Written by Jason Cutter   
As I sat down to write this, it occurred to me the one thing that everyone should understand about corporate aviation is that there is no such thing as "a typical day". To use an overused cliché, the only constant in corporate aviation is change. The following flight sequences are but a sampling of the range of trips I flew as a corporate pilot.

Trip One
The first sequence is a 2 day trip in a Beech Starship(N64GG) from Indianapolis, IN to North Wilkesboro, NC to Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Daytona Beach, FL the first day and from Daytona Beach to Jacksonville, FL to North Wilkesboro, NC back to Indianapolis on the second day. The departure time is set for 0700 meaning I'm out of bed at 0500 for a shower, quick check of the weather on The Weather Channel and the Internet and packing of an overnight bag then rush out the door for the short drive to the airport for a 0600 show time.

When I arrive at the airport the other pilot and I split the preflight duties which include printing Jepp View approach charts for the trip, filing the flight plans, a detailed check of the weather, making sure our breakfast catering(fruit and danishes) has arrived, preflight the aircraft, and making sure the aircraft is stocked with newspapers, ice, coffee, etc.

As departure time nears the other pilot waits in the lobby to greet the passengers as I head to the aircraft to power it up with ground power, load the flight plan into the Flight Management System computers and get the clearance. "Starship 64GG, Indy Clearance, you are cleared to the North Wilkesboro Airport via the Dawnn1 departure then as filed, climb and maintain 3,000 feet, expect Flight Level 270 10 minutes after departure, departure control 123.95, squawk 3557". At 0710 I push up the power levers for the first takeoff of the day and 25 minutes later we're level at 27,000 feet snacking on Pop Tarts and orange juice.

At 0830 we land at KUKF to pick up an additional passenger and top off the airplane(they have REALLY cheap jet fuel) and at 0845 we're airborne again for the 2 hour flight to the Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport. We set the parking break on the ramp of the AeroToy Store at KFXE a few minutes before 1100. We make sure the passengers get the rental cars and get on their way ok. Then we give the CSR's a fuel order for the airplane and borrow a courtesy car and head down the street for a light lunch at a buffet-type salad bar, pasta, and soup restaurant.

We get back the airport about 1230 and settle in for a much needed nap. Around 1600 we head out to make sure the airplane is ready for the 1630 departure to KDAB. The passengers finally show up a little after 1700 and by 1810 we make the day's last landing in Daytona Beach.. After the passengers are gone and the aircraft is secured we head to the hotel to check-in, change clothes, and hit the town.

After a huge meal at the Outback Steakhouse, we hit the strip to try and find some night life(in KDAB it's hard not to find it!). By the time we get back to the hotel we're both exhausted and decide to meet in the lobby the next day at 1200 for lunch. After lunch we hit the beach for a couple of hours before heading to the airport at 1630 to complete our preflight routine.

At 1800 the passengers show up and we launch for the short 25 minute flight to Jacksonville to drop off two passengers and by 2010 we land in KUKF to drop off the remaining passenger and load up on cheap jet fuel before we head home to Indy. The airplane is empty on the last leg so we have some fun with it on the home, practicing some steep turns and other maneuvers at 26,000 feet. The weather has been beautiful for the entire trip until we get back to Indy - the ATIS reports 400 foot overcast ceilings with 1 mile visibility in rain.

A low visibility approach at night at the end of a fairly long trip is not the way I wanted to end the day! I decided to let the autopilot fly the approach. As we break out a mere 50 feet above minimums I click off the autopilot and land the airplane on runway 23R. After putting the aircraft to bed and completing the mountains of post trip paperwork I sit down in my car at 2215. Another mission accomplished with no major problems, no maintenance write ups, and no passenger complaints --I wish all of my trips went this smoothly! All total, it was 9 hours of multiengine turbine time in the logbook and a company sponsored mini-vacation in Florida - I have the best job in the world.

Trip Two
The second sequence is an "out and back" one day trip that I flew every other Wednesday in the companies' Beech Bonanza A36. It was a 0700 launch for Goshen, IN then to Marion, IN around 1200 and back to Indianapolis around 1600. It was my normal routine on these trips to do a preliminary check of the weather and file my flight plans the night before on the Internet. The alarm goes off at 0545 and I get to the airport 30 minutes before departure time to check the weather and ready the airplane - the preflight duties on a short Bonanza trip requires much less time than the preflight duties on a multi day trip in the turbine airplanes.

We liftoff shortly after 0700 and land at KGSH around 0800. I grab the crew car and get some breakfast at Bob Evan's before I hit the couch for a short 3 hour nap!! I wake up, watch a little TV, and get the airplane ready. My passenger finally shows up at 1300 for the short flight to KMZZ where I get some lunch and shoot the bull with the airport locals until it's time to fly back to Indy at 1700. The post flight duties are also much shorter and I'm at home by 1900. Another long but good day of flying - 2.1 hours in the logbook and only a minor maintenance write up.

I'm done flying for a couple of days but will probably show up in the office to catch up on some paperwork and make sure the airplanes are clean and ready for the next trip.