Once again, BCA editors and our business aviation colleagues from the Aviation Week Network have recommended BCA content from this year that readers might want to revisit.

Molly McMillin
Managing Editor, The Weekly of Business Aviation

“Cessna Citation Longitude About to Take Off” by Fred George, March 2016

I vote for this story because, in it, Fred George presents readers with a comprehensive report of the Longitude, its roots and its future. Good job.

Justin Marciniak
Product Manager, BCA

I sent that tweet from an iPad connected to the free WiFi at the NBAA Maintenance Management Conference, but I didn’t feel safe doing it.

Capt. Steven Simon, USN (Ret.), associate professor of information technology at Mercer University, had just delivered a presentation he called “Cyber Security: What Keeps Me up at Night!” Although I slept fine that night, Capt. Simon’s presentation did leave me rattled. My understanding of his lecture goes like this: We are vulnerable to cybercrime and cyberterrorism, and we need to do more to protect ourselves, devices and infrastructure. And even then, well, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

Did all things cyber reach a tipping point in 2016? The news suggests as much. Or maybe we passed the tipping point years ago, and we are now noticing our acceleration into the shadows.

As Mal Gormley’s special report on in-flight entertainment and communications shows, the Internet of Things is bringing dazzling benefits to the cabin and cockpit. But two BCA stories from the April issue provided timely warnings and advice to address the threats that come with the opportunities.

Lou Churchville’s “A Pilot’s Cyber Primer” and John Croft’s companion piece, “Cybersecuring Your Aircraft,” feel more relevant today than when they were published. Last week, Yahoo announced another huge security breach. In the news all year, we learned about hackers attacking the major U.S. political parties and breaking into Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’s email. In October, outages affected major web sites when hijacked DVRs and other insecure things were used to propagate a distributed denial of service attack on a company that handles internet traffic.

These stories were important, useful and timely. Reset the password on your router, sign into your VPN, open a private browser tab, and read them again to protect your aircraft and your flight department.

Paul Wyatt
Data Analysis Manager, AC-U-KWIK
Consulting Editor, Aircraft Bluebook

“Pilot Report: Flying the Hondajet HA-420” by Fred George, June 2016

It isn’t often that BCA has the opportunity to fly an aircraft from a company that is completely new to the world of business aviation. Fred George begins his in-depth analysis with an introduction to Michimasa Fujino, the founding president and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company, and gives a history of the HondaJet’s sometimes tumultuous road to certification. As he took a tour of the Honda facilities, Fred was able to show how Honda’s manufacturing culture has made the beneficial leap from autos to aircraft. Great article on a completely new offering in the light jet segment.

Bettina Gentile
Product Director, Air Charter Guide

“A Gulfstream Crash Triggers a Finding of Unsettling Data” by William Garvey, Aviation Week & Space Technology, Nov. 25, 2016

BCA has extensively covered the fatal Gulfstream IV accident at Hanscom Field. I am going to pick one that BCA editor-in-chief Bill Garvey actually wrote for his Inside Business Aviation column in Aviation Week & Space Technology. It captures the disturbing findings from this tragic accident close to home (Bedford, Mass.).

Fred George
Senior Editor, BCA

At the risk of making a self-serving input, may I suggest the entire BCA “Accident Free: Are You Lucky or Truly Safe?” series? For many operators, being accident free amounts to beating the odds of the Reason Swiss Cheese model. The thrust of “Lucky or Safe” is all about making sure the holes in the multiple slices of Swiss cheese never align. It’s about identifying the risks associated with operating business aircraft and then using proven methods to mitigate or eliminate those risks.

The “Lucky or Safe” series has legs. It’s one of the reasons that BCA has the shelf life of National Geographic.

The 2016 articles from the series are listed above.

William Garvey
Editor-in-Chief, BCA

Cause & Circumstance, written by Dick Aarons, is consistently one of our best-read offerings and regularly draws comments from subscribers. Some of the year’s more noteworthy ones included the drug use accident (January), cargo limits downing (February), the Phenom crash in Maryland (March). Actually, now as I’m going over them, they almost all pop: Lear crash into the Atlantic (May), “Inflight Breakup” (June), “Ducking Under Minimums” (July), failed checklists (September) and cataracts (October). It is BCA’s foremost series.

David Esler’s feature on international medevac, with sidebars (“Protection from Contagion” and How Phoenix Air Entered the ‘Ebola Business’), brought attention to one of the most obscure, resourceful and important applications of business aircraft. Think Ebola and its containment. Too, he detailed the ever-growing danger of laser attacks on pilots (February) and how to safely handle a post-maintenance flight check (June).

Once again, James Albright delivered his share of thoughtful, deeply researched instructionals including “Going the Distance” (March), “Lessons from Bedford, Part 2” (April), “Avoiding Obstacles” (May), “Learning How to Say ‘No’” (June) and “Managing the Automated Cockpit” (September).

Fred George has already submitted his strong collection of how- and how-not-to’s.

Kent Jackson offered some worthy legal advice on illegal charters (February) and getting tracked unknowingly (June).

I could go on — Pat Veillette’s crash-worthy helo tanks (October), Jim Cannon’s layover dangers (July) and a Viewpoint or two …

Michele Markarian
Director, Brand Marketing, Air Charter Guide

I have to agree with Fred George that the “Lucky or Safe” series is pretty compelling. I also liked “Cabin Safeguards” by Jim Cannon from July because puts to rest the fiction that flight attendants are merely waitresses in the sky. I liked the article in December by Mike Gamauf — “Really Big Iron.” Several of my clients have asked our help in marketing the BBJ.

Francine Brasseur
Director, Business Insights, Air Charter Guide

“Cataracts and Night Flying” by Richard N. Aarons, October 2016

Not being a pilot, I have to admit that I tend to read the human factors stories more than the technical ones, which I don’t always understand or get into. So my vote would go for “Cataracts and Night Flying” from Richard Aarons from October. We are all getting older, and, somehow, we tend to prefer white hair in the cockpit for the experience. But on the other hand, I have never even thought of the cataract issues that seem to be an issue for older pilots, and this article helped me understand that.

Chris Salem
Strategic Consultant, BCA

“Maintenance Malpractice: In the Hangar, the Doctor Is Always In” by James Albright, November 2016

There are many great articles from this year. However, I always prefer the articles that are more low-key yet address an important area of the business. I like the article from the November 2016 issue titled “Maintenance Malpractice: In the Hangar, the Doctor Is Always In.” It was written by James Albright.

Maintenance plays important role in an operator’s success. Knowing the issues and how to manage the maintenance process means dollars saved to improve your bottom line. Malpractice can have serious consequences to an operator’s business. Avoiding malpractice starts with knowledge and then applying it.

The article outlined four issues: 1) Training, 2) fatigue, 3) shortcuts and 4) quality assurance. All of them address specifically what is important to FBOs and operators and should be taken seriously as our readers develop their 2017 strategies and goals.

Chris Reynolds, ASA
Analyst and Editor, Aircraft Bluebook

“Honeywell’s Super-Midsize Powerhouse” by David Esler, November 2016

It’s a technical article about the HTF7000 engine and its six applications. I found it informative.

“Gulfstream G450: Swan Song for Third-Generation GIV” by Fred George, November 2016

Nice article about the high points of the G450 as it nears the end of its run.

Elizabeth Zlitni
Director of Sales, Business Aviation

“Going the Distance: Milking Miles from Your Jet-A” by James Albright, March 2016

It filters textbook answers through a consideration of real-world variable costs that pilots must use. The story is relevant to owners, operators, pilots and FBOs.

Frank Craven
Managing Director, Business Aviation