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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

Eco-Pulse Aircraft Headlines Daher’s Sustainability Initiatives

FLYING Magazine Based on Daher’s proven TBM airframe, the Eco-Pulse hybrid-electric propulsion demonstrator has been powered up in Tarbes, France, according to Daher CEO Didier Kayat.  Kayat delivered the news at a press event at the National Business Aviation Association’s European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland. EBACE officially opens on Monday at the Palexpo center at the Geneva International Airport (LSGG). “In taking bold steps to decarbonize ... read more

Picture of the Day: Total eclipse of the sun

General Aviation News Steve Freeman submitted this photo and note: "Just after sunrise while making a 360° turn to avoid traffic I caused a total eclipse of the sun...at least from my vantage point!" Read More read more

B-29 History Restored Tour stops in Seattle

General Aviation News Ride tickets and paid tours pay for all ongoing maintenance and operations to keep "Doc" flying. Read More read more

Dassault Updates on 6X, 10X Programs at EBACE

FLYING Magazine “More people are now recognizing the benefits business aviation can bring and what it can mean to their own businesses and communities,” said Éric Trappier, chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, Sunday in a press conference from the National Business Aviation Association’s European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland. EBACE gets underway on Monday at the Palexpo center at the Geneva International Airport (LSGG). “It’s good to see the ... read more

ALPA Rejects Boost In Retirement Age

AVweb The Air Line Pilots Association says raising the retirement age for pilots is no magic bullet for the current shortage and it will oppose any attempt to make the change. For the past week there have been unverified reports on social media of pending legislative action to boost the retirement age to 67 or 68 from the current 65 as a quick fix to the staffing crisis. In fact, says ALPA, simply waving that not-so-magic wand will create chaos in the current seniority-based flight bidding ... read more

Tragedy halts Nebraska STOL event

AOPA General Aviation News Organizers, participating pilots, and spectators gathered at a Nebraska airport anticipating a four-day weekend of competitive displays of pilot skill instead confronted a grim reality on May 20: Mistakes made during routine maneuvers in an airplane can bring awful consequences. Read More read more

Fatal Accident Stops STOL Competition In Nebraska

FLYING Magazine The MayDay STOL competition in Wayne, Nebraska, came to an abrupt and tragic halt on Friday evening with the loss of pilot Tom Dafoe, who was piloting a 1946 Cessna 140. Dafoe was flying in the fourth heat of a traditional STOL pickup match when the Cessna entered a stall-spin around 300 feet agl, from a base-to-final turn, according to eyewitnesses on the scene at Wayne Municipal-Stan Morris Field. The subsequent impact took Dafoe’s life. Tom Dafoe (right) and son Will ... read more

Tragedy halts Nebraska STOL event

AOPA General Aviation News Organizers, participating pilots, and spectators gathered at a Nebraska airport anticipating a four-day weekend of competitive displays of pilot skill instead confronted a grim reality on May 20: Mistakes made during routine maneuvers in an airplane can bring awful consequences. Read More read more

Court order stalls planned restrictions at KHTO

General Aviation News East Hampton officials planned to close the airport at 11:59 pm (EDT) on May 17, 2022, and reopen it 33 hours later with multiple new restrictions in place, including a prior permission required program, increased landing fees, operating curfews, bans on aircraft weighing over 50,000 pounds and aircraft deemed “noisy,” and trip limits on Part 135 and 91(k) operations, according to officials with the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). Read More read more

Aircraft deliveries up, but billings down in first quarter of 2022

General Aviation News The latest report gives one reason why billings were down 5.9% for airplanes and 17.3% for helicopters, even though both categories posted healthy increases in deliveries: More light airplane deliveries were made. Read More read more

Starliner Docks With ISS

AVweb Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) for the first time on Friday evening. The uncrewed mission, Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2), launched from Space Launch Complex-41 at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Thursday. As previously reported by AVweb, OFT-2 was originally expected to launch last year but was delayed due to an oxidizer isolation valve issue on the vehicle’s service module propulsion system. ... read more

Top Letters And Comments, May 20, 2022

AVweb New Research Suggests There’s Still A Lot To Learn From Birds Or… pilots could learn best landing techniques and practice accordingly, enhancing safety in that manner rather than adding complexity to the hardware. Though I do agree, there is a lot to be learned from birds, such as how to stay up all afternoon making no more than one circle in each thermal, and how to get my engine to run on earthworms and seeds. JK (= disclaimer) Chris K. I have a bird feeder outside my dining room ... read more

Crews Recover Missing Cirrus; Congress Gets the UFO Skinny; and East Hampton’s Bold Plan Gets Stymied

Plane & Pilot Magazine Plus, another, less controversial Red Bull event; talented young musician gets a flying scholarship; United to fly its Pratt-powered 777s again; and much, much more! Read More "Crews Recover Missing Cirrus; Congress Gets the UFO Skinny; and East Hampton’s Bold Plan Gets Stymied" The post Crews Recover Missing Cirrus; Congress Gets the UFO Skinny; and East Hampton’s Bold Plan Gets Stymied appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

What to Make of Congressional Hearings on UFOs

Plane & Pilot Magazine It’s always a bit of a circus on Capitol Hill, but this time, our U.S. Representatives outdid themselves Read More "What to Make of Congressional Hearings on UFOs" The post What to Make of Congressional Hearings on UFOs appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Blade to Become Largest Helicopter Passenger Service in Europe

FLYING Magazine On Thursday, Blade Air Mobility, a global air mobility platform, announced its acquisition of three urban air mobility (UAM) operators and is set to become the largest helicopter passenger service in Europe. Monacair SAM, Héli Sécurité, and another unnamed helicopter operator in the South of France will be added to Blade’s growing international operations. “These three acquisitions are core to our strategy of leveraging our asset-light model to aggregate the premier use ... read more

New Company Arranges Fly-In RV Rentals

FLYING Magazine The vastness of the United States naturally plants the seeds of exploration. This was true for the land’s earliest inhabitants, and it still is today. And while getting around is easier than ever in terms of vehicular mobility, actually putting the trip of your dreams together can be frustratingly difficult. While flying can make quick work of a cross-country passage, you can’t necessarily stop at points of interest, especially if you are on a commercial flight. However, ... read more

Following Bankruptcy, Enstrom Helicopter Corporation is Resurrected

FLYING Magazine After declaring Chapter 7 bankruptcy in January and closing its doors after nearly 65 years in business, Enstrom Helicopter Corporation has been purchased.  Chuck Surack, the founder of Indiana-based Surack Enterprises, has purchased Enstrom to rebuild the Enstrom brand, or as Surack Enterprises describes it, “one of the leading American-made helicopter manufacturers as it once was.” Surack’s capital for the purchase is derived from his Sweetwater Sound business, the ... read more

Photo of the Week: Oklahoma Mammatus

Plane & Pilot Magazine Dozens of Oklahomans posted pics of bizarre cloud formations to social media as rare and spectacular mammatus formations appeared following a severe storm Read More "Photo of the Week: Oklahoma Mammatus" The post Photo of the Week: Oklahoma Mammatus appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Mystery Deepens as Cirrus SR22 Recovered from Atlantic

Plane & Pilot Magazine The location of the aircraft was no mystery, as you’ll see. Investigators will be focusing on why the plane’s path went astray. Read More "Mystery Deepens as Cirrus SR22 Recovered from Atlantic" The post Mystery Deepens as Cirrus SR22 Recovered from Atlantic appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

EBACE 2022 Focuses Its Lens on Sustainability

FLYING Magazine Is it any wonder that sustainability leads as the primary theme at the 2022 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) set to kick off on Monday? With climate change, emissions, and the volatility raging globally in the fossil fuel markets—and turboprop and jet deliveries recovering from the pandemic—what was once perhaps viewed by some as “nice to have” has taken on an urgency for most in the aviation industry, at all levels. EBACE runs from May 23 ... read more

Five Ways You Can Bolster Your Training and Timebuilding

FLYING Magazine The pilot shortage has created a huge demand for well-trained professional pilots, and there are many flight schools to provide that training. But no matter where you train or what you fly, you can incorporate professional pilot habits into your flying.  In this week’s episode of V1 Rotate, airline pilot Sam Weigel shows you five pro pilot tips and techniques to add to your training and timebuilding, making for easier career transitions, and making you more marketable to ... read more

AOPA’S AIR SAFETY INSTITUTE RELEASES EARLY ANALYSIS: N8845Z VIDEO

AOPA General Aviation News The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Air Safety Institute (ASI) released a new video from its Early Analysis series providing an initial examination of a tragic accident that took place last week. Read More read more

Hangar hangout snowballs into food truck festivals

AOPA General Aviation News It started with a few burgers on a grill by a hangar and grew, quickly. Vermont pilots hope to get more people into aviation by inviting everyone to visit the airport, with a workshop, helicopter rides, and food trucks lined up and waiting to entice interest in aviation. Read More read more

An urban adventure with a historic aviation link

AOPA General Aviation News Some would say there are at least 10,000 reasons to visit Minnesota, and now aviation and history enthusiasts can add one more: Rand Tower Hotel recently opened in a historic downtown Minneapolis skyscraper with a one-of-a-kind aviation theme that makes a great home base for exploring the area. Read More read more

Fly the economy going again

AOPA General Aviation News It has been a rough couple of years for restaurants, hotels, and tourist attractions that make destination aviation truly enjoyable. As soon as your risk assessment permits, get those propeller(s) or turbines turning and do what airplanes were made for. Read More read more

Warbird pilots and enthusiasts set to gather in Minnesota

AOPA General Aviation News The Ray Fagen Memorial Airshow will be held on June 18 at the Granite Falls Municipal Airport/ Lenzen-Roe-Fagen Memorial Field in Granite Falls, Minnesota. Read More read more

How We Ranked These Flight Schools

FLYING Magazine To help you make the best decision when choosing a flight school, we gathered information and ranked each school in five categories. Career PartnershipsValueCampus LifeFleetFacilities/Location Career Partnerships Partnerships with aviation companies help students get a jump start to their career before they graduate. Because of the value that industry partners bring, schools were ranked based on the number of partnerships held.  Zero partners = 5 pointsOne partner = 6 ... read more

AOPA’S AIR SAFETY INSTITUTE RELEASES EARLY ANALYSIS: N8845Z VIDEO

AOPA General Aviation News The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Air Safety Institute (ASI) released a new video from its Early Analysis series providing an initial examination of a tragic accident that took place last week. Read More read more

Sporty’s Pilot Training app now available for Apple computers

General Aviation News The latest update of Sporty’s Pilot Training platform brings an all-new version of the Pilot Training app to Apple computers, allowing pilots to access courses on a Macbook, iMac, or Mac Pro. Sporty’s courses can be accessed from a number of devices, including iPhone, iPad, Android, and Apple CarPlay, plus all the popular smart TVs, […] Read More read more

Charlie Taylor: The Man Who Made The Wright Brothers Fly

Plane & Pilot Magazine Learn about the career and legacy of the first aircraft mechanic. Read More "Charlie Taylor: The Man Who Made The Wright Brothers Fly" The post Charlie Taylor: The Man Who Made The Wright Brothers Fly appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Hangar hangout snowballs into food truck festivals

AOPA General Aviation News It started with a few burgers on a grill by a hangar and grew, quickly. Vermont pilots hope to get more people into aviation by inviting everyone to visit the airport, with a workshop, helicopter rides, and food trucks lined up and waiting to entice interest in aviation. Read More read more

An urban adventure with a historic aviation link

AOPA General Aviation News Some would say there are at least 10,000 reasons to visit Minnesota, and now aviation and history enthusiasts can add one more: Rand Tower Hotel recently opened in a historic downtown Minneapolis skyscraper with a one-of-a-kind aviation theme that makes a great home base for exploring the area. Read More read more

Warbird pilots and enthusiasts set to gather in Minnesota

AOPA General Aviation News The Ray Fagen Memorial Airshow will be held on June 18 at the Granite Falls Municipal Airport/ Lenzen-Roe-Fagen Memorial Field in Granite Falls, Minnesota. Read More read more

Will MOSAIC Allow LSAs To Do More?

FLYING Magazine In a 2016 white paper “Aerial Work for Light-Sport Aircraft,” the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) in conjunction with the United States Ultralight Association (USUA) made a strong case that light sport aircraft are ideal for many types of aerial work, such as: aerial photographypipeline patrolssearch and rescuecrop sprayingwildfire spotting The fuel efficiency of LSAs is a major factor in these types of aircraft now being used worldwide for many aerial work ... read more

Inside the Historic Mission to Refuel an Orbiting Satellite

FLYING Magazine In a nondescript building outside Washington, D.C., a team of engineers, scientists, and technicians are making history with technological breakthroughs that have taken space satellite operations to the next level.  Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) subsidiary SpaceLogistics allowed FLYING rare access inside the highly restricted lab where team members developed an autonomous spacecraft that can safely dock with commercial satellites in geosynchronous orbit (GEO) and refuel ... read more

Demo flight ends in crash

General Aviation News The front seat pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll, and the rear seat pilot's delayed remedial control inputs that subsequently resulted in a ground loop. Contributing to the accident was a lack of communication by both pilot's to establish clearly defined pilot-in-command roles prior to the accident flight. Read More read more

Fly the economy going again

AOPA General Aviation News It has been a rough couple of years for restaurants, hotels, and tourist attractions that make destination aviation truly enjoyable. As soon as your risk assessment permits, get those propeller(s) or turbines turning and do what airplanes were made for. Read More read more

Aircraft Shipments Rise In Q1 2022

AVweb Aircraft shipments increased across all segments during the first quarter (Q1) of 2022 compared to the same time period last year, according to the First Quarter 2022 General Aviation Aircraft Shipment and Billing Report (PDF) published by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) on Thursday. GAMA reported that turboprop airplanes saw the biggest jump with a 31 percent rise in shipments from 84 in Q1 2021 to 110 in Q1 2022. Piston airplane shipments rose to 263 compared ... read more

Flying Musicians Names 2022 Solo Scholarship Recipient

AVweb The Flying Musicians Association (FMA) has selected flutist Jovencia “Jovie” Webbeking as the recipient of its 2022 FMA Solo program scholarship. Webbeking, one of six finalists for the program, was chosen by FMA’s board from an initial pool of 37 nominees from across the U.S. and Canada. She is the fifteenth overall recipient of the FMA Solo program, which offers scholarships to high school music students for flight training through their first solo as well as providing assistance ... read more

Spirit Calls For Stockholders To Reject JetBlue Offer

AVweb The board of directors for Spirit Airlines has unanimously determined that an offer from JetBlue Airways to acquire all outstanding shares of Spirit’s common stock was not in the best interests of the airline and its stockholders. The board’s Thursday announcement came in response to JetBlue filing a proxy statement and launching a website last week urging Spirit shareholders to vote against a proposed merger between Spirit and fellow ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) Frontier Airlines ... read more

Embraer Delivers 1500th Ipanema

AVweb Embraer announced this week that it delivered its 1500th Ipanema agricultural aircraft during a ceremony at the company’s unit in Botucatu, São Paulo. The aircraft went to rancher Carla de Freitas, who owns Agropecuária Bela Vista, based in Vilhena in the Brazilian state of Rondônia. According to Embraer, it has registered 39 new orders for Ipanema aircraft in the first five months of 2022, a 22 percent increase over the same time period last year. “Ipanema is a great ally for ... read more

Cutting You Loose

AVweb Believe it or not, air traffic controllers don’t issue radar vectors for amusement. I know it might seem like it when you’re getting strung out for a sequence or for traffic, watching the time-equals-money clock ticking away, increasing the costs of your flight. My goal as a controller is to get you on your own navigation as soon as possible— the less I vector you, the less work I have to do. The obstacle to turning you loose is that there might be traffic conflicts that require me ... read more

Radical Plan Delayed: Court Temporarily Halts East Hampton Airport Closure

Plane & Pilot Magazine The town’s plan is highly unusual and forces aviation to confront equally unusual questions about our use of public aviation facilities Read More "Radical Plan Delayed: Court Temporarily Halts East Hampton Airport Closure" The post Radical Plan Delayed: Court Temporarily Halts East Hampton Airport Closure appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Stricken Caravan Pilot Identified as Kenneth Allen Has ‘Miracle’ Recovery

FLYING Magazine The pilot who lost consciousness during a flight from the Bahamas to Florida last week, resulting in a passenger having to land the airplane, has been identified as Kenneth Allen, a 64-year-old grandfather of six. And hospital officials say he is lucky to be alive. “The story is miracle after miracle,” said Dr. Nishant Patel, the cardiothoracic surgeon who treated Allen at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center on May 10. Dr. Nishant Patel In a press conference Thursday, Patel ... read more

Vote Now For The 2022 FLYING Readers’ Choice Award

FLYING Magazine At FLYING we see so many cool new advances in aviation every day–it’s why we love the industry we’re in. While we report on them all, we want to know what you think took the top prize for the Coolest Innovation of the Year. We’re looking at Q1 2021 through the end of Q1 2022 to capture as much new stuff as possible, and we came up with the following options. What gets your vote? And let us know why you think so. The winner will take the new FLYING Readers’ Choice Award for ... read more

Airbus Chooses New Honeywell Flight Management System

FLYING Magazine Airbus (Euronext FR: AIR.FP) has chosen Honeywell’s (NASDAQ: HON) new flight management system (FMS) for eventual service on three Airbus airliner platforms, Honeywell announced Thursday. The new product will combine multiple current FMS models for Airbus into a “single standardized hardware and software platform” designed for Airbus A320, A330, and A350 airliners, the company said, with expected entry into service by the end of 2026.  “Importantly, the new FMS hardware is ... read more

New York State Supreme Court Keeps East Hampton Airport Public, For Now

FLYING Magazine East Hampton Airport (KHTO) will remain open to the public for at least another week after New York State Supreme Court judge Paul J. Baisley Jr. issued a temporary restraining order against the town of East Hampton. The town had planned to close the airport on Tuesday and reopen it 33 hours later as a private-use facility, requiring pilots to obtain permission before landing. The planned changes also would have included new restrictions on aircraft operations, curfews, ... read more

Survey Results: Pilots Differ Strongly on Recording Flights and the FAA’s Response

Plane & Pilot Magazine Many of our surveys show great unity among pilots. Not this one. Read More "Survey Results: Pilots Differ Strongly on Recording Flights and the FAA’s Response" The post Survey Results: Pilots Differ Strongly on Recording Flights and the FAA’s Response appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

‘It’s just such a great job’

AOPA General Aviation News Capt. Kendall “Kiki” Culler has celebrated 38 years with Hawaiian Airlines and 35 years as captain, making her the most senior captain at the airline, just one month shy of retirement. Read More read more

(Not all) pistons remain popular

AOPA General Aviation News The overall trends reported by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association for the first three months of 2022 are positive, but the news is not so good for all makes and models. Read More read more

GA Aircraft Deliveries Up Year Over Year in First Quarter

FLYING Magazine Recovery from the pandemic-cued rollback on aircraft deliveries continues, as evidenced by the first quarter report for 2022 from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. The GAMA report demonstrated that the total aircraft deliveries increased across the board as compared to Q1 2021, with higher numbers in all segments. This was tempered by the fact that the total dollar value of billings came in just a bit lower than for the same period in 2021. Turboprop ... read more

Picture of the Day: Yellowbird in the grass

General Aviation News Lance Berrier submitted this photo and note: "My 1946 Cessna 140 'Yellowbird' resting in the grass at Boonville Airport (26NC) in North Carolina." Read More read more

FAA adding staff to reduce aircraft registration processing time

AOPA General Aviation News While the FAA has assured AOPA that steps are being taken to increase staff, the aircraft registration renewal processing time continues to frustrate owners, narrowing the time window to act without risking a lapse. Read More read more

‘Its just such a great job’

AOPA General Aviation News Capt. Kendall “Kiki” Culler has celebrated 38 years with Hawaiian Airlines and 35 years as captain, making her the most senior captain at the airline, just one month shy of retirement. Read More read more

(Not all) pistons remain popular

AOPA General Aviation News The overall trends reported by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association for the first three months of 2022 are positive, but the news is not so good for all makes and models. Read More read more

Flying on Delta’s New Fuel-Saving Airbus A321neo

FLYING Magazine (Aboard Delta Air Lines Flight 9979) — Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) is betting that the fuel-saving, lower-emissions technology of their new Airbus (Euronext FR: AIR.FP) A321neo will lead to a sustainable future.  The Atlanta-based airline invited FLYING on a ferry flight Wednesday of its first A321neo—a single-aisle twin engine airliner that boasts fuel savings of 20 percent per seat and an extended range of about 500 nm, over conventional A321 models. As Delta adds this ... read more

A Look at the HondaJet 2600 Concept

FLYING Magazine Chatter filled the Honda Aircraft exhibit at the National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Las Vegas in October 2021. Dramatic music came on over the loudspeakers along with a video showing the original HondaJet, and then, the outline of a larger bizjet on the drape. A gasp, then hands clapping could be heard from the large crowd gathered around as the drape fell, revealing a full-scale mockup of the HondaJet 2600 Concept. The ... read more

General aviation preps for when the big one hits

General Aviation News Thunder Run, a disaster drill planned for June 18, 2022, involves about 100 general aviation airplanes, emergency coordinators from California to Canada, and pilots, air traffic controllers, ham radio operators, and others practicing what they will do in the immediate aftermath of a devastating earthquake. Read More read more

Spirit Airlines Urges Stockholders to Reject JetBlue Tender Offer

FLYING Magazine Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) is urging shareholders to reject the tender offer that JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU) proposed earlier this week to purchase all the outstanding Spirit shares.  In a statement, Mac Gardner, chairman of the board of directors for Spirit Airlines, said Spirit wants to march on with the Frontier deal. “Our pending merger with Frontier is advancing as planned. We continue to recommend that Spirit stockholders vote FOR the merger with Frontier on June 10, as ... read more

Volunteers clean up airstrips in Hells Canyon

General Aviation News Volunteers arrived in 16 airplanes from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Minnesota to work on the six airstrips in the Hells Canyon National Recreational Area. Projects included mowing, weed eating, installing new windsocks, and trimming back blackberry bushes. Read More read more

FAA adding staff to reduce aircraft registration processing time

AOPA General Aviation News While the FAA has assured AOPA that steps are being taken to increase staff, the aircraft registration renewal processing time continues to frustrate owners, narrowing the time window to act without risking a lapse. Read More read more

115 pilots set to compete in Air Race Classic

General Aviation News The race begins at 8 a.m. June 21, 2022, when 50 planes will launch full throttle, 30 seconds apart, down the runway at Lakeland Linder International Airport (KLAL) in Florida. From there, they will embark on a 2,548-mile course that ends June 24 in Terre Haute, Indiana. Read More read more

We Fly Preview: Embraer Praetor 500

FLYING Magazine What does it feel like when they hand you the keys—figuratively speaking—to a $17 million business jet? For me, it was a milestone moment, as Embraer’s Praetor 500 represented the biggest step up in class that I’ve taken in the turbine world.  I last flew the Embraer Phenom 300E for a FLYING We Fly pilot report in March 2020, and the team at Embraer Executive Jets welcomed me and ensured that—through thorough briefings and a detailed walkaround—that I had a good grasp of ... read more

90th anniversary celebration of Amelia Earhart’s first solo across Atlantic

General Aviation News When Amelia Earhart landed in Derry, Northern Ireland, in May 1932, "no one had ever seen a woman driving a car, let alone flying an airplane or wearing trousers,” said Nicole McElhinney, co-founder of the Amelia Earhart Legacy Association. “Her fearless spirit was revolutionary, particularly for women, and continues to be an inspiration around the world.” Read More read more

Deadly Attitudes: Know How To Spot Risky Thinking

Plane & Pilot Magazine A look at the top categories of poor decision-making that catch up with pilots of all stripes every year. Read More "Deadly Attitudes: Know How To Spot Risky Thinking" The post Deadly Attitudes: Know How To Spot Risky Thinking appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Industry Officials Can’t Agree On How To Fix The Pilot Shortage

FLYING Magazine Even with support from special interest groups such the Regional Airlines Association, or other regionals like Mesa Airlines clamoring for government support, Republic Airways’ bid to gain exemption from the 1,500-hour rule might be an uphill battle—or short-lived. In fact, all the discussion around it suggests that the next few years of airline travel in the U.S. could be on shaky ground.  After all, regional airlines in the U.S. operate 41 percent of all scheduled flights ... read more

The Evolution of the Illustrated Parts Catalog

FLYING Magazine My brother and I peer out of the window, our gaze affixed intently on the empty street. We jockey for position, eager to be the first to spot it. The word came down from the highest ranks. This event could happen any day now. Conditions were right, the moon and stars aligned, and the calendar displayed late fall/early winter. The time was drawing nigh. The arrival of the annual Sears Wishbook marked the beginning of the holiday season. In the mid-19th century, catalogs ... read more

Near miss is actually a strike

General Aviation News When I called in the controller explained that the other aircraft actually reported it as a strike and that after inspecting their plane he found a tire mark on the top of his wing. Read More read more

Surf Air To STC Electric, Hybrid Caravans

AVweb Surf Air Mobility has announced it intends to “develop and certify hybrid and fully-electric powertrains for new and existing Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft.” The California company has struck deals with electric motor maker magniX and AeroTEC, an engineering company, to develop STCs for both types of powertrains. It has also announced a deal to merge with Southern Airways, which operates a large fleet of Caravans, to put the electrified aircraft to work. “AeroTEC and magniX are ... read more

C919 Doubles In Price

AVweb China is in danger of pricing itself out of the market with its new C919 narrow body airliner according to The Straits Times. The Singapore publication is reporting the new plane will cost about $100 million, almost as much as the A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX which now dominate that market. China had hoped the plane would come in at about $50 million, giving it a big edge over the Western competitors. An A320neo is about $111 million and the MAX is about $117 million. The publication ... read more

Aircraft Bring A Taste Of ‘City Food’ To The Alaskan Frontier

AVweb In Alaska, Door Dash, Grub Hub and Uber Eats orders come in a Cessna, Beaver or Otter for some customers. According to The New York Times, the popular urban services, which exploded in popularity during the pandemic, have given Alaskans in remote areas the opportunity for a taste of “city food” from time to time to break the tedium of the fare stored or hunted by many far-flung residents. Aircraft are the only way to supply many of the wilderness communities in winter and everything ... read more

United 777s With P&W Engines Approved For Flight

AVweb The FAA has approved United Airlines’ plan to start flying 52 Boeing 777s that were grounded after an engine failure in Denver more than a year ago. The wide-bodies represent about 10 percent of the seats available by the airline so as schedules return to normal they were being missed. The aircraft will start on domestic routes initially, heading to Hawaii and back on long-haul routes by mid-June. United was the only U.S. customer to buy 777s with Pratt & Whitney PW4000-112 ... read more

‘Enstrom is back’

AOPA General Aviation News Chuck Surack, founder of Surack Enterprises, announced that he has purchased Enstrom Helicopter Corp., located in Menominee, Michigan. Read More read more

The Morality of Road Landings

AVweb Driven by diabolical algorithms as they are, YouTube audiences can veer from the surprisingly urbane to the utterly lunatic and lots in between. In that vast middle is one viewer who goes off on me about once a year for a cavalier remark I made a few years ago about the morality—or lack thereof—of landing airplanes on public highways. Predictably, this week’s video on the street crash in Miami set him off once again.   “You should never land on a street. Too many innocent people. ... read more

Picture Of The Week, May 18, 2022

AVweb 1 of 4 This view in the Boom Pod is looking through the largest pressurized window of any airplane. A 10 refueling a 10 (90433 - first one built) on way to Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ for storage. Copyrighted photo submitted by Steven Brower. PICTURE OF THE WEEK: KC-10 Final Flight When flying above the polar circle in Sweden you may need strong arms. Photo by ... read more

Will Congress Bump Airline Pilots’ Retirement Age to 67?

FLYING Magazine As a critical pilot shortage continues to threaten the U.S. airline industry, carriers have reorganized routes and cut certain flights when they couldn’t find enough pilots to cover them. Sen. Lindsey Graham Many have looked into ways of shortening the path to an airline flight deck for pilots in training. Republic Airways, a regional carrier, petitioned the FAA to lower the number of hours a pilot needs for its R-ATP program from 1,500 hours to 750. Now, according to a ... read more

Surf Air Mobility Inc. Announces Two Mergers and an Agreement

FLYING Magazine California-based company Surf Air Mobility Inc. (SAM) made a series of announcements Monday that could surely shake up the hybrid-electric market.  First, the company announced that it will merge with Tuscan Holdings Corp. II (NASDAQ: THCA), a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), in a deal valued at $1.42 billion, allowing SAM to become a publicly listed company. The transactions from the SPAC deal are expected to yield up to $467 million in gross cash proceeds to ... read more

A Once-in-a-Lifetime Flight Aboard the B-29, Doc

FLYING Magazine One of the best parts of being an aviation journalist is that it gives you access to some pretty unique and special aircraft—such as Doc, one of the last airworthy B-29s in the world. Recently, I had the opportunity to fly aboard this rare machine. I was part of a media flight staged out of the Museum of Flight in Seattle where Doc paid a house call. And I nearly had kittens when I made the call to the edit team to relay the news:  “Wolf gets to fly aboard Doc…” [Courtesy: ... read more

Watch: Taking Off in a B-29 Bomber

FLYING Magazine Takeoffs are often the most exciting part of the flight—that is especially true when you are riding in the nose of a B-29 bomber Doc. Wearing a headset, you hear the pilot and co-pilot running checklists and verbalizing procedures—full power, landing gear up, etc.—and the world falls away. The plexiglass floor of the position gives you a bird’s-eye view of the terrain beneath you. Come along as FLYING staff writer and technical editor Meg Godlewski takes one heck of a ride ... read more

How Black Boxes Help Solve Plane Crash Mysteries

Plane & Pilot Magazine Flight recorders are built to survive and testify. Here’s how investigators use them. Read More "How Black Boxes Help Solve Plane Crash Mysteries" The post How Black Boxes Help Solve Plane Crash Mysteries appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Hard Landing In A Boeing 727

Plane & Pilot Magazine Nobody got hurt, but you can bet some good-natured ribbing ensued. Read More "Hard Landing In A Boeing 727" The post Hard Landing In A Boeing 727 appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

FAA Approves New Spaceport in Huntsville, Alabama

FLYING Magazine The Dream Chaser spaceplane is now cleared for landing at America’s next spaceport—Huntsville, Alabama. On May 14, the FAA approved Huntsville International Airport (KHSV) to operate as a commercial space reentry site, where the Space Shuttle-esque Dream Chaser will begin making reentries from low-Earth orbit (LEO). The Dream Chaser is the reusable re-entry vehicle designed by Sierra Space to deliver supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the ... read more

Picture of the Day: Video games to glass panels

General Aviation News Richard Hrezo submitted this photo and note: "My seven-year-old grandson is getting the hang of my RV-7. He can do 360s and turns as well as anyone. Video games to glass panels are a snap!" Read More read more

Pilot Murder-Suicide Likely Cause of China Eastern Air Disaster

Plane & Pilot Magazine The Wall Street Journal said flight recorder data showed human input behind the nosedive and resultant crash Read More "Pilot Murder-Suicide Likely Cause of China Eastern Air Disaster" The post Pilot Murder-Suicide Likely Cause of China Eastern Air Disaster appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

USAF Extends Drone Racing League Partnership

FLYING Magazine The Drone Racing League (DRL) and the U.S. Air Force (USAF) have renewed and expanded their ongoing partnership ahead of the Air Force’s 75th Anniversary theme to “Innovate, Accelerate, and Thrive.”  “The partnership is designed to accelerate the skills of drone pilots around the world and recruit the next generation of innovators into the U.S. Air Force,” the league said in a statement. The Air Force has a high demand for new airmen and -women—including pilots of both ... read more

Questions from the Cockpit: How do bugs fly?

General Aviation News Almost nobody on the planet truly understands insect aerodynamics — and the few who do can’t explain it to the rest of us. So in that regard, insect aerodynamics are absolutely identical to airplane aerodynamics. Except for the fact that they are, you know, totally different. Read More read more

Canadian Airport Betting Big on Hydrogen

FLYING Magazine Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on FreightWaves.com. Airlines and fuel providers are experimenting with using hydrogen to power aircraft and vehicles, and Edmonton International Airport (CYEG) aims to be “on the leading edge of that,” according to vice president Myron Keehn. “I think hydrogen for aircraft is coming quicker than we think,” said Keehn, the Canadian airport’s vice president of air service, business development, environmental, social and ... read more

FAA revokes certificates of Plane Swap pilots

General Aviation News The two pilots involved in a failed stunt to swap airplanes in mid-flight have had their pilot certificates revoked. Read More read more

General aviation aircraft brokers launch fundraising effort for Ukrainian refugees

General Aviation News More than $100,000 as been raised to support an orphanage in Romania that is housing Ukrainian refugees. Read More read more

Fatal Piper PA-31 Navajo Crash In Florida

Plane & Pilot Magazine Piper PA-31 Navajo Leesburg, Florida Injuries: 1 fatal, 1 serious The pilot and the pilot-rated passenger were flying from their home located at a residential … Read More "Fatal Piper PA-31 Navajo Crash In Florida" The post Fatal Piper PA-31 Navajo Crash In Florida appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

‘Enstrom is back’

AOPA General Aviation News Chuck Surack, founder of Surack Enterprises, announced that he has purchased Enstrom Helicopter Corp., located in Menominee, Michigan. Read More read more

99s to gather in Charleston

General Aviation News The 99s will gather in Charleston, S.C., July 6-10, 2022, for their annual conference. Read More read more

Should Airplane Sweepstakes Give Non-Owners an Edge?

FLYING Magazine For most of us, winning an airplane is the stuff of dreams. But for a lucky few, it’s a springboard to become an owner with virtually no effort. And the aircraft that comprise the sweepstakes, contests, and raffles that entice us most as pilots often fit the profile of the organizations that promote them–and the owners they hope to be. Take the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), for example. The EAA Aviation Foundation hosts a raffle each year to support its outreach ... read more

Can You Be A Pilot If You Have Diabetes?

FLYING Magazine Q: I am 68 years old and I am in good physical and mental shape. I have Type 2 diabetes and am on insulin to manage it. Can I still get a third-class medical certificate? A: Yes, you can—under a special issuance. This means the aviation medical examiner will likely need to consult with your regular doctor about your condition. Often, test results are shared, and letters of explanation written and submitted. You may want to check with the medical resources team at the ... read more

Trike pilot seriously injured when struck by propeller

General Aviation News The failure of the pilot to adequately maintain a safe distance from the airplane's propeller, which resulted in a serious injury when the propeller struck his hand. Read More read more

Texas Lawsuit Claims Southwest Tried To Bamboozle The FAA

AVweb Attorneys pursuing a lawsuit against Southwest Airlines posted a legal filing accusing the airline of an unusual certification maneuver they say was designed to deceive the FAA. A Seattle Times story published Monday (May 16) reported that, in 2016, before the 737 Max was certified, Southwest management suggested that Boeing install a single example of the new model’s flight-control warning system on one of the airline’s existing 737-800s, then remove it once the new Max variants ... read more

Pilatus’ ‘Super Versatile Jet’ Comes With A Quick-Change Cabin

AVweb Pilatus calls its PC24 the SVJ, or “Super Versatile Jet,” and has produced a video to demonstrate that capability. The video shows the step-by-step process of reconfiguring the cabin for a variety of missions with nine separate cabin layouts. They range from an eight-seat “6+2” luxury business jet layout to a fully equipped air ambulance configuration. In the eight-pax mode, Pilatus said, seats can be stowed in the rear of the twinjet, still leaving plenty of space for luggage and ... read more

May scholarship roundup

AOPA General Aviation News Multiple scholarships are available for veterans interested in flight training—honoring a veteran and flight enthusiast—and high school students interested in the aviation industry should apply for a scholarship by the National Air Transportation Association. Read More read more

Worthy endeavors

AOPA General Aviation News Two volunteer pilots honored at the 2022 Endeavor Awards have changed lives across the continent, with hundreds of medical and relief flights to their names. Read More read more

Short Final: Bounce

AVweb Many years ago and right after I had gotten my private ticket, I decided it would be “fun” to pick up one of my customers at Midway Airport. Of course I had been to towered fields before but not with heavy commercial traffic where the dreaded “Keep your speed up you’re being followed by a Southwest 737” was heard. I was flying a T210 Centurion and cleared the fence way, way too fast. I bounced like a pogo stick on the runway. When tower handed me off to ground he said, “Call Ground ... read more

Data Points To Intentional Crash Of China Eastern Boeing 737-800

AVweb Citing “people familiar with U.S. officials’ preliminary assessment of what led to the accident,” today’s issue (May 17) of the Wall Street Journal reported that data suggests the fatal crash of a China Eastern Boeing 737-800 on March 21 was due to an intentional act by someone at the controls. “The plane did what it was told to do by someone in the cockpit,” said one of the sources. The flight was at cruise altitude when it inexplicably entered a steep dive—momentarily recovered and ... read more

New Research Suggests There’s Still A Lot To Learn From Birds

AVweb Every pilot admires the way birds fly (most birds, anyway). But researchers at the University of Central Florida (UCF) Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering have launched a study on how birds execute their best “perching” maneuver—landing on tree branches, wires or other tight spots. The group found that some birds pitch their wings upward to a high angle of attack just before touchdown, while others fold their wings, instead, in a sweeping motion that helps them ... read more

Worthy endeavors

AOPA General Aviation News Two volunteer pilots honored at the 2022 Endeavor Awards have changed lives across the continent, with hundreds of medical and relief flights to their names. Read More read more

Report: Data Suggests Intentional Nosedive in China Eastern Plane Crash

FLYING Magazine Recovered flight data reportedly indicates that someone on the flight deck of a China Eastern Airlines flight intentionally crashed the Boeing 737-800 last March 21, killing all 132 people on board, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The WSJ report cites “people familiar with U.S. officials’ preliminary assessment of what led to the accident.”  During the 90-minute flight from Kunming to Guangzhou, China, the airliner went into a near vertical dive over a rural area, ... read more

Six Balloon Festivals Where You Should Land this Spring and Summer

FLYING Magazine Hot-air ballooning for the purpose of human transport dates back to November 21, 1783, when a silk-and-paper balloon ascended above Paris carrying Francois Pilatre de Rozier and Fancois Laurent, Marquis of Arlanders. It flew for about 25 minutes and covered more than five miles, landing in a farming area outside the city, according to the National Balloon Museum and Ballooning Hall of Fame in Indianola, Iowa. These inaugural aeronauts rode on a circular platform attached to ... read more

What Red Bull Got Wrong in the Wake of the Great Plane Swap Debacle?

Plane & Pilot Magazine The aftermath of the failed stunt is a fascinating study in corporate culture and personal responsibility, or the lack thereof Read More "What Red Bull Got Wrong in the Wake of the Great Plane Swap Debacle?" The post What Red Bull Got Wrong in the Wake of the Great Plane Swap Debacle? appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Russia-Ukraine Conflict Helps Send AerCap to $2 Billion Loss in Q1

FLYING Magazine AerCap Holdings N.V. (NYSE: AER), the world’s largest aircraft leasing company, reported a $2 billion first-quarter net loss on Tuesday.  The Dublin, Ireland-based company attributed much of that loss to the aircraft and equipment it lost as a result of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. In a statement, the company explained that approximately 5 percent of its fleet by book value—135 aircraft and 14 engines—were leased to Russian airlines when governments imposed sanctions on ... read more

Miami Bridge Crash Spawns Online Debate

Plane & Pilot Magazine Ditching versus a roadway landing? Or is it all Monday morning quarterbacking? Read More "Miami Bridge Crash Spawns Online Debate" The post Miami Bridge Crash Spawns Online Debate appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Passenger Turned Pilot Miracle Explained

Plane & Pilot Magazine Here’s what non pilots don’t know and how it leads to widespread misunderstanding. Read More "Passenger Turned Pilot Miracle Explained" The post Passenger Turned Pilot Miracle Explained appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

May scholarship roundup

AOPA General Aviation News Multiple scholarships are available for veterans interested in flight training—honoring a veteran and flight enthusiast—and high school students interested in the aviation industry should apply for a scholarship by the National Air Transportation Association. Read More read more

Before Top Gun, Other Aviation Movies Inspired Us

FLYING Magazine Top Gun was not the first aviation movie to inspire future aviators. Aviation as a plot device is as old as motion pictures themselves. We’ve selected a few vintage films that set the bar for aviation movies to come, sometimes because of the direction, sometimes because of the storylines, stars or production technique. Get the popcorn and settle back on the couch—and add these movies to your “must watch” list.  Clara Bow as Mary Preston and Richard Arlen as David Armstrong ... read more

Picture of the Day: A well-traveled Cub

General Aviation News Star Novak sent in this photo with a note: "I spotted this well-traveled Cub in a hangar at Gardner Municipal Airport (K34) in Kansas. I bet this pilot would have some interesting stories to recount over a cold beer! " Read More read more

Katharine Wright Trophy Honors Jill Meyers, Aeronautical Engineer and Pilot

FLYING Magazine When Jill Meyers took a ride in a family friend’s Cessna 140 at age 12, her passion for aviation sparked to life. She earned her private pilot certificate in her senior year of high school and became an operational computer systems analyst in the U.S. Air Force.  Fast forward a few decades, and Meyers has now been awarded the Katharine Wright Trophy from the National Aeronautic Association (NAA). Launched in 1981 and bestowed jointly with the Ninety-Nines International ... read more

Stratolaunch Pitches World’s Largest Airplane to D.C.

FLYING Magazine Top Stratolaunch company executives overseeing the world’s largest airplane by wingspan underscored their commitment to hypersonic weapons research Tuesday, during a news conference outside Washington, D.C.  The media roundtable near the nation’s capital comes in the wake of five successful test flights of Stratolaunch’s gigantic twin-fuselage, six-engine airplane built by Scaled Composites. The aircraft—nicknamed Roc—is in the middle of a test campaign aimed at developing ... read more

First Pre-Delivery Test Flight for China’s COMAC C919

FLYING Magazine China’s C919 twin-engine airliner has flown its first pre-delivery test flight, moving the new narrowbody type a step closer to entering service. The three-hour flight took place Saturday at Shanghai Pudong International Airport (ZSPD), the main hub for launch customer China Eastern Airlines, according to the manufacturer, Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC). Representative of China’s nascent aircraft manufacturing industry, the C919 has been the focus of ... read more

The burden of opinion

General Aviation News Opinions are unique, totally dependent on the perspective of the individual, and of limited value to the millions of other people wandering around in your corner of the world. Your opinion and your personal tastes are of no real consequence to them. Yet, an opinion, improperly put into action, could present a risk to the safety and welfare of others. Read More read more

Why Pilots Don’t Want to Talk About Mental Health—and Why They Should

FLYING Magazine An airline captain flies long-haul on heavy equipment for an international carrier. He’s at the top of his game—both professionally and personally, with a young family and a successful side business that keeps him busy and fulfilled even on his days off.  “Pilots believe that being vulnerable, and sharing feelings or struggles, such as anxiety, depression, and chronic stress, would be at best humiliating or embarrassing, and, at worst, the end of their flying career.” Reyne ... read more

Work begins on new Tennessee general aviation airport

General Aviation News The state has appropriated $11 million in its fiscal 2023 budget to buy the land in Oak Ridge for the new airport, which is expected to open in 2025. Read More read more

GA advocates go to court to stop East Hampton Airport closure

General Aviation News General aviation advocates file two motions in court to stop the planned closure of East Hampton Airport on May 17, 2022, and its conversion to a private-use airport that would require prior permission to land. Read More read more

A New Multi-Engine Flying Textbook, A Security System And More Gear For Pilots

Plane & Pilot Magazine In each issue of Plane & Pilot magazine, we share new products pilots and aviation enthusiasts will enjoy. The round-up in our April 2022 issue features the … Read More "A New Multi-Engine Flying Textbook, A Security System And More Gear For Pilots" The post A New Multi-Engine Flying Textbook, A Security System And More Gear For Pilots appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Why I Fly photo contest launches

General Aviation News “Every volunteer pilot has a ‘why’ for doing what they do,” says Kristinia Luke, executive director for the Air Care Alliance. “This contest is a fun way to promote volunteer flying and encourage pilot volunteerism by highlighting some truly inspiring reasons to volunteer.” Read More read more

Wildlife Is a Growing Threat to GA Pilots in the Summer

FLYING Magazine As we enter the summer months, one thing pilots increasingly have to contend with is the risk of hitting wildlife—aside from bad weather and long traffic lines. Here’s some startling insight: the FAA says the number of wildlife strikes reported per year increased steadily from about 1,800 in 1990 to 16,000 in 2018. That’s a seven-fold increase, or as many as 40 strikes a day. A total of 58 percent of those strikes occurred during May and July.  These strikes have racked up ... read more

How Should The FAA Account For Differences in Gender and Culture As It Relates to Mental Health?

FLYING Magazine Things like gender and cultural background can affect how someone demonstrates a mental health issue. Should the FAA account for this in their procedures? If so, how should they? John Hackworth, the cofounder of Professional Pilots of Tomorrow, a national pilot support organization, weighs in. The post How Should The FAA Account For Differences in Gender and Culture As It Relates to Mental Health? appeared first on FLYING Magazine. Read More read more

Something needs to be done before someone gets killed

General Aviation News Dangerous non-towered operations are common at KSOP and I have so previously reported. Something needs to be done before someone gets killed. Read More read more

Premium Paint Work: Basecoat/Clearcoat

AVweb The paint shop survey report in the August 2020 Aviation Consumer was timely because I was ready to drop big money on a custom paint job for my Grumman.  In addition to reading all of the magazine’s paint shop articles over the past two decades, I came up with an involved planning process, and my experience can be helpful to others staring down this major time-consuming project.  Moreover, my project was unique because it included a basecoat/clearcoat, the way all automobiles are ... read more

Surack Enterprises Purchases Enstrom

AVweb Surack Enterprises founder Chuck Surack has purchased Michigan-based aircraft manufacturer Enstrom Helicopter Corporation. According to the company, which is headquartered in Indiana, it plans to “rebuild the Enstrom brand into one of the leading American-made helicopter manufacturer[s] as it once was.” Enstrom filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last January and announced in March that it had found a buyer in MidTex Aviation. “Earlier this year it looked as if MidTex Aviation would step ... read more

JetBlue Calls For Spirit Shareholders To Vote Against Frontier Merger

AVweb JetBlue has filed a proxy statement and launched a website urging Spirit Airlines shareholders to vote against a proposed merger between Spirit and fellow ultra-low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines. Spirit rejected a competing purchase offer from JetBlue earlier this month, citing a low probability of obtaining antitrust clearance. According to JetBlue, its latest offer, made on May 13, is about 60 percent higher than Frontier’s bid. “JetBlue offers more value—a significant premium in ... read more

“AVweb works for Aircraft Spruce, and it will work for you too.”

AVweb SPONSORED CONTENT—Rob’s comments arrived in the AVweb marketing department last week as aviation’s premier news and information service prepared to roll out phase one of its new classified advertising system. According to Publisher Tom Bliss, AVweb’s classified ad service is in “pre-launch” and will start accepting listings from aviation service providers this week. “If you run a flight school, an engine shop, an aircraft brokerage, you’re an avionics installer, or you run a ... read more

Aviation Groups Call For Regulatory Changes To Support SAF

AVweb A coalition of aviation companies and organizations is calling for regulatory changes aimed at supporting wide-scale commercialization of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). In a letter (PDF) to National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy, the coalition asked for five “fixes” to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) annual rule. The suggested changes include allowing SAF feedstock to be processed at more than two facilities, allowing biointermediate feedstock—defined as feedstocks that have been ... read more

General Aviation Accident Bulletin

AVweb AVweb’s General Aviation Accident Bulletin is taken from the pages of our sister publication, Aviation Safety magazine. All the reports listed here are preliminary and include only initial factual findings about crashes. You can learn more about the final probable cause on the NTSB’s website at www.ntsb.gov. Final reports appear about a year after the accident, although some take longer. Find out more about Aviation Safety at www.aviationsafetymagazine.com. February 4, 2022, Olathe, ... read more

Marine Corps To Advance Uncrewed VTOL Program

FLYING Magazine The U.S. Marine Corps is poised to launch a new uncrewed vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) program for cargo in the coming year, according to reports. The initiative, which would draw from technology emerging in the commercial sector, would be aimed at supporting logistics for Marines in the western Pacific. Marines are eyeing hybrid and electric VTOL technology emerging in the commercial sector for the service’s new unmanned logistics system-airborne large (ULS-AL) ... read more

What’s Changed at The University of North Dakota Since Its 2021 Tragedy?

FLYING Magazine In October of 2021, University of North Dakota flight student John Hauser was killed as the result of an airplane accident in October. “Although there had been conversations within the industry and on campuses about mental health issues, John’s death certainly amplified those efforts,” UND president Andy Armacost said at a mental health summit hosted by UND in December. “His legacy inspires all of us to make sure we get this right, and that we support our students to the ... read more

Experts Give Advice to Those In Aviation Going Through Mental Health Issues

FLYING Magazine To close FLYING‘s recent Mental Health Roundtable, moderator Jeremy Kariuki asks each member of the expert panel for any advice they would have for those in the aviation world who may be going through a mental health issue or know someone who is. The post Experts Give Advice to Those In Aviation Going Through Mental Health Issues appeared first on FLYING Magazine. Read More read more

Safety begins on the ground

AOPA General Aviation News Of all the flight planning details that ensure a safe flight, which ones are YOU guilty of skipping? Read More read more

Passenger-Turned-Pilot Tells Story On ‘Today’ Show

FLYING Magazine “I can’t die today. Today’s not my day,” was the thought Darren Harrison said was going through his mind as he rushed to the cockpit of the Cessna Caravan he was riding in on his way back to Florida after a fishing trip in the Bahamas. In an interview with the Today show’s Savannah Guthrie that aired Monday, the interior designer who landed the turboprop safely at Palm Beach International Airport (KBPI) last week after the pilot lost consciousness–which was as a result of ... read more

‘We Don’t Want The Pilot To Hit The Wall’

FLYING Magazine When she was asked about what the aviation community can do to take away barriers to seeking mental health treatment during <i>FLYING’s</i> recent mental health roundtable, Capt. Reyne O’Shaughnessy, a former longtime commercial pilot and the founder of the pilot health advocacy group “Piloting 2 Wellbeing,” discussed the need for preventative treatment. Watch her response in this clip from the roundtable. The post ‘We Don’t Want The Pilot To Hit The Wall’ ... read more

Air traffic controller mourned following Florida bridge landing

AOPA General Aviation News Leaders and members of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association mourned the loss of one of their own as NTSB investigators began to piece together what went wrong on a short coastal flight May 14 that ended with a bridge landing and a collision with oncoming traffic. Read More read more

Safety begins on the ground

AOPA General Aviation News Of all the flight planning details that ensure a safe flight, which ones are YOU guilty of skipping? Read More read more

Is Faster Always Better for Commercial Air Travel?

FLYING Magazine Rising aviation industry interest in supersonic and hypersonic aircraft is prompting NASA to evaluate the technological and economic viability of commercial high-speed passenger flight.  In other words: Is faster always better?  To try and answer that question, NASA has hired Atlanta-based SpaceWorks Enterprises to study the economic prospects, examining what the company describes as a “range of potential aircraft configurations that are representative of the systems ... read more

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott Captures 2022 NIFA SAFECON Championship

FLYING Magazine For the second consecutive year, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott captured the NIFA SAFECON national championship Saturday at the Ohio State University Airport (KOSU). It marks the 14th time the school has won the competition’s top title. A full list of events and winners is below: SAFECON Championship Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-PrescottUniversity of North DakotaLeTourneau University-Longview Flight Events Championship Embry-Riddle Aeronautical ... read more

JetBlue Launches Hostile Takeover Bid for Spirit Airlines

FLYING Magazine Just weeks after Spirit Airlines’ (NYSE: SAVE) board rebuffed JetBlue’s (NASDAQ: JBLU) second offer for a merger, the New York-based airline mounted the third attempt to take over the low-cost carrier. This time, JetBlue has gone hostile and is appealing to Spirit’s shareholders in a tender offer to reject the pending Frontier deal and vote instead on JetBlue’s direct offer. In a statement Monday, JetBlue said it was offering an “all-cash, fully financed tender offer to ... read more

Picture of the Day: Zodiac over Wisconsin

General Aviation News Patrick Hoyt submitted this photo and note: "Flying my homebuilt Zenith Zodiac over Wisconsin fields." Read More read more

Top 8 Aircraft Electronics Innovations Of All Time

Plane & Pilot Magazine Each of these revolutionary technologies has made flying easier and safer. Read More "Top 8 Aircraft Electronics Innovations Of All Time" The post Top 8 Aircraft Electronics Innovations Of All Time appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: Checkride prep

AOPA General Aviation News At first blush, the airman certification standards (ACS) may be among the dullest, least interesting books a casual reader might pick up. They have no plot. There are no action sequences. There is no character development. The story arc is missing entirely. And yet, anyone who hopes to earn a pilot certificate or advanced ratings will find the ACS to be among the most valuable resources they could ever include in their library or flight bag. Read More read more

Air traffic controller mourned following Florida bridge landing

AOPA General Aviation News Leaders and members of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association mourned the loss of one of their own as NTSB investigators began to piece together what went wrong on a short coastal flight May 14 that ended with a bridge landing and a collision with oncoming traffic. Read More read more

How Can The Aviation Industry Encourage People to Self-Report Their Mental Health Conditions?

FLYING Magazine To mark Mental Health Month Awareness Month, FLYING gathered together a quartet of experts to discuss the state of mental health and the aviation industry. In this clip from that discussion, moderator Jeremy Kariuki asks the panel how the aviation industry can give people enough security to report when they’re having a mental health issue. Elizabeth Bjerke, Associate Dean and Professor at the University of North Dakota and John Hackworth, a cofounder of Professional Pilots ... read more

Up Up and Away

General Aviation News Balloons crowded the skies over Lakeland Linder International Airport (KLAL) in Florida the first weekend in May when the three-day Up Up and Away Florida Hot Air Balloon and Music Festival took off. Read More read more

Mental Health and Aviation: A FLYING Roundtable Discussion

FLYING Magazine To mark Mental Health Month Awareness Month, FLYING gathered together a quartet of experts to discuss the state of mental health and the aviation industry. FLYING staff writer Jeremy Kariuki moderates a far-reaching discussion with: Capt. Reyne O’Shaughnessy: Founder, Piloting 2 WellbeingElizabeth Bjerke: Associate Dean and Professor at the University of North DakotaJohn Hackworth: Cofounder, Professional Pilots of TomorrowDr. William Hoffman, Aeromedical Researcher The ... read more

New four-stoke engine introduced for LSA

General Aviation News At SUN 'n FUN 2022 Air-Tech’s Ken Borne fired the new Aero engine up for journalists and prospective buyers, but they haven't flown the engine on any of their aircraft yet. I’ll be looking for news at Oshkosh 2022 about how well that engine performed and whether it could sweep through the thousands of Quicksilvers flying. Read More read more

FAA offers spring training for general aviation pilots

General Aviation News The free workshop, designed to get general aviation pilots ready for the busy spring and summer flying season, also offers WINGS credit. Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: Checkride prep

AOPA General Aviation News At first blush, the airman certification standards (ACS) may be among the dullest, least interesting books a casual reader might pick up. They have no plot. There are no action sequences. There is no character development. The story arc is missing entirely. And yet, anyone who hopes to earn a pilot certificate or advanced ratings will find the ACS to be among the most valuable resources they could ever include in their library or flight bag. Read More read more

What went wrong?

General Aviation News "The tragic crash of an air ambulance Lear 35 resulting in the death of two pilots and two nurses provides a sad opportunity to use the PAVE risk management tool to analyze this catastrophic scenario for beneficial insight," NAFI officials noted. Read More read more

Historic Hangar One Getting Google-Funded Makeover

FLYING Magazine After years of discussion, Hangar One, the zeppelin hangar at Moffett Federal Airfield (KNUQ), is being restored.  The behemoth building, standing at 200 feet high and 1,133 feet long, is the largest in Santa Clara County and one of the largest freestanding buildings in the world. It was constructed in 1933 to house the USS Macon, a 146-foot tall, 785-foot-long dirigible operated by the U.S. Navy, and was designed with doors on either end that could be drawn back on rails, ... read more

Massachusetts Airfield Believes in the Power of Family and Community

FLYING Magazine “Airports are notoriously bad about telling the story of the benefits they provide to the local community,” noted Don McPherson, the owner of Minute Man Air Field (6B6). Minute Man is an exception to this general rule and has continuously told its story far and wide. The Stow, Massachusetts-based airport began in 1966 when Don’s father, Paul, “…bought the property, after he had achieved his life-long goal of learning to fly and owning his own plane.   “He bought a Cessna ... read more

First test flight of antique airplane goes awry

General Aviation News A primary control (aileron) system anomaly that progressively worsened during a test flight that resulted in a loss of control. The reason for the anomaly was not determined due to impact damage. Read More read more

Caravan Passenger Who Landed Plane Tells Story On Today

AVweb The untrained passenger who landed a Cessna Caravan at Palm Beach Airport last week has broken his silence and will appear on the Today Show Monday to tell the story from his perspective. Darren Harrison’s phone has been blowing up with media requests for interviews (AVweb included) since he planted the Caravan on the runway at Palm Beach last Tuesday after the pilot collapsed at the controls. Harrison picked NBC’s flagship morning show and was interviewed by Savannah Guthrie in a ... read more

Space Tourists Overworked, Disrupted Space Station Routine

AVweb Using the most diplomatic language possible, the three billionaires who paid $55 million each for a trip to the International Space Station told a news conference they were overworked on their epic adventure. “With the value of hindsight, we were way too aggressive on our schedule, in particular the first couple days,” said Larry Connor, who along with Mark Pathy and Eytan Stibbe embarked on the mission with Michael Lopez-Alegria, a former NASA astronaut who led the expedition for ... read more

From the No-Surprise File: FAA Switches Up On Electric Aircraft Certification

AVweb Sooner or later, the FAA—and regulators worldwide—will reach an inflection point with electric aircraft and it may be that sooner has arrived. Or at least has been hinted at. Last week, Air Currents reported that the agency is switching gears, at least with regard to the burgeoning eVTOL category, which appears to mean these aircraft will be certified as a special category, not a traditional aircraft that happens to be electric powered. That category is likely to be powered tilt ... read more

Miami Accident Don’t Be Fearful Of Ditching

AVweb Over the weekend of May 14, a Cessna 172 made an emergency landing on the Haulover Inlet Bridge, resulting in one fatality. Ditching in the water might have been the higher percentage choice. In this video, Paul Bertorelli goes over the numbers. If you keep them in mind, it might help you overcome fear of ditching if it ever turns out to be the better survival choice. The post Miami Accident Don’t Be Fearful Of Ditching appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Poll: Was the FAA Right To Revoke Certificates Of The Plane Swap Pilots?

AVweb Poll: Was the FAA Right to Revoke Certificates of the Plane Swap Pilots? Poll: Was the FAA Right To Revoke Certificates Of The Plane Swap Pilots? Yes. It was too risky. No. FAA overreaction. Suspension would suffice. Much ado about nothing. Other Δ The post Poll: Was the FAA Right To Revoke Certificates Of The Plane Swap Pilots? appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: Rainbow in the sky

General Aviation News Frederic Smet submitted this photo and note: "Circumnavigating some blustery showers in France on an IFR training flight in the Cirrus SR20 during February 2022. Nice shadow image of the windscreen on our wing." Read More read more

The plane he’s always wanted

General Aviation News "If you have to put a battery charger on it, I don't want to own it," said Ryan. His airplane is meant to be flown — not be a show piece. Read More read more

One Dead After Bridge Crash

AVweb One person was killed and five injured after a Cessna 172 made an emergency landing on a bridge and collided with an SUV in Miami on Saturday afternoon. Two occupants of the plane were able to get out of the plane and were taken to a local trauma center. The body of another person was found in the plane. The three occupants of the SUV were treated for non-life-threatening injuries according to local officials. The aircraft fuselage was destroyed in a post-crash fire but it was about ... read more

Fugitive Flight May Have Been Illegal Charter

AVweb The pilot of the Cherokee 140 that crashed on a night flight in the Canadian wilderness in April, killing two alleged gangsters and two pilots,had been accused of operating an illegal charter service. As we reported, the aircraft crashed near Sioux Lookout in Northern Ontario and the passengers, Gene Lahrkamp and Dustin Bailey, were on the run on murder-related charges. According to the Vancouver Sun, the 26-year-old pilot-in-command of the airplane, Abhinav Handa, had been reported ... read more

Own a vintage Bonanza?

General Aviation News Pilots who own a vintage Bonanza have received a special invitation to this year's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, where the Bonanza's 75th anniversary will be celebrated. Read More read more

Zenith Fly-In planned for Wine Country

General Aviation News Zenith Aircraft Company's West Coast representative, Quality Sport Planes, is hosting an Open House and Zenith Fly-In Saturday, May 21, 2022, at Cloverdale Municipal Airport (O60) in wine country in northern California. Read More read more

Top Letters And Comments, May 13, 2022

AVweb Opinions Differ On Pilot Shortage As I have progressed through my career as a pilot, I have found that when moving to a crew environment and into transport category planes it takes more brainpower to do these jobs. Add to that a motivated FO who works with you to make sure the flight goes safely. Having to take a first class FAA medical and pass it along with a check ride every 6 months and pass that should be more than enough to catch any issues that might present a safety of flight ... read more

Embraer To Hire 1,000 New Employees

AVweb Embraer announced on Thursday that it is looking for around 1,000 new employees to fill positions at its facilities in Brazil. According to the company, the newly opened jobs will support its recovering production rate, services and support growth, product development and new businesses. Embraer noted that it has openings in areas including operations, engineering and administration. “These hires materialize the strategic plan that includes the resumption of aviation growth and all ... read more

Honor the WASP: Memorial Day Remembrance Planned By WAI

FLYING Magazine It’s a tradition that spans the U.S. in concert with Memorial Day, when we gather to honor those who gave their lives in the defense of and service to our country. Members of Women in Aviation International and friends take the opportunity to remember the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) that flew for the colors in World War II. READ MORE: Renée Zellweger to Star in Drama Series Inspired by WASP While they weren’t recognized as military veterans until 1977, women pilots ... read more

Hay River Airport Flooded

FLYING Magazine The entire community of Hay River in the Northwest Territories is underwater due to rain, snow melt and ice flows—and that includes the airport, Hay River/Meryln Carter Airport (CYHY).  Photos published by Canadian media show the airport completely inundated with water and ice. Hay River is located on the South shore of Great Slave Lake just north of the Alberta.  Earlier this week, the 3,500 residents of Hay River were ordered to evacuate. According to community officials, ... read more

Raytheon Invests in Hypersonic Jet Startup Hermeus

FLYING Magazine Atlanta-based startup Hermeus has a new partner in its efforts to develop hypersonic jets for military and civilian use: Raytheon (NYSE: RTX). The aerospace and defense giant’s corporate venture capital group RTX Ventures announced Thursday it has made an unspecified investment in Hermeus to support building an autonomous Mach 5 aircraft dubbed Quarterhorse.  “Hypersonic technologies are of critical importance to national security, which is why we made our first investment ... read more

Survey: Video Cameras

Plane & Pilot Magazine Share your opinion with us! Read More "Survey: Video Cameras" The post Survey: Video Cameras appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Non-Pilot Lands Caravan; FAA About Face on e-VTOL Cert; and the Feds Decide on Iron Mike’s Fate.

Plane & Pilot Magazine Plus, cool new battery tech coming next year; Kentucky Derby hosts record number of bizjets, a big milestone for Cessna SkyCourier, and much, much more! Read More "Non-Pilot Lands Caravan; FAA About Face on e-VTOL Cert; and the Feds Decide on Iron Mike’s Fate." The post Non-Pilot Lands Caravan; FAA About Face on e-VTOL Cert; and the Feds Decide on Iron Mike’s Fate. appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Nate and Ollie Read World’s Best Aviation Magazine

Plane & Pilot Magazine Okay, we admit that we’re biased (but Plane & Pilot really is the cat's meow). Read More "Nate and Ollie Read World’s Best Aviation Magazine" The post Nate and Ollie Read World’s Best Aviation Magazine appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

How To Make a Living as a Hot Air Balloon Pilot

FLYING Magazine Hot air balloon pilots will tell you that flying them is something that gets under your skin, a passion that ignites your soul—almost like the burners that keep their balloons aloft. But pursuing that passion can also be a way to make a living. Balloon pilots with business savvy often turn what starts as a hobby into a side job that not only pays for the travel and expenses associated with ballooning, but can also build college funds for their kids, or be a secondary income ... read more

Regional Airline Asks FAA to Allow Lower Hour Pilots

Plane & Pilot Magazine Republic wants to put 750-hour pilots in the right seat, which is half the normal, legal requirement. Read More "Regional Airline Asks FAA to Allow Lower Hour Pilots" The post Regional Airline Asks FAA to Allow Lower Hour Pilots appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Red Bull Washes its Hands as FAA Slaps Plane Swap Pilots Hard

Plane & Pilot Magazine The agency wasted no time in issuing its ruling after the ill-fated stunt. Read More "Red Bull Washes its Hands as FAA Slaps Plane Swap Pilots Hard" The post Red Bull Washes its Hands as FAA Slaps Plane Swap Pilots Hard appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

A Thrilling Landing, Followed by a Shocking Twist

FLYING Magazine Earlier this spring, we set out to take the Ercoupe cross-country to inspire kids with disabilities for the third year in a row. This year, I would be in New York to speak at an annual convention for SITA Aero. SITA provides software and IT systems for airports and aircraft globally. When they heard about our work at Rightfooted Foundation, my nonprofit that aims to inspire children through aviation, they wanted to sponsor a Limb Different Airport Day. I would fly into KJFK ... read more

New flight sim lab opens at KARR

General Aviation News The new lab, which boasts four training devices, will not only serve student pilots, but also be used as a showroom for Virtual Fly, company officials noted. Read More read more

Pilot blames crash on plane’s ‘natural instability’

General Aviation News The pilot's excessive brake input while he attempted to maintain directional control during landing roll. Read More read more

Things to Consider When Selling an Air Charter Company

FLYING Magazine Selling an air charter company is not much different from selling any other company, save for a few things.  In general, if someone is looking to sell their company, one of the first things to do is hire an investment banker. They’ll be able to prepare the financial information for the business to determine a valuation for the company, which the seller can then use to go out to the market and identify potential buyers or acquirers from the company.  Potential buyers could ... read more

Pilot Proficiency Center Moves To New Location For AirVenture 2022

AVweb The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has announced that the Pilot Proficiency Center will be moving to a new spot next to the EAA Aviation Museum for AirVenture 2022. The Center was previously located in a tent at the Four Corners on the AirVenture grounds. Pilot Proficiency Center programming during the show will include half-day clinics with breakout sessions on topics such as killer procedures, learning to turn, backcountry awareness, the art of IFR, CFI-to-CFI, stick and ... read more

As The Pro Flies?

AVweb Commercial air travel is by far the safest mode of modern transportation. General aviation, however, is not as safe. Many factors have improved both categories’ safety records over the years, but procedures and policies established by regulators/industry and implemented by commercial operators have been wildly successful. These policies and procedures have been introduced over the years due to accidents and incidents that have occurred. While not all policies and procedures ... read more

FAA Revokes Certificates of Red Bull Plane Swap Pilots

FLYING Magazine The FAA says it has revoked the pilot certificates of Luke Aikins and Andy Farrington, the two pilots and skydivers who attempted the Red Bull Plane Swap last month over the desert in Arizona. During the stunt, which was streamed on Hulu, one of the two modified Cessna 182 aircraft that the men were using plunged to the ground, out of control. The crash scuttled the stunt and drew the ire of the FAA, which had earlier declined to give Aikins permission to perform the swap ... read more

Joby eVTOL Meets Noise Targets

AVweb Joby Aviation reported on Tuesday that its prototype electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft met the company’s noise profile goals during acoustic testing completed with NASA last fall. The tests, which took place at Joby’s facility near Big Sur, California, were conducted over two weeks in September 2021 as part of as part of NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) National Campaign. Results showed that Joby’s aircraft registered the equivalent of 45.2 A-weighted decibels ... read more

Flytrex Expands Drone Food Delivery Services

AVweb Drone delivery company Flytrex announced on Thursday that it has expanded its offerings in Holly Springs, North Carolina, through a partnership with national sandwich chain Jersey Mike’s Subs. As previously reported by AVweb, Flytrex received FAA approval for a delivery area covering a 1-nautical-mile radius from all of its operating stations in North Carolina last December. According to the company, its drones typically travel at around 32 MPH, allowing deliveries to arrive in under ... read more

FAA Revokes Pilot Certificates For Red Bull Plane Swap Stunt (Updated)

AVweb The FAA has revoked the pilot certificates of Luke Aikins and Andy Farrington following their highly publicized attempt to “take off in one aircraft and land in another after sending their planes into a nosedive and jumping out of them” last month. The attempt ended with Aikins successfully making the swap while Farrington parachuted to the ground when one of the aircraft spiraled out of control and crashed. No one was injured in the stunt, which was put on by Red Bull and ... read more

Joby Aviation: No Type Certification Delays Expected from FAA’s Modified Approach

FLYING Magazine Uber-backed electric air taxi developer Joby Aviation (NYSE: JOBY) told investors Thursday it expects no delays as a result of the FAA’s modified regulatory approach to type certification. In the company’s quarterly earnings conference call, Joby reported a $62.3 million net loss in Q1 2022, an increased loss of $20.8 million compared to the same period last year. “We remain on track to meet our operational goals and spending guidance for the year,” said founder and CEO ... read more

How Two Air Traffic Controllers Helped A Passenger Land an Airplane

FLYING Magazine What seemed like a routine charter flight from the Bahamas to Florida on Tuesday took an unexpected turn for two passengers in a Cessna 208 Caravan when the pilot became incapacitated, slumped against the controls, and sent the aircraft into a dive. The day also changed for air traffic controllers Chip Flores and Robert Morgan.  READ MORE: Passenger Lands Caravan After Pilot Becomes ‘Incoherent’ Flores was handling air traffic in the Fort Pierce Tower at Treasure Coast ... read more

Passenger with no flying experience lands aircraft

AOPA General Aviation News When the pilot of a Cessna 208 became incapacitated while flying from the Bahamas to Florida, a passenger with no flying experience kept cool, contacted air traffic control, and followed controllers’ guidance to a safe landing. Read More read more

USAF Crew Sets Record With 24-Hour KC-46A Pegasus Flight

FLYING Magazine When does a flight become too long? Three hours? Six? Half a day? The aircrew of an U.S. Air Force aerial refueler recently recalibrated the concept of a truly longhaul flight by flying a KC-46A Pegasus for 24.2 hours during an endurance test of the tanker replacing the service’s aging KC-135 Stratotanker fleet. The record-breaking 9,000-mile flight, which marked the longest ever recorded for the Air Mobility Command (AMC), began May 5 when the crew from the 22nd Air ... read more

Aerospace Center for Excellence names new director

AOPA General Aviation News A Florida aerospace school operated by the Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo team in Lakeland will have a new executive director June 1, though Eric Crump is a familiar face. Read More read more

Passenger with no flying experience lands aircraft

AOPA General Aviation News When the pilot of a Cessna 208 became incapacitated while flying from the Bahamas to Florida, a passenger with no flying experience kept cool, contacted air traffic control, and followed controllers’ guidance to a safe landing. Read More read more

University of North Dakota Partners With Frontier Airlines

FLYING Magazine Frontier Airlines and the University of North Dakota have announced a new agreement for a career pathway partnership program. Frontier will join a large array of airlines with a partnership with UND, giving students a more streamlined pathway to an airline career.  After a successful interview with Frontier Airlines, students will be given an accelerated route to meet the hour requirements required by the airline and eventually join Frontier as first officers on the ... read more

A FLYING Foundation

FLYING Magazine The 1920s: Popular Aviation Premieres In August 1927, the first issue of Popular Aviation hit the newsstands, published by the Popular Aviation Publishing Company of Chicago. The first cover featured three aircraft—two biplanes and a monoplane—in the sky. Below them, a crowd watches them fly over. Some of the people are standing on the roofs of buildings, others are climbing up a pole supporting a windsock, as if to get a better view of the airplanes. The monthly ... read more

Picture of the Day: What a rush

General Aviation News Roger Thomas submitted this photo and note: "A photo of my Husky taken by my friend Jake from his Smith Cub as we were returning from a Florida Cub Flyers get-together. Valkaria Airport (X59) to North Palm Beach County General Aviation Airport (F45), 68 miles at 199 feet off the deck in formation. What a rush." Read More read more

AVGAS COALITION EXPRESSES CONCERNS ABOUT UNSAFE ELIMINATION OF 100LL

AOPA General Aviation News In a May 6 letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen, a wide array of aviation organizations and associations across the country outlined the crucial need for 100LL fuel to be available at California’s Reid-Hillview of Santa Clara County Airport, and all public-use airports across the country, while the industry works with the administration to find a fleetwide fuel solution as quickly as possible. The letter ... read more

Aerospace Center for Excellence names new director

AOPA General Aviation News A Florida aerospace school operated by the Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo team in Lakeland will have a new executive director June 1, though Eric Crump is a familiar face. Read More read more

The clock is ticking for general aviation

General Aviation News General aviation is the last mode of transportation that still uses leaded fuel. Read More read more

Hard landings prompt Gulfstream operation limitations

AOPA General Aviation News A second hard landing related to a software glitch that damaged a second business jet made by Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. prompted the FAA to update a 2020 airworthiness directive requiring flight manual updates for G500 and G600 aircraft to include “more restrictive limitations and procedures,” effective May 9. Read More read more

Partnering for a hydrogen-powered future

AOPA General Aviation News ZeroAvia, known for its work in hydrogen-electric solutions for aviation, announced a strategic partnership with Shell to develop two commercial-scale mobile refuelers for use at the company’s facility at Hollister Municipal Airport in California. Read More read more

FAA standardizing hot spot symbology

AOPA General Aviation News The FAA announced it is standardizing hot spot symbology as well as verbiage on airport diagrams within chart supplements and the Terminal Procedures Publications starting May 19. Read More read more

AVGAS COALITION EXPRESSES CONCERNS ABOUT UNSAFE ELIMINATION OF 100LL

AOPA General Aviation News In a May 6 letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen, a wide array of aviation organizations and associations across the country outlined the crucial need for 100LL fuel to be available at California’s Reid-Hillview of Santa Clara County Airport, and all public-use airports across the country, while the industry works with the administration to find a fleetwide fuel solution as quickly as possible. The letter ... read more

ScottsMiracle-Gro To Use American Robotics’ Autonomous Drones for Crop Analysis

FLYING Magazine American Robotics, a below visible line of sight (BVLOS) drone company, announced this week that the ScottsMiracle-Gro Company (NYSE: SMG) had chosen American Robotics to provide daily data collection and analytics capabilities using the FAA-approved Scout Systems.  For the company, this is also a critical expansion into another commercial, industrial market.  Co-founder and CEO Reese Mozer said the move was a signifier that industries were adapting their operations to meet ... read more

Evektor goes mainstream

General Aviation News Based in Indianapolis, Jet Access has multiple flight school operations and plans several more. All of them will feature the Evektor LSA line, primarily focused on the Harmony model. Read More read more

Nothing Beats Reuniting With Old Pilot Friends

FLYING Magazine Ever wonder what has happened to the pilots you’ve met along the way? Do you keep in touch with your first flight instructor? Have you made aviation a career and left people behind with whom you shared intimate spaces and maybe even intimate thoughts? These circumstances can occur in anybody’s life. Many high school friends, college mates, even graduate school buddies tend to disappear into our wakes as we move on, grow up, start families and then, one day, find ourselves ... read more

Wings Over Iowa prepares for takeoff

General Aviation News The first-ever fly-in for the NGPA will be held June 3-5, 2022, at Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids. Read More read more

Cornelia Fort: First Female Pilot To Perish In Service To The U.S. Military

Plane & Pilot Magazine This high flyer was a boss from the get-go. Read More "Cornelia Fort: First Female Pilot To Perish In Service To The U.S. Military" The post Cornelia Fort: First Female Pilot To Perish In Service To The U.S. Military appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Hard landings prompt Gulfstream operation limitations

AOPA General Aviation News A second hard landing related to a software glitch that damaged a second business jet made by Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. prompted the FAA to update a 2020 airworthiness directive requiring flight manual updates for G500 and G600 aircraft to include “more restrictive limitations and procedures,” effective May 9. Read More read more

Partnering for a hydrogen powered future

AOPA General Aviation News ZeroAvia, known for their work in hydrogen-electric solutions for aviation announced a strategic partnership with Shell to develop two commercial-scale mobile refuelers for use at the company’s facility at Hollister Municipal Airport in California. Read More read more

FAA standardizing hot spot symbology

AOPA General Aviation News The FAA announced it is standardizing hot spot symbology as well as verbiage on airport diagrams within chart supplements and the Terminal Procedures Publications starting May 19. Read More read more

Premier brings Diamonds to Caribbean

General Aviation News The Caribbean Island territory will be handled out of Premier Aircraft Sales’ headquarters at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. Read More read more

How You Can Plan for Fuel Shortages

FLYING Magazine As global reports of disruptions in the fuel supply chain continue to emerge, FLYING recently spoke with representatives from Avfuel, a global supplier of aviation fuel with more than 3,000 locations in nearly 150 countries. With a clientele of more than 5,500 flight departments, it’s tied to the fuel issues as closely as anyone.  “The entire industry is feeling the impact of low fuel inventories,” Muneeb Ahmed, director of trading and logistics for Avfuel, told FLYING. ... read more

Daher Repays €110 Million Government-Backed Loan, Secures New Financing

FLYING Magazine Daher, manufacturer of the TBM and Kodiak turboprops, has repaid its remaining €110-million loan guaranteed by the French government and parlayed current strengths into a new round of financing that will propel the OEM’s expansion plans in the U.S. and France. The company has secured €180 million in new financing from American investors, it announced on Wednesday. Rebound Strength Leads to Repayment In June 2020, Daher received an original loan amount of €170 million backed ... read more

Training flight lands on occupied runway

General Aviation News The pilot of the other aircraft got on the radio and said "so you landed while we were still on the runway.” I responded with "Do you know that your beacon and your white light are out, we could not see you.” Read More read more

Two Killed, 14 Injured In Skydive Caravan Crash

AVweb Two people were killed and 14 others injured in the crash landing of a Cessna Caravan skydiving plane in Brazil on Wednesday. The Skydive4Fun aircraft took off from the National Skydive Center in Boituva, which is considered the “national skydive capital” of Brazil, and apparently made an immediate forced landing. “In Boituva’s 50 years of skydiving history, it’s the first aircraft accident at the National Skydiving Center. It’s a very sad day,” Boituva Mayor Edson Marcusso told ... read more

Embraer Nearing Decision On New Turboprop

AVweb Embraer says it will make a decision on whether to proceed with development of its unusual rear-engine turboprop regional aircraft by the middle of 2023. Arjan Meijer, Embraer’s head of commercial aviation, told Reuters the company is in talks with India to partner in development of the aircraft, which will seat 70-90 passengers. The two engines will be mounted on pylons on the tail to minimize cabin noise. Meijer said that if Embraer pulls the trigger on the turboprop next year, it ... read more

Passenger Lands Caravan

AVweb A passenger with no flight training was able to land a Cessna Caravan in Palm Beach on Tuesday after the pilot collapsed at the controls. The unidentified passenger, the only one on board besides the pilot, was able to contact air traffic control. “I’ve got a serious situation here,” the passenger said in his initial call. “My pilot has gone incoherent. I have no idea how to fly the airplane.” After some initial guidance from controllers to get the aircraft stabilized, he was ... read more

Republic Seeks 1500-Hour Rule Exemption

AVweb Republic Airways says it wants to open the flight deck door to more underrepresented demographics and it wants the FAA to meet it halfway in terms of pilot experience. The airline says it can safely put a new pilot in the right seat of its airliners under the supervision of a trained and experienced captain at 750 hours of experience rather than the currently mandated 1500. “The Republic R-ATP Program is designed to make airline pilot career opportunities more accessible for ... read more

AVweb.com Announces Pre-Launch Of Classified Ad System

AVweb Now in its third decade as the premier independent voice of aviation, AVweb.com has entered the pre-launch phase of a comprehensive classified advertising system to serve the nearly one million site visits made by pilots and aviation industry professionals each month. When fully implemented on June 20, classifieds.avweb.com will serve the needs of aircraft and equipment buyers and sellers, used aircraft brokers, aviation job seekers, aviation real estate sellers, and engine, parts, ... read more

Picture Of The Week, May 11, 2022

AVweb 1 of 4 A rainy night on the FedEx ramp. Taken with an iPhone 13 Pro Max. Photo by Harley Troyer. PICTURE OF THE WEEK: Rainy Night I positioned myself so the SeaRey, its shadow and its reflection would all merge. Southbound low over the Hudson River on a warm spring Sunday. 1 May 2022 Leica SL2 from a Liberty XL2 overhead, 280 mm. Copyrighted photo by Daniel ... read more

FAA pumps brakes on eVTOLs

AOPA General Aviation News A May 10 statement from the FAA cast doubt on ambitious timelines for bringing a new generation of electric vertical-lift aircraft into service, as the agency shifted attention to how pilots will be trained and qualified to fly them. Read More read more

NTSB Blames FAA, Pilot For Fatal Helicopter Crash in Hawaii

FLYING Magazine The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says the FAA is partially to blame for the 2019 fatal accident involving an air tour helicopter in Hawaii.  The NTSB suggests if the FAA had not delayed the installation of weather cameras in the region, the pilot might have been alerted to dangerous conditions and not continued the flight into deteriorating weather.  “Poor aeronautical decision-making is relevant in too many aviation accidents.” James Viola, president and ... read more

Passenger Lands Turboprop After Pilot Becomes ‘Incoherent’

FLYING Magazine A passenger with no piloting experience landed a Cessna 208 Caravan on Tuesday at Palm Beach International Airport (KPBI) with the help of air traffic controllers after the airplane’s pilot reportedly suffered a medical emergency that incapacitated him. “I’ve got a serious situation here. My pilot has gone incoherent. I have no idea how to fly the airplane.” The passenger who landed the Cessna 208 speaking with the control tower at Treasure Coast International Airport ... read more

Wild Kentucky Derby has Wild Aviation Side!

Plane & Pilot Magazine The finish was one for the ages, as was the fly-in for the event Read More "Wild Kentucky Derby has Wild Aviation Side!" The post Wild Kentucky Derby has Wild Aviation Side! appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Aloft Unveils Tool Aimed at Clarifying FAA, Local Drone Operation Rules

FLYING Magazine Drone operators—and pilots of traditional aircraft seeking understanding—who are searching for details regarding local regulations as well as FAA airspace guidelines for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have a new geospatial management tool option to help them keep flights in check. Aloft Technologies unveiled its new Geo Portal on Wednesday, saying it tackles an information gap for drone users and local authorities.  “We’re connecting the dots between drone operators, local ... read more

Picture of the Day: Back in the air

General Aviation News Dennis Mead submitted this photo and note: "My Cessna 205 taking to the sky after a year and a half restoration from a literal worn-out skydiver bucket of bolts." Read More read more

GA’s unleaded fuel problem is solved

General Aviation News After a 12-year quest, General Aviation Modifications Inc. (GAMI) has created an unleaded fuel that is a drop-in, fleet-wide solution that can be used in every spark ignition piston engine in the FAA database. Read More read more

“Zero Flight Experience” Passenger Lands Cessna Caravan When Pilot Has Medical Emergency

Plane & Pilot Magazine ATC and a cool-headed passenger saved the day Read More "“Zero Flight Experience” Passenger Lands Cessna Caravan When Pilot Has Medical Emergency" The post “Zero Flight Experience” Passenger Lands Cessna Caravan When Pilot Has Medical Emergency appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Avgas Coalition on Aviation Fuel Pushes For 100LL Bridge

FLYING Magazine The Avgas Coalition last week delivered a letter petitioning the Department of Transportation and the FAA to maintain availability of 100LL during the transition period to unleaded fuel. The coalition—consisting of more than 110 members of the general and business aviation community—delivered the letter to DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Acting FAA Administrator  Billy Nolen on May 6 in response to recent moves by airports in California to ban the sale of 100LL effective ... read more

Honor the WASP

General Aviation News Women in Aviation International (WAI) members and friends will honor the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) by visiting their graves and leaving a decoration in the form of flowers or other remembrances during the month of May. Read More read more

FAA pumps brakes on eVTOLs

AOPA General Aviation News A May 10 statement from the FAA cast doubt on ambitious timelines for bringing a new generation of electric vertical-lift aircraft into service, as the agency shifted attention to how pilots will be trained and qualified to fly them. Read More read more

Nordic Aviation Capital Agrees to Launch Embraer E-Jet Conversion Freighters

FLYING Magazine Denmark-based aircraft leasing company Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) has signed an agreement to be a launch customer for Embraer’s (NYSE: ERJ) first passenger-to-freighter (P2F) converted E-Jets. Embraer announced the deal Monday, two months after the unveiling of its converted aircraft program. The E-Jet freighter program aims to fill a market gap between turboprops and larger narrowbody cargo aircraft. Under the agreement, Embraer will convert up to 10 NAC passenger E190s ... read more

Garmin Pilot updated

General Aviation News The update includes a variety of new features, including the ability to take notes on the screen, decoded NOTAM text, and more. Read More read more

Flying Off Boring Break-In Hours Leads to a Neat Adventure

FLYING Magazine Back in college, I got into motorcycle riding. Starting out with a thoroughly shagged Honda CBR600, I became hooked, and I soon began to save my pennies for a brand-new machine. Before long, I found a Ducati Monster that was four years old but had never been taken out of its original shipping crate. Anticipating the luscious, smooth torque and intoxicating sounds produced by that 900cc Italian twin, I took a couple of days off from work and dedicated them to riding. My ... read more

Were You Inspired by Top Gun?

FLYING Magazine It’s been nearly 40 years since Top Gun was released, triggering the world to feel a “need for speed.” The movie, according to the U.S. Navy, spawned a surge of interest among those seeking to become pilots, but the effects rippled beyond the military and across all facets of flying, including general aviation. Now, four decades later, the movie’s long-awaited sequel is set to be released Memorial Day weekend and another aviation boom could be afoot. As we excitedly await ... read more

Replacement baffle kits, other parts for PA31s now available

General Aviation News The new baffle seals are an Alternative Means of Compliance (AMOC) to terminate the 50-hour seal inspections required by Airworthiness Directive 93-23-13, Airforms officials noted. Read More read more

An SOS Call And A 40-Year Murder Mystery

Plane & Pilot Magazine Could a decades-old mountain rescue be the key to solving two murders? Read More "An SOS Call And A 40-Year Murder Mystery" The post An SOS Call And A 40-Year Murder Mystery appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

How Aviation Weathered the Fuel Crisis of the 1970s

FLYING Magazine The gas pump is anxious territory these days. Motorists are finding that gas prices are up 45 percent compared to this time last year. Diesel supplies are running low in pockets of the country as U.S. exports surge to meet demand in other countries.  The battle of limited supply versus high demand is spilling off the roadway and onto the runway. The price volatility confronting pilots at the pump at general aviation airports has provoked some uncertainty when it comes to ... read more

Experimental crashes after builder adds winglets

General Aviation News The student pilot/builder’s addition of winglets to the stabilator, which resulted in flutter and overstress failure of the stabilator control horn. Read More read more

Can I Learn to Fly After Heart Surgery and Diabetes?

FLYING Magazine Q: I started flight lessons and put in several hours years ago. I would like to complete my certificate and buy an airplane. Three and 1/2 years ago, I had open-heart surgery, and I’m on medication for diabetes (I should be going off this medication soon). I radically changed my diet, and I am in the best shape I have been in many years. I’m 61 and have wanted to do this since I was much younger. What do you think? A: First, congratulations on turning your health ... read more

NTSB Lays Into FAA For Inaction On Safety Management System Mandate

AVweb The National Transportation Safety Board has placed a substantial amount of blame on the FAA for a 2019 fatal air tour helicopter crash in Hawaii. In a statement released today (May 10), Board Chair Jennifer Homendy wrote, “The NTSB previously made 11 recommendations to the FAA to prevent accidents like this one, but our recommendations only work when they are implemented. It’s time for the FAA to act.” She added, “When the NTSB issues safety recommendations, they are data-driven, ... read more

Short Final: Groan Alert

AVweb Several years ago at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, I was one of a group of a half-dozen or so journalists—including the distinguished Peter Lert— passing the time of day chatting near the press headquarters. [If anyone else who was there reads this post, please corroborate that this is a true story in the comment section below.] As we stood there, a friend of one of the group walked by carrying a vintage aircraft tail lamp assembly that he had just picked up at the Fly Market. Caked in ... read more

With DOT Audit Ongoing, FAA Reverses On eVTOL Certification Criteria

AVweb Though the FAA maintains it won’t affect certification timelines, the agency announced yesterday (May 9) that it was revising its certification protocols for electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. Rather than performance-driven requirements as mandated under Part 23 (small-aircraft) certification rules (as previously planned), now eVTOLs will be evaluated as “powered-lift” aircraft, a category originally established to accommodate civil tiltrotors such as the ... read more

Aeroprakt Aeroclub Facility Heavily Damaged In Ukraine Fighting

AVweb The war in Ukraine has resulted in substantial damage to aircraft and buildings at an airfield and flying club hosted by light sport aircraft manufacturer Aeroprakt. Co-founded in 1991 by Yuri Yakovlev (chief designer) and Oleg Litovchenko (director), Aeroprakt currently markets its popular light-sport A-22 and A-32 Vixxen in the U.S. and has delivered a total of more than 1,000 aircraft around the world since its founding 21 years ago. The aeroclub was apparently shelled by Russian ... read more

‘Avgas Coalition’ Petitions DOT And FAA To Retain 100LL During Transition Period

AVweb A May 6 letter from stakeholders associated with the 110-plus-member Avgas Coalition, addressed to Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen, implores the powers that be to retain the availability of low-lead 100LL aviation fuel until an orderly transition to unleaded fuel can be accomplished. Among the stakeholders, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) President Mark Baker said, “The need to remove lead from aviation fuel ... read more

Aircraft Maintenance: Mechanic-driven preflight inspections

AOPA General Aviation News Most of us learned our preflight inspection rituals from our flight instructors. We followed them around the airplane, checking the oil, sumping the fuel, looking for bird’s nests, and swinging control surfaces back and forth…rarely understanding what we were actually looking for. Read More read more

Republic Airways Petitions FAA to Lower Pilot Minimums For Company’s First Officers

FLYING Magazine Regional carrier Republic Airways has petitioned the FAA to lower the required pilot minimums for its first officers from 1,500 hours to 750. Republic is headquartered in Indianapolis and flies on behalf of Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL), American Airlines (NASDAQ: AAL), and United Airlines (NASDAQ: UAL). The company applied on April 15 to the Department of Transportation (DOT) to lobby for its version of the restricted ATP. “The requested exemption would allow selected ... read more

Puyallup Tribe partners with Kenmore Air for South Puget Sound Seaplane Operation

FLYING Magazine The Puyallup Tribe of Washington State and Pacific Northwest seaplane giant Kenmore Air are partnering to bring seaplane operations to the South Puget Sound. On Tuesday, the partners announced plans to build a new dock and terminal on property purchased by the Tribe along Ruston Way in Tacoma. The land was once inhabited by the Puyallup Tribe. For generations, they existed off salmon, shellfish, and native plants. Today, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians is a sovereign nation ... read more

Six Amusement Parks Worth Flight-Planning

FLYING Magazine One of the many benefits of the vast, fairly dense network of general aviation airports in the U.S. is that there is probably a runway near just about any attraction you want to visit. This certainly is the case with amusement parks, many of which are just opening for the 2022 summer season. As a child, I loved going to amusement parks, especially those with the latest, most thrilling roller coasters. The 80s was a period of renaissance for looping coasters, and my middle ... read more

Report: FAA to Change Certification Basis for eVTOLs

Plane & Pilot Magazine There are many more questions than answers about what this will mean to the fledgling industry Read More "Report: FAA to Change Certification Basis for eVTOLs" The post Report: FAA to Change Certification Basis for eVTOLs appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

First Cessna SkyCourier Delivered to FedEx

Plane & Pilot Magazine The clean-sheet Textron Aviation twin is the latest success story from the folks in Wichita. Read More "First Cessna SkyCourier Delivered to FedEx" The post First Cessna SkyCourier Delivered to FedEx appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: Slipping the surly bonds

General Aviation News William Kautter submitted this Nirmal Mathrani photo and note: "A Piper Super Cub tows an ASW-27 during the October 2021 SSA Region 4 North contest at the Mid-Atlantic Soaring Center Airport (W73) in Fairfield, Pennsylvania." Read More read more

Aircraft Maintenance: Mechanic-driven preflight inspections

AOPA General Aviation News Most of us learned our preflight inspection rituals from our flight instructors. We followed them around the airplane, checking the oil, sumping the fuel, looking for bird’s nests, and swinging control surfaces back and forth…rarely understanding what we were actually looking for. Read More read more

The dos and don’ts of talking on the radio

General Aviation News The FAA provides guidance to pilots about talking on the radio — guidance that is too often misunderstood, unknown, or flat out ignored. Here is a list of the important dos and don'ts when talking to ATC or over the CTAF. Read More read more

Near-Collision of Airliners In Mexico City

Plane & Pilot Magazine A landing Airbus A320 went right over the top of another company A320 Read More "Near-Collision of Airliners In Mexico City" The post Near-Collision of Airliners In Mexico City appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Musketeer takes flight as gateway to Canadian village

General Aviation News A Musketeer that trained Canadian military pilots has a new duty station: Serving as a gateway to the village of Mount Hope, Ontario, which has a rich aviation history. Read More read more

One lovable little library

AOPA General Aviation News There’s a tiny new addition to Dekalb-Peachtree Airport in Atlanta. A very small hangar has been stocked with untold potential inspiration in the form of a little, free aviation and aerospace library. Read More read more

Premier Aircraft Expands into the Caribbean

FLYING Magazine Diamond Aircraft dealer, Premier Aircraft Sales, has added 21 new countries to its territory for single- and multiengine airplanes, expanding its reach from the U.S. to the Caribbean. Premier Aircraft’s territory now stretches across half of the country, with sales and service bases in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (KFXE); Fort Worth, Texas (KFTW); and Norwood, Massachusetts (KOWD). It focuses on Diamond’s line of aircraft, including the DA40 NG, DA42, DA50 RG, and DA62, which ... read more

FAA lifts $1.5 million in fines on KANB

General Aviation News In addition, the Anniston Regional Airport is now state certified as an unlimited general aviation (GA) airport. This is the first time in the airport’s history that this certification has been obtained, city officials report. Read More read more

Kaufmann Vans RV-10 Crash In Las Vegas

Plane & Pilot Magazine Kaufmann Vans RV-10 Las Vegas, Nevada Injuries: 2 The pilot, who was also the owner and builder of the airplane, reported that, while on short … Read More "Kaufmann Vans RV-10 Crash In Las Vegas" The post Kaufmann Vans RV-10 Crash In Las Vegas appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

New director for Aerospace Center for Excellence

General Aviation News A lifelong lover of all things aviation and aerospace, Eric Crump, who started the aerospace program at Polk State College, will take over as executive director of SUN 'n FUN's Aerospace Center for Excellence in June 2022. Read More read more

One lovable little library

AOPA General Aviation News There’s a tiny new addition to Dekalb-Peachtree Airport in Atlanta. A very small hangar has been stocked with untold potential inspiration in the form of a little, free aviation and aerospace library. Read More read more

Dornier’s Do-29 Broke Ground in STOL Before It Was Fashionable

FLYING Magazine Since it was founded in 1914, Dornier was an aircraft company that was never short on imagination. From early 12-engined flying boats to World War II military aircraft and regional airliners to modern, composite flying boats, the OEM’s name has decorated a bewildering variety of aircraft types. Among them, hiding in the footnotes of the company’s history, are some truly unique examples of engineering.  Spearheaded by the German federal agency tasked with aerospace research, ... read more

Pilots Must Know and Use Their Rights

FLYING Magazine A series of high-profile pilots facing regulatory action has caused many pilots to think about their rights. I suspect that if most pilots today found themselves up against “Big Law,” they might not know what to do.  It’s not always egregious cases of pilots pushing the limits, either. For instance, with the busy summer months ahead, the setting is ripe for pilots and controllers under pressure to make mistakes. One of the most chilling things for a pilot to hear over the ... read more

Student’s foot slips off brake

General Aviation News I applied brakes to position the aircraft onto the taxiway however it felt like my shoes slipped off the brake and the airplane rolled onto the grassy area. Read More read more

FAA ‘Modifying’ Approach to eVTOL Certification

FLYING Magazine The FAA says it is “modifying its regulatory approach” to certificating electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, a move that the agency says will not add delays to completing type certification. Until now, major U.S. eVTOL developers such as Joby Aviation (NYSE: JOBY), Beta Technologies, and Archer Aviation (NYSE: ACHR) have been moving toward type certification under Part 23 regulations for light aircraft.  On Monday, the FAA said it now plans to certify ... read more

How Fighters Like the F-18 Make Clouds

FLYING Magazine In the ever-growing struggle to combat global warming, could fighters be pressed into service to make clouds to shield the planet from the sun?  It’s an idea RAF Luton, an aviation parody account on Twitter, proposed recently alongside a photo of a F-18 swaddled in a puffy cloud. Fact of the Day: F15 fighter jets carry clouds to the sky as part of Operation Sunshade. The clouds are released at 80,085ft where they provide shade from the sun which helps cool the planet ... read more

Embraer Announces Launch Customer For E-Jet Freighter Conversions

AVweb Embraer has announced that regional aircraft leasing company Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) will be the launch customer for its E-Jet passenger to freight (P2F) conversions. NAC will take up to 10 conversion slots for E190F and E195F conversions, which will come from its existing fleet of E190 and E195 passenger aircraft. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2024. “There is unprecedented demand for airfreight, especially for same day deliveries and decentralised operations; the perfect ... read more

A Tale Of Two Mustangs

AVweb “For the time and money invested, there is no other airplane of this type that I would rather have,” said Paul Cox of Fort Myers, Florida. Without context, his opinion leans toward the homebuilder hyperbole side of the dial. The Experimental/Amateur-Built design he’s talking about is the Mustang II. He’s scratch-built two of them from the same 78 pages of plans he bought from the designer, Bob Bushby, in 1968. When requesting N-numbers, Cox asks for the year he finished building the ... read more

General Aviation Accident Bulletin

AVweb AVweb’s General Aviation Accident Bulletin is taken from the pages of our sister publication, Aviation Safety magazine. All the reports listed here are preliminary and include only initial factual findings about crashes. You can learn more about the final probable cause on the NTSB’s website at www.ntsb.gov. Final reports appear about a year after the accident, although some take longer. Find out more about Aviation Safety at www.aviationsafetymagazine.com. February 1, 2022, ... read more

Textron Aviation Delivers First SkyCourier

AVweb Textron Aviation announced on Monday that it has delivered the first Cessna SkyCourier twin-engine utility turboprop to launch customer FedEx Express. The aircraft is one of an order of 50 placed by FedEx in 2017. As previously reported by AVweb, the SkyCourier received its FAA type certificate in March 2022. “For nearly 50 years, FedEx has been known for being flexible and innovative in finding solutions for our customers, and this aircraft will help us better serve small and medium ... read more

ACE Names New Executive Director

AVweb The Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) has named Eric Crump as the organization’s new executive director. Crump, who will assume the position on June 1, is credited with opening the Polk State College Aerospace program in 2012 and has served as the program’s director since its launch. In addition to flying as a corporate pilot, he has previously held positions as the aviation content manager and chief instructor for Gleim Publications and chief ground instructor for Middle ... read more

Can You Put Automobile Gas in Your Aircraft?

FLYING Magazine “Automobile fuel is not certified for airplanes.” Every student pilot hears this dire warning about using automobile gas in an aircraft engine that was not certified for it. These warnings are usually accompanied by a story about engine failure and an unscheduled off-airport landing, which often occurs shortly after takeoff. “If you are flying without an STC and the feds see you have auto gas in an airplane not certified for it, it is a violation.” Richard Scarbrough, ... read more

How the FAA Will Spend $1 Billion to Improve ATC Over the Next Year

FLYING Magazine The FAA recently announced how it plans to begin investing the first $1 billion of the $5 billion the agency has been given to improve the country’s air traffic system as part of President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.  Here’s a look at what the plan includes. Electrical Power Systems Sustainment & Replacement A total of $295 million will replace underground cables, transformers, switches at airports, engine generators, and fuel storage tanks that are part ... read more

Textron Delivers First Cessna SkyCourier to FedEx Express

FLYING Magazine Textron Aviation (NYSE: TXT) announced Monday that it has delivered its first Cessna SkyCourier twin utility turboprop to FedEx Express.The delivery is the first of 50 that the shipping company ordered. The clean-sheet aircraft achieved FAA type certification in March. “We’re thrilled to deliver this aircraft that will help FedEx serve its customers more efficiently as it is designed with the option to carry industry-standard prepacked cargo containers,” Ron Draper, Textron ... read more

Virgin Galactic Stock Rating Downgraded By Truist

FLYING Magazine Truist Securities slashed its price target for Virgin Galactic after the commercial space company delayed its flight schedule until next year. Truist cut its price target for Virgin Galactic (NYSE: SPCE) from $36 to $8. This came after Virgin Galactic’s price fell nearly 13 percent over the past week. In June 2021, company shares sold for nearly $60 a share—as of Monday afternoon, it was down to $6.22.  Truist has since downgraded Virgin Galactic’s rating from Hold to ... read more

Picture of the Day: Preflight inspection

General Aviation News Mark Cartwright submitted this photo and note: "Civil Air Patrol cadets in Fullerton, California, are shown how to conduct a preflight inspection prior to their flight." Read More read more

Pipistrel breaks yet another record

General Aviation News In all my years in light aviation, I have never heard of a higher value paid for any light aircraft company. In fact, I’ve never heard any number even close to that. Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: More than a feeling

AOPA General Aviation News Visual flight rules (VFR) flight into instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) remains a leading factor in weather-related fatal accidents. In these accidents, pilots often lose control of the aircraft as a result of spatial disorientation. Read More read more

Embraer’s Eve eVTOL Spinoff to Begin Trading Tuesday

FLYING Magazine Following in the footsteps of several air taxi competitors, Brazil’s Embraer (NYSE: ERJ) announced Monday it has successfully used a special purpose acquisition corporation (SPAC) merger to spin off its Eve Urban Air Mobility (UAM) electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) company.  Zanite Acquisition Corp. shareholders approved the merger Friday. Common stock for the newly named Eve Holdings Inc. will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday under the symbol ... read more

Avgas coalition calls 100LL ban discrimination

General Aviation News "The lack of 100LL fuel at Reid-Hillview has already had a negative impact on humanitarian flights because aircraft are now unable to refuel at the airport." Read More read more

What’s Happening With Aircraft Insurance?

Plane & Pilot Magazine Insurance, like a fire extinguisher or home alarm system, is one of those things you purchase with the hope that you’ll never need to use … Read More "What’s Happening With Aircraft Insurance?" The post What’s Happening With Aircraft Insurance? appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: More than a feeling

AOPA General Aviation News Visual flight rules (VFR) flight into instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) remains a leading factor in weather-related fatal accidents. In these accidents, pilots often lose control of the aircraft as a result of spatial disorientation. Read More read more

Noise mitigation at a backcountry airstrip

General Aviation News Even backcountry pilots need to be aware of the noise when landing on airstrips. A new traffic pattern at 17A, plus other measures, ensures GA is being a good neighbor. Read More read more

Facts About The True Nature Of Flying That You Won’t Find In The Study Guides

Plane & Pilot Magazine Enjoy part one of Hard Truths About Flying from commercial pilot Elliott Cox Read More "Facts About The True Nature Of Flying That You Won’t Find In The Study Guides" The post Facts About The True Nature Of Flying That You Won’t Find In The Study Guides appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Will GA Have a Fuel Problem?

FLYING Magazine Recent price volatility at the self-serve pump—at GA airports across the U.S.—has led to uncertainty and a bit of attitude adjustment among pilots seeking to continue flying, whether for a weekend jaunt or in pursuit of business. And while the price of 100LL has trended upward along with local automotive gasoline prices, a more notable change has registered in the cost of jet-A (along with its road component, truck diesel). It’s now more expensive per gallon than avgas, ... read more

Pilot shortage leads to new aircraft leasing program

General Aviation News RESIDCO, a Chicago-based company that specializes in the leasing of commercial aircraft and engines, has expanded into flight training with the acquisition of Brown Aviation Lease. The acquisition includes 31 aircraft on lease to flight schools and universities, with more expected to be delivered in 2022. Read More read more

South Carolina Aerodrome Built on Fun, Fellowship and Hospitality

FLYING Magazine Triple Tree Aerodrome’s website says its mission is “to ignite and expand the passion for aviation.”  Before its purchase in 1997, the airport was nothing more than a wooded area coupled with grand aviation-centric plans from its purchaser, Pat Hartness. In the years since its initial founding, the site has become home to a number of radio controlled and general aviation fly-ins, as well as for nationally known Aviation Centered Education (ACE) programs.   Some of the ... read more

Fuel starvation blamed in fatal crash

General Aviation News The loss of engine power due to fuel starvation. Read More read more

Opinions Differ On Pilot Shortage

AVweb The world’s biggest pilots’ union says there’s no pilot shortage, just a shortage of management skills to deploy them. The Air Line Pilots Association has created a webpage in which it contends there is actually a surplus of pilots. “So, although we don’t have a pilot shortage, we do have a shortage of airline executives willing to stand by their business decisions to cut air service and be upfront about their intentions to skirt safety rules and hire inexperienced workers for less ... read more

Best Of The Web: Hurricane Post Restoration First Flight

AVweb The Hawker Hurricane is one of several iconic fighters of World War II and a relative rarity on the airshow circuit. In this week’s video, well-known Canadian warbird expert Dave Hadfield takes us through the initial test flight of a recently restored Mark 12 Hurricane. The aircraft was built in Canada in 1942 and saw duty in the training command. It’s part of the Mike Potter collection. It got an initial restoration after the war, but for the past 16 years has been undergoing ... read more

Poll: What’s the Most You’ve Paid For Avgas?

AVweb Automotive gasoline prices have been steadily on the rise or at least volatile. This hasn’t uniformly impacted avgas prices, however. Some readers report breathtaking price hikes while others have noticed little change. This week’s poll asks what your experience has been. The post Poll: What’s the Most You’ve Paid For Avgas? appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: Dreaming through the fence

General Aviation News David Hayes, who flies this Cirrus SR22, submitted this photo and note: "Someday when I grow up! I dream of bigger things." Read More read more

The journey from SUN ‘n FUN to Oshkosh

General Aviation News Will our LSA expert's prediction that the new Light-Sport Aircraft rules will be unveiled at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2022 come true? He says that while he's not betting the farm, it's "a fairly safe prediction." Read More read more

FAA Says Some Radar Altimeters Need Replacing

AVweb Reuters is reporting the FAA met with airlines and cellular service providers last Wednesday to plan the eventual replacement of the 10 percent of radar altimeters considered susceptible to interference from 5G C-Band signals. The news agency got a look at a letter to those invited to the meeting and the agency isn’t interested in hearing any other opinions on the topic. Reuters quoted the letter as saying the purpose of the meeting was to set “an achievable timeframe to ... read more

Alleged Fugitive Hitmen Die In Cherokee Crash

AVweb An international manhunt for two alleged organized crime hitmen ended in the wreckage of a Cherokee 140 near a remote lake in Northern Ontario last week. Canadian authorities have confirmed that two of the four people killed in the crash were wanted on murder charges in Thailand and British Columbia. Gene Lahrkamp, 36, had been on the run from Thai and Canadian police for three months after an Indian national with ties to organized crime in British Columbia was killed at a resort in ... read more

Passenger Faces Misdemeanor Charge After Jumping From Emergency Exit

AVweb Watch for new warning stickers on the emergency exits of airliners after a California man on a United flight opened an over-wing window, walked out on the wing and then jumped to the ramp as the plane taxied at O’Hare early Thursday. Randy Frank Davila, 57, was arrested but won’t face charges for the federal crimes he allegedly committed because Chicago police contend he didn’t get fair warning. The CPD issued a statement saying Davila has been charged with misdemeanor reckless ... read more

To Be or To Rather Be?

AVweb While adorable in the cradle, three aviation phrases have decayed into Hallmark substitutes for thought. First: “Any landing you can walk away from….” You know the rest and that it’s nonsense. Merely surviving an arrival that leaves the FBO’s 172 a crumpled monument to incompetence does not make for a good landing. Another trope: Non-skydivers — and I’m in that timid clutch–who ask why jumpers choose to exit a “perfectly good airplane” in flight are asking the wrong people. Jumpers ... read more

GIFT Academy on the West Coast

AOPA General Aviation News Girls in Flight Training (GIFT) Academy, a week of immersive, intensive flight training for women, will bring its program to the West Coast in 2022, along with sessions in Wisconsin and Texas. Read More read more

Avgas coalition expresses concerns about unsafe elimination of 100LL

AOPA General Aviation News In a May 6 letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen, a wide array of aviation organizations and associations across the country outlined the crucial need for 100LL fuel to be available at California’s Reid-Hillview of Santa Clara County Airport, and all public-use airports across the country, while the industry works with the administration to find a fleetwide fuel solution as quickly as possible. The letter ... read more

Expansion planned at antique aeroplane museum

General Aviation News Since it opened in 2007, the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum (WAAAM) in Hood River, Oregon, has expanded four times. And the fifth is in the wings, with museum officials noting they have two more 40,000 to 50,000 square foot buildings on the drawing board. Read More read more

Spring Training for general aviation pilots

General Aviation News Pilots can earn WINGS credit for attending the three-hour FAA webinar over Zoom, which is designed to help pilots during the busy spring and summer flying seasons. Read More read more

Top Letters And Comments, May 6, 2022

AVweb My Fleeting But Memorable Fling With The AN-225 My then-young son Peter and I were attending the Paris Air Show in 1989. We were walking down a fence line in the parking lot abutting runway 03. It was a plane spotter’s paradise. Everything on short final was passing overhead and touching down a few dozen yards away. I saw the AN-225 with Buran attached on an extended left downwind and we waited. Soon the largest aircraft in the world roared over our heads, and her “centipede” landing ... read more

Cessna Citation XLS Gen2 Earns FAA Certification

AVweb Textron Aviation announced on Thursday that its Cessna Citation XLS Gen2 business jet has received its type certificate from the FAA. The Citation XLS Gen2 is the latest model in the Citation 560XL midsize business jet series, which was introduced in 1998 with the Citation Excel. According to Textron, it has delivered more than 1,000 560XL-series aircraft in the past 25 years. The company delivered the first XLS Gen2 this week. “Loyal Citation customers inspire us to continually ... read more

FLYING Media Group Acquires Heartland Publishing’s Aviation Portfolio

FLYING Magazine FLYING Media Group announced that it has expanded its brand portfolio with the acquisition of Heartland Publishing’s aviation brands. Heartland Publishing, a classified listings and buyer’s directory publisher that has been in business for more than 50 years, boasts more than a dozen aviation brands, including Business Air, Aviator’s Hotline, Aviator’s Properties, FBO and Charter Today, and AircraftforSale.com. FLYING has budgeted millions of dollars toward technology, ... read more

Press Release: ICARUS Cleared To Change How Army Pilots Train For Weather

AVweb ICARUS Devices is excited to share the news that its Smart View Limiting Device has been granted an Air Worthiness Release (AWR) by the US Army. The Instrument Conditions Awareness Recognition and Understanding System (ICARUS) gives instructor pilots simulator like capabilities while flying in the aircraft. ICARUS replaces the “Hood” that was invented by then 1LT Jimmy Doolittle in 1929. View Limiting Devices (VLD) are utilized by pilots to train for Instrument Flight Rules (IFR), ... read more

Avgas coalition expresses concerns about unsafe elimination of 100LL

AOPA General Aviation News In a May 6 letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen, a wide array of aviation organizations and associations across the country outlined the crucial need for 100LL fuel to be available at California’s Reid-Hillview of Santa Clara County Airport, and all public-use airports across the country, while the industry works with the administration to find a fleetwide fuel solution as quickly as possible. The letter ... read more

GIFT Academy on the West Coast

AOPA General Aviation News Girls in Flight Training (GIFT) Academy, a week of immersive, intensive flight training for women, will bring its program to the West Coast in 2022, along with sessions in Wisconsin and Texas. Read More read more

Textron’s Cessna Citation XLS Gen2 Achieves FAA Certification

FLYING Magazine Textron Aviation (NYSE: TXT) announced Friday that it has received type certification for its Cessna Citation XLS Gen2 business jet from the FAA. This week, it delivered the first of such aircraft to a longtime Citation operator in the Midwest. In a statement, Lannie O’Bannion, senior vice president, sales, and flight ops for Textron, said, “This fresh approach to our popular 560XL series includes comfort and productivity upgrades requested by our customers yet retains the ... read more

Six Airport Restaurants that Focus on Breakfast

FLYING Magazine My wife and I have always enjoyed flying with our two sons, usually on journeys that involve food. But the airborne outings have been getting shorter since the boys reached their teens. Now, we occasionally hear protests about “killing the whole day” in the airplane. Rather than lecture them about how fortunate they are to experience the wonders of general aviation, I have shifted our focus to breakfast. Call it the $100 omelet. The ideal game plan has us getting to the ... read more

U.S. Aviation First: Private Pilot Certificate Earned Using an Electric Airplane

FLYING Magazine For the first time in the U.S., a student pilot has earned a private pilot certificate using an electric aircraft.  Shane Fisher flew his check ride in a Pipistrel Velis Electro on March 6 at Right Rudder Aviaton’s flight school at Florida’s Inverness Airport (KINF). The two-seat trainer is the world’s first electric-powered airplane to receive a type certificate. It was certificated by EASA in 2020, but in the U.S., it operates under light sport experimental aircraft ... read more

Boeing Moving To Washington, D.C.

Plane & Pilot Magazine The aircraft-making giant is downsizing, loading the moving van and heading to where the action is. Read More "Boeing Moving To Washington, D.C." The post Boeing Moving To Washington, D.C. appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

2021 Your Flying World Photo Contest Winners!

Plane & Pilot Magazine The top three images from our recent photo contest Read More "2021 Your Flying World Photo Contest Winners!" The post 2021 Your Flying World Photo Contest Winners! appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Farewell To Popular SecDOT, Airliner Parts Come Off in Flight and Runaway Plane Hits House

Plane & Pilot Magazine Plus, EAA concerned about Trent Palmer case, Tecnam sells gaggles of planes at AERO, a sudden U-turn for a Virgin flight and so much more! Read More "Farewell To Popular SecDOT, Airliner Parts Come Off in Flight and Runaway Plane Hits House" The post Farewell To Popular SecDOT, Airliner Parts Come Off in Flight and Runaway Plane Hits House appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Hindustan Selects Genesys Aerosystems’ Autopilot for Updated 228 Turboprop

FLYING Magazine Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), the India-based manufacturer of the Hindustan-228 aircraft, has selected Genesys Aerosystems’ autopilot for its flight deck. The S-TEC 4000R Autopilot adds advanced functions not previously available in the HAL-manufactured commuter aircraft fleet. The update introduces the latest digital autopilot system on the Hindustan-228 platform while adding extra features like VNAV, envelope protection, and alerting, straight-and-level recovery mode, ... read more

Gallery: Up Up and Away Balloon Festival

FLYING Magazine The Up Up and Away balloon festival, the largest hot air balloon festival in the state of Florida, is taking place this weekend in Lakeland on the Sun ‘n Fun Expo Campus. FLYING was there for the kickoff on Friday morning. Here’s a little bit of what we saw. Katie and Eric Brown and Callahan Brown (child), age 4, of Re-Spectra Balloons. [Photo: Sara Withrow] [Photo: Sara Withrow] [Photo: Sara Withrow] Wally Lewis gets ready to take a very special birthday ride. [Photo: Sara ... read more

Jet Fuel Now More Expensive than Avgas

Plane & Pilot Magazine Why the surge in Jet-A prices? Read More "Jet Fuel Now More Expensive than Avgas" The post Jet Fuel Now More Expensive than Avgas appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

NIFA SAFECON Championship Begins Monday

FLYING Magazine The National Collegiate Flight Championship SAFECON is set to take off next week at Ohio State University Airport.  Top collegiate pilots will participate in a number of events to test their skills and knowledge in aviation, both on the ground and in flight.  The Competition During the week, 28 university teams made up of almost 500 students will compete in 12 events to test their knowledge and skill. Events will include aircraft recognition, navigation, and more.  The ... read more

Flying Legends of Victory tour prepares for takeoff

General Aviation News The B-17 "Sentimental Journey" and the B-25 "Maid in the Shade" are preparing to take off on their annual 18-week tour through California, Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Washington, and Oregon. Read More read more

LSAs Can Handle the Long Legs of an ‘Earthrounder’ Flight

FLYING Magazine If you go on the Earthrounders.com website and search for completed globe circumnavigations by single-engine aircraft, you will see plenty of Cessna Caravans, Pilatus PC-12s, Beech Bonanzas, Mooneys, and Piper Saratogas, Cherokee Sixes, and Malibus. With their massive useful loads, these airplanes were able to easily tanker the extra fuel needed to safely transition the longest over-ocean legs of such a journey. What you will not see are very many light sport ... read more

VFR into IMC ends in muddy field

General Aviation News The pilot's decision to continue flight in instrument meteorological conditions in an airplane not equipped for instrument flight, which forced her to perform a precautionary landing to a muddy field resulting in the airplane nosing over. Read More read more

One Pilot’s Rage Against the Machines

FLYING Magazine When I was a young child in Minnesota, before I fell in love with airplanes, I had a deep obsession with trains and wished to work on a railroad. Then my late grandfather inadvertently crushed my dreams with a throwaway comment about how he rarely saw cabooses anymore. It was true: Automation was eliminating fireman and brakeman jobs, paring the traditional five-man train crew to two. My disappointment didn’t last long, as I soon transferred my affections to all things ... read more

Panel Teardowns: More Than Metal Work

AVweb Most existing round-gauge airplanes have instrument panels that simply weren’t designed for big-screen displays. That means your shop will likely be tasked with cutting a new metal panel to make it all fit. And even if your proposed upgrade doesn’t require lots of cutting, an avionics project is the opportunity to upgrade the panel’s aesthetics from, in some cases, 1970s or earlier designs. Replacing the brittle, cracked and faded Royalite plastic overlay for a cleaner, more durable ... read more

Bombardier Reports Strong Q1 Performance

AVweb Bombardier announced on Thursday that it has seen strong aftermarket performance, robust free cash flow generation and a growing backlog in the first quarter (Q1) of 2022. According to the company, its Q1 revenues from business jet sales and aftermarket services totaled $1.2 billion with aftermarket revenues increasing 34 percent over the same time period last year. Bombardier’s pretax earnings rose 36 percent compared to Q1 2021 to $167 million. “We took off quickly this year, ... read more

My Fleeting But Memorable Fling With The AN-225

AVweb The answer to this question is almost certainly yes, but I’ll ask anyway. Has an airplane you’ve flown ever crashed? Has it taken lives with it? For me the answer is yes to both and when I considered it casually, I thought maybe two or three. But it’s really seven or eight, if not more. I recall the first vividly. It was a post-war J-3 I’d been flying out College Park, Maryland. One foggy night two drunks got it started, took off and predictably didn’t get far. They crashed into ... read more

Stratolaunch Tests Talon Release Pylon

AVweb Stratolaunch has completed the fifth flight of its Roc carrier aircraft, successfully testing a new pylon on the aircraft’s center wing. The pylon, which is constructed with aluminum and carbon fiber skins, will be used to carry and release the company’s Talon-A hypersonic vehicles. It weighs in at approximately 8,000 pounds and takes up 14 feet of Roc’s 95-foot center wingspan along with housing a winch system that will be used to load the Talon vehicles from the ground. “Today’s ... read more

Boeing Moves Global Headquarters To Arlington

AVweb Boeing announced on Thursday that it is moving its global headquarters from Chicago, Illinois, to Arlington, Virginia. The company says it plans to maintain a significant presence in Chicago, but also noted that less office space would be required at the site owing to “flexible and virtual solutions” implemented over the past two years. Boeing’s three business units will continue to be based at their current headquarters with Boeing Commercial Airplanes in Seattle, Washington; Boeing ... read more

Airbus Forms Air Mobility Initiative

AVweb Airbus is heading a Germany-based partnership aimed at “making urban air mobility within and between cities a reality.” Called the Air Mobility Initiative (AMI), the program will set up a series of research projects focused on three areas: electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, unmanned traffic management (UTM) services and airport and city integration. According to Airbus, AMI partners plan to first address the technological, infrastructural, legal, and social ... read more

If you serve it, they will come

AOPA General Aviation News Two thousand five hundred guests, 60 fly-in aircraft, and nine food trucks later, the Food Truck Fly-in at California’s San Martin Airport exceeded all of my expectations. But now that the event was in my rearview mirror, it was time to take what I’d learned and apply it to our next event on May 21. Read More read more

Sensenich announces TC for carbon fiber ground-adjustable propellers

AOPA General Aviation News Sensenich Propeller Co., the U.S. manufacturer of wood, metal, and composite propellers, founded in 1932, announced Part 35 type certification for its G-Series ground adjustable carbon fiber propellers. Read More read more

How foreign flying came to feel like home

AOPA General Aviation News It was during the time a few years ago that I was attempting to secure long-term hangarage in the Swiss Alps that I encountered a cynical sense of humor that later would prove illuminating when it comes to the economics of aviation. Read More read more

Life limit on Superior Air Parts cylinders extended further

AOPA General Aviation News With no further trouble reported, the FAA approved a request to extend the life limit on certain Superior Air Parts cylinders installed in Continental engines for three additional years to 24 years in service. Read More read more

AOPA comments on proposed drug testing changes

AOPA General Aviation News AOPA submitted comments in response to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s proposed changes to its drug testing program, including the use of oral fluid samples (saliva test) as an alternative to urine testing. While the change continues to uphold the safety goals of the program, AOPA cautioned the agency to keep privacy top of mind in its testing protocols. Read More read more

Fashionable flight safety

AOPA General Aviation News Lift Aviation started in 2017 as a passion project for owner, president, CEO, and pilot Guido Rietdyk. Striving to fill a void in the aviation industry, LIFT Aviation delivers strong and lightweight, innovative safety and flight equipment. Read More read more

80 years of inspiration

AOPA General Aviation News Eighty years after they first soared from the windy runways at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) continue to inspire military and civilian pilots around the world. Read More read more

As Demand and Prices for Jet-A Rise, Is Supply Dwindling?

FLYING Magazine Airports, FBOs, and pilots are increasingly feeling the pinch of rising fuel prices driven by a number of factors ranging from Russia’s war with Ukraine and related economic sanctions to the booming shipping industry and the coming summer travel season. But jet fuel just became a special case. According to a report from GlobalAir.com, the price of jet-A hit a rare mark in April, topping that of 100LL avgas for the first time since the company began tracking it almost 15 ... read more

Boeing Moving Headquarters to Northern Virginia

FLYING Magazine Boeing announced Thursday afternoon that it is moving the company’s global headquarters to Northern Virginia just outside Washington D.C. The move puts the aerospace giant closer to the nation’s decision makers, as the U.S. Government is Boeing’s largest client. According to a release, the aerospace giant is moving the headquarters from Chicago to a Boeing campus in Arlington, Virginia. The area is already heavily imprinted by Boeing, as the aerospace and defense firm’s ... read more

FAA To Increase ATC Staffing To Combat Florida Congestion

FLYING Magazine The FAA is ramping up air traffic control staffing in northern Florida and eyeing new strategies to keep aircraft moving, the company announced after a two-day meeting with airlines and aviation stakeholders targeting air traffic congestion in the state. FAA staffing shortages, particularly at the Jacksonville Air Route Traffic Control Center, along with weather, space launches, and increases in travel demand have all contributed to widespread air traffic congestion and the ... read more

80 years of inspiration

AOPA General Aviation News Eighty years after they first soared from the windy runways at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) continue to inspire military and civilian pilots around the world. Read More read more

Bucket List: Alpine Altiports

FLYING Magazine “The child who lives at the foot of the mountains considers with astonishment mixed with terror the gigantic world where there are entwined glittering glaciers and dark rocks, this world which is infinite, the all powerful.” –MAURICE HERZOG, “LA MONTAGNE” While summertime brings more daylight, the winter can offer better performance at altitude, and changing winds. [Photo: Timo Breidenstein] Flying High Courchevel (LFLJ) is well known as a challenging airport worldwide, ... read more

Picture of the Day: All in the details

General Aviation News Brett Bonnville submitted this photo and note: "The quality of your experience as a student pilot, rental customer, advancing pilot, patron or airfield guest at New Garden Airport (N57) in Toughkenamon, Pennsylvania, is all in the details." Read More read more

Mooney M22 Mustang: The First Pressurized Piston Single

Plane & Pilot Magazine Learn all about the plane that looks like a Mooney on steroids. Read More "Mooney M22 Mustang: The First Pressurized Piston Single" The post Mooney M22 Mustang: The First Pressurized Piston Single appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Going Direct: Cape Air Orders 75 Eviation Alice Electric Planes …or So They Say

Plane & Pilot Magazine You might have read elsewhere that regional airline Cape Air has struck a deal to buy 75 electric airplanes, the Eviation Alice nine-passenger twin. Terms … Read More "Going Direct: Cape Air Orders 75 Eviation Alice Electric Planes …or So They Say" The post Going Direct: Cape Air Orders 75 Eviation Alice Electric Planes …or So They Say appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Biggest Plane Flies Again!

Plane & Pilot Magazine Stratolaunch LLC forges ahead! Read More "Biggest Plane Flies Again!" The post Biggest Plane Flies Again! appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Stratolaunch Drops Stunning Air-to-Air Video of World’s Largest Airplane

FLYING Magazine Stratolaunch released stunning new air-to-air video Thursday, showing spectacular views of Roc, the world’s largest airplane by wingspan. Shot from a Cessna Citation Bravo chase airplane during Roc’s fifth test flight Wednesday, the high-resolution video shows never-before-seen images of the six-engine, air-to-launch carrier flying near California’s Mojave Air and Space Port (KMHV). Pilots Evan Thomas, Steve Rainey, and flight engineer Jake Riley put Roc through its ... read more

Lakeland Aero Club: A prototype for success

General Aviation News The largest teen flying club on the planet is helping other clubs on their airplane projects, as well as serving as a model for what success looks like. Read More read more

Fashionable flight safety

AOPA General Aviation News Lift Aviation started in 2017 as a passion project for owner, president, CEO, and pilot Guido Rietdyk. Striving to fill a void in the aviation industry, LIFT Aviation delivers strong and lightweight, innovative safety and flight equipment. Read More read more

Tecnam Scores Big on Orders at AERO 22

FLYING Magazine Tecnam Aircraft came away from AERO 22 in Friedrichshafen with 85 sales in the order book. The top seller was the single-engine P-Mentor, which made its debut this year, followed by P2010 TDI, and the super luxury “Gran Lusso” version, which also premiered at AERO 22. According to Tecnam, the P-Mentor is proving to be a favorite at flight schools around the world as the two-place aircraft is capable of both IFR and VFR operations.  The P-Mentor features a Rotax 912iSc ... read more

Record high prices for jet fuel across U.S.

General Aviation News Not only are jet fuel prices hitting a record-high spike, but April 2022 was the first time that Jet-A prices surpassed 100LL prices, according to a new analysis from GlobalAir.com. Plus, where's the cheapest 100LL in the nation? The most expensive? Read More read more

AOPA comments on proposed drug testing changes

AOPA General Aviation News AOPA submitted comments in response to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s proposed changes to its drug testing program, including the use of oral fluid samples (saliva test) as an alternative to urine testing. While the change continues to uphold the safety goals of the program, AOPA cautioned the agency to keep privacy top of mind in its testing protocols. Read More read more

New importer for Ukraine LSA

General Aviation News Aeroprakt is based in the Ukraine, specifically in Kyiv. If you weren’t sure where that was in 2021, you surely know now. Read More read more

If you serve it, they will come

AOPA General Aviation News Two thousand five hundred guests, 60 fly-in aircraft, and nine food trucks later, the Food Truck Fly-in at California’s San Martin Airport exceeded all of my expectations. But now that the event was in my rearview mirror, it was time to take what I’d learned and apply it to our next event on May 21. Read More read more

How foreign flying came to feel like home

AOPA General Aviation News It was during the time a few years ago that I was attempting to secure long-term hangarage in the Swiss Alps that I encountered a cynical sense of humor that later would prove illuminating when it comes to the economics of aviation. Read More read more

Life limit on Superior Air Parts cylinders extended further

AOPA General Aviation News With no further trouble reported, the FAA approved a request to extend the life limit on certain Superior Air Parts cylinders installed in Continental engines for three additional years to 24 years in service. Read More read more

Could SAF Be a Cost-Effective Solution to Rising Aviation Fuel Prices?

FLYING Magazine With the price of conventional aviation fuel skyrocketing in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, could sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) offer any relief?  For a while now, governments, major airlines, and several aviation organizations have been encouraging the industry to embrace SAF to help achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. This is because SAF burns more cleanly and is made from renewable resources, such as used cooking oil and grain.  OK, but how does it ... read more

When Six Americans Were Killed By a ‘Balloon Bomb’

FLYING Magazine May 5, 2022, marks the 77th anniversary of the deaths of six Americans, the only Americans to die on U.S. soil from enemy action in World War II. They were killed by a Japanese Fu-Go, also known as a balloon bomb. Fear, Panic and Forest Fires In 1944, the Japanese military tried to instill panic in the U.S. by launching thousands of bombs carried across the Pacific by means of hydrogen-filled balloons. The bombs were designed primarily as incendiary devices. The target was ... read more

A photo is worth 1,000 words

General Aviation News New from Bluetail is RecordSnap, which allows aviation maintenance technicians to use their smartphone's camera to scan, upload, and store records in real time. Even better? The photos are converted to searchable PDFs. Read More read more

Controller takes blame for near mid-air collision

General Aviation News This is the second near mid-air collision I've experienced at this facility within the last three weeks. In the other incident, the controller also admitted 100% fault due to a loss of situational awareness on the east side of the airport. Read More read more

Sensenich announces TC for carbon fiber ground-adjustable propellers

AOPA General Aviation News Sensenich Propellers, the U.S. manufacturer of wood, metal, and composite propellers, founded in 1932, announced Part 35 type certification for its G-Series ground adjustable carbon fiber propellers. Read More read more

How to Care for Your Lycoming Camshaft

FLYING Magazine You are making metal. I am sorry about that. Everyone needs to take a deep breath and back away from the screen for a minute. Better? OK, let’s try this again. If you know, you know.   If you don’t know what that means, consider yourself among the lucky few owner-operators who have not heard that term. Allow me to break it down for you. The phrase “making metal” occurs when someone finds tiny metal flakes in the oil, typically in the oil screen or oil filter. Do people even ... read more

Former Transport Secretary Mineta Remembered

AVweb Norman Mineta, one the most influential transportation secretaries to hold the office, was remembered as a tireless public servant and decisive leader following his death this week at the age of 90. Mineta was in the big chair on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, and made the unprecedented decision to close U.S. airspace and order all aircraft in the air to land at the closest suitable airport.  He was chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee when the General ... read more

Pilotless Plane Crashes Into House

AVweb Canadian authorities are investigating after a Citabria with no pilot on board crashed into a house under construction in the southern Alberta city of Medicine Hat. Global News spoke with Jenman Luk, the owner of the house, who said the aircraft’s owner said the aircraft was undergoing maintenance at Schlenker Airport, a grass strip about five miles south of the city. “It just took off. Once the engine started, it just took right off,” Luk quoted the owner as saying. The plane took ... read more

Jet A More Expensive Than Avgas

AVweb For the first time in recent memory, the price of Jet A was higher than that of 100LL in April in some areas, in a huge spike in prices that has been building over the last couple of months. “This is our first time seeing anything like this,” said Jeffrey Carrithers, the CEO of GlobalAir, a fuel price tracking service. Jet A is now within a whisker of $8 a gallon in New England ($7.96) although the price varies widely throughout the U.S. It’s as low as $6.10 in the central region, ... read more

E175 Loses Winglet In Turbulence

AVweb An Embraer E175 regional jet lost its right winglet in turbulence Tuesday and the crew had to divert. “American Airlines flight 3729 from Charleston (CHS) to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), an Embraer E175 operated by Envoy, diverted to Birmingham (BHM) after a possible mechanical issue following turbulence midflight,” an American Airlines spokesperson told AeroTime. “Customers were re-accommodated on an alternate flight that departed last night.” Passengers posted dozens of photos online ... read more

Picture Of The Week, May 4, 2022

AVweb 1 of 3 This was taken seven years ago. Horizon Air flight SEA-PDX, about to descend into the Portland soup. Photo by Michael Tindall. PICTURE OF THE WEEK: Descent into Portland Taken somewhere in Arizona while the crew was on a break during construction of power line towers, 1984. Photo by Philip Brown. Lunch ... read more

Draganfly Medical Response Drone Arrives In Ukraine

FLYING Magazine Ukrainian aid group Revived Soldiers Ukraine (RSU) drone operators have received and trained  up to operate a Draganfly Medical Response Drone, which the organization intends to use to transport vital medical supplies to wartorn areas of the country. “Draganfly’s Medical Response Drones will help ensure the timely delivery of temperature-sensitive medical supplies and life-saving equipment to dangerous and hard-to-reach areas.” Wayne Williams, founder and executive director ... read more

AOPA CURRICULUM IN THE NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT

AOPA General Aviation News The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Foundation High School Aviation STEM Curriculum has seen phenomenal growth in the five years since educators across the country began using it to teach students about aviation. That growth is showcased in a recent special report by Education Week, one of America's most trusted resources for education news and information on grades K through 12, reaching more than 1.6 million professional educators nationwide. Read More read more

Five Ratings and Endorsements for Travelers

FLYING Magazine Student pilots often begin their training with ambitious plans to continue acquiring ratings beyond their private pilot certificate. But after what can stretch into a year or more of instruction and exams, we might simply want to enjoy our flying privilege for a while without an instructor watching over us. The problem, of course, is that procrastination can set in. Years may pass as pilots find excuses for putting off that instrument, glider, or seaplane rating until next ... read more

AOPA curriculum in national spotlight

AOPA General Aviation News The AOPA Foundation High School Aviation STEM Curriculum has seen phenomenal growth in the five years since educators across the country began using it to teach students about aviation. That growth is showcased in a recent special report by Education Week, one of America's most trusted resources for education news and information on grades K through 12, reaching more than 1.6 million professional educators nationwide. Read More read more

AOPA CURRICULUM IN THE NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT

AOPA General Aviation News The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Foundation High School Aviation STEM Curriculum has seen phenomenal growth in the five years since educators across the country began using it to teach students about aviation. That growth is showcased in a recent special report by Education Week, one of America's most trusted resources for education news and information on grades K through 12, reaching more than 1.6 million professional educators nationwide. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: Me and my shadow

General Aviation News Stu Tracy submitted this photo and note: "A wing-mounted GoPro captured this shot of our Cardinal flying in formation with its shadow on takeoff from the Prescott, Arizona airport." Read More read more

Future ‘Doomsday Plane’ Fleet Could Include Used 747s

FLYING Magazine The U.S. Air Force is considering buying used Boeing 747s as part of its replacement plans for the Boeing E-4B Nightwatch, according to a report. The E-4B, also known more ominously as the “Doomsday Plane,” is a modified four-engine military version of the Boeing 747-200 and has been described as a flying Pentagon war room. The Air Force maintains a fleet of four of the aircraft, which are officially called the National Airborne Operations Center (NAOC). The aircraft are ... read more

A love letter to the Stearman

General Aviation News Yes, from every angle that you view the Stearman, it has clean lines. Certainly, it fits the adage that if a plane looks right it’ll fly right. However, its physical contours and flying attributes are just one side of the larger equation that accounts for what I call the Stearman phenomenon — the power of enchantment that causes this biplane to be a fitting symbol of the flying brotherhood. Read More read more

Three Plane Crashes Into Power Lines And Why They Happened

Plane & Pilot Magazine Each incident was preventable. Read More "Three Plane Crashes Into Power Lines And Why They Happened" The post Three Plane Crashes Into Power Lines And Why They Happened appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

AOPA curriculum in national spotlight

AOPA General Aviation News The AOPA Foundation High School Aviation STEM Curriculum has seen phenomenal growth in the five years since educators across the country began using it to teach students about aviation. That growth is showcased in a recent special report by Education Week, one of America's most trusted resources for education news and information on grades K through 12, reaching more than 1.6 million professional educators nationwide. Read More read more

Lead pilot in failed plane swap attempt ignored FAA email denying exemption

General Aviation News The FAA said no to the plane swap stunt two days before it happened, but the lead pilot didn't tell anyone else on his team and went ahead with it on live TV. Read More read more

Diamond’s electric DA40 promises recharge in 20 minutes or less

General Aviation News Diamond officials say the eDA40 will be the first EASA/FAA Part 23 certified electric airplane with Direct Current (DC) fast charging capable of turning around a depleted aircraft in under 20 minutes. Total flight time is expected to be up to 90 minutes as battery technologies evolve, officials added. Read More read more

How Young is Too Young to Start Flying Lessons?

FLYING Magazine Q: What is the ideal age to start flying? A:  If your offspring has an interest in aviation, you may be wondering, “What is the ideal age to learn to fly?” The answer is, it depends on their maturity level. Flying is great fun, but it is also a great responsibility. Certificate age requirements notwithstanding, if they’re capable of following directions, scheduling lessons, taking constructive criticism, and they have the discipline to study, they are ready to take ... read more

Fifth Flight of World’s Largest Airplane Moves Closer to Hypersonic Tests

FLYING Magazine The world’s largest airplane, Stratolaunch’s Roc, took off from California’s Mojave Air and Space Port (KMHV) Wednesday, flying for the first time with a new pylon crucial to the carrier aircraft’s success.  Under calm winds and clear skies, Roc’s six Pratt & Whitney PW4056 turbofans pushed the 500,000-pound, twin-fuselage jet down Runway 30, as its 385-foot-wide wings lifted its 28-wheels off the ground.  Immediately after takeoff Roc’s Cessna 550 Citation Bravo chase ... read more

Up Up and Away Hot Air Balloon Festival takes to the skies this weekend

General Aviation News The three-day festival includes balloons from around the country, as well as live music from 10 local bands. Read More read more

Sometimes, Leaving More Things to Chance Can Be a Good Thing

FLYING Magazine We pilots are, for the most part, pretty analytical creatures. We love our data, we love our spreadsheets, and we love our charts. Most of all, we love to harness all of these things when shopping for our first airplane, carefully poring over and comparing all the specifications and performance data we can find. My friends Marty and Emily are as technically minded as anyone. Both professional pilots, he is an aerial firefighter and she flies for a major airline. They track ... read more

Pilot loses control during test flight

General Aviation News The uncertificated pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control during takeoff, which resulted in an impact with terrain. Read More read more

What You Need to Know About Aviation Fuel Prices

FLYING Magazine Just about any pilot topping off the tanks of a turboprop or light jet at the FBO lately has experienced sticker shock or at least a degree of buyer’s remorse. Of course, prices for nearly any fuel—and many other products—are way up these days. But it seems like aviation fuel prices have surged at a higher rate than most.  Here are the answers to a few of the questions pilots have been asking about surging fuel prices. Why does fuel cost so much?  The global supply of crude ... read more

Buying A Used Aircraft: Cirrus SR20

AVweb Though often overshadowed by its big-brother SR22, Cirrus’ SR20 is a reasonable airplane for newer pilots, or for those looking to later step up to the faster SR22. Pick your engine and avionics. Earlier models have Avidyne suites and later ones have Garmin’s G1000. In 2017, Cirrus re-engined the six-cylinder Continental-powered aircraft with a four-cylinder Lycoming IO-390, stretching the useful load and potentially increasing the engine’s TBO to 2400 hours with high use. But no ... read more

Short Final: Stupendous

AVweb A while back we were transitioning Omaha’s airspace, and heard the following: Omaha: “American 123, climb and maintain 10,000, one zero thousand.” American 123: “One zero thousand. Your timing was stupendous, I was just picking up the mic to ask for higher.” Omaha: “Actually, the clearance just came in from Center.” After several unrelated calls, Omaha: “American 123, contact the stupendous controllers at Minneapolis Center, 119.6.” Verne Wiese Beavercreek, Ohio The post Short Final: ... read more

Firm With Rotorcraft Innovation History Plans Updated Version Of Sikorsky’s S-52

AVweb In 1970, Vertical Aviation Technologies’ (VAT) corporate ancestor Orlando Helicopter Airways introduced the Sikorsky S-55-based Heli-Camper, fully carpeted and soundproofed, with a pull-out awning, hot and cold running water, refrigerator, stove, shower, toilet, air conditioning, tinted windows and a bar. It slept four, was FAA certified and marketed by Winnebago. Now, Florida-based VAT, having developed its Sikorsky S-52-based Hummingbird kit-copter since 1991, is seeking a ... read more

Australian Firm Acquires Virtual Control Tower Technology In Estonia

AVweb Australia-based Adacel Technologies, a developer of innovative air traffic management technology, has completed the acquisition of a new virtual Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower solution in Estonia. According to Adacel, “The new system has successfully passed a rigorous Site Acceptance Testing (SAT) with Estonian Air Navigation Services (EANS) to provide virtual tower operations for Kuressaare in Tallinn.” The system is built on a modular, open-architecture principle, which can ... read more

Florida’s Up Up And Away Balloon Fest Expecting Record Crowds

AVweb With the Sun ‘n Fun grounds barely recovered from last month’s fly-in, the site will host the Up Up and Away Florida Hot Air Balloon and Music Festival this weekend (May 6 – 8). Operated by Up Up and Away, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the event will include early morning and late afternoon mass ascensions, tethered balloon rides, a car show, helicopter rides, kid zones, vendors and live music from 10 live bands throughout the site. The balloon rides, $20, are available by ... read more

Avfuel Now Supplies Two Monterey FBOs With Sustainable Jet Fuel

AVweb Aviation fuel supplier Avfuel announced it now supplies sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to both FBOs at Monterey (California) Regional Airport (KMRY). Del Monte Aviation joins Monterey Jet Center as providers of Neste MY SAF. Avfuel, which has delivered approximately 216,000 gallons of the fuel to the airport, said, “By expanding the availability of SAF at Monterey Regional Airport, Avfuel, Del Monte Aviation and Monterey Jet Center can together support the green initiatives of the ... read more

Bellanca Viking Accident In San Saba, Texas

Plane & Pilot Magazine Bellanca Viking San Saba, Texas Injuries: 1 The student pilot reported to a Federal Aviation Administration inspector that he was in cruise flight when he … Read More "Bellanca Viking Accident In San Saba, Texas" The post Bellanca Viking Accident In San Saba, Texas appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

American Robotics Expands Network With Seven More Sites

FLYING Magazine American Robotics, a below visible line of sight (BVLOS) drone company and a wholly owned subsidiary of Ondas Networks (NASDAQ: ONDS), has received FAA approval for adding seven additional sites to its network, improving its portfolio to 10 locations.  These stations will allow the company to deploy its industrial automated drone technology, the Scout System, without operators on site. In spring 2021, American Robotics became the first company approved by the FAA to fly a ... read more

Picture of the Day: Short final into St. Barths

General Aviation News Chris Unrau submitted this photo and note: "I recently had the privilege of fulfilling a dream come true — I earned my certification to land in St. Barths in my Cessna T210N, C-GPLS. The training consists of two hours of ground instruction followed by two training flights with 10 landings required on Runway 10, missed approaches to both runways, and a landing on Runway 28. It was a surreal experience to do this training into such an iconic airport. It’s a feast for ... read more

“A Plane Without A Pilot” Crashes Into House

Plane & Pilot Magazine The taildragger was not a top secret Bellanca drone. No one was hurt. Read More "“A Plane Without A Pilot” Crashes Into House" The post “A Plane Without A Pilot” Crashes Into House appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Boeing Unveils First USAF T-7A Red Hawk Trainer

FLYING Magazine The U.S. Air Force’s first T-7A Red Hawk advanced trainer jet that will replace its aging fleet of T-38C Talon trainers has officially rolled off the assembly line. Boeing and Saab unveiled the sleek new aircraft Thursday at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, Missouri, where it is slated to remain while it undergoes ground and flight testing before being delivered to the service. The aircraft’s unveiling marks the first of 351 aircraft to be built by Boeing and ... read more

A bit of restraint goes a long way

General Aviation News This one’s all about improving the success rate of the 51% of the population we’ve done such an exceptional job of excluding from the cockpit for so long. Increasing the number of women in aviation is a worthy goal in my estimation. Read More read more

Project X-Ray: When the U.S. Military Went Batty

FLYING Magazine During wartime, there is no shortage of experimental airborne weapons. Some, like the so-called dam-busting bomb, are successful. Others, like the one that attempted to turn Mexican free-tail bats into weapons of war, not so much. How it Happened In January of 1942, America was reeling from the attack on Pearl Harbor a month earlier, and the military was scrambling for ways to defend the United States.  Dr. Lytle S. Adams, a dentist from Pennsylvania, came up with the idea ... read more

New pilot shelter in the works for Martha’s Vineyard airport

General Aviation News The pilot shelter will be a place for "pilots and passengers to gather, picnic, and enjoy direct access to the Atlantic Ocean," according to officials with the Recreational Aviation Foundation, who note that Katama Airpark Airport on Martha's Vineyard is a bucket list destination for pilots around the world. Read More read more

Commercial Cargo Jets Fly U.S. Weapons to Europe for Ukraine

FLYING Magazine Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Freightwaves.com. At least three commercial cargo airlines are ferrying lethal U.S. military equipment to Ukraine as part of a massive logistics operation to get weapons to front-line fighters and push back Russian invaders. An NBC News segment over the weekend showed Atlas Air (NASDAQ: AAWW) and Kalitta Air 747 freighters flying out of Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, headed to Poland with munitions for Ukraine. The Biden ... read more

Fundraising gala planned for flight training scholarships for military vets

General Aviation News Applications are due June 1, 2022, for the Ashton Johnson Memorial CloudDancer Scholarship, which provides private pilot training for military veterans, since GI Bill benefits don't begin until the instrument rating. Read More read more

How to Become a Pilot for Those Who Don’t Speak Pilot

FLYING Magazine I sometimes take for granted how difficult it was to find the information I needed to get into aviation. As a first-generation pilot with little general aviation background, most of my knowledge about the aviation industry came from secondary sources or the internet. For someone who wanted to work professionally as a pilot, and in light of how costly training can be, I wish I had more insight about what I was getting into ahead. While I generally write to pilots, sometimes ... read more

Student encounters wake turbulence on second solo

General Aviation News I trusted Tower to separate me from wake turbulence because this was my second solo and I was focused on learning how to fly solo. Read More read more

Skyborne opens flight training center in Vero Beach

General Aviation News The Vero Beach facility is the first in the U.S. for Skyborne, which also has a training academy at Gloucestershire Airport in the United Kingdom. Read More read more

The World’s Largest Airplane: By the Numbers

FLYING Magazine At Stratolaunch’s facility at California’s Mojave Air and Space Port (KMHV), engineers, technicians, and flight crews are preparing the world’s largest airplane for its fifth test flight.  Roc, the twin-fuselage behemoth with a wingspan longer than an NFL football field, will have a new piece of equipment on board: a custom pylon attached to the airplane’s center wing.  READ MORE: Catch Up on FLYING’s Ongoing Coverage of Stratolaunch Don’t be fooled by the pylon’s small ... read more

A Radar Primer

AVweb Radar, whether we’re talking air traffic control, thunderstorm detection, navigation, or even air combat, is a technology that has shaped the history of flight in countless ways. The word “radar” is an acronym (RAdio Detection And Ranging) and was coined in 1939 by the United States Army Signal Corps as it worked on these systems for the Navy. Its rapid development during World War II is still well known in the aviation community and it’s often associated with that era. A Brief ... read more

Cape Air Signs Deal For 75 Electric Alice Commuter Aircraft

AVweb Massachusetts-based commuter airline Cape Air has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Eviation for the purchase of 75 all-electric Alice aircraft. The terms of the agreement have not been made public. As previously reported by AVweb, Eviation announced in June 2019 that Cape Air would be its first commercial customer for the aircraft, which is still in development. “Truly sustainable aviation not only reduces the impact of air travel on the environment but also makes business ... read more

Qantas Places Project Sunrise Aircraft Order

AVweb Australian airline Qantas confirmed on Monday that it has placed an order for 12 Airbus A350-1000s to be used for the airline’s “Project Sunrise” ultra-long-haul flights. Delayed from the planned start date of 2023 by COVID-19, the project’s nonstop flights from Sydney and Melbourne to destinations such as London and New York are now scheduled to begin in 2025. Qantas selected the A350 in December 2019 after also considering Boeing’s 777X. “New types of aircraft make new things ... read more

Spirit Rejects JetBlue Bid

AVweb Ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) Spirit Airlines has rejected a purchase offer from JetBlue citing a low probability of obtaining antitrust clearance. JetBlue launched the bid, which is competing against a prior merger agreement between Spirit and Frontier Airlines, last month. In spite of JetBlue’s proposal offering significantly more than the current value of Frontier’s bid, Spirit leadership stated in a letter to JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes that its Board of Directors had found it ... read more

Accident Probe: Night Marginal VFR

AVweb The takeoff and departure flight phase can be one of the more risky among instrument procedures, especially at night in IMC. On one hand, the pilot is abruptly transitioning from a presumably well-lit runway and airport environment to flying on instruments near terrain. On another hand, the airplane may not be up to the task, due to mechanical issues or misconfiguration by the pilot. And there’s also the immediate need to comply with whatever departure procedure is in use and join ... read more

Spirit Airlines Rejects JetBlue Counter Offer Against Merger with Frontier

FLYING Magazine Spirit Airlines (NYSE:SAVE) has rejected a counter offer that JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU) made last month to its planned merger with Frontier Airlines (NASDAQ: ULCC) because it believes “the proposed transaction is not reasonably capable of being consummated.” Spirit said its board “continues to believe that the pending transaction with Frontier represents the best opportunity to maximize value and recommends that Spirit shareholders adopt the merger agreement with ... read more

Surging Fuel Prices Could Tamper With Summer Flying Plans

FLYING Magazine The cost of diesel has risen to its highest point since 2008, causing jet fuel prices to also climb to stifling heights. One expert says things might stay that way long enough to affect summer travel plans. That’s a proposition that general and business aviation pilots and operators might not be fond of. In a recent update, FreightWaves Editor at Large John Kingston, a prominent voice in the energy sector, pointed out that “according to the Department of Energy’s Energy ... read more

Vertical Aerospace: eVTOL Flight Tests to Begin This Summer

FLYING Magazine Vertical Aerospace (NYSE: EVTL) plans to begin a test flight program with a full-scale prototype demonstrator of its VX4 electric takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi this summer. According to a shareholder letter released Friday, the U.K.-based company, which has already received 1,350 VX4 pre-orders from American Airlines (NASDAQ: AAL) and others, said its test article “represents the same scale and configuration as the certification aircraft.” The test campaign will ... read more

Going Direct: The FAA Needs Meaningful Reform

Plane & Pilot Magazine Past bills designed to make the FAA less heavy handed have failed. Read More "Going Direct: The FAA Needs Meaningful Reform" The post Going Direct: The FAA Needs Meaningful Reform appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

No Good Deed…

AOPA General Aviation News … goes unpunished.  If you lend out your aircraft, do so with eyes wide open. Read More read more

Qantas’ ‘Project Sunrise’ To Offer Longest Nonstop Flights

FLYING Magazine Australian airline Qantas said it is kicking off an ultra long-haul flight program called Project Sunrise, under which it will provide nonstop service from Australia to destination cities across the globe, including New York and London. The flights are slated to begin from Sydney in late 2025. Qantas said it is ordering 12 Airbus A350-1000s to operate the planned new flights. The aircraft “will have the range for direct flights between Australia and any city in the world,” ... read more

Trent Palmer Says His FAA Penalty Could Pressure Pilots

FLYING Magazine The FAA’s short-term certificate suspension of YouTube pilot Trent Palmer has prompted discussion about federal regulations governing backcountry flight operations and could, according to Palmer, pressure pilots to perform risky landings to avoid potential penalties.  Sitting in a hangar in front of his red Kitfox, Palmer took to his popular aviation YouTube channel Thursday, outlining his version of events that has spanned more than two years and has left him a step closer ... read more

Picture of the Day: X marks the spot

General Aviation News Star Novak sent in this photo with a note: "X marks the spot with Scott Lyon’s Mooney M20E on a beautiful Sunday morning in Wamego, Kansas." Read More read more

No Good Deed…

AOPA General Aviation News … goes unpunished.  If you lend out your aircraft, do so with eyes wide open. Read More read more

Permission or forgiveness?

General Aviation News I sought permission and was denied. And that's where my adventure ended. Read More read more

An Impromptu Baja Air Ambulance

Plane & Pilot Magazine When helping is receiving. Read More "An Impromptu Baja Air Ambulance" The post An Impromptu Baja Air Ambulance appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Aviation Regulators Approve Firefighting Drones in Dubai

FLYING Magazine National aviation regulators in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have given Dubai a green light to use drones to support daily civil defense operations, including firefighting. Dubai Civil Defence to Use Drones to Deal with High-Rise Fires#UAE #Dubai @DCDDubai@gcaauae pic.twitter.com/htLWprJuaO — UAE Forsan (@UAE_Forsan) May 1, 2022 UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) approved Dubai’s request to use firefighting drones in hard-to-reach locations such as high-rise ... read more

Measuring the good we do

General Aviation News There's a new way to measure the impact volunteer general aviation pilots are making in the world today. Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: Flying with passengers

AOPA General Aviation News One of the best aspects about becoming a pilot is the joy of taking friends and family members flying. For many of your passengers, the flight with you will be their first in a general aviation aircraft. The passenger briefing is an essential part of those flights. Read More read more

Is The Ghost of Kyiv Dead? Ukrainian Air Force Officials Weigh In

FLYING Magazine Reports of the death of the Ghost of Kyiv are greatly exaggerated, according to Ukrainian Air Force officials. Tales of the mythical ace pilot with a superhuman reputation of picking off Russian aircraft have persisted on social media since Russian forces began their assault of Ukraine. On February 24, the first day of the conflict, a story emerged on Ukraine’s official Twitter channel about an unnamed Ukrainian pilot who allegedly shot down six Russian aircraft within the ... read more

VNY career day shows students the sky’s the limit

General Aviation News The annual event provides a forum for high school students to learn about the variety of career paths available in an airport environment, say officials at the nation's busiest general aviation airport. Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip Flying with passengers

AOPA General Aviation News One of the best aspects about becoming a pilot is the joy of taking friends and family members flying. For many of your passengers, the flight with you will be their first in a general aviation aircraft. The passenger briefing is an essential part of those flights. Read More read more

Sporty’s updates Sport Pilot course

General Aviation News Nearly a dozen video segments have been added, including weather resources, normal and special-use airspace, how to use ForeFlight for airspace and weather planning, tips for flying with glass cockpit flight instruments, how to plan a cross country with a nav log, and how to use ADS-B transponders and datalink weather. Read More read more

This Iowa Airpark Continues Its Founding Family’s Eight-Decade Aviation Legacy

FLYING Magazine Zangger Vintage Airpark’s history can be traced back to 1949, when it was first charted as a privately owned, public-use airport. For more than 50 years, the airport in Larchwood, Iowa, was run by its founders, Russell and Marie “Dolly” Zangger. Russell and Dolly Zangger [Courtesy: Zangger Vintage Airpark] Both were lifelong aviators, falling young for both aviation and each other. Russell’s interest in aviation was sparked when he was 18. After problems passing a flight ... read more

Attempt to water ski bends Cessna 185

General Aviation News The pilot’s decision to attempt to " water ski" atop a remote river in a wheel-equipped airplane, resulting in a loss of control and a nose over. Read More read more

Air France Crew Fought Each Other For Control Say Investigators

AVweb French authorities say a much-discussed “loss-of-control” incident reported by an Air France crew last month was a case of the left seat not knowing what the right seat was doing. AF011 was on final for Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris on a flight from JFK when panicked pilots told air traffic control that they’d lost control of the Boeing. A preliminary report from the Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses says both pilots had their hands on the yoke during the sequence and that at ... read more

Ukraine Admits The Ghost Of Kyiv Is A Myth

AVweb As stories go, the one about the Ghost of Kyiv was a good one, too good to be true as most of us likely knew in our gut. On Sunday, the Ukrainian government admitted the ace pilot was a myth but it also said that doesn’t mean he was fake. “The #GhostOfKyiv is alive, it embodies the collective spirit of the highly qualified pilots of the Tactical Aviation Brigade who are successfully defending #Kyiv and the region.” The admission came after numerous outlets reported that a UAF pilot ... read more

5G Issues To Linger, Collaboration Continues Says Buttigieg

AVweb Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg told Congress that the issues surrounding the potential interference with aircraft radar altimeters and the full rollout of 5G cell service won’t all be fixed by the July deadline set in an agreement with Verizon and AT&T. He also said he doesn’t expect the Cabinet-level standoff that happened in January as the industry moved forward with the rollout. After White House intervention, the FAA, FCC and the telecoms agreed to a plan to limit 5G ... read more

Picture of the Day: A Cub’s mini-me

General Aviation News Bill Barber submitted this photo and note: "Micky Dean’s 1946 J-3 Cub with matching 1/4 scale radio-controlled model with it. Both aircraft fly extremely well. This photo was taken at an EAA Chapter 234 breakfast held at Antrim County Airport (KACB) in Bellaire, Michigan." Read More read more

Three people, three unique paths to a common destination

General Aviation News There is no one correct path to aviation. For those of us on the inside, be sure to keep the path you took in good repair. Someone may be following in your footsteps. Read More read more

Best of the Web: Hurling Satellites Into Space

AVweb SpaceX has brought down the price of delivering payloads to low earth orbit to under $3000 per kg, but even a small satellite still costs over $1 million. A company called SpinLaunch proposes to lower costs further by flinging the things into space on a giant centrifuge. At a certain altitude, a small booster engine would ignite, accelerating the payload to the 7 miles per second needed to achieve orbit. We don’t know how practical or realistic this proposal is, but this video is ... read more

Flight Cancellation Leads To Seven-Mile-High Wedding

AVweb Normally when you walk down the aisle of a Southwest 737 you’re unfolding your legs or going to the bathroom but Pam Patterson was heading for a future with the love of her life. Up at the galley, where streamers fashioned of toilet paper softened the industrial practicality of the space, a fellow passenger and ordained minister waited with the groom as a professional wedding photographer shot with his cell phone. Another passenger shot video and somewhere between Dallas and Las ... read more

Poll: Should the FAA Crack Down on Social Media Flying Stunts?

AVweb Crazy flying tricks came up twice in this week’s news, one involving a Red Bull stunt gone bad and a second the revocation of Trevor Jacobs’ certificate for bailing out of a Taylorcraft and claiming it was an engine failure. This week’s poll asks if you think the FAA should crack down on such things. The post Poll: Should the FAA Crack Down on Social Media Flying Stunts? appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Social Media and Stupid Pilot Tricks

AVweb And so another Sunday morning in a week bookended by whipsawing from skydivers smashing a hapless pilotless 182 to a popular YouTuber getting busted for low flying. On the one hand, it’s fearless feds protecting the public, on the other, it’s unelected bureaucrats abusing their enforcement authority. The appetizer for this circus was the previous week when another YouTuber had his certificates yanked for crashing another airplane under the guise of an engine failure. If you’re having ... read more

FAA begins investing $1 billion into ATC

General Aviation News The air traffic system includes hundreds of towers at airports and terminal approach control facilities. It also includes 22 centers handling aircraft at high altitudes. Read More read more

Your airplane’s next set of tires could be made out of dandelions

General Aviation News A variety of that weed growing in your lawn could be the source of your next set of tires for your airplane. Read More read more

YouTuber Trent Palmer’s License Suspended

AVweb Pilot and YouTuber Trent Palmer announced on Thursday that the FAA has suspended his license for 60 days. According to Palmer, the issue dates back to Nov. 24, 2019, when he made an inspection pass over a private airstrip on a friend’s property in an area described as “sparsely populated” after having been invited to land there by the friend. Palmer says he opted to move on without landing due to the conditions of the strip. Video footage of the low pass was captured by a neighbor’s ... read more

Top Letters And Comments, April 29, 2022

AVweb Plane Swap Gone Half Bad; FAA Not Amused Back when aviation was nascent and exploring boundaries there could be some acceptance of the dare devil, the showman, because just getting up in one was seen as a risk. It can also be noted that even if filmed, the number of people who (1) watched it and (2) had access to try and repeat or be inspired was very small. Most barn-stormers did their thing in front of locals with mainly word of mouth popularity. By WWII those that took risks did ... read more

House Committee Approves National Center for the Advancement of Aviation

AOPA General Aviation News The U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved legislation to establish the National Center for the Advancement of Aviation Act (H.R. 3482) on April 28. Nearly 200 organizations across all aviation and aerospace sectors expressed support for the creation of the NCAA in a letter to the committee. Read More read more

VIDEO: Stunts and consequences

AOPA General Aviation News AOPA Air Safety Institute Senior Vice President Richard McSpadden discusses the legal implications of two recent high-profile events under FAA investigation—one involving YouTube star Trevor Jacob, and the other a Red Bull-orchestrated skydiving stunt that destroyed a Cessna 182—with AOPA Deputy General Counsel Jared Allen. Read More read more

FLYING Magazine to Expand Back to Monthly With 50 Percent Larger Book

FLYING Magazine Over the past year, we’ve expanded FLYING to include an entirely new digital website and made significant upgrades to the print magazine. The current team at FLYING includes the largest staff to ever work on the brand and the largest number of full-time and contracted writers, photographers, and contributors in the magazine’s 95-year history.  We are going back to monthly, and we are keeping the high-quality print and design that we introduced in the first quarter. As ... read more

Classic Aircraft Showcase: Part 3

AVweb Rounding out our Classic Aircraft Showcase, this final installment displays seven more beautiful vintage airplanes owned and loved by AVweb readers. You can find the first two parts at Classic Aircraft Showcase: Part 1 and Classic Aircraft Showcase: Part 2. 1940 Ryan STM 2 1940 Ryan STM 2 – Robert De Vries I found this Ryan STM 2 in the weeds behind the Manila, Philippines, airport. It has an interesting history. Built by Ryan Aeronautical in 1940 and shipped to Dutch Java in ... read more

Pilot Claims Responsibility For Attempting Plane Swap Without FAA Exemption

AVweb Pilot and skydiver Luke Aikins has claimed responsibility for going through with last Sunday’s failed Red Bull Plane Swap in spite of the FAA’s denial of a request for an exemption from regulations prohibiting required crewmembers from leaving their stations while an aircraft is in flight. During the attempt, which was put on by Red Bull with livestreaming organized by Hulu, Aikins and his cousin, Andy Farrington, tried to “take off in one aircraft and land in another after sending ... read more

VIDEO: Stunts and consequences

AOPA General Aviation News AOPA Air Safety Institute Senior Vice President Richard McSpadden discusses the legal implications of two recent high-profile events under FAA investigation—one involving YouTube star Trevor Jacob, and the other a Red Bull-orchestrated skydiving stunt that destroyed a Cessna 182—with AOPA Deputy General Counsel Jared Allen. Read More read more

U.S. Army To Test Networked Drone Swarms

FLYING Magazine In the days ahead, a swarm of nearly three dozen networked combat drones will be launched from aircraft and ground vehicles, filling the sky above the Great Salt Lake Desert. While seemingly an image ripped from a script of a Hollywood blockbuster, the scene is no science fiction, but instead the largest drone swarm test ever conducted by the U.S. Army. The drone experiment, which is being held at Dugway Proving Ground near Salt Lake City, Utah as part of the U.S. Army’s ... read more

House Committee Approves National Center for the Advancement of Aviation

AOPA General Aviation News The U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved legislation to establish the National Center for the Advancement of Aviation Act (H.R. 3482) on April 28. Nearly 200 organizations across all aviation and aerospace sectors expressed support for the creation of the NCAA in a letter to the committee. Read More read more

Used Light Twins Roundup

Plane & Pilot Magazine The complex excitement of legacy personal twin-engine planes. Read More "Used Light Twins Roundup" The post Used Light Twins Roundup appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Choosing An Old Light Twin

Plane & Pilot Magazine What's the best one? Read More "Choosing An Old Light Twin" The post Choosing An Old Light Twin appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

NASA’s Unique SOFIA Boeing 747SP Flying Telescope Is Done

FLYING Magazine NASA’s one-of-a-kind, modified Boeing 747SP airborne telescope platform is out of a job.  The space agency announced Thursday that the jet—known as the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA)—will be shut down this year, after performing hundreds of missions to observe the moon, stars, planets, and faraway galaxies. The reason? According to a peer-reviewed report for NASA, SOFIA’s “science productivity does not justify its operating costs.”  Development ... read more

James Webb Space Telescope Completes Alignment

FLYING Magazine NASA says its newest space observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope, has completed its alignment and is ready to begin its final stages of commissioning. According to NASA, Webb is a mere two months away from beginning scientific operations. “These remarkable test images from a successfully aligned telescope demonstrate what people across countries and continents can achieve when there is a bold scientific vision to explore the universe,” said Lee Feinberg, Webb optical ... read more

Red Bull Plane Swap Pilot Appears to Post Instagram Confession

FLYING Magazine Luke Aikins, the lead pilot for the Red Bull Plane Swap stunt that streamed live last Sunday on Hulu, has apparently posted a message on his Instagram page in which he takes responsibility for continuing with the event without permission from the FAA. In the Instagram statement, Aikins says he received an email from the FAA denying his request for an exemption from certain federal regulations that would have cleared his team to perform the swap, but says he kept that ... read more

FAA Suspends Backcountry Aviator Trent Palmer’s Certificate

Plane & Pilot Magazine The decision seems to rest on some extremely problematic assumptions. Read More "FAA Suspends Backcountry Aviator Trent Palmer’s Certificate" The post FAA Suspends Backcountry Aviator Trent Palmer’s Certificate appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Does the FAA Need New Regulations for the Social Media Age?

FLYING Magazine A pilot in his 20s climbs into an airplane and takes off to perform a record-setting stunt that is sure to impress his millions of followers. The plot so far might bear a current-day familiarity, but in this case, the year is 1914 and the pilot is Lincoln Beachey. Beachey was a pioneer of aerial demonstrations and aerobatics during aviation’s first decade and became wealthy by testing his aircraft’s limits while thrilling airshow audiences. READ MORE: Aviation Stunts: A ... read more

An Aircraft Broker Took the Plunge into Airpark Living. Here’s How It’s Going

FLYING Magazine “The idea of living at an airpark was a long dream—kind of a bucket list idea for me,” noted Tom Dafoe.  What was once a hopeful thought for the aircraft owner and longtime business aviation professional quickly turned into a reality. The path to becoming an airpark resident was a function of many pieces falling into place at the right time, like how most unplanned positive life changes seem to happen.  Like many aviators with dreams, realistic or other, Dafoe had long ago ... read more

STC approved to install BendixKing autopilot in Mooney M20s

General Aviation News Duncan Aviation has exclusive rights to a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) developed to install the BendixKing AeroCruze 100 Autopilot in Mooney M20-series aircraft. Read More read more

Plane crashes after it hits a sunken area in turf airstrip

General Aviation News The airplane's encounter with a sunken area during takeoff from a turf runway, which resulted in the airplane becoming prematurely airborne and impacting a tree and then terrain. Read More read more

The Future Is a Fast Charge

FLYING Magazine Just two weeks ago, I shared the occasion of my first flight in a fully electric-powered airplane, the Pipistrel Velis Electro, which gained certification under EASA more than a year ago. The Velis Electro fills a niche—for the moment. In my assessment, I noted that, in order for it to secure its place in flight training, the down time between flights required to charge the battery needed to come down. Unless it’s on Pipistrel’s “fast charge” system, the time to recharge ... read more

Boeing Unveils First Air Force T-7A Red Hawk

AVweb The first T-7A Red Hawk advanced military trainer has rolled out of Boeing’s production facility in St. Louis, Missouri, the company announced on Thursday. The aircraft is part of a $9.2 billion contract that includes 351 new combat training jets intended to replace the U.S. Air Force’s fleet of aging T-38s. According to Boeing, the first T-7A will remain at the St. Louis facility for ground and flight testing prior to delivery, which is expected to take place next year. “We’re ... read more

Blackhawk Begins Flight Testing For PC-12 Engine Upgrade Program

AVweb Blackhawk Aerospace announced on Wednesday that it has started FAA certification flight testing for its new Pilatus PC-12 XP67P Engine+ Upgrade program. The program replaces the PC-12’s stock Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67B engine with the PT6A-67P model. The -67P offers higher internal turbine temperature (ITT) limitations and produces 142 more thermodynamic horsepower than the -67B, which the company noted will allow an upgraded aircraft to maintain full power to ... read more

Sporty’s Updates Sport Pilot Training Module

AVweb Sporty’s has released an updated and expanded Sport Pilot training module for its Learn to Fly course. Aimed at student pilots training in light sport aircraft (LSAs), the Sporty’s Sport Pilot Course update adds new video segments on topics including modern weather resources, normal and special-use airspace, how to use ForeFlight for airspace and weather planning, tips for flying with glass cockpit flight instruments, how to plan a cross-country with a nav log and how to use ADS-B ... read more

Murphy Resurgent

AVweb When you write about kitbuilt airplanes, every now and then a unique opportunity pops up. I recently heard a rumor that after 30 years in the aircraft manufacturing business, Darryl Murphy had sold Murphy Aircraft Manufacturing LTD and was now able to spend time fishing the lakes around Vancouver, British Columbia, with one of his floatplanes. After a little coordination, I soon found myself driving from the Vancouver airport up the river to the factory in Chilliwack. I first met ... read more

Textron Aviation Revenues Rise, Bell’s Fall In Q1 2022

AVweb Textron’s aviation segment saw an increase in revenues in the first quarter (Q1) of 2022, reporting a $175 million rise over Q1 of last year to $1.0 billion. According to the company, the jump was primarily due to higher aircraft and aftermarket volume. Textron Aviation delivered 39 jets and 31 commercial turboprops in Q1 2022, compared to 28 and 14 respectively in Q1 2021. The company reported a segment profit of $121 million and backlog of $5.1 billion as of the end of the first ... read more

Women Skydivers Honored For Record-Breaking Formation

FLYING Magazine In the world of skydiving, one of the most difficult formations to nail is the head-up formation. With feet down toward the earth, a jumper gives way to gravity, descending up to 160 mph. Balance is difficult. It’s a feat for any skydiver to pull off, but when 84 skydivers do so at once, records are broken. That’s exactly what happened in July of 2019 above a patchwork of fields outside Chicago, when skydivers from 17 countries set a Head Up World Record. The event, led by ... read more

Planned Shutdown Hits Embraer’s Q1 Earnings; Company Remains Optimistic for Future

FLYING Magazine Embraer (NYSE: ERJ) on Thursday reported that a planned January shutdown of its production to accommodate its commercial aviation segment’s system and legal reintegration caused lower revenue in the first quarter this year.  The company took in $600.9 million in revenue during Q1. That’s a 26 percent reduction in business activity compared to the same quarter last year amid a surge in business jet travel. Even with that slowdown, the company said it ended this quarter with ... read more

A watch for pilots by pilots

AOPA General Aviation News In 2006, pilot Abingdon Mullin saw the need for a female focused, fully functioning aviator’s watch and dedicated the next 11 months to building her first watch and starting The Abingdon Co. Read More read more

Diamond reports electric progress

AOPA General Aviation News Diamond Aircraft dropped strong hints about battery advances that will extend the endurance of its electric eDA40 single and reduce charge time, announced a forthcoming United States tour by the DA50 RG, and reported on deliveries increasing as the coronavirus pandemic subsides. Read More read more

Lake Hood Strip closure and workaround

AOPA General Aviation News A significant disruption to “normal ops” at Lake Hood Strip (LHD) in Anchorage, Alaska, will take place this spring, and alternate procedures will be used to accommodate wheeled aircraft at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Read More read more

Rebooting a classic

AOPA General Aviation News Nobody knew it then, but 2019 was to mark a hiatus. The pandemic closed Aero Friedrichshafen, the German aircraft convention, and many other events worldwide for two consecutive years. When Aero finally opened its doors to exhibitors and spectators alike this year, the big question was—what happened in the meantime? Read More read more

Pyka Secures $37M in Series A Funding to Accelerate Aircraft Deliveries and R&D

FLYING Magazine Pyka, an electric autonomous airplane manufacturer, has closed on a $37 million Series A funding round that will allow the startup to fast track the production of its Pelican aircraft to committed buyers and beef up its research and development.  This comes after an $11 million seed round in 2019. This most recent round was led by Piva Capital—a venture firm in San Francisco that invests in companies that offer cross-industry technological solutions—and Prelude Ventures, ... read more

Archer Aviation and United Airlines Form eVTOL Operations Committee

FLYING Magazine California-based Archer Aviation (NYSE: ACHR) and United Airlines (NASDAQ: UAL) are creating a joint advisory committee aimed at supporting Archer’s goals to operate an airline fleet of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxis. The news comes as investment analysts at J.P. Morgan gave Archer an Overweight rating with a target of $7 per share, saying Archer’s “pragmatic approach” to aircraft design and “strong supplier/manufacturing partnerships” may lessen ... read more

Announcing Finalists for Plane & Pilot Your Flying World Photo Contest

Plane & Pilot Magazine The winners will be announced next week! Read More "Announcing Finalists for Plane & Pilot Your Flying World Photo Contest" The post Announcing Finalists for <i>Plane & Pilot</i> Your Flying World Photo Contest appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Rebooting a classic

AOPA General Aviation News Nobody knew it then, but 2019 was to mark a hiatus. The pandemic closed Aero Friedrichshafen, the German aircraft convention, and many other events worldwide for two consecutive years. When Aero finally opened its doors to exhibitors and spectators alike this year, the big question was—what happened in the meantime? Read More read more

Tecnam Delivers Multiengine Aircraft at AERO 22

FLYING Magazine On Thursday, Tecnam announced the delivery of a Tecnam P2006T MKII to Mermoz Academy in France during AERO 22 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Mermoz Academy, founded by former Air France pilots, focuses on airline pilot training. The school has locations in Paris and Tours, France, as well as one location in San Diego, California. The school has a fleet of Tecnam aircraft ranging from Tecnam P2010 and P2006T.  The Tecnam twin is popular with flight schools seeking an ... read more

When is Oshkosh ’22?

FLYING Magazine EAA AirVenture, or as many simply call it. “Oshkosh.” It’s seven days of stunning aerobatics, airplanes of all eras filling the sky, and probably most importantly, camaraderie with nearly everyone in the aviation community. But when is it happening this year? EAA AirVenture 2022 is scheduled for July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport. If your summer plans include attending EAA AirVenture, you’ll be happy to know the tickets for the 2022 event are now available for ... read more

Picture of the Day: Putting on a show

General Aviation News John Lumkes submitted this photo and note: "A 1999 Stolp SA-300 Starduster Too visiting Timberhouse Aero Estates (31IN) and giving the fly-in audience a little show." Read More read more

Jessica Watkins Becomes First Black Woman on Long-Duration ISS Mission

FLYING Magazine NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins made history Thursday, becoming the first Black woman to participate in a long-duration mission on the International Space Station.  The Colorado native and geologist boarded ISS from a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, which launched from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center Wednesday atop a Falcon 9 rocket. Watch as the Expedition 67 Crew welcomes the @SpaceX #Crew4 astronauts who are beginning an @ISS_Research mission aboard the station. ... read more

Always be exploring

General Aviation News Ruts are easy to fall into, and can be tough to get out of. All the more reason we need to keep exploring the world around us to see what we can learn. Read More read more

A watch for pilots by pilots

AOPA General Aviation News In 2006, pilot Abingdon Mullin saw the need for a female focused, fully functioning aviator’s watch and dedicated the next 11 months to building her first watch and starting The Abingdon Co. Read More read more

Diamond reports electric progress

AOPA General Aviation News Diamond Aircraft dropped strong hints about battery advances that will extend the endurance of its electric eDA40 single and reduce charge time, announced a forthcoming United States tour by the DA50 RG, and reported on deliveries increasing as the coronavirus pandemic subsides. Read More read more

Lake Hood Strip closure and workaround

AOPA General Aviation News A significant disruption to “normal ops” at Lake Hood Strip (LHD) in Anchorage, Alaska, will take place this spring, and alternate procedures will be used to accommodate wheeled aircraft at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Read More read more

The Draw of STOL Drag

FLYING Magazine Short takeoff and landing. STOL. It was once just a way to describe a mod kit that put drooped wingtips and stall fences on a high-wing Cessna or Maule, lowering the stall speed in order to help a stock single-engine airplane get in and out of cool airstrips in the backcountry. Or, perhaps, it simply described the techniques needed to make the technical approaches into those hard to-reach strips. But the term took on a whole new meaning when fat bush wheels and hopped-up ... read more

The Pilots of STOL Drag

FLYING Magazine There is no wind at the Dead Cow lakebed northwest of Reno, Nevada. Yet the sand-colored dust swirls above the ground, obscuring two small airplanes, running side-by-side, spinning around nose to tail. The engines rev up and the pilots push them to the max before pulling the power to idle around halfway down the course. In a cartoonlike drag race, the pilots pull their airplanes into a slip to slow down quickly, land beyond the line from which they had started—2,000 feet ... read more

Mods for STOL Drag

FLYING Magazine Like a car tuned for a particular kind of race, the airplanes that compete in STOL Drag events need an extra touch—whether their pilots take the starting line at Reno, High Sierra, or any of the local meets in between. At the top of the competition, in the gold class, a stock aircraft is officially a thing of the past. While a stock—albeit stripped—aircraft could potentially capture a podium position in the bronze class, the gold class requires much more modification to be ... read more

D-Day Squadron pairs fly-overs with screening of new film

General Aviation News The new film "Into Flight Once More," depicts the squadron's historic journey to Europe in June 2019. Read More read more

Gary Ward receives top airshow honor

General Aviation News After more than two decades of airshow flying, Gary Ward says he's retiring at the age of 80. He's going out on a high note, winning the top award in the airshow business, the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship. Read More read more

Photo Of The Week: Two Launches

Plane & Pilot Magazine Photographer Andi Wofford captured the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center on Cape Canaveral this week. The result, as you can see, is spectacular. Read More "Photo Of The Week: Two Launches" The post Photo Of The Week: Two Launches appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Sensenich props approved for wide range of classic general aviation airplanes

General Aviation News The Carbon Fiber Ground-Adjustable props for 125-hp to 180-hp models offer less weight, more thrust, and less noise, according to Sensenich officials. Read More read more

Mystery of EgyptAir Crash Solved, FAA on Red Bull Fiasco, and 172 Takes Small Arms Fire

Plane & Pilot Magazine Plus, YouTube pilot gets ticket revoked; Daher delivers first FADEC TBM; Young Eagles getting older; and much much more. Read More "Mystery of EgyptAir Crash Solved, FAA on Red Bull Fiasco, and 172 Takes Small Arms Fire" The post Mystery of EgyptAir Crash Solved, FAA on Red Bull Fiasco, and 172 Takes Small Arms Fire appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Is This the Beginning of the End for Helicopters?

FLYING Magazine It may not seem obvious, but the helicopter industry might be in a battle for survival.  When Enstrom Helicopter, a 64-year-old company with a storied history, unwound its operations in January, it was a signal that something was amiss in the market. If this were just an anomaly case of pandemic forces, there would be no cause for alarm. But that isn’t the case.  The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) tracks and publishes quarterly and yearly aircraft ... read more

Fuel exhaustion leads to forced landing in a lake

General Aviation News The pilot's inadequate preflight inspection and fuel planning, which resulted in the loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion. Read More read more

Diamond Predicting 20-Minute Charge For Electric eDA40

AVweb Diamond Aircraft says the electrified version of its DA40 single will have up to a 90-minute endurance and charge time of 20 minutes. The company announced on Wednesday it has chosen Safran’s ENGINeUS electric motor to power the eDA40. “With Safran we are having an expert partner for electric propulsion systems aboard,” said Liqun (Frank) Zhang, CEO, Diamond Aircraft Industries Austria. “The smart motor’s state-of-the-art technology including smart features paired with a ... read more

Boeing In The Red On Air Force One Deal

AVweb Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun says the company will lose $660 million on the $4 billion deal it signed to build two new replacements for the VC-25 executive transports that are often used as Air Force One. In an earnings call on Wednesday Calhoun appeared to suggest that former President Donald Trump got the better of the country’s biggest company in the deal, which the former president negotiated personally. “Air Force One I’m just going to call a very unique moment, a very unique ... read more

747 BBJ With 42 Hours Sent To The Desert

AVweb A virtually new Boeing 747-8 abandoned by the Saudi royal family 10 years ago is now owned by Boeing and awaiting an unknown fate in Arizona. According to the FAA registry Boeing became the owner of the aircraft, which has 42 hours on it, the day before it was flown from Basel, Switzerland, to Pinal Air Park, a desert storage site near Tucson. Once they arrive there, aircraft seldom leave intact, but Boeing hasn’t announced any plans for the plane. Speculation is that it will be ... read more

Tuskegee Airman Wants Cards For 100th Birthday

AVweb One of the last surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen is hoping his next birthday on May 21 will be one to be remembered by thousands. Sgt. Victor Butler, who was a mechanic for the famed squadron, is asking people to send him a card. Not a Facebook post or a Twitter message or a dancing cat video, an actual card in an envelope in the mail. “Oh I’ll read every one of them,” Butler told WCVB TV. The cards can be sent to Victor Butler ℅ Gary Butler, P.O. Box 3523, Cranston, Rhode ... read more

Picture Of The Week, April 27, 2022

AVweb 1 of 4 Northbound over Upper New York Harbor. The Hudson and East Rivers, Freedom Tower and lower Manhattan, SI Ferry and Statue of Liberty are all visible - but L/R reversed - in my mirrored glasses. Taken with an iPhone 11 on 4/15/2022. Copyrighted photo by Daniel Spitzer MD. PICTURE OF THE WEEK: Northbound Toward Lower Manhattan Shot just outside the ... read more

Remember the ‘Candy Bomber’

AOPA General Aviation News Gail Halvorsen, known to many as "The Berlin Candy Bomber," died earlier this year at the age of 101. The Gail S. Halvorsen Foundation plans to honor his legacy of service with a candy drop events at two airports in Utah. Read More read more

Remember the ‘Candy Bomber’

AOPA General Aviation News Gail Halvorsen, known to many as "The Berlin Candy Bomber," died earlier this year at the age of 101. The Gail S. Halvorsen Foundation plans to honor his legacy of service with a candy drop events at two airports in Utah. Read More read more

Boeing Endures Another Tough Quarter

FLYING Magazine Boeing (NYSE: BA) announced in its first-quarter earnings call Wednesday that it missed earnings expectations on multiple levels. Losses were more significant than expected and the company failed to achieve revenue projections and free cash flow expectations due to lower defense and commercial volumes, though the company said those challenges were partially offset by global services. For the quarter, the company lost $1.24 billion, twice as much as the company lost during ... read more

Multiple European Flight Schools Select Tecnam P-Mentor During AERO 22

FLYING Magazine Several European flight schools are getting new aircraft made by Tecnam. The Italian aircraft manufacturer announced multiple sales Wednesday during AERO Expo 22 in Friedrichshafen, Germany.  The event showcases the latest in general aviation technology, and several schools are taking advantage of the sustainable designs manufactured by Tecnam. Aerotec Pilot School, Spain Aerotec Pilot School in Madrid, Spain, purchased five new Tecnam P-Mentors. The P-Mentor is an IFR ... read more

Diamond and Safran Team Up to Develop Electric Training Aircraft

FLYING Magazine Diamond Aircraft and Safran Electrical & Power have announced an agreement to provide an electric motor for the all-electric eDA40 training aircraft. The aircraft will be the first FAA Part 23 certified electric aircraft with DC fast charging, capable of fully recharging within 20 minutes. According to Diamond, the total flight time of the eDA40 will be up to 90 minutes “as the battery technologies evolve.” “The DA40 is a proven aircraft, arousing worldwide interest ... read more

Cessna 172 Hit by Gunfire in Massachusetts

Plane & Pilot Magazine The authorities are looking for the shooter and trying to determine motive, or lack thereof. Read More "Cessna 172 Hit by Gunfire in Massachusetts" The post Cessna 172 Hit by Gunfire in Massachusetts appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

EgyptAir Flight 804 Disaster Caused by Pilot Smoking

Plane & Pilot Magazine The crash killed all 66 people aboard Read More "EgyptAir Flight 804 Disaster Caused by Pilot Smoking" The post EgyptAir Flight 804 Disaster Caused by Pilot Smoking appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Chinese Drone Maker Suspends Business in Russia and Ukraine

FLYING Magazine Top-selling Chinese drone manufacturer DJI is suspending all business in Russia and Ukraine after a Ukraine vice prime minister posted a scathing letter on Twitter.  Invading Russian troops have been using DJI drones to “navigate” missile attacks in Ukraine, according to a letter from Ukraine’s Vice Prime Minister-Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov to DJI CEO Frank Wang. The letter, posted on Twitter, demands that DJI cease business in Russia “until the war ... read more

Pictures of the Day: Flying in the twilight zone

General Aviation News Gilles Roy submitted these photos and note: "On my way to fly over Salton Sea near Riverside, California. Most people cannot decide if it's sunrise or sunset, so I will not tell the time of day. Obviously the Go-Pro camera was well secured (vacuum) attached under the wing." Read More read more

Newest Liberator was cast for the ages

General Aviation News A lot of records were set by the Convair B-24 Liberator heavy bomber of World War II. But for all its records, the B-24 Liberator faded quickly from the post-war U.S. Air Force equipment roster. Newer machines and newer strategies prevailed. Read More read more

Young Eagles at 30

Plane & Pilot Magazine At AirVenture, EAA will mark three decades of unlocking an aviation future for young people Read More "Young Eagles at 30" The post Young Eagles at 30 appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Sonex Unveils Drone Version of Jet

Plane & Pilot Magazine Is it coming to a kit airplane showroom near you? Probably not, but it’s fun to think about. Read More "Sonex Unveils Drone Version of Jet" The post Sonex Unveils Drone Version of Jet appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Beta Technologies Announces Deal with LCI for up to 125 eVTOLs

FLYING Magazine International helicopter and fixed-wing lessor LCI has signed an agreement with Vermont-based Beta Technologies to acquire up to 125 of its Alia electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.  The deal has the potential to nearly double LCI’s fleet of 140 airplanes and helicopters. The Ireland-based company’s customers have included British Airways, Air France, and Singapore Airlines. “As a leading aircraft lessor with an established global track record, LCI has a ... read more

Daher Delivers First TBM 960

FLYING Magazine Just three weeks after debuting its new TBM 960 turboprop single in the U.S., Daher has delivered the first of the upgraded model to a customer in Germany. On the company’s Twitter feed, @flyTBM congratulated the new owner, a businessman completing his instrument training and looking forward to flying with his instructor as a mentor pilot. On this sunny day, we made our first delivery of a TBM 960 to a customer on our track in Tarbes!We wish safe flights to our client! ... read more

KAPF limits aircraft fueling to mitigate noise

General Aviation News An increase in traffic has led to an increase in noise complaints, so Naples Municipal Airport is instituting a curfew on fueling aircraft between 9:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. Read More read more

Time Between Replacement extended for Continental CD-300 engine

General Aviation News Time Between Replacement (TBR) for the Continental CD-300 has been extended to 2,000 hours. The 300-hp Jet-A piston engine was introduced in 2019 with an initial TBR of 1,200 hours or 12 years, company officials said, adding there was always “a commitment to increase the TBR hours.” Along with the TBR extension, Continental officials noted […] Read More read more

Do I Have Enough Airspeed for Takeoff?

FLYING Magazine Q: When lifting off in an airplane, how do you know when you have enough airspeed, considering the amount of runway remaining? A: The laws of physics are strictly enforced: When there is sufficient airflow over the wings, an aircraft will take off—whether or not there is sufficient runway remaining depends on the pilot’s planning for the performance of the aircraft using FAA-approved sources, specifically the performance charts in the aircraft’s pilot’s operating handbook ... read more

A chance to win one of two 150s

General Aviation News To support their mission "to ensure that Louisiana cancer patients will always have air transportation to the regional medical care they need," Flying Wings of Louisiana will raffle off two Cessna 150s. Read More read more

Frustrated by a Seller’s Market? These Aircraft Might Ease Your Angst

FLYING Magazine In the movie Back to the Future, the antagonist named Biff saw an opportunity to make himself wildly rich. He took a sports almanac back to the year 1955 and gave it to his younger self, instructing him to refer to the book to make winning bets. The younger Biff did exactly that, and in doing so, became one of the wealthiest and most corrupt men in the country, turning the otherwise peaceful Hill Valley into a chaotic dystopia. It’s difficult to argue with the success of ... read more

Snowballing Delays In F-35 Development Lead To Increased DOD Risk, GAO Says

FLYING Magazine The Department of Defense (DOD) is facing extra financial risk amid already rising program costs by buying F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters before operational testing is completed, according to a new report issued by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). The DOD is planning to buy up to 152 F-35 aircraft annually, despite the fact the program remains stalled in operational testing due to holdups in developing the F-35 simulator that is crucial in ... read more

Pilot loses control during takeoff

General Aviation News The pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane during takeoff in gusting wind conditions, which resulted in an uncontrolled turn and descent into terrain. Read More read more

Tenacity Helped This C-130 Pilot Earn Her Wings

FLYING Magazine Editor’s Note: When U.S. Air Force C-130 pilot Capt. Thessa Washington became the first female Black C-130H pilot in the 165th Airlift wing of the Georgia Air National Guard at Savannah Air National Guard Base last year, she said she never imagined being the first of anything. In fact, there were moments in Washington’s journey from sheet metal worker through Undergraduate Pilot Training where she questioned if she was meant to earn her Air Force wings at all. Here is her ... read more

NASA X-57 Ground Tests Nearing Completion

AVweb NASA’s experimental electric aircraft, the X-57 “Maxwell,” is nearing the end of its ground-test program. Launched last year at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, the test program is seen as a key steppingstone toward the final design prototype configuration. The X-57 is a highly modified Tecnam P2006T with its pair of piston Rotax engines replaced by 14 electronic motors mounted along the wing leading edges. Heather Maliska, X-57 project manager at the ... read more

Plane Swap Gone Half Bad; FAA Not Amused

AVweb Last weekend’s Red Bull-sponsored plane swap was a half success. One pilot made the transfer and landed the companion aircraft. But the other airplane spun out of control and crashed in the Arizona desert. Now the FAA is curious about why this stunt went forward without waivers on required flight crew. AVweb’s Paul Bertorelli runs down the problem. The post Plane Swap Gone Half Bad; FAA Not Amused appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Short Final: Still Here

AVweb A VFR Saturday morning this past December was a good time to exercise my Mooney 201. I decided to visit York, Pennsylvania, (KTHV) since it was close to my home base and I never had the pleasure of visiting there before. About 10 miles out I made my first call. Me: “York, Mooney 10 miles to the northeast, inbound for landing. Request airport advisory.” Unicom: “Airport is still here where it’s always been.” Unknown Pilot (giggling): “Hey, you really got him good.” He was obviously a ... read more

Aero 2022 Reconvenes As Europe’s Premier GA Expo

AVweb After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Europe’s general aviation community reconvenes this week at Aero 2022 in Friedrichschafen, Germany, widely recognized as the most inclusive GA show on the continent. According to organizers, 633 exhibitors from 34 countries are participating in the show, which runs from April 27 to 30. At a pre-show press conference today (April 26), Klaus Wellmann, CEO of the Messe Friedrichshafen exhibition center, said, “Aero 2022 starts with ... read more

Sensenich’s Ground-Adjustable Props Available For Light GA Aircraft

AVweb Senenich Propeller has announced FAA Part 35 type certification for its G-Series ground-adjustable carbon-fiber propellers. Designed for engines in the 125-hp to 180-hp range, the propeller comes in diameters of 72 to 82 inches. Current supplemental type certificates are available for the 82-inch-diameter version on the Piper PA-18-150 series Super Cub powered by O-360 engines. Work is underway on additional approvals for more Piper, Cessna, American Champion, Cub Crafter, and ... read more

SubSonex-Based Unmanned Twin-Jet Revealed As Low-Cost Military UAV

AVweb Fans of Sonex Aircraft will find familiarity in the latest jet-powered unmanned air vehicle (UAV) released today at the AUVSI Xponential convention in Orlando, Florida. Warminster-Pennsylvania-based Navmar Applied Sciences Corporation (NASC) has partnered with Oshkosh, Wisconsin-based Sonex on a twin-engine version of its SubSonex Personal Jet kitplane. Known as the NASC Tracer, the newly announced aircraft is described as “a low-cost, high-performance UAV designed for speed, ... read more

Minnesota airport renamed for hometown pilot

AOPA General Aviation News Florence Klingensmith, the first licensed female pilot in the state of North Dakota, now has an airport named in her honor in her hometown of Moorhead, Minnesota. Read More read more

Aero Friedrichshafen returns with focus on eco-tech

AOPA General Aviation News Like every other aviation event in the past two years, the pandemic kicked the slats out from under Europe’s prime, general aviation-only convention—Aero Friedrichshafen. But this year, the show is back, having overcome no small amount of exhibitor reluctance. The show now counts 623 exhibitors; the last Aero, in 2019, had 757. Not a bad comeback. Read More read more

Red Bull Plane Swap Debacle: Should the FAA Just Let It Be?

Plane & Pilot Magazine The failed stunt has polarized the aviation community and revealed deep-seated ethical differences Read More "Red Bull Plane Swap Debacle: Should the FAA Just Let It Be?" The post Red Bull Plane Swap Debacle: Should the FAA Just Let It Be? appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Cirrus SR22T Fuel Woes: NTSB Issues Advisory

Plane & Pilot Magazine Nothing is broken, but several accidents have been traced to this issue. Read More "Cirrus SR22T Fuel Woes: NTSB Issues Advisory" The post Cirrus SR22T Fuel Woes: NTSB Issues Advisory appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Minnesota airport renamed for hometown pilot

AOPA General Aviation News Florence Klingensmith, the first licensed female pilot in the state of North Dakota, now has an airport named in her honor in her hometown of Moorhead, Minnesota. Read More read more

Aero Friedrichshafen returns with focus on eco-tech

AOPA General Aviation News Like every other aviation event in the past two years, the pandemic kicked the slats out from under Europe’s prime, general aviation-only convention—Aero Friedrichshafen. But this year, the show is back, having overcome no small amount of exhibitor reluctance. The show now counts 623 exhibitors; the last Aero, in 2019, had 757. Not a bad comeback. Read More read more

Six Airports Near College Campuses

FLYING Magazine Many seniors at our local high school are scrambling to make those last few campus visits before choosing which college they will attend in the fall. For younger students, perhaps even a few middle-schoolers, college tour season seems to have stretched into a year-round phenomenon. I imagine it’s the same across the country. A small airplane can be an ideal tool for improving the efficiency of college visits. They make it easier to bundle several stops during a loop ... read more

Starlink To Debut on First Major Airline

FLYING Magazine Starting next year, Hawaiian Airlines will become the first major airline to offer free Wi-Fi via SpaceX’s Starlink internet service. The deal, signed April 21, will outfit 100 airplanes with Starlink terminals after testing is completed. While approval will depend on each aircraft type, Hawaiian’s Airbus A330, A321neo, and Boeing 787-9 aircraft will receive the internet upgrade next year. “Hawaiian Airlines is ensuring its passengers will experience high-speed internet the ... read more

Aviation Stunts: A History Lesson

FLYING Magazine A stunt is defined as an unusual or difficult feat requiring great skill or daring especially one performed or undertaken chiefly to gain attention or publicity.  Recently, we’ve seen two “stunts” involving aviation—the YouTuber who intentionally crashed his airplane for video views and the Red Bull midair airplane swap. The FAA has taken a dim view of both events, and there have been discussions that the stunts were encouraged by social media. However, stunts involving ... read more

GE Reports Better Than Expected Earnings, Anticipates Headwinds

FLYING Magazine In its first-quarter earnings results call Tuesday, General Electric (NYSE: GE) reported better-than-expected sales, but CEO Larry Culp warned of headwinds that could tamper with earlier full-year predictions.  “We’re holding the outlook range we shared in January, but as we continue to work through inflation and other evolving pressures, we’re currently trending toward the low end of the range,” Culp said in a statement. “Importantly, we remain on track to launch three ... read more

Picture of the Day: Coming in for a landing

General Aviation News John Lumkes submitted this photo and note: "Corben Meyer is piloting his S1 Pitts in for a sunset landing at Timberhouse Aero Estates in Lafayette, Indiana." Read More read more

A correlation worth noting

General Aviation News This past week an inexcusably argumentative exchange between a controller and a pilot, a Certificated Flight Instructor, made its way onto social media. Aside from the entertainment value some may find in this exchange, it gives aviation a black eye by linking us to the worst characteristics of humans. Arrogance, resistance to authority, complacency, deflection of blame, refusal to accept responsibility, and as if that isn’t bad enough, this all took place during an ... read more

Wanted: One small airplane, you keep the engine

General Aviation News The Reedville Fishermen's Museum is planning a new exhibit that celebrates those who fly small aircraft over the water, searching for schools of fish. Museum officials need a small airplane, like a Cub or Cessna, as the centerpiece of the exhibit so kids can climb in and pretend to fly. Read More read more