In the 1950s, the Air Force discussed the need for a small utility jet. Lockheed built the prototype JetStar in anticipation of the formal request for proposal, but the request was never issued. Lockheed decided to continue development and promote the JetStar as a business aircraft.A product of Kelly Johnson’s Skunk Works division, the JetStar (Lockheed designation L-1329 and L-329) went from concept to a flying prototype in 241 days. The JetStar’s first flight was in September 1957 and production aircraft entered service in 1961—just one year ahead of the smaller North American Sabreliner (first flight Sept 1958). The registration number of the first aircraft was N329J—the “J” was for Kelly Johnson.
The Aero Commander was a Class Leader that could not quite keep up with its markets. Aero Commander appeared to have it all: performance, ease of flight, passenger comfort, distinctive design, access to most airports, high-profile air show performances, first-to-market, even a Presidential endorsement... Despite its popularity, Aero Commander faced serious safety issues.
At AircraftSales.US, we love airplanes! We love looking at airplanes and we get to see hundreds every week. Once in a while, we come across some that we fall in love with, some that we think are a really good deal, some that we REALLY want to fly, and some that are just strange. The AN-2 is one of those aircraft.
Aside from actually buying an aircraft and maintaining it, one of the largest fixed costs you will face in owning private planes, or any aircraft, is the insurance. Insurance isn’t an option—it is a necessity. If you are financing the purchase of a new or used aircraft, there will likely be a minimum amount of insurance that you will have to carry. And while the cost to ensure your aircraft may seem excessive at first blush, it pales in comparison to the cost associated with covering a loss—especially if the loss injures a passenger or damages property on the ground.
The cold has a dramatic impact on the functioning of just about every machine under the sun. This can include your car, your air conditioning and if you have one, even your plane. Here are 5 effective ways to prepare your aircraft for cold weather.
Preheat Your Engine
You should preheat your plane’s engine prior to starting it whenever temperatures drop anywhere below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. While most engine manufacturers place the minimum starting temperature a bit lower, it’s usually better to be safe than sorry.
Cover the Engine
Snow or, for those of you in Florida, rain can be damaging if it gets into your plane’s engine. It can cause rusting and, in some cases, your fan to lock up. This is yet another reason to preheat your engine. If your fan does lock up due to rain, water, or snow, it’s better to identify the problem sooner rather than later.