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Pilots fight to preserve access to backcountry airstrips

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

Picture of the Day: East Bay Sunrise

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

Unleaded fuels and exhaust valve recession

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

Picture Of The Week: May 31, 2024

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

How Much Is an Airplane Rental?

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

Mixed results for airplane deliveries in first quarter 2024

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

The Final Flag

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

Congress Shells Out Millions to Aid Pilot Shortage

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

Partnership created to streamline aircraft maintenance and pre-buy inspections

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

This 1947 Aeronca 7AC Champion Is Bare-Bones Perfection and an ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is an 1947 Aeronca 7AC Champion While the Piper Cub might be the definitive vintage taildragger, the Aeronca Champ is always in the running. Some pilots even prefer the Aeronca, especially those who feel you should solo ... read more

New owner for FBO chain

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

Riding in the Back of Some Nice Private Jets

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

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

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

New owner’s first flight goes awry

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

Trump Citation X Sold To Company Tied To Republican Campaign Donor

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

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

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

Air Taxi Operator Hopscotch Air Signs LOI For Four Bye eFlyers

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

Europe’s Business Aviation Group Launches Sustainability Initiative

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

Short Final: Happy Landings

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

FLYING Announces Winner of Ultimate Giveaway

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

How Pilots Predict Severe Turbulence

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

Electra Achieves Takeoff, Landing With Under 170 Feet of Runway

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

Can Student Pilots Perform Preventative Maintenance on Aircraft?

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

Vote for FLYING’s 2024 Readers’ Choice Award

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

Picture of the Day: Ready to fly

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

Thoughts on FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024 and Data Privacy

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

This 2023 BRM Aero Bristell Is a Speedy Light Sport ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 2023 BRM Aero Bristell LSA. When the FAA established the light sport aircraft category in 2004, its rules appeared to emphasize limitations. Light sport airplanes would be lighter, smaller, and less powerful than ... read more

Seeing double

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

Video: Memorial Day fly-over

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

Study confirms flight simulation benefits pilot training

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

City Cleared To Begin Phasing Out Banning Municipal Airport

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

Revitalization efforts begin at KDET

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

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

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

Pre-buy flight ends in serious injuries for pilot

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

Spirit Passengers Told To Prepare For Water Landing

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

FAA Certification Director Liu Retiring

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

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

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

Bell Boosts Jet Assisted Tiltrotor For X-Plane Competition

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

Lilium Eyes eVTOL Jet Flights in French Riviera by 2026

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

DOD Confirms First Batch of Replicator Drone Deliveries

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

Remembering the Legacy of Gene Nora Jessen

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

Pictures of the Day: Old Crow

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

National Championship Air Races Move to Roswell

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

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1960 Beechcraft 35-A33 Debonair

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

CAU again hosts US Air Force Aim High Flight Academy

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

Time machine

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

An intellectual wandering

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

How to Build Confidence Along With Hours

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

Iowa college to open flight school at KCID

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

Training and Safety Tip: Light up your preflight

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

Time machine

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

Dancing with a Tiger Moth

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

CAU again hosts US Air Force Aim High Flight Academy

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

The Hiller Hornet and its Ill-Fated Ring of Fire

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

A new accolade for Amelia Earhart

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

Training and Safety Tip: Light up your preflight

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

Italian company brings new life to iconic Fairey-Reed propeller

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

Dancing with a Tiger Moth

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

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

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

This 2023 Cirrus SR22T G6 Is a Fully Equipped, Nearly New ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 2023 Cirrus SR22T G6 Over more than 20 years on the market, the Cirrus SR22 series of piston singles has become a clear leader in the market for new GA aircraft. Improvements in performance and especially in avionics ... read more

The importance of communicating

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

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

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

Congress Approves $240 Million To Promote Flight Deck Diversity

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

Picture of the Day: It’s a dog’s life

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

The library is now open

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

A Flying Start

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

KMKC economic impact tops $625 million

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

Two Fatal Cases of the Simply Inexperienced

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

Sporty’s introduces professional logbook covers

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

Finding Freedom by Flying in Alaska

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

Plane crashes when student locks up on controls

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

Close Forced Landing Caught On Video

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

Poll: Should The Air Force Allow Facial Hair?

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

Last Week’s Poll Results: Proficiency First

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

Pilot, Skydivers Bail Out Of Damaged Jump Plane

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

Featured Video: Landing In Leadville

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

Picture of the Day: Skyhawk rays

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

Plane Panels Part Two

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

RAF Pilot Dies In Spitfire Crash

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

Facial Hair Freedom: A Potential Policy Shift For Military Members

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

New home for the Reno Air Races

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

A fishy story

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

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

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

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

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

Remembering the Late WWII Triple Ace Bud Anderson

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

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

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

Flying in the Time of Cicadas

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

City Cleared To Begin Phasing Out Banning Municipal Airport

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

And The Winning National Championship Air Racing Host City Is…

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

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

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

Air Races to Move From Reno to New Mexico in 2025

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

Taking Risks at a Trio of Mount Rainier Airstrips, Virtually

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

This 1986 Piper PA-28-236 Dakota Is a Supremely Practical ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1986 Piper PA-28-236 Dakota. After receiving their private certificates, many pilots continue to fly the same aircraft type in which they received instruction and took their check rides. This makes sense because the ... read more

5 Trends Impacting Future Drone Pilot Employment in 2024

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

Shelter from the storm

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

Failure of the engine gearbox drive flange leads to forced landing

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

One ATC Sector of Separation

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

Atlantic FBOs Offer Discounted Space For Storm-Struck Operators

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

Picture Of The Week: May 23, 2024

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

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

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

Duncan’s Latest Charter Fleet Addition Is A Keeper

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

NBAA Provides Support For Leaders of Small Flight Departments

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

Maryland bills extend tax break for aircraft owners

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

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

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

Maryland bills extend tax break for aircraft owners

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

FAA Issues Final Airworthiness Criteria for Archer Midnight Air Taxi

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

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1947 Stinson 108-2

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

Embraer Partners With Avfuel to Increase SAF Use in Orlando

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

Picture of the Day: Escuadrilla Historica

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

GE Aerospace on the Hunt for Engineering Talent

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

Paragon Flight Training Reports Record Enrollment

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

Notes from an unknown veteran

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

EAGLE Co-Chair Castagna Sued By Former Employer

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

Fly safe, smart in Idaho

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

Have questions about sharing costs with passengers?

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

Fly safe, smart in Idaho

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

New Minnesota legislation permits flying cars

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

Aurora Notches More DARPA Funding For Its X-Plane Contender

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

A new era for the connected cockpit in certified aircraft

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

Learning the Lingo

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

This 1978 Rockwell Commander Is a Conversation-Starting ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1978 Rockwell Commander 114. The Commander 114 reflects manufacturer Rockwell’s approach to designing what was to be a game-changing GA airplane. Rockwell is better known for its military aircraft, such as the B-1 ... read more

Sometimes the Flying Weather’s Fit Only for Turkeys

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

Near miss in the pattern

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

Scholarship continues a pilot’s mission

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

ForeFlight to integrate AOPA events

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

Textron amps up eVTOL staff

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

Triple Ace Bud Anderson dies at 102

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

Plan proactive engine upgrades

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

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

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

NASA Winding Down Phase 1 Of HyTEC Engine Research Project

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

American Airlines In Damage Control Over Embarrassing Legal Filings

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

Short Final: An Abundance Of Caution

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

GE Aerospace On The Hunt For Engineering Talent

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

Aurora Notches More DARPA Funding For Its X-Plane Contender

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

Textron amps up eVTOL staff

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

Joby Lays Plans for Electric Air Taxi Network in Saudi Arabia

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

Legislators Want Military to Speed Up Electric Aircraft Integration

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

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

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

Is There an Official Weather Briefing?

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

Picture of the Day: Formation maintenance

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

Plan proactive engine upgrades

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

A capital day for a flyover

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

Scholarship continues a pilot’s mission

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

Video: Airplanes & Coffee

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

Flying in the Time of Cicadas

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

This 1988 Mooney M20L PFM Is a Formerly Porsche-Powered ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1988 Mooney M20L PFM. People who like cars as well as aircraft, and are old enough to recall the 1980s, will remember covers of enthusiast magazines featuring the latest Porsche 911 Carrera and the Mooney PFM, an ... read more

Interactive map added to AirVenture FBO special deals page

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

New aviation radio technology introduced

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

ForeFlight to integrate AOPA events

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

Triple Ace Bud Anderson dies at 102

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

Looking at the Physics of STOL Drag

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

Landing a Tonka Truck With Wings

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

Pilot’s preflight misses screw in control yoke column

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

FAA Corrects United: Restrictions Still In Place

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

Minnesota Allows Flying Cars On Roads

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

Legislators Want Military To Speed Up Electric Aircraft Integration

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

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

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

‘Short Runway’ Is Really a Subjective Term

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

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

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

Pictures of the day: Evening flight

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

Changes in the 2024 AirVenture Notice Worth Examining

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

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

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

Jumping for joy

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

Passenger Killed In Turbulence On Singapore Flight

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

Training and Safety Tip: Alternator failure

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

Severe Turbulence Blamed in Death Aboard Singapore Airlines Flight

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

1947 Aeronca champion grand prize in museum sweepstakes

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

World War II Triple Ace Bud Anderson flies west

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

This 1953 Beechcraft 35 Bonanza Is a Classic, Handsome ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1953 Beechcraft 35 Bonanza. After years of flying basic trainer-style airplanes pilots naturally seek to move up to aircraft that better suit their growing travel needs and abilities. Many of those pilots begin ... read more

CareAffaire to raise funds for Wings of Mercy

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

Training and Safety Tip: Alternator failure

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

Chart Wise: Ocean City (KOXB) LOC Rwy 32

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

Bounced landing bends plane

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

VP Racing Responds To Fuel Suitability Comments

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

Boeing Shareholders Vote To Pay Calhoun $33 Million

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

Archer, Etihad Partner to Train Air Taxi Pilots in UAE

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

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

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

NASA, ESA Join Forces to Land European Rover on Mars

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

This 1993 SOCATA TB-20 Trinidad Is a Fetching ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1993 SOCATA TB-20 Trinidad. SOCATA revealed its line of so-called Caribbean aircraft—the Tampico, Tobago, and Trinidad—during the late 1970s as U.S. general aviation experienced its best sales years. The airplanes, ... read more

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

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

Florida Rental Offers Escape With Oceanfront, Airstrip Views

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

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

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

Talk Like A Pirate Pilot

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

Iranian President Believed Killed In Helicopter Crash

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

500 and counting…

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

Honor the WASP on Memorial Day

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

ASA updates Student Flight Records

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

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

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

Pilot practicing to become cropduster dies in crash

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

California Pilots Urged To Contact Senators Over Leaded Fuel Ban

AVweb The Southern California Airspace Users Working Group is calling on its membership to contact their state senators to block a bill that would begin the phaseout of leaded aviation gasoline in 2027 (amended from 2026). As we reported earlier, State Sen. Caroline Menjivar introduced the bill in February. It calls for banning leaded avgas starting with airports in “disadvantaged” areas on Jan. 1, 2027. The bill has apparently cleared committees and is nearing a vote in the State Senate. ... read more

Last Week’s Poll Results: Lead Exposure Not Much Concern

AVweb Almost three quarters of respondents said they had no concerns whatsoever about being exposed to lead at the airport. The post Last Week’s Poll Results: Lead Exposure Not Much Concern appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Poll: Are You Staying Proficient?

AVweb Poll: Are You Staying Proficient? Poll: Are You Staying Proficient? Yes. It's my red line. I'm a little rusty but nothing serious. I'm getting back at it I need some time with a CFI Other Δ The post Poll: Are You Staying Proficient? appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Featured Video: A Tribute To Bud Anderson

AVweb EAA put together this nice tribute to Brig. Gen. Bud Anderson and his favorite mount during the 2019 AirVenture. The post Featured Video: A Tribute To Bud Anderson appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Pictures of the Day: Red Arrows Synchro Pair

General Aviation News Fraser Burnet submitted these photos and note: "Taken at Bournemouth Air Festival in the U.K." Read More read more

Building a Rudder at Zenith

Plane & Pilot Magazine When Zenith Aircraft CEO Sebastien Heintz invited me to attend the company’s annual homecoming event at its Missouri headquarters at the Mexico Memorial Airport (KMYJ) … Read More "Building a Rudder at Zenith" The post Building a Rudder at Zenith appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Ask Paul: What’s behind the high oil temperature in my Mooney?

General Aviation News Question for Paul McBride, the General Aviation News engines expert: I have developed a high oil temperature issue in my Mooney. I have thrown time and money at this with a mechanic and so far can't seem to make improvements. Read More read more

Brig. Gen. Bud Anderson Dies At 102

AVweb Triple ace and aviation legend Brig. Gen. C.E. Bud Anderson died Friday at his home in Auburn, California at the age of 102. Anderson earned 16 kills in the European Theater during the Second World War and the New York Times says he was the last of the triple ace of his era. He reportedly died in his sleep. Anderson was a P-51 pilot in the Second World War, assigned to the 357th Fighter Group and flew with Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager. He continued his career after the war, joining the ... read more

Five-year FAA reauthorization bill passes

General Aviation News “One of my highest priorities in developing and passing the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024 was ensuring that the bill included the first-ever title in an FAA reauthorization dedicated to general aviation,” said Representative Sam Graves (R-Mo.), who is a general aviation pilot and airplane owner. “GA is the foundation of our civil aviation system and we need to make sure that remains true. Read More read more

Your Magnetic Compass Remains the ‘Old Reliable’

Plane & Pilot Magazine Of all the gadgetry in airplane cockpits, the magnetic compass is probably the least regarded, least used, and least understood. And yet, it deserves understanding … Read More "Your Magnetic Compass Remains the ‘Old Reliable’" The post Your Magnetic Compass Remains the ‘Old Reliable’ appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

AirVenture NOTAM released

General Aviation News According to EAA officials, there are several important FAA-approved changes in the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2024 Notice, commonly referred to as the Oshkosh NOTAM), which spells out arrival and departure procedures for July 22-28 event at Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH) in Oshkosh. Read More read more

NTSB: Rule Violation Contributed To Fatal Midair Collision At EAA AirVenture

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

Bipartisan FAA Reauthorization Act Signed Into Law

AVweb President Joe Biden signed the long-awaited bipartisan FAA Reauthorization Act into law on Thursday May 16—funding the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for another five years. After months of several short-term extensions, the $105 billion dollar legislation passed the House on Wednesday and the Senate last week before being sent to the President’s desk for final approval. “The bipartisan Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization is a big win for travelers, the aviation ... read more

Spirit AeroSystems To Cut Workforce Amid Production Slowdown

AVweb Spirit AeroSystems is expected to lay off some 400-450 workers at its Wichita, Kansas facility following a decrease in production rates at Boeing, the company’s largest customer.   The news was initially reported by Wichita-based KSN, which obtained an internal memo stating, “The recent slowdown in the delivery rate on commercial programs compels a reduction to our workforce in Wichita. In the coming weeks, we will inform affected employees. We are committed to implementing this ... read more

Recreational Aviation Foundation Issues Call To Preserve Utah Airstrips

AVweb The Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) issued a call to action requesting pilots submit feedback on a proposal from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regarding the closure of 16 airstrips in Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument (BENM). According to the RAF, the Bureau of Land Management’s plan would restrict aircraft operations to only the Bluff Airport and Fry Canyon Airstrip—effectively closing the other 16 airstrips within the BENM pending the development of an ... read more

AERO-SPACE REPORTS AND AOPA RENEW PARTNERSHIP TO PROVIDE SIGNIFICANT VALUE AND BENEFITS TO MEMBERS

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., and OKLAHOMA CITY, May 17, 2024—Aero-Space Reports and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association have renewed their longstanding strategic partnership agreement, which includes newly enhanced benefits for AOPA members. Read More read more

Valdez Fly-In STOL Competition Celebrates 20th Anniversary

FLYING Magazine The Valdez Fly-In marked its 20th anniversary in Alaska, the birthplace of short takeoff and landing (STOL) competitions in the U.S., on May 10-12, attracting pilots from across the nation, Canada, and even Poland.  Despite challenging weather conditions, seasoned bush pilots navigated through deep, snow-covered canyons and low ceilings to arrive at Valdez-Pioneer Field (PAVD) for the launch of competition May 10. Many found their routes impassable, which limited the ... read more

EAA Scholarship Program Has Launched 500 Private Pilots

FLYING Magazine The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) announced Thursday that its Ray Aviation Scholarship program has now seen 500 recipients complete flight training and earn their private pilot certificates. Founded by James and Joan Ray, the Ray Foundation enables EAA and its chapter network to provide up to $11,000 for deserving youth to help cover flight training expenses. The foundation has made $1.8 million available to the EAA this year. “Many aspiring pilots fall short of ... read more

Bipartisan FAA Reauthorization Act Signed Into Law

FLYING Magazine President Joe Biden signed the long-awaited bipartisan FAA Reauthorization Act into law on Thursday, funding the FAA for another five years. After months of several short-term extensions, the $105 billion legislation passed the House on Wednesday and the Senate last week before being sent to the president’s desk for final approval. “The bipartisan [FAA] reauthorization is a big win for travelers, the aviation workforce, and our economy,” said President Joe Biden in a ... read more

AERO-SPACE REPORTS AND AOPA RENEW PARTNERSHIP TO PROVIDE SIGNIFICANT VALUE AND BENEFITS TO MEMBERS

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., and OKLAHOMA CITY, May 17, 2024—Aero-Space Reports and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association have renewed their longstanding strategic partnership agreement, which includes newly enhanced benefits for AOPA members. Read More read more

United Turns to Oscar the Grouch to Spread SAF Awareness

FLYING Magazine Oscar the Grouch, a star of Sesame Street, is gaining a new audience through a series of short commercials for United Airlines.  Oscar, well-known for his affinity for trash, has been dubbed United’s chief trash officer and is helping the airline educate the public about sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).  SAF is made primarily of waste products, such as used cooking oil and agricultural waste feedstocks. According to United, it can be used in combination with conventional ... read more

Riding the Wave as an Expat Pilot in Asia

FLYING Magazine The market for expatriate pilots is evolving, offering potential career opportunities for professional aviators seeking jobs overseas. In this edition of V1 Rotate, FLYING contributor Sam Weigel chats with Ed Krause, who has been flying as an expat pilot in Asia for the past 16 years. Krause takes Weigel through the process of being hired at a startup regional airline in China, transitioning to business jets, and more. Learn how the expat pilot market is evolving, what the ... read more

Best Pilot Kneeboard Options in 2024

Plane & Pilot Magazine Just like a reliable headset, a dependable kneeboard is an essential accessory for pilots in the flight deck. Whether you’re a new student pilot or … Read More "Best Pilot Kneeboard Options in 2024" The post Best Pilot Kneeboard Options in 2024 appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1964 Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee Cruiser

Plane & Pilot Magazine For today’s bargain, we travel north to Ontario, Canada, where a well-sorted 1964 Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee Cruiser awaits. Despite the 140 in the model name, … Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1964 Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee Cruiser" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1964 Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee Cruiser appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Scholarships available for summer aviation camp

General Aviation News Camp CAVU at Gillespie County Airport (T82) in Fredericksburg, Texas, for students between the ages of 15 to 18, includes a 40-hour online ground school, as well as six in-person sessions at the airport to discuss flight planning and weather, as well as seven hours of flight training. Read More read more

Learn to Fly in ’24: Helping Your Pursuit of the Dream

FLYING Magazine You’ve picked up this issue of FLYING for a kaleidoscope of reasons. But whether you are an active or pending pilot, or you want to learn to fly, chances are you know someone who could use a little direction on that path. For some, a good internal compass—not the literal kind but the figurative one—makes it easy for you to identify the moves to make to set you on course. For others, pursuing the dream of learning to fly may feel too abstract to turn into reality. This ... read more

This 1961 Aero Commander 500A Is a Historically Significant ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1961 Aero Commander 500A. Aero Commander twins have long been known as well-built, durable, and versatile load carriers. During the early 1950s these Ted Smith designs helped define the then-new category of light ... read more

When Do You Need a Drone License?

FLYING Magazine Did you know there are more than 780,000 drones already registered in the U.S.? With over three-quarters of a million drones taking to the skies and more than 700,000 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operators out there, you’re clearly missing out if you are not part of these numbers.  Flying drones can be enjoyed by recreational flyers seeking fun and commercial drone pilots looking to earn money. The FAA makes it clear what defines each group and which certifications they ... read more

Failure to perform a weight and balance calculation proves fatal for two

General Aviation News The pilot’s failure to perform a preflight weight and balance calculation and his operation of the flight at an excessive takeoff weight, resulting in an exceedance of the airplane’s critical angle of attack after liftoff and an aerodynamic stall from which the pilot was unable to recover. Read More read more

Citizens’ Group Targets EAGLE Co-Chair and NATA Head Castagna

AVweb An organization known as SoCalSFV (Southern California San Fernando Valley), contacted AVweb in advance of concurrent anti-general-aviation protests it had planned for Van Nuys Airport (KVNY) and Long Beach Airport KLGB today (May 16). According to the letter, the protests are focused on National Air Transportation Association President and CEO Curt Castagna, who also heads up the Van Nuys and Long Beach airport associations for what SoCalSFV describes as deliberate efforts to ... read more

Picture Of The Week, May 17, 2024

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

Airlines Sue Transportation Department Over ‘Junk Fee’ Ban

AVweb The U.S. Transportation Department will “vigorously defend” its newly enacted rule against what it calls airlines’ “hidden junk fees.” Last Friday, Airlines for America (A4A), along with American, Delta, United and three other carriers filed a lawsuit against the Biden Administration Transportation Department in federal appeals court. The suit, filed with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, claims the Administration is exceeding its authority by trying to “regulate ... read more

EAA Scholarship Flight Program Has Launched 500 Private Pilots

AVweb The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) announced today its EAA Ray Aviation Scholarship program has now seen 500 recipients complete flight training and earn their private pilot certificates. Founded by James C. and Joan L. Ray, the Ray Foundation enables EAA and its chapter network to provide up to $11,000 for deserving youth to help cover flight training expenses. The Foundation has made $1.8 million available to the EAA this year. EAA vice president of communities and member ... read more

Patty Wagstaff Stars In Recently Released Apple Vision App

AVweb Sporty’s Pilot Shop recently released its Aerobatics with Patty Wagstaff app optimized for the Apple Vision Pro virtual reality device. Sporty’s says the app offers pilots and aviation enthusiasts a “safe and engaging pathway to experience the complexities of aerobatic flight maneuvers through immersive 360-degree video.” The app enables users to virtually experience what it would be like to sit in the cockpit with Wagstaff through loops, rolls, and spins. Sporty’s said, “This ... read more

AOPA APPLAUDS CONGRESSIONAL PASSAGE OF FAA REAUTHORIZATION

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., May 15, 2024—AOPA and the aviation industry are celebrating the long-awaited passage of the five-year FAA reauthorization bill, which approves an increase in funding for general aviation airports, expands BasicMed, modernizes FAA systems, and provides much more for GA. Read More read more

Bankruptcy auction set for Icon Aircraft

AOPA General Aviation News The next steps in the Icon Aircraft bankruptcy proceedings are set for next month as company executives seek to keep the business intact and prevent investor groups from selling off its assets piece by piece. Read More read more

Van’s Aircraft cleared to exit bankruptcy

AOPA General Aviation News The most prolific kitplane maker in the world is on track to stay that way following a final hearing in the Van's Aircraft Chapter 11 bankruptcy case on May 15. Read More read more

Virtual acro with Patty Wagstaff

AOPA General Aviation News It's one thing to watch airshow star Patty Wagstaff cut a ribbon—it's another to fly along with her in virtual reality. Read More read more

Stakeholders Commend Drone, AAM Measures in FAA Reauthorization Bill

FLYING Magazine After what has been months and felt like years, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024 looks like it will finally be enacted into law, and drone, advanced air mobility (AAM), and other industry stakeholders are rejoicing. The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the legislation with a 387-26 vote after the Senate approved it last week, meaning the only thing standing in the way of the bill becoming law is a signature from President Joe Biden. The bill would ... read more

AMT Day Offers Opportunity to Inspire Next Generation

FLYING Magazine Friday, the aviation community celebrates national Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Day, which marks the birthday of the first aircraft mechanic, Charles Taylor, and recognizes aircraft mechanics worldwide.  Taylor built the world’s first aircraft engine from a scratch-paper drawing tacked up to his work bench. He had no formal training and made do with what he had to work with. I am still amazed to this day by what Taylor pulled off. READ MORE: The First Aircraft ... read more

Air Race Classic Ready for Launch

FLYING Magazine On June 18, teams of women pilots from across the U.S. will take off from Southern Illinois Airport (KMDH) in Carbondale, Illinois, for the 47th annual Air Race Classic.  The competition promotes skill over speed along the course that measures 2,610 sm. The race is set to end June 21 at Northern Colorado Regional Airport (KFNL) in Loveland. The Air Race Classic (ARC) traces its roots to the 1929 Women’s Air Derby in which 20 female pilots, among them celebrity aviatrix ... read more

Picture of the Day: Northern lights

General Aviation News Ben Carlson submitted this photo and note: "Brian Pankonin took this picture of my 1955 Cessna 180 in Medford, Oregon in May 2024. The aurora made for a nice backdrop." Read More read more

Oshkosh 2024 Notice Outlines Changes for Pilots Flying to AirVenture

FLYING Magazine If you plan on being one of the thousands of pilots who intends to fly into the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh annual fly-in at Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH) this summer, start studying.  The 32-page document of official procedures, known as the Oshkosh 2024 Notice, is now available online and required reading for pilots intending to fly themselves to the event.  According to the EAA, there are a few changes this year that are the result of ... read more

Super Petrel XP makes its debut

General Aviation News Although the S-LSA biplane looks similar to previous Super Petrel models, which have been manufactured in Brazil by Scoda Aeronautica for 20 years, the new XP was completely redesigned to address feedback from owners and to take full advantage of the new 141-horsepower Rotax 915iS turbocharged engine, according to company officials. Read More read more

Colorado pilots volunteer to fly patients after bridge closes

General Aviation News “We have the ability to do it and it gives back to the community and to people in need. You know, we’re pilots. We like to fly and we just thought why not volunteer some of our time and do it and see what happens.” Read More read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1958 Cessna 175 Skylark

Plane & Pilot Magazine Today’s bargain is a type that often goes unnoticed, combining much of the capability of a 182 with the lower price point of a 172. … Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1958 Cessna 175 Skylark" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1958 Cessna 175 Skylark appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

9 Best Pilot Books for Student Aviators

Plane & Pilot Magazine Building an aviation library is a fantastic endeavor for a pilot of any level. In fact, the one thing that all pilots quickly learn is … Read More "9 Best Pilot Books for Student Aviators" The post 9 Best Pilot Books for Student Aviators appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

AOPA APPLAUDS CONGRESSIONAL PASSAGE OF FAA REAUTHORIZATION

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., May 15, 2024—AOPA and the aviation industry are celebrating the long-awaited passage of the five-year FAA reauthorization bill, which approves an increase in funding for general aviation airports, expands BasicMed, modernizes FAA systems, and provides much more for GA. Read More read more

Virtual acro with Patty Wagstaff

AOPA General Aviation News It's one thing to watch airshow star Patty Wagstaff cut a ribbon—it's another to fly along with her in virtual reality. Read More read more

Fort Worth airpark community expands

General Aviation News Patten Properties has expanded its Pecan Plantation (0TX1) aviation community in Granbury, Texas, with the addition of The Landings East (66TE), a second airpark located 35 miles southwest of Fort Worth. Read More read more

Bankruptcy auction set for Icon Aircraft

AOPA General Aviation News The next steps in the Icon Aircraft bankruptcy proceedings are set for next month as company executives seek to keep the business intact and prevent investor groups from selling off its assets piece by piece. Read More read more

Van’s Aircraft cleared to exit bankruptcy

AOPA General Aviation News The most prolific kitplane maker in the world is on track to stay that way following a final hearing in the Van's Aircraft Chapter 11 bankruptcy case on May 15. Read More read more

Sporty’s launches free aerobatics app for Apple Vision Pro

General Aviation News "This virtual capability brings dynamic aerial maneuvers to life, allowing pilots to learn from a safe, secure location," Sporty's officials said. "Beyond the basic maneuvers, the app includes a full air show routine, performed by Wagstaff, allowing users to experience the proper sequence of competition aerobatic flying." Read More read more

How to Charter a Private Jet in 5 Steps

FLYING Magazine Billionaire bankers, pop stars…international spy? This is probably who you picture walking down the steps of their own private jet. Who can blame you? The convenience, comfort, and privacy make flying private perfect for these demographics.  But in the last few years—especially following the pandemic—this life of luxury has become more accessible than ever through the growing popularity of charter services. In this article, we’ll discuss what a charter flight is, some of ... read more

This 1984 Cessna 650 Citation III Is a Groundbreaking ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1984 Cessna 650 Citation III. Cessna’s first Citation jets broke new ground in the early 1970s with their forgiving flight characteristics, easy handling, passenger comfort, and economical operation. The only thing ... read more

A license to learn

General Aviation News In not wanting to risk a hard bounce again, I applied full power to execute a go-around. The P-factor yawed the plane to the left and pushed the plane even closer to the runway edge lights, while still trying to fly. The plane ended up being in line with the runway edge lights, and two or three were struck. Read More read more

Pro Track: Finding Your Way to an Airline Pilot Career

FLYING Magazine If you can picture yourself in the left seat of an Airbus, Boeing, or Embraer—or whatever transport category jet technology comes up with next—then you have the first necessary step complete on your way to becoming a professional pilot. However, the path you take—as we noted in the first feature in this section—requires more of you than simply obtaining a pilot certificate. While many focus on that narrow goal at first, it soon becomes clear that in order to successfully ... read more

Which Industries Offer Entry-Level Drone Pilot Jobs?

FLYING Magazine The first time I attended a stock car race, I immediately saw myself on the track as part of the crew. I could smell the burning rubber and imagined myself speeding around corners or as a mechanic in the garage working to get every last bit of horsepower out of the engine.  In reality, if you want to become a race car driver or auto mechanic and are just starting in the field, odds are you won’t get your first job with a top-tier NASCAR racing team. Most professions ... read more

Airbus Helicopters Rolls Out A New Hybrid-Electric Demonstrator

AVweb Airbus Helicopters has introduced a high-speed demonstrator rotorcraft named the Racer. Designed with what is described as a “simple, safe, and proven aerodynamic formula,” the Racer is meant to find the best compromise between high-speed cruise (216 kt), cost-effectiveness, and optimum mission performance. The Racer builds on the Airbus X3 demonstrator, which it says validated the configuration of a traditional main rotor supplemented by lateral pusher propellers mounted on ... read more

Short Final: Seeing The Light

AVweb From AVweb reader Adam Broun: I was flying in the Northeast a few days ago, monitoring 121.5. I heard seven clicks on guard, then a couple of comments from anonymous pilots… “I don’t think that’s going to work.”“I think the sun is already switched on.” The post Short Final: Seeing The Light appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Global GA community gathers at IAOPA World Assembly

AOPA General Aviation News International affiliates of AOPA met with aviation industry leaders, government officials, and stakeholders from across the globe at the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA) World Assembly in Washington, D.C., May 7 through 10. Read More read more

Congress passes FAA reauthorization

AOPA General Aviation News AOPA and the aviation industry celebrate the long-awaited passage of the five-year FAA bill, which authorizes an increase in funding for general aviation airports, expands BasicMed, modernizes FAA systems, and much more. Read More read more

‘The Last Frontier’ state holds big GA gathering

AOPA General Aviation News Organized by the Alaska Airmen's Association—a nonprofit organization founded in 1951 with a mission to protect, preserve, and promote general aviation in Alaska—the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering is the largest annual aviation event held in the state. Read More read more

‘The Last Frontier’ state holds big GA gathering

AOPA General Aviation News Organized by the Alaska Airmen's Association—a nonprofit organization founded in 1951 with a mission to protect, preserve, and promote general aviation in Alaska—the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering is the largest annual aviation event held in the state. Read More read more

FAA Reauthorization Passes House, Heads to Biden for Signature

FLYING Magazine The House voted Wednesday to pass the FAA five-year reauthorization bill and sent the legislation along to President Joe Biden for signature ahead of the Friday deadline. The House vote was 387-26, following last week’s Senate vote of 88-4. Passing the long-term funding bill ended a frustrating chain of four short-term extensions. The bill faced much less contention in the House than it had in the Senate, where a string of unrelated controversial amendments threatened to ... read more

DOJ Files Court Letter Citing Boeing For Settlement Violations

AVweb The U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) informed a federal judge yesterday that it believes Boeing has violated key terms of the $2.5 billion settlement related to the two infamous 737 MAX crashes. In addition to the cash payment, the settlement required the planemaker to “design, implement, and enforce a compliance and ethics program to prevent and detect violations of U.S. fraud laws throughout its operations.” The DOJ told the judge Boeing has failed to meet its obligations and is ... read more

Senate Confirms Homendy To Continue As NTSB Chair

AVweb Last night (May 14), the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to confirm the Biden Administration’s nomination of Jennifer Homendy to another five year term as a member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and a second three-year term as Chair of the Board. Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), praised Homendy and the unanimous vote. She said, “We’re fortunate that Chair Homendy will continue leading the agency’s ... read more

FAA Reauthorization Passes The House: Next Stop; The Oval Office

AVweb The House voted today (May 15) to pass the FAA five-year reauthorization bill and sent the legislation along to President Biden for signature ahead of the Friday deadline. The House vote was 387-26; following last week’s Senate vote of 88-4. Passing the long-term funding bill ended a frustrating chain of four short-term extensions. The bill faced much less contention in the House than it had in the Senate, where a string of unrelated controversial amendments threatened to scuttle ... read more

FAA Reauthorization Bill Exempts Boeing 767 From 2028 Production Cutoff

FLYING Magazine The FAA reauthorization bill approved Wednesday by the U.S. House of Representatives includes language allowing Boeing an extra five years to produce 767 freighters for FedEx and UPS beyond the date when international standards mandating cleaner engine types kick in. The bill gives Boeing (NYSE: BA) a bridge, in case the express carriers need extra capacity, until it can develop a new freighter next decade. Multiple industry sources familiar with the process said FedEx ... read more

Congress passes FAA reauthorization

AOPA General Aviation News AOPA and the aviation industry celebrate the long-awaited passage of the five-year FAA bill, which authorizes an increase in funding for general aviation airports, expands BasicMed, modernizes FAA systems, and much more. Read More read more

Drone Manufacturer AATI Claims First-of-Its-Kind FAA Approval

FLYING Magazine Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) developer American Aerospace Technologies Inc. (AATI) says it has received the first FAA exemption for commercial beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations of a drone weighing more than 55 pounds and flying above 400 feet. The company says the approval—which covers commercial flights of AATI’s fixed-wing AiRanger drone in San Joaquin Valley, California—permits BVLOS operations under visual flight rules without human observers in the air ... read more

Air Force Instructor Dies After Texan II’s Ejection Seat Activates on Ground

FLYING Magazine A U.S. Air Force flight instructor died Tuesday after the ejection seat in his T-6 Texan II activated while the aircraft was on the ground the day before. The incident occurred Monday at the 82nd Training Wing at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas, but the pilot was attached to the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program that instructs new military pilots from Canada and various European countries. The pilot was taken to a hospital but died about 12 hours after the ... read more

Picture of the Day: Sunrise to CFI

General Aviation News Dalton Carter submitted this photo and note: "I grabbed this quick photo while I was heading down south of ATL to take my CFI checkride. Fantastic sunrise led to a fantastic checkride and resulted in a pass." Read More read more

Boeing, NASA Delay Starliner Again Due to New Issue

FLYING Magazine NASA, Boeing, and United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin, are now targeting no earlier than 4:43 p.m. EDT on Tuesday for the next launch attempt of the crewed flight test (CFT) of Starliner: Boeing’s semireusable vessel to the International Space Station (ISS). The approximately weeklong mission—which will take NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams to the ISS and back—is intended to be Starliner’s final test flight before ... read more

New device increases safety for general aviation pilots

General Aviation News A student pilot's struggles during training led to the development of the SkyVoice Alert 500, a takeoff and landing height announcer with gear warning, approved to install in all general aviation aircraft under the FAA's Non Required Safety Enhancing Equipment (NORSEE) program. Read More read more

Should You Clean an Airplane Windscreen Before Every Flight?

FLYING Magazine Question: How important is it to clean the windscreen of an airplane before every flight? And what do I clean it with? I’ve heard horror stories about accidental damage. Answer: Kudos to you for wanting to be proactive and doing your homework. A dirty or scratched windshield can be a potential safety hazard, and replacing a windscreen that was scratched by poor cleaning technique is not something you want to deal with. It can cost thousands of dollars in supplies and ... read more

A Young Eagle pays it forward

General Aviation News Luke Nunez was a Young Eagle two years ago. Now the private pilot is paying it forward as a pilot for Young Eagles flights. Read More read more

Global GA community gathers at IAOPA World Assembly

AOPA General Aviation News International affiliates of AOPA met with aviation industry leaders, government officials, and stakeholders from across the globe at the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA) World Assembly in Washington, D.C., May 7 through 10. Read More read more

DOJ Accuses Boeing of Violating 737 Max Crash Agreement

FLYING Magazine More trouble is on approach for Boeing as, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, the aircraft manufacturer violated terms of a settlement that allowed it to avoid criminal prosecution after 737 Max crashes in 2018 and 2019. The crashes—Lion Air Flight 610 in October 2018, and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 in March 2019—killed 346 people. In January 2021, Boeing entered into a $2.5 billion settlement to avoid prosecution on a charge of fraud for misleading federal ... read more

Grant awarded to build pavilion at 52S

General Aviation News The Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) has approved a grant to help build a pavilion at St. Ignatius Airport (52S) in Montana. Read More read more

This 1972 Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six Is a Sturdy, Reliable ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1972 Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six. Piper’s Cherokee Six appeals to pilots for some of the same reasons that other Cherokee models are popular, including stability, predictable handling, and reliability. But the Six ... read more

Introduction to Multiengine Airplanes video debuts

General Aviation News “Taming the Twin: Introduction to Multiengine Airplanes presents the essentials of what’s involved in flying a multiengine airplane,” said ASI Vice President of Operations Paul Deres. “In addition, this first video discusses multiengine airplane intricacies, and it lays the groundwork for understanding the significance of single-engine operations and emergencies unique to multiengine flying.” Read More read more

Flight Sims for the Win: It’s All About Repetition and Drill

FLYING Magazine Repetition and drill for skill acquisition are an integral part of flight training, but they are only a piece of the puzzle. It is important that the learner understands how these skills are applied in the real world. One way to make this happen is to utilize an aviation training device (ATD), colloquially known as a simulator, for scenario-based training. The beauty of the ATD is that scenarios can be created and adjusted to compensate for the learner’s changing skill ... read more

Pilot loses control when landing gear fractures

General Aviation News The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during a touch-and-go landing after applying power for takeoff, which resulted in a runway excursion and noseover. Read More read more

Court Action Looms Over California Unleaded Fuel Availability

AVweb The Centre for Environmental Health (CEH) appears poised to challenge in court the National Air Transport Association’s assertion that General Aviation Modifications Inc.’s G100UL is not commercially available. “G100UL has been approved by FAA and is now in production.  There are approximately 1 million gallons available for purchase and distribution into California,” CEH’s lawyer Mark Todzo said in a statement to AVweb. “It is therefore commercially available as that term is defined ... read more

First Private Spacewalk Planned

AVweb The next group of SpaceX space tourists hope to include a space walk in their Polaris Dawn mission. It would be the first-ever private spacewalk and some expensive preparations have been made. SpaceX has modified the interior of the Crew Dragon capsule to permit vacuum exposure and built new spacewalk-capable space suits for the four private astronauts: Anna Menon, Scott “Kidd” Poteet, Jared Isaacman and Sarah Gillis. The capsule will enter a high orbit for its five days in space and ... read more

Trump’s 757 Clips Bizjet At West Palm Beach

AVweb Donald Trump’s private Boeing 757 clipped a parked business jet owned by VistaJet at West Palm Beach Airport on Sunday morning. It hasn’t been confirmed the former president was on board but the mishap occurred after the plane landed at about 1:20 a.m. a few hours after Trump appeared at a rally in New Jersey. It’s also not known if the 757 or the bizjet were significantly damaged. The FAA released this statement: “A privately owned Boeing 757 landed safely at West Palm Beach ... read more

Instructor Dies After Texan II’s Ejection Seat Activates On Ground

AVweb An Air Force flight instructor died May 14 after the ejection seat in his T-6 Texan II activated while the aircraft was on the ground the day before. The incident occurred at the 82nd Training Wing at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas but the pilot was attached to the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program which trains new military pilots from Canada and various European countries. The pilot was taken to a hospital but died about 12 hours after the mishap. There have been issues ... read more

Flights of a lifetime

AOPA General Aviation News “No fly zone” are three words pilots heed, so when permission to fly straight through some of the most restricted airspace in the world was granted to a cadre of general aviation pilots, they responded with giddy anticipation. Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: Prepare to be forced

AOPA General Aviation News You’ve more-or-less learned to fly. You can accelerate down the runway, become airborne, and return to earth with sufficient grace to keep the airplane airworthy. Read More read more

Airline hiring softens

AOPA General Aviation News With major airlines slowing or pausing pilot hiring, flight schools and airline pilot hopefuls are shifting their focus to alternatives that get them on the flight deck faster. Read More read more

Preserving an airport community

AOPA General Aviation News Changes are coming to Ohio’s Cincinnati Municipal Airport/Lunken Field that will impact flight schools, based and transient aircraft owners, corporate aviation, and FBOs. AOPA is working with local partners to ensure general aviation and the robust aviation community are protected. Read More read more

Promoting flight simulation

AOPA General Aviation News The Flight Simulation Association, a group of simulation program and equipment producers and enthusiasts, is ramping up its presence at aviation trade shows as it seeks to promote simulator use among pilots. Read More read more

Promoting flight simulation

AOPA General Aviation News The Flight Simulation Association, a group of simulation program and equipment producers and enthusiasts, is ramping up its presence at aviation trade shows as it seeks to promote simulator use among pilots. Read More read more

DESERT JET WELCOMES THE CHALLENGER 300 TO ITS GROWING CHARTER FLEET

AVweb Desert Jet, a leading full-service business aviation company in Greater Palm Springs, California, is thrilled to introduce the newest addition to its charter fleet- the Challenger 300. This super mid-sized jet, conveniently based in Denver, Colorado, is ready for immediate charter. The Challenger 300 is a highly versatile corporate jet with a comfortable cabin, making it one of the most popular aircraft in its class. It can fly nonstop between major cities in the U.S., cover long ... read more

Airline hiring softens

AOPA General Aviation News With major airlines slowing or pausing pilot hiring, flight schools and airline pilot hopefuls are shifting their focus to alternatives that get them on the flight deck faster. Read More read more

NASA Teams Remember Flying Science Laboratory as It Heads for Retirement

FLYING Magazine The largest flying research laboratory in the world is headed for retirement after 37 years of operation. NASA’s DC-8 Airborne Science Laboratory on Wednesday will make its final flight to Idaho State University in Pocatello, where aspiring aircraft technicians will train on it through the college’s aircraft maintenance technology program. The swan song flight of the testbed aircraft, which has flown 158 science missions over more than three decades, will not be ... read more

Flights of a lifetime

AOPA General Aviation News “No fly zone” are three words pilots heed, so when permission to fly straight through some of the most restricted airspace in the world was granted to a cadre of general aviation pilots, they responded with giddy anticipation. Read More read more

U.S. Marines to Get Autonomous Cargo Drone Demo This Summer

FLYING Magazine In just a few months, the U.S. Marine Corps will get its hands on an autonomous aircraft designed for military resupply missions. Defense contractor Leidos and autonomous aircraft developer Elroy Air on Tuesday said they have been approved to demonstrate an autonomous aircraft prototype for the U.S. Navy and Marine Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program office. Flight testing is scheduled for July at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Grounds (KLGF) in Arizona. The ... read more

Signature Aviation Pumping Blended SAF at LAX Terminal

FLYING Magazine Signature Aviation announced it has transitioned the fuel supply at its Los Angeles International Airport (KLAX) business aviation terminal to 100 percent blended sustainable aviation fuel. “This is a transformative time for Signature, and our partnership with Neste is helping us take another significant step towards net zero by providing a 100 percent supply of blended SAF at our Los Angeles location,” said Derek DeCross, chief commercial officer at Signature Aviation. ... read more

The past, present, and future of one chunk of dirt

General Aviation News About 100 years ago the place we recognize as Tampa International Airport, one of the largest, busiest airports in Florida, was nothing more than a strip of grass on a farm. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: First run-up

General Aviation News Ron Vandenboom submitted this photo and note: "The first run-up of the owner's Cessna 195 at Guntly Airport (62C) in Franksville, Wisconsin, after a total rebuild and restoration of the hail-damaged airplane. The first flight was successful too." Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: Prepare to be forced

AOPA General Aviation News You’ve more-or-less learned to fly. You can accelerate down the runway, become airborne, and return to earth with sufficient grace to keep the airplane airworthy. Read More read more

Preserving an airport community

AOPA General Aviation News Changes are coming to Ohio’s Cincinnati Municipal Airport/Lunken Field that will impact flight schools, based and transient aircraft owners, corporate aviation, and FBOs. AOPA is working with local partners to ensure general aviation and the robust aviation community are protected. Read More read more

This 1947 Stinson 108-2 Is a Well-Supported Antique ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1947 Stinson 108-2. You stand a pretty good chance of spotting a Stinson 108 at a vintage fly-in, on the ramp at a rural airport, or even peeking out of a neighbor’s hangar at your local field. That is because more ... read more

What to Expect When Learning to Fly

FLYING Magazine This is the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Learn to Fly Week. If you are one of those folks who always wanted to learn, this may be the time to head to the airport and take an introductory flight.  Flying is one of those things that so many people want to try—or have questions about. We answer some of those frequently asked here. Learning to fly and obtaining a pilot certificate is not like learning to drive a forklift. You can’t do it in an afternoon. It usually ... read more

The Unfulfilled Promise of the Fairchild T-46

FLYING Magazine Since its introduction in 1957, the trusty Cessna T-37 “Tweet” had served the U.S. Air Force well. It fulfilled primary trainer duties for more than 20 years and was modified to serve as a light ground attack aircraft in the form of the A-37 Dragonfly. However, as the 1980s approached, so did the end of the T-37’s projected life cycle, and military leaders determined a more modern replacement was needed. Among the items on the Air Force’s wish list were cabin ... read more

More input from seaplane pilots needed

General Aviation News A national online survey of seaplane pilots, which will inform the creation of tools and recommendations to reduce the risk of seaplanes spreading aquatic invasive species, closes May 31, 2024. Read More read more

National Celebration of GA Flyover a success

General Aviation News The National Celebration of GA Flyover of Washington, D.C., went off without a hitch thanks for more than a year of planning and spectacular weather. Read More read more

Museum of Flight awards $276,000 in scholarships

General Aviation News The scholarships are awarded each year to students who have participated in The Museum of Flight’s education programs or are enrolled in Raisbeck Aviation High School, according to museum officials. Read More read more

Dream Aircraft: What Can You Fly?

FLYING Magazine Congratulations! You’ve just passed your private pilot check ride. Along with being free to explore the skies, you can now—if you so choose—wave goodbye to the staid, serviceable set of wings that got you there and try something a bit better suited to whatever dream it was that had you stepping through the flight school door in the first place. The wide world of aircraft is now open to you, but what can you actually fly? Part of being a good pilot is recognizing that ... read more

Training flight ends with a bang

General Aviation News We heard a loud bang closer to the engine. Simultaneously lost our G500 and G750. Read More read more

Showboating Fighter Pilot Dies After Botched Roll

AVweb Bangladeshi air force Squadron Leader Muhammed Asim Jawad died and his back-seater, his boss Wing Commander Sohan Hasan Khan, is in critical condition after the aircraft lost altitude during a series of aileron rolls and skipped off the side of the runway. After completing three rolls, the Yak-130 pancaked onto the runway at Chattogram Air Force Base and slid off the side before Jawad, 32, hauled the fighter back into the air. Official reports from the Bangladeshi government ... read more

Unjammable ‘Quantum Navigation’ Tested in U.K.

AVweb U.S. tech firm Infleqtion has test flown a new unjammable quantum navigation system that doesn’t rely on external signals to determine aircraft position. The system uses an atomic clock and “ultra-cold-atom-based quantum system” that detects changes in motion of the aircraft. It was put through its paces on a modified Avro RJ100 for a total of eight hours at Boscombe Down in the U.K. The U.K.’s Dept. of Science, Innovation and Technology said in a statement that the new system ... read more

Light Sport Drones Strike 800 Miles Inside Russia

AVweb Ukraine has extended the reach of its Light Sport drone program, this time striking 800 miles inside Russia to damage an oil refinery. The Aeroprakt A-22 completed the mission on May 9 and it would appear the program has expanded to include another home-grown design, the Aerosar Nynja. According to Forbes, Friday’s attack was Ukraine’s deepest so far and it likely won’t be the last. It damaged the cracking unit at the refinery, which is one of Russia’s largest. More details are also ... read more

Used 747-8s Likely Next Command And Control Aircraft

AVweb A couple of weeks after it secured a $13 billion contract to supply the Air Force’s replacement for the E-4B Nightwatch airborne command and control aircraft, Sierra Nevada Corporation bought five Boeing 787-8s from Korean Airlines for about $135 million each. Since the contract stipulates four-engine aircraft for what has been renamed the Survivable Airborne Operations Center (SAOC). SNC hasn’t confirmed the Korean planes will be used for the contract but there’s not much doubt ... read more

SpaceX Starship Will Fly Again in 3-5 Weeks, Elon Musk Predicts

FLYING Magazine SpaceX’s Starship, the largest and most powerful rocket ever constructed, will fly again in June, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk predicted over the weekend. The company’s massive rocket and Super Heavy booster, which when stacked together stand nearly 400 feet tall, have been grounded since March as the FAA conducts a mishap investigation into Starship’s third uncrewed orbital test flight. However, Musk on Saturday posted an image to social media platform X—which he acquired in ... read more

Lilium, French Government in ‘Advanced’ Talks for eVTOL Jet Manufacturing Hub

FLYING Magazine Electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) jet manufacturer Lilium is looking to expand its industrial footprint outside Germany, where its core manufacturing facilities are based. The German manufacturer says it is in “advanced discussions” with the French government to add a high-volume aircraft production facility in France, citing it as an attractive market for its flagship Lilium Jet. The company plans for the aircraft to enter service in 2026. Lilium says it is ... read more

ULA Pushes Back on Warning to NASA to Halt Boeing Starliner Launch

FLYING Magazine There’s a new layer to the prelaunch buzz surrounding the inaugural crewed flight test (CFT) of Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft. ValveTech, a manufacturer previously hired by Boeing supplier Aerojet Rocketdyne to build valves for Starliner’s propulsion system, is warning NASA to “immediately halt” the spacecraft’s first crewed launch, which may come as early as Friday. The company—which sued Aerojet in 2017 alleging a violation of nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) and misuse ... read more

Private Pilots’ Guide to Supplemental Oxygen Requirements

FLYING Magazine As a private pilot, understanding the importance of supplemental oxygen and complying with FAA oxygen requirements is crucial for ensuring the safety of you and your passengers during high-altitude flights. In this article, we’ll dive into how and why aviators breathe oxygen, oxygen generator equipment types, and best practices for staying safe and alert in the cockpit. What Are the FAA Supplemental Oxygen Requirements for Private Pilots? You can find clear FAA oxygen ... read more

Transport Canada Awards Pratt & Whitney Engine Type Certification

FLYING Magazine Pratt & Whitney Canada, the manufacturer of the PW545D engine, reached a major milestone last week when Transport Canada granted type certification to the design.  The move brings the engine one step closer to entry into service, the company said. Last year Textron Aviation announced it planned to use the PW545D to power its new Cessna Citation Ascend business jet. READ MORE: Textron Aviation Unveils Cessna Citation Ascend in Geneva “As the latest derivative in the ... read more

Picture of the Day: Tucked in for the night

General Aviation News Paul Loschiavo submitted this photo and note: "The BRM Aero Bristell is an all metal light-sport aircraft, with a Rotax 912iS engine. Just a fun airplane!" Read More read more

Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame Launches Photo Digitization Campaign

FLYING Magazine If you have ever taken on the project of transferring photographs to digital storage, you know what an investment it can be both finances and time. The Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame (WAHF) is on a mission to digitize the Leo Kohn aviation photography collection—all 34,000 negatives stored in protective envelopes—and it can use your help. The late Kohn, from Brookfield, Wisconsin, spent his life behind a camera and immersed in aviation. He authored several books that were ... read more

Human Factors: Break out the booze

General Aviation News If you think it’s OK for you to drink when you fly, that you can handle it, you are wrong. And if you know someone who drinks before flying, or drinks in-flight, you need to intervene. Read More read more

How escrow benefits aircraft buyers and sellers

AOPA General Aviation News In our fast-paced world, aircraft purchases are expected to happen quickly and efficiently. Ensuring a closing goes according to plan is our goal. Read More read more

Maybe it’s time for a trip to Alaska?

General Aviation News Officials with the Recreational Aviation Foundation note that 144 public use cabins in the Tongass National Forest across southeast Alaska are in danger of being closed due to lack of use. Read More read more

How escrow benefits aircraft buyers and sellers

AOPA General Aviation News In our fast-paced world, aircraft purchases are expected to happen quickly and efficiently. Ensuring a closing goes according to plan is our goal. Read More read more

Perfect Spot: Building an Airstrip on Fremont Ridge

FLYING Magazine Carson Stilson’s career and life is centered around aviation. The founder of Wairworthy, an aviation-focused apparel company with over 235,000 followers on Instagram, recently shared a special project with the world. In October 2022, Stilson and his dad purchased 120 acres of land in southern Utah. From the outset, the intent was always to have a runway on the site. “Location wise, we are about 10 minutes to the south of Beaver, Utah, up in the mountains [in the region of ... read more

This 1981 Piper PA-44-180T Turbo Seminole Is a Versatile ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1981 Piper PA-44-180T Turbo Seminole. Piper’s PA-44 Seminole received its type certificate in 1978, arguably at the height of niche formation in general aviation. Aircraft makers were determined to fill every ... read more

Sheltair expands to KSRQ

General Aviation News The company has broken ground on a new FBO at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (KSRQ) in Florida. Read More read more

New battery offers 90 minutes of flight time

General Aviation News Compared to today’s battery technology, the new battery provides up to 30 additional minutes of usable flight time, opening up a host of new applications for electric aircraft, according to company officials. Read More read more

Passing Your Private Pilot Check Ride Requires the Right Preparation

FLYING Magazine It has long been said that the private pilot certificate is a “license to learn” as it is the foundation of a person’s flying career. To take advantage of the so-called pilot shortage, many schools and independent instructors have adopted the check-the-box style of instruction, and when the applicant has completed the tasks listed in FAR 61.109 and passed their knowledge test, they are sent to the designated pilot examiner (DPE) for their check ride. According to examiners ... read more

Sagging avionics trays contribute to Cessna 414 accident

General Aviation News The pilot/mechanic’s failure to properly secure two airplane avionics units, which resulted in the trays supporting the units to sag downward and become lodged in the movement area of the elevator bellcrank during the accident takeoff. Read More read more

A California Mom May Tip The Fuel Battle Scales

AVweb In all the teeth gnashing about the rocky road to a universal unleaded aviation gasoline, there’s a background theme that I’ve been trying to get across that tends to be drowned out by the technical issues and politics of the issue. The dizzyingly complex details of gasoline chemistry and the puzzling political battle over the dark horse, GAMI’s G100UL, that theoretically is the runaway leader in the race for a universal replacement for 100LL, consume us. Even though it’s been ... read more

Best Of The Web: Washington Flyby

AVweb About 60 GA aircraft representing GA over the past 85 years flew over downtown Washington on Saturday. It took more than an hour and here’s the recording of the livestream. The post Best Of The Web: Washington Flyby appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Last Week’s Poll Results: Electric Experience Unlikely

AVweb A whopping 71 percent of respondents say they’ll probably never fly an electric aircraft. The post Last Week’s Poll Results: Electric Experience Unlikely appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Poll: Does Lead Exposure At The Airport Concern You?

AVweb Poll: Does Lead Exposure At The Airport Concern You? Poll: Does Lead Exposure At The Airport Concern You? No Maybe a little I'm starting to worry Yes Other Δ The post Poll: Does Lead Exposure At The Airport Concern You? appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

“FLAWLESS … AMAZING … EXTRAORDINARY”

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., May 12, 2024 – When the Beechcraft Model 17 Staggerwing took off from Frederick Municipal Airport on Saturday—after 16 months of planning, intense coordination with 11 government agencies, focused pilot preparation, and closely watching the weather radar—a wave of excitement, pride, and relief washed over the general aviation community. Read More read more

“FLAWLESS … AMAZING … EXTRAORDINARY”

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., May 12, 2024 – When the Beechcraft Model 17 Staggerwing took off from Frederick Municipal Airport on Saturday—after 16 months of planning, intense coordination with 11 government agencies, focused pilot preparation, and closely watching the weather radar—a wave of excitement, pride, and relief washed over the general aviation community. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: Foggy takeoff

General Aviation News Matthew Baker submitted this photo and note: "Caught this King Air taking off during a foggy morning sunrise from Bartow, Florida." Read More read more

Electric Atmosphere

Plane & Pilot Magazine A new era of aviation is upon us. With innovations in sustainable fuels, airframe design, and safety, we may not recognize the machines that take … Read More "Electric Atmosphere" The post Electric Atmosphere appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Massive Martin Mars migrating to museums

General Aviation News Coulson Aviation recently announced plans to place the air tanker Hawaii Mars in the British Columbia Aviation Museum (BCAM), not far from where the huge seaplanes flew, while Philippine Mars will go to the world-class Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona. Read More read more

Tecnam P-Mentor certified

General Aviation News The FAA has awarded a Type Certificate to the P-Mentor, a two-seat aircraft designed specifically for flight training. Read More read more

This Incredible Pilot: Jimmy Doolittle

Plane & Pilot Magazine Jimmy Doolittle was a man of firsts. First flight across the country. First flight solely by reference to instruments. First successful outside loop. In fact, … Read More "This Incredible Pilot: Jimmy Doolittle" The post This Incredible Pilot: Jimmy Doolittle appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

FAA reauthorization vote extended one more week

General Aviation News While legislators faced a May 10, 2024, deadline to pass a five-year reauthorization bill that authorizes funding for the agency, that was pushed to May 17 after the House voted on its fourth short-term extension. Read More read more

Senate Passes Five-Year FAA Reauthorization Bill

AVweb The U.S. Senate passed a five-year extension of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Thursday evening, just one day ahead of its expiration date.   The $105 billion bipartisan bill dubbed The Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation Act, was overwhelmingly approved in a vote of 88-4. Following its passage, the Senate also approved a one-week extension to ensure the House had enough time to vote on the bill before it gets sent to the President’s desk for ... read more

Transportation Watchdog to Probe FAA Oversight of United Airlines Maintenance

AVweb On Thursday, the U.S. Transportation Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) said it will conduct an audit of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) oversight of United Airlines maintenance procedures. In a statement, the watchdog agency cited “recent safety events” at United as reason for the audit noting, its objective is to assess the FAA’s measures in addressing maintenance non-compliances and violations within the airline. This year, a series of safety incidents, ... read more

NASA Contractor Urges Delaying Starliner Rocket Launch  

AVweb A NASA contractor is warning the agency to perform more safety inspections before greenlighting the inaugural launch of its Starliner rocket slated for as early as next week. Reports say ValveTech, a subcontractor for NASA supplying the company with parts for the Starliner aircraft, has issued a press release urging NASA to postpone the latest launch “due to the risk of a disaster occurring on the launchpad.” An initial launch slated for May 6 was scrubbed two hours before launch ... read more

Strong Geomagnetic Storm Could Impact GPS Navigation

FLYING Magazine Pilots who rely on GPS, also known as “the magenta line” for navigation may have a difficult time getting around this weekend as geomagnetic disruptions in the Earth’s atmosphere may create “satellite disruptions” that could impact GPS navigation among other things. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), space weather forecasters have observed “at least seven coronal mass ejections [CMEs] from the sun, with impacts expected to arrive on Earth ... read more

NTSB to Deliver Findings on FedEx-Southwest Near Miss

FLYING Magazine The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Thursday it will hold a board meeting next month to vote on proposed findings and safety recommendations resulting from its investigation into the near-collision of a FedEx Express with a commercial passenger jet in Texas last year.  The announcement came shortly after the agency sent a team of experts to Istanbul, Turkey to investigate an emergency landing Wednesday by a FedEx (NYSE: FDX) Boeing 767-300 freighter when ... read more

Senate Passes Five-Year FAA Reauthorization Bill

FLYING Magazine The U.S. Senate approved a five-year reauthorization of the FAA on Thursday, just one day ahead of its expiration date.   The $105 billion bipartisan bill, dubbed the Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation Act, was overwhelmingly passed in an 88-4 vote. Following its passage, the Senate also approved a one-week extension to ensure the House had enough time to vote on the bill before it is sent to the President Joe Biden’s desk for final ... read more

SpaceX Pitches High-Frequency Starship Operations at Kennedy Space Center

FLYING Magazine The FAA on Friday revealed a proposal by SpaceX to operate Starship, the largest and most powerful rocket ever built, out of Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The agency says it plans to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) on the potential effects of awarding a commercial launch vehicle operator license for Starship operations at Kennedy’s Launch Complex-39A. To date, all Starship test flights have launched from SpaceX’s Starbase launchpad in Boca Chica, Texas, ... read more

The Labor of Love That Gave a ‘Graf Zeppelin II’ Model Lift

FLYING Magazine Full disclosure: Dirigibles, in particular zeppelins, are part of my interior decorating. The ceiling of my home office looks like an airshow—with no fewer than five airships on display.  They adorn the tops of bookcases, and photographs, paintings, and prints are framed on the wall. They range from the Graf Zeppelin to the Zeppelin NT, and  are kitbuilt. So imagine how impressed I was by the scratch-built model of the LZ-130 Graf Zeppelin II hanging from the ceiling of ... read more

This 2023 Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Is a Modern, Golden Age ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 2023 Great Lakes 2T-1A-2. The Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 traces its lineage back to the early 1930s. But after the company shut down in 1936, a string of manufacturers resurrected the design, which became a fixture in ... read more

What Are Common Part 107 Test Questions?

FLYING Magazine Most of us hate taking tests. Aside from learning the material, there is added pressure on test day to recall the information in a limited amount of time and without any lifelines. Test day worries are enough to prevent some people from even showing up.  Thankfully, with a bit of preparation, the FAA’s Part 107 exam is relatively easy to pass. With a better understanding of the structure of the test, the material the exam covers, and some sample questions, you’ll be well ... read more

Aircraft Spruce opens larger distribution center in Alaska

General Aviation News After five years of operations at a smaller facility in Wasilla, Alaska, Aircraft Spruce has opened a new 24,000-square-foot warehouse in Palmer, Alaska. Read More read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1973 Bellanca 7KCAB Citabria

Plane & Pilot Magazine Today’s bargain blends aerobatic capability with tens of thousands of dollars worth of upgrades in a package that will likely provide its new owner with … Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1973 Bellanca 7KCAB Citabria" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1973 Bellanca 7KCAB Citabria appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

How to Wrap Your Head Around Weather

FLYING Magazine I was cruising through my early 40s and itching to learn something new. As a fellow engineer at Northrop Grumman, I needed something that would challenge my mind, body, and spirit. There were two options on the table. I had just graduated with my master’s degree and was seriously thinking of taking the next leap of faith and earning a doctorate. But that was quickly overshadowed by my second option—my childhood dream of learning to fly. And I wasn’t disappointed. It did ... read more

Heart problems lead to fatal crash into the ocean

General Aviation News A loss of airplane control due to pilot incapacitation, which resulted in an overflight of his destination and subsequent descent into water. Read More read more

Wheels Up Earnings Call Features Optimism Amid Stabilized Losses

AVweb Charter/fractional operator Wheels Up reported in an earnings call today (May 9) that the company is “positioned for long-term profitable growth,” despite continued net losses and adjusted EBITDA numbers (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization). As reported on the online news source Private Jet Card Comparisons, CEO George Mattson, who replaced company founder Kenny Dichter in September last year, and Chief Financial Officer Todd Smith cited several areas of ... read more

Guest Blog: Beloved Late Southwest President Colleen Barrett Led With Heart

AVweb Southwest Airlines sadly announced the passing on May 8th of Colleen C. Barrett, one of the most prominent and beloved family members of the airline. After starting as the legal secretary of founder Herb Kelleher, Colleen became the first corporate secretary and advanced all the way to President of the airline earning devotion, accolades, and respect all along the way. In an industry where C-Suites are populated with B-School suits, Colleen was famous for her pink tracksuits. Colleen ... read more

F-22 Raptor Suffers ‘Mishap’ During Georgia Readiness Exercise

AVweb An Air Force F-22 Raptor was involved in what the Georgia Air National Guard called a “mishap” on Monday morning at 10:30 at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport in Georgia. No injuries were reported, but the aircraft was left “collapsed” on the ground, according to an online news source. According to the Air Force, the fighter was participating in the Sentry Savannah showcase when it experienced an unspecified problem, according to a press release from the 165th Airlift Wing’s ... read more

Sporty’s Scholarship Award Winner Has A Passion For Flying

AVweb It’s a little unusual for an aviation scholarship to go to a candidate who is not on a professional pilot career path. But with his commitment to contributing to the greater good of the aviation community, the latest recipient of Sporty’s $2,500 Pilot Training+ Scholarship could hardly be more worthy of the award. A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Ethan DeVries was always happiest when he was around airplanes, but doesn’t regret pursuing his political science degree from Calvin ... read more

Destination: District of Columbia

AOPA General Aviation News After years of planning, rehearsing, and revising a singular, spectacular event that requires precise timing and cooperation among all guests and participants, there comes a time when you just have to get on with it. Read More read more

Goose meets ForeFlight

AOPA General Aviation News Flying with another pilot can reduce stress, workload, and risk, but humans weigh substantially more than an iPad. Read More read more

U.S. House Agrees On Extension For FAA Reauthorization Bill

AVweb Acting ahead of this this Friday’s (May10) midnight deadline, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a one-week extension yesterday (May 8) for a five-year reauthorization agreement. The short-term “patch” came as the Senate works to reach agreement on the bill. FAA reauthorization is considered the last “must pass” measure facing congress before this fall. The House measure to extend the deadline to May 17 prevailed with a vote of 385-24-1; and was sent to the Senate for ... read more

Goose meets ForeFlight

AOPA General Aviation News Flying with another pilot can reduce stress, workload, and risk, but humans weigh substantially more than an iPad. Read More read more

How to Watch ‘Parade of Airplanes’ Over Washington

FLYING Magazine Dozens of aircraft are set to take to the sky over the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Saturday in celebration of general aviation’s history.  The “parade of airplanes” flyover event, which is sponsored by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), will begin at 11.30 a.m. EST from Frederick Municipal Airport (KFDK). The Washington portion of the flyover is expected to start around noon. “The flyover will consist of 15 different ‘chapters’ telling the story ... read more

Archer Installs ‘Automotive Style’ Air Taxi Battery Pack Production Line

FLYING Magazine Electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft manufacturer Archer Aviation is ready to produce thousands of lithium-ion battery packs for its flagship Midnight air taxi. The manufacturer on Wednesday announced it completed the installation of an “automotive style” battery pack manufacturing line within its integrated test lab and manufacturing facilities in San Jose, California. The production line is intended to complement the company’s air taxi manufacturing ... read more

Tecnam Earns Part 23 Cert for P-Mentor

Plane & Pilot Magazine The FAA has awarded Tecnam full type certification under Part 23 regulations for its P-Mentor trainer, the manufacturer announced. According to Tecnam, the company is … Read More "Tecnam Earns Part 23 Cert for P-Mentor" The post Tecnam Earns Part 23 Cert for P-Mentor appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Destination: District of Columbia

AOPA General Aviation News After years of planning, rehearsing, and revising a singular, spectacular event that requires precise timing and cooperation among all guests and participants, there comes a time when you just have to get on with it. Read More read more

Spirit Expects to Ground Nearly 20 Percent of Its Fleet

FLYING Magazine As the airline continues to grapple with ongoing Pratt & Whitney GTF engine issues, Spirit says it expects to finish 2024 with 40 Airbus A320neo series aircraft grounded. This figure represents nearly 20 percent of the airline’s entire fleet. “Looking further out, the GTF engine availability issues and the phasing of AOG aircraft being taken out of service, together with limited visibility on when these aircraft will be returned to service, makes it difficult to ... read more

Picture of the Day: The golden hour

General Aviation News Andrew Edwards submitted this photo and note: "This North American T-6 Texan was staged in front of our FBO at Bessemer Airport (KEKY) in Alabama for a sunset golden hour picture and it turned out incredible! Bessemer Airport is home to a handful of warbirds, including a P-51, Yak, and an Aeroshell Aerobatic Team T-6." Read More read more

Brother, Sister Receive FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award

FLYING Magazine Ever since a pair of brothers from Ohio started experimenting with gliders, aviation has run in families. Some more than others.  On Wednesday, Claudia Simpson Jones and Graham Simpson received the FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award during a special ceremony at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. The award is part of the agency’s recognition of safe pilots. To be eligible for the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, the applicant must hold a U.S. Civil Aviation Authority ... read more

Florida teens soaring to Poland

General Aviation News Members of the Lakeland Aero Club, part of the Aerospace Center for Excellence on the SUN ’n FUN campus at Lakeland Linder International Airport (KLAL) in Florida, are preparing to make history as the first-ever U.S. high school soaring team to compete in the 13th FAI Junior World Gliding Championships. Read More read more

This 1986 Mooney M20K 252TSE Is an Efficient, High-Altitude ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1986 Mooney M20K 252TSE. Over decades of production, Mooney’s M20 series went through numerous changes as the aircraft evolved to meet customer demands. Even the earliest models, though, were known for getting high ... read more

What do avionics technicians need to know?

General Aviation News A new survey has launched to help revise the aircraft electronics technician standard. Read More read more

This Incredible Plane: Boeing B-47 Stratojet

Plane & Pilot Magazine Little known or remembered today, the Boeing B-47 Stratojet paved the way for the modern jet airliner. You might consider its history the next time … Read More "This Incredible Plane: Boeing B-47 Stratojet" The post This Incredible Plane: Boeing B-47 Stratojet appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 2004 Maule MXT-7-180A

Plane & Pilot Magazine Today’s bargain provides nearly unbeatable STOL and off-airport capability for hundreds of thousands of dollars less than comparable airplanes and $20,000 less than the Aircraft … Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 2004 Maule MXT-7-180A" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 2004 Maule MXT-7-180A appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Tecnam P-Mentor Earns Full Part 23 FAA Certification

FLYING Magazine The FAA has awarded Tecnam full-type certification under Part 23 regulations for its P-Mentor trainer, the manufacturer announced. According to Tecnam, the company is now on track to begin deliveries to U.S. flight schools. READ MORE: We Fly: Tecnam P-Mentor “The FAA certification of the P-Mentor is another significant milestone for the Tecnam team,” said  Giovanni Pascale Langer, Tecnam managing director. “We look forward to working with all U.S. flight schools to improve ... read more

Alabama recognizes Hartzell Engine Tech exports

General Aviation News Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey recently honored Hartzell Engine Tech and four other Alabama companies for their accomplishments in selling products in marketplaces throughout the world. Read More read more

New kits aid in autopilot installation and repair

General Aviation News The Sprague Instruments wireless Gripper digital cable tensiometer allows precise cable tension readings to be performed in tight, small space environments because the tension measurement “head” is a low-profile, streamlined, separate unit from the handheld display that features a backlit, flat faced LCD screen, according to company officials. Read More read more

Pointers for Packing Your First Flight Bag

FLYING Magazine While your pilot certificate feels like the most valuable thing in your possession—you would be correct. But you’ll need other tools in order to use it. It takes a lot of personal equipment to learn to fly. It’s frustrating when you don’t have something you need—especially if no one told you that you’d need it. You may have noticed that pilots carry specialized gear bags, referred to as “flight bags.” They are designed with padded pockets for delicate items, such as ... read more

Drone causes two near misses

General Aviation News It was an unsettling moment as from my position the drone looked to be another plane. The drone was so close to the aircraft that I thought they were going to collide. The drone looked to have passed just under the aircraft. Read More read more

American Airlines To Fly WWII Veterans For 80th D-Day Anniversary

AVweb American Airlines will fly 70 World War II veterans to France for the 80th anniversary of the Normandy landings on D-Day, June 6, 1944. A special charter flight will carry the veterans to Europe on May 31, in honor of their “service and sacrifice,” said an American statement. David Seymour, American’s Chief Operating Officer – and a U.S. Army veteran, himself, said, “This special journey is not only an expression of our gratitude for these heroes and the sacrifices they made for our ... read more

Eye-Catching Notam For Backcountry Idaho Airstrip

AVweb In one of the more unusual Notams published recently, pilots are cautioned that an upcoming maintenance project at the Indian Creek Airstrip (S81) in Idaho includes the “potential for mules and equipment on the strip and berms” along with uneven ground and loose rocks on the 4,650-foot dirt runway. The project starts tomorrow (May 9) and the warning is in effect from 07:00 local time to 20:00 May 13. The mules will not start work on the surfaces until mid-morning “to allow for AM ... read more

Tecnam P-Mentor Gets Full Part 23 Type Certification From The FAA

AVweb Capua, Italy-based Tecnam announced today (May 8) it has received FAA full Part 23 type certification for its P-Mentor trainer. U.S. deliveries will start imminently, with the first 20 of the Rotax 912isC3-powered piston singles going to HCH Aviation; in partnership with Stephen F. Austin State University in Austin, Texas. Additional deliveries are on track for Kilo Charlie Aviation, New Century, Kansas, and EpicSky Flight Academy, Des Moines, Iowa. Tecnam calls its P-Mentor a ... read more

USAF Modernizes Its Policies On Mental Health Treatment

AVweb The United States Air Force recently updated its policy on mental health. USAF Air Mobility Command (AMC) leader Gen. Mike Minihan announced plans to eliminate stigma, increase access, and add options to support Air Force personnel. Among the concrete moves, the Air Force’s Medical Standards Directory and Aerospace Medicine Waiver Guide has been modified to enable airmen to receive 60 days of treatment for mental health issues without the requirement for a return to duty waiver in ... read more

Alaska Sen. Blasts FAA Reauthorization On Unleaded Fuel Requirement

AVweb On the Senate floor, Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan angrily addressed the FAA Reauthorization bill, which includes provisions for transitioning to unleaded aviation gasoline by 2030. The senator had proposed a four-year extension to 2034 for Alaska, which was cut to two years in negotiations. Sullivan argues that Alaska is different from the lower 48 states in that its residents rely more heavily on general aviation, and many of the GA aircraft use 100LL leaded fuel. Statistics ... read more

Short Final: Quick Avionics Upgrade

AVweb During my primary flight training, I hung out a lot at the local airport, getting to know the pilots and their airplanes.  One guy in particular, we’ll call him “Tom,” stood out; he was a family friend and employed by a local company to fly his boss around in a Piper Twin Comanche. One day I showed up at the pilot lounge and another local pilot asked, “Hey, did you hear about Tom?”  Fearing bad news, I allowed that I hadn’t. “They lost all their electrics one night last week, going ... read more

What Is Polaris Dawn? Breaking Down the Upcoming SpaceX Mission

FLYING Magazine A planned SpaceX mission, which is expected to include the first attempt at a commercial spacewalk and fly humans to heights within Earth’s orbit never before reached, received a major boost over the weekend. SpaceX on Saturday unveiled its first-generation extravehicular activity (EVA) spacesuit, which will be donned by astronauts aboard the Polaris Dawn mission, scheduled for no earlier than this summer. Polaris Dawn—a five-day, four-person orbital mission to research ... read more

NASA, Boeing Set New Timeline for Scrubbed Starliner Launch

FLYING Magazine The inaugural crewed flight test of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner, a reusable capsule designed to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS), will launch no earlier than May 17, NASA said Tuesday. Initially scheduled for early 2023, the flight, called Boeing Crewed Flight Test-1 (CFT-1), has since been delayed multiple times. The most recent setback occurred before a planned launch on Monday, which was called off just two hours before takeoff due to a ... read more

GoJet Receives FAA Part 145 Certification

FLYING Magazine GoJet Airlines, a regional carrier based in St. Louis, has announced it received FAA Part 145 certification to operate a large aircraft repair station. The certification allows the carrier to establish a new maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility, creating over 150 new jobs in the St. Louis area by October. “We understand that there are other quality maintenance providers in the market,” GoJet CEO Rick Leach said in a news release. “However, being one of the few ... read more

Pioneer reborn

AOPA General Aviation News In 2023, Junkers Aircraft, the boutique German maker of retro-themed aircraft that roll out of the factory looking like collector's items, all carrying the lines and heritage of Hugo Junkers into the present, introduced the A50 Junior—the original metal monoplane—with modern avionics, and a modern engine that required a compromise. Read More read more

Proud Granny Celebrates First Flight

FLYING Magazine For 96-year-old Colleen Goddard, there’s no expiry date on enthusiasm, especially when it comes to her grandson Ryan. So when the younger Goddard earned his pilot’s license near his home in British Columbia earlier this year, he knew who would be among his first passengers. The duo slipped the surly bonds together in a Cessna 172 from Campbell River Airport (CYBL) and Ryan’s two-camera video of the flight has become a local viral sensation on Vancouver Island. Granny ... read more

How Do You Know When to Descend?

FLYING Magazine Question: How do you know when to start your descent? At my home airport I plan my descents by using landmarks—be at this altitude over the water tower because that will put me at pattern altitude, etc. How am I supposed to do that when I go to an airport that I am unfamiliar with? Answer: You have just described knowing the top of descent—that is, knowing how much time and distance it will take you to reach the predetermined altitude, such as the pattern. READ MORE: What ... read more

Pictures of the Day: Fire Boss

General Aviation News David Dow submitted these photos and a note: "These folks are conducting training flights at Heber Springs Municipal Airport (KHBZ) in Arkansas. Fire Boss aircraft are used for fighting fires. They scoop up water in the floats from a nearby lake or river. In this case, they are operating out of Greers Ferry Lake, just north of Little Rock. These aircraft have a useful load of almost 7,000 pounds. They are very big!" Read More read more

Personalize your aircraft performance table

General Aviation News It is a great A/B test tool. Mark your performance before and after installing a new propeller, for example, to see the impact. Read More read more

National Celebration of General Aviation D.C. Flyover gets final approval

General Aviation News With final government approval, 56 general aviation (GA) aircraft will depart Frederick Municipal Airport (KFDK) in Maryland shortly before noon on Saturday, May 11, to participate in The National Celebration of General Aviation D.C. Flyover. Read More read more

Pioneer reborn

AOPA General Aviation News In 2023, Junkers Aircraft, the boutique German maker of retro-themed aircraft that roll out of the factory looking like collector's items, all carrying the lines and heritage of Hugo Junkers into the present, introduced the A50 Junior—the original metal monoplane—with modern avionics, and a modern engine that required a compromise. Read More read more

Seeking Out Ghosts of Your Airplane’s Past

FLYING Magazine When it comes to aircraft, the term “ownership” is something of a misnomer. While we indeed own our airplanes, the natural lifespan of a GA aircraft can extend well beyond our own. We are, therefore, caretakers or stewards, tending to the care and maintenance of our beloved machines so that the next person in line can enjoy them to the fullest.  With a lengthy lifespan comes a colorful history. And while we are able to peruse our aircraft logbooks for clues or even easily ... read more

This 2017 Diamond DA62 Is a Thoroughly Modern ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 2017 Diamond DA62. A lot of pilots who fly high-performance piston singles would like to step up to light twins but have doubts about handling their complexities, especially when one engine quits. Diamond Aircraft’s ... read more

Foundation’s scholarship program springs into action

General Aviation News “Flight training is no cake walk,” said Rachelle Spector, founder of the I Hart Flying Foundation (IHFF). “Each year we offer multiple themed scholarship opportunities and meet incredible women paving their own way in the aviation space. We’re honored to be a part of each lady’s journey and witness where they’ve come from to where they’ve landed in their respective professional aviation careers.” Read More read more

Work begins on new FBO, hangar at KELK

General Aviation News "The movers and shakers, the people who bring business to a town, don't come in on the Greyhound bus," added Bobby Southard, Elk City Airport chairman. "They come to town from the airport, and now we will be able to make a great first impression of Elk City with our new terminal." Read More read more

When the Gauges Are Talking, You Should Listen to Them

FLYING Magazine Work rounds in Dallas complete before the summer sunrise, I was headed for the hills to meet up with my family. They were already there, in the western Rockies near Angel Fire, New Mexico. My birthday eve had started perfectly. I beat the Redbird tower operators to work, so while taxiing my seasoned but beautiful 1961 Beech Baron A55 to the departure end of the runway, only the pre-takeoff checklist and a quick turn separated me from my family and birthday ... read more

Obstructed vent outlets lead to fuel starvation

General Aviation News A total loss of engine power during cruise flight due to fuel starvation resulting from obstructed forward and aft vent outlets in the left fuel tank. Read More read more

One Seattle-Bound Aircraft Evacuated, Another Diverted

AVweb A planeload of Delta passengers left their A321 on slides instead of the jet bridge Monday after a fire started in the front landing gear well. Airport authorities said the fire started after the aircraft was plugged into shore power after a flight from Cancun. The crew called for an emergency evacuation with a PA announcement quoted by one passenger as: “Drop your belongings, unbuckle and head to the exits.” There were 189 passengers and six crew onboard and no one was hurt. ... read more

Denali In Certification Flight Testing

AVweb Textron’s Beechcraft Denali has entered certification flight testing even as Textron makes changes on the fly to the new commuter/cargo platform. The company announced this week that it’s put a total of 2,000 hours on three test articles of the big single-engine turboprop that will compete squarely against the Pilatus PC-12. It’s planning for certification in 2025. It recently completed the first ground test and in-flight certification flight of the Garmin G3000 avionics system, ... read more

Proud Granny Celebrates First Flight

AVweb For 96-year-old Colleen Goddard, there’s no expiry date on enthusiasm, especially when it comes to her grandson Ryan. So when the younger Goddard earned his pilot’s licence near his home in British Columbia earlier this year, he knew who would be among his first passengers. The duo slipped the surly bonds together in a 172 from Campbell River Airport and Ryan’s two-camera video of the flight has becomelocal viral sensation on Vancouver Island. Granny lived up to her grandson’s ... read more

Turkey Flies Indigenous Fighter For Second Time

AVweb Turkey flew the prototype of its indigenous “fifth generation” fighter for the second time on Sunday and it stayed in the air for 14 minutes, beating the first flight of the prototype, which took place Feb. 21, by a minute. “The impending comprehensive flight tests will not only ask questions but will also provide vital responses,” a government statement said. The KAAN, which looks like the offspring of an F-35 and F-22, will be able to carry a full suite of weapons for ... read more

EDMO Offering Autopilot Cable Adjustment Tools

Plane & Pilot Magazine One of the more challenging aspects of aviation maintenance is knowing how much tension to put on an autopilot cable. You don’t want to guess … Read More "EDMO Offering Autopilot Cable Adjustment Tools" The post EDMO Offering Autopilot Cable Adjustment Tools appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

ALL SYSTEMS GO!

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., May 7, 2024—The intricate planning and intense coordination with a myriad agencies and regulators have been in the works for more than a year. But the team always knew takeoffs wouldn’t happen until it received an official yes/no the week of the event. Read More read more

Pyka, Sierra Nevada Partner to Offer Massive Cargo Drone to U.S. DOD

FLYING Magazine The companies behind an autonomous, all-electric, school bus-sized drone designed for contested military operations are now seeking customers within the U.S. Department of Defense. Pyka, a manufacturer of electric uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS), on Monday partnered with aerospace and defense contractor Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) to introduce a variant of its flagship Pelican Cargo drone for DOD use. “SNC has extensive experience modifying products from the Silicon ... read more

Aircraft Maintenance: AeroShell educates the experts

AOPA General Aviation News AeroShell recently hosted its first ever “Aviation Technology Summit” at the Shell Technology Center in Houston. It was a remarkable forum that “educated the educators” about the latest oil and grease technology, so that we can teach others how to best maintain and protect general aviation aircraft. Read More read more

ALL SYSTEMS GO!

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., May 7, 2024—The intricate planning and intense coordination with a myriad agencies and regulators have been in the works for more than a year. But the team always knew takeoffs wouldn’t happen until it received an official yes/no the week of the event. Read More read more

EHang Completes Middle East’s First Passenger-Carrying eVTOL Demo Flight

FLYING Magazine An electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi this week completed the first passenger-carrying eVTOL flight outside China. Chinese eVTOL manufacturer EHang on Monday said its self-flying EH216-S completed an inaugural passenger-carrying demonstration flight in the Middle East, marking just the second time such an aircraft has flown human passengers. EHang’s EH216-F for high-rise firefighting and EH216-L for aerial logistics—which together with the company’s ... read more

Pass the Vision Portion of Your Medical

AOPA General Aviation News It’s unbelievable how one simple change can dramatically improve your performance. Read More read more

Aircraft Maintenance: AeroShell educates the experts

AOPA General Aviation News AeroShell recently hosted its first ever “Aviation Technology Summit” at the Shell Technology Center in Houston. It was a remarkable forum that “educated the educators” about the latest oil and grease technology, so that we can teach others how to best maintain and protect general aviation aircraft. Read More read more

FAA Launches Investigation into Boeing 787 Production Line

FLYING Magazine The FAA is investigating Boeing’s manufacturing practices on the 787 Dreamliner, following the company’s admission that its inspection records for the wing-to-body join process at the final assembly site in South Carolina may have been falsified. “The FAA has opened an investigation into Boeing after the company voluntarily informed us in April that it may not have completed required inspections to confirm adequate bonding and grounding where the wings join the fuselage on ... read more

Picture of the Day: Diamond in oil

General Aviation News Merton Erickson submitted this photo and note: "A beautiful painting by our neighbor of our Diamond and the view from our hangar." Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: Light ’em up

AOPA General Aviation News Exterior aircraft lights serve several purposes, but the bottom line is that, in both day and night conditions, lights increase safety and reduce the chance of collisions. Read More read more

Pass the Vision Portion of Your Medical

AOPA General Aviation News It’s unbelievable how one simple change can dramatically improve your performance. Read More read more

This 2002 Zenith CH 801 Is a Sturdy, Short-Field ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 2002 Zenith CH 801. Zenith aircraft and their Zenair relatives sprang from the drawing board of Chris Heintz, an aeronautical engineer who worked in air transport design and manufacturing before moving into kits for ... read more

Graffiti drone pilot program takes flight in Washington

General Aviation News Washington becomes the first state to use drones to cover up graffiti. Read More read more

Why doesn’t somebody do something?

General Aviation News As pilots, aircraft mechanics, aviation business owners, and interested residents, it is in our best interest to offer ourselves for public service. Establish an airport advisory committee that puts effective and beneficial utilization of the field at the forefront of its agenda. Discuss development of the airport as an asset to the community — a place where learning, recreation, business, and personal fulfillment all converge for the betterment of the residents and ... read more

Knowing When to Call the NTSB

FLYING Magazine The private pilot candidate landed long. The airplane rolled to a stop off the end of the pavement, about 10 feet into the grass.  There was no damage or injuries, except for frayed nerves, but as a precaution the school’s chief mechanic took a look at the Cessna 150. Mostly it was done to show the learner that part of being a pilot was being responsible. If you have an unintentional off-runway experience, you have a mechanic inspect the airplane as a precaution. The CFI ... read more

Dick Rutan flies west

General Aviation News "The last time Dick Rutan flew towards the western horizon was on Dec. 14, 1986, when he and copilot Jeana Yeager set the last great aviation record by flying around the world, nonstop and unrefueled, in nine days, three minutes and 44 seconds in an aircraft called Voyager, designed by his younger brother, legendary aircraft designer Burt Rutan," family members said in a press release. Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: Light ’em up

AOPA General Aviation News Exterior aircraft lights serve several purposes, but the bottom line is that, in both day and night conditions, lights increase safety and reduce the chance of collisions. Read More read more

NASA Scrubs Starliner Crewed Flight Test Launch

FLYING Magazine A valve issue caused NASA to scrub the first crewed launch of the Boeing Starliner capsule on Monday. The problem with the relief valve on the upper stage of the Atlas rocket was detected about two hours before the scheduled 10:34 p.m. launch from Cape Canaveral. “In a situation like this, if we see any data signature is not something that we have seen before, then we are just simply not willing to take any chances with what is our most precious payload,” United Launch ... read more

FBO opens new hangar at KPTK

General Aviation News Maven by Midfield FBO has opened its new 28,500-square-foot hangar at Oakland County Airport (KPTK) in Waterford, Michigan. Read More read more

Three-Mile Limit: Novice Pilots Succumb to the Perils of Total Darkness

FLYING Magazine In February 2012, two pilots returning from a vacation trip to Bimini in the Bahamas found themselves obliged to divert to Key West because of a presidential temporary flight restriction (TFR) at Miami. The 172 they had rented was not due back at Miami Executive Airport (KTMB) until the next day, but the TFR was scheduled to end early that evening, and they decided they would clear customs and get dinner in Key West and make the 92 nm trip back to Miami afterward. Both ... read more

On a collision course

General Aviation News He turned crosswind earlier and lower than he should have, which put him on a collision course from beneath our left wing where we could not see him. Read More read more

Starliner Crewed Launch Scrubbed

AVweb A valve issue caused NASA to scrub the first crewed launch of the Boeing Starliner capsule on Monday. The problem with the relief valve on the upper stage of the Atlas rocket was detected about two hours before the scheduled launch 10:34 p.m. launch from Cape Canaveral. “In a situation like this, if we see any data signature is not something that we have seen before, then we are just simply not willing to take any chances with what is our most precious payload,” United Launch ... read more

Vickers Planning For 2025 U.S. Delivery (Corrected)

AVweb New Zealand-based Vickers Aircraft Company says it intends to make its first delivery of the WAVE two-place amphibious aircraft to a U.S. customer in April of 2025. Founder Paul Vickers said the company is now raising capital to fund the push to begin deliveries on its backlog. Most current investors are Americans, he said, and the company has already accomplished a lot with the relatively small amount raised so far. The manufacturing plant has been operating for four years and all ... read more

‘Dick Rutan was, and will forever be, Misty Four-Zero’

AOPA General Aviation News A decorated war hero and aviation pioneer, Dick Rutan, who "played an airplane like someone plays a grand piano," in the words of his younger brother, met death on his own terms on May 3, with his wife and family by his side. Read More read more

ICON Aviation Bankruptcy Moves Forward

Plane & Pilot Magazine ICON Aircraft, the manufacturer of the amphibious sport plane, has selected a stalking horse bidder in connection with its recent Chapter 11 bankruptcy court supervised … Read More "ICON Aviation Bankruptcy Moves Forward" The post ICON Aviation Bankruptcy Moves Forward appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Recreating the de Havilland Tiger Moth

FLYING Magazine Today in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, I’m flying the de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth, the airplane that trained thousands of pilots from across the British Empire to take to the air in World War II. Born in 1882, Geoffrey de Havilland was the second son of a village pastor. At an early age, he displayed a mechanical interest and pursued a career as an automotive engineer, building cars and motorcycles. Frustrated at work, in 1909 he received a gift of 1,000 pounds from ... read more

Lilium Receives Order for 20 eVTOL Jets, Forms Operational Partnership in U.S.

FLYING Magazine Archer Aviation has United Airlines. Joby Aviation has Delta Air Lines. And now Lilium has UrbanLink Air Mobility. The German manufacturer of the world’s first electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) jet on Monday announced a firm order for 20 aircraft from UrbanLink, a U.S. eVTOL operator formed in March by aviation entrepreneur Ed Wegel, the founder and CEO of charter airline GlobalX. Notably, the agreement—which includes another 20 purchase options—sets scheduled ... read more

‘Dick Rutan was, and will forever be, Misty Four-Zero’

AOPA General Aviation News A decorated war hero and aviation pioneer, Dick Rutan, who "played an airplane like someone plays a grand piano," in the words of his younger brother, met death on his own terms on May 3, with his wife and family by his side. Read More read more

Round-the-World Aviator Dick Rutan Dies at 85

FLYING Magazine Legendary pilot, educator, and adventurer Dick Rutan died Friday, according to a press release issued on behalf of the family. He was 85. Rutan, best known for the record-setting nonstop unrefueled circumnavigation he and Jeana Yeager accomplished in 1986, died in Kootenai Hospital in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, in the early evening from complications resulting from a yearlong bout with long COVID, according to family friends. READ MORE: Dick Rutan Pilots First Test Flight of ... read more

Remembering the ‘Hindenburg’

FLYING Magazine On May 6, 1937, the age of airships—the ocean liners of the sky—came to a violent end with the destruction of the Hindenburg in Lakehurst, New Jersey.  Monday marks the 87th anniversary of the event. NBC reporter Herb Morrison was on location to cover what had become almost routine—the docking of the German airship for the newsreels. That day the ship carried 36 passengers and 61 crewmembers. As the newsreel cameras rolled, the ship approached, and while attempting to ... read more

Air Force Secretary Gets in Cockpit of Self-Flying Fighter Plane

FLYING Magazine U.S. Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall is putting his money where his mouth is. Last week, Kendall got in the cockpit of a self-flying fighter plane during a historic flight at Edwards Air Force Base (KEDW) in California. The aircraft—called the X-62A Variable In-flight Simulator Test Aircraft, or VISTA for short—is a modified F-16 testbed and represents the Air Force’s first foray into aircraft flown entirely by machine learning AI models. As Kendall and a safety pilot ... read more

Picture of the Day: Sunrise before the event

General Aviation News Karyn King submitted this photo and note: "The 75th celebration of Chandler Aviation Day in Arizona at sunrise with some rare airplanes on static display. Our Nanchang CJ6 in the foreground, pilot Joe Griffith, co-pilot Karyn King." Read More read more

How to Watch Launch of Boeing Starliner’s First Crewed Flight Test

FLYING Magazine Boeing’s Starliner, a semireusable vessel designed to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) and low-Earth orbit, is set to launch its first crewed flight test (CFT) Monday evening. According to NASA, launch of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket and Boeing Starliner spacecraft is targeted for 10:34 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. On Saturday, NASA said the weather looked promising for ... read more

When the Queen called SUN ‘n FUN

General Aviation News When the Royal Air Force cadets first visited SUN 'n FUN, the Queen of England called then President Billy Henderson to thank him for the opportunity. Read More read more

Fort Worth Area Aviation Community Expands with Second Airpark

FLYING Magazine Pecan Plantation— a 4,200-acre, master-planned development consisting of two airparks—dates back nearly 50 years. The community’s newest project, The Landings, is perhaps its most popular addition yet.  Zach Milton, land consultant for The Landings, provided FLYING with a look at the popular fly-in community in Granbury, Texas, which USA Today has named the No. 1 historic small city for three years in a row. “I work for Patten Properties, which is a third-generation land ... read more

New report warns of A&P shortage

General Aviation News Current estimates show that commercial aviation alone will be 31,000 mechanics short of its needs by 2031. More skilled mechanics will be needed to satisfy demand in other industry segments, including general aviation, according to new research. Read More read more

ICON selects stalking horse bidder

General Aviation News ICON's proposed stalking horse bidder, SG Investment America, has been designated to make the first bid on the bankrupt company's assets, setting the low-end bar on other potential bidders. Read More read more

This 1958 Cessna 175 Is an Innovative, Underrated ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1958 Cessna 175 Skylark. The Cessna 175 is a misunderstood airplane that challenged the venerable 172 briefly during the late 1950s and early 1960s by using a geared version of the Continental O-300 6-cylinder ... read more

Women in Aviation partners with Harvard

General Aviation News Members of the Women in Aviation Emerging Leaders Class of 2024 are headed to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to attend the "Women in Leadership: A Program for Emerging Leaders" at Harvard University May 7-9. Read More read more

Chart Wise: Spirit of St. Louis ILS 26L

FLYING Magazine The “Gateway to the West,” St. Louis proper has a big “middle of the country busy” airport that many pilots might choose to avoid—St. Louis Lambert International (KSTL). However, the Spirit of St. Louis Airport (KSUS) just to the west of town offers a good alternative for a trip to this vibrant city with its co-conspiring jazz and barbecue scenes. This Article First Appeared in FLYING Magazine If you’re not already a subscriber, what are you waiting for? ... read more

Hole in brake line leads to accident

General Aviation News Inadequate maintenance of the airplane’s brake system that resulted in a hole in the brake line, the loss of brake fluid, and the subsequent loss of brake functionality. Read More read more

Three Antidepressants Added To Conditionally Approved List For FAA Medicals

AVweb The FAA has expanded the list of antidepressants potentially allowed for pilots with three relatively common drugs. Now on the “conditionally approved” list are duloxetine (Cymbalta) venlafaxine (Effexor), desvenlafaxine (Pristiq). A special issuance is required for active pilots to maintain their medicals. The change took effect April 24 and was covered in an update to the AME Guide. All three drugs are serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors and all are prescribed for ... read more

Last Week’s Poll Results: GA Fatcats

AVweb More than two-thirds of respondents believe the rest of the world views GA pilots as rich and entitled. The post Last Week’s Poll Results: GA Fatcats appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Poll: When Will You Fly An Electric Airplane?

AVweb Poll: When Will You Fly An Electric Airplane? Poll: When Will You Fly An Electric Airplane I already have. In the next year In the next five years Probably never Other Δ The post Poll: When Will You Fly An Electric Airplane? appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Java Jive

AVweb It was a cool morning at the airport, and I had just exited the FBO lounge to walk onto the ramp. My left hand held the keys to my hangar’s door, and my right hand cradled a three-quarter-full cup of airport coffee—the communion drink of drowsy pilots. There is a certain squint that experienced pilots put on their faces as they put the cup to their lips for the first sip of the day. Kind of a furrowed brow look with pursed lips that says, “I am not sure if this coffee is cold, hot, ... read more

Best Of The Web: Pure Power

AVweb The F-104 Starfighter was the pointy end of the stick on the front lines of the Cold War and hundreds of them flew in defense of NATO and NORAD in the 1960s and 70s. Flying examples of the Widowmaker are now rare but hitch a ride on a recent launch from the Kennedy Space Center. The post Best Of The Web: Pure Power appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: Over the North Carolina coast

General Aviation News Jonathan Trunz submitted this photo and note: "Flying over a North Carolina coastal inlet in a Flight Design CTSW." Read More read more

Need a LIFT?

General Aviation News LIFT Aircraft's Hexa is a Part 103 electric aircraft that you can fly without a pilot certificate with just an hour's worth of training. Read More read more

Alabama Northeast Regional Airport Decommissioning Crosswind Runway

AVweb The Northeast Alabama Regional Airport (KGAD), also known as Gadsden Airport, is the latest airfield to vote on decommissioning its crosswind runway. On Tuesday, the City Council approved the Gadsden Airport Authority’s earlier decision to decommission Runway 18-36. Given the City’s partnership with the authority in managing the facility, its approval was necessary. The airport’s main runway, 6-24 sits at 6,802 feet long by 150 feet wide whereas the crosswind runway, 18-36, is ... read more

Dick Rutan Dies At 85

AVweb Legendary pilot, educator and adventurer Dick Rutan died Friday according to a press release issued on behalf of the family. (full text follows). He was 85. Rutan, best known for the record-setting non-stop unrefueled circumnavigation he and Jeana Yeager accomplished in 1986, was surrounded by family when he died in Kootenai Hospital in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho in the early evening from complications resulting from a year-long bout with Long COVID according to family friends. “He spent ... read more

Help save 18 backcountry airstrips in Utah

General Aviation News The Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) has put out a call to action for pilots to submit positive comments on the Bureau of Land Management's plan for the Bears Ears National Monument (BENM) in Utah, which would effectively close 16 backcountry airstrips. Read More read more

Hemlock Films’ Kara White nominated for an Emmy

General Aviation News Kara White of Hemlock Films has been nominated for a Best Director Emmy Award in the category of Short/Long Form — Post Produced. Read More read more

Joby Completes Pre-Production Flight Testing, Eyes Air Certification For Electric Air Taxis

AVweb Electric air taxi manufacturer, Joby Aviation, announced completion of its pre-production flight test program and is now shifting its focus to obtaining air certification using its prototype aircraft. In a press release issued Thursday, Joby noted its two pre-production aircraft collectively conducted more than 1500 flights, covering a distance of more than 33,000 miles with more than 100 of these flights including a pilot onboard. Joby also highlighted a significant achievement of ... read more

FAA Issues Warning On Potential Wing Cracks In Revo Inc. Amphibious Aircraft

AVweb The Federal Aviation Administration issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) concerning potential cracks in the wing structures of certain aircraft manufactured by Revo Inc., including various Lake and Colonial amphibious models. The bulletin specifically addresses concerns regarding cracks in the “wing rear attach beam assembly and hole-quality issues identified in a significant number of aircraft.” The FAA said the issue does not pose an unsafe condition prompting ... read more

ICON Aircraft Accepts Initial Bid Amid Bankruptcy Proceedings

AVweb Following its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, ICON Aircraft, known for its Icon A5 amphibious Light Sport aircraft, announced it has accepted an initial bid for the sale of its assets. ICON announced the news in a May 3 press release revealing SG Investment America Inc., is the  “stalking horse bidder”, tasked with setting the initial sale price. “The decision to designate a stalking horse bidder underscores our commitment to ensuring the long-term viability of our business,” said ... read more

Joby Advances to Testing with Production Prototype Air Taxi

FLYING Magazine After announcing a manufacturing expansion earlier this week, electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi manufacturer Joby Aviation is preparing for a critical step in type certification with the FAA. The company on Thursday said it is moving to the next phase of flight testing using production prototype aircraft, the first of which came off its pilot production line at Marina Municipal Airport (KOAR) in California in June. The company on Monday rolled out a ... read more

NTSB: Pilot Was Flying Too Low Before Hitting Smokestack in Idaho

FLYING Magazine Mitigation measures addressing the hazards of an exhaust stack on the roof of a potato processing plant were supposed to be in place in Idaho prior to a Cessna 208 Caravan flying into them, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The NTSB released its final report into the fatal April 2022 accident that occurred when the pilot was on approach to Burley Municipal Airport (KBYI). The aircraft collided with an exhaust stack that lies directly beneath the ... read more

New AOPA video content just for you

AOPA General Aviation News Fly with AOPA is about to evolve, along with our other video content. Read More read more

MightyFly Obtains ‘Industry First’ FAA Flight Corridor Approval in California

FLYING Magazine A self-flying electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) drone for the cargo logistics industry has obtained a first-of-its-kind approval, according to its manufacturer. California-based MightyFly this week announced what the company is calling an “industry first” FAA authorization, granting it permission to test its recently unveiled 2024 Cento within a flight corridor between New Jerusalem Airport (1Q4) and Byron Airport (C83) in California. MightyFly says the ... read more

New AOPA video content just for you

AOPA General Aviation News Fly with AOPA is about to evolve, along with our other video content. Read More read more

How to Ace an Airline Interview by Telling a Good Story

FLYING Magazine With the easing of the pilot shortage, many employers are starting to be more choosy about who they hire, and job-hunting and interviewing skills are once again becoming more important. No longer can you expect to just show up and fog the proverbial mirror. You need to put time and effort into preparing yourself for the interview.  I’ve written about this process in broad terms before, but there is one aspect I would like to focus on: honing your ability to tell a good ... read more

Pro Tips for Private Pilots: Care for Your Airplane

Plane & Pilot Magazine Pilots who own or operate an aircraft under Part 91 of the FARs are allowed to perform various preventive maintenance tasks. For the pilot comfortable … Read More "Pro Tips for Private Pilots: Care for Your Airplane" The post Pro Tips for Private Pilots: Care for Your Airplane appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

This 1976 Grumman American Cheetah Is a Responsive, Rewarding ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1976 Grumman American AA-5A Cheetah. It is safe to say that the story behind the popularity of Grumman American’s family of compact AA-5 aircraft lies in the details. Innovative design elements, such as bonded wing ... read more

Textron Aviation expands parts distribution facility

General Aviation News With the addition of 180,000 square feet of space, the facility is better equipped to serve the company’s global customer base with increased parts storage and faster shipping for both new and existing Cessna and Beechcraft aircraft, according to Textron Aviation officials. Read More read more

Exploring New Zealand’s Grand Islands by Air

FLYING Magazine It was set to be the trip of a lifetime…a month in New Zealand. The plan included several weeks poking around the natural treasures of both the North and South Islands via campervan, then hiring a light airplane and flight instructor for an aerial exploration of the rugged Southern Alps. Having recently returned to humdrum, workaday life after three glorious years of sailing the Caribbean, my wife, Dawn, and I were eager to resume our previous practice of taking several ... read more

Improper leaning of engine proves fatal for two

General Aviation News The pilot’s improper leaning of the engine during an extended period of time, which caused an exhaust valve to become stuck and led to the partial loss of engine power during the accident flight. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s decision to attempt a second takeoff without having the engine further examined. Read More read more

Beefier Batteries Add Electric Airplane Utility

AVweb A Utah company says it’s packed more power into its aircraft batteries, allowing a practical leap in capability, particularly for the electric training fleet. Provo-based EP Systems says its new EPiC 2.0 storage system will give aircraft like the forthcoming eDA40 trainer up to 30 minutes more usable flight time, and that’s an important half-hour. The company’s earlier model, the 1.0, would allow for about 60 minutes of flight time, which is just a little less than the length of a ... read more

Picture Of The Week: May 3, 2024

AVweb 1 of 4 Photo by Randy Phillips: On North Atlantic oceanic track en route to Paris, we were passed by another United 777 at 1000 feet above us . . . going slightly faster. Laid camera on glareshield and shot straight up through a (fortunately) clean windshield. On Oceanic Track Picture of the Week: Photo by Dr. Daniel Spitzer: Amphibs Cessna 182 and its ... read more

Amendments Slow Reauthorization Bill Progress

AVweb Senators have started piling amendments on the FAA reauthorization bill, threatening to derail its passage by the May 10 deadline when the current funding extension runs out. The list includes a measure to compensate victims of nuclear tests in the 1950s and 1960s and a move to compel tech companies to protect children from online threats. But the most contentious amendment is a move to strip the bill of a provision to add five more long-haul slots to Reagan National Airport, which ... read more

Short Final: Better-Than-Passing Grade

AVweb From an AVweb reader: I conduct airfield vehicle driver training at a large-hub Part 139 airport with a very complex layout. The training for each driver ends with a practical evaluation where the driver has to call ATC to get directions to navigate the field safely and efficiently, so a major part of the evaluation is on the driver’s ability to communicate with the controllers. If the controller isn’t busy, I’ll ask for their opinion of the driver’s performance, just for the heck of ... read more

Flying unleaded fuel forward

AOPA General Aviation News On May 11, a 1966 Beechcraft Baron C55 with avgas in the right tank and the first unleaded alternative to avgas approved by the FAA in the left wing will join around 60 aircraft in an aerial parade over Washington, D.C. Read More read more

FAA advises Lake Amphibian spar inspections

AOPA General Aviation News The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin regarding potential cracks that can develop in the wing structures of certain aircraft produced by Revo Inc., which include several Lake and Colonial brand amphibious models. Read More read more

LIFT Academy Makes ‘Significant Fleet Expansion’ with Diamond Aircraft

FLYING Magazine Leadership in Flight Training (LIFT) Academy is expanding its training fleet by more than five dozen Diamond aircraft, according to the manufacturer. The partnership expansion announced Thursday will add 50 DA40 Diamond Stars and six DA42 Twin Stars to the Republic Airways training program.  READ MORE: UNSW School of Aviation Expands Diamond Fleet According to Diamond Aircraft, the trainers are slated to bolster programs at new LIFT Academy campuses in Galveston, Texas; ... read more

ASTM Announces Standardization Impact Report

AVweb With so much being written about who should be responsible for approving unleaded aviation gasoline, the American Association of Standards and Materials (ASTM) International is front and center in the debate. With a mandate to establish standards for diverse products and materials ranging from pesticides to baby carriages, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania-based ASTM International recently released a Standardization Impact Report, designed to provide a strategic overview of global ... read more

Diamond Aircraft Signs Deal With LIFT Academy For 56 New Trainers

AVweb Diamond Aircraft announced today (May 2) it has inked a deal with Leadership In Flight Training (LIFT) Academy for 50 single-engine DA40 trainers and six twin-engine DA42s. The aircraft will be used in LIFT’s new training facilities in Galveston, Texas, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and its newest base at Tuskegee University in Alabama, historic home of the famed Tuskegee Airmen of World War II. Ed Bagden, Director of Flight Operations and Academic Programs for LIFT Academy, said of ... read more

Tornado struck GA side of Omaha

AOPA General Aviation News Ample warning from the National Weather Service saved many lives in tornado outbreaks on April 26 and April 27, though five people were killed and more than 100 injured in Oklahoma, Iowa, and Nebraska, where one tornado ravaged hangars and tossed aircraft into tangled heaps. Read More read more

Flying unleaded fuel forward

AOPA General Aviation News On May 11, a 1966 Beechcraft Baron C55 with avgas in the right tank and the first unleaded alternative to avgas approved by the FAA in the left wing will join around 60 aircraft in an aerial parade over Washington, D.C. Read More read more

FAA advises Lake Amphibian spar inspections

AOPA General Aviation News The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin regarding potential cracks that can develop in the wing structures of certain aircraft produced by Revo Inc., which include several Lake and Colonial brand amphibious models. Read More read more

SpaceX Adds Cosmic Tourism Offering to Website

FLYING Magazine Human spaceflight has long been a goal for SpaceX, the rocket and satellite manufacturing venture of billionaire Elon Musk. Per an update to the company’s website, it appears interested customers can now book their spots on missions to the International Space Station (ISS), moon, and Mars, with flights beginning as early as this year. SpaceX this week quietly added a “Human Spaceflight” tab to its website, listing four destinations to which customers can book flights: ... read more

Insights: How Much Did U.S. Airline CEOs Make Last Year?

FLYING Magazine Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on AirlineGeeks.com. The post Insights: How Much Did U.S. Airline CEOs Make Last Year? appeared first on FLYING Magazine. Read More read more

Boeing Supplier Whistleblower Dies

FLYING Magazine For the second time in two months a prominent Boeing-related whistleblower has died. The Seattle Times is reporting Josh Dean, 45, a former quality control inspector at 737 Max fuselage supplier Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita, Kansas, died from an infection by an aggressive antibiotic-resistant bacteria called Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, or MRSA. He died after two weeks in critical condition with the fast-spreading infection, the last few days on life ... read more

Picture of the Day: Away on a cloudy day

General Aviation News Paul Athanasiou submitted this photo and note: "During a cloudy ground school day, four U.S. Marine Corps helicopters departed in formation from Plymouth Municipal Airport (KPYM) in Massachusetts to continue a cross-country flight after parking overnight on the transient ramp." Read More read more

Drop-in unleaded replacement for 100LL expected to be approved in late 2025

General Aviation News A fleet wide approval for an unleaded fuel for general aviation is expected in the third quarter of 2025. Read More read more

Servicing Cessna 172 Stuck Exhaust Valves

FLYING Magazine Recently, a GA pilot at Newnan-Coweta County Airport (KCCO) in Georgia pulled a Cessna 172 out of the hangar, ran through a quick preflight inspection, and yelled, “clear prop!” He fired up the aircraft, only to find the Continental O-300-D engine started running rough. That was as far as it went. Mission aborted. The aircraft never left the ground. Aircraft Troubleshooting Cessna 172 owner Corey Sampson reached out to me to discuss the engine running rough and the dark ... read more

May declared general aviation month

General Aviation News Dozens of elected officials across the U.S. have issued formal declarations celebrating general aviation in honor of the National Celebration of General Aviation D.C. Flyover. Read More read more

Tornado struck GA side of Omaha

AOPA General Aviation News Ample warning from the National Weather Service saved many lives in tornado outbreaks on April 26 and April 27, though five people were killed and more than 100 injured in Oklahoma, Iowa, and Nebraska, where one tornado ravaged hangars and tossed aircraft into tangled heaps. Read More read more

Kentucky Aviation of Fame reveals Class of 2024

General Aviation News Three Kentucky natives have been chosen for the state's Aviation Hall of Fame. Read More read more

New ACS and PTS effective May 31, 2024

General Aviation News Officials with Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA) report the FAA released 11 new FAA Airman Certification Standards (ACS) and Practical Test Standards (PTS) that will go into effect May 31, 2024. Read More read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1954 Cessna 170B

Plane & Pilot Magazine Today’s bargain blends the fun of a taildragger with vintage style and ease of ownership. With four seats, ample parts availability, and docile handling, this … Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1954 Cessna 170B" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1954 Cessna 170B appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

The Man Who Saved the Iconic Hartzell Propeller Company

FLYING Magazine Do you remember briefly turning the magneto switch to the “off” position and back to “both” before shutting down with the mixture control? I guess I knew why sometime in the past, but truthfully I’d forgotten about it. And I can’t remember testing any applicants, in years as an examiner, who did it. But recently I read a National Transportation Safety Board report about a fatal accident involving a 42-year-old Cessna 182 parked on a ramp in Cleveland, Tennessee. What ... read more

This 1955 Cessna 180 Is a Practical, Collectible ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1955 Cessna 180 Skywagon. The Cessna 180’s conventional landing gear and squared-off “straight” vertical fin and rudder give it a distinctive vintage silhouette that many pilots find attractive. This appeal, coupled ... read more

Training flight causes near miss

General Aviation News During the spiral descent we were into the sun as well as banking and didn't see the other airplane and the student and I were unaware we were close to another airplane. Read More read more

Spirit Aerosystems Whistleblower Dies

AVweb For the second time in two months a prominent Boeing-related whistleblower has died. The Seattle Times is reporting Josh Dean, 45, a former quality control inspector at 737 MAX fuselage supplier Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita, died from an infection by an agressive antibiotic-resistant bacteria called Methicillin-Resistant Staphyulococcus Aureus, or MRSA. He died after two weeks in critical condition with the fast-spreading infection, the last few days on life support. Like Boeing ... read more

NetJets Takes Options On 232 Challenger 3500s

AVweb NetJets now has up to 2,000 business jets on order following the announcement that is has options to buy 232 Challenger 3500 super midsize aircraft. If fully exercised, the deal would be worth more than $6 billion. Meanwhile, Bombardier announced that a confirmed deal for 12 Challenger 3500s worth $326 million revealed in December is going to NetJets. The Bombardier deal comes after blockbuster announcements for sales and options to Textron and Embraer in the last six months. “We ... read more

Company Plans To Electrify Amphibs

AVweb A Florida company says it plans to electrify two iconic amphibious flying boat designs to create efficient and versatile regional commuter planes. Maxwell Aircraft, of Bartow, Florida says it will develop electrified versions of the Lake Renegade/Seawolf and the Gweduck, a carbon fibre take on Grumman amphibs that’s between a Widgeon and a Goose in size. The company says that without the high energy demand of vertical takeoffs and landings in eVTOLs, the electric amphibs will offer ... read more

Sporty’s Wolf retires

AOPA General Aviation News Sporty’s, a well-known supplier of aviation products and flight training programs, announced that its CEO, Michael Wolf, will retire at the end of this year, and John Zimmerman, the Batavia, Ohio, company’s president, will succeed him. Read More read more

TSA finalizes Flight Training Security Program

AOPA General Aviation News The Transportation Security Administration published on May 1 a final rule that codifies, with adjustments, procedures in place for decades to scrutinize foreign flight students. Read More read more

GOVERNORS, MAYORS, LEGISLATORS ACROSS U.S. DECLARE MAY 2024 A MONTH FOR GENERAL AVIATION

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., May 1, 2024—Dozens of elected officials across the U.S. have issued formal declarations celebrating general aviation in honor of the National Celebration of General Aviation D.C. Flyover—which coincides with AOPA’s eighty-fifth anniversary. Read More read more

Pilot Safely Ejects From F-16 Crash in New Mexico

FLYING Magazine A U.S. Air Force F-16 pilot has been released from medical treatment with “minor injuries” after ejecting from the aircraft near Holloman Air Force Base (AFB) in New Mexico Tuesday. The single-seat F-16 assigned to the 49th Wing based at Holloman AFB went down around 11:50 a.m. local time, according to the Air Force. The crash occurred near White Sands National Park about seven miles from the base, near the U.S. Army’s White Sands Missile Range. According to a report ... read more

USAF F-16 Down In New Mexico; Pilot Safe

AVweb A U.S. Air Force F-16 pilot has been released from medical treatment with “minor injuries” after ejecting from the aircraft near Holloman Air Force Base (AFB) in New Mexico yesterday (April 30). The single-seat F-16, assigned to the 49th Wing based at Holloman AFB went down around 11:50 a.m. local time, according to the Air Force. The crash occurred near White Sands National Park about seven miles from the base, near the U.S. Army’s White Sands Missile Range. According to a report in ... read more

What to Know About Boeing Starliner’s First Crewed Test Flight

FLYING Magazine A historic NASA launch planned for early next week could have major implications for the space agency’s Commercial Crew Program, which ferries astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) and low-Earth orbit in partnership with private companies. Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner, a semireusable vessel to the ISS that has been marred by nearly a decade of delays, will finally make its first crewed flight test on Monday, barring any further hiccups. Boeing on Friday ... read more

Pie in the Sky: In Pursuit of the ‘$300 Pizza’

FLYING Magazine AKRON, Colorado—One of my favorite excuses to go flying is the pursuit of great food. On a sunny Saturday in late summer 2023, I found myself itching to try something new. I’d been hearing whispers about a charming little pizzeria called Miss Bea Havin, tucked away at the Colorado Plains Regional Airport (KAKO) inside the Hayes Aviation FBO. A quick online search turned up rave reviews and tantalizing images that sealed the deal. My girlfriend, Alex, usually hesitant about ... read more

Pictures of the Day: Winging its way westward

General Aviation News Chris Gardiner submitted thes photos and note: "A 2/3 replica Ferguson Spitfire winging its way westward to its new owner in Red Deer, Alberta, courtesy of Simon Hitchen, pilot in command." Read More read more

TSA finalizes Flight Training Security Program

AOPA General Aviation News The Transportation Security Administration published on May 1 a final rule that codifies, with adjustments, procedures in place for decades to scrutinize foreign flight students. Read More read more

GOVERNORS, MAYORS, LEGISLATORS ACROSS U.S. DECLARE MAY 2024 A MONTH FOR GENERAL AVIATION

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., May 1, 2024—Dozens of elected officials across the U.S. have issued formal declarations celebrating general aviation in honor of the National Celebration of General Aviation D.C. Flyover—which coincides with AOPA’s eighty-fifth anniversary. Read More read more

Biden Administration Defines ‘Climate-Smart’ SAF Subsidy Program

FLYING Magazine The Biden administration has laid out rules for corn farmers to qualify for subsidies to supply feedstock for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The corn is now used to make ethanol, which is added to gasoline, but the move to electric cars will diminish that market. Ethanol can be turned into jet-A, however, and will cut the carbon footprint of jet fuel. READ MORE: Boeing Ready to Buy 7.5 Million Gallons of SAF The administration is proposing subsidies from $1.25 to $1.75 ... read more

More than 1 million gallons of G100 UL unleaded fuel now available

General Aviation News The famous Howard DGA-6 replica “Mister Mulligan” became the first airplane to fly in an air show powered by G100UL unleaded avgas. Read More read more

What Is an Outflow Boundary Shown on a Surface Analysis Chart? 

FLYING Magazine Question: What is an outflow boundary shown on a surface analysis chart?   Answer: When looking at the surface analysis chart issued every three hours by meteorologists at the Weather Prediction Center (WPC), you may have seen a tan dashed line with a label “OUTFLOW BNDRY” nearby. This is what meteorologists call a convective outflow boundary. You may view North American surface analysis here. Convective outflow boundaries emanating away from thunderstorms are generated as ... read more

This 1962 Beechcraft B33 Debonair Is an Updated Classic ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1962 Beechcraft B33 Debonair. When pilots begin shopping for their first aircraft, they typically look for something with more power, speed, and useful load than the airplanes they trained in or rented for years ... read more

Work continues to identify cause of valve seat recession in planes using unleaded fuel

General Aviation News Analysis indicates that aromatic concentration tolerances for UL94 may contribute to valve seat recession in certain flight profiles, Lycoming officials said, noting that the problem — right now — seems to be isolated to the UND fleet. Read More read more

Sporty’s Wolf retires

AOPA General Aviation News Sporty’s, a well-known supplier of aviation products and flight training programs, announced that its CEO, Michael Wolf, will retire at the end of this year, and John Zimmerman, the Batavia, Ohio, company’s president, will succeed him. Read More read more

Electric motor completes first phase of testing

General Aviation News The testing focused on high voltage (800V) operations and thermal performance, according to company officials, who said the results confirmed the magni650 electric engine’s capabilities at altitudes of up to 27,500 feet. Read More read more

Bid What You Want

Plane & Pilot Magazine A few recent articles within the frequent-flyer blogosphere have bemoaned that airlines cannot convince enough of their first officers to upgrade to captains and the … Read More "Bid What You Want" The post Bid What You Want appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

States declare May a month of GA

AOPA General Aviation News Dozens of elected officials across the United States have issued formal declarations celebrating general aviation in honor of the National Celebration of General Aviation D.C. Flyover—which coincides with AOPA’s eighty-fifth anniversary. Read More read more

Firecrown Media Grows Again with Addition of ‘Trains,’ ‘Astronomy’

FLYING Magazine I am thrilled that Firecrown is expanding into the railroad and space media sectors by acquiring Kalmbach Media’s Trains and Astronomy media groups. This acquisition opens up exciting new possibilities for our company.  The Kalmbach portfolio is highly synergistic with Firecrown.  Firecrown proudly stands as one of the leading transportation media providers, serving the aviation, boating, and logistics industries with renowned brands such as FLYING, Boating, Yachting, Salt ... read more

MT-Propeller earns engine STC for Piper Meridian

General Aviation News MT-Propeller has taken the next step, earning an STC to replace an engine. Read More read more

States declare May a month of GA

AOPA General Aviation News Dozens of elected officials across the United States have issued formal declarations celebrating general aviation in honor of the National Celebration of General Aviation D.C. Flyover—which coincides with AOPA’s eighty-fifth anniversary. Read More read more

There’s Something Essential in the Bank

FLYING Magazine The ability to bank is essential to controlled flight. Otto Lilienthal did it by shifting his weight, but for the much larger Wright Flyer the solution was to make one wing produce more lift than the other by twisting them in opposite directions. “Wing warping,” as this approach was called, was satisfactory for very slow airplanes, but faster ones required more rigidity, and by around 1908 or 1909 the idea had arisen of replacing part of the trailing edge of a wing with a ... read more

Improper maintenance leads to bent 172

General Aviation News Loss of engine power due to the throttle linkage becoming disconnected in flight due to improper maintenance. Read More read more

Report Of U.S. Purchase Of Kazakh Jets ‘Likely False’

AVweb Numerous news outlets in Europe are reporting the U.S. has bought 81 clapped-out Soviet-era fighters and ground attack aircraft from Kazakhstan to send to Ukraine, but Kazakhstan is denying the report. Experts on the politics of the region are now saying the report, which first appeared in the Kyiv Post, is likely false because of the close ties between Kazakhstan and Russia. The U.S. and Ukraine have declined comment. The Post said the U.S., working through an offshore agent, paid a ... read more

‘Climate-Smart’ Corn-Based SAF Rules Defined

AVweb The Biden administration has laid out rules for corn farmers to qualify for subsidies to supply feedstock for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The corn is now used to make ethanol, which is added to gasoline, but the move to electric cars will diminish that market. Ethanol can be turned into Jet A, however, and will cut the carbon footprint of jet fuel. The administration is proposing subsidies from $1.25 to $1.75 a gallon for farmers but only if they meet some conditions. The ... read more

WWI Tactics Take Down Russian Drones

AVweb Two weeks after Ukraine used a Light Sport aircraft modified as a kamikaze drone to attack a Russian drone factory, video proof of other outside-the-box tactics emerged this week of two guys in a Yak 52 shooting down a Russian drone with small arms. In a scene reminiscent of First World War dogfights, the much faster Yak (top speed about 100 knots) circles the Orlan-10 spy drone with its deployed emergency chute. The video was shot near Odessa and it was apparently the handiwork of ... read more

Partying Pilot Grounded A Day Later, Cancelling Flight

AVweb A partying pilot who had no alcohol in his system when he reported for his scheduled flight was grounded by Air Japan, forcing cancellation of the flight from Dallas to Tokyo last week. Various reports said the pilot was drinking and carrying on into the wee hours after landing in Dallas on Tuesday during a layover that lasted until late the following night. At one point police were called and the pilot was warned for disruptive behavior but not arrested. He was scheduled to fly ... read more

WWII-Era ‘Philippine Mars’ Transport Seaplane Headed to Arizona Museum

FLYING Magazine One of the world’s largest flying boats is being retired—to the desert. The Philippine Mars, one of two remaining Martin JRM Mars World War II U.S. Navy transports, has been acquired by the Pima Air and Space Museum near Tucson, Arizona. The aircraft is owned by the Coulson Group in Port Alberni, British Columbia, and spent decades fighting wildfires up and down the west coast of North America. An earlier deal to send the aircraft to the National Naval Aviation Museum in ... read more

Home away from home

AOPA General Aviation News Three members of the Louisiana Army National Guard have been putting their downtime and Army benefits to use by earning pilot certificates and ratings while on an extended deployment in the Washington, D.C., area. Read More read more

The Importance of Aircraft Renters Insurance for Pilots

AOPA General Aviation News Embarking on the journey to become a pilot is an exhilarating experience filled with challenges and triumphs. Flight schools play a crucial role in shaping the skills of aspiring aviators, providing them with the necessary knowledge and hands-on experience to navigate the skies safely. However, amidst the excitement of flight training, there’s an aspect that often goes overlooked: insurance coverage for pilots during training or rental flights.  Read More read more

Lilium to Debut Full-Scale eVTOL Jet at EBACE

FLYING Magazine Lilium, the manufacturer of an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) jet for six passengers plus a pilot, will debut its flagship aircraft to the public for the first time in May. The German firm announced the first public unveiling of its full-scale Lilium Jet will take place at the annual European Aviation Business Convention and Exhibition (EBACE), which runs from May 28-30 in Geneva. The company says its showcase, which will also feature the aircraft’s charging ... read more

Home away from home

AOPA General Aviation News Three members of the Louisiana Army National Guard have been putting their downtime and Army benefits to use by earning pilot certificates and ratings while on an extended deployment in the Washington, D.C., area. Read More read more

SpaceX’s Uncrewed Dragon Spacecraft Splashes Down With Cargo

FLYING Magazine SpaceX’s uncrewed Dragon spacecraft, ferrying more than 2 tons of scientific experiments and cargo from the International Space Station (ISS), successfully splashed down off the coast of Florida before dawn Tuesday. The spacecraft’s return marks the commercial space company’s 30th cargo resupply mission of the orbital outpost for the space agency. Suspended under four deployed parachutes, the capsule landed in the Atlantic Ocean at 1:38 a.m. EST off the coast of Tampa, ... read more

New Honeywell Technology Means Safer Approaches

Plane & Pilot Magazine “Can you accept the visual?” It is not uncommon for air traffic control to pose this question to pilots on IFR flight plans approaching certain … Read More "New Honeywell Technology Means Safer Approaches" The post New Honeywell Technology Means Safer Approaches appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 2003 Zenith CH 2000 Alarus

Plane & Pilot Magazine Today’s bargain offers a rare combination—a relatively low price and a relatively new airframe. Derived from the homebuilt Zenith CH640, it was introduced as a … Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 2003 Zenith CH 2000 Alarus" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 2003 Zenith CH 2000 Alarus appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

The Importance of Aircraft Renters Insurance for Pilots

AOPA General Aviation News Embarking on the journey to become a pilot is an exhilarating experience filled with challenges and triumphs. Flight schools play a crucial role in shaping the skills of aspiring aviators, providing them with the necessary knowledge and hands-on experience to navigate the skies safely. However, amidst the excitement of flight training, there’s an aspect that often goes overlooked: insurance coverage for pilots during training or rental flights.  Read More read more

Axis Unveils Three-in-One Flight Simulator

FLYING Magazine Austria-based Axis Flight Simulation on Tuesday unveiled what it bills as a first-of-its-kind flight simulator. The company introduced its latest flight simulator technology, AX-D Flex: a “roll-on, roll-off” solution designed to train pilots on multiple aircraft, from business jets to midsize airliners, within a single mothership. Each simulation bay can accommodate up to three different cockpits, which can be swapped out in two hours or less, the company says. Roll-on, ... read more

Picture of the Day: Celebrating the birth of aviation

General Aviation News John Chirtea submitted this photo and note: "An Ercoupe 415-C celebrating the birth of aviation below a Wright Brothers ceiling fan in Milton, Delaware." Read More read more

Bellanca Factory Re-location Update

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

Re-location of Vital Inventory – Parts Availability Status

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

Bellanca Aircraft Begins Factory Re-location

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

Bellanca Aircraft, Inc. Acquires Alexandria Aircraft, LLC

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