April 2, 2019

Clyde Vernon Cessna

Clyde Vernon Cessna grew up on a farm in Kansas. Without formal school, Clyde made the most of his innovative nature to make mechanical improvements to […]
March 7, 2019

The Helicopter

Airplane (fixed-wing) and helicopter (rotorcraft) pilots are two sides of the same coin and the two enjoy a playful repartee.  Ask a Merlin One pilot and […]
January 24, 2019

Robert Hutchings Goddard

The day after Apollo XI launched, The New York Times published a short correction to an article that had graced its front page more than 49 […]
December 3, 2018


In 1897, six years before the first powered flight occurred, a patent was awarded for “wing end-plates”. An engineer had noticed the adverse effect of wingtip […]
June 1, 2018

The Gulfstream G650

The Gulfstream G650 is the most incredible, extravagant aircraft every designed specifically for the corporate jet market. In 2014 it was awarded the Collier Trophy in […]
March 2, 2018
B-1B Lancer

B-1B Lancer

By the time Gary Powers’ U-2 was shot down in 1960, the United States Air Force (USAF) was already researching more effective countermeasures for surface-to-air missiles […]
December 1, 2017
Airbus A380

Airbus A380 Darling to $50BB Disaster in a Decade

The Boeing-747 has dominated the large-aircraft market since its inception in 1970, four years before the first Airbus product (the A300) took to the skies. It […]
November 2, 2017
Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Your Captain Speaking Boeing 787 Dreamliner In the late 1990s, the Boeing Company began to research possible replacements for their aging wide-body aircraft, namely the 747 […]
September 24, 2017
F-117 Night Hawk

F-117A Night Hawk

Your Captain Speaking F-117A Night Hawk Nevada, August 1979. A United States Marine Corps Captain sits behind the controls of a ground-to-air Hawk missile system utilizing […]
September 12, 2017
Scott Neifert M1 Chief Pilot

Getting To Know: Scott Neifert

Scott Neifert is the Chief Pilot at Merlin One. Scott started his aviation career in 1983 at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in Daytona Beach, FL. Two […]
August 24, 2017
Lieutenant Edward "Butch" O'Hare

Lieutenant Edward “Butch” O’Hare

Your Captain Speaking Lieutenant Edward “Butch” O’Hare February 20, 1942. The USS Lexington, an aircraft penetrates enemy waters north of Ireland. Throughout the day, the Lexington […]
June 1, 2017

Merlin1’s Customer Service Team

Merlin 1 would like to introduce our new customer service team. Cassey Diehl, Kylie Bottensek and Priscilla Pesina are here to take calls, plan trips, deliver quotes, […]
June 1, 2017

Frank Whittle, Inventor of the Turbine Engine

Frank Whittle knew exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up: a pilot.  In 1922 at the age of 15, Frank applied to the […]
June 1, 2017

Pilot experience and professionalism is essential

Safety Merlin1 thanks Brian Kieser, Managing Partner at Fountainhead Investment Partners for his continued support. Benefits “One of the big things for me is that you […]
February 3, 2017

Air Force One

Your Captain Speaking Air Force One Just off of Highway 290 between Johnson City and Fredericksburg lies the Lyndon Baines Johnson Ranch. During his five years […]
January 11, 2017

John Glenn

Your Captain Speaking It’s pretty rare that the most mundane period of a person’s life is his term in the U.S. Senate. And yet, the 24 […]
December 26, 2016

Why the Merlin

Your Captain Speaking The Merlin A question I’m often asked is “Why the Merlin and not the King Air B-200”? It’s a reasonable question and perhaps […]
April 29, 2016

N331J Hail Damage

Last week N331J was hit hard by hail and has extensive damage. The repair scheme involves replacing the upper wing skins, horizontal stabilizer skins, radome, flight […]
April 29, 2016

The Concorde

Your Captain Speaking Concorde The next time you find yourself flying through the Austin Executive Airport, take a moment to stop in the terminal. In the […]
April 29, 2016

Getting to Know: Brian Hough

Getting to Know… Brian Hough Brian Hough runs the maintenance operations of Merlin One and Learjet Leasing. He has been associated with us since July 2013. Previously, he worked for […]

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