Lifestyle LEISURE The Ultimate Tool for Business and Pleasure The importance of mentoring Managing your super Upgrading enterprise technology Destination: Vienna Audi TT Shangri-La Sydney Mother’s Day gift guide ISSN 2201-876X Great 9 772201 876005 23 MAY 2015 $14.95 Incl. GST Most pilots flying today learned in slow, noisy, ‘needle and dial’ aircraft. With the release of the ultimate tool for business and pleasure, Cessna’s TTX, it is obvious that technological advances have had a major influence on aviation. SOUTHERN LANDS Ambassador Consul-General of Brazil Carlos de Abreu celebrates the 70-year relationship between Australia and Brazil and highlights opportunities to build stronger business ties Puma Energy’s Ray Taylor • Shaver Shop’s Cameron Fox • Steadfast Group’s Robert Kelly As featured in The CEO Magazine For more info visit theceomagazine.com.au By Paul Southwick D ubbed and looking like the ‘Ferrari of the Skies’, the TTX is a sleek and beautiful, four-seat, twin-turbo, 231-kW, fixed-undercarriage, single-engine, low-wing, piston aircraft, made of super strong and light carbon fibre, with a luxurycar-like leather interior, airconditioning, ‘TV screen’ cockpit, a top speed of 435 km/h, GPS navigation, automatic pilot, ice protection, multiple systems redundancy, and airliner-like side sticks for two. At 435 km/h, Melbourne to Sydney, Adelaide to Melbourne, or Sydney to the Gold Coast would each take just one hour and 40 minutes, in good weather of 158. The CEO Magazine - May 2015 In Australia, where so many people travel long distances for business or pleasure, potential Cessna customers will quickly see the benefits, freedom, and time saving in setting their own transport schedule with the TTX. course. There are almost no speed restrictions or traffic jams in the sky, and you can usually fly direct—in a straight line. In Australia, where so many people travel long distances for business or pleasure, potential Cessna customers will quickly see the benefits, freedom, and time saving in setting their own transport schedule with the TTX. Each main state capital has a general aviation airport, so it’s easy to avoid congestion and make beating the scheduled airlines a safe bet. The normal range of the TTX is over 2,000 kilometres, and it can fly with its own oxygen system above the weather at 7,620 metres. Total take-off weight is 1,636 kilograms. With a price tag nearing one million Australian dollars, the TTX might seem unobtainable for all but the über rich. However, like luxury boats, it may be syndicated, making it much more affordable for individual members. Owners, including flying schools and clubs, will likely hire out the aircraft. Unlike car rentals, pilots only pay for the actual flying time (in the air), not by the day. You can share the costs with your friends and cover a lot of ground in 24 hours. There is plenty of room for up to 54 kilograms of luggage in a large baggage compartment. A smart feature from Cessna is that the back seats can be quickly lowered and flattened into the rear baggage area. So if there are just two of you up front, a couple of sets of golf clubs fit nicely in the back. Stuart Simmons, head of sales for Airflight, the Cessna dealer in Victoria, says, “With the TTX’s speed, range, creature comforts, technology, and ease of flying, Cessna has produced the perfect aircraft for Australia.” The CEO Magazine was given the chance to fly US-registered TTX, N362CS, just a few days after it had been flown Down Under from the factory in Kansas, via Canada, the Azores, Greece, Jordan, the UAE, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia. Experienced ferry pilot, Tyson Teeter, a former Cessna demonstration pilot, and co-owner of SouthWind Global Aviation in Kansas, says it took 89 hours and went very smoothly. “There are not many personal aircraft that could fly from Broome to Melbourne in one day with just a single stop at Alice Springs. We flew most of the way on 75-per-cent power, using 64 litres of avgas per hour, at 370 kilometres per hour,” says Tyson. He says although the TTX is more expensive to fly than a basic aircraft, the speed advantage must be factored in. “At that speed, we were getting 17.5 litres per 100 kilometres, in a straight line.” The CEO Magazine’s flight was from Moorabbin airport, a few days before the TTX was mobbed by admirers at the Avalon Air theceomagazine.com.au theceomagazine.com.au Show, and its demonstration flight around Australia and New Zealand. Such is the appeal of the TTX that Tim Steele, chief flying instructor of the Auckland Aero Club at Ardmore in New Zealand, arranged an entire corporate day around its visit. That was typical of its Australasian demonstration tour. Approaching the aircraft, it was love at first sight. It is said that beautiful aircraft always fly better than ugly ones. The TTX proves this with its clean lines, sports leather seats, gull-wing doors, distinctive colour scheme, and ‘glass’ cockpit. The impression is class, class, class. After a pre-flight briefing, having studied the manual and procedures the night before, we received clearance from the tower to depart on Runway 17 Right. The TTX was off the ground in just a few hundred metres and in no time reached 1,007 metres. Heading towards Phillip Island, we were indicating a ground speed of 200 knots (370 km/h). The side stick, with direct connection to the control surfaces by push rods, was firm and simple to use. The aircraft was very stable, but most of all, fast. After some performance handling and sightseeing, it was all too quickly time to return for landing under a strong and hot summer sun. The TTX’s powerful air-conditioning kept us cool. With traffic shown on the large colour screen, it was easy to avoid the many other aircraft returning to Moorabbin. Slowing down was simple with the air brakes, and in the circuit the TTX was an angel, with impeccable landing characteristics. If you need a pilot’s licence before your TTX purchase, it is not as expensive as you think, and is the most fun you will ever have. It costs about $12,000 and usually takes six to 12 months to complete. The study, exams, and flight test are of a high standard but nothing any ordinary person who commits themselves to can’t achieve. You will need to build up some hours and experience before flying the TTX, and maybe gain an instrument rating, as it allows you to fly in cloud and above bad weather to really get the most from the plane. One thing is for sure: If you do fly a TTX, none of your friends’ sports cars or boats will ever look quite as cool again, and you’ll always arrive with style and class—first, of course. About Paul Southwick Paul Southwick is a pilot, freelance journalist, and writer based in Melbourne, and flew the Cessna TTX courtesy of Airflite. The CEO Magazine - May 2015 159.
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