Tuesday, April 21, 2009
From Cirrus To Citation
JetAviva puts its clients into the left seat of light jets
|Video footage by Sean O’Leary|
SStandard traffic pattern at KASE, which sits at an elevation of 7,820 feet on the southern end of a valley surrounded by 14,000-foot mountains, calls for aircraft to land on runway 15 and depart on 33.
Marty Sprinzen (right) and one of his aviation mentors, Cyrus Sigari (left) of JetAviva.
Single-pilot jet operations in mountainous terrain at a high-elevation airport flying a nonstandard traffic pattern in turbulence isn’t for the faint of heart. Throw in a screaming terrain alert, and it’s enough to rattle the staunchest nerve. But my left-seater keeps his composure and, on final, methodically states, “In a position to land, flaps to landing,” and maintains 94 knots over the numbers, extra airspeed for the gusty conditions.
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