TBMOPA Regional Safety Seminar – GON

March 22, 2017
March 22, 2017

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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

 

Loud and Soft – Oshkosh 2016

August 1, 2016
August 1, 2016

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Loud and Soft – Oshkosh 2016

The weather today was certainly not as forecast.  It was cool, cloudy and damp until midday.  Even then, the clouds only broke for short periods of time.  But, there was an airshow to put on and those who stayed found it worth their while. It was an afternoon dominated by the Jet A crowd.  From the loud and “in your face” F16 Viper or F18 Super Hornet, to the stealthy U2 and graceful Canadian Snowbirds, it was the day of the jet.  Not that there wasn’t any other activity.  It was just that there is, in my opinion, nothing more exciting than to have your dentures rattled by the ear piercing roar of an F16 coming out of nowhere to appear over show center.  Oh, and did I mention that that pass was done at 200 feet?

There was, I’m guessing for security reasons, only two passes by the U2.  The skies were overcast and the stealthy colors of the aircraft against the grey skies made the photo difficult.  It was an impressive aircraft that played (and maybe still plays) an important role in the nations history.oshkosh 2016

Just once before my flying career is over I think I’d like to strap in for the ultimate roller coaster ride in an F18.  (Maybe it’s because I think I see Tom Cruise in the mirror when I wake up?)  This pass was so low that I’m sure the pilot was waving as I took the photo.oshkosh 2016

It’s been a few years since I last saw the Canadian Royal Forces Snowbirds perform.  I’d forgotten what a precise and graceful “air dance” these nine aircraft and their pilots bring the the aerobatic stage.  Mixed in with the ballet of maneuvers of the larger group there are smaller “side shows” such as the opposing pass shown in the second photo.oshkosh 2016oshkosh 2016Tomorrow will be my last day at Oshkosh 2016.  I’m not even going to watch the forecast as it doesn’t matter.  See you then.

Fly safe,

Ken

Ken Dono

Ken Dono
Sales Manager

Boeing Square – Oshkosh 2016

July 29, 2016
July 29, 2016

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Boeing Square – Oshkosh 2016

At the center of the Oshkosh complex is Boeing Square.  It is home to live concerts, static displays of large aircraft and sometimes the best place to view the events of the day.  The aircraft on display will change from day to day and sometimes even from morning to afternoon, which in itself can be an interesting show just watching the coordinated movements of line personnel, tugs and those trying to keep the crowds out of the way.

As the day turned out to be cloudy and rainy much of my time (when not seeking cover from the rain) was spent at the square.  One of the added benefits, particularly with the military aircraft on display, is that the personnel accompanying these aircraft are more than eager to answer questions. The next few photos were from the square this morning.  Note the dark grey skies in the background.  An omen of what was to come. oshkosh 2016oshkosh 2016oshkosh 2016

To the credit of the performers some were able to get into the air for some “low level” entertainment.  These included the US Coast Guard (celebrating its 100th year in aviation), Sammy Mason in a Pitts (who happens to be the youngest performer aerobatic performer at 23 years old), Jim Peitz in a Bonanza and Bill Stein in his multi-colored Edge 540.oshkosh 2016oshkosh 2016oshkosh 2016oshkosh 2016

Finally, no Oshkosh would be complete without the Thursday evening “Gathering of Eagles.”  This year marked an important milestone as the 2,000,000th Young Eagle flight was performed at Oshkosh by former Young Eagles director Harrison Ford.  The Gathering of Eagles is the major fund raiser for the EAA and an event that, if you can get an invitation, will allow you to bid on a variety of items.  This years offerings included local Wisconsin beers, flights with Sean Tucker or Michael Goulian to an exotic one of a kind Ford Shelby Mustang called “Ole Yeller.” But beware! This event is not for the feint of heart though.  The winning bid for “Ole Yeller” sold for $295,000!!oshkosh 2016

The forecast shows improving weather for the rest of the week.  Looking forward to that.

Fly safe,

Ken                                    http://www.eaa.org/en/airventure

Ken Dono

Ken Dono
Sales Manager

Hang On – OshKosh 2016

July 28, 2016
July 28, 2016

Oshkosh 2016

Hang On – Oshkosh 2016

I’ve always had a fascination for hot air balloons. There is something basic and intellectually appealing in their simplicity.  As I was walking this morning I saw two balloons and decided to satisfy my curiosity.  Getting closer I could see that each balloon was tethered to a truck and a young person?  It was fun to watch this young man hang on as the balloon moved around (though he probably think it was too funny).  This was a demonstration / instruction clinic for freshly minted or wanting to be freshly minted hot air balloonists.  The balloons would be inflated with the instructors in the baskets to provide a lesson that, I’m sure, was not “over the heads of their students!”

Oshkosh always has a large selection of vintage aircraft.  But this year it seems that the best restorations were at the show.  Vintage Square is a area that displays three to four aircraft.  Different aircraft are moved here each day.  Having your aircraft on display at the Square is surely an honor.  The Waco F model on display below is a fine example of this.Oshkosh 2016

As forecast, the weather turned windy with a heavy downpour late morning.  While waiting for the rain to end (in the dry comfort of the Daher trailer) I was impressed with how far technology has come.  Both pilot and non-pilot alike were comparing the radar displays on their mobile devices and making predictions as to when the cell would move through.  And, each was speaking in terms that would have made many a local meteorologist worry for their jobs! Oshkosh 2016

The weather did pass and the show went on.  Find below images of a few of the many performances today.  These included the GoPro Bomb Squad in their wingsuits, Teresa Stokes in her Grumman Showcat, the Texas Flying Legends, Geico Skytypers and Michael Goulian.

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The night airshow and the Daher owners party both ended the day.  Judging by the many happy faces at the party, both were a success.  See you tomorrow.

Fly safe,

Ken

http://www.eaa.org/en/airventure

Ken Dono

Ken Dono
Sales Manager

A Day In Photos – Oshkosh 2016

July 27, 2016
July 27, 2016

oshkosh 2016A Day in Photos at Oshkosh 2016

Though on the warm side, the day was a perfect day for an airshow with few clouds and light winds.  I thought I’d take the different approach today and present a day in the life of an Oshkosh 2016 Airshow goer.

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Yesterday’s “You don’t see this everyday” aircraft was a Hamilton H-47 Metalplane.  It was built by the Hamilton Metalplane Company, one of the earliest all metal aircraft builders in the United States.  Corrugated aluminum skinned construction and a Pratt & Whitney Radial engine gave this early passenger aircraft a 2300 pound useful load oshkosh 2016

Here is today’s “You don’t see this everyday” aircraft.  Drum roll please…oshkosh 2016

Everyone knows that Daher’s TBM is the ultimate owner operated single engine aircraft.  An important element in the ownership experience is becoming part of the Daher family.  Daher provides many year round opportunities to learn and build relationships with fellow owners with their support of both regional and national events.  Among a few of the daytime events arranged for TBM owners at Oshkosh 2016 were visits to the ATC tower (a real treat at the World’s Busiest Control Tower),  B17 Bomber. P51 Mustang and helicopter tours.  This year Daher added a new evening event in true French style.  A wine and cheese tasting event during which local Wisconsin cheese was matched with complimenting wines.  This was followed by a light dinner and private trams back to the TBM camp grounds.  Needless to say everyone left quite happy.  oshkosh 2016

The weather for the 24 hour period starting tomorrow afternoon looks wet and unsettled.  Bring your umbrella.  Thanks again for tagging along.

Fly safe,

Ken

Ken Dono

Ken Dono
Sales Manager

 

http://www.eaa.org/en/airventure

Lots of Water – Oshkosh 2016

July 26, 2016
July 26, 2016

Oshkosh 2016

More Highlights from OshKosh 2016!

The original design of the JRM-1 Mars was as a long range cargo seaplane for the US Navy.  After some initial problems with engine fires in the early prototypes were resolved the Navy placed an order for twenty of these giants.  (See the inset photo which shows a Cessna 210 photo aircraft for size comparisons) The first, Hawaii Mars was delivered in 1945. But with the delays in production and the end of WWII, the Navy scaled back its order to the five aircraft that were on the production line.  The five aircraft (there were actually six but the first was lost a few weeks after it first flew) entered service as cargo aircraft between Hawaii and the Pacific Islands.  Four of the aircraft (one crashed in 1950) continued to carry freight for the Navy between San Francisco and Honolulu up until 1956.  In 1959 all four aircraft were purchased by a Canadian company and flown to British Columbia for conversion into water bombers.  These aircraft were capable of carrying more than 7,200 gallons of water and dropping it over an area of 4 acres.  Modern more versatile aircraft have replaced the Martin Mars and the aircraft flown at Oshkosh today represents the last flying model.  Rumor has it that the current operator, the Coulson Group, has the aircraft up for sale.  Any takers?  Oshkosh 2016There were three correct responses to yesterdays “mystery” aircraft.  It is a Polish built PZL-104 Wilga.  Produced from 1962 to 2006 over 1000 aircraft were built making the Wilga the most produced Polish aircraft.  Due to its glide performance, 4 to 1, a Canadian company considered buying the aircraft for the Canadian Air Cadets to provide glider training requirements but EADS would not commit to building and supporting the aircraft. oshkosh3

One of the most common expressions at Oshkosh is, “You don’t see this everyday.”  Here is another example.  Can you identify this aircraft?  I’ve photo-shopped out the aircraft registration markings and placard.  Oshkosh 2016

The Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team performed at just the right time this afternoon.  The clouds were scattered presenting a bright blue sky to the bright yellow aircraft.  The aircraft flown by the team are 1941 vintage and were used originally as advanced trainers for bombing and gunnery by the Royal Canadian Air Force.  Oshkosh 2016Spend anytime walking around Oshkosh and your sure to see a proud owner cleaning, polishing and answering questions for passers by.  This Ryan ST-A is a great example.  I asked the owner how much time he puts into keeping the aircraft looking as beautiful as it does.  His response was he doesn’t keep track because the more he does, the more he sees that needs to be done.  Oshkosh 2016Looking forward to a great week at Oshkosh.

Fly safe.   http://www.eaa.org/en/airventure

Ken

Ken Dono

Ken Dono
Sales Manager

 

Arrivals – OshKosh 2016

July 25, 2016
July 25, 2016

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Arrivals at Oshkosh 2016

Sunday at Oshkosh is the big push by exhibitors to get set up.  But it is also a busy day for those arriving “ahead of the rush” by getting in early in the week.  While the vendor/exhibitor set up kept its frantic “we’re running out of time” pace, the weather threatened to ruin the arrival flow into OSH.  The day started with thunderstorms.  Though the storms eventually passed the ceiling remained low all morning into the early afternoon.  As the ceiling slowly lifted the traffic flow picked up to recover the many of aircraft that were holding awaiting their opportunity.  But clearing skies allowed the sun to cook the humid air and the temperature became steamy.  At 4pm today the temperature was 88F and the dewpoint was 84%.  The AccuWeather app on my iPhone said that the “real feel” temperature was a 102F.  There wasn’t a dry shirt to be found but still the aircraft arrivals kept on coming.

Oshkosh 2016One of the benefits of the slower arrival today was that it was easier to pick out the more unique aircraft in the lines of visiting aircraft.  Anyone have a guess as to what this is?

And its not only unusual aircraft.  How about a radial engine equipped “chopper” with two wheels? Oshkosh 2016

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But temperature and humidity aside, the week promises to be a fun one.  I’ve scouted out some of the “side streets” and hope that in addition to the headliners, I can bring attention to some of the other players that get overlooked in the rush but are still an important part of Oshkosh 2016.  See you tomorrow.

Fly safe.                http://www.eaa.org/en/airventure

Ken

Ken Dono

Ken Dono
Sales Manager

ps:  I was working on this when another one of the joys of travel occurred.  Someone pulled the fire alarm in the hotel.  It’s going to be a fun week…