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Boeing Ready to Buy 7 Millions Gallons of SAF

FLYING Magazine Boeing has entered into a deal to buy 7.5 million gallons of blended Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel for its commercial airplanes business operations, the fuel producer announced Tuesday. The purchase marks Boeing’s largest annual SAF purchase to date, 60 percent more than in 2023, Neste said. “Sustainable aviation fuel is essential to decarbonize aviation,” Ryan Faucett, vice president of environmental sustainability at Boeing, said in a statement. “About 20 percent of ... read more

Vertiport Developer Skyportz to Launch Operations as Wilbur Air

FLYING Magazine Australian vertiport developer Skyportz, which is building a network of sites across the country that could accommodate advanced air mobility (AAM) operations, is now looking to operate AAM aircraft itself. The company over the weekend announced the establishment of Wilbur Air, a wholly owned subsidiary that will operate drones, air taxis, and other electric and hybrid aircraft across the future Skyportz network.  Wilbur will have “priority access” to vertiport locations ... read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1962 Cessna 175 Skylark

Plane & Pilot Magazine Today’s bargain provides Cessna 182 functionality and power at a Cessna 172 price.    Introduced in 1958 as a more powerful 172, the Skylark was … Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1962 Cessna 175 Skylark" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1962 Cessna 175 Skylark appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Cessna 407: Full Steam Ahead, Right Up Until the End

FLYING Magazine The late 1950s and early ’60s saw a frenzy of aircraft development. Largely driven by military contracts that called for a specialized type dedicated to each role, variety abounded, and unique designs emerged to address the many military requirements of the era. Cessna was no exception, and it took an interesting approach to developing a new model in September 1959.  Historically, Cessna would modify civilian types for military use. For example, the 310 became the U-3, the ... read more

Picture of the Day: Reflective Cessna

General Aviation News Matthew Baker submitted this photo and note: "After a very rainy day in Bartow, Florida, I caught this amazing reflection with standing water against the sunset." Read More read more

Avoiding and Surviving Bird Strikes

Plane & Pilot Magazine “What the —!”  the learner cried out as we rolled out from landing. Ahead of us some 1,000 feet down the runway there was a … Read More "Avoiding and Surviving Bird Strikes" The post Avoiding and Surviving Bird Strikes appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Are You Ready for Your Next Medical?

Plane & Pilot Magazine More and more pilots show up on the AME’s doorstep armed with the wrong or not enough paperwork to pass an FAA medical exam. That … Read More "Are You Ready for Your Next Medical?" The post Are You Ready for Your Next Medical? appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Caribbean Charter Set to Be Tecnam P2012 STOL Launch Customer

FLYING Magazine St Barth Executive, a French VIP air charter service based in the Caribbean, is scheduled to be the launch customer of Tecnam’s twin-engine P2012 STOL, the aircraft manufacturer announced.  According to Tecnam, the short field capabilities of the 11-place aircraft make it the perfect platform for a unique environment such as the West Indies. Designed as a commuter and cargo aircraft, the P2012 STOL will be used for scheduled service from Pointe-à-Pitre International ... read more

Lilium Begins Producing Battery Packs for Electric Jet

FLYING Magazine German manufacturer Lilium, which is developing what it says will be the first electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) jet for regional travel, is continuing to ramp up manufacturing. Following the start of aircraft production in December, the company on Tuesday began building the aviation-grade battery packs that will power its flagship Lilium Jet: a seven-seat eVTOL designed for regional air mobility (RAM) services. Each Jet will be fitted with 10 independent ... read more

Avoiding self-induced emergencies

General Aviation News While we might like to believe we’re on top of things and fully competent, the truth is well over half of all general aviation accidents are caused by pilot-related issues. Nearly 70%. Which invites the question: Are we really aware of the risks we face? Read More read more

Aromatics may be cause of valve seat recession after using unleaded fuel

General Aviation News Testing by Lycoming Engines has "demonstrated that, under certain conditions, use of UL94 may impact valve seat recession." Read More read more

Avoiding and Surviving Bird Strikes

FLYING Magazine “What the —!”  the learner cried out as we rolled out from landing. Ahead of us some 1,000 feet down the runway there was a bald eagle standing on the centerline, scarfing down the carcass of what looked like a large white rabbit. We brought the aircraft to a stop as the bird stopped its feeding frenzy and hopped toward us, spreading its wings and obviously saying, “Come at me, bro!” in eagle.  We had three choices: We could try to scare the bird away by heading toward it ... read more

New video updates what’s going on with Van’s Aircraft

General Aviation News In a video posted to YouTube April 12, 2024, Clyde Hamstreet, whose firm, Hamstreet & Associates, works with companies in distress, gave an update on the reorganization of Van's Aircraft during it bankruptcy. Read More read more

King Schools releases new private pilot course

General Aviation News “This new course ensures that student pilots show up prepared for each flight lesson…and showing up prepared means less time required in the airplane to master each maneuver, saving time and money,” said King Schools CEO and Co-Owner Barry Knuttila. Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: Guidance on the ground

AOPA General Aviation News Although some student pilots start learning to fly before they drive, many have been driving for years and find that when it comes to flying, they have to overcome habits that don’t transfer. Read More read more

This 1994 SOCATA TB-21 Trinidad TC Is a Rare, Stylish ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1994 SOCATA TB-21 Trinidad TC. The SOCATA TB-21 Trinidad TC represents the top of what many call the French manufacturer’s “Caribbean series,” which also includes the less-powerful, fixed-gear Tampico and Tobago. ... read more

Chart Wise: New Orleans VOR DME 36L (KNEW)

FLYING Magazine A pilot traveling to New Orleans might choose to avoid the business commercial airport to the west and instead fly into Lakefront Airport (KNEW) to be closer to downtown. Doing so, it might become useful to approach the airport via the VOR DME Runway 36L approach. For what looks like a pretty straightforward VOR approach at first glance, there is a lot going on here that might trip up a pilot—and using a solid IFR GPS navigator would help significantly. This Article ... read more

Near miss blamed on faulty transponder

General Aviation News I was in a left turn, looking off my left wing, when I noticed a shadow above me. I immediately rolled out of my turn, seeing the jet in front of me. I was shaken up, because I had no visual of the traffic, until after their passage. Read More read more

Pilot Sues Over Dominican Drug Ordeal

AVweb A pilot snared in an apparent drug smuggling scheme is suing the Canadian government and his former airline for $16 million. Rob DiVenanzo alleges government officials and police suspected their flight was being used to fly $25 million worth of cocaine to Canada from the Dominican Republic but failed to intervene. Di Venanzo, along with four other crew, were arrested and held for seven months by Dominican authorities in April of 2022 when members of the flight crew discovered bags ... read more

Swift Recommends Limiting Peak Or Lean Of Peak Operations With 94UL For Now

AVweb Swift Fuels is recommending pilots using its UL94 unleaded avgas go easy on their engines until the precise cause of dramatic valve seat recession in Piper Archers flown by the University of North Dakota is determined. Last week Lycoming, which made the engines in the Archers, said it didn’t believe the engines were at fault and instead pointed the finger at high levels of aromatics in UL94 and engine operation procedures at UND. In response to our story on that analysis, Swift ... read more

Lear Races Westward Around The World in 67 Hours, 28 Minutes

AVweb A crew of five flew a Global Jet Care Lear 36A westward around the world in 67 hours and 28 minutes of flight time, setting an unofficial record in the process. “Since there isn’t a record for this route, it will serve as a challenge to other airplanes of the same category to try to break the record once it has been declared ‘official,'” the Century Mission said in a news release. The Century Mission commemorated the 100th anniversary of the first circumnavigation, which was ... read more

NTSB Urges Better Prop Inspections

AVweb After investigating a few aluminum propeller failures, the NTSB has issued a Safety Alert and it’s particularly addressing back country pilots. “Aluminum propeller blades can be susceptible to fatigue cracking and fracture if a small nick, pit, or corrosion on the surface or edge is not found and repaired during preflight inspection or maintenance,” the NTSB said in the alert. “Such damage can concentrate stress from normal airplane operation loads, resulting in fatigue crack ... read more

From hurricane damage to back in the air

AOPA General Aviation News Jody Jones is a tailwheel pilot who enjoys the views and taking his family on flights for lunch or dinner. He does a lot of back country flying and camping. He looked at several different aircraft when first getting into aircraft ownership and decided that Stinsons best fit the "mission." Read More read more

NASA Is Asking for Help to Return Samples That Could Uncover Life on Mars

FLYING Magazine NASA Administrator Bill Nelson has shared the space agency’s “revised path forward” for the Mars Sample Return program, a proposed NASA-European Space Agency (ESA) mission to return Martian rock and soil samples to Earth. NASA’s Perseverance rover has been collecting rock and soil samples on the Red Planet since 2021. The agency is asking “the NASA community,” including its Jet Propulsion Laboratory and other agency centers, to collaborate on “out-of-the-box” designs, ... read more

Lycoming Claims Fuel Aromatics May Be at Root of UND Fleet Valve Problems

FLYING Magazine The change from 100LL to UL94 unleaded fuel is not without some growing pains in the aviation fleet.  Lycoming Engines has released the results of a study undertaken after receiving reports from the University of North Dakota (UND) about abnormal valve seat recession in the company’s powerplants that were using UL94. Throughout the country, several GA fleets have been converted so that they can use unleaded fuel. One of those fleets belongs to UND, which made the switch in ... read more

Garmin Demos New VHF Radios

FLYING Magazine Garmin recently announced its new VHF nav/com radios that nicely complement its line of compact touchscreen GPS navigators. Sporting a crisp, high-resolution display, they are nicely equipped with a variety of handy features and a smart feature set. It was showing the radio off at Sun ’n Fun Aerospace Expo 2024 in Florida and Kitplanes contributor Larry Anglisano got a product tour from Garmin’s Jim Alpiser. Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on Kitplanes. The ... read more

Drone Delivery Firm RigiTech Looks to Expand U.S. Operations with FAA Approval

FLYING Magazine Drone delivery manufacturer RigiTech has announced a key update with implications for its aircraft in the U.S. The company last week announced that the FAA confirmed its Eiger drone to be compliant with the regulator’s Remote ID rule, a key step toward expanding operations in the U.S. to go beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) of the operator. RigiTech’s U.S. customers—which include medical drone delivery operator Spright, a subsidiary of helicopter operator Air ... read more

Next-Level Flight Simulation with Navigraph

FLYING Magazine The evolution of flight simulation since the 1980s has been remarkable. Back then, runways were simply depicted as green sticks. However, modern PC desktop simulators have undergone substantial advancements, now capable of replicating system intricacies for a wide range of aircraft, including fluid dynamics, hydraulics, and even simulating system failures. The modern-day simulators also offer breathtaking scenery and meticulously detailed airports. The significant ... read more

Picture of the Day: Take me back to the 1950s

General Aviation News David Baldwin submitted this photo and note: "I turned the corner at Birchwood Airport (PABV) in Alaska, and was struck with this sight. It immediately felt like it was taking me back to the 1950s, with the still-working Ford fuel truck and aircraft." Read More read more

From hurricane damage to back in the air

AOPA General Aviation News Stinson pilot transforms wrecked aircraft into showstopper Read More read more

Reenacting Bombing Missions in a F-117 Nighthawk

FLYING Magazine Today on Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, I’m at Homey Airport (KXTA), also known as Groom Lake, aka “Area 51.” I’ve come here to the remote Nevada desert to fly one of the most iconic top secret aircraft of all time: the F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter. The story of the F-117 begins in 1964, when Soviet mathematician Pyotr Ufimtsev published the paper, Method of Edge Waves in the Physical Theory of Diffraction. It demonstrated that the radar return from an object depended ... read more

AERO Oklahoma welcomes 1,000 to state capitol

General Aviation News Presented annually by the Oklahoma Department of Aerospace and Aeronautics, the day included speeches, the chance to learn more about the state's second largest industry, as well as give aerospace and defense businesses from around the state "a chance to discuss important topics with legislators and other state leaders," said Oklahoma Senator John Haste. Read More read more

Questions from the Cockpit: Fake weight

General Aviation News Becky, a student pilot in Florida, writes: I’m fully caffeinated and working my way through Chapter 10 of the Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge to get my head around this weight and balance stuff. I just encountered “standard weights.” The good book says that standard weights are “established weights” and “should be used if actual weights are not available.” Then the first thing on the list is gasoline at 6 pounds per gallon. Huh? How can the weight of gas be ... read more

Ohio GA Airport Beats with a Heart of Steel

FLYING Magazine Jaime Steel-Potter and her husband, Danny Potter, saved Phillipsburg Airport (3I7) in Ohio. Not only has the airport acquisition had a positive impact on their business, Steel Aviation, it represented a sentimental move for her.   “I grew up here. It’s where my dad had his original paint shop and have been around the airport since I was 7 or 8 years old,” Steel-Potter said. “The former owner had some health issues and had to sell Phillipsburg [in 2012]. The grass was 4 ... read more

Winners of 2024 Richard Collins Writing Prize for Young Pilots revealed

General Aviation News Clay Simmons, a 22-year old aircraft builder and pilot based in Knoxville, Tennessee, is the winner of the sixth annual Richard L. Collins Writing Prize for Young Pilots. Read More read more

This 1977 Beechcraft Baron 58P Is a Significantly Upgraded ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1977 Beechcraft Baron 58P. Pilots can gain several advantages by stepping up to a light twin from a single-engine piston aircraft. The redundancy of an extra engine brings a welcome sense of security when flying in ... read more

Jumpstart kits for homebuilt panels unveiled

General Aviation News Dynon and Advanced Flight Systems have introduced the Advanced Control Module (ACM). Read More read more

Fatal Cirrus Accident Shows That Some Knowledge Doesn’t Translate

FLYING Magazine On a warm day in late spring, four professional helicopter pilots rented a Cirrus SR20 in North Las Vegas, Nevada, for a fishing trip to Bryce Canyon, Utah. Of the four, only one had an airplane rating. After taking off from North Las Vegas Airport (KVGT) and flying 60 miles, they landed at Mesquite, Nevada (67L), where they added 10 gallons of fuel. The pilot with the airplane rating, who had flown the first leg, now ceded the left front seat to one of his companions, ... read more

Carb icing proves fatal

General Aviation News The pilot’s exceedance of the airplane’s critical angle of attack, which resulted in an inadvertent aerodynamic stall while returning to the airport following a partial loss of engine power for reasons that could not be determined. Read More read more

Sun ‘n Fun 2024: Bose A30 Headset

AVweb It’s been a year since Bose released the flagship redesigned A30 aviation headset, and the Bose booth was just as busy at Sun ‘n Fun 2024 showing the set—many completely happy with their existing A20 model. But a brisk used market for well-cared-for A20 sets is creating more demand for the all-digital A30. Aviation Consumer Editor in Chief Larry Anglisano spent some time at the Bose booth with Chris Wuerlf who ran through the A30’s feature and control set, while setting the record ... read more

FAA Fit? Wingman Med Backstops

AVweb More and more pilots show up on the AME’s doorstep armed with the wrong or not enough paperwork to pass an FAA medical exam. That could be mean waiting a half year or more for the FAA to issue a medical when you could have been issued a certificate on the spot if you only had the right paperwork in place to support an otherwise approved medical condition. Wingman Med is a new third-party aeromedical service with a unique military Top Gun experience for helping pilots navigate the ... read more

Last Week’s Poll Results: ATC Is Deteriorating

AVweb A clear majority of respondents say air traffic control services are on a downslide. The post Last Week’s Poll Results: ATC Is Deteriorating appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Alaskan Instructor Wins Martha King Scholarship

AVweb A 43-year-old Alaska woman who literally grew up in the aviation business is paying it forward with a company that specializes in mentoring young people from isolated communities in aviation careers. At a news from King Schools at Sun ‘n Fun 2024 noted Jamie Klaes began CKT Aviation after the unexpected death of her native Alaskan brother, naming it after him. Their parents operated a small charter company from their hometown of Bettles, which is only accessible by air or dogsled. ... read more

Pilot Departs Aircraft, Damages Tail In Fatal Crash

AVweb A pilot who may have been trying to do an in-flight visual inspection of his Bearhawk Patrol’s control surfaces was killed in the process and also doomed the safety pilot he had with him. The NTSB’s final report into the crash of the homebuilt on Oct. 29, 2022 in Hanover Township, Pennsylvania attributes the accident to “the pilot’s decision to unlatch his seatbelt during flight, which allowed him to exit the airplane and impact the tail, resulting in a loss of control and impact ... read more

Sun ‘n Fun 2024: Innovation And Grit

AVweb It was good to be back in Lakeland for Sun ‘n Fun and even better to have been there for the 75-degree sunny days rather than the almost-annual deluge that showed up later in the week. As shows go, it was slow for news but news certainly wasn’t absent. Moreover, it showed the spirit of innovation and adventure among aviators and the companies that want to sell them stuff is alive. In that vein I offer three of the highlights that stood out for me. You are welcome to gently tell me ... read more

Poll: What Are Your Summer Flying Goals?

AVweb Poll: What Are Your Summer Flying Goals? Poll: What Are Your Summer Flying Goals? Fly more Fly less Get a new rating Take a long trip Other Δ The post Poll: What Are Your Summer Flying Goals? appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: Two warbirds

General Aviation News Karyn King sent in this photo and a note: "We flew in to Kingman, Arizona, in our Nanchang CJ6 to help celebrate a World War II B-17 pilot’s 100th birthday. Here we are parked next to the B-17 "Sentimental Journey." Two warbirds, one a Chinese trainer, and one that was critical in winning World War II." Read More read more

Someone should do something

General Aviation News For Jim, Scott, and the eight others who stepped up when they heard "someone should do something," good on ya. Read More read more

NetJets Pilots Overwhelmingly Approve Revised Contract

AVweb After a year of negotiations, NetJets pilots have overwhelmingly agreed to a revised contract. As first reported by Private Jet Card Comparison, the results were disclosed by the NetJets Association of Shared Airline Pilots (NJASAP) Executive Board, citing “record-breaking participation” with 98 percent of members voting on the Tentative Agreement. Pilots decisively approved the ratification with 78.31 percent in favor and 21.69 percent opposed. Out of the total votes cast, 2,390 ... read more

Redbird and the RAF Partner on educational resources for backcountry flying

General Aviation News Identifying a shortage of training materials that support pilots in developing their skills in off-airport, backcountry, and recreational flying, the organizations are creating a catalog of resources covering topics such as practical flying skills and habits, planning and preparation, basic survival and first aid, and gear recommendations and usage. Read More read more

Daher boosts production capacity for Kodiak

General Aviation News Sandpoint’s increased production capacity results from the addition of a second final assembly line that mirrors the build-up of Kodiaks once the basic airframe has been assembled, company officials explained. Read More read more

Sun ‘n Fun 2024: Day 4 Photo Gallery

AVweb All photos by Mariano Rosales 1 of 12 Afternoon airshow crowds The Pyro Musical closed the night airshow with fireworks, drones, and Nate Hammond Air refueling demo with an F-16 and KC-135 Airshow performer Kyle ... read more

Lycoming Says Aromatics In Fuel, Leaning Techniques May Have Caused Valve Problems

AVweb Lycoming says it doesn’t think its engines are to blame for the valve seat recession problems experienced by the University of North Dakota flight training department last year after it switched to Swift Fuels’ UL94 fuel. Rather, it says in a news release (copied in full below) its analysis suggests that “under certain conditions, use of UL94 may impact valve seat recession.” Lycoming says the analysis indicates that aromatic chemical concentrations in UL94 may cause the erosion of ... read more

Sun ‘n Fun 2024: Garmin VHF Radios

AVweb Garmin recently announced its new VHF navcomm radios that nicely complement its line of compact touchscreen GPS navigators. Sporting a crisp, high-resolution display, they are nicely equipped with a variety of handy features and a smart feature set. It was showing the radio off at Sun ‘n Fun 2024 in Florida and Aviation Consumer Editor-in-Chief Larry Anglisano got a product tour from Garmin’s Jim Alpiser. The post Sun ‘n Fun 2024: Garmin VHF Radios appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Dynon Unveils 12-Inch Display

AVweb Dynon Avionics’ Mike Schofield shows off the company’s newest display, the 12-inch HDX1200, which joins the 10-inch HDX1100 and 7-inch HDX800 in the SkyView lineup.The new display carries over all the features of the existing SkyView HDX architecture but adds a larger touchscreen display. Mike also discusses the new options for the Advanced Flight Systems Advanced Panel system that includes its integrated electrical control module that includes electronic circuit breakers and full ... read more

Senate Hearings: Boeing Faces Scrutiny Amid Safety Concerns And Whistleblower Allegations

AVweb The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee will hold a hearing next week featuring a panel of experts who released a February report critical of Boeing’s safety culture. Since the midair door blowout incident on Jan. 5, Boeing’s reputation has taken a hit as the manufacture has been plagued with whistleblower allegations, management shakeups, and continual production delays. Panel members Javier de Luis, an aeronautics expert at MIT, Tracy Dillinger, a NASA expert on safety culture, and ... read more

New Dog-Centric Airline Takes Off In May

AVweb Travelers eager to fly alongside their furry companions now have the opportunity to do so with Bark Air—a new dog-centric airline launching in May. Bark, the company behind the popular treat subscription BarkBox, has partnered with a jet charter service to create an air travel experience tailored specifically for dogs, prioritizing their comfort and well-being. According to Bark’s press release, the company embraces a “Dogs Fly First” philosophy with luxury accommodations and flight ... read more

Air Force Secretary Plans to Get in Cockpit of Self-Flying Fighter Jet

FLYING Magazine During a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Air Force secretary Frank Kendall told U.S. lawmakers he will get in the cockpit of an artificial intelligence-controlled fighter jet. Kendall said the flight is intended to allow him to observe the technology underlying the Air Force’s future fleet of Collaborative Combat Aircraft (CCA), which will pair crewed jets with fleets of tiny, buzzing, autonomous drones. A second pilot will join the Air Force secretary, but neither will ... read more

Cargo Airline Sends New Boeing 767 Freighters Directly to Storage

FLYING Magazine The company behind Northern Air Cargo has taken delivery of two widebody freighter aircraft this year and immediately placed them in storage because there isn’t enough business to operate them profitably despite the improved outlook for the global airfreight market, FreightWaves has learned. The decision represents the latest case of an all-cargo airline throttling back on fleet expansion plans made during the COVID crisis when a shortfall in shipping capacity sent rates ... read more

Bose A30 Headsets Showing Strong One Year Later

Plane & Pilot Magazine While exact figures aren’t readily available, all of Bose’s headsets showed a marked increase in sales in the past year, inclusive of the A30, the … Read More "Bose A30 Headsets Showing Strong One Year Later" The post Bose A30 Headsets Showing Strong One Year Later appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Wizz Air to Use SAF Produced from Human Waste

FLYING Magazine Hungarian ultra-low-cost carrier Wizz Air and U.K. biofuel company Firefly have announced a partnership that aims to power 10 percent of flights operated by the carrier with sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) produced out of human waste by the year 2030. The Firefly plant located in Harwich, England, will be adapted to convert human feces into SAF of which they are planning to deliver up to 525,000 tons over 15 years starting in 2028. This initiative is part of Wizz Air’s ... read more

Boeing to Face Senate Scrutiny Amid Safety Concerns, Whistleblower Allegations

FLYING Magazine The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee will hold a hearing next week featuring a panel of experts who released a February report critical of Boeing’s safety culture. Since the midair door blowout incident on January 5, Boeing’s reputation has taken a hit as the manufacture has been plagued with whistleblower allegations, management shakeups, and continual production delays. Panel members Javier de Luis, an aeronautics expert at MIT, Tracy Dillinger, a NASA expert on safety ... read more

Electric Aircraft Manufacturer Electron Secures Orders from Air2E, Hopscotch

FLYING Magazine A Dutch aircraft manufacturer is racking up orders for its battery-electric regional air mobility (RAM) design. Electron Aerospace, the maker of the 100 percent electric Electron 5, on Thursday announced an undisclosed but “significant” number of aircraft orders from business aviation provider Air2E and private air taxi operator Hopscotch Air. The companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) committing to explicit payment schedules. Air2E operates primarily in ... read more

This 2010 Aviat A1-C-180 Husky Is a Short-Field Wiz and an ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 2010 Aviat A-1C-180 Husky. There is a reason the Aviat Husky reminds many people of a Piper PA-18 Super Cub. It is because the airplane’s designer, Frank Christensen, had the Cub in mind. He had tried to buy the ... read more

One Year After Debut, Bose A30 Headset Well Received

FLYING Magazine LAKELAND, Florida — While exact figures aren’t readily available, all of Bose’s headsets showed a marked increase in sales in the past year, inclusive of the A30, the ProFlight series, and the A20, according to the company. The A20 is set to cease production in less than a year. More and more professional cockpits are ditching the molded earpiece and boom mic for a ProFlight, but the model generates fewer sales because of its defined market. Although Chris Wuerfl, Bose’s ... read more

Here Are 2 Quick VFR Flights to Try on Your Home Flight Simulator

FLYING Magazine One of the greatest values of having a home flight simulator is being able to use it when you only have an hour—or less—of free time. Since you can easily select any two airports within a reasonably short flying distance of one another, sometimes the near-unlimited choice results in decision paralysis, especially after a busy day in the real world. To mitigate that, I chose two short flights that can be accomplished in a normal evening’s flight sim session. My selection ... read more

Flight Outfitters introduces three new products for pilots and outdoor enthusiasts

General Aviation News Flight Outfitters has introduced three new products designed specifically for pilots and outdoor enthusiasts: The Charter Ops Flashlight, the Horizon Headlamp, and the iDeck Kneeboard. Read More read more

Pilot Mental Health Remains the Last Taboo in Aviation

FLYING Magazine By the time this, the strange case of the Alaska Airlines jumpseating pilot who attempted to shut down the engines of a Horizon Air Embraer 175 midflight may have faded from the headlines, but I suspect the impact will last much longer. Most certainly you still remember it—particularly for the salacious detail that said pilot had partaken in psychedelic mushrooms 40-some hours before his ill-timed psychotic episode. Already, “Had any ’shrooms lately, cap’n?” has supplanted ... read more

Piper crashes after flying into icing conditions

General Aviation News The pilot’s decision to continue the flight into an area of moderate to heavy icing conditions, which resulted in a degradation of airplane performance and subsequent loss of control. Read More read more

Two 787s In Toronto Runway Incursion

AVweb Canadian authorities are investigating a runway incursion March 21 involving two Boeing 787s at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Controllers noticed a LOT Airlines Dreamliner had failed to clear the runway as a KLM 787 barreled down the runway at 110 knots on its takeoff run. Controllers ordered the KLM flight to abort its takeoff and it stopped more than a mile away from the LOT jet. According to the report, which was released April 10, the LOT jet landed on Runway 6L as the ... read more

Augusta Regional Airport Braces For Masters Week Surge

AVweb As Masters week kicks off, some 1,500 aircraft are expected to descend on Augusta Regional Airport (KAGS), though securing a parking reservation for golf’s biggest tournament comes with a hefty price tag. Aircraft arriving between April 7-15, should be prepared to pay special event fees based on weight, ranging from $125 to $3,000. The airport’s website also mentions ramp fees will be charged per day. Assistant Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Lauren Smith, told Business ... read more

Sun ‘n Fun 2024: Lock & Key Refurbs

AVweb Mike Jones Aircraft in Murfreesboro, Tennessee found a real niche with what he calls the Bahama Station Wagon, also known as the Lock & Key Piper Navajo. Jones thinks the Piper Navajo is among the best piston twins ever built and his extensive Lock & Key refurbishment program makes a good airplane even better. With the latest avionics suite, speed and performance mods, high-end paint and interior work, plus extensive maintenance and component replacements, the aircraft really ... read more

Sun ‘n Fun 2024: Day 3 Photo Gallery

AVweb All Photos by Mariano Rosales 1 of 12 Who doesn't want to watch the airshow under the wing of a DC-3 MTOsport and Cavalon Autogyros Tora Tora Tora performs in the afternoon airshow The Island event and meeting area near aircraft ... read more

San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors unanimously votes to save Oceano airport

AOPA General Aviation News Pilots from across California rallied to defend Oceano County Airport after increased scrutiny from local opponents threatened its survival. The success of these efforts proves how vital community support can be when elected officials assess the impact of an airport. Read More read more

San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors unanimously votes to save Oceano airport

AOPA General Aviation News Pilots from across California rallied to defend Oceano County Airport after increased scrutiny from local opponents threatened its survival. The success of these efforts proves how vital community support can be when elected officials assess the impact of an airport. Read More read more

Aircraft Maintenance: Do you really need a compass?

AOPA General Aviation News “For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.” - H.L. Mencken. That’s exactly where I found myself when pondering the question, “Do I need to put a compass in the Titan T-51D Mustang that I’m building?” Read More read more

Sun ‘n Fun night airshow: Mustang, Texans, pyro, drones

AOPA General Aviation News The first of two planned night airshows at the Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo in Lakeland, Florida, lit up the sky April 10. If you're at the show and missed it, your second chance to see this amazing display will come on April 13. Read More read more

Celebrating the fiftieth Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo

AOPA General Aviation News Big smiles, big celebrations, and another year of sky’s-the-limit aviation excitement marked the fiftieth Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo in Lakeland, Florida. Read More read more

FAA Investigating Santa Clara County for Airport Maintenance Issues

FLYING Magazine The FAA has notified California’s Santa Clara County it is investigating noncompliance issues at Reid-Hillview Airport (KRHV) and San Martin Airport with an eye to getting their safety issues fixed. In an April 8 letter, the agency detailed a long list of areas it would be looking at on the fields, including signage and runway markings, areas of pavement undermined by ground squirrels, and weed issues on the edge of various paved areas. The agency said it has been ... read more

U.S., Japan Expand Space Collaboration with Lunar Rover Agreement

FLYING Magazine The U.S. and Japan on Wednesday signed a quid-pro-quo agreement to give both countries’ space exploration initiatives a boost. NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have agreed to facilitate missions to the moon using a crewed lunar rover designed, built, and operated by Japan. The enclosed and pressurized rover is designed to serve as a mobile habitat and laboratory for human personnel. In exchange, NASA will set aside space for two JAXA astronauts on ... read more

FAA Investigating Santa Clara For Airport Maintenance Issues

AVweb The FAA has notified Santa Clara County it is investigating noncompliance issues at Reid-Hillview and San Martin Airports with an eye to getting safety issues fixed. In an April 8 letter, the agency detailed a long list of areas it would be looking at on the field including signage and runway markings, areas of pavement undermined by ground squirrels and weed issues on the edge of various paved areas. The agency says in the letter it’s been discussing the issues for years with the ... read more

Charter Group Calls For CVRs On All Aircraft

AVweb Air Charter Safety Foundation is urging all aircraft manufacturers to install cockpit voice recorders on all new aircraft and is calling for an affordable alternative for legacy aircraft and those not covered by current and future regulations. In a news release, the ACSF said it would like to see manufacturers come up with a standardized CVR system so economies of scale would bring the price down. Meanwhile, for those aircraft that won’t be captured by a mandate, it’s saying ... read more

Sun ‘n Fun night airshow: Mustang, Texans, pyro, drones

AOPA General Aviation News The first of two planned night airshows at the Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo in Lakeland, Florida, lit up the sky April 10. If you're at the show and missed it, your second chance to see this amazing display will come on April 13. Read More read more

Celebrating the fiftieth Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo

AOPA General Aviation News Big smiles, big celebrations, and another year of sky’s-the-limit aviation excitement marked the fiftieth Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo in Lakeland, Florida. Read More read more

Textron Revives T182, Announces Upgrades

Plane & Pilot Magazine Textron has shown off its refreshed T182 turbocharged model. In a news release from Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo 2024, the company said the T182—like … Read More "Textron Revives T182, Announces Upgrades" The post Textron Revives T182, Announces Upgrades appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Tecnam Signs Deals for HCH Aviation Fleet Transition

FLYING Magazine The popularity of Tecnam aircraft at the training level continues to grow as evidenced by the increase in its designs being delivered to flight schools around the world. During a press conference at the Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo (SNF) on Thursday in Lakeland, Florida, the Italian aircraft manufacturer announced HCH Aviation, a Part 141 school based in Nacogdoches, Texas, is transitioning to an all-Tecnam fleet. According to Tecnam, the school, which is operated in ... read more

Pictures of the Day: Scenes from SUN ‘n FUN 2024

General Aviation News Photographer Matt Genuardi captured these scenes at the 2024 SUN 'n FUN Aerospace Expo. Read More read more

GAMI Says It Has 1 Million Gallons of G100UL

FLYING Magazine General Aviation Modifications Inc.’s (GAMI) George Braly announced in a seminar Wednesday at the Sun ’n Fun Aerospace Expo in Lakeland, Florida, that Vitol, a commodities trading company, has brewed 1 million gallons of GAMI’s G100UL, 100-octane unleaded aviation fuel, stored in a tank at its Baton Rouge plant. More importantly, according to Braly, after testing the fuel received a certificate of authenticity (COA), which then makes it “commercially available.” READ MORE: ... read more

Court ruling preserves access to East Hampton Town Airport

General Aviation News Although this court ruling reaffirms continued public access to JPX, Alex Gertsen, NBAA's director of airports and ground infrastructure, noted the legal battle is likely to continue as the town signaled its desire to appeal this decision. Read More read more

Can you pick a panel for a plane?

General Aviation News Can you look at an instrument panel and tell what airplane it belongs to? Read More read more

Aircraft Maintenance: Do you really need a compass?

AOPA General Aviation News “For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.” - H.L. Mencken. That’s exactly where I found myself when pondering the question, “Do I need to put a compass in the Titan T-51D Mustang that I’m building?” Read More read more

Amid Supply Chain Challenges, Daher Hopes to Boost Production

FLYING Magazine Daher says it is struggling daily with supply chain issues that have slowed production. At a news conference at Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo 2024, Nicolas Chabbert, senior vice president of Daher’s Aircraft Division said the strained production has resulted in two-year backlogs for both the Kodiak and TBM lines of high-performance turboprops. “We would like it to be about a year,” he said. He said sourcing and acquiring the correct parts is a daily challenge for the ... read more

Cessna unveils enhanced pistons

General Aviation News Textron Aviation has revealed the first deliveries of its enhanced Cessna Skyhawk, Cessna Skylane, Turbo Skylane, and Turbo Stationair HD aircraft. Read More read more

This 2017 Glasair I Is a Kitbuilt ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 2017 Glasair I. The sleek, composite airplane for sale here is a descendant of the original Glasair I that Tom Hamilton developed during the 1970s. That innovative design was a watershed for the kitplane industry ... read more

The Pilot Network plans April conference

General Aviation News The Pilot Network, a networking community for aviation professionals, will host TPNx, its fifth annual networking conference, at the Intercontinental-Minneapolis St. Paul Airport April 19-20, 2024. Read More read more

Milking It: How to Extract Every Last Bit from Airplane and Pilot

FLYING Magazine For my birthday this year my buddies transported my bike down to Alabama for a race weekend at Barber Motorsports Park. That’s Brooklyn to Birmingham. Pulling a trailer, it takes more than 17 hours. I know, as I’ve made the trip more than a few times myself. Drinking interstate coffee, eating caloric garbage, filling the tanks every 300 miles, sleeping fitfully at truck stops when fatigue finally overwhelms you. I chipped in for gas, but they did all the heavy lifting. So, ... read more

Lessons learned from a near miss

General Aviation News This near-miss brought to my attention my lack of taking action to prevent it. Read More read more

Sun ‘n Fun 2024: Amidst Supply Chain Challenges, Daher Hopes To Boost Production

AVweb Daher says it is struggling daily with supply chain issues that have slowed production. At a news conference at Sun ‘n Fun 2024 spokesman Nicholas Chabbert said the strained production has resulted in two-year backlogs for both the Kodiak and TBM lines of high performance turboprops. “We would like it to be about a year,” he said. He said sourcing and acquiring the correct parts is a daily challenge for the company but it is improving and the company has been steadily producing ... read more

Sun ‘n Fun 2024: Junkers Updates A50 With Heritage Appeal

AVweb Last year at Sun ’n Fun Aerospace Expo (SNF), Junkers Aircraft unveiled its A50 Junior, a revitalized take on the classic 1929 design by Hermann Pohlmann. The refresh featured the classic configuration with a Rotax engine.  Based on consumer feedback and requests, the company unveiled Wednesday its A50 Heritage model. According to Junkers, the aircraft “meticulously captured the essence of Hugo Junkers’ imaginative and original design” with its Scarlett 7U radial engine and two-piece ... read more

Sun ‘n Fun 2024: Day 2 Photo Gallery

AVweb All Photos By Mariano Rosales The post Sun ‘n Fun 2024: Day 2 Photo Gallery appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Sun ‘n Fun 2024: Garmin’s GTN 750Xi Radar Interface

AVweb There’s a higher-level skill set required to properly use a ship’s weather radar—so much so that Garmin has an entire pilot course dedicated to teaching new users the ins and outs. But Garmin says it has taken a lot of the guesswork out of using its new GXW 8000 StormOptix Doppler radar thanks to new automation built into the GTN 750Xi GPS navigator, including an Auto Mode that automatically controls the radar tilt and gain commands. The GWX 8000 has been out for a while, but the ... read more

Sun ‘n Fun 2024: Piper M700 Fury

AVweb The big attraction in the static display area at Sun ‘n Fun was at the Piper exhibit, where the company was showing off the latest flagship aircraft—the M700 Fury turboprop single. It’s a follow-on of the good-selling M600 model, with more performance, more features, and higher-end styling. Piper’s Dan Lewis gave a walk around tour in this AVweb exclusive video. The post Sun ‘n Fun 2024: Piper M700 Fury appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

AOPA collaborates, pilots benefit

AOPA General Aviation News The Maryland Aviation Council (MAC) is working with AOPA to improve conditions for pilots in the state through an extension on tax exemption legislation and a pilot survey. Read More read more

A golf legend’s Cessna Skylark

AOPA General Aviation News A photo of golfing great Arnold Palmer carrying his golf bag away from a Cessna 175 Skylark recently popped up on eBay just a few days before the sports world turned its attention to the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. Read More read more

San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors unanimously votes to save Oceano airport

AOPA General Aviation News Pilots from across California rallied to defend Oceano County Airport after increased scrutiny from local opponents threatened its survival. The success of these efforts proves how vital community support can be when elected officials assess the impact of an airport. Read More read more

Daher anticipates increased aircraft deliveries in 2024

AOPA General Aviation News Nicolas Chabbert, senior vice president of Daher’s Aircraft Division, said during the 2024 Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo that Daher shipped the same number of aircraft in 2023 as in 2022—about 75 TBM and Kodiak aircraft. Read More read more

Textron Revives T182, Announces Upgrades

FLYING Magazine Textron has shown off its refreshed T182 turbocharged model. In a news release from Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo 2024, the company said the T182—like the 172, 206 and T206— has received interior facelifts and the first deliveries of the aircraft have occurred. Production of the T182 was paused in 2013 and Textron announced its revival in 2022. “Textron Aviation’s investment in the Cessna piston aircraft lineup demonstrates the company’s continued enthusiasm and support for ... read more

A golf legend’s Cessna Skylark

AOPA General Aviation News A photo of golfing great Arnold Palmer carrying his golf bag away from a Cessna 175 Skylark recently popped up on eBay just a few days before the sports world turned its attention to the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. Read More read more

San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors unanimously votes to save Oceano airport

AOPA General Aviation News Pilots from across California rallied to defend Oceano County Airport after increased scrutiny from local opponents threatened its survival. The success of these efforts proves how vital community support can be when elected officials assess the impact of an airport. Read More read more

Daher anticipates increased aircraft deliveries in 2024

AOPA General Aviation News Nicolas Chabbert, senior vice president of Daher’s Aircraft Division, said during the 2024 Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo that Daher shipped the same number of aircraft in 2023 as in 2022—about 75 TBM and Kodiak aircraft. Read More read more

Air Show Plans Advance in Reno

FLYING Magazine Tickets are now available for the first Reno Air Show on October 4-6 at Reno-Stead Airport (KRTS) in Nevada.  According to the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA), the event will feature performances of both U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, along with the U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper Demo Team. A list of other planned performances may be found here.  READ MORE: Taking in the Reno Air Races’ Final Lap The event, which is sponsored by the RARA, will begin ... read more

Textron Shows Revived T182, Announces Upgrades

AVweb Textron has shown off its refreshed T182 turbocharged model. In a news release from Sun ‘n Fun 2024, the company said the T182, like the 172, 206 and T206 have received interior facelifts and the first deliveries of the aircraft have occurred. Production of the T182 was paused in 2013 and Textron announced its revival in 2022. “Textron Aviation’s investment in the Cessna piston aircraft lineup demonstrates the company’s continued enthusiasm and support for pilots worldwide, whether ... read more

AOPA collaborates, pilots benefit

AOPA General Aviation News The Maryland Aviation Council (MAC) is working with AOPA to improve conditions for pilots in the state through an extension on tax exemption legislation and a pilot survey. Read More read more

Merlin Advances Toward Autonomous Flight Tech STC with Simulator

FLYING Magazine Autonomous flight systems provider Merlin Labs is stepping up its quest for a supplemental type certificate (STC). The company on Wednesday announced it completed the build of its Certification System Bench, a flight test simulator designed to speed its path to an STC. The simulator contains the company’s certifiable software and hardware components and is located at its Boston headquarters. An STC is issued by a regulator when a company intends to modify an aerospace ... read more

Redbird, Recreational Aviation Foundation Partner to Boost Backcountry Flight Training

FLYING Magazine Redbird Flight Simulations and the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) have launched a new initiative that will foster the creation of training materials supporting recreational flying, including backcountry trips. “The pilot shortage has caused many flight training providers to focus their operations primarily on recruiting and training professional pilot candidates,” said Charlie Gregoire, Redbird’s president and chief operations officer. “Consequently, pilots ... read more

Junkers Aircraft Unveils A50 Heritage Model

Plane & Pilot Magazine LAKELAND, Florida — Last year at Sun ’n Fun Aerospace Expo (SNF), Junkers Aircraft unveiled its A50 Junior, a revitalized take on the classic 1929 … Read More "Junkers Aircraft Unveils A50 Heritage Model" The post Junkers Aircraft Unveils A50 Heritage Model appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

My grass roots

AOPA General Aviation News Modern pilots seeking to return to aviation’s roots have grown fascinated with landing airplanes on turf. It’s important to remember, however, that a grass runway may or may not satisfy the desire to land somewhere that's vastly different from home base. Read More read more

Pictures of the Day: Scenes from SUN ‘n FUN 2024

General Aviation News Photographer Matt Genuardi captured these scenes during opening day of the 2024 SUN 'n FUN Aerospace Expo, April 9. Read More read more

Eclipse by Air: The Pilot Perspective

FLYING Magazine April 8 may go down in aviation history as the busiest day for GA, as thousands of pilots took to the air to watch the solar eclipse. According to Flightradar24, a distinct line of aircraft clustered along the path of totality. The aircraft were shown as gold icons, and the clusters on that day were reminiscent of goldfish swarming for food. But not every pilot who went up was there just to watch the show in the sky. Some pilots were working and providing transportation, ... read more

The door man for hangars

General Aviation News Mike Schweiss, the founder of Schweiss Doors, says his company sells the "Cadillac of doors." Read More read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1986 Stolp SA-100 Starduster

Plane & Pilot Magazine Today’s bargain is one of the least-expensive aircraft available for purchase and promises a unique, high-performance, open-cockpit flying experience for less than the price of … Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1986 Stolp SA-100 Starduster" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1986 Stolp SA-100 Starduster appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

My grass roots

AOPA General Aviation News Modern pilots seeking to return to aviation’s roots have grown fascinated with landing airplanes on turf. It’s important to remember, however, that a grass runway may or may not satisfy the desire to land somewhere that's vastly different from home base. Read More read more

Work begins on diesel-powered Seminole

General Aviation News On opening day of the 2024 SUN 'n FUN Aerospace Expo, officials with Piper Aircraft said they are partnering with DeltaHawk Engines to explore the feasibility of integrating DeltaHawk's diesel engine into Piper's PA-44 Seminole. Read More read more

What Does It Take to Transition from a Jet to a Piston Airplane?

FLYING Magazine There is a lot written about transitioning from piston airplanes to jets, but not much about the reverse. For this pilot, the transition from a Cessna Citation CJ1, 2+, and 3 to a Beechcraft P-Baron was an eye-opener. Training is different. Jet training includes engine failure during takeoff, the so-called V1 cut. This Article First Appeared in FLYING Magazine If you’re not already a subscriber, what are you waiting for? Subscribe today to get the issue as soon ... read more

Virtual town hall meeting to update pilots on Rhode Island’s GA airports

General Aviation News The virtual briefing will provide development updates at the state's airports, including Rhode Island’s five GA airports: Block Island, Newport, North Central, Quonset, and Westerly State Airports. Read More read more

Going to the Birds, And How Not To

FLYING Magazine It’s not every day I long to take multiple lives with my bare hands. Or fantasize about setting up lethal booby traps that employ electrical current to deliver swift death to my enemies. But the other day, when I opened up my engine cowl during a preflight inspection and discovered several pounds of grass, twigs, and debris packed tightly into every nook and cranny of my engine compartment, the local starling population was fortunate they were out of my reach.  It had been ... read more

Dynon unveils largest display yet with SV-HDX1200

General Aviation News "Pilot feedback is at the core of everything we do at Dynon and a common request is for a larger display option," says Michael Schofield, director of marketing. "The SV-HDX1200 is a solution for all of us who are experiencing the effects of additional years on our eyes." Read More read more

This 1975 Cessna 414 Chancellor Is a High-Flying, Cabin-Class ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1975 Cessna 414 Chancellor. Cessna’s 414 Chancellor was the last of the company’s pressurized 400-series twins and was meant to bridge the price gap between its nonpressurized models and the flagship 421 Golden ... read more

Taking the Grand Tour at Gulfstream Aerospace

FLYING Magazine One of the unanticipated benefits of getting diagnosed with leukemia is the amazing generosity of your friends. JetVx president Mike Shafer, who has brokered my airplanes over the past 20 years, had a surprise for a group of us airplane nuts. If a car geek were to visit the Rolls-Royce factory, they might feel as we did while getting a private tour of Gulfstream Aerospace in Savannah, Georgia. We were met at the front door by Shafer’s friend, Jay Neely, vice president of ... read more

Fuel starvation brings down Globe

General Aviation News The pilot’s inadequate fuel management which resulted in a total loss of engine power due to fuel starvation. Read More read more

Sun ‘n Fun Day One Photo Gallery: Flying’s Spring Break Launches In Lakeland

AVweb All photos by Mariano Rosales 1 of 12 ScaleBirds LightFighter Piper M700 Fury All photos by Mariano Rosales: Airshow performer Rob Holland Hummingbird helicopter Frank McMullan's Humingbird ... read more

Sun ‘n Fun 2024: GAMI Has Theory On UND Valve Recession Cause

AVweb General Aviation Modifications Inc. founder George Braly says he thinks he knows why the University of North Dakota’s flight training program had valve seat recession issues using Swift 94 UL fuel but he won’t release the details until he’s discussed it with UND and Swift. “I have to extend them that courtesy,” he said. The school used 94UL for about four months before it found the valve problems and switched back to 100LL. At Sun ‘n Fun on Tuesday, Braly said he bought three barrels ... read more

Sun ‘n Fun 2024: Piper To Test DeltaHawk Diesels In Seminoles

AVweb Piper says it’s signed a deal with Wisconsin-based DeltaHawk to explore installing the Jet A and SAF-burning engines in its iconic piston twin, the PA-44 Seminole. “We are constantly seeking opportunities to innovate and advance our aircraft offerings,” said Piper VP of Engineering and Manufacturing Marc Ouellet. “Working with DeltaHawk on this project aligns with our mission to explore cutting-edge technologies that can deliver significant benefits to our customers and the industry ... read more

‘Slip slidin’ away’

AOPA General Aviation News Borrowing a title from songwriter Paul Simon, aircraft seat design would seem to be a well-established discipline, honed after decades of experience to a fine art—but apparently it is not. Read More read more

‘Make memories with the family’

AOPA General Aviation News Derek Thompson Jr. has set the bar pretty high for family adventures in their 1976 Cessna Cardinal—flying to experience the 2024 solar eclipse along the path of totality. Read More read more

CAU flies to a greener future with unleaded aviation fuel

AOPA General Aviation News California Aeronautical University (CAU) is propelling forward with exciting new developments that aim to reshape the landscape of environmentally friendly aviation and education. Read More read more

Exploring ForeFlight subscription plans

AOPA General Aviation News ForeFlight offers three subscription plans tailored to different pilot needs: Performance Plus, Pro Plus, and Basic Plus. Each plan comes with unique features and benefits designed to enhance flight planning, navigation, and safety. Read More read more

U.S. Senator Calls Out FAA For ‘Major’ National Security Breaches

AVweb U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who co-chairs the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control released a report yesterday (April 8) on alleged loopholes in the FAA registration process that enable “drug cartels and bad actors” to widely use covertly registered aircraft to threaten U.S. national security and enable global drug trafficking. Grassley said, “While Americans rely on the Federal Aviation Administration to provide smooth transport from point A to point B, ... read more

Seaplane Pilots’ Survey Explores Invasive Aquatic Plant Species

AVweb The Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force is asking the seaplane pilot community for help in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive plant species from waterway to waterway. The National Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act (NANPCA) and the National Invasive Species Act are meant to prevent the proliferation of damaging non-native plant species that can overpower indigenous species to upset the ecology of the lakes and other waterways where seaplanes ... read more

‘Slip slidin’ away’

AOPA General Aviation News Borrowing a title from songwriter Paul Simon, aircraft seat design would seem to be a well-established discipline, honed after decades of experience to a fine art—but apparently it is not. Read More read more

‘Make memories with the family’

AOPA General Aviation News Derek Thompson Jr. has set the bar pretty high for family adventures in their 1976 Cessna Cardinal—flying to experience the 2024 solar eclipse along the path of totality. Read More read more

CAU flies to a greener future with unleaded aviation fuel

AOPA General Aviation News California Aeronautical University (CAU) is propelling forward with exciting new developments that aim to reshape the landscape of environmentally friendly aviation and education. Read More read more

Exploring ForeFlight subscription plans

AOPA General Aviation News ForeFlight offers three subscription plans tailored to different pilot needs: Performance Plus, Pro Plus, and Basic Plus. Each plan comes with unique features and benefits designed to enhance flight planning, navigation, and safety. Read More read more

Oregon Flight School to Buy 10 Piper Aircraft

FLYING Magazine The Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo is always a busy time for aircraft manufacturers, and it certainly has begun that way for Piper Aircraft. On Tuesday, the first day of the show, the Florida-based manufacturer announced the sale of 10 aircraft to Hillsboro Aero Academy (HAA) in Oregon. According to Piper, HAA has purchased five Archer TX and five Pilot 100i aircraft, with the first delivery scheduled for early 2027. READ MORE: Piper Announces FAA Type Certification for M700 ... read more

Prolific Delta IV Heavy Launcher Makes Final Flight

FLYING Magazine One of America’s most powerful and expensive commercially made space launch vehicles is flying into the sunset. Tuesday marked the swan song for Delta IV Heavy, a heavy-lift launcher headed for retirement. The spacecraft was built by United Launch Alliance (ULA)—a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing—and is considered one of the most prolific in U.S. history. Delta IV Heavy, standing 235 feet tall, is part of ULA’s Delta family of rockets, which along with its ... read more

Electric Air Taxi Manufacturers Turn to NASA to Model Noise

FLYING Magazine Whether you love them, hate them, or are in the process of building them, electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxis have a key hurdle to overcome: noise. Air taxi manufacturers are turning to NASA for assistance. According to the space agency, “several” eVTOL companies are deploying a NASA computer program to model their future operations and the noise they will produce. The program, called Overflow, was developed in the 1990s. But NASA tells FLYING it has ... read more

Picture of the Day: Holy Smoke

General Aviation News Matthew Baker submitted this photo and note: "A nice sunrise at Bartow Executive Airport (KBOW) in Bartow, Florida." Read More read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1947 Beechcraft Bonanza

Plane & Pilot Magazine Today’s bargain provides timeless style and legitimate cross-country capability in a package that would be welcome at any vintage aircraft fly-in. Introduced in 1947, the … Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1947 Beechcraft Bonanza" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1947 Beechcraft Bonanza appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

The devil’s advocate

General Aviation News The devil’s advocate in me thinks the better lesson is: “You want to land and takeoff with a headwind whenever possible. However, there will be times when you find you have no choice but to land or takeoff with a tailwind. This is where your PIC judgment comes into play. It’s up to you to decide if you can make that landing or perform that takeoff safely, or whether you need to land somewhere else, or whether you should put off your trip to another day.” Read More read more

ICARUS IFR Training Device Delivered to Antarctica

FLYING Magazine Instrument pilot trainees on all seven continents now have the opportunity to improve the quality of their instruction using the ICARUS Smart View Limiting Device.  Nick Sinopoli, the inventor of the ICARUS Device, a high-tech view limiting device, knew this only too well after losing a friend in an aviation accident in 2016. ICARUS was introduced to the training environment three years ago and is now used around the world by both the military and private sector. The ... read more

Video: Celebrating John Lane

General Aviation News Fred Johnsen, the force behind the Airailimages YouTube channel and General Aviation News Of Wings & Things columnist, recently posted a video honoring John Lane, one of Idaho's premier warbird restorers and pilots, who died March 21, 2024, after a brief illness. Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: Calibrate your braking

AOPA General Aviation News Smoothly and effectively slowing an airplane after landing involves more than just your toes—your brain also plays a critical role. It is up to you to size up the situation and apply the proper braking pressure. Read More read more

Flying with an Athletic Mindset

FLYING Magazine One of the laws of learning is that it requires repetition, drill, and a lot of practice. It takes as much time as it takes to learn a maneuver, and more time and practice to gain proficiency, yet there are some student pilots and CFIs who resist repetition, insisting that the maneuver has been learned and can be flown to standard after one lesson. This is dubious at best, and can be an example of the Dunning-Kruger effect, a cognitive bias where people with limited ... read more

French company to open new facility at KSRQ

General Aviation News The new facility will focus on the reassembly of aircraft intended for delivery to clients in the U.S., according to company officials, who note that more than 200 aircraft have already been pre-ordered in the U.S. Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: Calibrate your braking

AOPA General Aviation News Smoothly and effectively slowing an airplane after landing involves more than just your toes—your brain also plays a critical role. It is up to you to size up the situation and apply the proper braking pressure. Read More read more

Giving Your Airplane a Face-Lift and Tummy Tuck

FLYING Magazine Who doesn’t love that new car smell? And if it’s in an airplane, even better. When George Mitri and his wife, Debbie, of Sky Comforts (www.skycomforts.com) presented me with the finished product of their hard work on the interior of our Piper Arrow, my first reaction was a gleaming smile. The fragrance of new leather that wafted out the open cockpit door was intoxicating. But more on that later. When the airplane was first purchased seven and a half years ago, the exterior ... read more

This 1981 Cessna 172RG Cutlass Is a Not-Too-Complex ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1981 Cessna 172RG Cutlass. When Cessna developed the retractable version of its venerable 172, its intent was to take a share of the market for entry-level complex airplanes, which previously had gone mostly to the ... read more

Electric Air Taxis Reach Mass Production Phase in China

FLYING Magazine Chinese electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft manufacturer EHang says it has obtained the world’s first production certification for a pilotless eVTOL design, allowing it to begin mass manufacturing. The approval was granted by the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC), representatives of which met with EHang founder, chairman, and CEO Huazhi Hu at a ceremony in Guangzhou’s Huangpu District on Sunday. The event was attended by local government ... read more

I do not ever intend to find myself in this situation again

General Aviation News I was at a loss as to how this could have happened as I consider myself a very cautious and safe pilot. Read More read more

Quality Aircraft Accessories acquires Approved Turbo Components

General Aviation News ATC overhaul and exchange work will be relocated to QAA’s headquarters and manufacturing facility in Tulsa. Read More read more

Eclipse Traffic Floods GA Airports

AVweb GA airports got some love from mainstream news outlets as part of their eclipse coverage. According to a CNBC article, “some of the country’s smaller airports” had their “moment in the sun.” As of this morning (April 8), CNBC reported, ground stops halted arrivals at GA airports across the eclipse’s path of totality, ranging from the Gulf Coast of Texas to northern New England. With an 8,500-foot main runway, Burlington (Vermont) International Airport (KBTV) has 130 based aircraft, ... read more

Spirit To Furlough Pilots; Defer Aircraft Deliveries Due To Cash Crunch

AVweb Spirit Airlines announced today that, to save cash, it will furlough 260 pilots and postpone Airbus aircraft deliveries scheduled from the second quarter of next year through 2026. The aircraft deliveries are scheduled to be deferred until 2030-2031. Deliveries scheduled from 2027 to 2029 are not affected. The pilot furloughs are scheduled to start September 1. Spirit, which operates an all-Airbus fleet, said the delivery pause is partly due to quality issues related to the ... read more

Jeffco Noise Study Revealed; Touch & Go Operations Cited

AVweb Brad Walker, a longtime pilot at Jefferson County, Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Municipal Airport (KBJC; also known  as “Jeffco”), has actively challenged efforts by homeowners to sue the county over noise and lead pollution associated with the airport. Most recently, he filed a request under the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) statute (similar to the federal Freedom of Information Act) to acquire a noise study commissioned by his home town of Superior, Colorado, which abuts the ... read more

French Flight Academy Puts 10 Tecnam P-Mentor Trainers To Work

AVweb Tours, France-based Mermoz Academy recently acquired 10 Tecnam P-Mentor piston-single trainers. Italy-based Tecnam said the P-Mentor is well-suited to instrument flight training due to its digital avionics with “all the features of the large aircraft [students] will be working on.” Mermoz Academy, established in 2018 to help stem the pilot shortage, also operates five Tecnam P2006T twin-engine piston trainers; and four P-2020 four-seat piston singles. The academy currently serves 220 ... read more

A Brace Of B-29s Are Scheduled To Share Honors At EAA AirVenture 2024

AVweb For the first time since 2018, the skies will be darkened by two mammoth Boeing B-29 Superfortresses at this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. In fact, this year’s scheduled appearance is believed to be only the fourth time in half a century that two of the four-engine bombers will have appeared together. FIFI, owned and operated by the Commemorative Air Force, is scheduled to be on display on EAA’s Boeing Plaza July 22-24. Doc, built in 1944 will be front-and-center July 25-28. The two ... read more

France’s Thales Ramps Up Production Of Key Radar Systems

AVweb Addressing what is described as years of neglect of military support, French President Emmanuel Macron is exerting pressure to pump up defense production. The ongoing war in Ukraine is said to be among the motivators for Macron’s initiative. In an article published by Politico, Macron identifies Thales-built Ground Master air surveillance radar systems as pivotal to future strategic military hardware vital to the defense of Ukraine, and by extension, for other Thales customers. ... read more

NTSB Adds Two New Members To Bring The Board to Full Strength

AVweb The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has added two new members to bring the board to full strength at five. Alvin Brown and J. Todd Inman were nominated by President Joe Biden to fill two vacancies and were confirmed by the Senate. The slot filled by Brown runs through 2026 while Inman’s extends to 2027. Inman served at APCO Worldwide from July 2022, after serving as secretary of the Florida Department of Management Services. He was also a senior adviser and chief of staff ... read more

U.S. Navy Awards Contract for Long-Range, Solar-Powered Stealth Drone

FLYING Magazine A first-of-its-kind drone designed for endurance, stealth, flexibility, and operational simplicity has found its latest customer in the U.S. Navy. Kraus Hamdani Aerospace, manufacturer of the solar-powered, ultralong-range K1000ULE uncrewed aircraft system (UAS), last week won a contract to provide the Navy with its first UAS capable of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL). The contract was agreed through PMA-263, the Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned ... read more

What You Need to Know Before Flying into Sun ‘n Fun

FLYING Magazine If you are planning to fly yourself to Lakeland, Florida, for the annual Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo, make sure you study the notice to air missions (NOTAM) prior to departure. There have been several changes from previous years, and you don’t want to be the pilot who does something silly, unexpected, and potentially dangerous. The FAA, which predicts nearly 2,000 pilots are headed to Sun ‘n Fun (SNF), has published a NOTAM for the event, effective Monday, April 8, to ... read more

UPS to Hire 300 Pilots to Support Postal Service Contract

FLYING Magazine UPS is looking to hire more than 300 pilots to support an anticipated increase in air cargo demand driven by a new multi-year contract from the U.S. Postal Service, according to the union representing the company’s air crews. “The Independent Pilots Association Executive Board was informed that UPS HR is resuming their pilot hiring process to account for the additional volume surge that will occur as the year progresses,” the union said in a statement shared with ... read more

Spirit To Trim Pilot Workforce

FLYING Magazine Ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) Spirit plans to furlough approximately 260 pilots later this year, according to a news release issued on Monday. The company continues to grapple with Pratt & Whitney engine issues, losing almost $184 million last quarter. Spirit says the furloughs will take effect on Sept. 1, 2024. In late 2023, the airline halted all pilot and flight attendant hiring, citing slower 2024 growth plans and ongoing engine troubles. Earlier this year, a ... read more

A different kind of fly-in

General Aviation News Based off the Airbnb model, Fly-Inn.com lists properties for short-term rentals for general aviation pilots. Read More read more

Aviation’s Spring Break: It’s Sun ’n Fun to the Rescue

Plane & Pilot Magazine As a major milestone along the march of aviation’s year, central Florida’s Sun ’n Fun Aerospace Expo  in Lakeland, Florida, gives cold-weary northerners a much-needed … Read More "Aviation’s Spring Break: It’s Sun ’n Fun to the Rescue" The post Aviation’s Spring Break: It’s Sun ’n Fun to the Rescue appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Sun ’n Fun Kicks Off Spring Break for Aviation

FLYING Magazine As a major milestone along the march of aviation’s year, central Florida’s Sun ’n Fun Aerospace Expo in Lakeland, Florida, gives cold-weary northerners a much-needed boost from the leftover winter.  It’s not that we can’t fly during the short, colder days. It’s just not worth the bother in the frozen states. Bundling up for the trek to the hangar, arranging for some engine heat, wondering if the battery is up to the start, chipping leftover snowplow detritus from the ... read more

CubCrafters looks for pilot input on latest model

General Aviation News As part of its final stages of development of the Carbon Cub UL, CubCrafters is inviting pilots to fly the aircraft to get their input on the aircraft’s performance, features, and options. Read More read more

Illinois Grass Strip Airfield Ready for Next Generation of Owners

FLYING Magazine Far too often we hear about airports being for sale after the fact. Most of the time, a new aviator will continue operating the airfield in its intended capacity. But other times—the runway will fade into distant memory. Jack Poff, the founder of Shumway “Innernational” Airport (IL05) in Effingham, Illinois, hopes that the facility will still be used as an airport once it’s sold. “Well, I sure hope we do get to sell it as an airport, because at the point it doesn’t sell ... read more

ICON Aircraft files for bankruptcy

General Aviation News Company officials say they are looking to sell the business under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code, "while continuing to support its customers and operations during the Chapter 11 process." Read More read more

Lessons Learned: Achieving Aspirations

Plane & Pilot Magazine Ray Andrews, my flight instructor, turned to me and asked, “So, you think you’re ready to solo in front of your friends?” After my half-hour … Read More "Lessons Learned: Achieving Aspirations" The post Lessons Learned: Achieving Aspirations appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

This 1968 Beechcraft E33 Debonair Is an Impressively Updated ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1968 Beechcraft E33 Debonair. While it is true that in 1960 Beechcraft marketed the new “straight tail” Debonair as a basic, lower-priced version of its flagship V-tail Bonanza, that modest approach did not last ... read more

Air Plains now authorized Garmin dealer

General Aviation News Air Plains also offers custom powder-coated and laser engraved avionics panels, designed and produced in-house on CNC machines specifically to the customer’s preferred layout, company officials said. Read More read more

There Was Just Something About Michael

FLYING Magazine Let me tell you about Michael…at least, I’ll try… but he nearly defies description. Michael was Huck Finn, Mr. Wizard, an Irishman tattooed with a four-leaf clover, and Peter Pan to my Wendy. Understand that most of these adventures and shenanigans took place in simpler times when general aviation was free of ADS-B, camera surveillance, complex airspace restrictions, and overzealous FAA inspectors. I’m not sure if GA is really safer these days, but it sure isn’t as much ... read more

Cessna 310 crashes on first flight after maintenance

General Aviation News The failure of maintenance personnel to properly rig the rudder trim system after reinstallation and pilot’s inadequate preflight inspection after recent maintenance, which resulted in an inability to adequately maintain directional control during the flight. Read More read more

Poll: How Does ATC Seem To You?

AVweb Poll: How Does ATC Seem To You? Poll: How Does ATC Seem To You? Seems the same as always. Occasional issues but otherwise fine. Doesn't seem as efficient as a few years ago. Definitely deteriorating. Other Δ The post Poll: How Does ATC Seem To You? appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Featured Video: Cross-Country To Mardi Gras

AVweb For our Amelia Walsh, getting to Mardi Gras was half the fun with her husband in their Cessna 310. Along the way they stopped in Dallas to pick up a rescue dog to take him to his new home in Colorado. The post Featured Video: Cross-Country To Mardi Gras appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

From The Inside, Thinks Look Even Worse For Air Traffic Control

AVweb I listen to a lot of ATC tapes and the latest was about the flap damage on the Southwest flight at Denver Sunday morning. When pieces fall off an airplane in flight it’s a flat-out, hair-on-fire emergency. Neither the controllers nor the pilots know for sure what has been damaged and even though decisions are made quickly the incident unfolds in a frustrating slow motion. It’s so incredibly stressful and the stakes are so high, the people directly involved are instantly placed under ... read more

Last Week’s Poll Results: Status Quo For GA With FAA

AVweb Only about a third of respondents believe the pressure the FAA is under over Boeing will trickle down to GA issues and the same number believe it will have no effect. The post Last Week’s Poll Results: Status Quo For GA With FAA appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Southwest 737-800 Flap Damaged On Takeoff From Denver

AVweb All the usual authorities are investigating after the inboard flap on the right wing of a Southwest Boeing 737-800 was damaged possibly by a piece of detached engine cowling on takeoff from Denver International Airport on Sunday. Flight 3695 was headed for Houston Hobby Airport about 8:15 a.m. local time when the incident occurred. Air traffic control recordings obtained by VAS Aviation reveal the pilots were notified by the cabin crew of the issue and subsequently declared an ... read more

LSA-Based Expoding Drones Used In Attacks On Russia

AVweb Ukraine’s latest potent weapon is a homegrown drone that, when it’s not carrying hundreds of pounds of high explosive, has room for two adults and their baggage. The “mass drone attack” conducted against three air bases hundreds of miles inside Russia, was reportedly carried out at least in part, by Aeroprakt A-22 light sport aircraft fitted with remote piloting systems and the rest of the space filled with explosives. It’s made by Ukraine-based Aeroprakt Aircraft. Ukraine is ... read more

Picture of the Day: The magic of airplanes

General Aviation News Todd Winter submitted this photo and note: "Airplanes are magic! In this case, this epic 1950s era deHavilland Beaver float plane has transported me to a remote fishing location near Bristol Bay in Alaska. Enjoying a shore lunch after a great day catching salmon with friends." Read More read more

10 best-selling piston airplanes in 2023

General Aviation News 2023 was a “banner year” for general aviation, with piston airplanes deliveries increasing 11.8% to 1,682. But what were the top 10 best-selling piston airplanes of the year? Read More read more

Sullenberger Aviation Museum to open June 1, 2024

General Aviation News The museum features three areas: Innovation Nation, Aviation Society, and Aviation City. Its main exhibit is the A320 from US Airways Flight 1549, better known as the Miracle on the Hudson. Read More read more

Rare Boeing YL-15 Scout up for auction

General Aviation News Originally designed for liaison missions, the Boeing YL-15 is noted for its unconventional design, featuring a blimp-like fuselage, 40-foot wingspan with flaperons and spoilers, and a cockpit providing observational capabilities. Read More read more

Able Flight Strengthens Collegiate Aviation Presence Through SIU Carbondale Partnership

AVweb The Southern Illinois University (SIU) Carbondale School of Aviation has partnered with Able Flight to provide specialized flight training led by SIU Aviation instructors beginning in May. Founded in 2006, Able Flight’s mission is to “provide people with disabilities a unique way to challenge themselves through flight and aviation career training, and by doing so, to gain greater self-confidence and self-reliance.” Able Flight Executive Director Charles Stites said the organization ... read more

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake Disrupts Flights At New York Airports

AVweb On Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) temporarily grounded flights at Newark and John F. Kennedy International Airports after a 4.8 earthquake rocked the Northeast. The earthquake was the biggest to hit the region in 140 years. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) the epicenter of the earthquake occurred at 10:23 a.m. ET in Tewksbury, New Jersey, with a depth just shy of 3 miles. City officials say there is no reports of damage. According to FOX ... read more

Pilots Battle Torrance Airport Noise Restrictions

AVweb In order to appease disgruntled neighbors and minimize noise pollution, the City of Torrance, California has implemented strict noise abatement procedures for aircraft operators at Torrance Municipal Airport, Zamperini Field (KTOA).  New procedures include banning certain noisy aircraft from operating on the field as well as making no distinction between VFR and IFR operations—meaning pilots who are likely to violate the City’s noise standards while departing IFR must wait for better ... read more

New T-Shirt Line Launched By Aeroswag

AVweb Aeroswag, an aircraft merch e-commerce provider, rolls out a new t-shirt product line that includes images of nearly 2,000 aircraft, featuring military, general aviation, business aviation, helicopter, airliner, vintage, and even UAVs.  “As a pilot and avgeek, trying to find high-quality t-shirts, hats, tumblers, golf shirts, and hoodies that feature my favorite aircraft in a single location has been challenging. With Aeroswag’s new product line, I found hundreds of t-shirts that I ... read more

NTSB Report: Pilots Give Conflicting Accounts Of 737 MAX 8 Runway Incident

AVweb The pilots involved in a United Airlines 737 MAX 8 runway excursion on March 8 gave conflicting accounts of runway conditions, according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The flight crew noted the captain was the pilot flying while the first officer was the pilot monitoring. The captain recalled the runway codes being 3/3/3 for runway 26L and 26R, while runway 27 had codes of 5/5/5. However, the NTSB noted that the surface conditions for ... read more

ICON Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection, Pledges Transparency

FLYING Magazine Vacaville, California-based ICON Aircraft, manufacturer of the ICON A5 amphibious light sport aircraft, announced Thursday it had filed for Chapter 11 protection under the Bankruptcy Code. The filing is part of “a strategic restructuring process,” according to a statement. As part of the announcement, ICON said its management team “remains committed to the company’s mission of revolutionizing personal aviation and continuing to support owners and employees during this ... read more

Attention AvGeeks: Aeroswag Unveils New Merchandise

FLYING Magazine Aeroswag, an aircraft merchandise e-commerce provider, has rolled out a new T-shirt product line that includes images of nearly 2,000 aircraft, featuring military, general aviation, business aviation, helicopter, airliner, vintage, and even UAV.  [Credit: Aeroswag] “As a pilot and avgeek, trying to find high-quality T-shirts, hats, tumblers, golf shirts, and hoodies that feature my favorite aircraft in a single location has been challenging,” said Craig Fuller, CEO of ... read more

This 1977 Cessna A185F Skywagon Is a Turnkey Adventure Machine and an ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1977 Cessna A185F Skywagon. For many pilots the Cessna 185 is the ultimate all-around taildragger. When the airplane came to market in 1961, essentially as a heavy-duty version of the existing 180, it was an ... read more

FAA Data Shows Student Pilot Numbers on the Rise

FLYING Magazine Does it seem like there are more student pilots in the air these days? According to FAA data, there are. The agency issued 69,503 student pilot certificates in 2023, up 24 percent from 2022. A deeper dive of FAA’s civil airmen data shows the bulk of the certificates were issued in June (7,162) and August (7,813). READ MORE: The Cautionary Tale of the Destruction of Meigs Field The June starts are no surprise. Student pilot starts usually increase in the spring as the ... read more

Olympic Flight Museum Beneficiary of Scout Project

FLYING Magazine The Olympic Flight Museum at Olympia Regional Airport (KOLM) is easier to spot now thanks to the hard work of Adam Riter, an Eagle Scout candidate from Washington state.  Riter spent a cold and rainy Saturday in January putting up signs he built at the museum, which is located on the east side of the airport. The museum is housed in a beige hangar, and before the signs went up, it was easy to miss when you drove by. Now there is a kiosk-style sign next to the road and two ... read more

After a Training Fail, What Comes Next?

FLYING Magazine There’s been a pronounced uptick over the past few months in online conversations about failing out of new hire airline training—usually at a regional airline. Part 121 carriers keep their training statistics pretty private, so there’s no way to know if the surge is real and to what extent. But anecdotal evidence suggests that it is, and when you think about it, it makes sense.  Before COVID-19 and for a bit afterward, there was a real shortage of qualified regional ... read more

Avidyne introduces installation kit for Vantage12 displays in Cirrus aircraft

General Aviation News “Avidyne was first to bring big-glass flight decks to the light GA market and now Vantage12 gives owners of these earlier Cirrus models (2000-2008) the ability to easily upgrade to larger 12-inch diagonal glass with touch screens, 3D Synthetic Vision, and most importantly, dual Attitude Reference Systems (ARS) that provide full redundancy and no loss of autopilot in the unlikely event of a display failure,” said Tom Harper, senior director of marketing. Read More read more

Recalling a Good Pilot Friend and One Curious Character

FLYING Magazine It’s long ago now—more than four decades back, during a time when I would fly to Mojave every week in Melmoth to have lunch with Burt Rutan and his then tiny group of employees. From a dilapidated barracks there, RAF, the Rutan Aircraft Factory, sold plans of the novel canard VariEze to amateur builders. RAF started in the pre-digital age, when the tools of the aeronautical engineer were still slide rule and drafting paper. Around 1980, however, Rutan bought an Apple 2 ... read more

Pilot seriously injured after failure to retract flaps during go-around

General Aviation News The pilot’s failure to retract the flaps during a go-around from a bounced landing, which resulted in a collision with trees then terrain. Read More read more

EAA Learn To Fly Week Is For Aspiring Pilots Of All Ages

AVweb The Experimental Aircraft Association’s Learn to Fly Week runs next month from May 13-18. Established to inspire future pilots, the second annual initiative includes expanded webinars with new topics to present to participants of all ages. Supported by Sporty’s, Learn to Fly Week launches with a series of 15 online webinars over the first five days. The webinars, led by EAA staff members and industry experts, cover topics of interest to anyone interested in learning to fly. All ... read more

Daily Russian GNSS Jamming Has NATO States Concerned

AVweb Daily Russian GPS jamming in and around sensitive geographic locations has generated concern among Western governments, transportation authorities and military operations over the two years of strife involving the war with Ukraine. As Russia tilts in the direction of conflict with NATO nations, concerns are ramping up even further. A Newsweek report last month highlighted the long-term nature of the threatening trend. It quoted a spokesman for the Lithuanian Defense Ministry: “This ... read more

Picture Of The Week: April 5, 2024

AVweb 1 of 3 Picture of the Week: Photo by Chuck Deiterich in his Zenith CH701 on final to 01 at Burnet Texas. Screen shot of GIT2 video. Auto color enhance with GIMP. N701TX on final to 01 at BMQ Photo by David Webber: Shot out of the window of the Super Cub with an IPhone 13, unaltered, from over the Delta River while slowing down for a ski landing at AA22 in ... read more

ICON Announces Bankruptcy Filing

Plane & Pilot Magazine ICON Aircraft announced the company was entering Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, “The Company further disclosed that it intends to pursue a sale of its business,” … Read More "ICON Announces Bankruptcy Filing" The post ICON Announces Bankruptcy Filing appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Prepare to join the crowd

AOPA General Aviation News Pancake breakfasts, open houses, wings and wheels events, and airshows are popping up across the country and will be in full swing throughout the spring and summer, into early fall. Whether you plan to fly to a major fly-in or a small one, prepare in advance to ensure a safe arrival and departure with hundreds or even thousands of your fellow aviators. Read More read more

Icon Aircraft files for bankruptcy, seeks buyer

AOPA General Aviation News Icon Aircraft, which first delivered the amphibious light sport A5 in the summer of 2016, petitioned for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware, where the company with operations in California and Florida is incorporated, on April 4. Read More read more

Icon Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection: Pledges Transparency

AVweb Vacaville, California-based Icon Aircraft, manufacturer of the Icon A5 amphibious Light Sport aircraft, announced this morning (April 4) it has filed for Chapter 11 protection under the Bankruptcy Code. The filing is part of “a strategic restructuring process,” according to a statement. As part of the announcement, Icon said its management team “remains committed to the Company’s mission of revolutionizing personal aviation and continuing to support owners and employees during this ... read more

Short Final: More Information, Please

AVweb Overheard on the airwaves, somewhere, sometime … maybe: Air Traffic Controller: “Cessna 1234X, say position.” Student Pilot [on first solo cross-country]: “I’m, ahhhh, approaching the XYZ VOR.” Air Traffic Controller (after a brief slow burn): “You’ve been approaching the XYZ VOR since you took off. Can you be more specific?” The post Short Final: More Information, Please appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

F-16s Begin Autonomous Flight Trials For U.S. Air Force VENOM Program

AVweb The U.S. Air Force announced yesterday (April 3) that the first three F-16 fighters have arrived at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida for autonomous flight modifications. The USAF 96th Test Wing and 53rd Wing accepted the Fighting Falcons for participation in the Viper Experimental and Next-gen Operations Model – Autonomy Flying Testbed (VENOM-AFT) program. Maj. Ross Elder, VENOM developmental test lead, said, “This transformative program holds the potential to redefine air combat ... read more

NTSB Chair Nominated For Another Term

AVweb The Commerce Committee of the U.S. Senate will hold a hearing next Wednesday (April 10) on whether to nominate Jennifer Homendy for a new term as chair of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). President Joe Biden renominated Homendy for the post last month. After working as a senior legislative staffer on transportation issues, Homendy has served on the NTSB since 2018 and began her term as chair in August 2021. She recently raised her profile by publicly criticizing ... read more

Icon Aircraft files for bankruptcy, seeks buyer

AOPA General Aviation News Icon Aircraft, which first delivered the amphibious light sport A5 in the summer of 2016, petitioned for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware, where the company with operations in California and Florida is incorporated, on April 4. Read More read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1976 Beechcraft B19 Musketeer Sport

Plane & Pilot Magazine Today’s bargain combines legendary Beechcraft quality and well-rounded strengths at a level of affordability that’s on par with the most basic 4-place Cessnas and Pipers. … Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1976 Beechcraft B19 Musketeer Sport" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1976 Beechcraft B19 Musketeer Sport appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Prepare to join the crowd

AOPA General Aviation News Pancake breakfasts, open houses, wings and wheels events, and airshows are popping up across the country and will be in full swing throughout the spring and summer, into early fall. Whether you plan to fly to a major fly-in or a small one, prepare in advance to ensure a safe arrival and departure with hundreds or even thousands of your fellow aviators. Read More read more

This 1975 Rockwell Commander 112 Is a Stylish, Sturdy ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1975 Rockwell Commander 112A. Rockwell might be better known for its military aircraft, such as the B-1 Lancer bomber, but during the 1960s the company was determined to take a share of the growing GA market and ... read more

Human Factors: From the frying pan to the fire

General Aviation News What is the takeaway from the Red Bull Plane Swap debacle? While there are many lessons to be learned, a key one is dealing with external pressures. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: Cirrus sim while flying the Cirrus

General Aviation News Chad Jensen submitted this photo and note: "On a recent flight, my son thought it would be hysterical to fly 'his' Cirrus on Microsoft Flight Simulator right seat on the same route, time, and altitude while I am flying my actual Cirrus left seat. What can I say? He has his Dad’s humor. He wants to be a fighter pilot. The love of aviation is strong with this one." Read More read more

A Tale of Two Engine Failures

Plane & Pilot Magazine Last March, a Beechcraft Bonanza A36TC was in cruise flight at 15,000 feet on the way to the annual aviation celebration known as Sun ’n … Read More "A Tale of Two Engine Failures" The post A Tale of Two Engine Failures appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Dynon expands with new engineering center in Fargo

General Aviation News “Dynon is experiencing tremendous growth, and this new facility allows us to expand our talented engineering team,” said Brad Thurow, vice president of engineering for Dynon. Read More read more

Europe’s Biggest GA Show to Host Career Opportunity

FLYING Magazine AERO, the premier European general aviation trade show, will include AERO Career Days, providing an opportunity for young people to discover diverse career opportunities within the GA industry. The 30th anniversary AERO event runs from April 17-20 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, with the career days on April 19 and April 20. READ MORE: Rolls-Royce Launches Flight Testing of Pearl 10X Engine According to show organizers, some 25 companies are participating in the recruiting ... read more

Testing the Hardware After a USM Retrofit

FLYING Magazine It is springtime, and that means a return to the skies.  Recently, we cheered on Stephen Mercer as Gardner Lowe Aviation Services in Peachtree City, Georgia, put the finishing touches on his family’s 1982 Piper PA-32R-301T Saratoga. Now, it is time for the pull-offs from that job to find a new life in Corey Sampson’s Cessna 172. We have been tracking this story from the beginning with Sampson’s decision to incorporate used-serviceable material (USM) in his retrofit.  Part ... read more

Mike Busch on Aircraft Ownership now available as audiobook

General Aviation News Mike Busch’s guide to aircraft ownership, "Airplane Ownership (Volume 1)," is now available as an audiobook on Audible. Read More read more

Hartzell Aviation rolls out FAA Safety Tip videos

General Aviation News Hartzell Aviation has released a series of firewall forward safety tip maintenance training courses covering a variety of Hartzell products installed on four popular aircraft: Cirrus SR22T, Beech Bonanza, Piper Seminole, and Van’s RV8, that qualify for FAA credit. Read More read more

Fundraising Underway for 1929 Women’s Air Derby Film 

FLYING Magazine Hemlock Films, the company that brought the aviation world the films Rise Above: WASP (2019), Space Chase USA (2019), The Restorers (2003), and Red Tail Reborn (2007), is looking for help to bring the story of the 1929 Women’s Air Derby to theaters as a feature.  The story follows the 20 women who took part in the “Powder Puff Derby,” which was humorist Will Rogers’ facetious name for the California-to-Ohio air race that was the first time females were allowed to compete. ... read more

Cessna 172 damaged by jet blast

General Aviation News The student pilot’s failure to maintain sufficient distance behind a jet airplane which, resulted in his loss of airplane control due to the jet airplane’s jet blast and the flight instructor’s delayed remedial action. Read More read more

We Fly: Diamond DA62

FLYING Magazine The light twin has long straddled the line between the added security of its second engine and the control challenges presented if one engine quits. Since the first of its kind—the Wright Flyer, if you go back all the way—airplane designers have addressed the tension between power and control in a variety of ways. Some with centerline thrust, such as the Cessna 336 and 337 Skymaster, and others with pilot support, such as the Beechcraft King Air’s latest autothrottles—both ... read more

A First Look at Joby’s eVTOL Future

FLYING Magazine Joby Aviation glows with the shining health of an organization led by a vision drawn from childhood dreams. The California-born-and-bred company, founded by JoeBen Bevirt, feels clear in its purpose: to make the most challenging “last mile” of aerial transport between points an accessible—and quiet—reality. Bevirt thought up the premise for an electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL) as he walked home from the last point a school bus could take him near his ... read more

MAX Output Down Two-Thirds

AVweb As expected, the increased scrutiny of Boeing by the FAA and the company’s own internal quality checks have bogged down production and that will have a cascading effect on airlines waiting for new planes. Boeing is authorized by the FAA to make up to 38 new 737 MAX aircraft but Reuters sayd it’s making only about a third of that. The production rate is determined by the number of first flights of new aircraft. It reported that consulting company Cirium Ascend counted 11 maiden ... read more

Martin Mars Heading To Museum

AVweb One of the last surviving examples of world’s largest flying boat will be preserved at a Canadian aviation museum. The British Columbia Aviation Museum near Victoria will take delivery of the massive Martin Mars after its final flight from its current base in Port Alberni about 150 miles northwest. The final flight is expected to occur this coming fall and the plane will be the centerpiece of an aerial firefighting exhibit at the museum. The British Columbia government provided a ... read more

Group To Set Westward Circumnavigation Record

AVweb A Florida company aims to set the record for fastest circumnavigation and it’s doing it the hard way. Global Jet Care will fly a Learjet 36A R/X westward from Wichita at midnight Thursday, fighting headwinds the whole way during its Century Mission. It’s a fundraiser for the Classic Lear Jet Foundation’s effort to restore the first customer delivery Lear 35 to flying condition. The five-person crew plans to be back there 54 hours and 30 minutes later but if it takes longer it will ... read more

Last Two Marine Harrier Pilots Get Their Wings

AVweb The Marines have trained their last two AV-8 Harrier II pilots as the Corps begins the final phaseout of the VTOL jet. “The significance of the last replacement pilot training flight in the Harrier community is that it is the beginning of the end for us as a community.” said Capt. Joshua Corbett, who with Capt. Sven Jorgensen who flew their final training flights at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, North Carolina, last Friday. “The Harrier, more than many aircraft that ... read more

Training and Safety Tip: Make weather a habit

AOPA General Aviation News “What’s the weather like tomorrow?” my mother asked, casting her gaze out the hospital room window. I hadn’t been flying for a few weeks as I had been totally consumed with the recent, rapid decline of her health. Read More read more

FAA publishes mental health recommendations

AOPA General Aviation News The FAA formed a Mental Health and Aviation Medical Clearances Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) in December to address barriers that prevent pilots and air traffic controllers from disclosing and seeking care for mental health issues. Read More read more

Van’s presents plan to climb out of bankruptcy

AOPA General Aviation News Leading kitplane maker Van's Aircraft presented to the federal bankruptcy court on March 29 a plan to reorganize the company over three years. Subject to court approval in May, the reorganization would allow Van's to continue building and selling current models—and a new backcountry aircraft. Read More read more

Van’s presents plan to climb out of bankruptcy

AOPA General Aviation News Leading kitplane maker Van's Aircraft presented to the federal bankruptcy court on March 29 a plan to reorganize the company over three years. Subject to court approval in May, the reorganization would allow Van's to continue building and selling current models—and a new backcountry aircraft. Read More read more

FAA publishes mental health recommendations

AOPA General Aviation News The FAA formed a Mental Health and Aviation Medical Clearances Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) in December to address barriers that prevent pilots and air traffic controllers from disclosing and seeking care for mental health issues. Read More read more

Honeywell Developing Software to Reduce Runway Incursions

FLYING Magazine One of the axioms of aviation is you can do everything right, but if someone else messes up— like starting their takeoff roll before your airplane clears the active runway—you still get hurt.  Runway incursions happen, and Honeywell is focusing on software that will help reduce their numbers. According to the FAA, a runway incursion is any occurrence at an aerodrome involving the incorrect presence of an aircraft, vehicle or person on the protected area of a surface ... read more

Pictures of the Day: Getting passed in PA

General Aviation News Tim Percarpio submitted this photo and note: "I took this picture from my Mooney while on autopilot. I was being passed by a friend in his SX300 on the way from Capital City Airport (KCXY) in Harrisburg, to Indiana County Airport-Jimmy Stewart Field (KIDI) for lunch. This was prearranged and Johnstown Approach was informed that we were going to take some pictures. He slowed down because he normally flies about 100 knots faster than me." Read More read more

Rolls-Royce Launches Flight Testing of Pearl 10X Engine 

FLYING Magazine Rolls-Royce has launched a testing campaign for its newest business aviation engine—the Pearl 10X—marking the powerplant’s first flight, the manufacturer said Wednesday. The Pearl 10X has been selected by French aircraft manufacturer Dassault for its new Falcon 10X, the company’s ultralong-range flagship. “We are excited to enter into this important next phase of the engine development program with the start of our flight test campaign,”  Philipp Zeller, senior vice ... read more

More pilots in 2023

General Aviation News 13,000+ more student pilot certificates were issued in 2023 compared to 2022. That's a 24% increase. Read More read more

How to Make Sure Your Cross-Country Hours Count

FLYING Magazine Question: I’m a student pilot about to start my solo cross-country flights. I keep hearing horror stories about private pilot applicants who find out during their check ride that their cross-country time doesn’t count because they measured wrong, or navigated by GPS only, or because they repositioned the aircraft to another airport to give them a 50 nm leg, and that is not allowed.  Is there a particular way the FAA wants the pilot to measure distances, navigate, and pick ... read more

Pilot Minute: What are some aviation specific reasons to stay fit?

General Aviation News In the latest episode of the FAA's "Pilot Minute," Federal Air Surgeon Susan Northrup explains fitness from an aeromedical perspective. A lack of physical fitness can have a big impact on pilots, according to the doctor. Read More read more

FAA Committee: Pilots Shouldn’t Have To Report ‘Talk Therapy’ Sessions

FLYING Magazine An expert committee struck by the FAA on pilot mental health is recommending that pilots be allowed to get “talk therapy” from mental health professionals without having to disclose it in their flight medical. The Aviation Medical Clearances Rulemaking Committee has submitted its 69-page report to the agency and its first recommendation (of 24) is aimed at eliminating the fear pilots have of losing their tickets due to actually trying to fix a medical problem. As it ... read more

Save the Sabre

General Aviation News The Fargo Air Museum has begun a fundraising campaign to “Save the Sabre,” an effort to preserve and honor North American F-86H Sabre #53-1253. The museum needs $60,000 to save the Sabre, according to officials. Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: Make weather a habit

AOPA General Aviation News “What’s the weather like tomorrow?” my mother asked, casting her gaze out the hospital room window. I hadn’t been flying for a few weeks as I had been totally consumed with the recent, rapid decline of her health. Read More read more

This 1978 Piper PA-28R Turbo Arrow III Is a Faster-Than-Expected ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1978 Piper PA-28R-201T Turbo Arrow III. Piper rolled out the PA-28R as the Cherokee Arrow in 1967 but soon dropped “Cherokee” from its name even though the only significant differences were the Arrow’s retractable ... read more

Going with Glass: The Mother of All Panel Upgrades

FLYING Magazine A vintage aircraft, if properly maintained, will last for decades. But there may come a time you want to make changes in the name of safety and convenience. It can be a challenge, as the Boyd family from Puyallup, Washington, learned when deciding to do an extreme makeover on the panel of its 1960s-era Piper Twin Comanche, also known as the PA-30. The Boyds are an aviation family. John Boyd is an A&P and retired Boeing 737 captain from Alaska Airlines. John’s sons, ... read more

B737 Type Rating Flashcards app introduced

General Aviation News Written by Freddie Ephraim, more than 800 questions and responses ensure review of all the subjects a B737 Type Rating candidate will be tested on during checkrides, airman checks, and interviews, company officials noted. Read More read more

Healthy Obsession: What Flight Sim Has Done for Me

FLYING Magazine In 1981 when the first Microsoft Flight Simulator was born, I was a young teenager—the spirit of adventure and realism of flight hit me like a storm. Suddenly, my intense model railroad hobby, complete with a huge basement layout, took a back seat. This technical marvel, hosted on this heavy, metal box of a newfangled PC, captured my heart and imagination forever. I wonder if my parents were grateful for this weekend “babysitter” as my dad hauled his computer home from his ... read more

Distracted pilot fails to lower landing gear

General Aviation News The pilot’s failure to lower the landing gear on approach due to distraction. Read More read more

Two Off-Airport Pedestrians Injured By Aircraft Attempting To Land

AVweb It’s highly unusual for people on the ground to be injured by an airplane crash or emergency landing. But it does happen. Yesterday (April 1), two pedestrians on a walking trail less than a half-mile from the Delaware County Regional Airport in Muncie, Indiana, were injured by a single-engine Piper that came down short of the landing runway. It’s unclear whether the walkers were struck by aircraft debris or, possibly, branches from trees, according to the Delaware County Sheriff’s ... read more

North Carolina Sullenberger Museum To Re-Open On June 1

AVweb The Sullenberger Aviation Museum, named for “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot C.B. “Sully” Sullenberger, will re-open its doors on June 1 in Charlotte, North Carolina, following a substantial redevelopment effort. Sullenberger will be in attendance for the ceremonies. The museum’s “Innovation Nation” exhibit includes the recovered airframe of US Airways Flight 1549’s Airbus A320 that Sullenberger famously landed in New York’s Hudson River on January 20, 2009 with all passengers and crews ... read more

Illinois Airport Rises Up After Devastating Tornado

AVweb Local news outlets are featuring the recovery efforts of Crawford County Airport (KRSV) in Robinson, Illinois, after an EF-3 tornado “completely destroyed” the facility a little over a year ago. Parts of airplanes and airport materials were found as far away as across the state line in Indiana. Airport officials credit community efforts for much of the rebuild effort. Remarkably, the airport is expected to be able to host an airshow in September, an annual event that has been ... read more

Going Boeing

AVweb Non-pilots may be hard to deal with, but we all must interact with them from time to time, and this was my time. I was pickleballing at the local pickleballing venue with a group of tottering and doddering old friends. We were staying out of the kitchen and, because of our advanced age, found ourselves taking water and rest breaks far more often than our younger pickle-balling counterparts. This aging pilot was sitting in the shade, minding my own business, when one of the non-pilot ... read more

Europe’s Biggest GA Show To Host Career Opportunity

AVweb AERO, the premier European general aviation trade show will include AERO Career Days, providing an opportunity for young people to discover diverse career opportunities within the GA industry. The 30th anniversary AERO event runs from April 17 – 20 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, with the career days on April 19 and April 20. According to show organizers, some 25 companies are participating in the recruiting effort, including Liebherr Aerospace, Rheinland Air Service (RAS), Diehl ... read more

‘We knew so many of the names’

AOPA General Aviation News When a ”gustnado” hit Kansas City, Missouri, a year ago, the local flight school, ATD Flight Systems, lost 11 of its 13 training aircraft. Read More read more

Prior planning recommended for pilots flying during the total eclipse

AOPA General Aviation News Pilots may encounter impacts to air traffic and airport operations, as well as the necessity for prior permission required (PPR) reservations, along the path of totality of the April 8 solar eclipse. Read More read more

New Airman Certification Standards for CFIs Is Released

FLYING Magazine It takes a special kind of aviation enthusiast to get excited about the release of a new Airman Certification Standards (ACS) from the FAA, but here we are.  The long-awaited update to the Flight Instructor for Airplane Category Airman Certification Standards (FAA-S-ACS-25) has been released. The 111-page document has been in development since before the pandemic, the process was slowed when COVID-19 shut down the world. It replaces the FAA-S-8081-6D, Flight Instructor ... read more

Sullenberger Aviation Museum Opening Date Set

FLYING Magazine A new aviation museum honoring former US Airways Captain C.B. “Sully” Sullenberger, known for the “Miracle on the Hudson” landing in New York in 2009, is set to soon open its doors in Charlotte, North Carolina. Formerly known as the Carolinas Aviation Museum, the Sullenberger Aviation Museum is scheduled to open June 1 at 10 a.m. EDT. “When it opens, Sullenberger Aviation Museum will be one of the world’s leading institutions honoring and exploring the wonder of flight,” ... read more

‘We knew so many of the names’

AOPA General Aviation News When a ”gustnado” hit Kansas City, Missouri, a year ago, the local flight school, ATD Flight Systems, lost 11 of its 13 training aircraft. Read More read more

Prior planning recommended for pilots flying during the total eclipse

AOPA General Aviation News Pilots may encounter impacts to air traffic and airport operations, as well as the necessity for prior permission required (PPR) reservations, along the path of totality of the April 8 solar eclipse. Read More read more

The Potentially Deadly Distraction of Social Media

FLYING Magazine “Do you mind if I take a video of the pattern and the landing?” the learner asked, holding up his smartphone. “How are you going to do that and fly?” I asked. “I want you to fly it and I will video it so I can study it later,” he said. This seemed like a good plan and we did it. This was before GoPros, and it was the first time I used video as an educational tool in the aircraft.  These days lots of pilots have cameras in the cockpit. It can be a double-edged sword. “The ... read more

This 2007 Diamond DA40 Is Jet A-Burning ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 2007 Diamond DA42. Ever since its debut in the early 2000s, the Diamond DA42 light twin has attracted the interest of flight schools seeking economical multiengine trainers. They are also attractive to individual ... read more

Picture of the Day: Two oldies

General Aviation News Wayne Kyle submitted this photo and note: "Outside my hangar at Gainesville Municipal Airport (KGLE) in Texas: My 1947 Aeronca Chief and Miss 1944, a Carvair car hauler from the past. A lot of money was spent a few years ago trying to get the Carvair airworthy, but failed. It's now a just a conversation piece and shade from the Texas sun." Read More read more

Royal Canadian Air Force Celebrates 100 Years

FLYING Magazine The Royal Canadian Air Force marked its 100th anniversary on April 1, making it one of the oldest stand-alone forces in the world. Like most militaries, the Canadian Army and Navy both flirted with using aircraft in the early 1900s, but the rapid development of technologies and tactics in the First World War prompted the Canadian government to create a dedicated air arm in 1924. For most of its first century the RCAF has generally punched above its weight in terms of ... read more

One more add-on rating

General Aviation News It’s been decades since I took that first flight lesson, but my desire to test myself, to better myself, to experience something new and exciting has not dwindled one bit. There’s a new add-on rating in my future. There’s a new challenge to accept and a standard to meet. Read More read more

Real Pilot Story: Trapped in the Hills

General Aviation News “In this real pilot story, a father explains how a routine flight with his son turned fatal. The pilots' familiarity with the terrain gave them an illusion of security, and they succumbed to the allure of complacency,” said AOPA Air Safety Institute Vice President of Operations Paul Deres. Read More read more

Cascade Warbirds looking for volunteers to become aircraft marshallers

General Aviation News Marshallers direct the safe movement of airplanes on the ground and maintain safety for the general public during air shows, officials explained. Read More read more

PLANS MOVING FORWARD FOR NATIONAL CELEBRATION OF GA FLYOVER ABOVE WASHINGTON, D.C.

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., April 1, 2024—A wide array of aircraft representing virtually every chapter of general aviation’s storied history will be on full display on May 11 over the National Mall during a spectacular commemoration of the numerous contributions the GA industry has provided to our nation since 1939. Read More read more

New tool helps pilots make the Go/No Go decision

General Aviation News By evaluating a wide array of factors including weather conditions, aircraft readiness, pilot experience, and airport characteristics, the digital Flight Risk Assessment Tool helps make informed decisions that prioritize safety prior to takeoff, company officials explained. Read More read more

PLANS MOVING FORWARD FOR NATIONAL CELEBRATION OF GA FLYOVER ABOVE WASHINGTON, D.C.

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., April 1, 2024—A wide array of aircraft representing virtually every chapter of general aviation’s storied history will be on full display on May 11 over the National Mall during a spectacular commemoration of the numerous contributions the GA industry has provided to our nation since 1939. Read More read more

The One, Brief Life of the Twin Cat

FLYING Magazine Aerial application has historically involved creative solutions to address unique challenges. Whether the task at hand is crop spraying, pest control, or fire fighting, a multitude of capabilities are required to do the job safely and efficiently. Accordingly, the aircraft types utilized for these duties have evolved and adapted differently from most other categories of aviation. The “Twin Cat” of the late 1970s and early ’80s was one such example. A development of the ... read more

Go or Stay? Getting Personal with Your Pilot Minimums

FLYING Magazine We’ve all been there. Unless you have recently earned your private pilot certificate, making a decision to launch on any given day can be truly agonizing depending on the weather and other circumstances. Maybe you are planning a flight to visit your grandkid on their first birthday, or perhaps you are flying to EAA AirVenture for the very first time. Even more excruciating is the decision to press on to your destination when the weather encountered in flight is far worse ... read more

C172 crashes after pilot fails to use carb heat

General Aviation News The pilot’s failure to use carburetor heat during the approach and his unsuitable flight profile for an upsloping runway, which resulted in a partial loss of engine power and an impact with terrain during an attempted go-around. Read More read more

Desert Jet Partners with TITAN Aviation Fuels to Offer Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) at its Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport (KTRM) FBO

AVweb Palm Springs, California, April 1, 2024 – Desert Jet, the leading full-service business aviation company in Greater Palm Springs, California, announces its latest sustainability initiative. The company has partnered with TITAN Aviation Fuels to establish the supply of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) at its flagship FBO, Desert Jet Center at KTRM, including using SAF for its charter aircraft fleet. The partnership is part of Desert Jet’s commitment to sustainability and reducing its ... read more

Mental Health Committee Says Pilots Shouldn’t Have To Report ‘Talk Therapy’ Sessions

AVweb An expert committee struck by the FAA on pilot mental health is recommending that pilots be allowed to get “talk therapy” from mental health professionals without having to disclose it in their flight medical. The Aviation Medical Clearances Rulemaking Committee has submitted its 69-page report to the the agency and its first recommendation (of 24) is aimed at eliminating the fear pilots have of losing their tickets due to actually trying to fix a medical problem. As it stands, ... read more

NTSB Warns Pilots Of Dust Devil Dangers

AVweb This week, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a safety alert warning pilots of the dangers posed by dust devils. According to the agency, dust devils have been present in some 170 aviation accidents the NTSB has investigated since 1982. The small, rapidly rotating columns of air are made visible by the dust and debris they pick up from the ground. Although usually harmless, the weather phenomena can be a serious risk to small aircraft, especially when operating at ... read more

Introducing a Milwaukee GA association

AOPA General Aviation News With assistance from AOPA, airport tenants in Wisconsin have launched the Greater Milwaukee General Aviation Association (GMGAA) to facilitate improved communication with airports, elected officials, and the greater community. Read More read more

RCAF Celebrates 100 Years

AVweb The Royal Canadian Air Force marked its 100th anniversary on April 1 making it one of the oldest standalone forces in the world. Like most militaries, the Canadian Army and Navy both flirted with using aircraft in the early 1900s but the rapid development of technologies and tactics in the First World War prompted the Canadian government to create a dedicated air arm in 1924. For most of its first century the RCAF has generally punched above its weight in terms of capability and ... read more

Controllers Credited With Hypoxia Save

AVweb The FAA is crediting the quick thinking of two Boston Center controllers with preventing a pilot from being disabled by hypoxia. Rosilla Owen and Scott Elms were working the Stewart Sector west of Boston when New York handed off a Cessna 310 on a photo mission at 13,500 feet. Owen said she noticed the pilot wasn’t as responsive as most pilots are in that congested airspace and asked if he was OK. She asked him if he was on oxygen and he replied that he was but his performance didn’t ... read more

Introducing a Milwaukee GA association

AOPA General Aviation News With assistance from AOPA, airport tenants in Wisconsin have launched the Greater Milwaukee General Aviation Association (GMGAA) to facilitate improved communication with airports, elected officials, and the greater community. Read More read more

Recreational Aviation Foundation Remains the Sum of Its Hearts

FLYING Magazine You’ll find a little piece of your soul in one of these places, I bet you. The airstrips defended and nurtured by the Recreational Aviation Foundation have triggered an urgent message to keep them safe. They represent some of our most precious resources—places for pilots to touch down and gather—beyond the physical runways they contain. Whether a manicured landing lawn in Maryland, or a sandy strip hideaway in Florida, or a desert oasis in New Mexico, or a gravel bar by a ... read more

The Cautionary Tale of the Destruction of Meigs Field

FLYING Magazine Where were you on March 31, 2003, when the aviation world woke up to the news that Merrill C. Meigs Field in Chicago had been destroyed?  I was at Sun ’n Fun Aerospace Expo in Lakeland, Florida, working as an aviation reporter. Early that morning I started getting voicemails and emails telling me about the large X’s carved into the runway, rendering it unusable and trapping a handful of aircraft based there. One of the first to see the damage was a pilot who had planned to ... read more

Picture of the Day: Cockpit panel in the setting sun

General Aviation News John Schmidt submitted this photo and note: "Pietenpol builder/pilot Greg Cardinal noticed the sun coming through his hangar windows at just the right time to illuminate the wood instrument panel of his airplane and caught this view. The panel, fabricated with the help of Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame inductee Dale Johnson, was purposely cut for the wood grain symmetry, and finished with a minimum of instruments." Read More read more

This 1996 Maule MXT-7-180A Is a Backcountry ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1996 Maule MXT-7-180A. Most of us have seen footage of Maule aircraft performing fantastic feats of short-field flying, often from surfaces that look more like small parking lots than runways. And let’s not forget ... read more

What should I do with an engine that’s making metal?

General Aviation News Our engines expert helps troubleshoot a Piper Pacer's engine, which just starting making metal. Read More read more

ALPA, Industry Say Pilot Supply Is Stable

FLYING Magazine A new release from the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) notes that the U.S. pilot supply is stable with more than 11,000 pilots certified in the past 12 months. ALPA highlighted recently released FAA pilot-production data, indicating that the U.S. is consistently certifying a greater number of airline pilots on a monthly basis compared to pre-pandemic levels. The news comes as industry experts and financial analysts agree that pilot demand has been met, and there is even ... read more

Hidden danger: Dust devils

General Aviation News Dust devils present significant hazards to general aviation pilots and have been present in more than 170 accidents the National Transportation Safety Board has investigated since 1982. Read More read more

No Foolin’? CubCrafters Gear to Help Nix Ground Loops

Plane & Pilot Magazine CubCrafters, a leading designer and manufacturer of light sport and Part 23-certified aircraft, unveils a backcountry landing gear configuration to minimize ground loops in backcountry … Read More "No Foolin’? CubCrafters Gear to Help Nix Ground Loops" The post No Foolin’? CubCrafters Gear to Help Nix Ground Loops appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

New Texas Airport Honors WWII Aviation Legend

FLYING Magazine It’s always refreshing to see a headline that begins with “new airport opening.” During a time when airports continue to be threatened, Chennault Airfield (25TX) in Conroe, Texas, opened in November.  This airport wasn’t entirely new, though. The acreage where Chennault Airfield’s 3,100-foot runway sits was once the site of an aerial spraying operation during the 1970s. At the time, it was called the Cut and Shoot Airport (19TE).  The 35-acre Chennault Airfield is owned ... read more

Museum expands high school plane-building program

General Aviation News The Aviation Museum of N.H. recently expanded its high school student aircraft-building program to two new schools: Lebanon High School and Farmington High School. Read More read more

FedEx Pilots Pick Third Union Chairman Since Last Summer

FLYING Magazine The board of the FedEx pilots’ union has elected its third chairman in eight months as the group tries to overcome internal divisions that have hampered efforts to achieve an updated labor contract. The FedEx Master Executive Council voted for Captain Jose Nieves, a Boeing 757 pilot who has been at FedEx for 28 years, to lead the union’s 5,800 members, the Air Line Pilots Association announced late Tuesday. Nieves replaces Captain Billy Wilson, who was elected October 30, ... read more

Aviat unveils STOL package

General Aviation News The STOL+ package consists of Alaska Gear Company’s Aluminum Husky Lift Struts, ACME Aero’s Stinger Tailwheel, and the EarthX Lithium Battery. Read More read more

Flying the Truckee-Lake Tahoe Region

FLYING Magazine Lake Tahoe is one of those destinations I have heard about for much of my life, mostly from people who told me it was the greatest place they had ever visited. I suspected they were exaggerating or simply had not visited enough places to make the judgment. Now I think those folks might have been correct. A recent visit to the Greater Tahoe area confirmed that it held more appeal than I had imagined, beginning with some of the most striking natural views I have ... read more

Piper hits forklift while taxiing

General Aviation News Pilot’s failure to maintain clearance from a forklift while taxiing. Read More read more

Emirates A380 Damaged In Moscow

AVweb Emirates is in a tough scrape after one of its A380s got grounded in Moscow in a ramp accident last week. The airline confirmed the Super Jumbo was taken out of service after a service truck “made contact” with the belly of the plane. It’s not clear who hit who in the mishap, but the damage is extensive. Photos on X show composite skin torn away with the aircraft structure exposed. It’s also not clear whether repairs will be complicated by sanctions imposed on Russia for its ... read more

Last Week’s Poll Results: Aviation A Good Career Choice

AVweb A clear majority of respondents said they would advise young people to pursue aviation careers. In fact, only 11% said they would recommend they steer clear of the industry. The post Last Week’s Poll Results: Aviation A Good Career Choice appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Poll: Will FAA Response To Boeing Issues Trickle Down To GA?

AVweb Poll: Will FAA Response To Boeing Issues Trickle Down To GA? Poll: Will FAA Response To Boeing Issues Trickle Down To GA? Yes. Be prepared for tougher enforcement across the board. Maybe but the FAA has its own challenges. FAA is already short staffed so the emphasis on Boeing might shift resources there The issues don't overlap so nothing will change for GA. Other Δ The post Poll: Will FAA Response To Boeing Issues ... read more

Best Of The Web: Alaska Ice Landing

AVweb A lot of factors have to line up to create the kinds of conditions Marshall Severson enjoyed when he took a trip to the toe of Knik Glacier in south central Alaska in mid February in his 172. The post Best Of The Web: Alaska Ice Landing appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Enforcement Action Against Wing Walking Business Goes Over The Top

AVweb One of the hazards of this job is inadvertantly becoming a poser. It’s easy to appear more knowledgeable about topics on which you have no direct experience so the golden rule is to attribute every fact to a credible source. Still, there seem to be a lot of people who think I have personal experience with aviation topics for which I have none. For the record, I’m a low-time Cessna 140 owner and pilot who has never had an instrument rating. I’m strictly a fair weather enthusiast who ... read more

Cactus Fly-In a hornet’s nest of activity

General Aviation News The 66th annual Cactus Fly-In, held March 2 at Casa Grande Municipal Airport in Arizona, boasted more than 160 visiting aircraft and more than 2,000 people. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: Farewell 57 Alpha

General Aviation News Jeremy Bankston submitted this photo and note: "Departing Rutherford County Airport/Marchman Field (KFQD) in North Carolina after finding the 57 Alpha Cafe permanently closed. Ron at the 57 Alpha Cafe decided to close his doors for health reasons after 32 years. The on-airport cafe is known throughout the Carolinas as a favorite lunch destination." Read More read more

ALPA, Industry Say Pilot Supply Is Stable

AVweb A new release from the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) notes that the U.S. pilot supply is stable with more than11,000 pilots certified in the past 12 months. ALPA highlighted recently released FAA pilot-production data, indicating that the U.S. is consistently certifying a greater number of airline pilots on a monthly basis compared to pre-pandemic levels. The news comes as industry experts and financial analysts agree that pilot demand has been met, and there is even a surplus ... read more

Blue Angels documentary premiering May 17

General Aviation News "Soar with The Blue Angels in a brand-new documentary featuring never-before-seen footage that chronicles a year with the Navy’s elite Flight Demonstration Squadron — from selection through the challenging training and demanding show season — showcasing the extraordinary teamwork, passion, and pride that fuels America’s best, the Blue Angels," the trailer's introduction states. Read More read more

Calling all seaplane pilots

General Aviation News A national online survey of seaplane pilots has launched, with the results of the survey used to develop tools and recommendations to reduce the risk of seaplanes spreading aquatic invasive species. Read More read more

Gulfstream G700 Earns FAA Certification

AVweb Gulfstream Aerospace announced March 29 it has earned FAA certification of its G700 business jet, marking the beginning of customer deliveries.   The certification makes the G700 the largest business aircraft that Gulstream has ever made and the fastest that it has certified. According to Gulfstream, the certification comes with two new performance improvements—a takeoff distance of 5,995 feet and a landing distance of 3,150 ft, both shorter than anticipated. Other enhancements to ... read more

This 1967 Cessna 150 Is a Modified, Tail-Dragging ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1967 Cessna 150G. There are a lot of Cessna 150s and 152s flying today. The sturdy two-seat trainers have been taking students through flight training and check rides for more than 60 years. In that time they have ... read more

FAA Grounds Wing Walking Company; Owner Faces Heavy Penalties

AVweb The FAA has barred a wing walking company from conducting flights and revoked the owner’s pilot certificate, deeming the operation unsafe and reckless, according to a report from The Seattle Times. Mason Wing Walking, based in Sequim, Washington in the summer and Ventura County, California in the winter, gives thrill-seeking amateurs the opportunity to strap themselves atop a 1940s Stearman biplane—fulfilling a bucket-list item for many. However, the business was ordered to cease ... read more

Elon Musk Sets New Goal for Massive Starship Rocket

FLYING Magazine SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has hinted at the goals for the next integrated test flight of the company’s Starship rocket and Super Heavy booster, which together form the largest and most powerful spacecraft ever built. Starship’s next mission, IFT-4, will be the massive rocket’s fourth since it made its maiden voyage in April 2023. The spacecraft launched for the third time in March, but it was also grounded by the FAA for a third time after SpaceX was unable to recover the ... read more

Gulfstream G700 Obtains FAA Certification

FLYING Magazine Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has obtained FAA type certification for the G700, the Savannah, Georgia-based company announced Friday. The milestone paves the way for deliveries of the long-awaited business jet—initially projected for the first quarter of 2024—to begin, READ MORE: What’s Next in New Aircraft “We have successfully completed the most rigorous certification program in company history with the G700,” Gulfstream president Mark Burns said in a statement. “The G700 ... read more

Bargain Buy on AircraftForSale: 2011 Cessna 162 Skycatcher

Plane & Pilot Magazine Today’s bargain buy is a unique one, offering the peace of mind of a newer airframe at a price that’s more commonly associated with 1950s … Read More "Bargain Buy on AircraftForSale: 2011 Cessna 162 Skycatcher" The post Bargain Buy on AircraftForSale: 2011 Cessna 162 Skycatcher appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Archer Completes Battery Pack Drop Test for Midnight Air Taxi

FLYING Magazine Electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi manufacturer Archer Aviation has reached what it says is a crucial milestone in its test campaign—one that could prove valuable as it pursues type certification for its flagship Midnight aircraft. The company on Friday said it successfully completed a series of drop tests on Midnight’s battery packs, an evaluation it will need to complete again during for-credit testing with the FAA. A key step toward type ... read more

AOPA’S AIR SAFETY INSTITUTE RELEASES NEW ACCIDENT CASE STUDY

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., March 29, 2024—The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Air Safety Institute (ASI) has released a new episode of its popular Real Pilot Story video series. Read More read more

NBAA Extends Part 91 Subpart F Benefits for Smaller Aircraft

FLYING Magazine The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has secured an extension for its Small Aircraft Exemption through the end of March 2026. “This valuable exemption allows operators of piston-powered airplanes, small airplanes and rotorcraft to realize the cost-sharing benefits outlined in Part 91 Subpart F, making more effective use of their aircraft,” said Doug Carr, NBAA’s senior vice president of safety, security, sustainability, and international affairs. Subpart F of ... read more

AOPA’S AIR SAFETY INSTITUTE RELEASES NEW ACCIDENT CASE STUDY

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., March 29, 2024—The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Air Safety Institute (ASI) has released a new episode of its popular Real Pilot Story video series. Read More read more

A War-Torn Tale of Love, Service

FLYING Magazine Military service has always been a big part of my family’s heritage—and no doubt many others can relate. Learning more about the heroic and tragic story of one of my distant cousins—William L. Tingle—recently has provided an added boost to that sense of pride. Both sides of my family can boast their fair share of those who nobly served our nation in the armed forces. My late father was extremely proud of that fact, even though he wasn’t a veteran himself. The closest he ... read more

PC-12 prop approved for shorter takeoff performance

General Aviation News The 7-bladed MTV-47 MT-Propeller, known as "The Silent 7," is now approved by both the FAA and EASA for even shorter takeoff distances, which increases the operational capability of the Pilatus PC-12, according to officials with Germany-based MT-Propeller. Read More read more

Delayed go-around proves fatal for pilot

General Aviation News The pilot’s delay in initiating a go-around and his failure to maintain airplane control during the initial climb, which resulted in the exceedance of the airplane’s critical angle of attack and an aerodynamic stall. Read More read more

Beloved Flight Instructor’s Lessons Continue to Replay in Airline Captain’s Head

FLYING Magazine “So, do you ever get to use any of those little things I taught you in the big leagues?” My first flight instructor, Mario Feola, always loves to ask me questions like that one. He is perpetually curious about how my job is going and how it relates to the tips he passed on to me. He likes to see the ripple effect his teaching had on the making of a learner pilot, especially one like myself, now a new captain on a 45-ton airliner. Instructors are like that, especially wise, ... read more

Picture Of The Week: March 29, 2024

AVweb 1 of 3 Picture of the Week: Photo by Krov Menuhin: I flew this Tiger Moth into the Australian Outback while making a film for Australian TV about early exploration. No digital manipulations. Leica M6, 50mm Refueling Tiger Moth in the Australian Outback Photo by Donald Beene: Shot on iPhone 12 Pro, 30 miles southwest of Indianapolis. No digital ... read more

A Different Way To Look At IMC

AVweb While I am all in favor of a healthy respect for weather among VFR pilots, I also believe there could be excessive fear instilled during the training process that makes an inadvertent encounter with IMC more dangerous than it needs to be. Having gotten my private-pilot certificate in 1981, I was a VFR-only pilot for about three years before starting work on my instrument rating. My prime motivation was all those flights scrubbed due to a thin cloud layer; or just the threat of a ... read more

Navy Announces Modified Contract For 17 New F/A-18 Super Hornets

AVweb The U.S. Navy has modified its multi-aircraft contract with Boeing for the remaining 17 F/A-18D/F Super Hornets. The Navy calls the $1.1 billion deal adjustment a “win.” Contract talks between Boeing and the Navy had stalled last year over pricing, which was bringing the cost per airframe closer to the tab for a fifth-generation Lockheed Martin F-32C. According to the contract announcement from the Navy, “This modification procures 10 [single-place] F/A-18F Lot 46 aircraft, as well ... read more

Sun ‘n Fun Will Host Warbirds As Part Of Victory’s Arsenal Theatre

AVweb Warbird fans visiting next month’s Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo in Lakeland, Florida, will enjoy a showcase of aircraft as part of the Expo’s Victory’s Arsenal Theatre. Starting the second day of Sun ‘n Fun (April 10) each day will bring a new vintage military aircraft to the Warbird ramp. Examples include a Ryan PT-19 trainer; a twin-engine B-25 Mitchell bomber, of Doolittle Raid fame; and even the Lockheed Constellation transport once used by General Douglas MacArthur and President ... read more

Archer Reports Success With Battery-Pack Drop Testing

AVweb Archer Aviation, developer of the Midnight electric vertical takeoff and land (eVTOL) aircraft, reported today it has successfully completed battery-pack drop tests. Archer considers the milestone a major step toward similar “for credit” testing with the FAA. At the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) the batteries were dropped from 50 feet to simulate “extreme impact scenarios.” Packs were dropped at 100%, 30% and 0% charge state. Archer reports that the batteries not ... read more

Virgin Galactic Hit With Lawsuit Over Unpaid Invoices, Intellectual Property

FLYING Magazine Boeing, on behalf of its subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences, filed a lawsuit against Virgin Galactic for alleged unpaid bills and misappropriation of proprietary trade secrets. According to the March 21 filing, as reported by Spacenews.com, Mojave, California-based Virgin Galactic contracted with Aurora in July 2022 to design and build two new “mothership” aircraft designed to launch Virgin’s suborbital space vehicles. The first was to be delivered in 2025, designed to ... read more

Boeing Sues Virgin Galactic Over Unpaid Invoices; Intellectual Property

AVweb Boeing, on behalf of its subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences, filed a lawsuit against Virgin Galactic for alleged unpaid bills and misappropriation of proprietary trade secrets. According to the March 21 filing, as reported by Spacenews.com, Mojave, California-based Virgin Galactic contracted with Aurora in July 2022 to design and build two new “mothership” aircraft designed to launch Virgin’s suborbital space vehicles. The first was to be delivered in 2025, designed to replace Virgin ... read more

Boeing Building MQ-28 Ghost Bat Plant in Australia

FLYING Magazine Boeing (NYSE: BA) is constructing a new facility in Australia to manufacture MQ-28 Ghost Bat combat drones. The nearly 97,000-square-foot production facility located in Toowoomba, Queensland, is expected to be operational within three years, the company said Tuesday. According to Boeing, the new facility will include carbon fiber composite manufacturing, advanced robotic assembly for major components, along with final assembly and testing capabilities. “Boeing Australia is ... read more

5 Things to Look Forward to at 2024 Sun ’n Fun Aerospace Expo

Plane & Pilot Magazine Sun ’n Fun Aerospace Expo—known as spring break for pilots—is just a few weeks away. This year, the annual event in Lakeland, Florida, is celebrating … Read More "5 Things to Look Forward to at 2024 Sun ’n Fun Aerospace Expo" The post 5 Things to Look Forward to at 2024 Sun ’n Fun Aerospace Expo appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

ULA Prepares for Delta IV Heavy’s Final Mission

FLYING Magazine One of the most prolific families of space launch vehicles in U.S. history is preparing for its swan song. United Launch Alliance (ULA) on Friday will attempt the 16th and final launch of its Delta IV Heavy rocket, one of the world’s most powerful—and expensive—commercially produced launch vehicles. The launch was initially scheduled for Thursday afternoon but was scrubbed a few minutes before takeoff. The mission represents ULA’s 160th overall and the 45th and final ... read more

Multiple ‘First Solo’ Flights

Plane & Pilot Magazine When we talk about flying solo, we’re usually speaking of doing so as the only occupant of an aircraft. And when we talk in a … Read More "Multiple ‘First Solo’ Flights" The post Multiple ‘First Solo’ Flights appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

5 Things to Look Forward to at 2024 Sun ’n Fun Aerospace Expo

FLYING Magazine Sun ’n Fun Aerospace Expo—known as spring break for pilots—is just a few weeks away. This year, the annual event in Lakeland, Florida, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. If you plan on being part of the fun, there’s a lot to do and see April 9-14. Victory’s Arsenal Theatre It’s not Sun ’n Fun without historic military warbirds on display. The aircraft played significant roles in multiple conflicts, such as World War II and the Korean War. You’ll see a variety of ... read more

Pictures of the Day: First flight

General Aviation News Andrew Moir submitted these photos with a note: "First flight of the amateur built carbon composite Furio, built from a kit produced in New Zealand." Read More read more

This 1975 Cessna 177RG Cardinal Is a Sleek, Segment-Splitting ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1975 Cessna 177RG Cardinal. Cessna missed the memo regarding the “if it isn’t broken” rule during the 1960s and tried to replace its venerable 172 Skyhawk with a new, better-looking model called the 177 Cardinal. ... read more

Noise

General Aviation News "Is it that hard to build a new airport or is it just hard to make a business case for it? The US built airports very rapidly for many decades because it needed them, does it need many new ones now?" Read More read more

Supersonic demonstrator makes debut flight

AOPA General Aviation News Boom Supersonic, developer of a supersonic airliner called Overture, announced the first flight of its XB–1 supersonic jet demonstrator aircraft at Mojave Air and Space Port/Rutan Field in Mojave, California. Read More read more

Tamarack winglet systems could become inop without alert

AOPA General Aviation News The FAA proposed an airworthiness directive published March 22 that would require installation of placards on automated flight control surfaces and flight manual updates to include a new preflight checklist item for an estimated 148 Cessna Citation jets (various models) retrofitted with active winglets designed by Tamarack Aerospace Group. Read More read more

NTSB reports on fatal Nashville accident

AOPA General Aviation News A preliminary report from the NTSB notes evidence including a misplaced fuel tank selector valve that suggests a possible reason why a Piper Turbo Lance attempted to land on Interstate 40 in Nashville, Tennessee, on March 4 after reporting an engine failure. The pilot died, along with his wife and three children. Read More read more

Air Force MH-139A Grey Wolf Makes First Flight in Montana

FLYING Magazine The U.S. Air Force’s newest helicopter—the MH-139 Grey Wolf—has taken its first flight at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana. The helicopters, which are manufactured by partners Boeing and Leonardo, are scheduled to replace the U.S. Air Force’s aging fleet of Bell UH-1N Hueys that perform missions such as off-base nuclear weapons convoy surveillance and routine missile site support. The service has operated the military variant of the Bell 212 since 1970. READ MORE: MH-139A ... read more

Practice begins for National General Aviation Fly-Over

General Aviation News A successful practice run over Washington, D.C., has set the stage for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) National Celebration of General Aviation Flyover, to be held May 11, 2024. Read More read more

MAC Air Group establishes scholarship in honor of late CEO

General Aviation News The scholarship aims to support young individuals in Maine who aspire to careers in aviation. Read More read more

NTSB reports on fatal Nashville accident

AOPA General Aviation News A preliminary report from the NTSB notes evidence including a misplaced fuel tank selector valve that suggests a possible reason why a Piper Turbo Lance attempted to land on Interstate 40 in Nashville, Tennessee, on March 4 after reporting an engine failure. The pilot died, along with his wife and three children. Read More read more

Tamarack winglet systems could become inop without alert

AOPA General Aviation News The FAA proposed an airworthiness directive published March 22 that would require installation of placards on automated flight control surfaces and flight manual updates to include a new preflight checklist item for an estimated 148 Cessna Citation jets (various models) retrofitted with active winglets designed by Tamarack Aerospace Group. Read More read more

Supersonic demonstrator makes debut flight

AOPA General Aviation News Boom Supersonic, developer of a supersonic airliner called Overture, announced the first flight of its XB–1 supersonic jet demonstrator aircraft at Mojave Air and Space Port/Rutan Field in Mojave, California. Read More read more

New FBO opens at KCPR

General Aviation News The new Aero Center Casper features 28,000 square feet of hangar space and soon-to-be-completed 80,000 square feet of ramp space. Read More read more

Only Assumptions Can Be Made About What Took Down a Curtiss C-46 in Alaska

FLYING Magazine According to a recent report from Alaska Public Media, that state’s rate of fatal general aviation accidents was about twice that of the rest of the country until 2016 when, for unspecified reasons, it began to decline. It still remains higher than elsewhere. The gist of the article—which was motivated by the death of Eugene Peltola, husband of U.S. representative Mary Peltola, in a Piper Super Cub—was that the main problem for Alaskan pilots was lack of weather ... read more

Changing CTAF frequency contributes to near miss

General Aviation News Upon turning to final, I got an iPad alert of traffic. I initially thought it was the system reporting me to myself. Read More read more

FAA Challenges Students To Innovate Data Usage In The NAS

AVweb The FAA announced today (March 27) it has launched the “2024 FAA Data Challenge.” The object of the program is to invite university students to explore possibilities for innovating the information and data associated with the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS). The competition will be implemented by HeroX, self-described as an “open marketplace for crowdsourcing innovation and human ingenuity.” HeroX was founded in 2013 by entrepreneur Christian Cotichini and XPrize founder Peter ... read more

Tecnam Gets EASA Approval for STOL Version Of P2012 Piston Twin

AVweb Tecnam announced today (March 27) it has received full type certification approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for the short takeoff and land (STOL) variant of its P2012 Traveller light twin. Capua, Italy-based Tecnam invested 18 months in the certification effort for the aircraft, which it says “is engineered and tailored to operator from airports and airstrips characterized by extremely short runways and demanding operational constraints.” The newly certified ... read more

NBAA Extends Part 91 Subpart F Benefits For Smaller Aircraft

AVweb The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has secured an extension for its Small Aircraft Exemption through the end of March 2026. Doug Carr, NBAA’s senior vice president of safety, security, sustainability, and international affairs, said, “This valuable exemption allows operators of piston-powered airplanes, small airplanes and rotorcraft to realize the cost-sharing benefits outlined in Part 91 Subpart F, making more effective use of their aircraft.” Subpart F of Part 91 ... read more

Ohio Firm Teams With State On Drone Traffic Management

AVweb Columbus, Ohio-based CAL Analytics has combined with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to initiate a low-altitude air traffic management system for drone operations. According to CAL Analytics, the system will provide digital tools to enable multiple UAS operators to share flight planning details, ultimately allowing safe “beyond visual line of sight” (BVLOS) drone flights. CAL Analytics wrote: “While the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) provides air traffic control ... read more

Short Final: Good Guidance

AVweb As a fresh pilot and first-time aircraft owner back in the early 1980s, I was excited to fly my little two-seat Grumman on a midwinter trip from New England to Florida. Knowing all the complications of weather and airspace issues, I had done my research, but I never missed a chance to seek counsel from experienced local pilots, especially the “old salts” who had the experience to back up their advice. One group that matched that description was gathered around the coffee machine at ... read more

FAA Approves Hylio Commercial Agricultural ‘Drone Swarm’ Exemption

FLYING Magazine The FAA has allowed a Texas drone company an exemption that will allow the commercial use of “drone swarms” in agriculture. Hylio asked for the exemption to help it make drone aerial application economically viable. Under drone rules, a commercial drone has to have a remote pilot and spotter, but the exemption allows the same crew to run as many as three drones at once and spray almost as quickly as a tractor can. Each drone carries 15 gallons of spray and the downwash ... read more

EASA Certifies Tecnam P2012 Traveller STOL Variant 

FLYING Magazine Tecnam’s P2012 Traveller STOL variant has achieved type certification from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the manufacturer announced. According to Tecnam, the P2012 STOL is designed specifically to operate at airports and airstrips characterized by “extremely short runways with demanding operational constraints.” The aircraft, while designed as STOL, still maintains “a 99 percent commonality of parts with the standard P2012 Traveller series aircraft” and ... read more

I Do Declare

Plane & Pilot Magazine The silence was deafening. On April 26, 2022, at approximately 11:12 a.m. ET, while in level VFR flight at 2,000 agl and cruising over the … Read More "I Do Declare" The post I Do Declare appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: Underwater find

General Aviation News KT Budde-Jones submitted this photo with a note: "The wreckage of a TBM off the coast near Key West International Airport (KEYW) in Florida." Read More read more

When It’s Better to Have It and Not Need It

FLYING Magazine Growing up, my progression of automobile ownership was perhaps not unlike that of many other kids in blue-collar families of the 1990s. Upon turning 16 and earning your license, you save your meager funds, and you take what you can get. In my case, what I could get was my grandparents’ well-worn Oldsmobile sedan, resplendent with red velour interior, pointy spoked hubcaps, and a vibrant colony of electrical gremlins that regularly caused me to become stranded on the side ... read more

NTSB Issues Dust Devil Safety Alert

FLYING Magazine The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a dust devil safety alert, asking all pilots to be aware of the hazards the whirlwinds present to flying. The small-diameter columns of rapidly swirling air—while not tornadoes—can create a bad experience for any aircraft that gets caught up in one. The NTSB released the safety alert Tuesday in a video narrated by NTSB meteorologist Paul Suffern. According to Suffern, the small dust devils form when differential ... read more

2024 Wings Over Solano: A farewell to the KC-10

General Aviation News And hello to the KC-46 Pegasus. Read More read more

This 1998 Beechcraft B36TC Bonanza Is a Fast, Flexible ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1998 Beechcraft B36TC Bonanza. Beechcraft’s Bonanza has always been a top choice among traveling airplanes. The late 1960s development of the stretched, six-seat A36 model made life even better for pilots ... read more

FAA prepares pilots for the solar eclipse

General Aviation News Practice approaches, touch-and-goes, flight following services and pilot training operations at airports in the path of the eclipse may be extremely limited and possibly prohibited during the April 8, 2024, eclipse. Read More read more

Tri-Motor tour brings historic flight opportunities across the nation in 2024

General Aviation News The Experimental Aircraft Association's Ford Tri-Motor tour takes off April 4 in New Mexico. Read More read more

Victory’s Arsenal Theatre returns to SUN ‘n FUN

General Aviation News Featured aircraft include everything from a Ryan PT-19 trainer to a twin-engine B-25 Mitchell bomber to an iconic tri-tail Lockheed Constellation once used as a transport by General Douglas MacArthur and President Eisenhower. Read More read more

Purdue Global and Questar III BOCES form Aviation Education Partnership

FLYING Magazine Purdue Global and Questar III BOCES have formed a partnership to bring hands-on aviation education to high school students through a program aimed at putting them on a path to flight training and careers in aviation. Questar III is a Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) agency that provides instructional and support services to 22 public school districts in New York’s Rensselaer, Columbia, and Greene counties. Questar’s aviation program includes classroom ... read more

Chart Wise: Truckee-Tahoe RNAV (GPS)-A

FLYING Magazine A trip to Lake Tahoe on the Truckee, California, side might find a pilot wanting to visit the Truckee-Tahoe (KTRK) Airport. With a relatively long, 7,001-foot runway, even with the higher field elevation of just under 6,000 feet msl, the airport is an attractive option for many flying into this mountain getaway because of its proximity to Lake Tahoe, area ski resorts, and hiking trails. That’s not to say the approach isn’t without unique considerations that make it worthy ... read more

Is a Medical Certificate Required for a Private Pilot Check Ride?

FLYING Magazine Question: I’m a private pilot learner flying on a third-class medical certificate. Life got in the way, and I’ve determined that my medical will expire before I complete my training. I’d like to fly using BasicMed, but can I take the check ride with that, or must I renew the third-class medical? Answer: According to the FAA, “as long as the pilot meets the criteria to fly with BasicMed, they can use it, including on a check ride.” READ MORE: How to Find Your Best Ground ... read more

Cirrus pilot hits power lines

General Aviation News The pilot's failure to maintain an appropriate altitude above obstacles, which resulted controlled flight into a powerline. Read More read more

Dress Rehearsal Completed For D.C. Flyby

AVweb On Sunday, four light aircraft flew where none have flown since 9/11 as a dress rehearsal for a mass flyby of Washington, D.C., set for May 11. AOPA President Mark Baker, in AOPA’s Cessna Caravan, led the flight, which included AOPA VP of Airports and State Advocacy Mike Ginter (A36 Bonanza), CNN Contributor Pete Muntean (Super Decathlon) and Adam Williams in a Rockwell Commander. The flight of four went right through downtown Washington, including arguably the most secure patch of ... read more

Commercial “Drone Swarm” Exemption Approved

AVweb The FAA has allowed a Texas drone company an exemption that will allow the commercial use of drone swarms in agriculture. Hylio asked for the exemption to help it make drone aerial application economically viable. Under drone rules, a commercial drone has to have a remote pilot and spotter but the exemption allows the same crew to run as many as three drones at once. and spray almost as quickly as a tractor can. Each drone carries 15 gallons of spray and the downwash from the eight ... read more

B-29 Replica Mishap Final Report Issued

AVweb The pilot and builder of a one-third scale B-29 hit a dip in the grass runway and lost control of the big homebuilt before it hit a golf cart and injured a female videographer at Glenndale Airport in Kokomo, Indiana last November. In the very short final report on the unusual mishap, the NTSB says Tom Hodgson was on a test flight of his elaborate project and was rolling out after landing when he told investigators the nose gear hit a “depression” in the turf. “The airplane yawed to ... read more

India Space Plane Aces Second Test Flight

AVweb The India Space Research Organization (ISRO) has successfully completed the second freefall flight and autonomous landing of a scaled prototype of a proposed reusable space plane. The vehicle, named Pushpak, was dropped from a tether on a Chinook helicopter at an altitude of almost 15,000 feet and glided to a landing at India’s Aeronautical Test Range in Karnataka. “Pushpak autonomously approached the runway along with cross-range corrections. It landed precisely on the runway and ... read more

ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR NATIONAL GA FLYOVER

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., March 26, 2024—Call it a practice. Call it a dress rehearsal. Call it a complete success. Read More read more

Walmart Partner DroneUp Introduces Autonomous Ecosystem

FLYING Magazine Longtime Walmart drone delivery partner DroneUp has unveiled its latest autonomous offering. The company on Tuesday introduced its drone Ecosystem, a suite of ground, air, and software products wrapped into a single platform to enable drone delivery for retailers, healthcare providers, restaurants, and other customers. According to DroneUp CEO Tom Walker, the firm will roll out the solution next quarter and continue adding locations over the next 18 to 24 months. Walker ... read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1965 Cessna 150E

Plane & Pilot Magazine Today’s bargain offers a compelling blend of tailwheel fun and economical ownership in a simple, utilitarian package. Originally built as a standard 1965 Cessna 150E, … Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1965 Cessna 150E" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1965 Cessna 150E appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

A War-Torn Tale

Plane & Pilot Magazine Military service has always been a big part of my family’s heritage—and no doubt many others can relate. Learning more about the heroic and tragic … Read More "A War-Torn Tale" The post A War-Torn Tale appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Ukrainian Pilots Advance in F-16 Training in U.K. 

FLYING Magazine A group of 10 Ukrainian pilots have completed the first steps in F-16 Fighting Falcon flight training with the Royal Air Force in the U.K. The aviators graduated from elementary flight training Friday and were recognized in a ceremony marking the milestone.  [Courtesy: Royal Air Force] READ MORE: First Ukrainian Pilots Expected to Finish U.S. F-16 Training By Summer “RAF flying instructors have taught the pilots general handling, instrument flying, low-level navigation, ... read more

Picture of the Day: Shadow shot

General Aviation News Karyn King submitted this photo with a note: "It was a slow day at SUN 'n FUN for the Nanchang pilots. Two pilots approached me and spontaneously asked if I’d do a photo shoot off site, saying they’d always wanted a 'shadow shot.' I had no idea what it was until a quick briefing. Look carefully and you’ll see two planes belly to belly so close it looks like a shadow!" Read More read more

ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR NATIONAL GA FLYOVER

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., March 26, 2024—Call it a practice. Call it a dress rehearsal. Call it a complete success. Read More read more

FAA Creates No-Fly Zone Following Francis Scott Key Bridge Collapse

FLYING Magazine The FAA has issued a Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) regarding flight restrictions in place around Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, which collapsed Tuesday morning after a container ship collided with it. The temporary flight restriction (TFR) covers the bridge and the surrounding Inner Harbor. The NOTAM was issued to protect aircraft performing painstaking salvage and rescue missions in the area, which could be hindered by other aircraft. The U.S. Coast Guard said it ... read more

Turnabout is fair play

General Aviation News The unintended consequence of providing sufficient facilities to one group naturally limited the availability of those facilities to another. This is how a woman entering aviation at any level may have found the industry treating her in the past. To some extent, they may find this lack of accommodation happening today, as well. Read More read more

National GA flyover pilots complete dress rehearsal

AOPA General Aviation News Call it a practice. Call it a dress rehearsal. Call it a complete success. Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: Ventilation by surprise

AOPA General Aviation News An aircraft door or window popping open in flight can be shocking and surprising, but it is usually not as big a deal as the movies and popular media would like you to believe. Read More read more

Could your Cherokee be immortalized in a model?

General Aviation News "This is your chance to see your beloved Piper Cherokee transformed into a stunning, intricately detailed die-cast model at a 1:72 scale," officials said. Read More read more

National GA flyover pilots complete dress rehearsal

AOPA General Aviation News Call it a practice. Call it a dress rehearsal. Call it a complete success. Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: Ventilation by surprise

AOPA General Aviation News An aircraft door or window popping open in flight can be shocking and surprising, but it is usually not as big a deal as the movies and popular media would like you to believe. Read More read more

Beware of Perpetual Students and Endorsement Hunters

FLYING Magazine Do you know someone who is a perpetual student pilot?  Perhaps they have held a student pilot certificate for several years—and have completed most, if not all the requirements for the private pilot certificate—but they are reluctant to take the check ride. It isn’t a case of running out of money or not having the time to fly. The delay in taking a check ride could be a case of not having confidence.  The CFI endorsement for the check ride is good for 60 days. Ideally, you ... read more

This 2019 Honda HA-420 HondaJet Elite Is a Feature-Packed ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 2019 Honda HA-420 HondaJet Elite. The HA-420 HondaJet was among the most anticipated aircraft in history in part because, by the time it received FAA certification in 2016, it had been in the works for decades. Many ... read more

$20 million to upgrade and build control towers across the nation

General Aviation News Is your airport's tower getting an upgrade? Read More read more

ASA introduces Overcasters 2 for instrument training

General Aviation News When flipped down, Overcasters provide simulated instrument conditions, and when flipped up, the device serves to mimic “instrument-to-visual” transition, ASA officials explain. Read More read more

On the ‘Bax’ Foot: A Lifelong Writer Tackles the Spoken Word

FLYING Magazine It’s a beautifully still Saturday morning in mid-September, with the last wisps of overnight fog gliding along timbered shorelines and curling into the moist air. Dawn and I and our dog Piper are in our Stinson, winging our way northeast across Puget Sound to Skagit Regional Airport (KBVS) in Burlington, Washington. We are making this short flight to attend EAA Chapter 818’s monthly meeting, where I am to be featured speaker. This is only my second public speaking ... read more

DJI Launches Dock 2 Automated ‘Drone in a Box’

FLYING Magazine The world’s most prolific manufacturer and seller of consumer drones is introducing a new “drone in a box” solution globally. Chinese drone manufacturer DJI on Tuesday announced the worldwide launch of Dock 2, an automated solution aimed at enterprise customers. The drone in a box offering includes a takeoff and landing hub and two new, specially designed drones, intended to automate use cases such as surveying, inspections, asset management, and security. DJI—known for ... read more

Sagging radio stack delays flight

General Aviation News They quickly discovered the radio stack was sagging in the rear and the vent tray for the factory radio stack was resting on the controls. They also indicated the straps were not secured. Read More read more

Boeing Top Management Purged

AVweb Boeing is cleaning house at the top with its top executives leaving the company by the end of this year. CEO Dave Calhoun announced his retirement effective at the end of 2024 and Chairman of the Board Larry Kellner is not running for reelection at the annual meeting in May. Stan Deal, CEO of the commercial airplane unit, is leaving the company immediately. Calhoun told staff in a memo that the company needs to rally itself to meet the challenges that have arisen in the last five ... read more

Otto Aviation Selected by the Operational Energy Capability Improvement Fund (OECIF) for Energy Web Aircraft (EWA) program

AVweb Otto Aviation Selected by the Operational Energy Capability Improvement Fund (OECIF) for Energy Web Aircraft (EWA) program Otto’s success with laminar flow technology led to the collaboration with OECIF and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) The EWA program is DARPA-led; Otto to develop the EWA demonstrator aircraft for a laminar-flow, laser-powered UAV Transforming power delivery to energy-starved environments, EWA will act as a node in a wireless power transfer ... read more

This 1974 Cessna 182P Skylane Is an All-Around ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1974 Cessna 182P Skylane. Pilots often recommend the Cessna 182 Skylane to friends shopping for a capable personal aircraft that can carry a family of four to exciting destinations in comfort and at decent speeds. ... read more

FAA Ramps Up Scrutiny of United Airlines

FLYING Magazine March has not been a good month for United Airlines. The legacy carrier has made headlines several times for unrelated incidents, such as the loss of an exterior lower panel from an aircraft reportedly in flight and the loss of wheel on takeoff.  Other incidents included a United aircraft engine fire, one leaving a trail of hydraulic fluid and an aircraft sliding off a runway, CNN reported. While none of the events put lives at risk, the FAA said it is increasing its ... read more

FAA Issues Domestic Notice On Eclipse’s Impact On Operations

FLYING Magazine The FAA has posted a comprehensive Domestic Notice on its website concerning the total solar eclipse on April 8. The notice is to inform pilots and aircraft operators of possible impacts to traffic and safety along the path within 50 nautical miles of the center of the eclipse between the hours of 10:00 UTC April 7 to 04:00 UTC April 10. READ MORE: NASA Gears Up for 2024 Total Solar Eclipse The notice includes a general section advising of possible delays issued in the ... read more

This Incredible Pilot: Charles Carpenter

Plane & Pilot Magazine There are countless stories of heroics stemming from World War II. The “Greatest Generation” fought battles both in the Pacific and Europe. Many never came … Read More "This Incredible Pilot: Charles Carpenter" The post This Incredible Pilot: Charles Carpenter appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Report: Global Business Jet Activity Up 2 Percent

FLYING Magazine Global business jet activity was up 2 percent in Week 11 this year over last year, according to data from WingX.  The aviation data company reported that 72,223 business jets were flown around the globe in Week 11, ending March 17, a 1 percent drop compared to the previous week. Business jet and turboprop activity has risen 38 percent this year compared to 2019.  WingX reported from January 1 through March 17:  5.9 million scheduled operations flights, up 15.6 percent from ... read more

Sales of Aviation License Plates to Begin in Florida Later This Month

FLYING Magazine Pilots and aviation enthusiasts in Florida soon will be able to celebrate their passion with general aviation license plates, thanks to three local pilots with support from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). Florida-based pilots Joseph Hurtuk, Ian Goldbaum, and Richard Golightly collaborated in the design of a specialty plate with the theme, “Support General Aviation.” Among their goals was highlighting the economic impact of aviation in the state, which ... read more

Picture of the Day: Chicago from a Tri-Motor

General Aviation News Bill Sleeper submitted this photo and note: "This picture was taken in November 2023 when I was ferrying a Ford 5AT-B Tri-Motor from Oshkosh to Port Clinton, Ohio, for the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). The offshore route under the ORD Class B airspace gives you a great view of downtown Chicago." Read More read more

Boeing CEO to Step Down, President to Retire

FLYING Magazine Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun will be stepping down at the end of the year, the aircraft manufacturing giant announced Monday. Calhoun’s departure was not the only leadership change, according to the company. Board chair Larry Kellner will not seek reelection at the upcoming shareholders meeting and will be succeeded by Steve Mollenkopf. Stan Deal, who serves as president and CEO of commercial airplanes, has retired effective immediately, and Stephanie Pope has been named the ... read more

Women in Aviation touch down in Orlando

General Aviation News For the past 35 years WAI has held an annual conference where pilots, mechanics, administrators, and more gather in the spirit of career advancement and mentorship. They celebrate their own achievements, revel in each other’s successes, and applaud their peers, as well as the industry that inspires them with real enthusiasm and joy. Read More read more

How I use cameras to improve my flying

AOPA General Aviation News Athletes, corporations, and schools all use video today for training. Being able to learn from mistakes, repeat lessons, and watch how others execute the same maneuvers is an invaluable training tool that is underutilized in aviation.  Read More read more

Insights: Number of Female U.S. Pilots at All-Time High

FLYING Magazine Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on AirlineGeeks.com. The post Insights: Number of Female U.S. Pilots at All-Time High appeared first on FLYING Magazine. Read More read more

Preparing for your checkride

General Aviation News A new post on Sporty's Flight Training Central offers six tips to help pilots prepare for their checkride, as well as a list of Do's and Don'ts. Read More read more

Finding a Small World at a Florida Airpark

FLYING Magazine Autumn and Nathan Adams have both embraced what they call the “small world in aviation.” Having grown up with fond memories of the same one-stoplight town, they longed to find a place where they could once again be close with their neighbors while enjoying the convenience of living alongside their aircraft.  Their solution was to move to a residential airpark. After years of wanting to move to an aviation community, the couple finally had the opportunity at Massey Ranch ... read more

Museum Guide: Space Shuttles on Display

FLYING Magazine If you are a space enthusiast, you need to make the time for an up close and personal visit with one of America’s space shuttles. Designed to be reusable vehicles capable of flying in both atmosphere and space, for 30 years the shuttles transported astronauts from many nations to space and back, often rendezvousing with the International Space Station (ISS) where they transported crew and supplies. A total of six shuttles were built. One was designed for atmospheric ... read more

AOPA celebrates the best in aviation at Hoover Awards

General Aviation News Russ Meyer Jr., former CEO and Chairman Emeritus of Cessna Aircraft, was presented the R.A. “Bob” Hoover Trophy for 2024. Read More read more

Breitling introduces new watch marking first non-stop balloon flight around the world

General Aviation News The Aerospace B70 Orbiter 25th anniversary edition — with its orange dial the color of the Orbiter 3 capsule — contains its very own piece of history: A segment of the original Breitling Orbiter 3 balloon visible through the transparent case back. Read More read more

How I use cameras to improve my flying

AOPA General Aviation News Athletes, corporations, and schools all use video today for training. Being able to learn from mistakes, repeat lessons, and watch how others execute the same maneuvers is an invaluable training tool that is underutilized in aviation.  Read More read more

The Things We Men Pilots Do to Impress Women

FLYING Magazine Some years ago, I visited a friend of mine who is the manager of a private mountain airstrip. He said he had something to show me. We jumped in a side-by-side and drove up into the surrounding hills on a fire road. We then exited onto a freshly cut dirt trail that went directly up the side of a mountain. After a few minutes of a steep, rough ride, we emerged into a clearing in the otherwise dense forest. Burn marks surrounded the mysterious, misshapen circle, and the ... read more

Mechanic’s error leads to failure of landing gear

General Aviation News Maintenance personnel’s failure to properly affix left main landing gear components, which led to the failure of the left main landing gear during the accident flight. Read More read more

Spate Of Incidents Earns United More FAA Scrutiny

AVweb United Airlines has given its employees a heads up to expect more FAA inspectors across all its operations after a cluster of incidents involving its aircraft. In the last couple of weeks United planes have been involved in a variety of mishaps, none of which resulted in any injuries. Most involved Boeing aircraft but Airbus products have also been affected and Sasha Johnson, the airline’s VP of corporate safety, said the FAA wants to have a look around. “They agree that we need to ... read more

Video Of The Week: Garmin GNS 430: Throwaway Or Keeper?

AVweb Despite false rumors and misinformation that the hugely popular Garmin GNS-series navigators are at the end of their service life, Garmin says that 99 percent of GNS users can keep using their units. Moreover, the Garmin factory will still continue to support common repairs and refurbishments as it has for the past 25 years. For a deep dive into the future of GNS support, and some tips for dealing with a dreaded failure, Aviation Consumer Magazine Editor in Chief Larry Anglisano ... read more

GNS 430 Hysteria-25 Years Later

AVweb The forums and news threads went berserk when Garmin sounded the warning horn last year that the parts bins stocked with major components to maintain the world-conquering GNS-series navigators are thinning, and that owners should startplanning an upgrade. Garmin Service Advisory (23018 Rev. B) makes it official, saying in part that display repairs for the WAAS and Non-WAAS GPS 400, GNC 420, and GNS 430 are no longer available and have been discontinued after 25 years of support. It’s ... read more

SWAPA Prepares For Southwest Merger

AVweb Southwest Airlines may have adopted a fresh approach to delivery delays for new aircraft: it’s rumored to be considering adding to its fleet by buying another airline. So sure that the airline is in acquisition mode, the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association is now lining up lawyers to deal with the inevitable labor force fallout that such an acquisition would bring. “Last month, SWAPA made the decision to retain several law firms if Southwest attempts to acquire another carrier,” ... read more

Last Week’s Poll Results: Strong Interest In Sun ‘n Fun

AVweb Sun ‘n Fun marks the unofficial start of the aviation event season and there’s a healthy cohort of AVweb readers planning to make the show or who hope to. The post Last Week’s Poll Results: Strong Interest In Sun ‘n Fun appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Poll: Would You Advise Young People To Pursue An Aviation Career?

AVweb Poll: Would You Advise Young People To Pursue An Aviation Career? Poll: Would You Advise Young People To Pursue An Aviation Career? Yes. It's A Great Choice For Those With The Interest And Aptitude Sure. It Has Its Issues But Every Industry Does Maybe. There Are Some Good Jobs But They're Getting Rare No. It Has Serious Systemic Problems And They're Getting Worse Other Δ The post Poll: Would You Advise Young People To ... read more

This Incredible Plane: Mooney Porsche M20L PFM

Plane & Pilot Magazine The history of automotive-based powerplants in general aviation is not a great one. However, in the late 1980s, if anyone was determined to make it … Read More "This Incredible Plane: Mooney Porsche M20L PFM" The post This Incredible Plane: Mooney Porsche M20L PFM appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: Sneaky Raptor

General Aviation News John Guzzi submitted this photo and note: "This F-22 Raptor was hiding against Pikes Peak as it was doing a fly-over at the US Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, Colorado." Read More read more

Explain it to me like I’m 10

General Aviation News This is a great way to explain the force of gravity. Most of us, kids included, can relate to being weighed. Personally, I wish I had a bit less force on the scale. Read More read more

IMAX Documentary The Blue Angels Gets Release Date

AVweb The Blue Angels—an IMAX documentary from Amazon studios focused on the Navy’s premiere aeronautical demonstration team has a set release date for May 17. A new trailer that debuted on YouTube Wednesday gave viewers a glimpse into the film which offers an immersive experience providing firsthand cockpit views of the Blue Angel’s precision flying and aerial maneuvers. The documentary will focus on what it takes to become a Blue Angel—from the team’s selection process and training ... read more

Delta Captain Celebrates Retirement With Chartered Airbus Flight To Hawaii

AVweb A Delta Air Lines pilot bid farewell to his career in a memorable fashion by chartering an Airbus A330 neo with friends and family for a 24-hour celebration in Hawaii. Keith Rosenkranz told Business Insider the retirement flight cost him nearly a year’s salary but was worth it for the special moment. In total, 112 people were onboard the flight including Rosenkranz’s family, college friends, Delta employees, neighbors, and former colleagues from his tenure in the Air Force. Other ... read more

Watsonville City Council Votes To Decommission Crosswind Runway

AVweb During its Tuesday meeting, the Watsonville City Council narrowly voted 4-3 in favor of decommissioning the crosswind runway at Watsonville Municipal Airport (KWVI). Tuesday’s vote comes after months of deliberation over whether to shorten the runway or deactivate it entirely—a process that could take up to four years. In October, airport staff were notified that the runway would no longer meet funding eligibility requirements from the FAA since it was classified an “additional ... read more

Words Aloft: Ashes Away

Plane & Pilot Magazine The storyteller’s hands fly about, energetically reenacting a disaster aloft. “Wind was whipping all around, and the visibility went to zero! Honest to goodness, I … Read More "Words Aloft: Ashes Away" The post Words Aloft: Ashes Away appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Video: Afterburner takeoffs and Las Vegas

General Aviation News Fred Johnsen, the force behind the Airailimages YouTube channel and General Aviation News Of Wings & Things columnist, recently posted this video of the Red Flag jets in afterburner, during a Nellis Air Force Base training mission. Read More read more

Sporty’s named official provider of Cirrus owners association merchandise

General Aviation News The newly unveiled merchandise collection features a variety of shirts and hats for members of the Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association (COPA). Read More read more

Boom Supersonic’s XB-1 Takes Historic First Flight, Paving The Way For Overture

AVweb Aviation startup Boom Supersonic took a major step forward in its mission to revive commercial supersonic travel with the inaugural flight of its prototype aircraft, the XB-1. According to a press release, XB-1 took off from the Mojave Air & Space Port and flew for approximately 12 minutes over California’s Mohave Desert. The 63-foot aircraft successfully completed all of its test objectives, reaching an altitude of 7,120 feet and attaining speeds up to 238 knots. Boom says that ... read more

Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 Passengers Potentially Deemed Crime Victims

AVweb Passengers on Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 which suffered a midair blowout earlier this year may be considered crime victims, according to a new report from the Seattle Times. The news publication obtained a letter from a passenger aboard the notorious flight, sent by a victim specialist at the FBI, identifying them as “a possible victim of a crime.” The letter went on to say that the matter is currently being investigated by the FBI and more information could not be shared at this ... read more

Boom Supersonic Announces First Flight of XB-1 Jet Demonstrator

FLYING Magazine More than two decades ago, Concorde, the only successful supersonic airliner, was retired for good. But Friday, at Mojave Air & Space Port (KMHV) in California—where the Bell X-1 broke the sound barrier for the first time in 1947—another supersonic aircraft made its maiden voyage. Boom Supersonic’s XB-1 jet demonstrator did not reach supersonic speeds during the test flight. But the inaugural flight of the aircraft—a precursor to Boom’s supersonic, sustainable aviation ... read more

Chicks Take Over San Jose Mineta International

FLYING Magazine What do silicon chips and baby chicks have in common? Both are linked to San Jose Mineta International Airport (KSJC) in California.  The airport, known as the gateway to Silicon Valley, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year using strategically placed toy and inflatable chickens. [Courtesy: San Jose Mineta International Airport] According to officials, baby chickens were the first “passengers” to be offloaded at the airport. When the airport opened to commercial ... read more

Picture Of The Week: March 22, 2024

AVweb 1 of 5 Photo by Robbie Culver: Brenda Culver on short approach to runway 27 at Aero Estates airpark (T25) in Frankston, TX. Brenda flies a 1945 Aeronca Champ named "Charlotte." Edited on an Apple iPhone to enhance for clarity. Short Final For 27 Photo by René A. Covelli: Had to stop and humbly admire this transient Visitor at my home base in South ... read more

FBI Contacts Passengers Aboard Door Plug Blowout Flight

FLYING Magazine The FBI is contacting passengers aboard a Boeing 737 Max 9 forced to make an emergency landing in January after a door plug dislodged midflight, suggesting they could be victims of a crime, according to reports. Several passengers aboard that aircraft—operating as Alaska Airlines Flight 1282—have received letters from the FBI, the Seattle Times reported. Last week the Department of Justice (DOJ) launched a criminal investigation into the January 5 door plug blowout. The ... read more

Wing Partners with DoorDash for Wendy’s Drone Delivery in Virginia

FLYING Magazine Standard delivery or pickup? Those are the options for most DoorDash users, but customers in Christiansburg, Virginia, now have a third choice. On Thursday, Wing, the drone delivery arm of Google parent Alphabet, expanded its partnership with DoorDash to the U.S. following a yearlong trial in Australia. In 2022, the companies agreed to integrate their marketplaces, allowing Wing deliveries to be facilitated through the DoorDash platform. It was the first time a drone ... read more

Pro Tips: Traffic Pattern Manners and Etiquette

Plane & Pilot Magazine Etiquette is defined as a “customary code of polite behavior among members of a particular profession or group.” Pilots understand that adherence to professional standards … Read More "Pro Tips: Traffic Pattern Manners and Etiquette" The post Pro Tips: Traffic Pattern Manners and Etiquette appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Reaching Uncharted Corners of the Globe in a Fokker F.VII

FLYING Magazine Today in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 I’m going to be flying the Fokker F.VII, one of the world’s first civilian airliners that blazed new paths to uncharted reaches of the globe in the hands of aviators like Richard Byrd and Charles Kingsford Smith. Anthony Fokker was Dutch, born in the colonial East Indies. In 1910, at age 20, he moved to Germany to pursue his interest in aviation. He soon founded his own airplane company there, and during World War I it designed a ... read more

This 1975 Piper Cherokee Six Is a Winged SUV and an ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1975 Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six. Many pilots I know regard the Piper Cherokee Six as one of those airplanes that was pretty much right from the beginning. Introduced in 1965, the big six-seater changed little over ... read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1957 Piper PA-22-150 Tri-Pacer

Plane & Pilot Magazine Today’s bargain blends classic 1950s style with genuine usability and major upgrades already completed. Pilots interested in an economical, fun-to-fly four-place aircraft should consider this … Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1957 Piper PA-22-150 Tri-Pacer" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1957 Piper PA-22-150 Tri-Pacer appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Sherwin-Williams unveils universal clearcoat system for general aviation

General Aviation News “This is one product that does it all, from small repairs to large aircraft,” said Richard Giles, Global Technical Services and Training Manager for Sherwin-Williams. Read More read more

Pilot Learns Something New Even on Familiar Route

FLYING Magazine It is hard to imagine this old dog could learn a new trick or two, but it just happened. On a route I’ve flown a zillion times, epiphany! Because of a painful, expensive, nine-week-long annual on our Beechcraft P-Baron in Florida, my family found itself in New Hampshire without a way home to Tampa, Florida (KTPA). I know that sounds ridiculous, but hear me out. Our rescue lab mix is an aggressive dog not welcome on the airlines, so Rocco has become accustomed to (spoiled ... read more

Autopilot problems and weather prove fatal for pilot and his wife

General Aviation News The pilot’s deviation from the final approach course during a night instrument approach with low instrument meterological conditions, which resulted in an impact with heavily wooded terrain. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s decision to continue the approach after being warned of his flightpath deviations and his lack of experience in instrument conditions at night. Read More read more

Beta Technologies Alia CTOL Impresses At Cape Cod Debut

AVweb Three years ago, the Massachusetts state senator representing Cape Cod proposed a blanket $1,000 landing fee for all GA aircraft at every airport in the state. In contrast, last week, an aircraft showed up at Joint Base Cape Cod (JBCC) that drew gushing praise from local press and multiple state officials—and was not charged a landing fee. The author of the 2021 bill, Senator Julian Cyr, admitted to AVweb at the time that his proposal was ill-advised. But the turnaround attitude ... read more

Tennessee Lawmakers Propose Legislation Banning ‘Chemtrails’

AVweb On Monday, the Tennessee Senate passed a bill prohibiting “The intentional injection, release, or dispersion, by any means, of chemicals, chemical compounds, substances, or apparatus within the borders of this state into the atmosphere with the express purpose of affecting temperature, weather, or the intensity of the sunlight…” In other words, the bill would make it against the law to dispense “chemtrails” over Tennessee. SB 2691/HB 2063, sponsored by Rep. Monty Fritts, ... read more

A candid reflection on FAA aircraft hangar leases and hangar reversion policy

AOPA General Aviation News While the FAA offers extensive guidance for airport administration policy, particularly in terms of airport compliance, all too often there is much left to interpretation by both airport sponsors and airport users. Read More read more

Celebrating greatness among us

AOPA General Aviation News On March 20, Russ Meyer Jr. accepted the 2023 AOPA R.A. “Bob” Hoover Award for his engagement in general aviation. Read More read more

Garmin announces STC for CJ2 panel upgrade

AOPA General Aviation News Cessna Citation CJ2 owners and operators will soon be able to update their flight decks with a full suite of Garmin products, Garmin announced March 19. Read More read more

Avidyne STC will upgrade Cirrus Entegra panels

AOPA General Aviation News Cirrus owners whose aircraft are flying with Avidyne Entegra avionics will be able to upgrade their panels via a supplemental type certificate from Avidyne Corp. that the company said is in the final stages of consideration at the FAA. Read More read more

 This 1990 Embraer Tucano Is a Military-Spec ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1990 Embraer EMB-312 Tucano. Military training aircraft have been popular among aviation enthusiasts, with steady strong demand for types ranging from World War II Stearman PT-17s to North American AT-6s and T-28s. ... read more

Faulty Brake Install Blamed for Boeing 737 Overrun

FLYING Magazine Issues involving a brake replacement project are being blamed for a February overrun incident, according to a preliminary National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report. On February 10, 2024, American flight 1632, a Boeing 737-800 flying from Washington Reagan National Airport (KDCA) to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (KDFW), experienced a “brake system anomaly” during landing. The 15-year-old aircraft—registered as N991AN—initially landed safely on runway 17L ... read more

There’s No Price on Safety

FLYING Magazine The days are getting warmer, the sun is out later, and the birds are beginning to sing. Airplanes are starting to emerge from their long winter nap. Some owners use this time to catch up on maintenance, punch out those overdue squawk lists, or upgrade equipment.  Last October, we met Stephen Mercer, who had recently acquired a 1982 Piper PA-32R-301T Saratoga, which he was upgrading with safety features. I am proud to report that our Saratoga came through with flying ... read more

FAA Issues Domestic Notice On Eclipse’s Impact On Operations

AVweb The FAA has posted a comprehensive Domestic Notice on its website concerning the total solar eclipse on April 8. The notice is to inform pilots and aircraft operators of possible impacts to traffic and safety along the path within 50 nautical miles of the center of the eclipse between the hours of 10:00 UTC April 7 to 04:00 UTC April 10. The notice includes a General section advising of possible delays issued in the form of ground holds such as Expect Departure Clearance Time (EDCT) ... read more

Infrastructure Law Designates $110 Million More For Airports

AVweb The White House announced yesterday that the FAA is awarding $110 million more for airport improvement as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The funds will go toward upgrading taxiways, improving firefighting capability, and expanding snow-removal capacity at more than 70 airports nationwide. U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, said, “This is another good step in a multi-billion-dollar modernization we’re delivering through President Biden’s Bipartisan ... read more

Cessna’s Magnificent Model 170 Turns 75

Plane & Pilot Magazine The origins of the Cessna 170 can be traced to a need to convert from military production to civilian airplanes as World War II wound … Read More "Cessna’s Magnificent Model 170 Turns 75" The post Cessna’s Magnificent Model 170 Turns 75 appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

A candid reflection on FAA aircraft hangar leases and hangar reversion policy

AOPA General Aviation News While the FAA offers extensive guidance for airport administration policy, particularly in terms of airport compliance, all too often there is much left to interpretation by both airport sponsors and airport users. Read More read more

Avidyne STC will upgrade Cirrus Entegra panels

AOPA General Aviation News Cirrus owners whose aircraft are flying with Avidyne Entegra avionics will be able to upgrade their panels via a supplemental type certificate from Avidyne Corp. that the company said is in the final stages of consideration at the FAA. Read More read more

Garmin announces STC for CJ2 panel upgrade

AOPA General Aviation News Cessna Citation CJ2 owners and operators will soon be able to update their flight decks with a full suite of Garmin products, Garmin announced March 19. Read More read more

‘Changes…Need to Happen,’ Boeing Official Says

FLYING Magazine Boeing is making efforts to improve the quality and safety of its aircraft production line, according to a company official. “There’s changes that need to happen,” Brian West, Boeing’s chief financial officer, said Wednesday in addressing the Bank of America Global Industrials Conference in London. “There’s no doubt about it. But we’re going to do so diligently and expeditiously.” In remarks, West acknowledged repercussions had followed a recent incident where a door plug ... read more

Report: Global Airline Capacity Up Over Pre-Pandemic Levels

FLYING Magazine Global airline capacity worldwide in the second quarter of 2024 has surpassed that of Q2 2019, the last “normal” year for flights pre-pandemic, according to a report from U.K.-based travel data company OAG. The capacity for Q2 2024 is up about 4 percent over Q2 2019 for seats on international and domestic flights with about 1.51 billion seats on the schedule compared to 1.45 billion seats.  READ MORE: Like Copilot, Like Captain: The Importance of Left-Seat Mentoring OAG ... read more

Picture of the Day: Chasing shadows

General Aviation News Cheryl Goodwin submitted this photo with a note: "On final for Runway 26 at Joslin Field/Magic Valley Regional Airport (KTWTF) in Twin Falls, Idaho, in the Commemorative Air Force's fabulous B-17 'Sentimental Journey' during her Flying Legends of Victory Summer tour 2023." Read More read more

After the Accident – Below Minimums

Plane & Pilot Magazine “Practically on the ground now,” radioed one of the pilots of a Cessna 441 after acknowledging its approach clearance. It was inbound on the RNAV … Read More "After the Accident – Below Minimums" The post After the Accident – Below Minimums appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Celebrating greatness among us

AOPA General Aviation News On March 20, Russ Meyer Jr. accepted the 2023 AOPA R.A. “Bob” Hoover Award for his engagement in general aviation. Read More read more

NASA Astronauts Detail Daily Life, Firsts Aboard International Space Station

FLYING Magazine Four people, six months, and hundreds of experiments that could alter humanity’s future. NASA’s SpaceX Crew-6 mission, which concluded in September, sent NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen and Woody Hoburg and United Arab Emirates astronaut Sultan AlNeyadi on a 186-day trip to the International Space Station, where they rendezvoused with NASA astronaut Frank Rubio. But it was anything but a vacation. “I used to joke about the fact that a lot of times in our videos, when we show ... read more

Hiperbipe nut

General Aviation News Texas pilot David Godwin confesses he’s a “Hiperbipe nut.” He's owned three so far and enjoyed every minute. Read More read more

Florida GA license plate success

AOPA General Aviation News Thanks to efforts from passionate AOPA members in Florida, a general aviation specialty license plate will soon be available for purchase—with proceeds supporting aviation education scholarships in the state. Read More read more

Thomas Stafford, pioneering astronaut, pilot, dies at 93

AOPA General Aviation News U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Tom Stafford’s legendary aerospace career included four space missions including Apollo 10; two Gemini space flights; and perhaps most notably, his command of the Apollo-Soyuz joint mission in 1975. Stafford died March 18 at age 93. Read More read more

Michigan’s National Cherry Festival Airshow faces uncertain future

AOPA General Aviation News Unrealistic stipulations about airshow operations left a contract unsigned. Now the future of the airshow is in jeopardy. Read More read more

Iditarod’s air support

AOPA General Aviation News This March marked the running of the fifty-second Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, crossing nearly 1,000 miles of Alaska wilderness in little more than a week. While each team races alone, a volunteer squadron provides air support in Cessna Skywagons. Read More read more

Textron Aviation Flight Adventure set to take off in 2025

General Aviation News The new exhibition at the Wichita based Exploration Place "seeks to inspire the dreams of residents and visitors in aviation, STEM, and the freedom of flight," according to museum officials. Read More read more

Florida GA license plate success

AOPA General Aviation News Thanks to efforts from passionate AOPA members in Florida, a general aviation specialty license plate will soon be available for purchase—with proceeds supporting aviation education scholarships in the state. Read More read more

Michigan’s National Cherry Festival Airshow faces uncertain future

AOPA General Aviation News Unrealistic stipulations about airshow operations left a contract unsigned. Now the future of the airshow is in jeopardy. Read More read more

Thomas Stafford, pioneering astronaut, pilot, dies at 93

AOPA General Aviation News U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Tom Stafford’s legendary aerospace career included four space missions including Apollo 10; two Gemini space flights; and perhaps most notably, his command of the Apollo-Soyuz joint mission in 1975. Stafford died March 18 at age 93. Read More read more

Bearhawk Aircraft Has a New Owner

FLYING Magazine The Bearhawk line of utility kit aircraft is under new ownership as of last month. Virgil Irwin, a Bearhawk 5 builder himself, has taken over for longtime owner Mark Goldberg. Generally speaking it’ll be business as usual for the company, which has a manufacturing facility in Mexico. Irwin has moved other aspects of kit production from Texas to Fairview, Oklahoma, about 75 miles northwest of Oklahoma City. Why the change? Goldberg said that “after turning 70 years old 20 ... read more

Soaring with Blue Angels: IMAX Documentary Release Date Set

FLYING Magazine A new trailer for The Blue Angels, an IMAX documentary from Amazon Studios, debuted Wednesday on YouTube, showcasing the elite U.S. Navy-Marine Corps demonstration team’s dramatic maneuvers and stunning precision. The film chronicles a year in the lives of team members as they train for a new show season and fly a demanding schedule of performances. The story focuses on the latest class of Navy and Marine Corps pilots entering the team as well as veterans of the group who ... read more

McFarlane Aviation acquires PMA Products

General Aviation News PMA Products produces FAA-PMA approved products for a wide range of aircraft, such as Piper, Beechcraft, and Cessna, as well as PT6 turboshaft engines. Read More read more

Iditarod’s air support

AOPA General Aviation News This March marked the running of the fifty-second Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, crossing nearly 1,000 miles of Alaska wilderness in little more than a week. While each team races alone, a volunteer squadron provides air support in Cessna Skywagons. Read More read more

True Blue Power unveils 50 amp-hour lithium-ion battery

General Aviation News The new Gen5 TB50 Lithium-ion Aircraft Battery is a 50 amp-hour, engine-start battery. Its dimensions are equivalent to the industry standard 44 amp-hour battery, while offering more power, less weight, and zero maintenance, according to company officials. Read More read more

Who Is Teaching? Low Time and Social Media Make for a Bad Combo

FLYING Magazine One of the most talked about challenges at the NAFI Summit in October in Lakeland, Florida—which attracted several hundred current and aspiring instructors— was how to sustain quality flight instruction when the majority of those who hold current CFI certificates are building time, geared toward advancing to the airlines. During the summit, I shared a table with David St. George, designated pilot examiner and executive director of the Society of Aviation and Flight ... read more

Task-saturated ATC contributes to near miss

General Aviation News I believe that the cause of the incident is due to the current task loads of ATC operators. On this flight, Approach did seem to have a higher volume of traffic than previous times I have flown through their airspace. Read More read more

Travolta’s Pilots Charged With Embezzling Almost $800,000

AVweb Two pilots are charged with embezzling close to $800,000 from actor/pilot John Travolta’s production company. The Marion County (Florida) Sheriff’s Department confirmed to AVweb that Jean Paul Lacruz-Romero is in custody. Local news outlets have reported that Lacruz-Romero is charged with organized fraud, grand theft, and money laundering. The second pilot, identified as Jorden David Coursey, is being sought for similar charges. Both have since been terminated by Constellation ... read more

Short Final: Aircraft Identification

AVweb From AVweb reader Ron Sands: Overheard on the radio while en route to Oshkosh. (An Albatross is a Grumman-built Amphibian. See photo): Albatross: “Peoria approach, Albatross N54321.” Peoria approach: “Albatross N54321, Peoria approach.” Albatross: “Peoria, request flight following, destination Oshkosh – Oscar Sierra Hotel.” Peoria approach: “Albatross N54321 flight following approved, squawk 2451.” Albatross: “Squawk 2451.” After a brief pause… Peoria approach: “Albatross N54321, ... read more

World War II Mustang Pilot Reunited With A Cherished Friend

AVweb Atlanta-area resident Paul Crawford last had his hands on the controls of a P-51 Mustang 79 years ago. He flew 29 missions in China before he was shot down. But thanks to Georgia’s Inspire Foundation, the Liberty Foundation, and dual-control TF-51 Mustang owner Bob Bull, Crawford got a chance to feel the power and maneuverability of a Mustang once again, yesterday, in celebration of his 100th birthday. Bull’s TF-51, with Crawford handing the rear-seat controls, was joined by three ... read more

Frontier Airlines Pilot Honored For Saving Ramp Worker

AVweb The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) announced today the Master Executive Council of Frontier Airlines has honored Florida-based Frontier Airlines pilot Joel Byler for likely saving the life of a ramp worker at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (KATL) in Atlanta, Georgia. Byler, a first officer on Airbus A320/321 aircraft, has flown for Frontier since 2022. He was conducting his preflight walk-around inspection on October 3 when he spotted the ramp worker in danger. She had ... read more

Kentucky Receives FAA Grant To Develop Aviation Careers

AVweb This month, the Kentucky Education and Labor Cabinet’s Department of Workforce Development received $500,000 from the FAA’s Aircraft Pilot Workforce Development Grant program to implement a career preparation curriculum (CPC). In partnership with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation, Kentucky’s Office of Employer and Apprenticeship Services will administer the funds. The AOPA Foundation has already developed a curriculum specifically designed to prepare high ... read more

Garmin GNS 430: Throwaway or Keeper?

FLYING Magazine Despite reports that the hugely popular Garmin GNS-series navigators are at the end of their service life, Garmin says that 99 percent of GNS users can keep using their units. Moreover, the Garmin factory will still continue to support common repairs and refurbishments as it has for the past 25 years.  For a deep dive into the future of GNS support, and some tips for dealing with a dreaded failure, Aviation Consumer Magazine Editor in Chief Larry Anglisano sat down with ... read more

Robinson Unveils First Production Uncrewed Aircraft, the R550X

FLYING Magazine Robinson Helicopter Company has unveiled its first production uncrewed aircraft. The longtime rotorcraft manufacturer and Rotor Technologies, a manufacturer of autonomous vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft, on Wednesday revealed their R550X helicopter to the public for the first time. The uncrewed aircraft, which is based on the design of Robinson’s R44 Raven II, was on display at Helicopter Association International’s (HAI) Heli-Expo in Anaheim, California, from ... read more

California Aeronautical University Expands Training Fleet With Skyhawk Buy

FLYING Magazine Textron Aviation, the parent company of Cessna Aircraft, has announced an agreement to supply California Aeronautical University (CAU) with 15 Cessna Skyhawks, with first deliveries beginning in 2027. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to announce this acquisition of Cessna Skyhawks, which marks a significant milestone in our commitment to providing top-tier aviation education,” said Matthew Johnston, president of CAU. “These new aircraft will help elevate our flight training ... read more

Redbird: Learning to Fly Has Gotten More Expensive

FLYING Magazine Are you actively enrolled in flight training? What do you think of the experience so far? Redbird Flight Simulations asked questions along these lines for its annual report on the state of flight training. Redbird’s 2024 report was culled from survey responses that included questions about the frequency of training flight, use of a syllabus, and how busy flight schools are to name a few. The report consulted CFIs who work at flight schools from the mom-and-pop variety with ... read more

U.S. Navy Signs Deal with Boeing for 17 F/A-18 Super Hornets

FLYING Magazine The U.S. Navy has entered into an agreement with Boeing to buy 17 Block III F/A-18 Super Hornets, the service announced. The $1.3 billion contract for the updated variant, considered the backbone of the Navy’s carrier air wing, also includes a technical data package that the service said is vital for the platform’s sustainment for decades to come. READ MORE: Boeing Delivers MQ-25 Stingray to U.S. Navy for Testing “The technical data package was a crucial part of this ... read more

This 1941 Boeing/Stearman PT-17 Is a Golden Age ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1941 Boeing​/​Stearman PT-17. Flying a 1940s Stearman biplane is a singular experience that will leave any pilot feeling fortunate and perhaps humbled. How did those young cadets learn to land these things so ... read more

Picture of the Day: Margaret on her 90th birthday

General Aviation News David Hett submitted this photo and note: "Margaret is a retired nurse from Wales. She came to Canada in 1954. She loves to fly, so I take her up at least once or twice a year, but always on her birthday. I am based in Teslin, Yukon. We are about to fly over to the Llewellyn Glacier so that Margaret can take some pictures." Read More read more

FAA Boosts Instructure Funding at 71 U.S. Airports

FLYING Magazine FAA is awarding a new batch of grants for airport infrastructure projects aimed at improving safety and capacity at 71 U.S. airports, it announced Wednesday. Projects include taxiway improvements, aircraft rescue, firefighting and snow removal equipment. The $110 million in grants from the Airport Infrastructure Grant (AIG) program are funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law enacted in 2022 that allots $15 billion  over a span of five years. According to the FAA, ... read more

Forget the $100 hamburger: Flying to play disc golf

General Aviation News Taylorcraft pilot Kevin Brooker combines two of his passions: Flying and disc golf. Read More read more

What does 2024 look like for FBOs?

General Aviation News An annual FBO Fuel Sales Survey and Industry Forecast finds that fuel sales were down in 2023, with 41% of FBOs saying they say a reduction in fuel sales from 2022. The survey also asked about the top concerns for the industry in 2024, with answers ranging from the high cost of building hangars to the potential costs to transition to unleaded fuel. Read More read more

Flying in the Rough

Plane & Pilot Magazine No one likes flying in turbulent air. It’s an annoyance to the pilot, requiring constant attention at the controls, and a concern for passengers, tossing … Read More "Flying in the Rough" The post Flying in the Rough appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

SUN ‘n FUN Career Fair expands

General Aviation News What started as a one-day, five-hour event has grown to a six-day event, JSFirm officials noted. Read More read more

U.S. Marines Buy 22 F-5s from Switzerland

FLYING Magazine The U.S. Marine Corps’ latest airplane acquisition is a supersonic interceptor that first flew off the drawing board 65 years ago. The Marines are buying 22 Northrup F-5 Tigers from the Swiss air force. The first one was loaded on a C-130 on March 18 for the trip back to the U.S. where it will live out the rest of its service life as an adversarial training aircraft along with the others in the sale. READ MORE: Marine Corps XQ-58A UAV Completes Test Flight The Marines ... read more

What Should a Pilot Do if a Single Engine Quits in Cruise?

FLYING Magazine Question: If the engine in a single quits in cruise, what should I do with the throttle, propeller, and other controls to get the best glide? Answer: Most singles can glide eight times their height above the terrain. If you’re at 7,500 feet and the local elevation is 700 feet, you’re about one and a quarter miles above the ground, so don’t pick a place to land outside a 10-mile radius. Don’t count on achieving the longest possible  lide—better a nearby cornfield than a ... read more

Duncan Aviation’s Dallas location adds drone repairs

General Aviation News "Like any other aircraft, drones require scheduled inspections and unexpected repairs," company officials noted. Read More read more

Like Copilot, Like Captain: The Importance of Left-Seat Mentoring

FLYING Magazine I stepped across the cockpit door threshold. The captain was in the process of testing the weather radar on board our Boeing 727. Shuffling behind the flight engineer and slithering into the copilot seat, I glanced at the green screen of the old but reliable RCA display. It took more art than skill to operate. With a scowl on his face, Captain Dave turned to our wet-behind-the-ears flight engineer and said, “Call maintenance. The radar is spoking in the video ... read more

Fatigue fracture leads to crash

General Aviation News A loss of engine power due to the fatigue fracture of the No. 1 cylinder’s rocker shaft bosses, which resulted in a forced landing into uneven terrain. Read More read more

‘Make A Good Airplane:’ Whitaker Discusses Boeing Future

AVweb FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker called on Boeing to “make a good airplane” during one of a series of media interviews he gave Tuesday after a tour of a Boeing plant in Washington State. He told NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt the company is too focused on production and not concentrating enough on safety. “There are issues around the safety culture in Boeing. Their priorities have been focused on production and not on safety and quality,” he told NBC. “And so, what we are really ... read more

Delta Pilot Jailed For Alcohol Incident, Expects To Get Job Back After He’s Out

AVweb A tipsy Delta Airlines pilot who tried to board his flight with a half empty bottle of Jagermeister in his carry on will spend the next 10 months in a Scottish prison but he expects to be back on the flight deck after he gets out of jail. The New York Times is reporting Sheriff Alison Stirling, who sentenced Lawrence B. Russell in Sheriff Court on Tuesday, noted that Russell has been supported through rehab by the airline and is still getting half pay while on disability leave. ... read more

Marines Buy 22 F-5s From Switzerland

AVweb The U.S. Marine Corps latest airplane acquisition is a supersonic interceptor that first flew off the drawing board 65 years ago. The Marines are buying 22 Northrup F-5 Tigers from the Swiss Air Force. The first one was loaded on a C-130 on March 18 for the trip back to the U.S. where it will live out the rest of its service life as an adversarial training aircraft along with the others in the sale. The Marines paid a little less than $1.5 million each for the Cold War speedsters ... read more

Washington Historic Flight Foundation Collection Liquidated

AVweb The last airplane from a Washington State museum is being sold after its owner ran into financial difficulties. The executive version of a DC-3 owned by the Historic Flight Foundation at Felts Field in Spokane is being sold by Platinum Fighter Sales three months after a judge rejected owner John Sessions’s appeal of the order to liquidate the collection. A Spitfire, Stearman, Piper Cub, Beaver and several other rare and historic aircraft were sold to settle a debt that resulted from ... read more

AOPA launches aviation career prep curriculum

AOPA General Aviation News Kentucky state agencies and the AOPA Foundation You Can Fly program partnered to develop the Aviation Job Experience and Career Preparation Curriculum (CPC). The CPC was introduced on February 20 with a presentation at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky in Lexington. Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: Lighten your load

AOPA General Aviation News Sometimes called “the poor man’s autopilot,” secondary flight control surfaces commonly known as trim tabs literally take a load off pilots, allowing an airplane to be flown “hands off.” Read More read more

CAU partnership with Delta Propel launches careers

AOPA General Aviation News As part of this partnership, representatives from Delta Propel recently visited CAU’s Bakersfield and San Diego locations to speak with students and provide updates on the program. Read More read more

CAU partnership with Delta Propel launches careers

AOPA General Aviation News As part of this partnership, representatives from Delta Propel recently visited CAU’s Bakersfield and San Diego locations to speak with students and provide updates on the program. Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: Lighten your load

AOPA General Aviation News Sometimes called “the poor man’s autopilot,” secondary flight control surfaces commonly known as trim tabs literally take a load off pilots, allowing an airplane to be flown “hands off.” Read More read more

Alaska Airlines’ Boeing 737 Windscreen Cracks During Landing

FLYING Magazine The crew of an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 flight landing at Portland International Airport (KPDX) in Oregon got a surprise on Sunday evening when a crack appeared in the aircraft’s interior windscreen during the descent. The flight had originated from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (KDCA) in Arlington, Virginia. READ MORE: Additional Passengers Sue Alaska Airlines, Boeing The incident is the latest for the airline operating a Boeing aircraft. In January, a door ... read more

This 2020 Pipistrel Panthera Is an Efficient, Experimental AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 2020 Pipistrel Panthera. Pipistrel’s fast Panthera retractable has been sparking conversation among pilots for several years because of its sleek futuristic appearance, aerodynamic efficiency, 1,100 nm range, and ... read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1976 Grumman American AA-5A Cheetah

Plane & Pilot Magazine Today’s Top Pick is a sought-after four-place machine with great handling, outstanding visibility, and a price that’s substantially lower than normal. Pilots interested in an … Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1976 Grumman American AA-5A Cheetah" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1976 Grumman American AA-5A Cheetah appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Joby Commits to Deliver 2 Air Taxis to MacDill Air Force Base

FLYING Magazine The U.S. Air Force has gotten a taste of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, and the agency is clamoring for more. Joby Aviation, a manufacturer of eVTOL air taxis that it expects to begin operating in 2025, on Tuesday committed to deliver two aircraft to MacDill Air Force Base (KMCF) in Tampa, Florida, to be used for Air Force training and testing. The agreement is an expansion of the company’s $131 million contract with AFWERX, the innovation arm of ... read more

AOPA launches aviation career prep curriculum

AOPA General Aviation News Kentucky state agencies and the AOPA Foundation You Can Fly program partnered to develop the Aviation Job Experience and Career Preparation Curriculum (CPC). The CPC was introduced on February 20 with a presentation at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky in Lexington. Read More read more

Finding Your Ideal Aircraft: Today’s Market Is Pricey, but Potential Bargains Abound

FLYING Magazine This is a challenging time for finding your ideal aircraft. The rising market for used airplanes has put previously affordable models out of reach for many shoppers. Related expenses from insurance and maintenance to fuel and hangar rentals have risen as well, leaving some prospective owners wondering if the affordable aircraft is a thing of the past. While there is no such thing as a cheap airplane, recent surveys of the GA market, including the diverse listings on ... read more

How to Find Your Best Ground School Fit

FLYING Magazine Recently I was reunited with a former classmate I have known since grade school. We had the same teachers who inspired us, and we both became teachers ourselves. We agreed there were times when compulsory education seemed tedious, and there was the added challenge of having transportation to get to school, wearing “the right clothes,” etc., which was often a distraction. We both could have done without a lot of that, and agreed the experience would have been better ... read more

Picture of the Day: Sharing a hangar

General Aviation News Bill Sleeper submitted this photo and note: "On an EAA tour stop in Altoona, Pennsylvania, a chapter member brought out a scratch-built Boeing Clipper model with a 10-foot wingspan to be photographed with the EAA's Ford Tri-Motor 5AT-B with a 77-foot wingspan." Read More read more

I’ll never make the front page

General Aviation News I’m not the best pilot in the world. Nobody who flies with me comes away thinking I’ll challenge the memory of Bob Hoover. Read More read more

FAA Introduces New Technology to Enhance Airport Surface Safety Nationwide

FLYING Magazine On Thursday, the FAA announced the implementation of a new surface safety tool that warns air traffic controllers when an approaching aircraft is not lined up on its assigned runway. The FAA outlined plans to deploy Approach Runway Verification (ARV) technology at several airports across the U.S. this year through 2025, with Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) the latest to adopt the solution. READ MORE: Why Do Runways Get Renumbered? “A safe National Airspace ... read more

10 Best Aviation Museums in the U.S.

General Aviation News And while there are other "of course this museum is on this list," there are some that may surprise you, such as the #2 pick, the TWA Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. Read More read more

Drone pilots now must comply with Remote ID

General Aviation News The FAA has ended its discretionary enforcement policy on remote identification for drones. That means pilots who do not comply could face fines and suspension or revocation of their drone pilot certificates. Read More read more

Interstate TDR Developed as Unusual Kamikaze Machine

FLYING Magazine It’s rare to find a twin-engine, piston-powered airplane with fixed-pitch propellers and nonretractable landing gear. In the post-World War II era, almost every piston twin utilized controllable-pitch propellers, both for efficiency and also so the pilot could feather a prop after an engine failure to reduce asymmetric drag and maintain control. It’s also rare for an airplane to be optionally piloted—capable of flying both with a pilot aboard and also as an unmanned aerial ... read more

Five win Cascade Warbirds scholarships

General Aviation News The scholarship cover private pilot ground school and more. Read More read more

Getting Tired of Tragic Accidents After Engine Failures on Takeoff? Yeah, Me Too

FLYING Magazine I was scribbling on the blank half of a magazine page with an ad for bed pillows as I thought about this column. It seemed appropriate to use “Me, Too” instead of “Us, Too” since it’s remotely possible some readers might disagree with me. I’m a plain-Jane, single-engine-land private pilot with an instrument rating now, but I spent many years and lots of flight time instructing, testing, and examining, both in and out of the FAA. And, heaven knows, as well as the FAA and a ... read more

Near miss in the pattern at 06A

General Aviation News Crossing over the upwind leg while there is traffic is not only illegal, but is very dangerous. I am certain that the evasive action taken prevented the collision of the two aircraft. Read More read more

FAA Readies For PAFI Unleaded Fuel Tests

AVweb The FAA says engine cell testing of one of three contenders actively being considered as a replacement for 100LL avgas will begin later this year at the agency’s William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City. In a statement to AVweb, the agency said the fuel developed by a partnership betweenLyondellBasell Industries and VP Racing will also undergo flight testing as part of the approval process through the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative. If it meets all the various standards ... read more

Astronaut Thomas Stafford Dies At 93

AVweb Gen. Tom Stafford, who helped bring Cold War enemies together in cooperation 140 miles above the Earth, died in a retirement home near Cape Canaveral on Monday at the age of 93. Stafford was the commander of an American capsule that docked with a Soviet Soyuz ship in July of 1975, heralding decades of future cooperation in space between the two earthly rivals. “I’m sure we have opened up a new era in the history of man,” he told the two Soviet astronauts, Lt. Col. Aleksei A. ... read more

Massive Aircraft Designed To Carry Wine Turbine Blades

AVweb A Colorado company is planning to build the world’s largest airplane to allow a major advance in green energy. Radia wants to build a 356-foot-long four-engine jet to carry wind turbine blades. The WindRunner would deliver the 320-foot blades to land-based wind farms. The aircraft will be designed to land on austere landing strips built in the wind farms and the massive blades, which will weigh 80,000 pounds, will be extracted and installed right from the aircraft. Each flight will ... read more

Will record-breaking hiring trends continue?

AOPA General Aviation News Airline pilot hiring remains stronger than pre-2022, but with record-breaking hiring over the last two years and ongoing industry challenges, the number of pilots hired in the first months of 2024 is trending downward. Read More read more

AOPA collaborating with government, industry on aviation legislation in Colorado

AOPA General Aviation News As a Colorado bill works through committee, AOPA and aviation advocacy organizations are promoting an amendment that will mitigate the negative impacts it would have on the aviation industry. Read More read more

Will record-breaking hiring trends continue?

AOPA General Aviation News Airline pilot hiring remains stronger than pre-2022, but with record-breaking hiring over the last two years and ongoing industry challenges, the number of pilots hired in the first months of 2024 is trending downward. Read More read more

AOPA collaborating with government, industry on aviation legislation in Colorado

AOPA General Aviation News As a Colorado bill works through committee, AOPA and aviation advocacy organizations are promoting an amendment that will mitigate the negative impacts it would have on the aviation industry. Read More read more

NASA Astronaut Thomas Stafford Dies at 93

FLYING Magazine Thomas P. Stafford, one of 24 astronauts to journey to the moon, died Monday after a lengthy illness. He was 93. “Today, [former Air Force] general Tom Stafford went to the eternal heavens, which he so courageously explored as a Gemini and Apollo astronaut as well as a peacemaker in Apollo Soyuz,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said on X, formerly known as Twitter. “Those of us privileged to know him are very sad but grateful we knew a giant.” Stafford was born in ... read more

This 1979 Piper Aerostar Is a Top-Tier Piston Twin and an ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1979 Piper PA-60-700 Superstar. Aircraft designer Ted Smith is well-known in general aviation circles for designing the Aerostar, a sleek, midwing light twin built for high-speed travel. The best performing versions ... read more

U.K. Releases Blueprint for Electric Drone, Air Taxi Operations by 2028

FLYING Magazine Drones, uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS), and electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxis may fly in the U.K. as soon as 2028, according to the country’s Department for Transport (DfT). The DfT on Monday released the Future of Flight action plan: a joint blueprint created by industry and government stakeholders that aims to get eVTOL air taxis, crime-fighting drones, and emergency service UAS flying routinely by 2028. The document seeks to ensure the proper ... read more

FedEx Pilots Take Harder Line as Contract Dispute Drags

FLYING Magazine The board that sets the strategic direction for the pilots’ union at FedEx Express is projecting a united front after last week’s acrimonious debate over ending federal mediation of contract talks. The effort suggests there is more agreement than meets the eye and that aggressive steps are necessary to counter the company’s alleged intransigence.  Despite strong membership divisions, there appears to be greater unity within the Air Line Pilots Association’s (ALPA) Master ... read more

FAA Remote ID Rule for Drones Takes Full Effect

FLYING Magazine Drone pilots and manufacturers in the U.S. now face fines or suspensions if their drones are not equipped with remote identification technology. As of Saturday, the FAA’s Remote ID rule—which mandates that all drones required to be registered with the agency include a “digital license plate” that broadcasts information such as ID number, location, and altitude—is in full effect. The rule is intended to allow the FAA, law enforcement, and other federal agencies to monitor ... read more

Picture of the Day: Taco Tuesday

General Aviation News James Collins submitted this photo and note: "Landing my Mooney M20J at Acadia, Florida, for the weekly Taco Tuesday fly-in." Read More read more

Seeking to Silo in Montana

FLYING Magazine Montana’s Flathead Valley is a widely acclaimed summer and winter destination, known for its pristine clear water lakes, ski resorts, and—most notably—Glacier National Park.  The Silo House fly-in rental in Kalispell is conveniently situated near the area’s attractions but benefits from its tranquil location at Sky Ranch Airport (MT95). The increasingly popular accommodation is owned by Tom Bass and Susan Jasmann, longtime residents of the area who individually share a ... read more

Now what?

General Aviation News Do you know what to do in the event of a prop strike or some other incident at night, after almost everything at the airport is closed down? Read More read more

Grant funds improvements at 66S

General Aviation News The $10,000 grant will go towards an irrigation system, grass seed, and chemicals to improve and stabilize the runway turf at the Cavanaugh Bay Airstrip in Idaho. Read More read more

Gliders Are Form of Flight That Resonates Above Others

FLYING Magazine Our son and his family have a house on a ridge. On both sides, oak-forested slopes sink steeply into shaded canyons. Surrounded, even below, by open space, the place is congenial to birds. Particularly conspicuous are the frantically active red-capped acorn woodpeckers that dash around, noisily testing the trees and utility poles, and the little stiff-tailed industrious wrens that work the ground. One big, many-trunked oak, right next to the house, scintillates in the ... read more

‘Inside Aviation’: The Zillow for Airplanes; Serial Airline Founder David Neeleman

FLYING Magazine Welcome aboard a new episode of “Inside Aviation,” where we’re talking about aircraft marketplaces and new airlines.  In this episode, we delve into how AircraftForSale.com is leveraging transparency to influence its platform’s features and impact aircraft pricing and customer decisions. We’ll also have a conversation with David Neeleman from Breeze Airways to discuss the airline’s approach in the industry. In addition, we address the recent challenges Boeing is facing, ... read more

Garmin brings StormOptix Weather Radar compatibility to thousands more displays

General Aviation News Using 3D volumetric scanning capability, GWX 8000 reduces pilot workload and depicts the weather with four times the colors of traditional weather radars — while also providing hail and lightning prediction, turbulence detection, and advanced ground clutter suppression. Read More read more

FAA recruiting pilots attending SUN ‘n FUN for research study

General Aviation News The study session takes about four hours and pays $300, $400, or $500 (depending on medical certification class). Read More read more

Fuel starvation brings down Piper

General Aviation News The loss of engine power due to fuel starvation for undetermined reasons during a departure climb that resulted in a forced landing and impact with terrain. Read More read more

Putting A Face To The Perils Of Space Flight

AVweb As you can imagine, we get a lot of email here at AVweb and it’s frankly overwhelming. Over the years I’ve learned to discern the potentially fruitful communications in terms of newsworthiness and I open and read them carefully. The rest, I’m afraid, run the risk of remaining unopened on our server and for that I apologize. We have room for a very limited amount of news and have only so much time to research and write stories. Having said that, we are willing to be prodded into ... read more

Last Week’s Poll Results: Support For Bizjets In The Airspace

AVweb A clear majority of respondents think business aircraft should have access to airspace on the same basis as any other private aircraft although there is a significant minority that thinks otherwise. The post Last Week’s Poll Results: Support For Bizjets In The Airspace appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Video Of The Week: Will There Be Smoke?

AVweb Aviation Consumer’s Larry Anglisano talks with Mark Welch as he prepares to power up an elaborate panel in a Van’s RV-10 under construction in this Kitplanes video. The post Video Of The Week: Will There Be Smoke? appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Poll: Will You Be Attending Sun ‘n Fun?

AVweb Poll: Will You Be Attending Sun 'n Fun? Poll: Will You Be Attending Sun 'n Fun? Wouldn't Miss It Hope to but not sure Can't make it Other Δ The post Poll: Will You Be Attending Sun ‘n Fun? appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Bellanca Factory Re-location Update

Bellanca Aircraft, Inc. The new Bellanca Aircraft factory and maintenance facility in Sulphur, Oklahoma is operational with some limitations on services. Aircraft owners can now schedule maintenance services, including annual inspections, repairs and preventive maintenance work. Prospective aircraft buyers can arrange for prebuy inspections as well. The facility at the Sulphur airport (F30) is divided between the aircraft maintenance hangar and the company’s warehouse, manufacturing ... read more

Re-location of Vital Inventory – Parts Availability Status

Selected inventory, critical to the maintenance of the fleet, has been relocated to the new factory in Sulphur, Oklahoma. Throughout the process of moving the entire factory from Minnesota to the new facility the company will strive to keep the supply of parts moving to our customers. Owners and repair facilities my contact the factory at 580-202-3100 to place parts orders. read more

Bellanca Aircraft Begins Factory Re-location

The relocation of over seventy years of equipment, tooling, engineering documentation, inventory and office equipment has begun. These assets are being moved to the company’s new home in Sulphur, Oklahoma. Bellanca Aircraft, Inc. company President, Mike Redpath is personally overseeing the move which will happen in phases over the next several months.  read more

Bellanca Aircraft, Inc. Acquires Alexandria Aircraft, LLC

The entire assets of Alexandria Aircraft, LLC of Alexandria, Minnesota have been acquired by a small group of investors who plan to continue operations in Sulphur, Oklahoma, a location more centrally located to a large percentage of the Viking and Cruisemaster aircraft. read more