Tuesday, July 5, 2011
10 Tips For Stepping Up
If you’re considering the leap from piston to turbine, here’s what you need to know
While generally more expensive to purchase or operate, turbine aircraft are more reliable than piston-powered aircraft, and offer significant increases in performance, safety and general peace of mind. TBO times are longer for turbines, which also offer increased payload, range and speed. With the advancements in technology and increased efficiency garnered from new turbine-engine technologies and avionics automation, pilots are finding it easier to make the transition. Subsequently, a new market landscape exists for pilots who have exhausted the operational envelope of their piston-powered aircraft.
For many, the thought of making "the leap" to turbine-powered aircraft may be overwhelming, both financially and operationally. As president and cofounder of jetAVIVA (www.jetAVIVA.com), a company that has helped several hundred owner-pilots make the leap, I've compiled the following top 10 tips to help untangle the mystery of making the transition.
1. Join An Owner groupAs you make the journey down the path of turbine ownership, owner groups for turbine-powered planes can be a great resource. Most have hundreds of members who participate in annual conventions, online forums, training seminars, safety meetings, technical conferences and social gatherings. The sidebar lists some of the most active groups.
The few hundred dollars that you spend to join these groups will be one of the best investments you can make along your journey to burning kerosene.
King Air Message Board
Malibu Meridian Owners And Pilots Association
Pilatus Owners And Pilots Association
TBM Owners And Pilots Association
Citation Jet Pilots Owners Association
Eclipse 500 Club
Phenom Jet Association
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