A different flight slope – 2019

This week I’m taking a break from general aviation to join up on a different flight slope – The ski slopes in Vail Colorado. It’s “high altitude” but my feet are still on the ground. We hope you can take some time off this season to rest and enjoy fellowship with family and friends.

2008 Cirrus Perspective SR22TN Turbo photo by wikiWings
2008 Cirrus Perspective SR22TN Turbo with TKS inadvertent de-icing system, photo by wikiWings

Blue sky!

The GAMA 2019 State of the Industry press conference is next week

GAMA Chairman and Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. President Mark Burns and GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce will present the GAMA 2019 State of the Industry press conference on Wednesday February 20, 2019. They will also unveil the 2018 year-end aircraft shipment and billings numbers and discuss industry priorities for the year ahead.

We’ll summarize the general aviation shipments for piston engine planes, single prop turbines and light jets in future posts.

Damn the magnetos, full speed ahead!

Magnetos are an archaic mechanical device from a by-gone era. Prone to drift and fail. The FAA knows this. That’s why the FAA requires mandatory 500 hour magneto inspections and repairs (IRANs).

Do you realize – to get 2,000 hours from a Cirrus piston engine airplane you’ll spend between $6,000 to $10,000 on magnetos alone. Piston engine manufacturers and airplane companies don’t seem to care.

It reminds me of Admiral David Farragut’s famous quote from 1864 in the battle of Mobile Bay “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” It’s from the 19th century. The same century in which the first magneto was invented – 1832.

Admiral Farragut’s shout out was on Mobile Bay in Alabama, which is the same bay that the Continental Motors factory sits across from. Here’s our shout out.

Deliver us piston electronic ignition! Come on – we’re in the 21st century! For aviation safety, reliability, and operating cost this should become a GA priority.

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The COPA U.S.A. Conference 2019 will be held in New Orleans, LA October 17-19

“A 17-year tradition continues in New Orleans, LA, with hundreds of Cirrus aircraft arriving to attend the annual COPA meeting, trade show, educational seminars, and social events.” It’s called COPA Migration 17 (M17).

The Hilton New Orleans Riverside will serve as the M17 base of ops for meetings, including trade show and seminars. On Friday morning, COPA will hold its annual meeting and safety stand down. There will be an M17 social banquet on Saturday night.

The annual COPA Migrations host the largest gathering of COPA members each year. If you’re interested in Cirrus airplanes you should plan on attending. Early registration begins soon.

Here are a few benefits of joining Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association COPA

Here are a few of the benefits to joining Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association (COPA). Many pilots become members before purchasing a Cirrus Aircraft.

With a membership, you’ll receive a subscription to the Cirrus Pilot Magazine and the annual safety edition.

Do you have a question about Cirrus airplanes? Odds are it’s already been answered. If not, join into the conversation and ask a question. You’ll have access to an expansive list of COPA Forum topics online.

Interested in flight safety? You’ll have access to Cirrus Aircraft Safety Information. You can review the specific history of 83 Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS) saves, Cirrus accident rates, Cirrus Pilot Proficiency Program (CPPP) and more.

Membership gives you easy reference to local, regional and national Cirrus Seminars, Social Events, and Aviation Discounts.

Join today – it’s easy and affordable.

You should join Cirrus Owners & Pilots Association if . . .

You should join Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) if you’re interested in Cirrus Aircraft. The organization has thousands of members and a comprehensive informational website.

We’ll review some of the benefits and topics of COPA over the next several weeks.

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

High Flight 2018

“Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

Sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth
 of sun-split clouds, –
And done a hundred things
 You have not dreamed of —
Wheeled and soared and swung
 high in the sunlit silence.
Hovering there, I’ve chased the shouting wind along,
And flung
 my eager craft through footless halls of air . . .

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
Where never lark, or even eagle flew;

And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and [sought] the face of God.”

In memory of the author: John Gillespie Magee, Jr. (b. June 9, 1922 – d. December 11, 1941); an American aviator with RCAF and son of Christian Missionaries.

I trust your flying in 2018 was memorable and I hope all your dreams of flight become reality in The New Year. Merry Christmas and Shalom.

References: Isa 58:14; PS 19:1; Ex 33:18-23; 2 Chr 7:14

Visit an Aviation Museum

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Chantilly Virginia, photo credit wikiWings
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Chantilly Virginia, photo credit wikiWings

In 2018, if you have not visited an aviation museum schedule a trip. Chose a local or cross country destination spot. In Houston, it might be the Lone Star Flight Museum located at the corner of Aerospace Avenue and Challenger at Ellington Airport. Select a destination and take family and friends.

The Lone Star Flight Museum

11551 Aerospace Avenue

Houston, Texas 77034

Thanksgiving 2018

It’s Thanksgiving week. A time to stop and be still. A time to reflect.

With gladness, our founding fathers acknowledged the benefits and mercies which God bestowed upon them. Let us not neglect praise to Him for our many good provisions. The ordinary and extraordinary – such as, General Aviation. Our opportunity 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 with family and friends (Ps 100:1-5; Ro 6:23).

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

 

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