Sun n’ Fun – P-51 Mustang Day

April 7, 2017
April 7, 2017

Sun n' Fun

Sun n’ Fun – P-51 Mustang Day

There were more than 16,000 P-51 Mustangs built during its four decades of active military use. According to the website www.mustangsmustangs.com there are only 296 complete survivors. Of those 296, only 175 are in airworthy condition. Sun n’ Fun was fortunate enough to have 12 of those aircraft both in the air and on display at today’s show. In honor of its 30th anniversary, Stallion 51 from Kissimmee, Florida, a training facility for the P-51, organized the gathering from graduates of its program.

In 1940 the British Government approached North American Aviation to build Curtis P-40 Fighters for the Royal Air Force. Instead of building the older P-40, North American proposed a new, more modern design and thus the P-51 was born. The first prototype flew less than 120 days after the contract was signed. The original aircraft powered by an Alison engine was found to have challenges with high altitude performance. Replacing the Allison with a Rolls Royce Merlin engine solved that problem and created that distinctive P-51 sound that every airshow junkie loves.

Airshow visitors had the opportunity to see aerial demonstrations from Lee Lauderback and Andrew McKenna.  Both pilots fly with the Heritage Flight Team.Sun n' Fun Sun n' Fun Sun n' Fun

According to the US Navy, the difference between an amateur and a professional can be summed up in a few words. To the delight of everyone at the airshow today, the remainder of the US Navy Blue Angles Demonstration Team arrived today. As the F-18’s took to the sky for what we all understood to be a practice session we were corrected by the announcer. “Amateurs practice. Professionals rehearse.” Based on today’s rehearsal, the Blue Angels are real pros.

Sun n' Fun

Fly safe,

Ken

G3000 TBM 930

Sales Manager
Daher Sales

SUN ’n FUN Int’l Fly-In & Expo

http://www.columbiaairservices.com

 

Sun n’ Fun – Transition Day

April 6, 2017
April 6, 2017

Sun n' Fun

Sun n’ Fun – Transition Day

With so many examples of fine aircraft at Sun n’ Fun it is difficult to select any one as a standout.  The T33 aka Shooting Star has always been a personal favorite since my Revell model building days (I’m dating myself and many of you won’t even know what I’m talking about, but that’s OK because those who do will understand).
Developed by Lockheed from their P80, the T33 featured a longer fuselage and a second seat with flight instruments and controls.  It quickly became the trainer of choice by the military for those pilots transitioning from piston to turbine aircraft.  It lost its roll as a training aircraft to the more advanced T-37 and T-38’s in the mid 1960’s.
The B25 aka Mitchell Bomber is another one of those iconic staples of any airshow.  Built by North American, over 10,000 were built in its four decade service run.  Sun n' Fun
Founded in 1997 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the US Air Force, the Heritage Flight formation has come to be a symbol of honor to all who have served in the USAF.  The formation can include aircraft from any of the conflicts that the USAF has been involved in.  We’ll see and hear more about the P51 later this week. Sun n' Fun
Also later this week…
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Today was a day of transition.  The temperatures are supposed to moderate (it reached 95F (35C) today).  The crowds, though still light, were of the more serious nature.  Even the performances seemed to be unsettled with large gaps between events and a rather slow start to the night airshow (I left after 30 minutes out of sheer boredom).  After all, there are only so many loops, rolls, and hammerheads you can watch, right?

But before you burn my pilots’ certificate, consider this.  In reality, I think that anyone who has attended more than a few shows really goes to see the aircraft both old and new.  The fact that there are some very talented and dedicated owner-pilot-restorers willing to put in the time is what makes these shows so special.  This special group invests capital of both the monetary and emotional kind to bring their passion to the air and to us.

Until tomorrow, fly safe.

G3000 TBM 930

Ken Dono Sales Manager Columbia Aircraft Sales, Inc.

Ken
http://www.flysnf.org/
http://www.columbiaairservices.com/

Sun n’ Fun – Day One

April 5, 2017
April 5, 2017

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Patrouille de France

Sun n’ Fun officially opened today to cloudy skies, lots of heat and humidity.  Reading this data I thought it would be a perfect day for thunderstorms.  I was right but just had the wrong location.  There was a line of storms (see inset) to the north that just hung there all day.  This may have lead to the slower than normal attendance today as several pilots parked and waited for the skies to clear.  But the weather didn’t stop the French Air Force’s Patrouille de France from putting on a great show.
The team consists of 9 members, 8 of which fly the performance.  The ninth member is trained to fly any position except leader. This strategy allows for the performance to go on in the event of an illness or malfunction.  Originally established in 1931 it is the oldest performing military team in the world.
Patrouille de France flies the Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet.  This is only the fifth aircraft in the teams history. Unlike US military teams which rotate members in and out every two years, it is not uncommon to have a member on the Patrouille de France for many years.  In fact, one of the members performing on this years team has been with the team for over 6 years,
The performance starts out with the entire 8 ships performing.  As the show progresses the eight breaks into 2 fours and then smaller groups of 2 and 4.  The above shows two members of a small group performing a head on pass.  I’ll let the next few photos tell a small part of the fantastic performance by this outstanding team.
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The next series, though edited for brevity is really a study in an aircraft maneuver.

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After 25 minutes of non-stop air show, the Patrouille finishes with one of it’s signature manuervers, the Burst.  Each of the aircraft departs the formation in a different direction.

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The skies looked ominous all day with the wind blowing across the runway.  But in true airshow form, the show went on.
Tomorrow is a transition day.  The Patrouille de France will have left and the US Thunderbirds will be enroute.  Assuming the weather holds the line up for tomorrow is another who’s who of the airshow circuit.
G3000 TBM 930

Sales Manager
Daher Sales

Fly safe,
Ken
http://www.columbiaaironline.com/

Sun n’ Fun 2017 – Set Up

April 4, 2017
April 4, 2017

SNF17

Sun n’ Fun 2017 – Set Up Scenes

“Really, this guy could fly the box the it came in…”

Set up for Sun n’ Fun begins days, if not weeks, before the event starts.  With the planning of space, negotiations with local suppliers, move in and such.  But every year on the day before opening there is a frenetic energy to get aircraft in place, tents assembled and materials displayed.  Sometimes one can’t help but find amusement in the drama as it plays out.
This photo is struck me as having so many possibilities I had to share it. The gentleman in the green shirt could be showing off his athletic abilities by performing one handed pull ups.  Or the pilot in the cap (we know he is a pilot because at airshows “real pilots” where caps) is asking what happened to the back half of the copter.  But I think that this a great example of one of them telling the tale of a pilot being so good “he could fly the box the plane came in.”

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The day was filled with the movement of aircraft, trucks, tents and many other things in the final hours before the show opens tomorrow.  Every year I comment on how it seems there are more late arrivals than the year before.  This year was no different with aircraft being towed along side the sound of post hole diggers right up through the evening.

SNF17While many of the exhibitors were still working Daher had the pleasure of hosting the entire Patrouille de France team.  Having the opportunity to meet and talk airplanes with these talented pilots was both fun and educational.  The airport, city and Sun n’ Fun all sent representatives to be part of the evening.  The team will perform their only show at Sun n’ Fun tomorrow, Tuesday, April 4th.

The heat was brutal today with the temperature getting to 88 F (31 C) during the afternoon.  The heat is forecast to continue through Thursday.  When it gets this warm all you can do is drink all the water you can find.
I’m looking forward to a great week here. Thanks for reading.  http://www.flysnf.org/
G3000 TBM 930

Sales Manager
Daher Sales

Fly safe,
Ken

http://www.columbiaairservices.com/

Sun n’ Fun 2017 – Get Ready!

March 31, 2017
March 31, 2017

Sun n' Fun

Sun n’ Fun 2017 – Get Ready!

The show season officially kicks off next week with the 17th annual Sun n’ Fun Fly In in Lakeland, Florida.  In addition to having many of the world’s best of the airshow performers such as the Aeroshell Team, Michael Goulian, Matt Chapman and Lee Lauderback, this years event will feature performances of the US Navy Blue Angels and French Air Force Patrouille de France.  The US Navy Blue Angels need no introduction as their performances have thrilled airshow audiences for over 70 years.  With the exception of the war years, the Patrouille de France has been flying since 1931.  If you’re fortunate enough to be attending Sun n’ Fun on the opening day you will see their first US performance!

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US Navy Blue Angels

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French Air Force Patrouille

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those of us from the northeast Sun n’ Fun provides a welcome change in temperature after the bitter windchills we’ve experienced this year.  (In fact, if you can, get out tomorrow before this weekends nor’easter!).  I hope I have the opportunity to see you in Lakeland.

See you next week.    http://www.flysnf.org/

Fly safe,

G3000 TBM 930

Sales Manager
Daher Sales

http://www.columbiaairservices.com

 

Join us for our Spring into a Piper Event!

March 29, 2017
March 29, 2017

Piper M600

Columbia Aircraft Sales, Inc., Authorized Piper Distributor for New England, NY and NJ – Invites you to our first Piper Event for 2017! We invite you to celebrate Spring with Columbia and Piper Aircraft! Please join us on April 22nd at KGON from 11am to 3pm for light refreshments, aircraft on display and presentations by special guest speakers.

Columbia Aircraft Sales, Inc. looks forward to hosting our first Piper Open house of 2017.   We welcome the opportunity to connect with our current Piper family as well as provide a space for prospective Piper customers to meet our staff and experience all that the M-class has to offer.  We have arranged a series of talks by a panel of industry experts who serve the general aviation community at large. We believe everyone will benefit from their information presentations which will also be followed by a brief question and answer session for our guests.

We are pleased to welcome these professionals as our presenters:

Mr. Bill Inglis, Legacy Flight Training  – “The M600 – Transition and Training”

Mr. Daniel Cheung, CPA, Aviation Tax Consultants, LLC – “Transitioning into Ownership – A Great Time to Buy”

Mr. Sean Collins, AOPA Eastern Regional Manager – “Flying Into the Future – 3rd Class Medical Reform, (Basic Med)”

Whether you are a current aircraft owner thinking about upgrading or transitioning to a Piper, or you are considering purchasing your first Piper, this is an ideal opportunity.  Our Piper specialists will be on hand to demonstrate the wonderful features and attributes of the M-class as well as answer any questions you may have.

Please contact us at 800-787-5001 or email us at sales@columbiaairservices.com for full details and to RSVP. The event is hosted by Columbia Aircraft Sales, Inc. at the Groton, New London Airport (KGON). We would love to see you there!  Visit us at www.columbiaaircraftsales.com and see the full line of Piper products  www.piper.com.

Event Agenda

11am-11:15am                       Welcome Remarks

11:30 am-12:30pm     Presentation by Mr. Bill Inglis

1pm – 2pm                 Presentation by Mr. Daniel Cheung

2pm-3pm                    Presentation by Mr. Sean Collins

 *Columbia Aircraft Sales, Inc. will be providing light refreshments for the duration of the event.

 

 

 

TBMOPA Regional Safety Seminar – GON

March 22, 2017
March 22, 2017

columbia_aircraft

Columbia Aircraft Sales,Inc and TBMOPA Foundation are pleased to announce the schedule of events for the 2017 TBMOPA Regional Safety Seminar held this May 4th-6th in Groton, CT. We look forward to connecting with our owners and industry professionals for this important event.

TBMOPA FOUNDATION REGIONAL SAFETY SEMINAR
Sponsored by TBMOPA & Columbia Aircraft Sales, Inc.
May 4th-6th, 2017  Groton, CT

TBMOPA Regional Safety Seminar
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Thursday, 4/5
7:45-12noon – Survival Systems Aviation Survival and Egress Training or 8am – 12noon Flight Sessions with Simcom*

12-1:15pm – Lunch at Columbia Air Services

1:15-5 pm – Flight Sessions with Simcom

6:30-9pm – Cocktails and Dinner at Olios Restaurant

*Actual completion of Survival System course depends on student progress. Flight sessions require pre-registration.

Friday, 5/5
8-8:15am – Welcome

8:15-12pm – Seminar Presentations

12pm-1pm Lunch at Columbia Air Services

1-5:15 – Seminar and Presentations

5:30pm – Buses Depart FBO

6pm-10pm –  Dinner, Cocktail and Fun at the High Rollers Luxury Lanes, Foxwoods Casino

Saturday, 5/6
8-12 Flight Sessions with SimCom: Emergency Procedures

Contact Ken Dono for full details: 860-449-8999 and visit our event page at http://www.tbmgroton.com

To reserve your room please contact Stacy at Mystic Jet or visit the following link: https://aws.passkey.com/go/MysticJetCenter

To register, follow the link below:
https://tbmowners.org/events.php?sid=fb10809831b2ffc85c83a9b98b347da6

2016 G3000 TBM 930 – Demonstrator For Sale

February 2, 2017
February 2, 2017

2016 G3000 TBM 930 – Demonstrator For Sale

G3000 TBM 930

N930RD has been our G3000 TBM 930 demonstration aircraft since May.  It has just completed its first 100 hour inspection and is ready to find a new home.  The aircraft will deliver with all the amenities of a factory new aircraft including the 5 year / 1000 hour warranty and maintenance programs, factory training and CAMP.  The aircraft has been flawless but needs to find a new owner to make room for our 2017 demonstrator scheduled to arrive in a few weeks.  Call today for more details and to arrange a closer look.

Equipped with Garmin’s newest fully integrated cockpit the G3000, N930RD combines speed with cutting edge technology.  The G3000 suite includes weather radar, XM weather and music, traffic, terrain, chart view and a datalink with sat phone.  Enhanced safety features include a flight data recorder, Angle of Attack computer (AOA) and Electronic Stability Protection (ESP) with underspeed protection. G3000 TBM 930

The all leather interior features contoured sculptured seats with contrasting stitching.  The sidewalls are upholstered in a coordinating leathers as well.  Each seating position has its own LED light.  Individual air vents allow total control of the two zone environmental system.G3000 TBM 930

The TBM 930 takes advantage of current advances in computer assisted design as well as the latest innovations from industry leading manufacturers, such as the new Hartzell 5 bladed propeller.  Aircraft performance has been enhanced at all levels.  Even if you’re familiar with the TBM, if you’ve not flown in a 900 series TBM you will be impressed with the changes.

Full details on this special aircraft are available.  Call today to arrange your showing. http://www.columbiaaircraftsales.com

G3000 TBM 930

Sales Manager
Daher Sales

2015 Piper M350 – Dealer Demonstrator FOR SALE

February 2, 2017
February 2, 2017

   Piper M350   2015 Piper M350 N350CS – Dealer Demonstrator FOR SALE

N350CS has been our M350 demonstrator since midway through 2015. It is just about to crest over 100 hours total time and ready to find a new home.  We know she is not hot off the production line, and price discussion will reflect that. But still being new from a retail ownership standpoint, the aircraft will deliver with full two-year Piper airframe warranty, options on continued Lycoming and Garmin warranty, and factory training. The aircraft has performed flawlessly for us, but needs to find a new owner as we move into the new year.

Going The Distance
Experience excellence in the cockpit and indulge your passengers and loved ones with safety, comfort, and convenience. The M350 integrates traditional quality in a contemporary package, giving you the only pressurized piston aircraft on the market today.  This aircraft is the perfect traveler for business AND pleasure.  Solo or with colleagues, friends, and family.

Piper M350 Traditional Quality | Advanced Technology
Designed and built upon a long proven platform. Equipped with Garmin’s fully integrated G1000 avionics suite, N350CS combines speed, pressurized comfort and cutting edge technology. The G1000 suite in this aircraft includes weather radar, XM weather and music, traffic, terrain, and Jepp Chartview. Enhanced safety features include Crew Pulse Oximeter, Hypoxia Recognition w/ Automatic Descent Mode, Electronic Stability Protection (ESP) with Underspeed Protection, Automatic Level Mode (Blue Button), Synthetic Vision, and Coupled Go-Around.

Piper M350

Standard Equipment
 ▪ Piper-Aire Air Conditioning

▪ USB Power Outlets (6)
▪ Yaw Damper
▪ Speed Brakes
▪ Dual 115V Power Outlets
▪ GTX 33 ES Mode S Transponder (ADS-B “Out”)

Additional Options

▪ Garmin GTS 825 (ADS-B “In”) Traffic Advisory System
▪ WX-500 Stormscope
▪ TAWS B
▪ XM Satellite Radio/Weather Receiver, Garmin GDL 69A with Remote
▪ Bottom Metallic Base Color
▪ Flight Into Known Icing (FIKI)
Piper M350

Exterior

Upper Fuselage – Skyes White (829085), Lower Fuselage – Ming Blue Pearl (814502), Trim Accent Stripe – Spanish Gold Pearl (828186). N-number in White with Gold Shadow.
Interior

Seats are Premium Dune (Dark Tan) Leather with Armrests. Interior is appointed with pleated Window Shades and a Built-in Executive Writing Table. All positions have Air-Conditioning Outlets, Reading Lamps and Headset Jacks.

The M350 takes advantage of current advances and innovation in Garmin’s avionics and autopilot design as well as the latest upgrades and enhancements from other industry leading manufacturers. Even if you’re familiar with the Malibu or Mirage, if you’ve not flown in an M350 you will be impressed with the changes.

N350CS is in need of a good home and we are ready to make the price work for you!  Full details on this special aircraft are available, it is deliverable immediately. Call or email now to inquire further and arrange your showing 800-787-5001 http://www.columbiaaircraftsales.com

M350

Clay Hammond
Piper Specialist

TBMOPA Regional Safety Seminar 2016

August 16, 2016
August 16, 2016

 TBMOPA Regional

We warmly welcome all our TBM owners to join us again for the annual TBMOPA Regional Safety Seminar 2016 hosted by TBMOPA and Columbia Aircraft Sales, Inc. at our facility in Groton, CT this September 8th-11th.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 8th

7:45am – 12:00noon            Survival Systems Aviation Survival and Egress Training

or

8:00am – 12:00noon           Flight Sessions with SimCom

12:00noon – 1:15pm             Lunch

1:15pm – 5:00pm*                Continuation & Completion of Survival Systems Course

or

1:15pm – 5:00pm                  Flight Sessions with SimCom

5:15pm                                    Buses leave FBO for Hotel

6:15pm                                   Buses leave Hotel for Daniel Packer Inn

6:30pm – 9:00pm              Cocktails and Dinner

Daniel Packer Inn

River Room

32 Water St

Mystic, Ct

Notes:

Actual completion time of Survival System’s course depends on student progress.

Flight sessions require pre-registration and are available on a first come first served basis.  Please check web-site for specific requirements.

Friday, September  9th

8:00am – 8:15pm              Welcomes

8:15am – 9:45am              Third Class Medical Reform; German Wings Accident                                              Review – Dr. Ian Fries

9:45am – 10:00am            Break

10:00am – 10:50am           Help! My Brain is Trying to Kill Me! – Gene Benson

11:00am – 11:50am           TIPS Training Update – Geoff Day

12:00pm – 1:00pm            Lunch – Served outside of Hangar by the Rolling Tomato

TBM Pre-Flight Challenge

1:00pm – 2:00pm              TBM Maintenance Review – Alejandro Prem

2:00pm – 2:45pm              Topic TBD – Edward Pasquale

2:45pm – 3:00pm              Break

3:00pm – 3:45pm              Pilot – Controller Communications; TFR Review

Bob Adelizzi

3:45pm – 4:30pm              Surviving a Ditching – Jon Ehm

4:30pm – 5:15pm              My Travels in the TBM – Steve Walenz

5:30pm                                Buses depart FBO

6:00pm – 10:00pm            Dinner and Live Music at the Historic Haley Mansion at

The Inn at Mystic in Mystic, CT

10:00pm                              Buses depart for hotels and FBO.

Saturday, September 10th

8:00am – 12:00noon                    Flight Sessions with SimCom

Departures

Note:

Flight sessions require pre-registration and are available on a first come first served basis.  Please check web-site for specific requirements.

Our host hotel this year is the Mystic Marriot.  Please contact Stacy at Mystic Jet Center or visit the following link to reserve your room. Space is limited!

https://resweb.passkey.com/go/MysticJetSeptember2016

Ask Us about a Special Discount Rate off services at the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa for our Attendees and Guests for the following dates 9/7/16-9/11/16. Spa is conveniently located at the Mystic Marriot host hotel. Contact Melissa Duzguner for details 800-787-5001.

Registration will be opening soon!  Please visit TBMOPA to reserve your space to this great event!

http://www.tbmowners.org/events.php?sid=9f0c361d16b5aee40005678a68e22a0e

 

 

TBMOPA Regional

TBMOPA Regional