washington Monument and Flags of the United States of America, Washington DC, photo credit wikiWings
The Washington Monument and Flags of the United States of America, Washington DC, photo credit wikiWings

Happy July 4th 1776!

As we celebrate our nation’s two hundred forty-one years of freedom we honor those dedicated to its preservation. With respect and gratitude we thank the men and women of our armed forces, law enforcement, Homeland security, fire and rescue and many others that give us the land of the free because they are brave.

We hope that you have an enjoyable and safe July 4th week. God bless The United States of America.

Wheels Up! 2017

Welcome! This is the fourth anniversary of general aviation writing at wikiWings®. During the year, we added articles on airplane operating costs which is a significant topic of interest for pilots.  There are now more than 73 detailed posts on the cost to fly. You can view the operating cost articles in chronological order by selecting “categories” on the wikiWings home page (Select Category is located in the right side margin). Just click on “Cost of Ownership” in the drop-down menu.

Cirrus Aircraft enthusiasts, Austin Texas 2016, photo credit wikiWings
Cirrus Aircraft enthusiasts, Austin Texas 2016, photo credit wikiWings

This past year, we congratulated the Cirrus Aircraft team for certification of the SF50 Personal Jet and posted eight articles on the new Vision jet including its expected operating cost. Continue reading “Wheels Up! 2017”

We joined Cirrus Aircraft enthusiasts in Austin Texas – May 2017

Cirrus Austin Texas Get Together May 2017, photo credit wikiWings
Cirrus Austin Texas Get Together May 2017, photo credit wikiWings

On May 6, 2017, the second Cirrus Austin Texas Get Together (CATGT) occurred at Austin Executive Airport (KEDC). People arrived by both car and plane. Once again, music lightened the air and aircraft were on display in the large Hendrix Jet Center hangar next to the FBO.  Several new G6 and G5 SR22’s were there along with the new Cirrus Jet.  Rudy’s catered a great barbecue food feast.  More than 120 Cirrus enthusiasts came together for an evening of music, food, fellowship and learning.

It was another example of the “Cirrus Life.” A journey with memorable moments and people carried along in personal stories about flying.  It’s also about how today’s general aviation is transforming life among business, family and friends.

The 2017 Cirrus Vision SF50 Personal Jet was front and center.  It was my first time to see the jet in person.  The ramp stature of the aircraft is impressive. It has a higher stance and larger presence than the Eclipse Jet. And, the “V” quad tail is a striking style statement.  Inside is a first class interior with a state-of-the-art avionics flight deck – called Cirrus Perspective Touch™ by Garmin. Continue reading “We joined Cirrus Aircraft enthusiasts in Austin Texas – May 2017”

Soar we now . . .

Clouds rising. Tribute to Soar we now, Charles Wesley, 1739
Clouds rising. Tribute to “Soar we now . . . . ” Charles Wesley, 1739

It’s Good Friday.  I hope you can take some time off, rest this weekend, and say indeed  “Christ the Lord is Risen Today,”  As Charles Wesley wrote, circa 1739 –

Soar we now where Christ has led;
Following our exalted Head;
Made like him, like him we rise;
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies. Alleluia!

1 Cor. 15:1-8; & 12-28; 1 Tim 1:17

A different flight slope 2017

West Lionshead, Vail Village in Vail Colorado, photo credit wikiWings
West Lionshead, a view from the room, Vail Village in Vail Colorado, with front side ski slopes in the background, photo credit wikiWings

This week I’m taking a break from general aviation to join up on a different flight slope – The ski slopes at Vail Resort in Vail, Colorado. Nine inches of powder in the past few days.  PowPow.  It’s “high altitude” but my feet are still on the ground.

I hope you can take some time off to enjoy rest and fellowship with family and friends also. Blue sky!

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High Flight 2016

2008 SR22TN-G3, 194 knots TAS, 75% power, FL 20,000 feet, photo credit wikiWings
2008 SR22TN-G3, 194 knots TAS, 75% power, FL 20,000 feet, photo credit wikiWings

Pilots have a different perspective. Flying above everything on the ground and at times soaring into the flight levels.  This year our Cirrus SR22 Turbo high flight was 20,000 feet on a short cross-country (less than 3 hours). Continue reading “High Flight 2016”

Thanksgiving – Take time to reflect on your blessings

Sharing general aviation with family, friends and the next generation, photo credit wikiWings
Sharing general aviation with family, friends and the next generation, photo credit wikiWings

It’s Thanksgiving week.  We should give thanks each day but this is a special week before the end of the year.  A time to stop and be still.  A time to reflect.

Our founding fathers, took this time of year to acknowledge and confess with gladness the benefits and mercies which God had bestowed upon them. Let us not neglect reflection and the giving of thanks to God for His many good provisions.

I’m thankful for the many ordinary comforts God has provided and for extraordinary ones – like general aviation.  The gift to ride modern chariots in God’s magnificent heavens.  And, to share that experience with family, friends and the next generation.

Hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving (Ps 100:1-5; Ro 6:23).

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We joined Cirrus Aircraft enthusiasts in Austin Texas – Oct 2016

Cirrus Aircraft enthusiasts, Austin Texas 2016, photo credit wikiWings
Cirrus Aircraft enthusiasts, Austin Texas 2016, photo credit wikiWings

It’s been coined the “Cirrus Life,” a journey of memorable moments and people carried along in personal stories about flying.  It’s also a story about today’s general aviation transportation and how it’s transforming life among businesses, family and friends (#CirrusLife).

At Austin Executive airport, an almost spontaneous gathering of about ninety Cirrus enthusiasts occurred on October 8, 2016.  I understand it was the idea of Ed McCombs who is a relatively new owner of a Cirrus SR22.  He had enjoyed a gathering of Cirrus pilots at EAA Airventure in Oshgosh Wisconsin and wanted to create a similar dinner event locally. People arrived by car and plane.

Here are some of the moments that occurred that day. Continue reading “We joined Cirrus Aircraft enthusiasts in Austin Texas – Oct 2016”

Veterans Day Salute, honoring all who serve

In honor and recognition to the brave men and women who serve our country in the armed forces. We respect your courage, commitment and sacrifice in service to your country. Thank you for protecting us and our freedom. God bless America.

Piloting the SR22TN Cirrus Perspective by Garmin at 12,000 feet, photo credit wikiWings
Piloting the SR22TN Cirrus Perspective by Garmin at 12,000 feet, photo credit wikiWings

Memorable moments and a major life event – when aviators and non-aviators alike enjoy the beauty and freedom of general aviation flying across this great country.

Passenger comfort in a SR22TN Cirrus Perspective, photo credit by wikiWings
non-aviator enjoying the freedom and beauty of general aviation flying 12,000 feet above the turbulence in a SR22TN Cirrus Perspective, God bless America! photo credit by wikiWings

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This year 4 words changed general aviation

The Vision SF50 Personal Jet by Cirrus Aircraft
The Vision SF50 Personal Jet by Cirrus Aircraft, photo credit wikiWings

On October 30, 2016 at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) meeting in Orlando Florida a major announcement was made by Cirrus Aircraft and its leaders who are known for innovation. It was this year that 4 words have again changed general aviation – “Cirrus Jet is certified.” It’s the world’s first single engine personal jet to meet FAA certification. This milestone is acclaimed as a new era in general aviation personal transportation.

Dale Klapmeier, Cirrus Aircraft co-founder, CEO and U.S. National Aviation Hall of Fame member said, “Just as the SR series of high-performance piston aircraft has forever changed aviation, the impact of the Vision Jet on personal and regional transportation is going to be even more profound. Never before has a turbine aircraft solution come along that rewrites the rules in so many ways – iconic design, ease of operation, smart economics, simplified ownership and more.”

A New Category by Design

“The Vision Jet defines the new single-engine Personal Jet category by its spacious, pilot and passenger-friendly cabin with expansive windows, reclining seats and comfortable legroom that can accommodate up to five adults and two children. The cabin is complemented by the proprietary Cirrus Perspective® Touch™ by Garmin® flight deck, which delivers a wide array of highly sophisticated, easy-to-use global navigation capabilities and safety features to the pilot at the touch of a finger. Powering the Flight-Into-Known-Ice (FIKI) approved Vision Jet is a single, smart FADEC-controlled Williams International FJ33-5A turbofan engine.” Continue reading “This year 4 words changed general aviation”