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$81,950 Fine Proposed For In-Flight Violence

AVweb A San Antonio woman who was duct taped to a seat after a series of incidents aboard an American Airlines flight in 2021 has earned the highest ever FAA sanction for unruly behavior. Heather Wells, 34, is being sued by the agency for a total of $81,950 after an eventful flight from Dallas to Charlotte on July 7, 2021. She’s been assessed $45,000 for violence against crew and passengers, $27,950 for trying to open a cabin door and $9,000 for interfering with the crew. Wells apologized ... read more

Three Injured In Second Lockheed 12A Accident

AVweb For the second time in three days a relatively rare vintage Lockheed 12A Junior Electra has crashed, this time in Georgia and with no fatalities. Three people aboard the plane were seriously injured when the plane apparently went off the runway and hit a tree at Seven Lakes Airport in Jackson, Georgia. The airport has a 2950-foot turf runway. The accident occurred at about 8 p.m. The aircraft is registered to a company based in Jackson and is well known in the area. Also well known ... read more

Boeing President Apologizes Directly To Crash Victims’ Families At Senate Hearing

AVweb Boeing President Dave Calhoun briefly got out of the hot seat he occupied before a Senate committee to apologize to victims of Boeing plane crashes that filled the gallery on behalf of the company. “I would like to apologize, on behalf of all of our Boeing associates spread throughout the world, past and present, for your losses,” Calhoun said after numerous calls from those in the gallery to turn around and face them. “And I apologize for the grief that we have caused.” Calhoun was ... read more

Ginter Named Air Safety Institute Head

AVweb AOPA has named current VP of Airports and State Advocacy Mike Ginter as the new head of the Air Safety Institute. Ginter replaces Richard McSpadden, who was killed in a plane crash in Lake Placid, New York earlier this year. Like McSpadden, who led the Air Force Thunderbirds, Ginter is a retired military pilot. He retired as a Navy Captain after 27 years as a naval aviator. He now owns a Bonanza and a Cessna 172 that is being used by his wife Donna for flight training. “Mike is an ... read more

AOPA AIR SAFETY INSTITUTE NAMES NEW LEADER

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., June 18, 2024—The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has appointed Mike Ginter, a leading general aviation (GA) advocate and retired Naval aviator, to head its Air Safety Institute. Read More read more

AOPA Air Safety Institute names new leader

AOPA General Aviation News Mike Ginter, a leading general aviation advocate and retired U.S. Navy pilot, has been appointed to a new post, leading the AOPA Air Safety Institute. Read More read more

Boeing Starliner, Crew Will Return to Earth no Earlier Than June 26

FLYING Magazine Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner and the crew of the capsule’s inaugural crew flight test (CFT), NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams, will return to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS) no earlier than June 26, Starliner teams said during a news conference Tuesday. Wilmore and Williams began their sojourn to the ISS on June 5 with plans for an eight-day stay but will now spend a minimum of three weeks aboard the orbital laboratory. Partners NASA and ... read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1972 SOCATA MS.894A Rallye

Plane & Pilot Magazine In the search for a do-it-all airplane that checks as many boxes as possible, we’re often left wanting for more. Some types offer fantastic speed … Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1972 SOCATA MS.894A Rallye" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1972 SOCATA MS.894A Rallye appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Employer Profile: NetJets

FLYING Magazine Founded in 1964, NetJets is the first private jet charter and management company. Today, NetJets boasts the largest fractional-ownership fleet in the world.  Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, NetJets has 8,300-plus employees worldwide, helping to serve 10,200-plus owners in the United States and an additional 2,200-plus owners in Europe. The company counts more than 40 Fortune 100 companies as clients. NetJets’ fleet includes 137 light jets, 329 midsize jets, 151 ... read more

3 Left Injured in Georgia Lockheed 12A Crash

FLYING Magazine The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the FAA are investigating the crash of a Lockheed 12A Electra Junior in Jackson, Georgia, on Monday night.  Three people were on board the 1936 Electra Junior when it crashed during an attempt to land at Seven Lakes Airport (62GA) around 8.p.m. EDT, the FAA said. They were airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta for treatment of their injuries. The accident marks the second crash of a Lockheed 12A in as many days ... read more

Picture of the Day: Third generation meets first

General Aviation News Thomas Hood submitted this photo and note: "Harry Whitaker III and Thomas Gordon Hood, who met in flight school at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, Washington, stand with the Wright Flyer at Kill Devil Hills. We met in 1967 and remain best friends to this day. Our grandfathers were aviation pioneers in 1907 and 1913. We are third generation airplane drivers." Read More read more

AOPA Air Safety Institute names new leader

AOPA General Aviation News Mike Ginter, a leading general aviation advocate and retired U.S. Navy pilot, has been appointed to a new post, leading the AOPA Air Safety Institute. Read More read more

Raisbeck Aviation High Awarded GAMA Honors

FLYING Magazine Raisbeck Aviation High School in Tukwila, Washington, has been named the winner of the 2024 General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) Design Challenge.  According to GAMA, this year more than 60 high school teams, representing 28 states, entered the competition. Aviation teams from Porter High School in Porter, Texas, and Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., were awarded second and third place, respectively. “[Raisbeck’s] entry optimized the aircraft to ... read more

Sights, sounds, and connections that last

General Aviation News The machinery of the air fascinates me. It always has. What I didn’t expect — what I didn’t realize at all until I got into aviation on a full-time basis — is that the people who live in this world are even more compelling than the machinery they fly and maintain. Read More read more

New legislation to help Colorado airports transition to unleaded fuel

General Aviation News "We're very excited about the overall transition to unleaded aviation fuel. This bill will very specifically accelerate that transition by ensuring that state grants for airports support infrastructure upgrades for unleaded aviation fuel," said Governor Jared Polis. Read More read more

AOPA AIR SAFETY INSTITUTE NAMES NEW LEADER

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., June 18, 2024—The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has appointed Mike Ginter, a leading general aviation (GA) advocate and retired Naval aviator, to head its Air Safety Institute. Read More read more

Not Every Flight Student Wants to Become an Airline Pilot

FLYING Magazine “I don’t want to be an airline pilot,” was the first full sentence out of the client’s mouth.  “Neither do I,” I replied, making him smile. Not everyone who shows up at a flight school wants a career at the airlines. There are some pilots who learn to fly for recreation, as a bucket list item, or to allow them to have more transportation options. They may even plan to get their own airplane to facilitate trips. This particular client had been to three different flight ... read more

EDMO: New Antenna Switches Boost Aircraft Comms

FLYING Magazine EDMO Distributors has new options to improve your cockpit comms. The Icarus Instruments EXTenna Switch is a small device that, when installed in an aircraft, allows the pilot to use an existing VHF comm antenna with any hand-held VHF radio. According to EDMO, EXTenna Switch greatly extends the range and readability of most battery powered, hand-held radios that usually rely on the rubber antenna that comes attached to the radio. Often the range on these devices is very ... read more

Oklahoma teachers soar to top spot

General Aviation News For the third year in a row, Oklahoma has maintained its top spot in the country with 116 schools scheduled to begin teaching the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's “You Can Fly” high school curriculum for the 2024-2025 school year. Read More read more

This 2016 Cessna TTx T240 Is a High-Flying, Turbocharged ‘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 2016 Cessna TTx T240. Some people might still mistake the Cessna TTx for a Cirrus when they see it on the ramp, but pilots who are familiar with trends in aviation and new-model development can easily tell the two ... read more

Sporty’s introduces Flight Gear Emergency Backup Battery

General Aviation News Sporty’s has introduced its Flight Gear Emergency Backup Battery, designed to provide backup power for your electronic flight bag (iPad/iPhone) and other portable devices. Read More read more

This Incredible Plane: Meyers/Aero Commander 200

Plane & Pilot Magazine The Meyers/Aero Commander 200 was, and remains, a rugged, fast, and comfortable single-engine speedster. Loyal owners sing its praises, especially the solid construction and record-setting … Read More "This Incredible Plane: Meyers/Aero Commander 200" The post This Incredible Plane: Meyers/Aero Commander 200 appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

The Importance of Embracing Proficiency Culture

FLYING Magazine You know three takeoffs and landings will restore your currency, but how many does it take to reach proficiency? For most of us the answer is “it takes as many as it takes.” You may realize you have lost proficiency when you scare yourself—maybe it was a bounced landing or a crosswind that made you go around three times or getting scolded by the tower because you didn’t make a proper radio call that rattled your confidence. If this happens, you may want to consider going up ... read more

A hazardous attitude of invulnerability

General Aviation News My student asked me if we should go look at it. However, I told myself that there was no way we hit the wingtip because I gave my student enough distance. My thought process was I've been to the run-up area before and I know the distance to turn. Read More read more

FAA Getting Ready To Rule On Public Charter Scheduled Service

AVweb The FAA says it will soon issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will address safety issues in so-called public charter carriers which operate scheduled services under Part 135 rules. FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker said in a statement that could ultimately result in a separate category for these types of carriers commonly referred to as hop-on charters. “If a company is effectively operating as a scheduled airline, the FAA needs to determine whether those operations should ... read more

Starliner Update Set For Tuesday

AVweb Boeing and NASA will update the plans for the departure of the Starliner crew vehicle from the International Space Station after the mission’s return to Earth has been delayed twice. The capsule has sprung five helium leaks and developed a problem with a valve since docking with the ISS last week. It was supposed unhook from the ISS on June 18 but that was pushed back to June 22. NASA and Boeing haven’t cited the leaks and valve as reasons for the delays, instead saying they’re ... read more

Training and Safety Tip: Every pilot’s power word

AOPA General Aviation News It’s a simple six-letter word set in bold italics in the FAA’s Pilot/Controller Glossary—that Rosetta Stone-type appendix found in the back of most FAR/AIM manuals. Read More read more

Embry-Riddle: Advanced training that advances aviation

AOPA General Aviation News For nearly 100 years, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has been on the leading edge of aviation training. Today, that legacy is the foundation for a range of programs preparing a new generation of aerospace leaders.  Read More read more

Understanding the Implications of a Broker of Record Letter

AOPA General Aviation News The Broker of Record (BOR) letter is one of the most powerful and abused documents in the insurance industry. Unfortunately, many less than scrupulous brokers convince insurance buyers to sign this document without explaining exactly what it accomplishes.  Read More read more

Pro Tips for Private Pilots: ADS-B, Are You ‘In’ or ‘Out’?

Plane & Pilot Magazine January 1, 2020, was a red-letter day in the transition to automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B). ADS-B Out was required in Class A, B (including the … Read More "Pro Tips for Private Pilots: ADS-B, Are You ‘In’ or ‘Out’?" The post Pro Tips for Private Pilots: ADS-B, Are You ‘In’ or ‘Out’? appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Understanding the Implications of a Broker of Record Letter

AOPA General Aviation News The Broker of Record (BOR) letter is one of the most powerful and abused documents in the insurance industry. Unfortunately, many less than scrupulous brokers convince insurance buyers to sign this document without explaining exactly what it accomplishes.  Read More read more

Embry-Riddle: Advanced training that advances aviation

AOPA General Aviation News For nearly 100 years, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has been on the leading edge of aviation training. Today, that legacy is the foundation for a range of programs preparing a new generation of aerospace leaders.  Read More read more

FAA Moves to Restrict Public Charter Flights

FLYING Magazine The FAA is moving to revise a regulation governing public charter operators. This change comes after scrutiny of the current rules, particularly regarding carriers like JSX, that operate scheduled flights with smaller aircraft (30 seats or less) while following less stringent regulations compared to major airlines. “Part of the safety mission of the FAA is identifying risk early on, and that’s exactly what we’re doing on public charters as usage expands,” said FAA ... read more

Picture of the Day: Chicago

General Aviation News Rod McNeil submitted this photo and note: "Southbound under Class B." Read More read more

Lucky Ducks: Locating Community at Mallards Landing

FLYING Magazine Mallards Landing Airpark (GA04) in Locust Grove, Georgia, featuring a 4,500-foot-long turf runway,. has been  home for Leigh Hubner and his family for nearly a decade.  “It’s a crazy story how we got here at Mallards Landing,” said Hubner of the fly-in community south of Atlanta. “My wife and I lived in Los Angeles, where I had a Decathlon out in Van Nuys. But I was keen to get a Christian Eagle and had been looking around, when one popped up in Georgia for sale that I ... read more

Dream Take Flight

General Aviation News Building her airplane was a total labor of love, says Lisa Turner, who adds: “I knew I loved aviation when I got started, but building that plane was also a process I fell in love with.” Read More read more

CEO Of The Cockpit: The Enemies List (Corrected)

AVweb Thanks for all the kind words but Kevin Garrison wrote this. The byline on these stories defaults to my name in this system and I forgot to change it yesterday. Apologies to Kevin, too. Russ Sometimes, the activities on the ramp at my home airport resemble the movie “Idiocracy” more than a functional place for aircraft operations. I am not immune to stupidity, missed cues, gaffes, faux pas, and having my head up and locked. Some of the goofy things I have done in and around airplanes ... read more

Training and Safety Tip: Every pilot’s power word

AOPA General Aviation News It’s a simple six-letter word set in bold italics in the FAA’s Pilot/Controller Glossary—that Rosetta Stone-type appendix found in the back of most FAR/AIM manuals. Read More read more

This 2024 Diamond DA50 RG Is a Modern, Roomy and Eye-Catching ‘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 2024 Diamond DA50 RG. Pilots in the U.S. have watched with great interest for 20 years as Diamond Aircraft navigated the highs and lows of developing new aircraft. But even as the company grew increasingly successful ... read more

Historic aviation photo collection unveiled at Wisconsin museum

General Aviation News The collection includes photographs of both rare and common aircraft, civilian and military, experimentals, and one-of-a-kinds, plus candid moments that highlight Leo Kohn’s dedication and passion for documenting aviation history, according to officials at the Kelch Aviation Museum. Read More read more

airBaltic to Expand Training Fleet With All-Electric eD40

FLYING Magazine Diamond Aircraft and airBaltic have signed a letter of intent (LOI) to deliver three electric aircraft to airBaltic’s pilot training academy. According to Diamond, airBaltic Training, a subsidiary of Latvian airline airBaltic, will take possession of three all-electric eD40s and two DA42-VIs. That will give the academy a total of 15 airframes for its clients to utilize. “The upcoming arrival of these innovative aircraft is a significant milestone in our mission to provide ... read more

Expansion project begins at KPQL

General Aviation News Officials at Trent Lott International Airport (KPQL) in Pascagoula, Mississippi, have released a 20-year plan for the airport, including a multi-million dollar expansion of the apron and taxiway connector. Read More read more

‘Dutch Roll’ Incident Prompts FAA/NTSB Investigation

FLYING Magazine The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating yet another alarming incident in which a Boeing 737 Max 8 experienced a “Dutch roll” at roughly 32,000 feet —a rare phenomenon when the aircraft rolls in one direction and yaws in the other.  The incident occurred May 25 during a Southwest Airlines flight from Phoenix to Oakland. Pilots managed to regain control of the aircraft and land safely, although the aircraft sustained substantial damage to the ... read more

ForeFlight’s latest release includes Wake Turbulence Alerts

General Aviation News Pilots can avoid unexpected wake turbulence in flight with the help of visual and auditory alerts, along with a map-based wake depiction system in ForeFlight Mobile, according to company officials. Read More read more

That Sound of Music in the Air

FLYING Magazine Flying and drinking, flying and listening to good music, or thinking of flying and listening to good music are among the aviator’s most enjoyable moments. “To live is to fly, low and high. So shake the dust off your wings and the sleep out of your eyes,” is a line from the song “To Live Is to Fly,” written by a Texan, the late Townes Van Zandt, and made popular by another Texan, the late Guy Clark. Those songs, along with Jerry Jeff Walker’s “Mr. Bojangles,” have been ... read more

Overweight post-maintenance flight ends in injuries

General Aviation News The pilot's failure to complete proper preflight performance planning and his operation of the airplane outside of the manufacturer's specified weight and balance limitations, which resulted in the airplane’s inability to maintain altitude and an impact with trees and terrain during an attempted forced landing. Read More read more

New Tesla ‘Can Fly’ Says Musk

AVweb Elon Musk set his Xverse all a twitter on Saturday by reiterating his aerial aspirations for his car company. “The new Tesla Roadster can fly,” he said in a post in what seems like a response to another X post on the social platform that he also owns. Musk first teased the concept in the ill-fated interview with former X contributor Don Lemon when he described the new Tesla as “something that’s never existed before” with “Jetsons vibes.” As always, Musk is tight-lipped about details ... read more

Canadian Military Trims Beard, Hair Allowances

AVweb After a couple of years of letting it all hang out, the Canadian Armed Forces is telling its members, including pilots, to tidy up their locks and whiskers. Beards now have to be trimmed to no longer than an inch and hair longer than the lower collar must be tied back when the members are on duty. It can also be colored but bobby pins, elastics and other restraints must either be black or match the color of the hair. Previously, beards and ‘staches could be any length and hair could ... read more

Last Week’s Poll Results: ATC Concerns

AVweb About 60 percent of respondents think the pace of change is too slow. The post Last Week’s Poll Results: ATC Concerns appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Poll: Flying To Oshkosh This Year?

AVweb Poll: Flying To Oshkosh This Year? Poll: Flying To Oshkosh This Year? Yes. First time Yes. Done it many times No. Done it before but don't want to do it again No. Hope to in the future Other Δ The post Poll: Flying To Oshkosh This Year? appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Best Of The Web: Wings Of The Iditarod

AVweb In a feature report, AOPA looks at the essential contribution GA makes to the Iditarod, the most famous sled dog race in the world. The post Best Of The Web: Wings Of The Iditarod appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: Back to base

General Aviation News Diana Layton submitted this photo and note: "A Civil Air Patrol tow plane flies over after releasing the tow rope during glider operations at Grant County Airport in Petersburg, West Virginia." Read More read more

Ask Paul: Is it over torqued or under torqued?

General Aviation News From my experience when an engine thru bolt fails, it's typically caused by one of two things: Under torque or over torque. Read More read more

Two Killed In Lockheed 12A Crash In Chino, California

AVweb Two people were killed in the crash of Lockheed 12A Electra Junior near Chino Airport in California on Saturday. The aircraft crashed just outside the fence and caught fire. Details on the circumstances of the accident were limited in the first hours afterward and will be updated as they come available. The plane was identified on some sites as N93R, which is registered to the Yanks Air Museum at the Chino Airport. The museum was holding a Father’s Day event on Saturday. The Electra ... read more

New playground honors Sheltair founder

General Aviation News Sheltair Aviation and the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) on the SUN 'n FUN campus celebrated the grand opening of the Jerry Holland Destination: Aviation Playground on the grounds of Lakeland Linder International Airport (KLAL) June 10, 2024. Read More read more

47th annual Air Race Classic prepares for takeoff

General Aviation News Women pilots are gearing up for the 47th annual Air Race Classic, which takes off June 18, 2024, from Southern Illinois Airport in Carbondale, Illinois, and ending 2,610-statute miles later at the Northern Colorado Regional Airport in Loveland, Colorado, on June 21. Read More read more

FAA Investigates After Southwest MAX Dives To 400 Feet Off Hawaii

AVweb The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating an April incident involving a Southwest Airlines 737 MAX 8 which descended rapidly from 1,000 feet and came within about 400 feet of the ocean surface off the Hawaiian island of Kaui. Bloomberg was the first to report on the incident after obtaining an internal memo from Southwest to its pilots last week. According to the source, the event occurred April 11 during a go-around due to bad weather on a flight from Honolulu ... read more

Private to Professional Pilot: The Value of Volunteering

FLYING Magazine Aviation is defined by communities. It is impossible to become a pilot, spotter, or enthusiast without finding some sort of community. Whether it be an EAA chapter, a spotting group, a flying club, or even just an online thread, it seems that every member of the aviation community has found their own personal community to share their experiences and passions with. These communities are what make aviation truly enjoyable and are what bring people together. Ultimately, ... read more

EAA AirVenture: A Vintage Aircraft Paradise

FLYING Magazine One of the best parts of EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh is seeing all the vintage aircraft gathered in one place. Not only are the aircraft massed some of the finest restorations on the planet, the fact they are often privately owned and airworthy makes them that much more special. Often organized by type, and parked in disciplined rows, these meticulously restored machines are something to behold—and learn about. READ MORE: Pilot Proficiency Center Sets Focus for Oshkosh 2024 ... read more

Cessna Citation Ascend Makes Milestone Test Flight

FLYING Magazine The second Cessna Citation Ascend test article has completed its first test flight, advancing development of the business jet program, according to Textron Aviation. The milestone flight for the aircraft—called P1—on Wednesday over Wichita, Kansas, follows that of the Ascend prototype, which completed its first flight in 2023, making the P1 aircraft the first conforming production flight test aircraft, Textron said. The Citation Ascend was introduced in 2023 during the ... read more

After the Accident: It’s Not Worth Showing Off

Plane & Pilot Magazine With his parents watching, an F-14A fighter pilot took off from the Air National Guard airfield adjacent to Nashville International Airport (KNBA) in Tennessee. He … Read More "After the Accident: It’s Not Worth Showing Off" The post After the Accident: It’s Not Worth Showing Off appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

‘Dutch Roll’ Incident Prompts FAA/NTSB Investigation

AVweb The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating yet another alarming incident in which a Boeing 737 MAX 8 experienced a ‘Dutch roll’ at roughly 32,000 feet —a rare phenomenon when the aircraft rolls in one direction and yaws in the other.  The incident occurred May 25 during a Southwest Airlines flight from Phoenix to Oakland. Pilots managed to regain control of the aircraft and land safely, although the aircraft sustained ... read more

Counterfeit Titanium Found In Boeing And Airbus Jets

AVweb The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Spirit AeroSystems, a supplier of fuselages for Boeing and wings for Airbus, are investigating counterfeit titanium found in recently manufactured jets. According to The New York Times, who first reported the news, falsified documents were used to verify the material’s authenticity—prompting concerns about the structural integrity of the airliners. The investigation comes as small holes were found in the material due to corrosion. The use ... read more

Colorado’s Centennial Airport Leads Unleaded Aviation Fuel Initiative with $300,000 Grant Approval

AVweb Colorado’s Centennial Airport secured approval for a $300,000 grant aimed at supporting a subsidy program for unleaded aviation fuel sales. The initiative aims to incentivize the switch from leaded to unleaded aviation fuels by offsetting the higher costs of the new unleaded fuel by reimbursing pilots for price difference. The move comes as the airport strives to proactively address community concerns over lead. Local officials and environmentalist groups applauded the decision. In a ... read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1965 Cessna 172 Skyhawk

Plane & Pilot Magazine With engine overhauls on six-cylinder Continentals approaching $40,000 with wait times of several months, there’s a lot to be said for purchasing an airplane with … Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1965 Cessna 172 Skyhawk" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1965 Cessna 172 Skyhawk appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

FAA Head Vows Increase in Boeing Oversight

FLYING Magazine Boeing can expect the FAA to take a more hands-on approach when it comes to monitoring aircraft construction until the manufacturer can demonstrate it has established an adequate safety culture, FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker told the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday. “This is about systemic change, and there’s a lot of work to be done. It’s the beginning of a long journey,” Whitaker told the Senate panel during the hearing. READ MORE: ‘Changes…Need to Happen,’ ... read more

This 1972 SOCATA MS.894A Is a Short-Field, 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 1972 SOCATA MS.894A. It seems that we have featured a lot of SOCATAs here recently, but this one is a departure. Mainstream pilots in the U.S. began to get acquainted with the French-built SOCATA line of GA aircraft ... read more

Best Hand-Held Aviation Radio Options

FLYING Magazine Aviation communication is critical for safe and efficient operations, making a reliable hand-held radio an essential tool for pilots. In fact, having a high-quality and user-friendly hand-held aviation radio can make all the difference in maintaining clear and effective communication with air traffic control and other aircraft.  In this article, we’ll explore some of the best aircraft hand-held radio options on the market, considering factors such as performance, features, ... read more

Aviation radio simulator updated

General Aviation News PlaneEnglish has released an update to its Aviation Radio Simulator (ARSim), which includes progress and proficiency tracking and AI Integration. Read More read more

INTRODUCING “AOPA PRESENTS”

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., June 13, 2024—To capture the spirit and essence of general aviation, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association digital content team is launching a new video series titled “AOPA Presents.” These mini documentaries will bring alive monumental aviation events, the history of aircraft, and unique aviation stories. Read More read more

Alaska radar testing resumes at Clear

AOPA General Aviation News The Missile Defense Agency of the Department of Defense will conduct tests of the Clear Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) in Alaska this June. Read More read more

Fulfilling a birthday wish

AOPA General Aviation News AOPA joined the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Naples, Florida, to help grant a wish for a young aviation enthusiast on his ninth birthday. Read More read more

Strong opposition to potential ‘onerous’ airstrip closures in Utah

AOPA General Aviation News AOPA submitted comments on June 11 to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) after a recent draft management plan detailed a concerning proposal in which aircraft access to 16 airstrips in a Utah national monument would be revoked. Read More read more

Pilot sentenced for lying on FAA medical applications

AOPA General Aviation News A Louisiana pilot who admitted in a post-conviction plea deal to defrauding two federal agencies out of disability benefits over several years was sentenced June 11 to six months of home confinement and three years' probation, along with $850,000 in fines, $750,000 of which are specifically related to fraudulent FAA medical certificate applications submitted in 2018, 2020, and 2022. Read More read more

Florida man faces new charges of avionics theft

AOPA General Aviation News A convicted avionics thief sent to federal prison more than a decade ago faces fresh charges from federal prosecutors, after police allegedly caught him in the act of stealing equipment from aircraft at an Idaho airport. Read More read more

High Seas vs. Overseas Setup Has Similarities

FLYING Magazine Aware that only priority communications were broadcast directly through the stateroom speakers, my wife and I snapped to attention. A sullen, authoritative voice began an announcement. We were told that our last port of call in the Falkland Islands would be canceled because of weather as per the captain’s decision. The new course would proceed directly back to our departure/arrival port of Buenos Aires, Argentina, which would give us two additional days at sea for a ... read more

The Last Start of the Liberty V-12

FLYING Magazine When something has been part of your life for more than 20 years, it can be hard to say goodbye, especially when that something is an airplane you lovingly built from the ground up.  Pilot Robert “Bob” Dempster and his aviatrix wife, Diane, know this only too well as the couple—with the help of several dozen volunteers—built a reproduction of a Douglas World Cruiser (DWC), the Seattle II. On Saturday they fired up the Liberty V-12 engine for what is likely the last time ... read more

Training flight proves fatal for student and CFI

General Aviation News The pilots’ failure to climb and complete a normal traffic pattern after making a low approach and their failure to extend the flaps for reasons that could not be determined, and the flight instructor’s failure to ensure adequate airspeed and bank control during the turn to final approach, which resulted in an accelerated stall. Read More read more

A 53-Year-Old Tragic Mystery Appears To Be Solved In Vermont

AVweb A more-than-half-a-century-old aviation mystery has almost certainly been solved. On Jan. 27, 1971, Jet Commander N400CP departed from Burlington International Airport in Vermont bound for Providence, Rhode Island. The twinjet disappeared shortly after takeoff in snowy weather. Over the next several days, nearby Lake Champlain froze over, and despite several widespread searches over the years, no wreckage was found. On board were two pilots and three employees of a property ... read more

V-22 Under Congressional Fire, As House Committee Holds Hearings

AVweb U.S. military V-22 Osprey tiltrotors will be restricted from their full range of flight operations until at least 2025, and at least one congressman is calling for full regrounding of the entire fleet. The head of a Pentagon program that is addressing safety concerns over the aircraft advised members of the House oversight hearing on the aircraft’s restrictions yesterday (June 12). The hearings address a series of crashes. According to a Los Angeles Times report, Vice Admiral Carl ... read more

Boeing Checking Fasteners On Undelivered 787 Dreamliners

AVweb Quality-control lapses of any measure continue to plague Boeing, as new reports show that the company will be inspecting yet-to-be-delivered 787 Dreamliners for incorrectly installed fasteners. The fasteners in question were installed on one of the airliner’s carbon fiber fuselage sections. Ironically, the intensity of FAA oversight into Boeing might actually mitigate the most recent negative news. According to a Bloomberg report, FAA Administrator Michael Whitaker told a Senate ... read more

Picture Of The Week: June 14, 2024

AVweb 1 of 3 Photo by Krov Menuhin: Under the Maule M-7's wing ice all the way to the North Pole Arctic Ice Photo by Gilbert Benzonana: Under a sky of rain showers, at 5000 feet above the Jura Mountains in Switzerland, the "Lac des Brenets" and "Lac de Joux" in the foreground, and in the background, Leman lake and the French Alps. Rainy ... read more

Groups Call For Improved European-U.S. Coordination In Aviation

AVweb The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) joined Airlines For Europe (A4E); Aerospace, Security and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD); and the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) in welcoming the call for enhanced alignment between the U.S. and the European Union (EU) for aviation policy and regulation. The groups have expressed support for improved coordination on safety and innovation priorities cited during the 2024 FAA-EASA (European Aviation Safety ... read more

INTRODUCING “AOPA PRESENTS”

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., June 13, 2024—To capture the spirit and essence of general aviation, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association digital content team is launching a new video series titled “AOPA Presents.” These mini documentaries will bring alive monumental aviation events, the history of aircraft, and unique aviation stories. Read More read more

Florida man faces new charges of avionics theft

AOPA General Aviation News A convicted avionics thief sent to federal prison more than a decade ago faces fresh charges from federal prosecutors, after police allegedly caught him in the act of stealing equipment from aircraft at an Idaho airport. Read More read more

Pilot sentenced for lying on FAA medical applications

AOPA General Aviation News A Louisiana pilot who admitted in a post-conviction plea deal to defrauding two federal agencies out of disability benefits over several years was sentenced June 11 to six months of home confinement and three years' probation, along with $850,000 in fines, $750,000 of which are specifically related to fraudulent FAA medical certificate applications submitted in 2018, 2020, and 2022. Read More read more

Working With ATC

Plane & Pilot Magazine There’s always potential for miscommunication whenever low-time pilots are involved with air traffic control. That doesn’t mean they should avoid all such entanglements. Whenever student … Read More "Working With ATC" The post Working With ATC appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

This 1995 WACO YMF-5 Is a Not-So-Old ‘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 1995 Waco YMF-5. WACO YMF-5s might turn up at your local airport fairly often, or at least more often than you might expect for a 1930s biplane. That might be because they are still in production and not quite as ... read more

Picture of the Day: Lake Erie on fire

General Aviation News Tom Grohl submitted this photo and note: "Crossing the Ohio/Pennsylvania border during an evening flight. The first lake is Shenango Reservoir, then Pymatuning, and beyond is Lake Erie, seemingly ablaze. Taken from my Citabria 7GCBC returning from a dinner flight to Bradford, Pennsylvania." Read More read more

Fulfilling a birthday wish

AOPA General Aviation News AOPA joined the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Naples, Florida, to help grant a wish for a young aviation enthusiast on his ninth birthday. Read More read more

Strong opposition to potential ‘onerous’ airstrip closures in Utah

AOPA General Aviation News AOPA submitted comments on June 11 to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) after a recent draft management plan detailed a concerning proposal in which aircraft access to 16 airstrips in a Utah national monument would be revoked. Read More read more

Find your airpark

General Aviation News Shady Acres brings back wonderful memories. Read More read more

Gulfstream G500, G600 Hit Flight-Hour Milestone

FLYING Magazine Gulfstream Aerospace announced a major milestone for its G500 and G600 aircraft as each have surpassed 100,000 flight hours. Both aircraft are equipped with the Gulfstream Symmetry Flight Deck, featuring touchscreen technology and powered by Pratt & Whitney engines. READ MORE: We Fly: Gulfstream G500 “This achievement is a result of the strong demand and high flight activity we’re seeing from customers around the world,” said Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream. “Having ... read more

Video: Beware the $300 annual

General Aviation News "Some airplane owners look for bargains," begins a new video in the FAA's "57 Seconds to Safety" video series, warning against shopping for the best price for your next annual. Read More read more

Alaska radar testing resumes at Clear

AOPA General Aviation News The Missile Defense Agency of the Department of Defense will conduct tests of the Clear Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) in Alaska this June. Read More read more

Archer’s Midnight eVTOL Completes First Transition Flight

FLYING Magazine Archer Aviation announced Wednesday it completed the first successful transition flight of its Midnight electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft on June 8. In transitioning from vertical takeoff mode to wing-borne flight, the six front-facing electric motors tilt forward as it picks up speed to power the aircraft like a conventional fixed-wing aircraft. As shown on the company video, the Midnight achieved speeds of greater than 100 mph on the remotely ... read more

Pilot Proficiency Center Sets Focus for Oshkosh 2024 Training

FLYING Magazine There’s a big difference between being aircraft “current” and aircraft “proficient.” The FAA provides the metrics for currency, but proficiency is a very personal thing.  Pilots visiting the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, next month can explore what it means to them at the organization’s Pilot Proficiency Center (PPC). READ MORE: The Pilot Proficiency Center Opens in a New Permanent Space The PPC, which is adjacent to the EAA ... read more

Aviation Economic Impact Calculator unveiled in Pennsylvania

General Aviation News The calculator allows officials at Pennsylvania's 120 public-use airports to calculate updated impacts for their facility based on changes in airport activity, business tenants, and visitor spending. The calculator produces estimates of economic impact, including employment, payroll, and output. Read More read more

Sporty’s introduces Got-em on the Fish Finder T-Shirt

General Aviation News “Got-em on the Fish Finder” is used metaphorically to describe air traffic on a flight deck display, Sporty's officials explain. Read More read more

USAF-Led Exercise In Europe Aims To Sharpen Air-To-Air Combat Skills

FLYING Magazine Dozens of NATO fighter pilots congregated last week at Ramstein Air Base in Germany for a U.S.-led exercise designed to hone their dogfighting skills. The first-of-its-kind competition, dubbed “Ramstein 1v1,” challenged combat pilots from the U.S., U.K., Norway, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France and Germany. The meeting was assembled in light of Russian ground gains in Ukraine during the third year of the war that rages at “NATO’s doorstep,” as reported in ... read more

Aviate, navigate, communicate

General Aviation News Reflecting on the occurrence, I believe I selected the correct approach and landing configuration for the existing conditions, however I allowed myself to become distracted with traffic and ATC communications, causing me to deviate from the number one priority — FLY THE AIRPLANE. Read More read more

The Craft of Providing Variety in Airplanes

FLYING Magazine German novelist W.G. Sebald liked to salt his fiction with photographs. They illustrated his scenes so well that I had to wonder whether he staged the photos to match his text or shaped his story to match photos he happened to have. In one of his books, Austerlitz, the title character goes flying at night with pilot friend Gerald Fitzpatrick in a “Cessna.” He describes the mesmerizing sight of the familiar constellations overhead. Now, looking up at the stars from an ... read more

Archer’s Midnight eVTOL Completes First Transition Flight

AVweb Archer Aviation announced today it completed the first successful transition flight of its Midnight electric vertical takeoff and land (eVTOL) aircraft on June 8. In transitioning from vertical takeoff mode to wing-borne flight, the six front-facing electric motors tilt forward as it picks up speed to power the aircraft like a conventional fixed-wing aircraft. As shown on the company video, the Midnight achieved speeds of greater than 100 mph on the remotely controlled flight. It ... read more

Five Graduates Of NBAA-Sponsored Program Celebrated

AVweb The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announced today (June 12) the first set of five participants has completed the 2024 New York-area Barrington Irving Technical Training School (BITTS) curriculum. All graduates of program will be accepting positions with local Atlantic and Signature FBOs. The 12-week program was founded by Barrington Irving, who holds a Guinness World Record and is a recipient of the NBAA American Spirit Award. At the ceremony honoring the graduates ... read more

USAF-Led Exercise In Europe Aims To Sharpen Air-To-Air Combat Skills

AVweb Dozens of NATO fighter pilots congregated last week at Ramstein Air Base in Germany for a U.S.-led exercise designed to hone their dogfighting skills. The first-of-its-kind competition, dubbed “Ramstein 1v1,” challenged combat pilots from the U.S., UK, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, and Germany. The meeting was assembled in light of Russian ground gains in Ukraine during the third year of the war that rages at “NATO’s doorstep,” as reported in the Air Force ... read more

DoT Management Advisory Committee Adds Six New Members

AVweb The U.S. Department of Transportation announced today (June 12) it has appointed six new members of the FAA Management Advisory Committee (MAC) and reappointed four members of the 13-member complement. The MAC mandate is to advise the FAA’s senior management on policy, spending, long-range planning and regulatory matters, according to a DOT statement. The committee was created by the FAA Reauthorization Act of 1996 and modified and reinstated by the most recent FAA Reauthorization ... read more

Short Final: A Case Of Mistaken Identity

AVweb Most Grumman American AA1s had similar tail numbers, many ending in Lima, like mine. I was making a short hop in my little blue two-seater from Nashua, New Hampshire (KASH) southbound to Hanscom Field in Bedford, Massachusetts (KBED). Having once been based at BED, the routine was well set in my muscle memory. I called in from 10 miles out and the tower controller told me to report entering a right downwind for Runway 29. Easy Peasy. But just as I was about to key the microphone to ... read more

Thinking outside the box

AOPA General Aviation News In the airline business, and in life, you need to spend money to make money. And sometimes you have to throw a little more money at a problem to limit the overall loss. I recently had a flight that drove that point home. Read More read more

Merlin To Automate U.S. Special Operations Command C-130s

FLYING Magazine The U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has awarded a $105 million contract to Merlin to build virtually autonomously operated C-130J Super Hercules transports. Although the description of the resulting aircraft is that they have “reduced aircrew capability,” one of the requirements for the contract is that they be able to fly takeoff to touchdown without human intervention. READ MORE: Merlin Developing Autonomous Flight Tech With Air Force Pilot Input “The contract ... read more

Employer Profile: Alerion Aviation

FLYING Magazine Alerion Aviation, with bases in New York, Florida, and California, operates private jet charters in addition to aircraft management, maintenance, and aviation consulting services.  It manages and operates more than 20 midsize, super-mid, and heavy jets, all available for charter, including a Gulfstream GV and G200, Hawker 900, Citation Sovereign, and Citation X.  Alerion’s locations include West Palm Beach (KPBI) and Miami-Opa Locka Executive (KOPF) airports in Florida; ... read more

Boeing to Open New Engineering Facility at Embry-Riddle

FLYING Magazine Boeing announced it will operate a new engineering facility on the campus of Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. According to the aerospace manufacturer, initial plans for the location include initially hiring some 200 engineers for Boeing’s military aircraft and advanced technology programs. Another 200 jobs at the facility are expected to be filled beginning next year. The new offering will be housed within the Cici and Hyatt Brown Center for ... read more

Thinking outside the box

AOPA General Aviation News In the airline business, and in life, you need to spend money to make money. And sometimes you have to throw a little more money at a problem to limit the overall loss. I recently had a flight that drove that point home. Read More read more

The panic about unleaded fuels

General Aviation News A lot has been written about who is developing 100 unleaded avgas fuels, but we should look at who is NOT working on a candidate fuel. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor visit to KSMS

General Aviation News Kevin Short submitted this photo and note: "Ramp photo of the Experimental Aircraft Association's Ford Tri-Motor at Sumter Airport (KSMS) in South Carolina." Read More read more

Merlin To Automate C-130s Next

AVweb The U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has awarded a $105 million contract to Merlin to build virtually autonomously operated C-130J Super Hercules transports. Although the description of the resulting aircraft is that they have “reduced aircrew capability,” one of the requirements for the contract is that they be able to fly takeoff to touchdown without human intervention. “The contract award marks a milestone in the collaboration between USSOCOM and Merlin, accelerating our ... read more

Unleaded Fuel Debate Reaches Alaska

AVweb An effort to speed up the transition to unleaded avgas has emerged in a state where elected officials are on record as trying to delay it. In an op-ed published in the Anchorage Daily News, the Alaska Community Action on Toxics says a drop-in replacement for 100LL is available now (G100UL) and two others are pending (Swift and VP Aviation) and calls a recent statement by members of the Alaska House of Representatives “full of falsehoods.” The statement calls on House members to ... read more

US Aircraft Expo Heads to Portland

FLYING Magazine Pilots in the market for a new aircraft will soon have an opportunity to learn more about the latest offerings from a list of manufacturers at the US Aircraft Expo set for June 21-22 at Hillsboro Airport (KHIO) in Portland, Oregon.  Last year, FLYING was announced as the official presenting sponsor for the US Aircraft Expo. Aircraft on display at expo events represent manufacturers such as Airbus, Aviat, Bell, Cirrus, CubCrafters, Daher TBM, Diamond, Epic, HondaJet, ICON, ... read more

Economic impact of final races in Reno tops $150 million

General Aviation News Economic and fiscal impact studies around 2023’s final National Championship Air Races (NCAR) in Reno show that the last races in Reno brought a total estimated economic impact of $158,641,993 to Reno and the surrounding areas. Read More read more

Launch Date Set for ‘Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024’

FLYING Magazine The much-anticipated Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024 (MSFS2024) will launch by the end of the year, its development team has announced. The news announced Sunday marks the most recent update to the massively popular Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS) that came out in September 2020.  [Courtesy: Microsoft Flight Simulator] The release, which is set for November 19, is a few months later than initial speculation that pointed toward a potential September launch. Given all of ... read more

Hartzell Propeller launches Core Purchase Program

General Aviation News Under the new program, customers can reduce the price of a new or used Hartzell propeller by selling their existing propeller of any general aviation aircraft make or model. Read More read more

M700 Fury achieves FIKI certification

General Aviation News Piper Aircraft has received Flight into Known Icing (FIKI) certification from the FAA for its new flagship aircraft, the M700 Fury. Read More read more

Pilots need (more) oxygen

AOPA General Aviation News There is a reason why practicing meditation, mindfulness, and even yawning all focus on taking deep breaths-oxygen is at the center of our consciousness. Read More read more

Perusing Some Old Logbooks

FLYING Magazine Grounded too often this winter by weather and a head cold that morphed into pneumonia, I was stuck in the house, casting around for stories to tell you. On a whim, I dug into some old logbooks, as well as some diaries from the years between the mid-1960s and mid-’70s, and have been alternately convulsed with laughter, drowned in tears, and flat-out amazed at the number of people I taught (or tried to teach) to fly. As far as I know, none have hurt themselves, their ... read more

How Do I File a Pilot Weather Report Online?

FLYING Magazine Question: How do I file a pilot weather report online? Answer: In general aviation, one of the most cumbersome things to do while in flight is to file a pilot weather report, more commonly known as a PIREP. This has created the unfortunate situation that on any given day 98 percent of the PIREPs in the system are typically describing weather conditions at or above 18,000 feet. It wasn’t all that long ago that the Enroute Flight Advisory Service (EFAS) was available ... read more

This 1969 Grumman American AA-1 Yankee Clipper Is an ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick That was Ahead of Its Time

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 1969 Grumman American AA-1 Yankee Clipper. Pilots who know their general aviation history well will quickly spot similarities between the Grumman American AA-1 Yankee Clipper and the earlier BD-1, which was developed ... read more

Contaminated fuel contributes to crash

General Aviation News The pilot’s inadequate preflight inspection, during which he failed to detect water contamination in the fuel system, which resulted in a loss of engine power on approach. Read More read more

Pilots need (more) oxygen

AOPA General Aviation News There is a reason why practicing meditation, mindfulness, and even yawning all focus on taking deep breaths-oxygen is at the center of our consciousness. Read More read more

Controller Warned Floatplane Pilot Of Boat Before Collision

AVweb An air traffic controller warned the pilot of a Harbour Air DHC2 Beaver floatplane of a pontential conflict with a boat as the pilot got ready to take off for a sightseeing trip around Vancouver harbor last Saturday afternoon. The aircraft and boat collided a short time later, injuring three on the boat and heavily damaging the aircraft. The Coal Harbour area of Burrard Inlet is a designated floatplane aerodrome and has so much traffic that it has its own air traffic control tower ... read more

Hail Damage Rattles A320 Passengers

AVweb The shattered radome and cracked windscreens of an Austrian Airlines A320 got viral coverage Sunday after the plane encountered hail from a cell on approach to Vienna-Scwechat Airport. The flight was on its way from Palma de Mallorca, Spain when it hit the weather, which the airline said didn’t show up on the crew’s weather radar (which ironically took the brunt of the damage.) “I think we were about 20 minutes from landing when we got into a cloud of hail and thunderstorm, and the ... read more

Training and Safety Tip: Expand your comfort zone

AOPA General Aviation News In flight training, everything is new at first, but we grow more comfortable as we learn and become proficient. Read More read more

Tecnam P-Mentor arrives in Texas

AOPA General Aviation News Tecnam Aircraft said it has begun delivering its P-Mentor two-seat trainer in the United States. The first aircraft arrived at HCH Aviation, a flight school based in Nacogdoches, Texas, and will be used in a new flight program partnership with Stephen F. Austin State University. Read More read more

NGPA Scholarship Applications Open for 2024

FLYING Magazine We are all unique in our own exceptional way. And we should all have the same opportunities to pursue careers in the various fields of aviation.  National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA), a worldwide organization for the LGBTQ+ community, is doing its share to encourage its members to begin their aviation careers by once again offering its annual scholarship program to those interested in becoming pilots, A&P mechanics, or other general aviation-related vocations.  With ... read more

Virgin Galactic Retires ‘Unity,’ Plans Bigger Replacement

FLYING Magazine Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity space tourism vehicle has been retired after its seventh flight on Saturday, and it will be at least two years before replacement craft are ready. Unity took a pilot and four passengers to an altitude of 54.4 miles, just shy of the Kármán line (62 miles) commonly considered to the be the edge of space. It was Unity’s seventh passenger flight in less than a year, and the craft has served its purpose, according to an arstechnica report. “The ... read more

The Art of Simulated Long-Haul Flying

FLYING Magazine Ever since I was in my 20s, when flight simulation started incorporating airliners capable of flying massive distances, uninterrupted on autopilot, with little risk of disaster, I felt safe taking round-the-world trips. I remember buying sets of highly decorated various airliners with probably just 2D cockpits. We could get everything back then in the mid 1990s, when airlines around the world were still flying everything from 727s and DC-8s to 747 Classics. I remember dying ... read more

Picture of the Day: Alaska Range from an Otter’s POV

General Aviation News Josh Maher submitted this photo and note: "An aerial tour of the Alaska Range in a de Havilland Otter via Talkeetna Air Taxi." Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: Expand your comfort zone

AOPA General Aviation News In flight training, everything is new at first, but we grow more comfortable as we learn and become proficient. Read More read more

Tecnam P-Mentor arrives in Texas

AOPA General Aviation News Tecnam Aircraft said it has begun delivering its P-Mentor two-seat trainer in the United States. The first aircraft arrived at HCH Aviation, a flight school based in Nacogdoches, Texas, and will be used in a new flight program partnership with Stephen F. Austin State University. Read More read more

This 1957 Piper PA-23-180 Apache Is an STC ‘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 1957 Piper PA-23-180 Apache. When modern-day pilots talk about the Piper PA-23 Apache, they almost always mention its lack of power. There is truth to the assessment when you are talking about the early versions with ... read more

Keeping the record straight

General Aviation News My paper logbooks hold an emotional connection to a lifetime of effort. Notes in the margins tell the tale of wonderful flights and at least a couple terrifying incidents. They carry the signatures of pilots I’ve flown with and respect. Some are gone now. Some remain friends. Read More read more

NGPA Scholarship Applications Open for 2024

Plane & Pilot Magazine We are all unique in our own exceptional way. And we should all have the same opportunities to pursue careers in the various fields of … Read More "NGPA Scholarship Applications Open for 2024" The post NGPA Scholarship Applications Open for 2024 appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1979 Cessna 152

Plane & Pilot Magazine One of the worst things one can do to an airplane is let it sit unused. Conversely, one of the very best things one can … Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1979 Cessna 152" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1979 Cessna 152 appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Kirby Chambliss to receive 2024 Bill Barber Award for Showmanship

General Aviation News Air show performer, aerobatic champion, and Red Bull Air Race winner Kirby Chambliss is the recipient of the air show industry's top prize. Read More read more

Father’s Day Flights and How to Make the Most of Them

FLYING Magazine With Father’s Day coming up, flight schools are bracing for an influx of intro flights for dads. You probably know someone who always wanted to fly, but life got in the way, so now his kids and spouse are making it possible for dad to take to the air, if only for one day. Sometimes, if dad likes it enough and has the resources and time, it can lead to earning a certificate. Dad may not enroll in flight school immediately, but he may return to it later in life when the kids ... read more

New Midwest dealer for CubCrafters

General Aviation News Omaha Aircraft Sales will manage new, used, and kit aircraft sales for CubCrafters in North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, and parts of Illinois. Read More read more

iFly EFB Aviation Tablet introduced

General Aviation News Adventure Pilot has introduced the iFly EFB Aviation Tablet, an Android device tailored for the aviation industry. Read More read more

Latest CubCrafters Design Looks Back and Ahead

FLYING Magazine CubCrafters vice president Brad Damm pointed vaguely to a sprawling ranch in the bare hills that surround Yakima, Washington. “We’re going over there,” he said, “and you can practice some takeoffs and landings.” Although Damm gave me a heading, I still wasn’t seeing the airport. “Keep going. You see that house and workshop on the top of the hill?” Yes, I do. “OK, the dirt strip is just to the west of that, aligned roughly east-west.” I kept looking to where the elevation ... read more

FAA, EASA Release New Certification Criteria for Air Taxis

FLYING Magazine The FAA and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on Monday made major strides toward establishing a certification pathway for advanced air mobility (AAM) aircraft, such as electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxis. The FAA—which so far has published final airworthiness criteria for two air taxi designs, Archer Aviation’s Midnight and Joby Aviation’s flagship model—issued an advisory circular (AC) that would create the foundation for certification of ... read more

A notoriously unreliable AWOS

General Aviation News Immediately after takeoff, at approximately 100 feet AGL, I found myself in IMC. Read More read more

Virgin Galactic Retires Unity, Plans Bigger Replacement

AVweb Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity space tourism vehicle has been retired after its seventh flight on Saturday and it will be at least two years before replacement craft are ready. Unity took a pilot and four passengers to an altitude of 54.4 miles, just shy of the Kármán line (62 miles) commonly considered to the be the edge of space. It was Unity’s seventh passenger flight in less than a year and has served its purpose according to arstechnica. “The learnings we have built over our last ... read more

WestJet ‘UltraBasic’ Fare Panned Online

AVweb WestJet has introduced a bottom-tiered economy fare it calls UltraBasic that, among other things, denies participants a carry-on bag. The new fare class, which has unleashed a storm of online backlash, is an attempt to kill two birds with one stone. “UltraBasic has been designed to both expedite the boarding process and provide our most competitive pricing,” the airline told CBC News. Fares are roughly two-thirds of regular prices in the new class and checking a bag will cost $137. ... read more

YOU CAN FLY CHALLENGE PROVIDES KEY LIFT FOR GENERAL AVIATION

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., June 6, 2024—Launched on June 1, the 2024 You Can Fly Challenge is giving those passionate about flying an opportunity to directly support general aviation. Donations to the AOPA Foundation through the challenge will be matched by the Ray Foundation, and will support major initiatives to promote the future of GA. Read More read more

NEW FOOTAGE AND UPDATED VIDEO PROVIDES UNIQUE VIEW OF THE GA DC FLYOVER

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., June 7, 2024 – An enhanced video of AOPA's National Celebration of General Aviation Flyover of Washington, D.C., includes previously unreleased footage and the best look yet at the epic aerial parade. Read More read more

Astronaut who captured ‘Earthrise’ mourned

AOPA General Aviation News Retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. William Anders, whose iconic photograph of the Earth rising over the moon as seen from aboard Apollo 8 in 1968 awakened the world to humanity's place in the cosmos, died June 7 when the Beechcraft T–34 Mentor he was flying hit the water not far from his home in Washington state. He was 90. Read More read more

Aircraft Maintenance: Good cylinders gone bad

AOPA General Aviation News Replacing cylinders on an aircraft engine is a significant investment, one that can easily go south if you and your mechanic don’t pay attention to the details. Read More read more

Honeywell Demonstrates SURF-A Runway Incursion Avoidance Tech

Plane & Pilot Magazine When an aircraft is someplace it isn’t supposed to be, it often results in a potentially dangerous situation, putting the lives of the flight crew … Read More "Honeywell Demonstrates SURF-A Runway Incursion Avoidance Tech" The post Honeywell Demonstrates SURF-A Runway Incursion Avoidance Tech appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Honeywell Demonstrates SURF-A Runway Incursion Avoidance Tech

FLYING Magazine When an aircraft is someplace it isn’t supposed to be, it often results in a potentially dangerous situation, putting the lives of the flight crew and passengers at risk. These run the gamut from incursions when an aircraft doesn’t have permission to be on the runway because another one is already there, excursions—or runway overruns—and wrong-surface events, such as an aircraft landing on the wrong runway or on a taxiway by mistake. In April, Honeywell announced ... read more

NEW FOOTAGE AND UPDATED VIDEO PROVIDES UNIQUE VIEW OF THE GA DC FLYOVER

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., June 7, 2024 – An enhanced video of AOPA's National Celebration of General Aviation Flyover of Washington, D.C., includes previously unreleased footage and the best look yet at the epic aerial parade. Read More read more

YOU CAN FLY CHALLENGE PROVIDES KEY LIFT FOR GENERAL AVIATION

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., June 6, 2024—Launched on June 1, the 2024 You Can Fly Challenge is giving those passionate about flying an opportunity to directly support general aviation. Donations to the AOPA Foundation through the challenge will be matched by the Ray Foundation, and will support major initiatives to promote the future of GA. Read More read more

Astronaut who captured ‘Earthrise’ mourned

AOPA General Aviation News Retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. William Anders, whose iconic photograph of the Earth rising over the moon as seen from aboard Apollo 8 in 1968 awakened the world to humanity's place in the cosmos, died June 7 when the Beechcraft T–34 Mentor he was flying hit the water not far from his home in Washington state. He was 90. Read More read more

Aircraft Maintenance: Good cylinders gone bad

AOPA General Aviation News Replacing cylinders on an aircraft engine is a significant investment, one that can easily go south if you and your mechanic don’t pay attention to the details. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: Time to rest

General Aviation News Kurt Winker submitted this photo and note: "Time to rest after a day of flying Young Eagles. This is the world's oldest Cherokee-235 and has flown a lot of kids for the program. Nothing better than a peaceful evening on the ramp at home at Mid Valley Airpark (E98) in Los Lunas, N.M." Read More read more

Retiring from the Military With GA Benefits

FLYING Magazine General aviation is a welcome distraction for Paul Zeigler, whose day job in the military often pulls his head out of the clouds. Two things recently materialized as the predominant focus of his recent daydreaming: aircraft and residential airparks. After considerable introspection, Zeigler began turning his hopes into reality, translating years of untouched savings into a quarter-share ownership of a popular single-engine trainer, a Piper J-3 taildragger, and 1-acre lot at ... read more

Lilium Adds Regional Headquarters in China

FLYING Magazine Lilium, manufacturer of the electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) Lilium Jet, is heading East. The German manufacturer on Monday signed a collaboration agreement with the Bao’an District of Shenzhen, China, one of the massive city’s nine subdivisions, to establish its Asia-Pacific region (APAC) headquarters through a new Chinese entity called Powerful Wing.  The agreement builds on Lilium’s previously announced deals with the Bao’an District and Heli-Eastern, a ... read more

A Swift reunion

General Aviation News The 55th annual Swift Museum Foundation's annual convention brought hundreds of delighted aircraft owners, pilots, and aviation enthusiasts to Gillespie County Airport (T82) in Fredericksburg, Texas, May 29-June 2, 2024. Read More read more

This 1979 Bellanca Viking Is an ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick from an Interesting Family

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 Bellanca 17-30A Viking. One could say the Bellanca Viking occupies a sweet spot in the used aircraft market because, while it is relatively rare, there are enough of them around that you can usually find them ... read more

A VIP experience in a Martin Mars

General Aviation News Before the two remaining airworthy Martin Mars aircraft are donated to museums, Coulson Aviation is offering "VIP" experiences for what company officials call a "VIP aircraft." Read More read more

Apollo Astronaut William Anders, 90, Dies in T-34 Crash

FLYING Magazine Retired Major General William Anders, military pilot, Apollo-era NASA astronaut, and founder of the Heritage Flight Museum in Washington state was killed Friday while flying his Beechcraft T-34A Mentor. He was 90. In a statement, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson remembered Anders as the embodiment of the lessons and purpose of exploration. “In 1968, as a member of the Apollo 8 crew, as one of the first three people to travel beyond the reach of our Earth and orbit the moon, ... read more

You Can Fly Challenge takes off

General Aviation News The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association launched its 2024 You Can Fly Challenge June 1, 2024, a six-month fundraising effort to benefit the AOPA Foundation and its programs to get more people into general aviation and to keep them flying safely. Read More read more

American Flygirl published

General Aviation News The book is about one of World War II's hidden figures, Hazel Ying Lee, the first Asian American woman to earn a pilot certificate, join the WASPs, and fly for the United States military amid widespread anti-Asian sentiment and policies. Read More read more

Pilot loses control while practicing aerodynamic stall recoveries

General Aviation News The pilot’s in-flight loss of control while practicing aerodynamic stall recoveries. Read More read more

Best Private Jet Charter Companies for Your Next Getaway

FLYING Magazine As the inconvenience of commercial airline travel increases, more and more travelers are choosing to fly via a charter jet service. And as the number of jet charter services increases and more flexible membership and jet card options become available, flying private charter in lieu of via commercial airlines is becoming more affordable too.  Check out these charter jet services for your next flight.  Quick Look: 6 Best Charter Jet Service Options Best for availability: ... read more

8 Best Commercial Drone Pilot Schools for Specific Industries

FLYING Magazine Are you one of those rare individuals who enjoys making money? Joking aside, just about everyone, including myself, would like to earn more cold, hard cash for their efforts. In the rapidly growing drone industry, there is one sure-fire method for raising your earning potential: specialized training. Passing the FAA’s Part 107 exam is just the beginning of your journey as a commercial drone pilot. While you can earn a decent living without additional drone education, the ... read more

The Ins and Outs of Pilot Weather Reports

FLYING Magazine Every January 1, I tend to have the same New Year’s resolutions that involve losing at least 5 pounds by year’s end, exercising daily, and making at least one pilot weather report on every flight. I do a fair job with the weight and exercise goals but seem to find myself falling short on making those pilot reports. Somehow, I manage to dream up a bunch of lame excuses not to make them. Pilot weather reports, more simply known as PIREPs, are those rare commodities that ... read more

In Wine And Journalism, Context Is Everything

AVweb Gewurztraminer is an interesting grape that most people think is German but actually originated in northern Italy. For those who have not had the pleasure, it’s an intensely fruity white with a floral nose and pronounced lychee and maybe a little peach or nectarine on the palate. I happen to love it so when we first started our little wine enterprise it was near the top of my list. Like most new wineries, we had to find out how good we were so we went to a lot of tasting events and ... read more

Best Of The Web: Snowflakes In The Air

AVweb Vernon, British Columbia has an outsized population of highly experienced retired professional pilots of a variety of stripes who who operate nimble Van’s RV products so the Snowflake Formation Team was pretty much inevitable. The troupes tight formations are a common sight at special events all over B.C.’s Okanagan Valley. The post Best Of The Web: Snowflakes In The Air appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Last Week’s Poll Results: Mental Health Issues?

AVweb Seventy-eight percent of respondents said they’ve had no experience but 17 percent said they have. The post Last Week’s Poll Results: Mental Health Issues? appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Poll: Are Improvements To ATC Coming Fast Enough?

AVweb Poll: Are Changes To ATC Coming Fast Enough? Poll: Are Changes To ATC Coming Fast Enough? No. It seems to be getting less safe No. It will take a major accident to fix it. I don't see any difference. The changes are being made but they take time. Other Δ The post Poll: Are Improvements To ATC Coming Fast Enough? appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: Picturesque foggy morning

General Aviation News William Vergonet submitted this photo and note: "While the morning fog rolled into Elliot Field (09GE) in Georgia, this happened." Read More read more

Ask Paul: Troubleshooting engine problems requires specific information

General Aviation News Anytime you are asking a question regarding a Lycoming engine, it's much easier for me to respond if I have a specific engine model and serial number. Any maintenance history on the engine is also helpful, especially when troubleshooting a condition that has recently changed in the operation of the engine. I will never fault anyone for providing too much information. Read More read more

Airline Floatplane And Boat Collide In Vancouver Harbor

AVweb At least two people were seriously injured when a Harbour Air Beaver floatplane was in collision with a pleasure boat in Coal Harbour off downtown Vancouver Saturday. A video obtained by Global News from a witness appears to show the Beaver on its takeoff run when it hits boat and bounces into the air before tumbling tail over nose. Early reports did not specify whether the injured people were on the aircraft or boat or whether there were any other casualties. Harbour Air runs ... read more

Video: A unique view of the DC Flyover

General Aviation News A video posted to YouTube June 5, 2024, of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's National Celebration of General Aviation Flyover of Washington, D.C., includes previously unreleased footage and the best look yet at the epic aerial parade, according to AOPA officials. Read More read more

First Tecnam P-Mentors delivered to US flight school

General Aviation News One month after receiving FAA Type Certification, the first Tecnam P-Mentors have been delivered to a flight school in Texas. Read More read more

Piper M700 FURY Receives FIKI Certification

AVweb Piper Aircraft announced its new flagship aircraft, the M700 FURY, has received Flight into Known Icing (FIKI) certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The M700 FURY, which was certified in March of this year, boasts impressive capabilities—including a max cruise speed of 301 knots, a max range of 1852nm, and a standard useful load of 2,320 pounds. The aircraft is powered by a Pratt & Whitney PT6A-52 700 SHP engine, and features Garmin’s Autoland ... read more

YouTuber Faces Federal Charges For Alleged Helicopter Stunt

AVweb YouTube personality Suk Min Choi, also known as Alex Choi, is facing federal charges after a video he allegedly directed surfaced, depicting fireworks being launched from a helicopter at a Lamborghini in a Southern California desert. Authorities say 24-year-old Choi is being charged with causing the placement of an explosive or incendiary device on an aircraft, and if convicted could face ten years in federal prison. According to AP, Prosecutors allege Choi’s video titled “Destroying ... read more

Apollo 8 Astronaut William Anders Dies In Washington Plane Crash

AVweb Retired Maj. Gen. William Anders, former Apollo 8 astronaut, was killed Friday when the plane he was piloting crashed near the San Juan Islands in Washington. His son, Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Greg Anders, confirmed the death to The Associated Press writing, “The family is devastated. He was a great pilot and we will miss him terribly.” The FAA and NTSB stated that Anders was the sole occupant of the Beechcraft T-34 Mentor aircraft, when it crashed into the water near Roche Harbor, ... read more

Airbus, Avincis to Explore Europewide Electric Air Taxi Operations

FLYING Magazine Aerospace manufacturing titan Airbus, best known for its commercial airliners, is also developing an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi variant—and the venture is gaining momentum. Airbus on Wednesday tapped European helicopter operator and longtime collaborator Avincis as its latest urban air mobility (UAM) partner. The companies plan to develop a concept of operations and mission profiles for the operation of eVTOL air taxis in “target regions” across ... read more

New Museum of Flight Exhibit Explores Living in Space

FLYING Magazine If you have ever imagined living in space, you’re not alone. “Home Beyond Earth” is a new interactive exhibit at the Museum of Flight in Seattle that gives visitors a look at the past and possible future of living in space. Looking at the artifacts, it appears humans thought about venturing to the stars well before the means to create the necessary technology existed. The exhibit is in an enclosed area, reminiscent of a spaceship. There is an impressive collection of ... read more

Walmart to Introduce App-Based Drone Delivery

FLYING Magazine The world’s largest retailer is bringing drone delivery to the masses. Walmart on Thursday announced that later this month, customers in the fast-growing Dallas-Fort Worth area will be able to order drone delivery directly through the company’s app, with orders arriving in as little as 30 minutes. Since introducing drone delivery in 2021, Walmart says it has completed more than 30,000 deliveries. As of January, the firm’s DFW service—operated in partnership with industry ... read more

Picture Of The Week: June 7, 2024

AVweb 1 of 4 Photo by Scott Spencer. Aerotrek A220 parked after rain and big storm passed through Indianapolis, Indiana.. Not Today Picture of the Week: Photo by Serrhel Adams: Insta 360 X4 360 photo I used Apple Photo to adjust lighting, contrast, and saturation Wing mount on a GameComposites GB1 Over NW Arkansas. About 10 miles east of KASG Beautiful spring ... read more

NTSB Cites Lack Of Safety Technology And Controller Error For Near Collision In Austin

AVweb The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined last year’s near collision between a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 and a FedEx Boeing 767 on an Austin, Texas runway was caused by a lack of critical safety technology and errors made by an air traffic controller. The Feb. 4, 2023 incident was one of several close calls that led to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) calling for an industry-wide safety summit. During the near-miss in Austin, the two jets came within 150 ... read more

Owner’s Fatal Crash Forces Flight School Closure, Students Left In Limbo

AVweb At least 100 students enrolled in a South Florida flight school find themselves in a state of uncertainty after the owner of their flight school died in a plane crash prompting the abrupt shut down of operations. The academy’s owner, Alfredo Diez, and his wife, who managed the operations, died in a March plane crash in Virginia while attempting to make an emergency landing. According to local news outlet, CBS Miami, after the crash, students received an email notifying them that all ... read more

Lessons Learned: Do I Really Need a Briefing?

Plane & Pilot Magazine If you’re like me, at some point in your pilot career, you may have asked yourself this: “Do I really need a weather briefing? The … Read More "Lessons Learned: Do I Really Need a Briefing?" The post Lessons Learned: Do I Really Need a Briefing? appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1951 Mooney M-18 Mite

Plane & Pilot Magazine For pilots of small stature looking for quick and economical cross-country capability, today’s bargain provides the feel of a tiny WWII fighter for less than … Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1951 Mooney M-18 Mite" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1951 Mooney M-18 Mite appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Study: SAF Reduces Aircraft Contrails, Soot Particle Emissions

FLYING Magazine The use of 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in commercial airliners may reduce the impact of contrails in addition to reducing the aircraft’s carbon footprint, according to a new study. The “Emission and Climate Impact of Alternative Fuels,” or ECLIF3 study, was conducted through a collaboration with Airbus, Rolls-Royce, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), and SAF producer Neste.  Recent test flights of an Airbus A350 and DLR Falcon utilizing 100 percent SAF “show ... read more

This 2001 Fisher Celebrity Is a Golden Age Style ‘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 2001 Fisher Celebrity. Fisher Flying Products has been turning out kits for the Celebrity biplane and several other homebuilt aircraft since 1989. The company markets the Celebrity to pilots who wish to get a sense ... read more

7 Top Considerations When Choosing a Drone Pilot School

FLYING Magazine The first semi-professional drone I purchased was a DJI Phantom 3 Standard. For its time, it was good enough to do basic drone work. The first time I took off, I flew it in a blaze of glory straight into the garage door. It was a clear sign to me that I needed help if I wanted to become a commercial drone pilot.  Back then, the commercial drone industry was in its infancy, with only a handful of Part 107 courses and pilot schools available. I decided to enroll in an ... read more

Beyond the Basics: What Are Drones Used for?

FLYING Magazine I had numerous combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a U.S. Marine Corps officer. Following my deployments, I was diagnosed with a high level of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I’ve tried just about every treatment method available, but surprisingly, I found flying drones to be one of the most therapeutic tools out there. While not backed by any specific medical findings, drones help to minimize the symptoms of PTSD I experience on a daily basis. I think looking at ... read more

New monitor for oxygen systems debuts

General Aviation News The monitor allows pilots to monitor oxygen capacity in flight via an iOS or Android app, according to Aerox officials. Read More read more

Pittsburgh Offers Steel, Coal, Culture, and Much More

FLYING Magazine A visit to Pittsburgh had languished on my travel wish list for decades until I finally made the trip last year, thanks to the Steel City Freeze. The Freeze is an annual youth volleyball tournament and February tradition in which my son, Ben, and his club team participate. Our visit was almost perfect, with exciting matches, great competition, and enough spare time to enjoy some of the city’s attractions. The only downside was the drive, which took about six hours from our ... read more

Ag flying practice flight ends fatally

General Aviation News The pilots’ failure to maintain adequate airspeed while maneuvering, which resulted in an exceedance of the airplane’s critical angle of attack and an aerodynamic stall. Read More read more

Starliner Docks With International Space Station

AVweb The Boeing Starliner capsule docked with the International Space Station at 1:34 pm EDT this afternoon, joining the SpaceX Dragon capsule “Endeavor,” marking the first time two capsules have docked with the orbiting space station. The Starliner lifted off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida yesterday. A planned earlier docking around 10:30 am was delayed by problems with the reaction control system (RCS) engines that are used to maneuver the capsule. NASA and Boeing ... read more

NTSB Report On Tennessee V-35 Could Include A First

AVweb The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued its preliminary report on the May 15 fatal inflight-breakup accident involving Bonanza N47WT near Nashville, Tennessee. It answers some, but not all, of the questions on how this accident happened. One segment of the report suggests that the accident could mark the first time, ever, that a Bonanza top wing bolt has fractured. The report shows that the pilot, Dr. Lucius Doucet III of Louisiana, purchased the 1966 V35 Bonanza ... read more

Passenger’s Apple Watch Tracks Down Airport Baggage Thief

AVweb A former employee at an airport terminal shop is facing prison time, thanks to a Spirit Airlines passenger’s Apple watch. College student Paola Garcia had packed her jewelry, designer clothes, computer, and two Apple watches in her pink rolling carry-on bag, but was asked to check it due to overstuffed overhead bins. When she arrived at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) on March 3, she said she waited patiently at Terminal 4 baggage claim, but her bag didn’t ... read more

Picture Of The Week: June 7, 2024

AVweb Picture of the Week Contest Form Photo Submission* Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png, Max. file size: 1 MB. File limit: 1MB Suggested Caption Copyrighted* YesNo Copyright Holder Full Name* Email Address* Address* Street Address Address Line 2 ... read more

Sweeps keepers

AOPA General Aviation News Most AOPA sweepstakes winners end up selling their prizes, though not all. Here are two such exceptions—significant to me because I managed their restoration and upgrades. Read More read more

Airport community engaged in Santa Monica

AOPA General Aviation News The future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport hangs in the balance as the struggle between the city and airport supporters (including local pilots and aviation industry groups) continues. Amid calls for development, recent community engagement meetings have shown strong support for maintaining and investing in the airport. Read More read more

FAA updates mental health certification guidance

AOPA General Aviation News The FAA has changed its criteria for evaluating pilots’ mental health status. Under the recent revisions, aviation medical examiners have greater autonomy in determining a pilot’s mental fitness. Read More read more

SpaceX Starship’s Fourth Test Flight Is Rocket’s Most Successful Yet

FLYING Magazine A damaged flap and multiple lost tiles weren’t enough to stop SpaceX’s Starship—the largest and most powerful rocket ever constructed—from making its first successful splashdown on Thursday. Starship and the Super Heavy booster finally made it back to Earth following the spacecraft’s fourth integrated flight test (IFT-4), which was the main goal of the mission that launched from Boca Chica, Texas. As SpaceX put it, “the payload for this test was the data.” Flight 4 liftoff ... read more

Keeping Current With Aviation Spark Plugs

FLYING Magazine Pilots and A&P mechanics can bond over setting spark plug gaps or tossing them if they fail to meet muster.  Diving deeper into the world of aviation spark plugs, we will pull back the cowling and affix our inspection mirror to discuss the types commonly used in different aircraft models, insights into their maintenance, and recommendations for their replacement.  Understanding the Basics At their core, spark plugs are devices that deliver electric current from an ... read more

FAA updates mental health certification guidance

AOPA General Aviation News The FAA has changed its criteria for evaluating pilots’ mental health status. Under the recent revisions, aviation medical examiners have greater autonomy in determining a pilot’s mental fitness. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: Got my white whale!

General Aviation News Hayman Tam submitted this photo and note: "A relatively uncommon Mitsubishi MU-2 Marquise turboprop twin applies power moments before departure from San Carlos Airport (KSQL) in California. I had seen this aircraft at my local airport for many years, always tied down and secured, but it would change orientation so I knew it was being flown. This aircraft became my 'white whale' with me vowing to see it airborne at some point in my life. Today was that day, while I was ... read more

The 80th Anniversary of D-Day

Plane & Pilot Magazine June 6 marks the 80th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy, France, in 1944. Code-named Operation Overlord, it was a massive logistical effort involving nearly … Read More "The 80th Anniversary of D-Day" The post The 80th Anniversary of D-Day appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Airport community engaged in Santa Monica

AOPA General Aviation News The future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport hangs in the balance as the struggle between the city and airport supporters (including local pilots and aviation industry groups) continues. Amid calls for development, recent community engagement meetings have shown strong support for maintaining and investing in the airport. Read More read more

Michigan Flight Museum Sells Centerpiece B-17 ‘Yankee Lady’

FLYING Magazine Yankee Lady, the Boeing B-17G often referred to as the star of the Michigan Flight Museum, is going to a new home.  Since the 1980s, the grand lady of the air has been a centerpiece of the museum that was formerly known at the Yankee Air Museum located in Belleville, Michigan, at Willow Run Airport (KYIP). The museum’s name change and the sale of the aircraft are not related, according to president and CEO Kevin Walsh. “The new name was rebranding and we thought ‘flight’ ... read more

NTSB: Interruptions, Multitasking Cause of JFK Near Collision

FLYING Magazine Interruptions and multitasking resulted in distractions that caused a Boeing 777 crew to cross a runway and nearly collide with a Boeing 737 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (KJFK) in New York last year, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). In a preliminary report released Tuesday detailing the January 2023 near collision, NTSB said confusion on the part of the crew of a London-bound Boeing 777 led to mistakenly crossing a runway occupied by ... read more

Human Factors: A competitive environment

General Aviation News What can we learn from a fatal crash at a STOL competition? Read More read more

SpaceX’s Fourth Launch Hailed As A Hugely Successful Flight

AVweb Despite a flap burn-through that had observers on the edge of their seats, SpaceX’s fourth test flight of its megarocket is being hailed as a stunning success. SpaceX founder Elon Musk posted on his social media platform X (formerly Twitter) “Successful soft landing of the Starship Super Heavy rocket booster!” The 400-foot-tall rocket launched this morning (June 6) at 8:50 am EDT from its Starbase site near Boca Chica Beach in South Texas. Mission goals included bringing the ... read more

High school plane-building program gets $10,000 boost

General Aviation News The grant will be used to match public donations to Take Flight of any size up to a total of $10,000 during the upcoming statewide NH Gives campaign, a one-day online fundraising effort that takes place June 11-12, 2024. Read More read more

Sweeps keepers

AOPA General Aviation News Most AOPA sweepstakes winners end up selling their prizes, though not all. Here are two such exceptions—significant to me because I managed their restoration and upgrades. Read More read more

Stearman Pilot Found Guilty of False Statements in Water Crash

FLYING Magazine A former airline pilot has admitted lying to federal authorities regarding the crash of a Stearman biplane he was flying with a passenger in Oklahoma in summer 2022. Former United Airlines pilot Bruce Forbes, 66 at the time, initially told authorities the Stearman experienced engine trouble on a sightseeing flight over a lake and he struck power lines while he was trying to troubleshoot the engine issues. On Monday, he pled guilty in federal court to misrepresenting the ... read more

Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight returns to Oshkosh

General Aviation News One of the most emotional and poignant moments of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh each year will return in 2024 as 100 Vietnam War vets will take a Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., on July 26 as part of AirVenture’s annual salute to veterans. Read More read more

This 2002 Cirrus SR22 G1 Is a Surprisingly Economical ‘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 2002 Cirrus SR22 G1. Powerful, fast, and beautiful, the Cirrus SR22 piston single has been a hit ever since its arrival on the market in 2001, and its long lifespan means there is a wide range of used examples ... read more

New name for MRO Insider as it expands

General Aviation News MRO Insider, a technology platform designed to connect aircraft owners with a broad range of services, is expanding its offerings beyond aircraft maintenance. With the expansion comes a new name: Alpha Wingman. Read More read more

FAA orders immediate spar inspection of 499 Piper aircraft

AOPA General Aviation News A manufacturing defect that weakens the wing spar was uncovered when a Piper airplane was repaired following a ground collision with a car. The FAA issued an airworthiness directive to immediately inspect an estimated 499 aircraft. Read More read more

Breaking Down Sudden Stoppage Inspections

FLYING Magazine There comes a time in most every pilot’s career when they think to themselves, “That doesn’t sound good!” Some sounds are worse than others, and more than a few are absolutely dreadful. One such sound is legendary among aviators. That is the unmistakable thwack of your propeller striking something substantial. Once heard, you enter the world of the sudden stoppage inspection. Buckle up because it will get worse before it gets better. As many of you know, I owned and ... read more

Rusty student panics on landing

General Aviation News The student told me afterward that they panicked and took out the power because they thought of a video of a plane crashing into a hangar they had seen earlier. They thought that would happen if they left the power in. Read More read more

FAA orders immediate spar inspection of 499 Piper aircraft

AOPA General Aviation News A manufacturing defect that weakens the wing spar was uncovered when a Piper airplane was repaired following a ground collision with a car. The FAA issued an airworthiness directive to immediately inspect an estimated 499 aircraft. Read More read more

Long-Awaited Starliner Launch Breaks A Six-Decade Drought

AVweb An Atlas rocket has launched with astronauts aboard for the first time since Gordon Cooper’s final Mercury flight in his Faith 7 capsule on May 15, 1963 (powered by an Atlas LV-3B 130-D). The Atlas V rocket that launched today (June 5), manufactured by United Launch Alliance and powered at liftoff by a Russian-built RD-180 first-stage engine, carried Boeing’s Starliner crew ferry ship to orbit following multiple launch delays over the past several days. The spacecraft departed from ... read more

SAF Company Founder To Serve Time For Embezzling Millions

AVweb A U.S. District Judge sentenced former CEO of sustainable aviation fuel research company Alder Renewables (formerly Alder Fuels) to three years in prison yesterday (June 4). Bryan Sherbacow, 55, the founder of Alder Renewables, was convicted of embezzling close to $5.9 million from the company and defrauding investors. He was charged with transferring unauthorized company funds to his personal bank account as well as unauthorized personal spending of company assets. Sherbacow pleaded ... read more

Stearman Pilot Found Guilty Of False Statements In Water Crash

AVweb A former airline pilot has admitted lying to federal authorities regarding the crash of a Stearman biplane he was flying with a passenger in the summer of 2022. Former United Airlines pilot Bruce Forbes, 66 at the time, initially told authorities the Stearman experienced engine trouble on a sightseeing flight over a lake and he struck power lines while he was trying to troubleshoot the engine issues. On Monday (June 3), he pled guilty in federal court to misrepresenting the facts. He ... read more

‘Midnight’ Developer Archer Achieves FAA Part 135 Certification

AVweb Electric Vertical Takeoff and Land (eVTOL) developer Archer Aviation announced today (June 5) it has receive its FAA Part 135 Air Carrier and Operator certificate. This allows the company to legally operate its aircraft, including the developmental Midnight model, “for hire.” Archer said it would use the authority “to refine its systems and procedures in advance of launching Midnight into service for airlines like United Airlines when it receives Midnight’s Type ... read more

Short Final: Watch Your Language

AVweb As the legend goes, a long conga line of airliners stretched down the taxiway at (pick your big-city airport of choice). The weather was getting steamier, and so was the tone of voice between the pilots and the harried controller. Scheduled arrival times – and some duty limits – were hanging in the balance, and so was the controller’s temper. After a few snide (but still G-rated) comments from the pilots waiting in line, the controller snapped back, angrily: “Look! We’re doing the ... read more

You Can Fly Challenge provides key lift for GA

AOPA General Aviation News Launched on June 1, the 2024 You Can Fly Challenge is giving those passionate about flying an opportunity to directly support general aviation. Donations to the AOPA Foundation through the challenge will be matched by the Ray Foundation, and will support major initiatives to promote the future of GA. Read More read more

Federal court creates new burden for backcountry pilots

AOPA General Aviation News The takeaway for pilots from a June 4 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit: Be prepared to prove that a low-altitude runway inspection pass was "necessary," though a new federal law may limit the FAA from pursuing similar cases. Read More read more

You Can Fly Challenge provides key lift for GA

AOPA General Aviation News Launched on June 1, the 2024 You Can Fly Challenge is giving those passionate about flying an opportunity to directly support general aviation. Donations to the AOPA Foundation through the challenge will be matched by the Ray Foundation, and will support major initiatives to promote the future of GA. Read More read more

Class C comes to Harrisburg

AOPA General Aviation News The FAA published a May 31 Letter to Airmen (LTA) notifying the flying public that the airspace designation surrounding Harrisburg International Airport in Pennsylvania will soon change to Class C. Read More read more

Experience the DC Flyover

AOPA General Aviation News A new video of AOPA's National Celebration of General Aviation Flyover of Washington, D.C., includes previously unreleased footage and our best look yet at the epic aerial parade. Read More read more

Federal court creates new burden for backcountry pilots

AOPA General Aviation News The takeaway for pilots from a June 4 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit: Be prepared to prove that a low-altitude runway inspection pass was "necessary," though a new federal law may limit the FAA from pursuing similar cases. Read More read more

Zen and the Art of Airplane Operation

FLYING Magazine I never understood aviation until the day I lost it. In the span of two weeks, I failed a flight physical with my increasingly weakened eyesight and found a tumor that was removed the following day. In that moment, as I lay on my bed pondering the potential loss of my entire professional life up to that point, it wasn’t the loss of money or experience or the prospect of entering the shrinking job market with little useful experience that truly scared me. What scared me was ... read more

Employer Profile: Republic Airways

FLYING Magazine Republic Airways is a regional airline headquartered in Indianapolis that operates fixed-fee flights under the airline brands of American Eagle, Delta Connection, and United Express.  Founded in 1974, Republic is one the largest regional airlines in North America, along with SkyWest Airlines, PSA Airlines, and Mesa Airlines. Its all-jet fleet consists of about 200 Embraer 170/175 aircraft. Republic has bases in Boston (KBOS), Chicago (KORD), Columbus, Ohio (KCMH), ... read more

Godspeed, Starliner: Boeing’s Spacecraft Lifts Off With Astronauts

FLYING Magazine After nearly a month of setbacks due to a faulty valve, a helium leak, and other obstacles, Boeing’s Starliner is headed for the cosmos. On Wednesday morning, the autonomous, semireusable space capsule—intended for 10 service missions to the International Space Station (ISS) under a multibillion contract between the aerospace manufacturer and NASA—finally lifted off with humans for the first time. The long-delayed mission, called the Boeing Starliner Crew Flight Test (CFT), ... read more

Picture of the Day: Sunset at the airport

General Aviation News Alysha Winter submitted this photo and note: "Sunset at Hudson Valley Regional Airport (KPOU) in New York." Read More read more

Experience the DC Flyover

AOPA General Aviation News A new video of AOPA's National Celebration of General Aviation Flyover of Washington, D.C., includes previously unreleased footage and our best look yet at the epic aerial parade. Read More read more

A true vintage gem

General Aviation News Oklahoma pilot Danny Petersen loves "old school airplanes," like his Fairchild 24W-9. Read More read more

Jury Awards Zunum $81 Million In Boeing Suit

AVweb A federal court jury has awarded failed electric aircraft startup Zunum $81 million in a suit against Boeing, finding the aerospace giant stole Zunum’s technology and then conspired to put it out of business. The Seattle Times is reporting the jury also found that Boeing’s actions were “willful and malicious,” and that gives the judge in the case the option to triple the award. Boeing told the court it initially invested in Zunum but determined it was a market that wouldn’t be ... read more

Passengers Awarded $2,000 For Flight Delay, Airline Takes Them To Court

AVweb Air Canada says it has no choice but to take two customers to court to fight a $2,000 award they received from a government agency that adjudicates airline complaints. Last November, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) ordered Air Canada to pay Andrew Dyczkowski and his now-wife Anna the maximum award of $1,000 each for a 24-hour delay in their flight from Vancouver to Costa Rica. The CTA said the delay was Air Canada’s fault and awarded the money. But Air Canada says the delay ... read more

Glider Pilot Bails Out, Dies After Parachute Fails

AVweb Canadian authorities are investigating the death of a glider pilot whose parachute failed after he bailed out of the aircraft while competing in the Canadian National Soaring Championships. Kerry Stevenson, 65, of Calgary, was flying near there May 29 when something went wrong. “The pilot ejected from the aircraft, attempted to deploy a parachute and unfortunately succumbed to the injuries because of the failed parachute deployment,” said Jason Acker, president of the Alberta Soaring ... read more

Class C comes to Harrisburg

AOPA General Aviation News The FAA published a May 31 Letter to Airmen (LTA) notifying the flying public that the airspace designation surrounding Harrisburg International Airport in Pennsylvania will soon change to Class C. Read More read more

Which WWII Bomber Was the Most Mass-Produced?

FLYING Magazine Question: In all the movies you see about World War II, it’s always Boeing B-17s that are flying. Was it the most mass-produced bomber during WWII? How did Boeing manage to turn out so many airplanes from the one facility in Seattle? Answer: When the U.S. entered WWII, the nation’s aircraft manufacturers realized that for the good of the war effort, they needed to set aside profits and competition. So, the designs of aircraft were shared so that they could be ... read more

Grant funds solar weather station testing at Death Valley airstrip

General Aviation News A grant from the Recreational Aviation Foundation is funding a remote solar powered weather station at Saline Valley Warm Springs Airfield, commonly known as the Chicken Strip, in Death Valley National Park’s remote Saline Valley. Read More read more

Archer Obtains FAA Part 135 Air Carrier Certification

FLYING Magazine Electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft company Archer Aviation, manufacturer of the five-seat Midnight air taxi, will soon begin flying aircraft commercially. Archer on Wednesday announced its subsidiary, Archer Air, received an FAA Part 135 air carrier and operator certificate, authorizing it to operate as a commercial airline as Midnight advances toward type certification. The manufacturer anticipates it will achieve that milestone next year. In the ... read more

Remembering D-Day

FLYING Magazine June 6 marks the 80th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy, France, in 1944. Code-named Operation Overlord, it was a massive logistical effort involving nearly 156,000 American, British, Canadian, free French, and Polish troops landing on five beaches along the coast of France.  The invasion required advances in engineering and logistical planning as well as coordination of thousands of troops, ships, and aircraft to make it work. To mark the 80th anniversary of ... read more

Open House will commemorate 80th anniversary of D-Day

General Aviation News Sights and sounds of the 1944 Allied invasion of Europe will be recreated at the CAF Airbase Georgia Summer Open House June 22, 2024, commemorating the 80th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Read More read more

This 1951 Mooney M-18 Mite Is a Diminutive, Single-Seat ‘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 1951 Mooney M-18LA. Here is an airplane you do not see every day. Indeed, you might never have seen one up close, as only 283 were built from just after World War II until Mooney halted production in the mid-1950s to ... read more

Instrument Pilot Oral Exam Guide updated

General Aviation News The 11th edition of the Instrument Pilot Oral Exam Guide by Jason Blair aligns with the Airman Certification Standards (ACS) that went into effect May 31, 2024. Read More read more

5 of the Best New Aircraft Owner Products Under $500

FLYING Magazine Among all the accessories and modifications I’ve made to my Cessna 170 over the past few years, my Rosen sun visors were the first.  Rosen Sun Visors ($550) Moreover, this was the only modification I’d prepared before even taking delivery of my airplane. They’re that good. Hop into any legacy Cessna with original visors, and it becomes clear why. Undersized to begin with, the flimsy plastic or vinyl-covered stock visors leave much to be desired. If, after decades of use, ... read more

Blocked fuel tank outlet port leads to fuel starvation

General Aviation News A loss of engine power due to fuel starvation due to a blockage of the fuel tank outlet port. Read More read more

PilotEdge Offers Opportunity to Hone Key Flight Skills from Home

FLYING Magazine From chair flying to use of FAA-approved Level D full flight simulators (FFS), simulated flying experiences have been a long-standing part of aviation training. They often provide a more focused and less expensive way to develop necessary skills separate from handling the aircraft. While at home flight sims might seem like a game—to those who haven’t tried them—they can play a significant part in the learning process. If you haven’t yet explored this sector of the flight ... read more

No Pilots Aboard Taylorcraft That Crashed In Alaska

AVweb Neither man aboard a Taylorcraft BC-12D that crashed in Six Mile Lake in southern Alaska May 17 had a pilot certificate and authorities have found no evidence that they ever did according to the NTSB’s preliminary report. The aircraft took off from Port Alsworth Airport headed to Nondalton Airport, 24 miles away, with David Hedgers, 58, at the controls and Aaron Fryar, 45, listed as a passenger. Clint Johnson, the NTSB’s senior representative in Alaska told Alaska Public Media that ... read more

Training and Safety Tip: Be heard on your checkride

AOPA General Aviation News When I was young, if you heard someone talking to themselves, you crossed the street to avoid them. You know, out of an abundance of caution. Read More read more

Start your engines

AOPA General Aviation News The National Championship Air Races will move to Roswell, New Mexico, in 2025, the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) announced May 24. Read More read more

FLIGHT OUTFITTERS AND AOPA JOIN FORCES TO ELEVATE AVIATION EXPERIENCE

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., and CINCINNATI, June 4, 2024—Flight Outfitters, a leading brand in aviation and provider of high-quality aviation gear and accessories, has entered into an exclusive partnership with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association to launch the new AOPA Pilot Gear store on FlightOutfitters.com. Read More read more

Canada Awards $8.1B Military Flight Training Contract

FLYING Magazine A partnership between two of Canada’s largest aerospace companies has been awarded an $8.1 billion (USD) contract to provide flight training aircraft and infrastructure to the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) for 25 years starting in 2029. SkyAlyne, which is a partnership of simulator training company CAE and MRO KF Aerospace, will buy 71 new aircraft to be used by RCAF instructors to train new pilots for almost all of its frontline platforms. The Future Aircrew Training ... read more

Zen and the Art of Airplane Operation

Plane & Pilot Magazine I never understood aviation until the day I lost it. In the span of two weeks, I failed a flight physical with my increasingly weakened … Read More "Zen and the Art of Airplane Operation" The post Zen and the Art of Airplane Operation appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1947 Aeronca 7AC Champion

Plane & Pilot Magazine Today’s bargain will transport its new owner back in time to the WWII era. Better yet, with the most major restoration items already completed, it … Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1947 Aeronca 7AC Champion" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1947 Aeronca 7AC Champion appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Start your engines

AOPA General Aviation News The National Championship Air Races will move to Roswell, New Mexico, in 2025, the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) announced May 24. Read More read more

FLIGHT OUTFITTERS AND AOPA JOIN FORCES TO ELEVATE AVIATION EXPERIENCE

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., and CINCINNATI, June 4, 2024—Flight Outfitters, a leading brand in aviation and provider of high-quality aviation gear and accessories, has entered into an exclusive partnership with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association to launch the new AOPA Pilot Gear store on FlightOutfitters.com. Read More read more

Airbus to Unveil Uncrewed ‘Wingman’ Concept at ILA Berlin Air Show

FLYING Magazine Airbus on Monday announced it will unveil its concept for an uncrewed “Wingman,” designed to serve as an escort for crewed fighter jets, at the International Aerospace Exhibition ILA in Berlin from June 5 to 9. The manufacturer describes the Wingman model as a “fighter-type drone” that could be commanded by the pilot of an existing combat aircraft, such as the Eurofighter Typhoon. Like a wingman in the traditional military aviation sense, it would support the mission lead ... read more

Tecnam Begins P-Mentor Deliveries in U.S.

FLYING Magazine U.S. deliveries of Tecnam Aircraft’s P-Mentor single engine aircraft have begun, with the first airplanes going to Kilo Charlie Aviation in New Century, Kansas.  Last month the IFR certified Part 23 design built in Capua, Italy, achieved certification from the FAA. “Beginning P-Mentor customer deliveries less than one month after achieving [FAA] type certification marks another incredible milestone of raising the bar for the general aviation marketplace,”  said Giovanni ... read more

Joby Acquires Autonomous Flight Developer Xwing

FLYING Magazine Joby Aviation is one of many electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi manufacturers that predicts autonomy will be the driver of ubiquity for advanced air mobility (AAM) services. And it’s putting its money where its mouth is. Joby on Tuesday announced it acquired the autonomy division of Xwing, the developer of autonomous gate-to-gate flight software Superpilot, as it looks ahead to a transition to self-flying air taxi services. The manufacturer plans to ... read more

Picture of the Day: Where’s that extra seat cushion?

General Aviation News Tom Curran submitted this photo and note: "Patrick Curran, 2, needs a little more boost to see over the dash in Dad’s 1953 Cessna 170B at Elmdale Airpark (82TS) in Abilene, Texas." Read More read more

Challenge accepted

General Aviation News Most of us did not become pilots to expand the limits of science or technology. We took that leap in an effort to expand our own horizons. To learn new skills, adapt to new information, and accept the challenge of taking fate for a walk around the block to see if we could perform at a level few ever attempt. Read More read more

Martin Mars ‘Experiences’ Offered

AVweb The owner of the last two flying Martin Mars flying boats is offering a last opportunity for enthusiasts to take the controls of the massive aircraft. Coulson Air Tankers is taking reservations for two Mars “experiences” in the former Navy transports before they go to museums. Neither involve getting airborne. The Water Taxi level gets customers a walkaround and 40 minutes of blasting around Sproat Lake at the company’s home base in Port Alberni, British Columbia. The Pilot ... read more

What Private Pilots Need to Know About FAA’s New ACS

FLYING Magazine The FAA has released the latest edition of the Airman Certification Standards (ACS) for private pilots. The 87-page ACS, which went into effect Friday, may be found online or at pilot supply shops. With the exception of the syllabus, it is often the most neglected FAA publication.  The FAA updates the ACS document used to determine that an applicant has achieved at least the minimum standards required for certification, yet many learners—and CFIs—are reluctant to review it ... read more

You could win an L-39 Aero Jet

General Aviation News Liquid Death is giving away an L-39 Aero Jet (pilot not included). Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: Be heard on your checkride

AOPA General Aviation News When I was young, if you heard someone talking to themselves, you crossed the street to avoid them. You know, out of an abundance of caution. Read More read more

Logging Actual IMC Requires More Than Clouds

FLYING Magazine It has long been said that the private pilot certificate is a “license to learn” as it is the foundation of a person’s flying career. The FAA has said we may log an instrument approach if we are in actual or simulated conditions inside the final approach fix [Ref:§ 61.51(g)(3) and §61.57(c)]. But think about whether you were in actual IMC or not. As one example, you’re on a straight-in visual on a clear evening with the setting sun directly in your eyes, making any visual ... read more

Autopilot pioneer flies west

General Aviation News The former president and owner of Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics, John W. Winter, passed away on May 27, 2024. He was 94. Read More read more

This 1972 Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub Is a Back-to-Basics ‘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 1972 Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub. Thousands of student pilots learned to fly in Piper Cubs and their close relatives ranging from early J-series versions to PA-11s and 12s. Among this extended family of aircraft, the ... read more

You can own a piece of a B-17

General Aviation News PlaneTags, made by MotoArt, are limited-edition aviation mementos made from the skin of an aircraft. PlaneTags can be used as an ID tag, keychain, or displayed as a collectible. Read More read more

Pilot’s disbelief about potential risks leads to near-miss

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

Canada Awards $8.1 Billion Military Flight Training Contract

AVweb A partnership between two of Canada’s largest aerospace companies has been awarded an $8.1 billion (USD) contract to provide flight training aircraft and infrastructure to the Royal Canadian Air Force for 25 years starting in 2029. SkyAlyne, which is simulator training company CAE and MRO KF Aerospace, will buy 71 new aircraft to be used by RCAF instructors to train new pilots for almost all of its frontline platforms. The Future Aircrew Training (FAcT) program will also support the ... read more

Chinese ‘Ascender’ Leaves Moon

AVweb China’s Chang’e-6 ascender module blasted off from the surface of the moon late Monday after receiving a container of rocks and soil from the landing module at its landing spot near the moon’s south pole. The ascender went into a lunar orbit and will rendezvous with a re-entry spacecraft to transfer the load. The re-entry vehicle will head back to Earth later this month. The lander/ascender spent less than two days on the moon and it’s been about a month since the whole system ... read more

How Diamond’s DA50 RG sets the new single-engine standard

AOPA General Aviation News Since its launch in North America at Oshkosh 2021, the Diamond DA50 RG has captured the fascination of American pilots. Certified by the FAA this past July, the highly anticipated single-engine piston with retractable gear is landing with happy customers across the country. The DA50 RG’s long-awaited arrival marks what we believe is a new era in modern general aviation.  Read More read more

FAA Amends Mental Health Evaluation Criteria For Pilots

FLYING Magazine A history of no more than two mental health diagnoses no longer requires automatic review by the FAA for any class of pilot certificate as long as certain criteria are met. The agency has revised its guidance to aviation medical examiners (AMEs) on “uncomplicated anxiety, depression and related conditions” and chief among the changes is that the FAA can be left out of the process if the pilot has been off medication for two years, there are no issues raised by ... read more

U.S. WWII Ace Richard Bong’s P-38 Believed Found

FLYING Magazine Pacific Wrecks, a World War II aircraft recovery group, thinks it has found the wreckage of the P-38J flown by Major Richard Bong, America’s top flying ace.  Bong, born in Superior, Wisconsin, shot down 40 Japanese aircraft during WWII. The aircraft, christened Marge after Majorie “Marge” Ann Vattendahl, Bong’s girlfriend and later wife, is adorned with an image of her drawn from a yearbook portrait. At the time, most nose art featured scantily clad women or two-fisted ... read more

Adapting to the Jet Age in a Fouga Magister

FLYING Magazine Today, in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, I’ll be flying the Fouga CM.170 Magister, the world’s first two-seat jet trainer. Starting in the 1950s, it played a key role in transitioning several air forces from piston to jet aircraft and also fought in a number of “brush wars.” I’ll start the story at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (LFBO) in southern France. The French company Établissements Fouga & Cie had its aircraft production facilities here, which were eventually folded ... read more

How Diamond’s DA50 RG sets the new single-engine standard

AOPA General Aviation News Since its launch in North America at Oshkosh 2021, the Diamond DA50 RG has captured the fascination of American pilots. Certified by the FAA this past July, the highly anticipated single-engine piston with retractable gear is landing with happy customers across the country. The DA50 RG’s long-awaited arrival marks what we believe is a new era in modern general aviation.  Read More read more

American Air Flies 68 WWII Vets to France

FLYING Magazine A group of 68 World War II veterans embarked on a whirlwind trip to France in recognition of the 80th anniversary of D-Day. Leaving Dallas/Fort Worth on Friday, American donated a specially-chartered Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner for the trip across the pond. Of the veterans onboard, the oldest was 107 years old with the youngest being 96. They were also joined by six Medal of Honor recipients along with over 50 cadets and midshipmen from various service branches who accompanied ... read more

New Starliner Launch Target Identified After Setback

FLYING Magazine The inaugural crewed flight test (CFT) of Boeing’s Starliner capsule—a reusable vessel to the International Space Station (ISS) under a multibillion-dollar contract with NASA for six missions—was scrubbed over the weekend after a new problem arose during the launch countdown. The mission, which has faced a series of setbacks since an initial launch attempt was scrubbed on May 6, is now targeted for 10:52 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, with a backup launch window available ... read more

Picture of the Day: Ready to start the day

General Aviation News Rusty Eichorn submitted this photo and note: "Ready to start the day at The Cherry Pocket in Lake Wales, Florida, winter home of Minnesota's Adventure Seaplanes, in a Cessna 172 on Aerocet floats." Read More read more

North Carolina airport prepares for golf championship

General Aviation News Moore County Airport (KSOP) is ready for an influx of airplanes when the U.S. Golf Championship takes off June 13. Read More read more

This 1996 SOCATA TB-10 Tobago Is a Stylish, Practical ‘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 SOCATA TB-10 Tobago Daher-SOCATA is well-known in the U.S today for its long-running series of fast, appealing TBM turboprop singles. But during the 1980s and ‘90s, when the name was just SOCATA and the company ... read more

Sebring airport honors a local hero

General Aviation News A new mural honors Major Thomas B. McGuire, America's No. 2 ace pilot, who destroyed 38 planes during World War II. Read More read more

Belize Air Ranch: Selling a Slice of Paradise

FLYING Magazine While there are hundreds of airparks in the U.S., the concept of living adjacent to a runway is less commonplace internationally.  FLYING has previously showcased some of the countries where the concept exists, from Sweden to South Africa and Australia to Costa Rica. Another Central American nation can be added to the list with the introduction of Belize Air Ranch. The in-development community was created by Darla Zirbes and George Romine, two U.S. citizens who have been ... read more

Concrete Fly-In returns to 3W5

General Aviation News The Concrete Old Fashioned Fly-In returns to Mears Field Airport (3W5) in Concrete, Washington, July 19-20, 2024. Read More read more

US Aviation expands at KTUL

General Aviation News New hangar will span 51,982 square feet. Read More read more

Flight to drop candy ends in crash

General Aviation News The pilot’s failure to maintain altitude while maneuvering the airplane at a low altitude, which resulted in impact with trees and terrain. Read More read more

The Wisdom of Keeping Transmissions Short and Sweet

FLYING Magazine Ever pull over and ask someone for directions only to be met with a minutes-long diatribe whereupon halfway through you realize that the person doesn’t actually know how to get to where you’re going? It’s like they just want to hear themselves talk. Imagine pulling that around 5:30 p.m. on a Friday in Class C airspace. We’ve all heard that student pilot stutter their way through a transmission with enough “umms” to fill a Vinyasa yoga class in Santa Monica.  Succinctness is ... read more

FAA Amends Mental Health Evaluation Criteria For Pilots

AVweb Routine mental health diagnoses no longer require automatic review by the FAA for any class of pilot certificate as long as certain criteria are met. The agency has revised its guidance to AMEs on “uncomplicated anxiety, depression and related conditions” and chief among the changes is that the FAA can be left out of the process if there are no issues raised by a questionnaire and the AME has no concerns. That also means the pilot can seek treatment under most circumstances without ... read more

China Lands Probe On Moon

AVweb China has successfully landed a probe on the dark side of the moon and it intends to bring part of it back to Earth with a load of rocks. The Chang’e-6 lander landed in the Aitken Basin near the South Pole. It touched down in a crater and appears to be operating normally. The lander has been in a lunar orbit for 20 days and is part of a four-part system that includes the orbiter, lander, ascender and re-entry vehicle that will ultimately bring the payload home. The robotic mission ... read more

Poll: Have You Experienced Mental Health Issues As A Pilot

AVweb Poll: Have You Experienced Mental Health Issues As A Pilot? Poll: Have You Experienced Mental Health Issues As A Pilot? Yes and I lost my certificate. Yes and I hid it from my AME Yes, but I have my certificate back No Other Δ The post Poll: Have You Experienced Mental Health Issues As A Pilot appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Last Week’s Poll Question: No Beards For Air Force

AVweb The majority of respondents said no to the idea of facial hair in the Air Force. Only 13 percent supported it unconditionally. The post Last Week’s Poll Question: No Beards For Air Force appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Whitecaps On Their Martinis

AVweb “From ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the flight, Good Lord deliver us.”With apologies to Robert Burns Surf’s Up! My flying partner last week was Jim, a long-time pilot, friend, and Piper Aztec owner. He was giggling because we hit a bit of turbulence that was harsh enough to make me almost jam a plastic fork in my head as I tried to fly the plane and eat my chicken salad simultaneously. “It is getting a little gnarly up here today,” Jim ... read more

Best Of The Web: Super 18 Jump

AVweb Dr. Bill Runyon’s impeccably maintained Beech Super 18 is the star of this skydiving video featuring the All Veteran Group. Very nice video by Films, Stills & Co. The post Best Of The Web: Super 18 Jump appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: A Mountain Air morning

General Aviation News David Hayes submitted this photo and note: "Early morning at the highest airfield east of the Mississippi, Mountain Air Airport (2NC0) in Burnsville, North Carolina. At 4,432 feet field elevation, with a runway that's 2,900 feet long at 50 feet wide, it is a special place!" Read More read more

What we can learn from accident reports

General Aviation News Among the most popular features in General Aviation News are the NTSB accident reports and excerpts from reports made to the Aviation Safety Reporting System (NASA reports). Readers share the lessons they've learned to avoid similar mishaps. Read More read more

Boeing’s Starliner Scrubbed Minutes Before Launch  

AVweb Just four minutes before liftoff, the launch of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner capsule was once again scrubbed due to a “technical issue.” The mission, called Crew Flight Test, was expected to launch Saturday morning from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. This incident marks the second time within a month that a planned launch has been scrubbed. Starliner’s initial launch, slated for May 6, was also postponed just two hours before liftoff due to an issue with an oxygen ... read more

Book about flight jackets named Fashion Book of the Year

General Aviation News Photographer John Slemp's book, "Bomber Boys: WWII Flight Jacket Art," has been named "Fashion Book of the Year" by the Ivy Style blog. Read More read more

Two win Hayward Air Rally scholarships

General Aviation News The Hayward Air rally awards two scholarships to help college students achieve their aviation dreams. Read More read more

Amazon Prime Air Secures Key FAA Drone Delivery Approval

FLYING Magazine Amazon’s drone delivery venture, which so far has fallen short of ex-CEO Jeff Bezos’ vision of nationwide ubiquity, this week delivered a positive update. Amazon Prime Air on Thursday said it obtained FAA approval for beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) drone operations, which refer to flights that cannot be directly observed by a human pilot. The company said its new permissions will allow it to immediately expand the delivery area for its MK-27 drone in College Station, ... read more

Boeing, NASA Take Calculated Risk with Upcoming Starliner Launch

FLYING Magazine What NASA describes as a “design vulnerability” in Boeing’s Starliner capsule—a semireusable vessel to low-Earth orbit that the agency is considering for Commercial Crew rotation missions to the International Space Station (ISS)—won’t prevent teams from attempting to launch the spacecraft with humans onboard for the first time this weekend. NASA and Boeing on Wednesday announced that the Starliner Crewed Flight Test (CFT), intended to be the spacecraft’s final dress ... read more

Survey: Home Flight Sim Helps Prepare Real-World Pilots

FLYING Magazine One of the common challenges with learning to fly is that unlike learning to play a musical instrument, more often than not you cannot practice what you learned at home. That is,  unless you have a home flight simulation set up. While the time “logged’ using X-Plane or Microsoft Flight Simulator doesn’t count toward the required time for a certificate or rating, and it won’t give you the kinesthetic feel for the aircraft, it can still help reinforce concepts learned in ... read more

Boeing Unveils Safety Plan Amid FAA Oversight

AVweb On Thursday, during a three-hour meeting with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Boeing officials formally presented a detailed plan to resolve the quality and safety problems plaguing the manufacturer. Following the door blowout incident on January 5th, the FAA intensified its oversight of Boeing, giving the company 90-days to submit a corrective action plan addressing its concerns. The FAA also halted further production of its best-selling jet, the 737 MAX, until the safety ... read more

FAA Greenlights Amazon Drone Delivery Beyond Visual Line Of Sight

AVweb The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted Amazon’s Prime Air drone program permission to conduct flights “beyond visual line of sight” (BVLOS), allowing the company to scale its drone delivery operation. To obtain the BVLOS approval, Amazon said it conducted several flight demonstrations showing how its drone used onboard detect-and-avoid technology to navigate away from obstacles such as aircraft, helicopters, and a hot air balloon. These flights were conducted under the ... read more

New ACS for Nearly Every Pilot Category in Effect May 31

Plane & Pilot Magazine Instructors, learner pilots, and DPEs alike will need to brush up on the new Airman Certification Standards (ACS) and a couple of Practical Test Standards … Read More "New ACS for Nearly Every Pilot Category in Effect May 31" The post New ACS for Nearly Every Pilot Category in Effect May 31 appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

ASA Releases New IFR Oral Exam Guide

FLYING Magazine Are you working on your instrument rating? You’ll want to get the latest edition of The Instrument Pilot Oral Exam Guide from Aviation Supplies and Academics (ASA) written by Jason Blair, a DPE and frequent contributor to FLYING. ASA has been helping pilots achieve certification for decades. The Instrument Pilot Oral Exam Guide, now in its 11th edition, is arranged by topic, and provides a question-and-answer format very similar to the way the oral portion of the checkride ... read more

New ACS for Nearly Every Pilot Category Now in Effect

FLYING Magazine Instructors, learner pilots, and DPEs alike will need to brush up on the new Airman Certification Standards (ACS) and a couple of Practical Test Standards (PTS) that went into effect nearly across the board May 31. The two unaffected categories are those of Aviation Mechanic (ACS-1) and Remote Pilot (ACS-10B). Updated categories include:  Airline Transport Pilot and Type Rating for Airplane: ACS-11A Aircraft Dispatcher PTS: 8081-10E Commercial Pilot, ... read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1997 Kitfox IV-1200

Plane & Pilot Magazine Today’s bargain unlocks off-airport and backcountry adventures for less than the price of many Cessna 150s. One of the most popular experimental aircraft available, the … Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1997 Kitfox IV-1200" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1997 Kitfox IV-1200 appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

New IFR Oral Exam Guide on Offer from ASA

Plane & Pilot Magazine Are you working on your instrument rating? You’ll want to get the latest edition of The Instrument Pilot Oral Exam Guide from Aviation Supplies and … Read More "New IFR Oral Exam Guide on Offer from ASA" The post New IFR Oral Exam Guide on Offer from ASA appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

This 1964 Piper PA-24-250 Is a Meticulously Refurbished ‘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 1964 Piper PA-24-250 Comanche Piper’s PA-24-250 Comanche is a classic among high-performance four-seat retractables. Its sleek fuselage and beautifully tapered wing help the mid-20th Century design make a favorable ... read more

Sporty’s introduces Pull-Down Tie-Down Kit

General Aviation News Designed to accommodate both high- and low-wing aircraft, the Flight Gear Pull-Down Tie-Down Kit includes two ropes, measuring 10 feet each, and one rope, measuring 6 feet, for the aircraft tail. All ropes are 3/8-inches in diameter, "providing ample strength for a secure hold, even in gusty conditions," Sporty's officials said. Read More read more

Finding a Deer in the Headlights

FLYING Magazine Out in the Seattle area, it doesn’t get dark until late during the summer months, so if you want to be night current, it requires staying up pretty late. It was a little easier on September 8 a couple of years ago, with sunset happening around 7:30-ish and “night” falling an hour later… still late for an early riser like me. Since I was planning a flight the following week during the day from Paine Field (KPAE) in Everett, Washington, to Jefferson County International ... read more

Attempt at soft field takeoff lands Cessna 182 in canal

General Aviation News The pilot’s failure to attain a proper soft field takeoff pitch attitude during takeoff that resulted in a runway excursion and subsequent impact with a canal. Read More read more

FAA Issues Airworthiness Directive For Certain Piper Aircraft Models

AVweb The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a new airworthiness directive (AD) for specific Piper aircraft models after an unscheduled inspection, prompted by a ground collision with an automobile, revealed a double-drilled bolt hole in the rear wing spar attachment fitting. The FAA says the AD will affect some 500 U.S.-registered aircraft—including certain serial-numbered Piper models PA-28-181, PA-28R-201, PA-34-220T, and PA-44-180. It requires inspection of the rear wing spar ... read more

ForeFlight Teams With Breakthrough Energy On Contrail-Buster Product

AVweb Boeing-owned flight-planning company ForeFlight announced this week it has entered a collaboration with climate and clean-energy group Breakthrough Energy (BE) to develop and produce “advanced tools” to enable business aviation operators to avoid producing contrails. The overall goal is to reduce the harmful environmental effects of the artificially-generated clouds. ForeFlight said, according to a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), contrails are ... read more

Collins Fields A High-Tech Airport Surface Awareness System

AVweb Collins Aerospace is addressing the issue of airport incursion incidents with its Collins Airport Surface Awareness System. Airport incursions, by definition, can occur on runways, taxiways, baggage-loading areas – anywhere two vehicles of any type can potentially collide. Of course, aircraft runway incursions are the most potentially dangerous. According to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), runway incursions are responsible for 28 percent of fatal aviation ... read more

Blog: Remembrances Of Triple-Ace Bud Anderson

AVweb The recent passing of triple-ace Bud Anderson at the well-earned age of 102 stirred up some happy memories along with the inevitable twinge of sadness. I met Bud on several occasions (the accompanying selfie was taken at AirVenture’s Fightertown in the Warbird area), but we seldom had the opportunity for more than a few pleasantries. He was a man in demand. Each time we met, Bud would always say he remembered me from the last time, but he was so damned polite, so who knew? There was ... read more

Recreational-use clause could ease Trade Wind Airport’s insurance burden

AOPA General Aviation News Trade Wind Airport’s 2,200-foot turf strip in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, on Martha’s Vineyard, has been a destination for general aviation pilots since the 1930s. Recently, though, the field’s fans have grown concerned that its owners might close the runway due to rising insurance rates. A group of savvy pilots says state law is on their side. Read More read more

Boeing Presents Quality Control Improvement Plan to FAA

FLYING Magazine Boeing officials met with members of the FAA Thursday to share the company’s plan to fix the safety and quality control issues that have dogged the aerospace giant since 2018.  The meeting marked the end of a 90-day period ordered by the FAA for the company to address what the agency described as “systemic quality control issues” after an Alaska Airlines 737 Max 9 lost a door plug shortly after takeoff in January. “This is not the end of oversight,” FAA Administrator ... read more

FAA Issues Airworthiness Directive For Certain Piper Aircraft Models

FLYING Magazine The FAA issued a new airworthiness directive (AD) for specific Piper aircraft models after an unscheduled inspection, prompted by a ground collision with an automobile, revealed a double-drilled bolt hole in the rear wing spar attachment fitting. The FAA says the AD will affect some 500 U.S.-registered aircraft—including certain serial-numbered Piper models PA-28-181, PA-28R-201, PA-34-220T, and PA-44-180. It requires inspection of the rear wing spar attachment fitting and, ... read more

Recreational-use clause could ease Trade Wind Airport’s insurance burden

AOPA General Aviation News Trade Wind Airport’s 2,200-foot turf strip in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, on Martha’s Vineyard, has been a destination for general aviation pilots since the 1930s. Recently, though, the field’s fans have grown concerned that its owners might close the runway due to rising insurance rates. A group of savvy pilots says state law is on their side. Read More read more

Pilots fight to preserve access to backcountry airstrips

AOPA General Aviation News Pilots and airport advocates are mobilizing in Utah after a draft plan published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) would revoke aircraft access to more than a dozen airstrips in the Bears Ears National Monument. Read More read more

Merlin Developing Autonomous Flight Tech with Air Force Pilot Input

FLYING Magazine This month, engineers from Boston-based Merlin Labs, the developer of a platform-agnostic, takeoff-to-touchdown autonomy system for fixed-wing aircraft, joined U.S. Air Force pilots in the cockpit of a KC-135 Stratotanker. Over the course of two flights on May 15 and 16 at MacDill Air Force Base (KMCF) in Florida, engineers gathered data that will inform the development of the company’s autonomous flight system, Merlin Pilot. Intended to reduce the workload of pilots amid ... read more

Pilots fight to preserve access to backcountry airstrips

AOPA General Aviation News Pilots and airport advocates are mobilizing in Utah after a draft plan published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) would revoke aircraft access to more than a dozen airstrips in the Bears Ears National Monument. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: East Bay Sunrise

General Aviation News William Spencer submitted this photo and note: "I was flying my Vashon Ranger in the East Bay of San Francisco in early February 2024. The rains were expected later that day so I went up early. When I noticed the beautiful sunrise I held up my phone and snapped one picture then put the phone back down. After landing I checked the photo, and wish I had taken more. (That's a GoPro mounted on the tie-down)." Read More read more

Unleaded fuels and exhaust valve recession

General Aviation News What needs to happen to move forward towards an unleaded future for general aviation? Read More read more

Picture Of The Week: May 31, 2024

AVweb 1 of 4 Photo by Will Dickenson: National Museum of the US Air force, Dayton, OH. Cropped and resized image. Pentax K-1 Mark II, HD Pentax-D FA★ 70-200mm F2.8ED DC AW. Valkyrie Rising Photo by Krov Menuhin: No digital manipulation. Leica M-6 35mm Freedom Flying Off Belize Photo submitted by John ... read more

How Much Is an Airplane Rental?

FLYING Magazine Aircraft ownership can be an expensive investment. From initial costs to ongoing expenses (such as maintenance, fuel, storage, insurance, etc.), it can quickly drain your bank account if not budgeted for correctly. Therefore, renting can be a more economical option for many pilots, especially those who enjoy flying more as a hobby than a career.  Whether you’re looking for a way to keep your flying skills sharp or an opportunity to take a family member up on their first ... read more

Mixed results for airplane deliveries in first quarter 2024

General Aviation News During the first three months of 2024, deliveries were flat for piston airplanes and piston helicopters, down for turboprops and turbine helicopters, and up for business jets, according to the First Quarter 2024 General Aviation Aircraft Shipment and Billing Report from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). However, total aircraft billings were up 3.2% to $4.7 billion. Read More read more

The Final Flag

Plane & Pilot Magazine Reno, Nevada, has been home to the world’s fastest motorsport since 1964. Each September, it becomes the one place on the globe where all types … Read More "The Final Flag" The post The Final Flag appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Congress Shells Out Millions to Aid Pilot Shortage

FLYING Magazine Congress will distribute $80 million over the next four years to assist with pilot workforce development. These funds—included as part of the recent FAA Reauthorization Act—represent a substantial increase from the $25 million allocated in 2018. This additional funding is part of the FAA’s Aviation Workforce Development Grants program, which provides support to aviation-related education programs. The $80 million in pilot development grants is part of a broader $240 million ... read more

Partnership created to streamline aircraft maintenance and pre-buy inspections

General Aviation News Wingform, a digital platform for aircraft transaction management, has partnered with MRO Insider, a network for aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services. Read More read more

This 1947 Aeronca 7AC Champion Is Bare-Bones Perfection 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 an 1947 Aeronca 7AC Champion While the Piper Cub might be the definitive vintage taildragger, the Aeronca Champ is always in the running. Some pilots even prefer the Aeronca, especially those who feel you should solo ... read more

New owner for FBO chain

General Aviation News Luxaviation Group, a business aircraft and helicopter operator headquartered in Luxembourg, has acquired FBO network Paragon Aviation Group. Read More read more

Riding in the Back of Some Nice Private Jets

FLYING Magazine Have you ever been a passenger in a private jet? Imagine sweeping up those stairs and finding just the perfect seat in the back. As you fasten your seat belt you hear the clunk of the door as it is secured. You note that the first officer has checked the locking pins. Drinks, anyone? I’ve been a lucky passenger on five such flights, and I have found them to be exciting and fun, but frustrating. The first was the most impressive. At dinner one night many years ago I offered ... read more

Archer Eyes Public Air Taxi Demos, Potential Sale in South Korea

FLYING Magazine Electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi manufacturer Archer Aviation on Thursday continued to expand its global ambitions for Midnight, its flagship model. The United Airlines partner and Kakao Mobility Corp.—a subsidiary of South Korean conglomerate Kakao which runs Kakao T, a popular taxi-hailing service akin to Uber in the U.S.—signed an agreement that covers the latter’s planned purchase and operation of up to 50 aircraft as early as 2026, beginning in ... read more

New owner’s first flight goes awry

General Aviation News The pre-purchase inspection revealed oil leaks and compression leaking past the rings, however when speaking to one of the previous owners immediately prior to departure "oil consumption was negligible" and "it blows the top quarts off if it's full." Read More read more

Trump Citation X Sold To Company Tied To Republican Campaign Donor

AVweb Multiple news outlets are reporting that former-President Donald Trump has sold his 1997 Cessna Citation X. The buyer is a company associated with Mehrdad Moayedi, an Iranian-American real estate developer based in Dallas. Federal Election Committee records reveal that Moayedi has contributed close to $250,000 to Trump’s re-election campaigns in 2019 and 2020, as well as donating “millions” over time to other Republican candidates and the Republican National Committee. The price paid ... read more

GAMA Posts ‘Mixed Report’ On Aircraft Deliveries/Billings For Q1 2024

AVweb The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released a “mixed report” today on aircraft shipments and billings for the first quarter of 2024. Sales of piston fixed-wing aircraft were essentially flat compared with Q1 2023, with 292 delivered vs 290 for last year. Piston helicopters likewise showed little change. Deliveries of turbine helicopters and turboprop airplanes dipped – by 14.4% and 7.7% respectively. But business jets led the pack with an 8.5% uptick to 127 ... read more

Air Taxi Operator Hopscotch Air Signs LOI For Four Bye eFlyers

AVweb Bye Aerospace announced today (May 29) that Hopscotch Air, an on-demand air-taxi operator serving the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and eastern Canada with a fleet of Cirrus piston singles, has signed a letter of intent for four all-electric Bye aircraft. The LOI includes a single eFlyer 2 trainer and three four-place eFlyer 4s. Having begun operations in 2009, Hopscotch Air now completes approximately 1,400 flights per year “at fares far below traditional charter prices,” according to ... read more

Europe’s Business Aviation Group Launches Sustainability Initiative

AVweb Likely in response to strong anti-aviation sentiment in the region, the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) announced yesterday (May 28) at its annual trade show in Geneva, Switzerland, that it has launched Tier 1 of its new Standards and Training for Aviation Responsibility and Sustainability (STARS) program. Maureen Gautier, EBAA’s Sustainability and Future Workforce Manager, said, “With STARS, together with our successful trial partners, we have laid down a strong ... read more

Short Final: Happy Landings

AVweb Back in the late 1970s, I worked in the admissions office for the A&P training program at East Coast Aero Technical School in Lexington, Massachusetts (some of you may have heard of that town). The pilots and aircraft owners on the staff would often take new members of the office staff up for an airplane ride to give them a taste of what this aviation thing was all about. One summer day, I was the one called upon to initiate our young, freshly-hired receptionist. She was kind of ... read more

FLYING Announces Winner of Ultimate Giveaway

FLYING Magazine FLYING Magazine is thrilled to announce the winner of our highly anticipated Ultimate Giveaway. After an overwhelming response from our passionate aviation community, the grand prize winner is Craig E. FLYING Magazine extends heartfelt congratulations to Craig E. and a sincere thank you to all participants. Your enthusiasm and love for aviation were evident in every entry we received. We remain committed to fostering this passion and look forward to bringing you more ... read more

How Pilots Predict Severe Turbulence

FLYING Magazine Following the Singapore Airlines severe turbulence encounter last week, many are concerned about other potential events in the future. Significant turbulence events are not particularly uncommon – a Hawaiian Airlines flight made headlines last year, and a Southwest flight was forced to divert due to turbulence earlier this spring – but the Singapore Airlines flight brought the first turbulence-related fatality in years. READ MORE: Severe Turbulence Blamed in Death Aboard ... read more

Electra Achieves Takeoff, Landing With Under 170 Feet of Runway

FLYING Magazine Electra, the manufacturer of a hybrid-electric short takeoff and landing (eSTOL) aircraft designed to operate from soccer field-sized spaces, has reached a critical milestone in the development of its flagship, nine-passenger design. The manufacturer on Wednesday announced that its EL-2 Goldfinch demonstrator—a two-seat version of the design used in testing—achieved its first piloted “ultra-short” takeoff and landing, lifting off with just 170 feet of runway and touching ... read more

Can Student Pilots Perform Preventative Maintenance on Aircraft?

FLYING Magazine Question: I am confused about the rules regarding preventative maintenance that pilots can perform on airplanes. I am a student pilot. In ground school we learned about 14 CFR 43 Appendix A, Part C that lists preventative maintenance that can be done legally, but the chief CFI of the flight school says under no circumstances can a student pilot touch an airplane with a tool. Is there a regulation I am missing? Answer: According to the FAA, aircraft used by Part 141 pilot ... read more

Vote for FLYING’s 2024 Readers’ Choice Award

FLYING Magazine Each year, FLYING selects winners of the prestigious Editors’ Choice Awards recognizing some of the coolest and most innovative products in the aviation industry. Equally important is what you, the consumer, believe was the most compelling or game-changing of these products from the prior year. We invite you to vote for the 2024 Readers’ Choice Award. Entries are based on products that were available during the 2023 calendar year. Use the link provided to select your ... read more

Picture of the Day: Ready to fly

General Aviation News Peter DeLoof submitted this photo and note: "The RV-4 owned by Peter DeLoof outside its hangar at Tecumseh Mills Airport (22T) near Tecumseh, Michigan, and about to go flying. The military livery was done by the prior owner to honor his father who was a crew chief on a P-51 in World War II." Read More read more

Thoughts on FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024 and Data Privacy

FLYING Magazine Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed by the writer do not necessarily reflect those of FLYING. By Jack Sweeney The recent H.R. 3935 “FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024,” which was signed into law, contains some measures that are supposed to enhance privacy. The bill contains section “SEC. 803. Data Privacy” with two main sections. In the data privacy section, subsections A and B require the FAA to establish procedures that allow an aircraft owner to request their ownership ... read more

This 2023 BRM Aero Bristell Is a Speedy Light Sport ‘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 2023 BRM Aero Bristell LSA. When the FAA established the light sport aircraft category in 2004, its rules appeared to emphasize limitations. Light sport airplanes would be lighter, smaller, and less powerful than ... read more

Seeing double

General Aviation News When most pilots hear “twins,” they can be forgiven for thinking of airplanes with two engines. But in this case, the twins are pilots: 17-year-old identical twins Sophia and Scarlette McIntyre, students at Albuquerque Aviation Academy, who earned their private pilot certificates before graduating from high school. Read More read more

Video: Memorial Day fly-over

General Aviation News Each year, the Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa, Idaho, organizes a Memorial Day formation warbird flight over cemeteries, hospitals, and sites around Boise, Idaho, to honor military members we have lost. Read More read more

Study confirms flight simulation benefits pilot training

General Aviation News A newly published study shows that students who use home flight simulation during their private pilot training receive their certificate with 5.5 fewer flight training hours than those who don’t. Read More read more

City Cleared To Begin Phasing Out Banning Municipal Airport

FLYING Magazine An amendment attached to the recently passed FAA Reauthorization Act releases the city of Banning, California, from its obligation to keep its city-owned airport in operation, opening the door to begin phasing the airport out. The non-tower facility, roughly 10 miles west of Palm Springs International Airport (KPSP), has a 5,000-foot runway. According to the most recent AirNav data (calculated as of year-end 2023), it is home to 22 single-engine aircraft, two multi-engine ... read more

Revitalization efforts begin at KDET

General Aviation News A revitalization effort has begun at Coleman A. Young International Airport (KDET), the first significant initiative in 50 years at the Detroit airport. Read More read more

Separation Anxiety: When Your Instructor Moves on, Your Logbook Tells the Story

FLYING Magazine Of all the challenges that arise from a flight instructor moving on to their next job, gaps left in a learner’s logbook are the most prevalent—and the most challenging. Often the instructor leaves a space or empty line to record a dual instructional flight—or forgets to sign it off because the end of the lesson was hurried. Either the CFI, learner, or both had someplace else to be. There was the intention to sign off on the flight time later, but before this could happen ... read more

Pre-buy flight ends in serious injuries for pilot

General Aviation News The pilot’s exceedance of the airplane’s critical angle of attack during the initial climb, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall. Read More read more

Spirit Passengers Told To Prepare For Water Landing

AVweb Passengers aboard a Spirit Airlines flight from Montego Bay to Fort Lauderdale May 26 were told to “prepare for a water landing” but the plane landed safely back in Montego Bay. The airline said in a statement to various media the captain made the announcement “out of an abundance of caution” after the crew got an indication of an unspecified mechanical fault as the plane climbed out. Passengers were told to put on their life vests and of course shot phone video of the experience. In ... read more

FAA Certification Director Liu Retiring

AVweb The FAA has confirmed that Lirio Liu, the Executive Director of the Aircraft Certification Service will retire next month. “Lirio Liu plans to retire from the FAA at the end of June after 33 years with the agency. The FAA has not selected a permanent replacement,” the agency said in a statement. “We continually develop leaders to ensure a seamless transition when senior officials depart.” Liu is also the co-chair of the End Aviation Gasoline Lead Emissions and will presumably be ... read more

F-35B Crashes On Ferry Flight To Edwards Air Force Base

AVweb CBS is reporting a “developmental model” of an F-35B crashed shortly after takeoff at Albuquerque International Sunport on Tuesday. The Air Force pilot flying the aircraft was seriously injured after ejecting from the fighter. He was described as being in stable condition at the University of New Mexico Hospital. Two people on the ground were also checked by first responders but were not taken to the hospital. The plane came down near the airport next to a road and local firefighters ... read more

Bell Boosts Jet Assisted Tiltrotor For X-Plane Competition

AVweb Bell Textron announced Tuesday that its jet assisted next generation tiltrotor design has been picked to continue development in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Speed and Runway Independent Technologies (SPRINT) X-Plane program. DARPA will fund the design of an aircraft that can take off and land vertically but also fly at 400 knots or more. As we reported last week, Aurora Flight Systems was awarded a similar contract for its futuristic blended wing design with ... read more

Lilium Eyes eVTOL Jet Flights in French Riviera by 2026

FLYING Magazine Electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) jet manufacturer Lilium on Tuesday unveiled plans to introduce its flagship Lilium Jet in the South of France. The German manufacturer announced it will build a vertiport network for the zero-emissions aircraft in the French Riviera, connecting Monaco, Marseille, Nice, Cannes, Golfe de Saint-Tropez, Aix-en-Provence, and Sophia Antipolis. It aims to launch flights in 2026. Lilium signed a partnership with Italian vertiport ... read more

DOD Confirms First Batch of Replicator Drone Deliveries

FLYING Magazine The U.S. Department of Defense confirmed that deliveries for Replicator —a DOD initiative to field thousands of uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, by August 2025—began earlier this month. “This shows that warfighter-centric innovation is not only possible; it’s producing real results,” Kathleen Hicks, U.S. deputy secretary of defense, said in a statement last week. “Together with the private sector and with support from Congress, the Replicator initiative is ... read more

Remembering the Legacy of Gene Nora Jessen

FLYING Magazine Gene Nora Jessen—an acclaimed pilot, instructor, author, and member of an elite group of women pilots selected for a research program later dubbed “Mercury 13” that set the groundwork for American women to become astronauts—passed away May 21. She was 87. Jessen was born in 1937 and raised in Chicago. As a teenager she joined the Civil Air Patrol, where she had her first opportunity to fly an airplane. Her interest in aviation continued at University of Oklahoma (OU) where ... read more

Pictures of the Day: Old Crow

General Aviation News Matthew Baker submitted these photos and note: "The P51 'Old Crow' made a visit to the former airbase in Bartow, Florida." Read More read more

National Championship Air Races Move to Roswell

Plane & Pilot Magazine When one thinks of Roswell, New Mexico, the visions that generally come to mind are those of UFOs and aliens. However, in 2025, those objects … Read More "National Championship Air Races Move to Roswell" The post National Championship Air Races Move to Roswell appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1960 Beechcraft 35-A33 Debonair

Plane & Pilot Magazine Robust cross-country capability defines today’s bargain. With the speed of retractable gear, a well-engineered airframe, plentiful parts availability, and a robust owner’s group, the Beechcraft … Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1960 Beechcraft 35-A33 Debonair" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1960 Beechcraft 35-A33 Debonair appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

CAU again hosts US Air Force Aim High Flight Academy

AOPA General Aviation News California Aeronautical University (CAU) will once again serve as host for the U.S. Air Force’s AIM High Flight Academy this upcoming summer, marking the second consecutive year of this prestigious collaboration.  Read More read more

Time machine

AOPA General Aviation News A beautiful sunrise broke over the eastern horizon. I was flying south in my Piper PA–12 Super Cruiser from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on a Sunday morning in September 1992. To my left, Lake Michigan shimmered behind the shadowy skyline of Milwaukee’s downtown as I turned my attention to the westside suburb of Waukesha and its airport. And to my mother, who was waiting for me. And to a day that would warp time and space for both of us. Read More read more

An intellectual wandering

General Aviation News Because of its incredible pace of improvement, aviation is perhaps the best example of how the impossible becomes possible. Read More read more

How to Build Confidence Along With Hours

FLYING Magazine It makes me sad when someone tells me how unprepared they felt during their first solo cross-country flight. More often than not, this happens because they felt rushed into their first solo, and lack confidence in their training. Some flight students have been pushed through the pipeline with minimal instruction and the boxes checked by the CFI who was also pushed through the pipeline. I have been warned it is getting worse. Several designated pilot examiners (DPEs) I know ... read more

Iowa college to open flight school at KCID

General Aviation News Coe College, in partnership with Revv Aviation and the Eastern Iowa Airport (KCID) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is opening a flight school and aviation management program. Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: Light up your preflight

AOPA General Aviation News Aircraft and their parts age with repeated use and time. This wear and tear can cause an accident if a hidden flaw goes undetected. Read More read more

Time machine

AOPA General Aviation News A beautiful sunrise broke over the eastern horizon. I was flying south in my Piper PA–12 Super Cruiser from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on a Sunday morning in September 1992. To my left, Lake Michigan shimmered behind the shadowy skyline of Milwaukee’s downtown as I turned my attention to the westside suburb of Waukesha and its airport. And to my mother, who was waiting for me. And to a day that would warp time and space for both of us. Read More read more

Dancing with a Tiger Moth

AOPA General Aviation News The runways at Rangitata Island Aerodrome on the ruggedly beautiful South Island of New Zealand are charted “closed periodically for grazing and mowing,” and the past is very much alive. Read More read more

CAU again hosts US Air Force Aim High Flight Academy

AOPA General Aviation News California Aeronautical University (CAU) will once again serve as host for the U.S. Air Force’s AIM High Flight Academy this upcoming summer, marking the second consecutive year of this prestigious collaboration.  Read More read more

The Hiller Hornet and its Ill-Fated Ring of Fire

FLYING Magazine For a time in the early 1950s, a small number of U.S. military pilots were able to claim their job was to fly experimental aircraft powered by ramjets that created streaks of flame and lit up the night sky. This undoubtedly created visions of sleek, supersonic machines such as the F-104 Starfighter and the F-106 Delta Dart, earning admiration and street cred in bars surrounding their respective bases. The bar patrons would surely have been transfixed. Had they asked the ... read more

A new accolade for Amelia Earhart

General Aviation News The "Concert in the Sky" fireworks show at the annual Amelia Earhart Festival has been voted #3 in the nation by USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards for “Best Places to See Fireworks." Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: Light up your preflight

AOPA General Aviation News Aircraft and their parts age with repeated use and time. This wear and tear can cause an accident if a hidden flaw goes undetected. Read More read more

Italian company brings new life to iconic Fairey-Reed propeller

General Aviation News Now undergoing production for the U.S. market, the original all-metal fixed-pitch propeller has been reproduced by GT-Propellers of Italy in a wood composite with metal leading-edge protection. Read More read more

Dancing with a Tiger Moth

AOPA General Aviation News The runways at Rangitata Island Aerodrome on the ruggedly beautiful South Island of New Zealand are charted “closed periodically for grazing and mowing,” and the past is very much alive. Read More read more

Part 2: Exploring New Zealand’s Grand Islands by Air

FLYING Magazine When I left you hanging last month, dear reader, my wife and I and Kiwi flight instructor Matt McCaughan had just taken a Cessna 172 on a tight, slow flight circuit around a cloud-scraped, rock-walled thimble of an alpine lake in New Zealand, exiting with a rakish wingover down the enormous 2,000-foot waterfall cascading from its outlet. This was the fourth or fifth stunning sight in just the first two hours of a planned weeklong flying tour of the country’s South Island ... read more

This 2023 Cirrus SR22T G6 Is a Fully Equipped, Nearly New ‘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 2023 Cirrus SR22T G6 Over more than 20 years on the market, the Cirrus SR22 series of piston singles has become a clear leader in the market for new GA aircraft. Improvements in performance and especially in avionics ... read more

The importance of communicating

General Aviation News The problem arose from what I believe was a lack of communication and pilot negligence. Read More read more

Carrier Launches ‘Air Barge’ Service After Northern River Dries Up

AVweb One of Northern Canada’s largest air freight companies is cutting its rates to supply remote communities whose regular river barge service has been cancelled for the summer because of low water in MacKenzie River. Buffalo Airways announced last week that it would operate a weekly “air barge” service to communities along the MacKenzie River in the Sahtu Nation of the Northwest Territories “bridge the gap between scheduled air cargo rates and those offered by barge shipment providers.” ... read more

Congress Approves $240 Million To Promote Flight Deck Diversity

AVweb A measure tucked into the latest FAA Reauthorization will establish a pool of $240 million to lower the cost of flight training and expand the pool of prospective candidates. The new money was championed by Georgia Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock. “This is a long-term issue,” Warnock told Yahoo Finance. “We’re pulling from too short, too narrow a pool of applicants.” The money will be funneled to flight schools and groups focused on flight training but it’s not clear if diversity ... read more

Picture of the Day: It’s a dog’s life

General Aviation News Anitra Goddard submitted this photo and note: "Katie Waito and I took her 1949 Piper Clipper sandbar hopping in the Arkansas River and let the dog frolic in the sand." Read More read more

The library is now open

General Aviation News All issues from our print archives dating back to 1959 — except one — are now available digitally on our website. Read More read more

A Flying Start

General Aviation News For EAA Chapter 534 at Leesburg International Airport (KLEE) in Florida, the 2024 Flying Start program brought some familiar faces to the airport — all 10 adults who participated in this year's program were parents or relatives of recent Young Eagles. Read More read more

KMKC economic impact tops $625 million

General Aviation News A new study finds that Kansas City Wheeler Downtown Airport (KMKC) supports nearly 2,800 jobs, resulting in $251 million in payroll, with a total regional economic impact surpassing $625 million. Read More read more

Two Fatal Cases of the Simply Inexperienced

FLYING Magazine In September 2019, in a sparsely populated part of South Dakota near the Nebraska border, a father and son went flying in their Cessna 140. When they did not return, sheriffs began a search. The next day, the wreckage of the 140, its front end crushed, was found a few hundred feet northwest of the pilot’s private strip. Since the flaps were down, it had evidently been approaching to land when it stalled and spun. There was no way to know why the mishap occurred, but the ... read more

Sporty’s introduces professional logbook covers

General Aviation News Sporty’s recently introduced its logbook covers as a "stylish and practical way for pilots to carry and protect their logbook and other important documents," according to company officials. Read More read more

Finding Freedom by Flying in Alaska

FLYING Magazine It is rare for someone to undertake one residential airpark development in their lifetime, let alone two simultaneously. Stewart Smith and Art Mathias, who are both longtime pilots and real estate professionals, are the developers of Baldy Lake Airpark and Skyland Airpark in Alaska.  Smith sat down with FLYING to provide an overview of these two projects, which are roughly 18 nm from one another. He explained that the inspiration for the two fly-in communities came from his ... read more

Plane crashes when student locks up on controls

General Aviation News The student pilot’s excessive pitch during takeoff resulted in a loss of control and impact with terrain. Contributing was the student’s failure to relinquish the controls when ordered by the instructor. Read More read more

Close Forced Landing Caught On Video

AVweb Decision making, airmanship and maybe a little luck led to the best possible outcome for a pilot and passenger at an airport in Sydney, Australia. The Cessna 210 had just taken off from Bankstown Airport in Sydney’s southwest corner when it had engine problems. The pilot, Johannes Swanepoel, elected to make the turn back to the airport but he left the mostly-retracted gear up and that might have made the difference. A News 7 helicopter happened to be in the area, heard the Mayday ... read more

Poll: Should The Air Force Allow Facial Hair?

AVweb Poll: Should The Air Force Allow Facial Hair? Poll: Should The Air Force Allow Facial Hair? No Maybe for non-pilots If it can be done safely Yes Other Δ The post Poll: Should The Air Force Allow Facial Hair? appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Last Week’s Poll Results: Proficiency First

AVweb More than half of respondents say they make it a point to stay sharp. The post Last Week’s Poll Results: Proficiency First appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Pilot, Skydivers Bail Out Of Damaged Jump Plane

AVweb All seven people aboard a turbine powered Cessna 206 safely parachuted from a skydiving plane in Missouri on Saturday. The modified Cessna Super Skywagon, with a 550 horsepower Pratt & Whitney turboprop, was at 14,000 feet over Butler County when a “premature parachute release” fouled the tail and possibly damaged it. Everyone, including the pilot, got out before the plane crashed in a field. The incident made headlines in Butler County and needed some explaining by authorities. ... read more

Featured Video: Landing In Leadville

AVweb Come along with us for a flight to Leadville, Colorado, otherwise known as North America’s highest airport. LXV sits at 9,934 feet and is bordered by numerous 14ers (mountains topping 14,000 feet). The post Featured Video: Landing In Leadville appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: Skyhawk rays

General Aviation News Matthew Baker submitted this photo and note: "A very cloudy sunset with sun rays coming from the sky as a Cessna 172 makes its turn towards the airport in Bartow, Florida." Read More read more

Plane Panels Part Two

General Aviation News Here's another installment in “Can you pick a panel for a plane?” in which our Of Wings & Things columnist pairs some grand old Air Force cockpit photos with examples of the aircraft depicted, including the exotic German Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter. Read More read more

RAF Pilot Dies In Spitfire Crash

AVweb Likely for the first time in decades, an active duty Royal Air Force pilot died in the crash of a Spitfire on Saturday. The unidentified officer was taking part in a display by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Coningsby in northwest England. The aircraft reportedly suffered an engine failure on takeoff and came down in a field about 1:20 p.m. local time. It flipped and ended up within a few feet of a house. “It is with great sadness that we must confirm the death of an ... read more

Facial Hair Freedom: A Potential Policy Shift For Military Members

AVweb Airmen and Space Force Guardians may soon be able to grow beards under a proposed pilot program introduced by the House Armed Services Committee this week. According to Military.com, the proposal is one of the most requested policy changes among the ranks. The beard proposal was included in the committee’s draft of the 2025 National Defense Authorization Act. The initiative instructs the Air Force secretary to “establish a pilot program to allow members of the Air Force and Space ... read more

New home for the Reno Air Races

General Aviation News After a year-long search, the Reno Air Racing Association has found a new home for the National Championship Air Races: Roswell, New Mexico. Read More read more

A fishy story

General Aviation News A one-of-a-kind design from world-renowned artist Derek DeYoung is featured on the Pilatus PC-12, reflecting the passion Duncan Aviation Board of Directors Chairman Todd Duncan has for fishing and the outdoors Read More read more

Colorado Study Finds Slightly Elevated Lead Levels In Children Near Airports, Still Below CDC Threshold

AVweb A ten-year study by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) showed slightly elevated lead levels in children living near airports, though these levels remained below the Center for Disease Control’s blood lead threshold. Conducted from 2011 to 2021, the study examined 12 regional and county airports across Colorado including Glenwood Springs Airport, Centennial Airport, and Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport among others. Researchers indicated that the ... read more

Earthlings, We Come in Pieces: Legos Inspire the Next Generation of Space Explorers

FLYING Magazine JERSEY CITY, New Jersey—A bed with wings, a dinosaur with a jetpack, and other whimsical creations dazzled the New York City skyline Wednesday night during an event meant to inspire the next generation of astronauts, scientists, and space explorers. The Lego Group this week hosted a drone show under the stars, recreating imaginative spaceship designs submitted by children around the world—which the company has playfully dubbed Unidentified Playing Objects (UPOs)—using ... read more

Remembering the Late WWII Triple Ace Bud Anderson

FLYING Magazine The aviation world is a less colorful place today as Brigadier General Clarence “Bud” Anderson has died. Anderson, a “triple Ace” who shot down 16 enemy aircraft during World War II, died at his home in Auburn, California, on May 17. He was 102. Anderson’s aviation career spanned 30 years. After WWII, he became a test pilot, flying more than 130 different aircraft, and was in the cockpit at the birth of the jet age. Some of his test flights involved a small fighter being ... read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1947 Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser

Plane & Pilot Magazine It’s not every day you encounter a freshly restored vintage aircraft with a newly overhauled engine for under $100,000, but today’s bargain – a 1947 … Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1947 Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1947 Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Flying in the Time of Cicadas

Plane & Pilot Magazine Airplanes and cicadas are not a good mix. They make a mess when they hit the windscreen. They are distracting when they swarm you as … Read More "Flying in the Time of Cicadas" The post Flying in the Time of Cicadas appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

City Cleared To Begin Phasing Out Banning Municipal Airport

AVweb An amendment attached to the recently-passed FAA Reauthorization Act releases the city of Banning, California, from its obligation to keep its city-owned airport in operation, opening the door to begin phasing the airport out. The non-tower facility, roughly 10 miles west of Palm Springs International Airport, has a 5,000-foot runway. According to the most recent AirNav data (calculated as of year-end 2023), it is home to 22 single-engine aircraft, two multi-engine aircraft, and one ... read more

And The Winning National Championship Air Racing Host City Is…

AVweb The decision is in, and the winning contender to host the National Championship Air Races is…Roswell, New Mexico. The Reno Air Racing Association (perhaps they chose Roswell partly so they wouldn’t have to change their ‘RARA’ acronym?) announced late yesterday (May 23) that the first air races will take place in Roswell in September 2025. The competition will continue to include seven classes of air racing (still no word of an official extraterrestrial class), static displays, ... read more

Boeing’s Annual Safety Report Reveals Surge In Employee Safety Concerns

AVweb On Friday, Boeing announced a 500% increase in employee safety-related submissions for products and services in the first two months of 2024 compared to the previous year. The surge was highlighted in Boeing’s annual safety report, released May 24.  According to the manufacturer, the increase in submissions followed the Jan. 5 midair door blowout incident of an Alaska Airlines 737 MAX 9 jet. Since the event, Boeing has actively encouraged its employees to report any safety, quality, ... read more

Air Races to Move From Reno to New Mexico in 2025

FLYING Magazine The National Championship Air Races (NCAR) have a new home: Roswell, New Mexico.  According to the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA), the races will return in 2025 and continue to feature seven classes of racing, static displays, and military demonstrations. “We’re thrilled to bring our honored tradition of racing to Roswell and are confident that they have both the enthusiasm and resources to expand the future of our races for many generations to come,” said Fred Telling, ... read more

Taking Risks at a Trio of Mount Rainier Airstrips, Virtually

FLYING Magazine I recently had the joy to fly the real Challenger 300 on a spectacular trip from the Seattle area to Thermal, California, and back on a glorious day. There was 100-mile or more visibility the entire route, with eye-popping views of Mount Rainier and other famous explosive peaks of the Pacific Northwest.  It was a great place to attempt to simulate in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 (MSFS2020)—a low-level, risky flight that barely cleared terrain.  As I get older, my ... read more

This 1986 Piper PA-28-236 Dakota Is a Supremely Practical ‘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 1986 Piper PA-28-236 Dakota. After receiving their private certificates, many pilots continue to fly the same aircraft type in which they received instruction and took their check rides. This makes sense because the ... read more

5 Trends Impacting Future Drone Pilot Employment in 2024

FLYING Magazine The morning news is often full of bleak projections for the economy. Massive layoffs, dropping stock prices, and pessimistic industry growth projections are all too common. Thankfully, there is resilience within the global economy that keeps everything moving along a positive trajectory in the long run. When considering an industry for work, it’s important to select one that’s progressing forward with lots of growth potential. The commercial drone industry has both of these ... read more

Shelter from the storm

General Aviation News Facilities across Atlantic Aviation's 105-location FBO network have set aside spots both inside and outside on a short-term basis to serve as safe, temporary homes for those aircraft that may need it. Read More read more

Failure of the engine gearbox drive flange leads to forced landing

General Aviation News The failure of the engine gearbox drive flange, which resulted in a nose gear collapse during the subsequent precautionary landing in tall grass. Read More read more

One ATC Sector of Separation

FLYING Magazine Most of us are familiar with the idiom “six degrees of separation.” The theory, based on a 1929 short story, supposes that we are all connected by a chain of five other people. Essentially, it’s the small world philosophy. Airplanes make the world even smaller. Such was the case on a day that my flying coincided with a friend that lives miles away. In addition, it was the same day in January that an Alaska Airlines 737 Max 9 lost a door plug in the fuselage, providing a ... read more

Atlantic FBOs Offer Discounted Space For Storm-Struck Operators

AVweb FBO chain Atlantic Aviation announced today (May 23) it is making unused ramp and hangar space available at discounted prices for aircraft operators whose home-base airports and/or hangars were damaged by recent storms. The offer of short-term storage is also extended to aircraft operators who are expected to become vulnerable to severe weather in the coming months. Atlantic cited tornados, heavy rain, and flooding that have hit the U.S. Midwest, Central, and Southeastern regions ... read more

Picture Of The Week: May 23, 2024

AVweb 1 of 4 Picture Of The Week: Photo by Dr. Daniel Spitzer. A student completes a final approach to runway 04 at KMGJ as the sun sinks toward the horizon. Leica SL2, November 2023 Final Approach Of The Day Photo by Tom Glass: Just shooting some heavies into GSO late one afternoon with an old Sony mirrorless. N660FE On Final, ... read more

USAF Releases New Flight Test Photos Of B-21 Raider Stealth Bomber

AVweb With an eye toward service entry later this decade, the U.S. Air Force released new photos of its developmental B-21 stealth bomber yesterday (May 22). Shot this past January and as late as last month, the pictures reveal images of the new aircraft in flight and ground tests at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Located in the high desert north of Los Angeles, Edwards AFB (then known as Muroc) is the same location where Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in 1947 in the Bell ... read more

Duncan’s Latest Charter Fleet Addition Is A Keeper

AVweb This week, Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) specialist Duncan Aviation revealed its latest company-owned aircraft, and it looks like a real “catch.” The now-refurbished 10-year-old Pilatus PC-12/47 turboprop single clearly shows the dedication Duncan Board Chairman Todd Duncan has for fishing and the outdoors. But the 4,000-hour PC-12 got more than just a creative new paint job. Along with some heavy maintenance, it also received a fresh interior with natural colors and leather ... read more

NBAA Provides Support For Leaders of Small Flight Departments

AVweb It’s not well known, but the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) reports that 80% of its members are classed as “small operators” meaning they operate a fleet of three aircraft of fewer. For a dedicated business aviation staff, that can mean that pilots, aviation managers and maintenance personnel can be put in the position of filling multiple roles. To support these members, NBAA’s Small Flight Department Subcommittee has developed a three-part webinar leadership series ... read more

Maryland bills extend tax break for aircraft owners

AOPA General Aviation News Maryland Gov. Wes Moore signed H.B.557 and S.B.574 into law, extending a sales tax exemption on aircraft parts through June 30, 2030. AOPA and the Maryland Aviation Council worked together to gain the extension for an additional five years, which will help keep airports and maintenance jobs in the state competitive. Read More read more

B-21 Flight Testing, Production ‘Continues to Make Progress,’ Air Force Says

FLYING Magazine The B-21 Raider “continues to make progress” in flight testing and production, the U.S. Air Force said Wednesday.  The stealth strike bomber was unveiled in December 2022 and officially moved into low-rate production earlier this year. In January, Northrop Grumman said six B-21 bombers are in various stages of final assembly and testing at its facility in Palmdale, California. On Wednesday, the Air Force released a new image of the aircraft it calls the “backbone of the  ... read more

Maryland bills extend tax break for aircraft owners

AOPA General Aviation News Maryland Gov. Wes Moore signed H.B.557 and S.B.574 into law, extending a sales tax exemption on aircraft parts through June 30, 2030. AOPA and the Maryland Aviation Council worked together to gain the extension for an additional five years, which will help keep airports and maintenance jobs in the state competitive. Read More read more

FAA Issues Final Airworthiness Criteria for Archer Midnight Air Taxi

FLYING Magazine Electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi manufacturer Archer Aviation on Thursday achieved a critical milestone in the type certification process for its flagship Midnight aircraft. The FAA on Thursday issued final airworthiness criteria for the company’s Midnight Model M001, making the aircraft only the second eVTOL air taxi to achieve that regulatory milestone in the U.S. The approval lays out the standards the regulator will use to gauge the aircraft’s ... read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1947 Stinson 108-2

Plane & Pilot Magazine Today’s bargain blends vintage charm with massive flexibility in a package that is as comfortable touring weekend fly-ins as it is exploring remote backcountry destinations. … Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1947 Stinson 108-2" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1947 Stinson 108-2 appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Embraer Partners With Avfuel to Increase SAF Use in Orlando

FLYING Magazine Embraer has reached an agreement with Avfuel aviation fuel and services to increase its use of Neste MY SAF at Melbourne Orlando International Airport (KMLB). The business jet FBO has agreed to take one load of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) per week. SAF is made from sustainably sourced, 100 percent renewable waste and residue raw materials, such as used cooking oil, and feedstocks. Neste MY SAF meets ASTM D-1655 specification for conventional jet fuel and performance ... read more

Picture of the Day: Escuadrilla Historica

General Aviation News Damian Kopac submitted this photo and note: "The Escuadrilla Histórica (Historic Squadron) belonging to the Argentina Air Force performing a low pass over the crowd during the first day of the EAA Convention Argentina 2024." Read More read more

GE Aerospace on the Hunt for Engineering Talent

FLYING Magazine GE Aerospace announced Tuesday it intends to hire more than 900 engineers this year. The Evandale, Ohio-based company plans to put them to work on supporting current aircraft engine programs and developing new technologies for future flight. “Hiring has already started,” according to GE. Among the programs with openings for new engineers is the CFM International Revolution Innovation for Sustainable Engines (RISE) airliner engine project as well as advanced military engine ... read more

Paragon Flight Training Reports Record Enrollment

FLYING Magazine Paragon Flight Training in Fort Myers, Florida, announced it is on track to see a 60 percent increase in training hours flown this year over last. The school, located at Page Field Airport (KFMY), is reporting student enrollment is at an all-time high. According to company president Chris Schoensee, enrollment for the first quarter of 2024 was record setting, creating a backlog of clients who will begin their flight training in September, with other student start dates ... read more

Notes from an unknown veteran

General Aviation News I look at these snapshots from World War II and I wonder how their owner's life went in peacetime. Did he pass me on the street, unseen, unrecognized? Did he ever get thanks for his efforts in the war? Read More read more

EAGLE Co-Chair Castagna Sued By Former Employer

AVweb National Air Transportation Association (NATA) President and co-chair of the End Aviation Gasoline Lead Emissions (EAGLE) Curt Castagna has allegedly been fired by his former employer and is being sued for damages related to his longtime employment there. According to court documents filed in California earlier this month by his employer, Aerolease Associates LLC, Castagna was fired on April 30. The court filing includes a long list of allegations regarding Castagna’s operation of a ... read more

Fly safe, smart in Idaho

AOPA General Aviation News Idaho is highlighting recently published reports and important resources that will benefit pilots across the state. Read More read more

Have questions about sharing costs with passengers?

General Aviation News A new WINGS course, "Cost Sharing, Time Building, and Posting on Social Media," has launched, designed to cover the information pilots and aircraft owners need to know about safely — and legally — flying passengers. Read More read more

Fly safe, smart in Idaho

AOPA General Aviation News Idaho is highlighting recently published reports and important resources that will benefit pilots across the state. Read More read more

New Minnesota legislation permits flying cars

General Aviation News Minnesota is the second state in the nation to pass a bill that allows the registration of flying cars — called roadable aircraft by lawmakers. Read More read more

Aurora Notches More DARPA Funding For Its X-Plane Contender

FLYING Magazine Defense News has reported Aurora Flight Sciences has completed its conceptual design of an experimental vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft for the Pentagon and is moving on to the next phase. On April 30, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Aurora a $25 million contract modification to continue working on its version of the Speed and Runway Independent Technologies (SPRINT) entry, a notable boost from the previous $4.2 million ... read more

A new era for the connected cockpit in certified aircraft

General Aviation News The AV-Link enables the display of non-certified ADS-B traffic data on certified avionics instruments, according to officials with uAvionix. Read More read more

Learning the Lingo

Plane & Pilot Magazine Of all the challenging tasks confronting newcomers to aviation, perhaps the least-appreciated and most difficult to overcome is learning to speak the language of aviation. … Read More "Learning the Lingo" The post Learning the Lingo appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

This 1978 Rockwell Commander Is a Conversation-Starting ‘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 Rockwell Commander 114. The Commander 114 reflects manufacturer Rockwell’s approach to designing what was to be a game-changing GA airplane. Rockwell is better known for its military aircraft, such as the B-1 ... read more

Sometimes the Flying Weather’s Fit Only for Turkeys

FLYING Magazine It’s mid-January in the Midwest, and I’m in a funk over something you’ll understand—the weather. We don’t have much violent weather in the Ohio River Valley, but we suffer through weeks of low, gray skies, rain/snow mix, and gusty surface winds. The surface winds at the moment are 240 degrees at 14 gusting to 22 knots with a light rain/snow mix. Ceiling is 1,300 feet overcast with rime ice reports up to 9,000 feet, plus a wind shear alert—winds at 2,000 feet are from 210 ... read more

Near miss in the pattern

General Aviation News The other was operating in the pattern, circling above the airport, seemingly pointlessly, and as I was making my taxi calls, I heard nothing from him. So I tried to time my departure to coincide with his downwind on the opposite side of the airport that I was departing from. Read More read more

Scholarship continues a pilot’s mission

AOPA General Aviation News Michigan pilot Debbie Franceus rallied fellow women with these words: "Learning to fly has to be one of the greatest rewards a person can experience. It challenges your personal abilities, sharpens your skills as a decision maker, brings forward a huge sense of accomplishment and last, but not least, brings you rewards that can take you places you never thought you could go." Read More read more

ForeFlight to integrate AOPA events

AOPA General Aviation News ForeFlight users will have easier access to AOPA events this summer. Read More read more

Textron amps up eVTOL staff

AOPA General Aviation News Textron eAviation, the business unit that includes the Pipistrel brand, bought a German firm specialized in creating flight control and other systems that enable aircraft to fly with or without pilots. Read More read more

Triple Ace Bud Anderson dies at 102

AOPA General Aviation News Clarence Emil "Bud" Anderson, a renowned World War II fighter pilot credited with 16 kills over Europe, died at home in Auburn, California, on May 17. He was the last surviving triple ace of the war and counted Chuck Yeager and R.A. “Bob” Hoover among his friends during a military flying career that spanned four decades. Read More read more

Plan proactive engine upgrades

AOPA General Aviation News In today’s dynamic aviation landscape, proactive planning is more critical than ever. Read More read more

Blog: V-Tail Myths And The Truth, As We Know It, So Far

AVweb As the former owner of a vintage V-tail Bonanza, I always pay attention when one of them crashes. Last week’s tragedy in Tennessee drew particularly wide interest for two reasons. It involved an in-flight breakup, and the pilot was a doctor. Both invoke traditional assumptions about V-tails, and even vintage Bonanza lovers like me acknowledge there is at least a grain or two of truth in each. Starting with the structural failure: Contrary to the legend, in most Bonanza breakups, the ... read more

NASA Winding Down Phase 1 Of HyTEC Engine Research Project

AVweb NASA announced this week it is “winding down” the three-year Phase 1 of its Hybrid Thermally Efficient Core (HyTEC) project. And according to the illustration accompanying the announcement, the new engine technology could include an unducted open-fan configuration. Phase 1 has focused on selecting component technologies for reducing the core size of the HyTEC concept engine. Phase 2 will involve testing and demonstrating the core. Working in conjunction with industry, the NASA ... read more

American Airlines In Damage Control Over Embarrassing Legal Filings

AVweb American Airlines is walking back on legal filings that claimed a nine-year-old girl was responsible for allowing herself to be secretly filmed in an aircraft restroom by a male flight attendant. The airline is now saying the legal papers were filed by an outside legal counsel and the allegation that the harm to the child resulted through her “own fault and negligence” was “an error.” The story began last September when another 14-year-old girl was escorted to a restroom on an ... read more

Short Final: An Abundance Of Caution

AVweb From IFR Magazine reader Ashok Joshi: Taxiing to depart for our home in New Hampshire after picking my wife up at New York JFK Airport in my Bonanza, I was in line between a pair of Southwest Boeing 737s. As we waited for clearance to cross Runway 13/31, the ground controller said, “Southwest 123 cleared to cross Runway 13/31 on Echo. Bonanza 3680 Romeo, taxi to holding line; caution jet wash.” After clearing me to cross the runway a minute later, ground control instructed the second ... read more

GE Aerospace On The Hunt For Engineering Talent

AVweb GE Aerospace announced yesterday (May 21) it intends to hire more than 900 engineers this year. The Evandale, Ohio-based company plans to put them to work on supporting current aircraft engine programs and developing new technologies for future flight. “Hiring as already started,” according to GE. Among the programs with openings for new engineers is the CFM International Revolution Innovation for Sustainable Engines (RISE) airliner engine project as well as advanced military engine ... read more

Aurora Notches More DARPA Funding For Its X-Plane Contender

AVweb Defense News has reported Aurora Flight Sciences has completed its conceptual design of an experimental vertical takeoff and land (VTOL) aircraft for the Pentagon and is moving on to the next phase. On April 30, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Aurora a $25 million contract modification to continue working on its version of the Speed and Runway Independent Technologies (SPRINT) entry, a notable boost from the previous $4.2 million award. Also referred to ... read more

Textron amps up eVTOL staff

AOPA General Aviation News Textron eAviation, the business unit that includes the Pipistrel brand, bought a German firm specialized in creating flight control and other systems that enable aircraft to fly with or without pilots. Read More read more

Joby Lays Plans for Electric Air Taxi Network in Saudi Arabia

FLYING Magazine Electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi manufacturer Joby Aviation is setting its sights on Saudi Arabia. The manufacturer on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Mukamalah Aviation—a subsidiary of state-owned oil and gas company Saudi Aramco that according to Joby operates the world’s largest fleet of corporate aircraft—to introduce its eVTOL air taxi in the country. Mukamalah serves 13 airports across Saudi Arabia with multiple fleets ... read more

Legislators Want Military to Speed Up Electric Aircraft Integration

FLYING Magazine Stars and Stripes is reporting a U.S. House subcommittee has proposed a bill aimed at speeding up integration of electric aircraft into military operations. Since 2020, the U.S. Air Force has had a program called Agility Prime to look at electric aviation’s potential uses, but now legislators want the effort to be ramped up. As part of the 2025 National Defense Authorization Act, the bill would “set up a working group made up of top-ranking defense officials” to kick-start ... read more

NASA, Boeing Forgo Starliner Crewed Flight Test; No New Timeline Given

FLYING Magazine Boeing’s Starliner, a semireusable vessel to the International Space Station (ISS) that has contended with nearly a decade of delays to its inaugural Crewed Flight Test (CFT), no longer has a CFT launch timeline. NASA in a statement on Tuesday confirmed that it, Boeing, and launch provider United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin, are forgoing the previously announced May 25 launch attempt of the Starliner CFT, with no new timeline yet ... read more

Is There an Official Weather Briefing?

FLYING Magazine Question: Is there such a thing as an official source for a weather briefing? I have been using 1800WXBRIEF.com and Aviation Weather Center for years since they don’t require a paid subscription. But according to the CFIs at the school I just started flying with, these are not considered legal weather briefings.  Answer: The question asked begs another one: Legal to whom?  FAA regulations, notably FAR 91.103, require pilots to obtain weather reports and forecasts. However, ... read more

Picture of the Day: Formation maintenance

General Aviation News KT Budde-Jones submitted this photo with a note: "Peter and Richard Lauderback have dedicated their lives to keeping World War II fighters flying. For the past 40 years they have supported Stallion 51's fleet and kept their brother, Lee Lauderback in the cockpit of 'Crazy Horse.' As the expression goes, 'they have forgotten more than most people know about warbirds.' When they work on the Mustangs, they work in silent synchronization — formation Mustang ... read more

Plan proactive engine upgrades

AOPA General Aviation News In today’s dynamic aviation landscape, proactive planning is more critical than ever. Read More read more

A capital day for a flyover

General Aviation News What was it like to fly in the National Celebration of General Aviation DC Flyover? Jim Roberts takes us behind the scenes. Read More read more

Scholarship continues a pilot’s mission

AOPA General Aviation News Michigan pilot Debbie Franceus rallied fellow women with these words: "Learning to fly has to be one of the greatest rewards a person can experience. It challenges your personal abilities, sharpens your skills as a decision maker, brings forward a huge sense of accomplishment and last, but not least, brings you rewards that can take you places you never thought you could go." Read More read more

Video: Airplanes & Coffee

General Aviation News "Beautiful airplanes, coffee, and tall tales — a great combination and a great event," he says. "Lots of airplanes and happy people. Well worth attending." Read More read more

Flying in the Time of Cicadas

FLYING Magazine Airplanes and cicadas are not a good mix. They make a mess when they hit the windscreen. They are distracting when they swarm you as you are trying to do a preflight inspection of the airplane. And sometimes, they can get into the equipment and make it fail. Over the weekend the crew of a Challenger 350 at John C. Tune Airport (KJWN) in Nashville, Tennessee, was having difficulty starting its engines. The aircraft was hooked up to an auxiliary power unit (APU), which is ... read more

This 1988 Mooney M20L PFM Is a Formerly Porsche-Powered ‘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 1988 Mooney M20L PFM. People who like cars as well as aircraft, and are old enough to recall the 1980s, will remember covers of enthusiast magazines featuring the latest Porsche 911 Carrera and the Mooney PFM, an ... read more

Interactive map added to AirVenture FBO special deals page

General Aviation News FBOs across the U.S. have already started posting offers on the Oshkosh Specials page, including discounts of up to $1 per gallon on avgas, complimentary meals, picnics, and camping options. Read More read more

New aviation radio technology introduced

General Aviation News RADIANT Technology is introducing a new radio technology, codenamed SCARP (Software Controlled Aviation Receiver Platform), which allows monitoring of up to eight VHF aviation radio frequencies simultaneously. Read More read more

ForeFlight to integrate AOPA events

AOPA General Aviation News ForeFlight users will have easier access to AOPA events this summer. Read More read more

Triple Ace Bud Anderson dies at 102

AOPA General Aviation News Clarence Emil "Bud" Anderson, a renowned World War II fighter pilot credited with 16 kills over Europe, died at home in Auburn, California, on May 17. He was the last surviving triple ace of the war and counted Chuck Yeager and R.A. “Bob” Hoover among his friends during a military flying career that spanned four decades. Read More read more

Looking at the Physics of STOL Drag

FLYING Magazine At a point in my meandering journalistic career, I found myself behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 Turbo on a Southern California racetrack. One of the turns was a 90-degree elbow of essentially zero radius that came at the end of a long straightaway on which the sports car would reach 120 mph or so. The problem—which resembled the game of chicken in the 1955 film Rebel Without a Cause and which I was shamefully slow to master—was to use maximum braking just in time to ... read more

Landing a Tonka Truck With Wings

FLYING Magazine Growing up, I was a big fan of Tonka trucks. I’d build elaborate road networks in the backyard, complete with water crossings and challenging routes to and from various pretend worksites. Microscale overland adventures typically followed as I imagined myself in the driver’s seat negotiating precarious trails. Today, things really aren’t much different. Sure, the Tonka trucks have long since been retired. And, yes, my machines of choice have evolved somewhat. But my Cessna ... read more

Pilot’s preflight misses screw in control yoke column

General Aviation News The pilot’s inadequate preflight inspection, which did not detect a screw in the control yoke column, and his failure to confirm flight control continuity before takeoff. Read More read more

FAA Corrects United: Restrictions Still In Place

AVweb The FAA says it has not lifted any operational restrictions on United Airlines, contradicting a memo from senior officials at the airline that the regulator is allowing it to “begin the process of restarting our certification activities.” The FAA froze airline operations in March, keeping it from adding any aircraft or routes until a safety review was completed. The review followed a spate of maintenance and operational incidents involving United flights, including an aircraft going ... read more

Minnesota Allows Flying Cars On Roads

AVweb Minnesota is set to become the second state to formally accept flying cars as a category of vehicles allowed to use the roads. Samson Sky, which is developing the Switchblade roadable aircraft, said the measure was included in Minnesota’s recently-passed transportation bill, which has been signed into law and defines the new category as aircraft that can be driven to and from airports or private strips. New Hampshire passed a similar measure in 2020. The bill package includes ... read more

Legislators Want Military To Speed Up Electric Aircraft Integration

AVweb Stars and Stripes is reporting a House subcommittee has proposed a bill aimed at speeding up integration of electric aircraft into military operations. Since 2020, the Air Force has had a program called Agility Prime to look at electric aviation’s potential uses called Agility Prime but now legislators want the effort to be ramped up. As part of the 2025 National Defense Authorization Act, the bill would “set up a working group made up of top-ranking defense officials” to kick start ... read more

Best 2024 Father’s Day Gifts for Pilots and Aviation Enthusiasts

FLYING Magazine Father’s Day is quickly approaching on June 16, and if you’re looking for the perfect gift for the aviation-loving dad in your life, we’ve got you covered. Here are some high-flying surprises that will surely put a smile on his face. From an aviation enthusiast to a certified pilot, there is a unique gift to satisfy every interest. Have fun browsing our curated list, and remember, whatever you choose, it’s the thought that counts. Quick Look: Top Gifts for Pilots and ... read more

‘Short Runway’ Is Really a Subjective Term

FLYING Magazine In aviation, the term “short runway” in regard to GA aircraft is a relative term.  A 3,800-foot runway might be considered short for a business jet (by its insurance carrier, at least) but would be plenty long for a Piper Cherokee or Cessna 172. That’s just as a 1,900-foot runway with power lines at one end might be a pucker-inducing event for the C-172 but have room to spare for a STOL-equipped Super Cub.  READ MORE: Passing Your Private Pilot Check Ride Requires the Right ... read more

Checklist: What You Need to Qualify for a Drone Pilot Job

FLYING Magazine What if all you needed was to follow a simple checklist and potentially earn over $100,000 a year? As a commercial drone pilot, it is entirely possible to do just that with a proven method to grow from drone enthusiast to drone entrepreneur.  If you are ready to join the ranks of this rapidly growing industry, our checklist will be the key to your success. By getting the proper certifications and appropriate training and deciding which career path is best for you, the skies ... read more

Pictures of the day: Evening flight

General Aviation News Longtime contributor Tom Snow sent these photos of the sunset view on the evening of Feb. 7, 2024, as he and his son, Sam, returned to land at Chattanooga, Tennessee (KCHA) at the conclusion of their first flight in their new Van’s RV-12iST trainer. Read More read more

Changes in the 2024 AirVenture Notice Worth Examining

Plane & Pilot Magazine Flying into Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh (KOSH) for EAA AirVenture is not for the faint of heart. As this becomes the busiest airspace during … Read More "Changes in the 2024 AirVenture Notice Worth Examining" The post Changes in the 2024 AirVenture Notice Worth Examining appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Pros and Cons: Part 141 vs. Part 61 Flight Schools

Plane & Pilot Magazine Becoming a pilot can be a daunting dream. How do I start? Where do they teach this stuff? Who is Hobbs?  Still, the U.S. is … Read More "Pros and Cons: Part 141 vs. Part 61 Flight Schools" The post Pros and Cons: Part 141 vs. Part 61 Flight Schools appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Jumping for joy

General Aviation News Flying still fills me with a sense of awe. Even after all these years I have never become blasé about the moment the wheels get light and the wings take the load uphill. I’m acutely aware that I am nothing more than an average human being, well out of my element. On my own I have no business being thousands of feet in the air, cruising along at speeds my ground-bound counterparts can only dream of as they sit in traffic. Read More read more

Passenger Killed In Turbulence On Singapore Flight

AVweb One man died and about 30 others were injured, seven of them critically, after a Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER hit severe turbulence over Myanmar on Tuesday. The aircraft was on flight from Heathrow to Singapore when it hit the rough air in the early afternoon. It diverted to Bangkok and landed about 3:45 local time. Images show the oxygen masks hanging down and interior panels dislodged in the cabin. It’s not clear if the plane was structurally damaged. The dead man died on ... read more

Training and Safety Tip: Alternator failure

AOPA General Aviation News A beautiful, clear morning sky stretched from Gallup, New Mexico, to Oshkosh, Wisconsin. It was my second flight to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, and I had a good idea what to expect. Read More read more

Severe Turbulence Blamed in Death Aboard Singapore Airlines Flight

FLYING Magazine One person was killed and dozens injured when an airliner encountered severe turbulence on a flight from London to Singapore on Tuesday.  According to aviation officials, Singapore Airlines Flight SQ321 took off from London Heathrow Airport (EGLL) on Monday evening with 211 passengers and 18 crew on board. The flight normally takes 13 hours. READ MORE: ForeFlight Introduces Reported Turbulence Map Around 11 hours into the trip, the Boeing 777-300ER dropped from a cruising ... read more

1947 Aeronca champion grand prize in museum sweepstakes

General Aviation News The Dakota Territory Air Museum bought this Aeronca back from the 2019 sweepstakes winner. Read More read more

World War II Triple Ace Bud Anderson flies west

General Aviation News World War II Triple Ace Brigadier General Clarence E. “Bud” Anderson passed away May 17, 2024, a home peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his family. He was 102. Read More read more

This 1953 Beechcraft 35 Bonanza Is a Classic, Handsome ‘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 1953 Beechcraft 35 Bonanza. After years of flying basic trainer-style airplanes pilots naturally seek to move up to aircraft that better suit their growing travel needs and abilities. Many of those pilots begin ... read more

CareAffaire to raise funds for Wings of Mercy

General Aviation News All proceeds will benefit Wings of Mercy, a faith-based, non-profit, volunteer pilot organization dedicated to helping people in need access life-saving medical care by arranging free flights to distant medical facilities. Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: Alternator failure

AOPA General Aviation News A beautiful, clear morning sky stretched from Gallup, New Mexico, to Oshkosh, Wisconsin. It was my second flight to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, and I had a good idea what to expect. Read More read more

Chart Wise: Ocean City (KOXB) LOC Rwy 32

FLYING Magazine As you look ahead this spring to the flights you would like to make as the temperatures climb, the Atlantic Coast offers a lot for pilots living in New England or the Mid-Atlantic states. A summer trip to Ocean City, Maryland, might be for strolling along the boardwalk, visiting the beaches, or experiencing some nearby golfing or nightlife. Whatever your reason, a pilot might find themselves utilizing the Localizer Runway 32 approach to Ocean City Municipal Airport (KOXB) ... read more

Bounced landing bends plane

General Aviation News When he came into land he bounced and made the mistake of not going around immediately. The airplane bounced two more times and then he taxied off. Read More read more

VP Racing Responds To Fuel Suitability Comments

AVweb VP Aviation is discounting discussion on forums and comments that its proposed unleaded fuel won’t be suitable for big displacement engines, particularly radials. VP Aviation’s fuel, which is being developed in partnership with Lyondell/Basell is the last one going through the FAA’s Piston Aviation Fuel Initiative (PAFI) which, if successful, will lead to a “fleet authorization” permitting its use in all gasoline-powered engines. In a detailed explanation issued to AVweb (copied in ... read more

Boeing Shareholders Vote To Pay Calhoun $33 Million

AVweb The BBC is reporting Boeing shareholders have voted to give outgoing President Dave Calhoun a 2023 pay package worth a total of about $33 million. The vote, which was taken at the company’s annual meeting, is not binding. The shareholders also agreed to keep Calhoun as a director as Calhoun steps down and the company enters a crucial period. “The months and years ahead are critically important for our company as we take the necessary steps to regain the trust lost in recent times,” ... read more

Archer, Etihad Partner to Train Air Taxi Pilots in UAE

FLYING Magazine Electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi manufacturer Archer Aviation on Monday added a crucial dimension to its plans for service in the United Arab Emirates, which it expects to launch in 2025. At the Future Aviation Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Archer announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Aviation Training, a subsidiary of UAE flag carrier Etihad Airways, to recruit and train the initial cohort of pilots that will fly ... read more

NTSB: Rule Violation Contributed to Fatal Midair Collision at EAA AirVenture

FLYING Magazine The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its final report on last year’s fatal midair collision at EAA AirVenture, concluding that the crash occurred when a gyroplane violated event rules by making a prohibited 360-degree turn and collided with a helicopter. According to the NTSB report, both pilots attended a rotorcraft briefing where event coordinators told gyroplane pilots to stop performing 360-degree turns and spirals while in the traffic pattern. READ ... read more

NASA, ESA Join Forces to Land European Rover on Mars

FLYING Magazine NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) are joining forces to land an ESA rover on Mars as early as 2030. NASA and ESA on Thursday signed a fresh memorandum of understanding (MOU) to launch the latter’s Rosalind Franklin rover to the Red Planet as early as 2028, bolstered by expanded U.S. contributions to the mission. ESA said the mission, called ExoMars, will be its most ambitious search for signs of past and present life on Mars. The rover is named after British chemist ... read more

This 1993 SOCATA TB-20 Trinidad Is a Fetching ‘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 1993 SOCATA TB-20 Trinidad. SOCATA revealed its line of so-called Caribbean aircraft—the Tampico, Tobago, and Trinidad—during the late 1970s as U.S. general aviation experienced its best sales years. The airplanes, ... read more

Picture of the Day: Gleaming wings and fat tires in the high desert

General Aviation News Anitra Goddard submitted this photo and note: "Micah Lindstrom's 1955 Cessna 170B gleaming on Dead Cow Lakebed Airstrip in Nevada. Micah was there racing this 170 in the STOL Drag World Championships at the High Sierra Fly-In." Read More read more

Florida Rental Offers Escape With Oceanfront, Airstrip Views

FLYING Magazine There is no doubt that the Salty Approach is one of the more unique airstrips in the U.S. The seaside landing site on North Captiva Island, Florida, is a gateway for dozens of families who all come to escape from the demands of daily life. Nate Altman was first introduced to the island in 2006 when his in-laws started vacationing there. He was impressed with the prime vacation spot since his first visit. “We are originally from Minnesota, and when we were newly engaged, my ... read more

Questions from the Cockpit: Old(er) vs. new(er)

General Aviation News Adam, a private pilot in Georgia, writes: I’m tired of the hassles of renting to feed my passion. It’s time to pony up and become an airplane owner. I’ve read up on everything and think I know what I’m in for. But I do have one item that I’m getting differing opinions on, so I’d like your wisdom: Should I go for a good deal on an older airplane and have some money left over to make it nice, or should I go for something newer, basically buying all the airplane that I ... read more

Talk Like A Pirate Pilot

AVweb Aviation is the Caribbean of the 1700s, and you are fish bait. Savvy? Our local flying club was having its yearly “Talk Like a Pilot Day” cookout at their hangar, and I was invited to give the keynote address. I was among a few dozen people who had spent their day talking like a pilot around clueless non-flyers. They had been saying “Roger” when they meant “OK.” They had spent the day at their jobs calling the break room the “galley” and the bathroom the “lav,” and had been ... read more

Iranian President Believed Killed In Helicopter Crash

AVweb Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi is among at least four passengers who are thought to have been killed in the crash of Bell 212 helicopter in a mountainous area of the country. The crash occurred in rain and fog near the border with Azerbaijan in the northwest corner of the country. Also on board was Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and two senior Azerbaijani officials. The crash site has apparently been found, but rain and mud are complicating rescue and recovery ... read more

500 and counting…

General Aviation News Officials with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Ray Aviation Scholarship program report that 500 scholarship recipients have completed flight training and earned their pilot certificates. Read More read more

Honor the WASP on Memorial Day

General Aviation News Women in Aviation International (WAI) is encouraging the aviation community to honor the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) by visiting their graves and leaving flowers or other remembrances on Memorial Day. Read More read more

ASA updates Student Flight Records

General Aviation News Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA) has updated its Student Flight Records for Instrument and Commercial Airplane, and Private, Instrument, and Commercial Helicopter to comply with new Airman Certification Standards (ACS) effective May 31, 2024. Read More read more

Rotor Roundup: What’s on the Horizon for Helicopters and eVTOLs?

FLYING Magazine The rotorcraft marker has always set itself apart within the general aviation industry, not only because of the different production requirements to develop and manufacture a helicopter versus a fixed-wing aircraft, but also because the category takes a different kind of training and operational environment to attain a commensurate level of safety. FLYING took the opportunity to see what’s on the horizon in terms of both traditional helicopters and the red-hot powered-lift ... read more

Pilot practicing to become cropduster dies in crash

General Aviation News The pilot’s exceedance of the airplane’s critical angle of attack while maneuvering, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall/spin and loss of control. 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