Wining, Dining and Opining at PJA Napa Conference
The Phenom Jet Association's Spring 2014 Conference at the Bardessono in Yountville, California, was a superb event on all counts.
We had two mornings of informative sessions including Phenom 100 and 300 technical briefings from Embraer; presentations from Olivier Demacon on the Prodigy Touch 3000 and Neil Singer on runway landing distance factors and calculations; and spirited Roundtable discussions on various issues having to do with the operation and care of Phenoms.
Of note was Embraer's announcement that the main landing gear inspection interval has been increased to eight years from seven, with the goal being a 10-year inspection interval. Embraer also reported on its investigation of lateral oscillations when landing a Phenom 100 in a crosswind, and actions it will take so pilots can avoid such oscillations.
The social aspect of the conference was most enjoyable, with guests exploring the many wineries in the region -- including by bicycle; taking in cooking demonstrations at the Culinary Institute of America; and enjoying spectacular views of California wine country from the cockpits of a P-51, T-6, and Stearman.
The evenings were especially nice, with a Welcome Reception at the bardessono on Thursday, a fabulous wine-tasting dinner at Caymus Vineyards on Friday, and on Saturday evening a multi-course Italian dinner at Chef Michael Chiraello's Bottega Restaurant in Yountville, courtesy of Embraer Executive Jet Services.
You can see photos of the event and view the technical presentations when you Click Here.
We'd love to hear your suggestions for where our Spring 2015 conference should be held.
Phenoms to Paris in 2015?
Speaking of conference venues, Olivier Demacon, who is based in Paris with Phenom 300 owner Phillip Lacrosse, is eager to have a Phenom Jet Association conference in Paris some time in 2015, possibly late summer or early fall. Flight planning for the Atlantic crossing would be provided, and mentor pilots will be available for those members who have not done a crossing before. More details to come!
Registration Opens for Phenomenal 2104 in Coeur d'Alene
For the first time, the Phenom Jet Association will hold its annual PHENOMENAL conference in conjunction with Embraer's annual Executive Operators Conference (EEOC), and Embraer's unique Flight Operations Engineering Course (FOEC). The conferences will be held consecutively from September 3-8, 2014 at The Coeur d'Alene Resort in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Coeur d'Alene is a small resort town on the north shore of beautiful Lake Coeur d'Alene in far northern Idaho. Coeur d'Alene is served by a fine general aviation airport, Pappy Boyington Field (KCOE), while airline service is via Spokane International (KGEG), 38 miles to the west.
For more information about the conferences, and to register, Click Here.
Christensen Named President of PJA Board
The board of directors of the Phenom Jet Association has elected Keith Christensen to serve out Jim Frost's term as President of the Board. The term runs until the annual conference in September, when the board elects officers for the coming year. Keith is the owner and pilot of N32KC, s/n 63 Phenom 100, and is one of five original members of the board. He and his wife Kristina live and work in Salt Lake City.
"I accept this position with a heavy heart, as it's just so hard to lose such a wonderful friend and leader," Keith said. "I will forever miss Jim. He will always be in all of our thoughts. He was a guy who simply is not replaceable, but I will do everything I can to help the Association."
Keith can be reached at email@example.com.
Call for Candidates for Director Position
Phenom Jet Association members will elect a new director this year to replace founding director and president of the board, Jim Frost.
Each candidate must be a current Active member of the association (Phenom 100 or 300 owner or operator, or Phenom type-rated pilot), and be willing to attend and participate in board meetings (typically held in person at the spring and annual conferences and at other times via telephone conferencing).
You can nominate yourself or another Active member of the association. All nominations must be submitted by Sunday, July 20 -- 45 days in advance of the annual conference. Each candidate will be asked to provide a brief biography. The full slate of qualifying candidates, with bios, will be submitted to the membership for voting. All votes must be submitted by Tuesday, August 19 -- 15 days before the annual conference. The winner will be announced at the annual conference in Coeur d'Alene.
Please submit nominations to Mark Twombly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submitters' names will be kept confidential.
John Wood's Panoramic Phenom Photos
When John Wood gets interested in something, he really gets interested. He recently became interested in photography, and his restless engineering mind led him to learn about panoramic photography. Using very sophisticated photo techniques and computer "stitching," he has created stunning 360-degree panoramic photos of his airplane. His latest effort can be seen at https://www.360cities.net/image/phenom-100-cockpit-1#0.80,28.90,60.0 Look at it on a desktop or laptop, and then your mobile device. It's pretty cool!
Use that +V Guidance on Non-WAAS GPS Approaches
In his latest "Eye of the Mentor" column, Phenom Jet Association Pilot Proficiency Advisor Neil Singer says that "What the first GPS did for lateral navigation, WAAS has done for vertical navigation. Yet some pilots still aren't taking full advantage of WAAS capability, and some training providers are teaching procedures that hobble a major safety benefit that WAAS presents."
Singer points out that WAAS-capable Garmin navigators can create vertical guidance as part of most GPS approaches without published WAAS minimums. "This advisory vertical guidance turns an LNAV-only approach into an 'LNAV+V' approach," he notes. "Where '+V' vertical guidance is available, the autopilot is fully capable of coupling to the vertical path, as if the approach was a full-blown LPV or ILS.
"Yet many pilots conduct this type of approach in the same manner they would a VOR or NDB, setting the MDA in the altitude selector and using vertical speed mode to reach MDA. It is true that the presence of vertical guidance on an LNAV approach doesn't change the MDA, nor make it an official APV (approach with vertical guidance) in the eyes of the FAA. However, there's no reason not to use the same procedure to fly the approach as if it were an LPV, coupling vertically via the GP (glide path) mode, and never leveling off at MDA."
For more on why you should be taking advantage of GPS glide path guidance whenever possible, Click Here to see Neil's latest "Eye of the Mentor" column.