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Ownership • Your mission matters.
Inbox • November 2020
Your Own Gear • Our faves from a wide range of tools
Safe Return for the Vision Jet • Cirrus gets Garmin Autoland certified on its single-engine jet.
Marketplace Update • Aircraft sales reflect the current environment.
Next Great Flight • After the annual inspection
How do I know I’m ready to buy my first airplane?
Strong Winds and Hard Times • The insurance industry reflects the current mood.
Decorah Detonation • More than a hiccup
Unqualified—But Not Disqualified • Many knew, but there was no way to tell.
Flight Simulator • The next generation of aviators
WIPAIRE’S FAMILY on FLOATS • Practical solutions for float planes
BEST PRACTICES FOR FLOATPLANE OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE
PIPER COLT • A REAL CONTENDER
AIRPLANES • Bombardier / Falcon / Gul fstream / Textron Aviation / Daher / Epic / Lancair / CubCrafters / LSAs
Bombardier Global 7500 • Bombardier Aviation is ramping up deliveries of its flagship Global 7500 ultralong-range business jet. The Canadian aircraft builder says the Global 8000, a slightly higherpowered and longer-legged aircraft, will for now remain only a development program. A company spokesman says, “Given that the majority of our orders are for Global 7500 aircraft, we are first and foremost focused on delivering to those customers.”
Dassault Falcon 6X • Dassault Aviation says its roomiest new aircraft, the Falcon 6X, is making steady progress toward its first flight scheduled for early 2021, despite the harsh economic conditions around the world. The company says 6X certification and entry into service remain on schedule for 2022. Production operations at Dassault’s main assembly facilities at Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport in France have returned to normal following a brief disruption occasioned by the COVID-19 crisis.
Gulfstream G700 • Gulfstream’s innovative aircraf t-development programs hit a new high with the debut of the G700, introduced at the National Business Aviation Association conference in October 2019. It’s target? Nothing less than combining what the company promotes as “the industry’s most spacious cabin with the highest speeds at the longest range.” A fair statement? Perhaps—powered by twin Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines at a rated takeoff thrust of 18,250 pounds, the G700 is poised to take Gulfstream to the next level.
Beechcraft King Air 360 • The new flagships of the Beechcraft line, the King Air 360 and 360ER, saw daylight in August with the announcement by Textron Aviation. With autothrottles, better pressurization and increased cabin comfort, the latest King Air aims for easing pilot workload, as well as turning a 56-year-old workhorse into one that’s a bit more user-friendly and firmly planted in the modern age.
TBM 940 • Daher has pushed forward into a new level of safety with the certification in July of the HomeSafe emergency landing system—the latest iterat ion of Garmin’s Autoland. The system comes standard on all TBM 940s moving forward, and it’s available as a retrofit on all 2020 models previously delivered, at a cost of $85,000.
Epic E1000 GX • Epic Aircraft won Flying’s 2020 Innovation Award for the original E1000, which indicates the level of design and engineering that went into the nearly two...