Insights from Charlie Bravo Aviation

Meet the First One-Legged Female U.S. Air Force Pilot

Posted by Rene Banglesdorf on Oct 19, 2016 11:49:02 AM

Captain Christy Wise’s leg was completely severed by a boat propeller in 2014. Today, she’s back in the skies flying search and rescue missions in Lockheed’s HC-130J for the United States Air Force. Wise is the first female leg amputee in the history of the U.S. Air Force to return to flight, and she did it just a year after losing her leg.

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Our Top 5 Citation Models

Posted by Rene Banglesdorf on Oct 3, 2016 4:45:17 PM

Citation Latitude
Great range and spacious amenities

The Citation Latitude sets itself apart from other Citations with its near 3,000-mile range, allowing it to make a nonstop trip from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine in five hours. It’s Cessna’s first super-midsize cabin, offering room for as many as nine passengers, though operators rarely carry more than six, seeing as how the aircraft can carry five passengers with full fuel, but each additional passenger reduces the Latitude’s range by about 55 miles. Its belted lav, the largest of any Citation model, is worth bragging about, too. Check out a quick tour of the Latitude’s lav here: Also worth mentioning, the Latitude is Cessna's first flat-floor model.


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The World's First Armless Pilot

Posted by Rene Banglesdorf on Sep 19, 2016 5:08:58 PM

After learning Jessica Cox’s story, you’ll likely find you have no excuse…for anything. Cox is the world’s first licensed armless pilot. Yes, armless. She’s the first armless black belt in the history of the American Taekwondo Association. She can play the piano, put her own contact lenses in, scuba dive, and text on her cell phone: all with her feet. She also has a completely unrestricted driver’s license from the state of Arizona, which inspired the invention of what is called the “Lower Extremity Vehicle Navigation Control System,” allowing people to drive cars without using their upper body. In 2014, she completed a lifelong dream by competing in El Tour de Tucson, a bike race in Arizona, using a custom tricycle.

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Topics: Women in Aviation

Selecting a New Interior for A Citation X

Posted by Rene Banglesdorf on Sep 8, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Depending on the age, total time, and the quality of maintenance a pre-owned aircraft has received, you may or may not need to replace its interior upon purchasing. René recently made the trip to West Star Aviation on behalf of one of our clients to assist in selecting an interior design for a soon-to-be purchased Citation X.

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Topics: Buying Your Own Plane, Buying a Private Jet, Aircraft Interiors

Saying Goodbye to the Queen of New York Aviation

Posted by Rene Banglesdorf on Aug 29, 2016 6:03:05 PM

In 2009, Susan Baer became the first female Director of Aviation for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, running the area’s three biggest airports: LaGuardia, JFK, and Newark Liberty, as well as the smaller Stewart International and Teterboro Airports. Baer was the first person, regardless of gender, to manage all three of New York’s major airports, and was the first woman to manage the Lincoln Tunnel, a tunnel that runs under the Hudson River from New York to New Jersey. She also served on the International Aviation Women's Association (IAWA) with our CEO René Banglesdorf.

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Topics: Women in Aviation