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Dynon automates nearest airport

AOPA General Aviation News Dynon Avionics has added a one-button feature that automates an emergency glide to the nearest suitable airport at the most efficient speed. Read More read more

AOPA URGES BAHAMAS TO RESCIND HIGH FEES THRUST ON GA PILOTS

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., July 17, 2024—Private pilots visiting the Bahamas are being met with new and steep entry and departure fees. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is pushing back, suggesting the fees are exceedingly high and more than the new fees being imposed on commercial airline operations. Read More read more

SocialFlight adds adventure guidance

AOPA General Aviation News There’s a new tab on SocialFlight, the free app and website that helps pilots find events, restaurants, and more. Read More read more

Supersonic, Rocket-Powered Aircraft Gets All Clear to Break Sound Barrier

FLYING Magazine A New Zealand company developing a supersonic, remotely operated, rocket-powered aircraft has been given the all clear to break the sound barrier. Dawn Aerospace, manufacturer of the Mk-II Aurora, announced that New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has granted it approval to fly at “unlimited” speeds at up to 80,000 feet in altitude. The company is permitted to fly beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) of a remote pilot and will not be limited to restricted ... read more

Employer Profile: Solairus Aviation

FLYING Magazine Solairus Aviation is an aviation services company that helps owners manage and operate their aircraft safely, reliably, and economically. It also offers charter services that use its managed fleet to meet customer needs. Founded in 2009, Solairus boasts 75-plus base locations, 330-plus private aircraft, and about 2,00 flight crew and support personnel. The company is headquartered in Petaluma, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. Solairus Aviation Mission ... read more

Dynon automates nearest airport

AOPA General Aviation News Dynon Avionics has added a one-button feature that automates an emergency glide to the nearest suitable airport at the most efficient speed. Read More read more

SocialFlight adds adventure guidance

AOPA General Aviation News There’s a new tab on SocialFlight, the free app and website that helps pilots find events, restaurants, and more. Read More read more

AOPA URGES BAHAMAS TO RESCIND HIGH FEES THRUST ON GA PILOTS

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., July 17, 2024—Private pilots visiting the Bahamas are being met with new and steep entry and departure fees. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is pushing back, suggesting the fees are exceedingly high and more than the new fees being imposed on commercial airline operations. Read More read more

Organize, protect essential flight gear

AOPA General Aviation News As general aviation evolves, MyGoFlight continues to stay one step ahead through their innovative and safe product offerings. Read More read more

Organize, protect essential flight gear

AOPA General Aviation News As general aviation evolves, MyGoFlight continues to stay one step ahead through their innovative and safe product offerings. Read More read more

FAA Issues New Safety Protocols for Aerial Demonstrations

FLYING Magazine The FAA is calling for “appropriate well-defined procedures” during aircraft demonstrations following an investigation into a deadly midair collision of a Boeing B-17G and a Bell P-63F during a 2022 airshow in Texas. The aircraft were participating in a parade of airplanes in front of thousands of spectators at the Wings Over Dallas airshow when they collided, killing all six on board.  In a photograph included in the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) preliminary ... read more

Picture of the Day: Capturing the storm

General Aviation News Caleb Lionudakis submitted this photo and note: "Capturing the storm at the Galaxy FBO at Conroe/North Houston Regional Airport (KCXO) in Conroe, Texas." Read More read more

Tuskegee Airman celebrates 100th birthday

General Aviation News A birthday cake decorated with imagery from his days with the 332nd and appropriately topped with red, white, and blue speckles was divided into slices and shared with attendees. Read More read more

What to Do When You Lose Your Logbook

FLYING Magazine Question: I have more than 8,900 hours logged as PIC and hold several instructor ratings. The trouble is I can’t find my older logbooks. I moved and I think they are in a storage unit thousands of miles away. Will the FAA accept an 8710 form as proof of hours? READ MORE: What Is the Rudder Used for in Flying? Answer: According to an FAA spokesperson:  “Generally speaking, the FAA will accept [a pilot’s] last airman certificate application (Form 8710-1) or what they reported ... read more

In the market for a J-3?

General Aviation News The Ranger Airfield Foundation will raffle off a 1946 Piper J-3 Cub at its Old School Fly-In & Airshow Oct. 4-6, 2024. Read More read more

When Unforeseen Circumstances Threaten to Derail Amazing Experiences

FLYING Magazine In September 2021, just a couple of months after taking delivery of my 1953 Cessna 170B, I wrote the first installment of this column. Since then, I’ve brought you along for the ride, showcasing the magnificent highs and the soul-crushing lows that have come to define airplane ownership for this first-timer. This is the 100th installment of The New Owner, and I suppose it’s only natural that the milestone is occurring amid a maniacal blend of emotions swirling around said ... read more

Annual ACE Academy brings aviation careers to Idaho students

General Aviation News The Idaho Division of Aeronautics held its annual Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy June 26-28, 2024, presenting aviation career options to 32 Idaho high schoolers from around the state. Read More read more

This 1984 SOCATA TB-30 Epsilon Is a Military-Spec ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1984 SOCATA TB-30 Epsilon. Many pilots dream about flying the hottest fighters from World War II, such as North American P-51 Mustangs and Vought F4U Corsairs. But those increasingly rare aircraft are extremely ... read more

SocialFlight adds Adventure Guide

General Aviation News SocialFlight, a free aviation app for finding events, airport restaurants, and interesting places to fly, has launched a new feature that details thousands of flying destinations and aerial tours, as well as the “Destination Digest,” a personalized adventure guide for SocialFlight users. Read More read more

Ultimate Issue: Taking Sim to a New Level

FLYING Magazine What is this term “study level” we often hear in the flight sim community? It’s been the catch phrase used everywhere the last few years, and it has become the gold standard of top quality aircraft or those so realistic and so well designed that you could study them to obtain actual type ratings and pass an initial course. Most add-ons are of simpler design and varying levels of quality, but over the years, these study level aircraft for the Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 ... read more

Flight to air show ends in serious injuries

General Aviation News The airplane pilot’s inadvertent encounter with rotor wash/turbulence during short final approach, which resulted in a loss of control in flight. Read More read more

AVIATION INDUSTRY COALITION UNITED TO MODERNIZE FAA’S ATC SYSTEM

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., July 16, 2024—A diverse coalition of aviation industry stakeholders—representing commercial aviation, general aviation, manufacturing, emerging technologies, and more—submitted a letter to aviation leaders in Congress requesting a strengthened investment in the FAA’s air traffic control modernization budget. Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: Never blow a first impression

AOPA General Aviation News Flight schools wonder and often complain about low student retention. The first lesson on preflighting the aircraft may be one of the reasons. Read More read more

‘What I would have chosen’

AOPA General Aviation News They say it's what's inside that counts, and that absolutely rings true for the AOPA Sweepstakes Cessna 182. Over the last several months it has undergone a complete interior restoration, including a brand-new, redesigned all-Garmin avionics panel. Read More read more

AVIATION INDUSTRY COALITION UNITED TO MODERNIZE FAA’S ATC SYSTEM

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., July 16, 2024—A diverse coalition of aviation industry stakeholders—representing commercial aviation, general aviation, manufacturing, emerging technologies, and more—submitted a letter to aviation leaders in Congress requesting a strengthened investment in the FAA’s air traffic control modernization budget. Read More read more

‘What I would have chosen’

AOPA General Aviation News They say it's what's inside that counts, and that absolutely rings true for the AOPA Sweepstakes Cessna 182. Over the last several months it has undergone a complete interior restoration, including a brand-new, redesigned all-Garmin avionics panel. Read More read more

Drone-Downing Ukrainian Piston Planes Annoying Russians

FLYING Magazine The ever-resourceful Ukrainians have found another use for the homegrown Aeroprakt A-22 (sold as the Foxbat LSA in the U.S.), and it’s really annoying the Russians. After a few months of success with air force pilots and rear gunners with shotguns taking out Russian drones in a Yak-52, the Ukraine military is now training pilots and gunners to use the rag-and-tube A-22 to do the same. Previously the light sport aircraft (LSA) have been used as single-use flying bombs and ... read more

Texans Push Back on Amazon’s Proposed Drone Delivery Expansion

FLYING Magazine Texans who were introduced to Amazon Prime Air’s drone delivery offering in late 2022 are pushing back on the company’s proposed expansion of the service. In a letter to the FAA penned by John Nichols, the mayor of College Station, Texas—one of two locations where Prime Air began flying in 2022—on behalf of the city council he urged the regulator to deny a request that would more than double the service’s range. The mayor cited noise concerns from residents as the chief ... read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale:1966 Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee/Archer

Plane & Pilot Magazine Oftentimes, the perfect airplane isn’t perfect for any one particular reason but rather because it offers a compelling balance of qualities that makes it enjoyable … Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale:1966 Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee/Archer" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale:1966 Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee/Archer appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Air Force Begins Testing Uncrewed Aircraft Traffic Control System

FLYING Magazine The U.S. Air Force is looking to fly more drones and other uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) at bases across the country. On Monday, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) announced that it and the Air Mobility Command (AMC), which provides aerial refueling and airlift services for U.S. forces worldwide, began testing a UAS traffic management (UTM) system at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. The system, called CLUE, or Collaborative Low-Altitude Unmanned Aircraft System ... read more

Picture of the Day: Ouch

General Aviation News Diana Layton submitted this photo and note: "The aftermath of an aircraft when the landing gear failed to come down in time. This plane was housed at Grant County Airport in Petersburg, West Virginia, until all the paperwork was complete." Read More read more

This 1977 American Champion 8KCAB Super Decathlon Is an Entry-Level Aerobatic ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1977 American Champion 8KCAB Super Decathlon. The basic American Champion Citabria excels at making introductions. Whether pilots are seeking tailwheel endorsements, practicing short-field technique, or learning ... read more

Infallible me

General Aviation News As pilots our mission is not to fight the power and push back against regulatory agencies to prove our infallibility. Rather, it is to train, to learn, to practice, to put our safety and the safety of others at the top of our personal checklist. To do all that we can to enhance safety while mitigating risk. Read More read more

What Are the 10 Hardest FAA Private Pilot Written Exam Questions?

Plane & Pilot Magazine Becoming a private pilot is a challenging process and a big accomplishment. Student pilots go through many hours of flight and ground training to become … Read More "What Are the 10 Hardest FAA Private Pilot Written Exam Questions?" The post What Are the 10 Hardest FAA Private Pilot Written Exam Questions? appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Not thrilled about sharing the sky with drones? You’re not alone

General Aviation News A fleet of drones patrolling New York City’s beaches for signs of sharks and struggling swimmers is drawing backlash from an aggressive group of seaside residents: Birds. Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: Never blow a first impression

AOPA General Aviation News Flight schools wonder and often complain about low student retention. The first lesson on preflighting the aircraft may be one of the reasons. Read More read more

How to Become a Military Pilot

FLYING Magazine Military pilots are among the most skilled and highly trained aviators in the world. Extremely precise and skilled, pilots flying aircraft from fighter jets to multiengine transports are held to lofty standards and respected for their work. Becoming a fighter pilot is a dream for many. Military flying has been around since the world wars, but as technology advanced—and media representation in movies such as Top Gun increased—the general public’s fascination with military ... read more

Cirrus Service Advisory Throws Fuel on G100UL Maintenance Debate

FLYING Magazine In June, Cirrus released a service advisory (SA) regarding the use of fuel that had not been approved for SR Series aircraft. This creates a dilemma for many, including aircraft maintainers.  The issue of what is legal (in FAA terms) and approved (by manufacturers) puts maintainers in a sticky situation. On one hand, the FAA issues a supplemental type certificate (STC) allowing for products to deploy on aircraft, but the engine and/or aircraft manufacturer may not approve ... read more

STC approved for Mid-Continent avionics on Learjets

General Aviation News The STC authorizes the replacement of the 2-inch standby altimeters or 2-inch standby attitude indicators installed in most legacy Learjets. Read More read more

Taming the Twin: Engine Failure During Takeoff

General Aviation News “Planning a multiengine takeoff involves being prepared for and responding to an engine failing on takeoff,” said ASI Vice President of Operations Paul Deres. “Taming the Twin: Engine Failure During Takeoff covers a typical multiengine takeoff briefing and reviews single-engine performance charts that help with critical preflight calculations such as accelerate-stop distance and climb performance with one engine inoperative.” Read More read more

The Wisdom in Not Putting All Your Eggs in the Tech Basket

FLYING Magazine When I spread the Seattle VFR sectional out on the desk, the private pilot learner breathed a sigh of relief. “Thank goodness you use paper,” he said, going on to tell me that he wanted to learn using paper sectionals and navlogs, and once he mastered those, he might move into using an electronic flight bag (EFB). He said he wanted to learn to use analog tools because that’s how he processed information best. Also, he said he knew devices could fail or go missing, and if ... read more

Instructional flight has near miss with military helicopter

General Aviation News I then thought maybe tower had forgotten about us so I reminded them we were still waiting and they responded with "we will get you out shortly,” so we waited some more. Read More read more

Florida GA license plate moves forward

AOPA General Aviation News A bill approving a general aviation license plate was signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on June 27. Now, the dedicated Florida aviators who designed the plate to support aviation scholarships are promoting it for presale. Read More read more

Hawaii airfield secures 50-year lease

AOPA General Aviation News Airport advocates spent years negotiating the benefits of maintaining Hawaii's Dillingham Airport, also known as Kawaihāpai Airfield, a public- and military-use airport located on the north shore of Oahu. Read More read more

Boeing 777X Begins FAA Certification Flight Testing

FLYING Magazine Boeing has initiated a series of test flights for its commercial twin-engine 777X  that are required for the jet to be certified by the FAA.  According to the Seattle Times, the first aircraft took off from King County International Airport/Boeing Field (KBFI) on Friday at 6 p.m. PDT with Boeing pilots and FAA personnel on board. The flight is the first of several that will be conducted over the next 18 months. According to Boeing, the 777X is designed to be more fuel ... read more

AMT Jobs Could Be Part of Aviation’s Next Hiring Boom

FLYING Magazine There has been a lot of talk about pilot hiring over the past few years. The post-pandemic era saw airlines hiring pilots in record numbers, but recruitment has slowed down in recent months. Meanwhile, many airlines are actively hiring for one particular behind-the-scenes job. Aviation Maintenance Technicians (AMTs) are in high demand throughout the United States and around the world. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates four percent growth for aircraft and ... read more

NTSB Releases Details on 2 Lockheed 12A Crashes

FLYING Magazine The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released details of two Lockheed 12A aircraft that crashed in separate accidents in two different states in the span of three days in June.  The first crash happened on June 15 in Chino, California, when Lockheed N93R was taking part in a Father’s Day airshow. The pilot and copilot were killed when the pilot elected to take off with the flaps fully extended.  Lockheed N93R The NTSB noted that video of the takeoff shows the ... read more

Picture of the Day: Post flight

General Aviation News Adam Starace submitted this photo and note: "It was just a little touch and go practice on a nice afternoon around John C Tune Airport (KJWN) in Nashville in a Frequency Change aircraft. I’m a sucker for nice examples of a breed; this mid-1960s C-150D is still in the rental fleet. It’s well maintained and I love having access to it. The day may come when it’s hard to find something to rent." Read More read more

Florida GA license plate moves forward

AOPA General Aviation News A bill approving a general aviation license plate was signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on June 27. Now, the dedicated Florida aviators who designed the plate to support aviation scholarships are promoting it for presale. Read More read more

Beta Electric Aircraft Completes ‘Real-World’ Air Force Missions

FLYING Magazine After wrapping up its first test and deployment campaign with the U.S. Air Force in January, electric aircraft manufacturer Beta Technologies on Monday said it completed two more real-time demonstrations, dispatching its Alia aircraft with only a few minutes’ notice. The company believes these were the first such deployments for an electric aircraft with major commands of the Air Force. The on-base and cross-country missions with the Air Combat Command (ACC) and Air ... read more

Third generation Sclair solos

General Aviation News On July 9, 2024, I got to add another memorable flying moment. But this time, I was planted firmly on the ground. Read More read more

Hangar Shortage Spurs 2 GA Pilots to Launch Development Project

FLYING Magazine A number of factors led pilots Thomas Richter and Steve Jordan to make the leap into aviation real estate. Their hangar development project, the first they hope of many, is at Columbia Gorge Regional Airport (KDLS) in The Dalles, Oregon. Richter joined forces with longtime friend and business partner Jordan to create their Planecave venture. The two met more than 25 years ago when they were both working behind the camera in Hollywood. Since then, they each had their own ... read more

Can I get my medical approved if I used to be on medication for ADHD?

General Aviation News In a recent episode of the Pilot Minute, a video series from the FAA, Federal Air Surgeon Susan Northrup, MD, explains a new option allowing AMEs to issue a medical certificate for pilots who have been on ADHD medications. Read More read more

Veteran CFIs to join Instructor Hall of Fame

General Aviation News Two long-time safety advocates, Doug Stewart and Tim Tucker, will be inducted into the Flight Instructor Hall of Fame during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2024. Read More read more

Hawaii airfield secures 50-year lease

AOPA General Aviation News Airport advocates spent years negotiating the benefits of maintaining Hawaii's Dillingham Airport, also known as Kawaihāpai Airfield, a public- and military-use airport located on the north shore of Oahu. Read More read more

Ultimate Issue: Are You the One for That First Flight?

FLYING Magazine Your airplane project has been a part of life for a long time, it seems. Out there in the garage or in the basement, perhaps, it eventually outgrew the nest and found its way to the airport. Once there it gathered more parts as though magnetized and consumed money like, well, a suddenly well-paid merchant marine on extended shore leave. You embraced one and tolerated the other. In time, the list of to-be-completed tasks shrank, and the possibility of it actually flying came ... read more

This 2020 Cirrus SR22T Is a Standard-Setting ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 2020 Cirrus SR22T G6. The Cirrus SR22’s arrival on the market more than 20 years ago marked a new direction and a new standard for general aviation aircraft. Certified piston airplanes capable of transporting a ... read more

Pilot loses control of new-to-him airplane

General Aviation News The pilot’s failure to maintain control of the airplane during final approach to land, which resulted in an exceedance of the airplane’s critical angle of attack, aerodynamic stall, and collision with a fence and terrain. Read More read more

Sporty’s debuts new iPad Organizer Kneeboard

General Aviation News The all-in-one organizer features multiple compartments and pockets, allowing pilots to keep their iPad EFBs, and other essential items, arranged and easily accessible during flight, according to Sporty's officials. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: A real possibility

General Aviation News Michael Ruehmkorff submitted this photo and note: "I took this photo of our pressurized Centurion alone on the ramp in Telluride, Colorado, in May, 2024. Telluride is currently the highest commercially-served airport in North America at 9,070 feet MSL, and second only in elevation to Leadville, Colorado, which is 100 nm northeast at an elevation of 9,934 fleet. GA piston aircraft shorten the 6-1/2 hour drive from Denver to around 1-1/2 hours and makes enjoying a visit ... read more

A Hero’s Tribute at the 2024 Tahoe Truckee Air Show

General Aviation News The theme for the 2024 show was a memorial to Brig. Gen. Clarence E. “Bud” Anderson, who lived in nearby Auburn and was an enduring presence at the show for many years. Read More read more

Volunteers spruce up five airstrips in Oregon’s Hells Canyon

General Aviation News In May 2024, 30 volunteers completed another successful work party, maintaining five airstrips in Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest river gorge. Read More read more

2A0 to host first-ever airport day

General Aviation News The event, which is free to the community and pilots flying in, is slated for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 7, 2024. Read More read more

AOPA’S AIR SAFETY INSTITUTE RELEASES ENGINE FAILURE DURING TAKEOFF IN ‘TAMING THE TWIN’ VIDEO SERIES

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., July 12, 2024—In collaboration with Sporty’s Pilot Shop, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Air Safety Institute (ASI) released the third of five videos in its Taming the Twin series that provides a unique perspective on how to safely operate a multiengine airplane. Read More read more

AOPA’S AIR SAFETY INSTITUTE RELEASES ENGINE FAILURE DURING TAKEOFF IN ‘TAMING THE TWIN’ VIDEO SERIES

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., July 12, 2024—In collaboration with Sporty’s Pilot Shop, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Air Safety Institute (ASI) released the third of five videos in its Taming the Twin series that provides a unique perspective on how to safely operate a multiengine airplane. Read More read more

EAA Adopts New Procedures in Wake of AirVenture NTSB Crash Report

FLYING Magazine One strike and you’re out. This rule is among the procedural changes for EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in response to a deadly midair collision between a helicopter and gyrocopter last year. The aircraft were flying in the pattern of the Fun Fly Zone (FFZ), which is located in the Ultralight area. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined that the accident occurred when the gyroplane pilot violated established and briefed FFZ procedures by making a ... read more

Southwest Strikes Deal With Archer for Electric Air Taxi Service

FLYING Magazine Southwest Airlines is set to become the third major U.S. commercial airline to offer air taxi services using an unusual new design. On Friday, Southwest and Archer Aviation, manufacturer of the Midnight electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop a network of routes connecting Southwest terminals at California airports. The airline is the state’s largest air carrier and owns key hubs in Los Angeles, San ... read more

This 2020 ICON A5 Is a Fun, 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 2020 ICON A5. Like a lot of light sport aircraft (LSA), the ICON A5 was designed for sport flying—the pursuit of good times aloft rather than the efficient transit between points. The sleek machine thoroughly ... read more

The Bomber That Created a Bridge to Modern Airliners

FLYING Magazine Today in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, I’ll be flying the Boeing 307 Stratoliner, the first commercial airliner with a pressurized cabin that shared much of its DNA with the B-17 bomber. In 1935, the major airlines in the U.S. had a problem. They had contributed $100,000 each for Douglas Aircraft to develop a four-engine successor to the two-engine DC-3. But it was clear that the new DC-4 had problems and would be delayed. So they dropped out of the program and TWA ... read more

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Experiences In Flight Failure During Launch

FLYING Magazine For the first time in nearly a decade, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket experienced a malfunction while attempting to deliver a batch of internet satellites into orbit on Thursday night. The launch, which occurred around 10:30 p.m. local time at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, is a rare mishap for SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, which routinely flies NASA astronauts to orbit. During tonight’s Falcon 9 launch of Starlink, the second stage engine did not complete its second ... read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1975 Cessna 150M

Plane & Pilot Magazine Sometimes, less is more. Among the wide selection of complex, high-performance aircraft with IFR-capable instrument panels available for sale, a simple, basic alternative can present … Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1975 Cessna 150M" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1975 Cessna 150M appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Air Force Pilots Begin Training for Air Tractor-Based Light Attack Variant

FLYING Magazine Air Force pilots have begun training with two Air Tractor AT-802U turboprop taildraggers, in anticipation of first deliveries of OA-1K Sky Warden light attack aircraft later this year. The OA-1K is based on the AT-802 and is a joint project between Air Tractor and defense contractor L3Harris. Some observers have questioned the Air Force’s commitment to the Sky Warden program as the military shifts focus away from counter-insurgency operations that match up with the ... read more

Flight Outfitters updates flight bags

General Aviation News The company has updated its Lift Flight Bag and Aviator backpack, while introducing its new Crew Duffel Bag. Read More read more

What Does It Take to Buy Your First Aircraft?

FLYING Magazine Are you interested in buying your first plane but don’t know where to start? The aviation community continues to expand every year, and the light sport aircraft market has flourished recently. With the growing number of aviation clubs, hobby groups, events, and publications, you may be wondering if you could have access to an aircraft, or maybe you’re already a student pilot or a member of a flying club with flying hours under your belt and want to own your own ... read more

Ultimate Issue: First Few Hours of Being a CFI Are the Hardest

FLYING Magazine Congratulations! You earned your flight instructor rating, and now it’s your turn to teach someone else how to fly. But just because you now carry the title of CFI doesn’t mean you know all there is about teaching flying. I am coming up on 21 years as a CFI, and there are stumbling blocks I’ve seen freshly minted CFIs trip over. Here are 12 suggestions to help make your journey as an educator a smooth one for both you and your learners: 1. Use a syllabus Even if you were ... read more

Drunk student pilot crashes on highway when plane runs out of fuel

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

Pilots’ Favorite and Least Favorite Airports

FLYING Magazine Each year, organizations like SkyTrax publish awards that include the best and worst airports around the world. These generally focus on items such as passenger comfort, amenities, concessions, security wait times, and other passenger-focused metrics. Pilots also have favorite and least favorite airports, but for different reasons. In addition to wondering who has the best scenery and food, crewmembers are interested in which airports are busiest, where the arrivals are ... read more

Astronaut Joe Engle Has Died at 91

FLYING Magazine Retired Air National Guard Major General Joe Engle, the first NASA astronaut to fly the North American X-15 hypersonic rocket plane and the space shuttle, died Wednesday. He was 91. According to the space agency, Engle was born in Abilene, Kansas, in 1932. His family said he was enamored with flight since childhood and always had his eyes on the sky.  Engle’s entry into the world of aerospace began when he earned a degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of ... read more

Joby Eyes Regional Service With Liquid Hydrogen-Powered Air Taxi

FLYING Magazine Electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft company Joby Aviation, which is developing a four-passenger air taxi for intracity trips, will look to fly city-to-city using a hydrogen-powered version of its flagship design. On June 24, the firm’s “first-of-its-kind” hydrogen-electric, vertical takeoff and landing (hVTOL) demonstrator completed a 532 sm (462 nm) flight—about the distance between San Francisco and San Diego—above Marina, California, home to the Joby’s ... read more

Picture of the Day: Glider regatta

General Aviation News Steve Kennedy, a glider pilot with Red Wing Soaring Association at L.O. Simenstad Municipal Airport (KOEO) in Osceola, Wisconsin, writes: "Gliders readying for tow at Region 7 Glider Regatta at Albert Lea Airport (KAEL) in Minnesota, May 2024." Read More read more

The Biggest Little Air Show 2024

General Aviation News Sunny skies and a sellout crowd were on hand for the 11th Biggest Little Air Show put on June 15, 2024, by the Hiller Aviation Museum in Northern California. Read More read more

Celebrate National Aviation Day

General Aviation News The First Flight Society will hold a joint celebration of National Aviation Day with the Wright Brothers National Memorial, Aug. 19, 2024. Read More read more

378 Days of Solitude: NASA Volunteers Emerge From Mars Simulator

FLYING Magazine A knock on the door around dinnertime isn’t always welcome. But for four NASA volunteers, it was the first outside human interaction in over a year. On Saturday, after 378 days of solitude, crewmembers Anca Selariu, Nathan Jones, Kelly Haston, and Ross Brockwell emerged from Mars Dune Alpha: a 1,700-square-foot simulated Mars habitat part of NASA’s Crew Health and Performance Exploration Analog (CHAPEA) program. The yearlong simulation was the first of three planned ... read more

2024 Aircraft Buyer’s Cheat Sheet

FLYING Magazine Buying an aircraft can seem daunting, for both new and veteran pilots alike. There are many factors to consider, including your budget, financing, and simply finding the type of aircraft that’s right for you. In our Aircraft Buyer’s Cheat Sheet, we break down this complex process so you can feel more confident. What you’ll learn: The six steps of aircraft financing Types of aircraft, and where to shop Fixed and variable costs to consider Aircraft insurance Complete the ... read more

Words of wisdom from CFIs

General Aviation News The latest issue of FAA Safety focuses on aviation educators. Among the articles is one that caught my eye: "Words of Wisdom from Flight Instructors," by Nicole Hartman and Rebekah Waters. What words of wisdom would you share? Read More read more

ICAO Launches Probe of U.S. Aviation Safety Infrastructure

FLYING Magazine The FAA reported Tuesday that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is initiating an audit of the U.S. civil aviation oversight system. According to a report by Reuters, the probe marks the first time ICAO has called for such a probe since 2007. The two-week review will involve 12 auditors from 10 countries and begin this week. The results are expected to be released in January. The FAA, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), U.S. Department of ... read more

Airlines Cut Pilot Hiring Numbers in First Half of 2024

FLYING Magazine Major U.S. airlines substantially scaled back pilot hiring during the first half of 2024. Citing aircraft delivery delays and normalizing attrition levels as reasons for the slowdown, airlines hired just over 3,600 pilots from January through June, a decrease from the 6,509 hired during the same period in 2023. Data from airline career consultancy group Future & Active Pilot Advisors (FAPA) measures hiring trends at 13 major U.S. carriers. The largest year-over-year ... read more

Employer Profile: Kalitta Air

FLYING Magazine Kalitta Air provides air cargo transportation services, aircraft heavy maintenance, parts sales and service, and engineering services.  Headquartered at Willow Run Airport (KYIP) in Ypsilanti Township, Mich., the company operates worldwide. Kalitta’s call sign—”Connie”— is a nod to its founder, Conrad “Connie” Kalitta, who began the business as a car-part-carrying airline in 1967. The airline changed its name to American International Airways in 1984, when it began offering ... read more

This 1983 Piper PA-32R-301T Turbo Saratoga Is a Long-Haul ‘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 1983 Piper PA-32R-301T Turbo Saratoga. A friend and former Piper Saratoga owner used to say it’s the best airplane for family trips. What he meant, I believe, is that it reminded him most of a large, comfortable car ... read more

Misunderstanding leads to failed checkride

General Aviation News However, although the tower or involved traffic did not say anything to me, my DPE said what I did was not safe and he would have to fail me on my checkride. I agreed and was just surprised I had made such a silly yet vital mistake. Read More read more

Textron Aviation relocates parts stockroom in Alaska

General Aviation News From Fairbanks to Anchorage. Read More read more

Piper pilots celebrate Sentimental Journey

AOPA General Aviation News The thirty-eighth annual Sentimental Journey Fly-In to William T. Piper Memorial Airport in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, drew 200 aircraft and more than 2,000 attendees during a six-day celebration (June 18 to 23) at the birthplace of the venerable Piper J–3 Cub and its tube-and-fabric siblings. Read More read more

Pilot, senator, aviation advocate Inhofe mourned

AOPA General Aviation News Jim Inhofe, the former senator from Oklahoma known for his support of aviation, from advocating for airline employees and air traffic controllers to his legislation known as the Pilot’s Bill of Rights, died July 9. He was 89. Read More read more

Piper pilots celebrate Sentimental Journey

AOPA General Aviation News The thirty-eighth annual Sentimental Journey Fly-In to William T. Piper Memorial Airport in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, drew 200 aircraft and more than 2,000 attendees during a six-day celebration (June 18 to 23) at the birthplace of the venerable Piper J–3 Cub and its tube-and-fabric siblings. Read More read more

Pilot, senator, aviation advocate Inhofe mourned

AOPA General Aviation News Jim Inhofe, the former senator from Oklahoma known for his support of aviation, from advocating for airline employees and air traffic controllers to his legislation known as the Pilot’s Bill of Rights, died July 9. He was 89. Read More read more

Boeing Starliner Astronauts Give Earth-to-Orbit Update

FLYING Magazine “Welcome aboard the International Space Station.” For the public, those were the first words heard from NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams—the crew of the space agency’s Boeing Crew Flight Test (CFT)—since they arrived at the orbital laboratory more than one month ago for an intended eight-day stay. The Earth-to-orbit call between crew and NASA command was live streamed on the agency’s website. The event answered appeals from members of the media, made during a ... read more

ATP Flight School Program Offers CFI Route to Delta Pilot Careers

FLYING Magazine Delta Air Lines is partnering with ATP Flight School on the launch of a new entry point into the Delta Propel Pilot Career Path program designed specifically for ATP’s certified flight instructors. In order to qualify, the CFIs must have earned their instrument rating, commercial certificate, and flight instructor certificate at ATP Flight School. Applicants must also be actively flying as an ATP CFI and are required to have between 500 to 1,250 total flight hours. Each ... read more

Mini EFIS Units Keep Budget, Complexity In Check

FLYING Magazine After cutting a new instrument panel and all the other labor-intensive work that tags along with the retrofit, flagship big-screen EFIS (Electronic Flight Instrument System) upgrades come with eye-watering invoices and lots of downtime. While these big projects could make sense for some, we suspect the majority of buyers look for ways to keep the budget and complexity in check. Enter small-screen EFIS, otherwise known as a budget glass upgrade. These are generally two ... read more

Picture of the Day: Sunny Day

General Aviation News Diana Layton submitted this photo and note: "A Civil Air Patrol aircraft lands at Grant County Airport in Petersburg, West Virginia, after taking two teachers on a Teacher Orientation Program (TOP) flight, earned after becoming Aerospace Education Members through CAP." Read More read more

Big distance and bigger fun

General Aviation News The Air Race Classic is all about flying the "perfect" cross-country. Read More read more

Aircraft Maintenance: Detailing your airplane like a pro

AOPA General Aviation News For all of the enjoyment that we get from flying our airplanes, we probably get an equal or greater amount of joy from just looking at them. A clean and shiny airplane puts a smile on anyone’s face and inspires your passengers to be confident that it will fly as beautifully as it looks. Maintaining your aircraft’s paint is also a great investment, as the cost of aircraft painting continues to soar. Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: Clean and clear

AOPA General Aviation News It’s simple. You need a clean aircraft windshield for a clear view, especially when it comes to scanning for traffic. But, like many things in flying, there’s a right way, and a wrong way, to clean the windscreen. Read More read more

Get to know Letters to Airmen

AOPA General Aviation News Reading notices to air missions (notams) can be a tedious task for pilots, but it’s probably fair to say that most of us are pretty familiar with them and know how important they are to the safe operation of the national airspace system. Read More read more

What Is the Rudder Used for in Flying?

FLYING Magazine Question: I fly in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020. I was wondering, what do you use the rudder for in flight? Answer: Rudder controls the side-to-side motion of the nose of the airplane—the technical term for this is yaw. To make the airplane turn (bank), the pilot moves the yoke or stick in the direction they want to turn. This activates the ailerons, which are the outboard, moveable panels on the wings. The downward-deflected panel is on the outside of the turn, and as ... read more

Video: Moses Lake Air Show 2024

General Aviation News Fred Johnsen, the force behind the Airailimages YouTube channel and General Aviation News Of Wings & Things columnist, recently posted a video that captures the entire show, including a STOL competition, RC airplanes, air show performances, military might, and much more. Read More read more

Chinese Intel Expert: Leaked F-35, F-15 Documents ‘Appear Authentic’

FLYING Magazine Online posts of purportedly secret documents relating to the F-35, F-15, and some advanced weapons systems appear to be genuine, according to a Chinese intelligence expert. The South China Morning Post, an independent newspaper in Hong Kong, said the expert, a man named Tang, an executive of Beijing-based antivirus and security company Rising Information Technology, reviewed some of the documents posted on the encrypted forum Telegram by Ivan Ivanof, who claims to be a ... read more

Aviation advocate flies west

General Aviation News Former U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), a pilot who logged more than 11,000 hours, passed away July 9, 2024, after a sudden illness. He was 89. Read More read more

Get to know Letters to Airmen

AOPA General Aviation News Reading notices to air missions (notams) can be a tedious task for pilots, but it’s probably fair to say that most of us are pretty familiar with them and know how important they are to the safe operation of the national airspace system. Read More read more

Ultimate Issue: The Connection Between Airports and God’s Acres

FLYING Magazine Sitting in the Pioneer Cemetery on a knoll across the street from Lunken Airport in Cincinnati, I was thinking about cemeteries and airports (imagine that). It is a lovely, peaceful spot set on a knoll, but most of the remains—people who went down the Ohio River and settled on the flat ground below in the late 1700s—were reinterred up here above the floodplain. That large, flat area, called the Turkey Bottoms, would become “Sunken Lunken” Airport in the early 1920s. I’ve ... read more

This 1946 ERCO 415-C Ercoupe Is an Easy-to-Fly ‘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 1946 ERCO 415-C Ercoupe. Fred Weick, an airmail pilot, aircraft designer, and engineer who also helped advance early airmail operations, left his fingerprints on a number of famously safe and reliable airplanes, ... read more

Failure to use carb heat causes accident

General Aviation News A total loss of engine power due to carburetor icing, which resulted from the pilot's failure to use carburetor heat while operating in conditions conducive to the formation of carburetor ice. Read More read more

Pilot releases audiobook double feature

General Aviation News The aviation mystery/thrillers follow seaplane pilot Luke Angel as he confronts a dangerous conspiracy, a deadly cartel, and the shadows of his own past. Clues are scattered from the Florida Keys to the far side of the Gulf of Mexico, with much of the action centered around St. Petersburg's Albert Whitted Airport (KSPG). Read More read more

Get to know Letters to Airmen

AOPA General Aviation News Reading notices to air missions (notams) can be a tedious task for pilots, but it’s probably fair to say that most of us are pretty familiar with them and know how important they are to the safe operation of the national airspace system. Read More read more

Fire Threatens Rural California GA Airport

FLYING Magazine Placerville Airport (KPVF), located in California’s Gold Country about 45 miles northeast of Sacramento, has temporarily closed as authorities assess damage caused by a fast-moving wildfire. “The fire came right up to the runway,” said Wendy Oakes, public information officer for Cal Fire Amador-El Dorado Unit. According to Oakes, the blaze that is known as the Pay Fire began Saturday in vegetation on Pay Dirt Road near the airport.  The airport covers 243 acres at an ... read more

FlightPath Podcast: Dustin Cordier of StepZero Coaching

FLYING Magazine Having led sales teams through rapid growth, global recessions, competitive environments, and generational change, Dustin Cordier knows the secrets behind good leadership. In this episode of the FlightPath podcast, Cordier, the founder and head coach at StepZero Coaching, shares his journey through business aviation. Listen to FlightPath on your favorite podcast player: Spotify Apple Podcasts  If you like the show, subscribe, rate, and review wherever you listen to ... read more

Electric Regional Aircraft Developer Lands Battery Manufacturing Hub

FLYING Magazine A German developer of a zero-emission, battery-electric regional aircraft for up to nine passengers has identified the site that will house the heart of its manufacturing operation. Munich-based manufacturer Vaeridion on Saturday opened its electric battery development lab at the Bosch Collaboration Campus in Holzkirchen, Germany. The site, located in the Munich suburbs, grants Vaeridion access to hardware and services from Bosch General Aviation Technology—the GA arm of ... read more

Picture of the Day: Another sortie complete

General Aviation News Diana Layton submitted this photo and note: "Another one in the books for completed O-ride glider flights in the Civil Air Patrol glider at Grant County Airport (W99) in Petersburg, West Virginia." Read More read more

Lilium Partner UrbanLink Targets eVTOL Jet Service in Caribbean

FLYING Magazine UrbanLink Air Mobility, a U.S. operator of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft that in May committed to purchase 20 eVTOL jets from German manufacturer Lilium, is expanding into the Caribbean. The company on Tuesday announced a partnership with California-based vertiport developer and operator Skyway Technologies to install eVTOL hubs in South Florida and Puerto Rico. The partners plan to release more information on locations and routes in those markets ... read more

A little empathy goes a long way

General Aviation News When you get right down to it, the airport manager slot is a service position, not all that different from the one a kid has when they get their first job working in the food service industry. But while the kid eats the food his restaurant serves, more often than not the airport manager does not utlilize the services their facility offers. Read More read more

Remembering Right of Way and Steering Clear of a ‘Watsonville’

FLYING Magazine I was flying the pattern of Pierce County Airport-Thun Field (KPLU) in Puyallup, Washington, with a private pilot in his Cessna 172 when, just as we reached the “abeam the intended point of touchdown” on the downwind leg, the pilot of a Cessna twin keyed up reporting on a 3-mile final.  I looked off the extended centerline hoping to see the landing light of the twin. No joy. The skies were hazy due to forest fire smoke, and the light was flat because it was late afternoon ... read more

Win-win: Support youth aviation and get a chance to win a Cessna 150

General Aviation News Hamilton Soaring Club, a non-profit organization in Texas dedicated to fostering a passion for aviation among young people, is holding a special charity auction featuring a refurbished 1959 Cessna 150. All proceeds will go to the club. Read More read more

Watch for ‘Oshkosh Live’ During AirVenture

Plane & Pilot Magazine AA AirVenture is a bucket-list experience for pilots and aspiring aviators. This year, through an exciting partnership with Redbird Flight, FLYING is expanding its coverage … Read More "Watch for ‘Oshkosh Live’ During AirVenture" The post Watch for ‘Oshkosh Live’ During AirVenture appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Pilot’s First Solo Ends With Stall/Spin at 45 Feet

FLYING Magazine Canada’s Transportation Safety Board says a pilot’s first solo ended in disaster at Quebec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport (CYQB), but it didn’t specify a cause for the crash. The student was seriously injured but survived. The board highlighted all the precautions that flight schools and instructors should observe before sending a new pilot aloft for the first time and reminded pilots, regardless of experience, “of the importance of being vigilant upon landing ... read more

Metro Aviation expands

General Aviation News Metro Aviation in Lafayette, Louisiana, has expanded, creating Metro Gulf, a new division that adds fixed-wing aircraft to the company’s list of completion services. Read More read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1946 Erco 415-C Ercoupe

Plane & Pilot Magazine The classic Ercoupe has a well-earned reputation for being among the cheapest aircraft to purchase and maintain. Unfortunately, many have been maintained by some of … Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1946 Erco 415-C Ercoupe" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1946 Erco 415-C Ercoupe appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Aircraft Maintenance: Detailing your airplane like a pro

AOPA General Aviation News For all of the enjoyment that we get from flying our airplanes, we probably get an equal or greater amount of joy from just looking at them. A clean and shiny airplane puts a smile on anyone’s face and inspires your passengers to be confident that it will fly as beautifully as it looks. Maintaining your aircraft’s paint is also a great investment, as the cost of aircraft painting continues to soar. Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: Clean and clear

AOPA General Aviation News It’s simple. You need a clean aircraft windshield for a clear view, especially when it comes to scanning for traffic. But, like many things in flying, there’s a right way, and a wrong way, to clean the windscreen. Read More read more

This 2008 Eclipse 500 Is a VLJ Pioneer and an ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 2008 Eclipse 500. During the early 2000s a number of aircraft companies were busy developing small jets, often called very light lets (VLJs) that were aimed largely at pilot-owners who were expected to use them as ... read more

The Hughes XF-11, a Behemoth That Never Made It Out of Testing

FLYING Magazine At first glance, it might be mistaken for a Lockheed P-38 Lightning. The unique twin-tail boom arrangement, the shoulder-mounted wing positioned just behind the cockpit, and the small, bullet-shaped cockpit section itself extending forward of the wing’s leading edge create a nearly identical silhouette. But silhouettes mask details and size, and a closer look reveals how the massive Hughes XF-11 was a vastly different aircraft—with a vastly different fate. The size of the ... read more

Confused student, distracted CFI a bad combination

General Aviation News I had total trust and confidence that the student would continue as instructed on the downwind until the Tower was ready for our base turn. That is not what happened. Read More read more

2025 FAR/AIM series starts shipping in July

General Aviation News The books, available in soft cover and as ebooks, are indexed and show clearly-marked changes since the last release for quick reference, according to ASA officials. Read More read more

Questions Remain After July Fourth Drone Show Falls Apart

FLYING Magazine The audience at the Fourth of July drone show over Angle Lake in SeaTac, Washington, got more than it bargained for when during the performance 55 of the 200 drones in flight malfunctioned and fell out of the sky.  The drones are owned by the Great Lakes Drone Co. of Coloma, Michigan. The company has been providing drone shows since 2017.  The show box was over Angle Lake, which covers approximately 102 acres and is surrounded by residential homes and a park. READ MORE: Are ... read more

Boeing to Plead Guilty in DOJ 737 Max Crash Cases

FLYING Magazine Boeing has reached an agreement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) over the company’s actions following two 737 Max crashes that killed 346 people and sparked the grounding of the 737 line for more than a year.  According to the DOJ, Boeing has agreed to plead guilty to a criminal fraud charge after the government determined the aerospace manufacturer had violated an agreement that protected it from prosecution. Last week federal prosecutors gave Boeing a choice between ... read more

FLYING Unveils ‘Oshkosh Live’ Video Programming Lineup

FLYING Magazine EAA AirVenture is a bucket-list experience for pilots and aspiring aviators. This year, through an exciting partnership with Redbird Flight Solutions, FLYING is expanding its coverage of the largest airshow in the U.S. with a live daily broadcast from the airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. If you plan to go to AirVenture this year, you can find our “Oshkosh LIVE” Redbird Studio on-site at Redbird Exhibit space 301, adjacent to Hangar A and facing Knapp Street. If you have never ... read more

NASA’s Asteroid, Comet Hunting Telescope Set to Retire at End of Month

FLYING Magazine A NASA space telescope designed to “hunt” asteroids and comets that could pose a threat to life on Earth and orbiting spacecraft will soon burn up in orbit. In late 2024 or early 2025, the agency’s Near-Earth Object (NEO) Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer—or NEOWISE—is expected to come home in pieces following the conclusion of its second mission later this month. The spacecraft, which spent more than a decade collecting data on objects whizzing past the Earth and ... read more

Army of Volunteers Gives AirVenture Its Lift

FLYING Magazine EAA AirVenture is the largest aviation event in the U.S. and it likely wouldn’t happen at all were it not for the efforts of thousands of volunteers.  You’ll see volunteers at the show wearing vests. They do everything from parking cars and airplanes to driving trams and making sure the infrastructure of the grounds, such as walking paths and parking lots, are ready for use.  READ MORE: 7 Things to Know Before You Go to AirVenture  EAA doesn’t yet have an exact tally of how ... read more

Picture of the Day: It never gets old

General Aviation News David Summer submitted this photo and note: "Sunrise over Central Indiana in a 1960 Piper Comanche PA-24-250. It never gets old." Read More read more

The Best Paying Pilot Jobs

FLYING Magazine Becoming a pilot opens the door to a world of promising and lucrative career prospects. Although a pilot’s early career jobs may not be exceptionally well-paying, their salary typically increases significantly with more experience. There are many types of pilot jobs throughout the country, and some of them offer higher earning potential than others. Here are the best paying pilot jobs:   Major Airlines The “big three” in the United States—American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, ... read more

The Maine event: Flying off the water

General Aviation News Time spent with pilot John Hartz quickly reveals his preference for flying off the water and for doing it in Maine, a state with a heritage of seaplane flying. Read More read more

Oregon Airpark Development Aims to Create Access to ‘Outdoor Playground of the West’

FLYING Magazine Good aviation communities cater to the aviation needs of pilots. Great ones do that while having unspoiled views that rival other neighborhoods in the region. Linda Goering, from Bend, Oregon, feels that Goering Ranches Airport (50OR) is the perfect location for an airpark that will attract aviators from near and far. “We started building the runway…in 1984 on what was a 200-acre property,” Goering said. “As we saved money, we bought more and more pieces, so that we ended ... read more

The search for Amelia Earhart continues — in her hometown

General Aviation News The Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum will host two free programs that bring experts in the search for Amelia’s plane to her Atchison, Kansas, hometown during the annual Amelia Earhart Festival. Read More read more

Training cropdusters

General Aviation News Based at Cleveland Municipal Airport (KRNV), the Agricultural Aviation Operations Career Pathway Certification program prepares graduates to be hired by an aerial applicator business without incurring increased insurance costs, removing one of the largest hurdles for new ag pilots, according to university officials. Read More read more

This 1942 Noorduyn Norseman Is an ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick Tested In the Canadian Backcountry

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 1942 Noorduyn Norseman UC-64A. If you think the Noorduyn Norseman looks a lot like a de Havilland DCH-2 Beaver, you are not alone. The similarities make sense because the two aircraft were designed to handle the ... read more

New Human Factors courses available for general aviation pilots

General Aviation News The courses, which are eligible for WINGS credit, focus on safety culture, human performance, communication, teamwork, situational awareness, decision-making, threat and error management, human information processing, and design and automation. Read More read more

Ultimate Issue: AOA Gets Revisited —Again

FLYING Magazine For as long as I can remember—I started doing this in 1968—writers for FLYING and other aviation publications have been singing the praises of angle-of-attack (AOA) indicators. They were rare in general aviation airplanes until 2014 when the FAA simplified the requirements for installing them. A proliferation of aftermarket AOA systems followed, ranging in price from around $300 to more than $3,000. I don’t know how widely these devices have been adopted, nor do I know ... read more

Improperly installed part leads to serious injuries for RV-10 pilot

General Aviation News Total loss of engine power due to the improper installation of an electronic ignition system connector plug. Read More read more

Simplify your search for aircraft mods

General Aviation News STC owners and installers pay a subscription to be in the Modifly database. That allows the service to be offered at no cost to aircraft owners. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: Lucky shot

General Aviation News Gerald Oliver submitted this photo and note: "We just happened to catch this Yak on takeoff from the Eagles Nest Airport (T56) in Midlothian, Texas, as the Historic Aircraft Preservation Society's 1931 Fleet Model 8 (the last one flying), 1942 J-3 Cub, and a 1965 Ford Mustang sit nicely on a grassy patch." Read More read more

Pilot Minute: Can I take a weight loss drug and still fly?

General Aviation News In a recent Pilot Minute video from Federal Air Surgeon Susan Northrup, she looks into whether a pilot can take one of the popular weight loss medications that are all the rage now and still fly. Read More read more

Three Americans place in international aviation art contest

General Aviation News The 2024 theme, “Air Sports for a Peaceful World,” encouraged students to create artwork demonstrating how air sports can unite people of different backgrounds, form friendships, and make the world a better place. Read More read more

NTSB’s Final Report Leaves Unanswered Questions in Copilot’s Fatal Fall

FLYING Magazine The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) could not definitively determine whether copilot Charles Crooks fell or jumped to his death during the emergency landing of a CASA C-212 in July 2022, per a newly released final report. New details reveal the incident occurred during a skydiving operation at Raeford West Airport (NR20) in North Carolina. The pilots were on approach to pick up another group of skydivers with second in command (SIC) Crooks flying. According to ... read more

How to Land a Helicopter Pilot Job

FLYING Magazine Becoming a helicopter pilot can lead to a thrilling career filled with adventure. Helicopters can perform specialized tasks that fixed-wing aircraft cannot, leading to a world of opportunities for aspiring aviators.  From search and rescue to aerial photography, the possibilities for helicopter pilots are endless. Here is how to land a job as a helicopter pilot. How Do You Become One? The licensing process is similar to that of fixed-wing pilots. Aspiring helicopter pilots ... read more

7 Things to Know Before You Go to AirVenture

FLYING Magazine This year marks my 20th visit to Oshkosh for the EAA AirVenture annual convention in Wisconsin. Over the years I have learned at least seven tricks to making the trip more productive and enjoyable—and now I share them with you. 1. If you drive to the event, pack your patience.  You may end up parked well away from the show grounds and bused to the front gate. Take note of where you parked (for example Blue Lot) and write it down. Also consider dropping an AirTag in your ... read more

Earhart Museum to Explore Evidence Related to Aviatrix’s Disappearance

FLYING Magazine On July 2, 1937, aviatrix Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared while flying over the Pacific in their Lockheed Electra 10-E.  Although the disappearance was 87 years ago, it remains of interest to many. On July 19 and 20, it will be the topic of two separate events presented by the Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum in Atchison, Kansas. The discussions are set to take place the same weekend as the town’s Amelia Earhart Festival, which is held the third weekend in ... read more

EAA Events Added to ForeFlight

Plane & Pilot Magazine ForeFlight, arguably one of the world’s most popular flight planners with databases that thousands of pilots have used since its inception in 2007, has something … Read More "EAA Events Added to ForeFlight" The post EAA Events Added to ForeFlight appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Museum’s annual Classic Car Show ready to roll

General Aviation News Vintage vehicles are preparing to converge on the grounds of Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (KMHT) in New Hampshire, home to the Aviation Museum of N.H. and its annual Classic Car Show. Read More read more

Ultimate Issue: We Fly the Cessna T182T Skylane

FLYING Magazine There’s no truth whatsoever to the assertion that the Cessna 182 has been around so long that the first model was open cockpit. The reality is that with its model 310 twin selling like crazy, Cessna realized that nosewheels meant good ground handling, fewer ground loops, and happy customers. For the 1956 model year, the company applied the nosewheel concept to its tailwheel 180 and smaller sibling 170, creating the 182 and 172. Thus began a sales tour de force that ... read more

This 1981 T210N Centurion Is One Fast Cessna and an ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1981 Cessna T210N Centurion. After recently featuring the six-seat Beechcraft A36 Bonanza, we decided to follow with that airplane’s close rival from Cessna. In head-to-head competition the two are very close, with ... read more

Pilot frustrated by another pilot in the pattern

General Aviation News At this point I am very frustrated with this guy so I decided to go back to ZZZ where at least I would have tower looking out for me. Read More read more

Spirit Hands Out Furlough Notices Amid Pay Raises for Executives

FLYING Magazine Spirit Airlines pilots and their union have raised concerns over the carrier’s decision to issue furlough notices to pilots while simultaneously approving salary increases for several top executives. In a July 1 Form 8-K filing, the carrier announced pay raises for four of its C-suite executives and its CEO. At the same time, 200 pilots received furlough notices—a plan the airline initially laid out in April due to aircraft engine issues and slower growth plans. READ MORE: ... read more

FAA Greenlights New Las Vegas Area Airport

FLYING Magazine Plans to break ground on a new Las Vegas airport are progressing following the FAA’s recent approval of the project. Las Vegas Executive Airport will be located some 30 miles west of Harry Reid International Airport (KLAS) and will accommodate single-engine, multiengine, and rotorcraft operations. Clark County commissioners unanimously approved runway construction for the project, which is set to begin in the coming months. Officials involved with the development told local ... read more

Nonprofit Turns to Jets to Fight Cancer

FLYING Magazine Corporate aviation tends to take a beating for what some see as unnecessary extravagance, but you can bet many finger-pointers would have a different perspective if they or a loved one were riding on a bizjet that was taking them for cancer treatments they otherwise wouldn’t be able to access.  For over 42 years, the Corporate Angel Network (CAN) has been quietly working in the background to make this happen for as many cancer patients as possible, regardless of their ... read more

Earning Your Winter WINGS

FLYING Magazine Winter here in New England seems to be loosening its grip, the days are getting a few minutes longer every week and what little snow we had is receding quickly. Since I got back into home flight simulation, I look forward to the winter as the cold weather guarantees a few more weekends that I get to spend indoors, guilt-free. The winter makes it easier to schedule a weekend afternoon flight in my flight simulator, no matter what the real weather is doing outside. One goal I ... 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

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

Florida Man Arrested on Charges of Shooting Walmart Delivery Drone

FLYING Magazine A 72-year-old Clermont, Florida, man faces multiple charges, including one felony, after authorities say he shot a Walmart delivery drone that he said was flying over his house. According to an arrest affidavit, Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived at Clermont’s Walmart store Wednesday in response to a drone being shot while flying on delivery. Representatives from DroneUp, a new drone delivery service partnered with Walmart, told deputies they had a two-man crew ... read more

NTSB: Witness Provides Details Leading Up to Fatal T-34 Crash

FLYING Magazine Flybys of a friend’s home may have contributed to the fatal crash of a Beechcraft T-34A Mentor that claimed the life of retired astronaut William Anders last month in Washington state, according to investigators. Anders, 90, was a retired military pilot and Air Force major general, Apollo-era NASA astronaut, and founder of the Heritage Flight Museum. According to the preliminary investigation published by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), a friend told ... read more

Picture of the Day: Where the sea lions and whales play

General Aviation News Jeremy Lezin submitted this photo and note: "I often fly my Carbon Cub SS out over the Monterey Bay, looking for whale activity. I count myself lucky if I find a single whale or a small pod. On this day I flew over half a dozen whales working with a raft of sea lions. The whales would dive down, blow bubbles, and then chase schools of fish to the surface." Read More read more

Is Sferics Equipment Still Needed in the Cockpit?

FLYING Magazine Question: Now that ground-based lightning has made its way into our cockpits, is there still a need for a sferics device such as a Stormscope?  Answer: It depends on your mission and how many Ben Franklins you have to spare. Your sferics (short for radio atmospherics) equipment may represent the only real-time weather you’ll ever see in your cockpit. Sure, panel-mounted and portable weather systems deliver their product in a timely fashion, but it will never be as immediate ... read more

Ask Paul: What’s going on with my recently overhauled engine?

General Aviation News However, whenever I start the plane and reduce RPM to 1,000, it runs very rough. It idles at about 650 rpm and rough as well. At start up and low RPM, the RPM fluctuates quite a bit before it eventually stabilizes. Read More read more

Employer Profile: Clay Lacy Aviation

FLYING Magazine Founded in 1968, Clay Lacy Aviation offers aircraft management, charter, maintenance, and other services to private and corporate clients. Clay Lacy’s main operations centers are at Van Nuys Airport (KVNY) in Greater Los Angeles, McClellan-Palomar Airport (KCRQ) near San Diego, and Waterbury-Oxford Airport (KOXC) in Connecticut. It operates FBO, maintenance, charter, and management centers at airports nationwide.  Clay Lacy Mission Statement The company’s website lists the ... read more

Weather Minimums Memo at Florida Flight School Generates Controversy

FLYING Magazine “If I wasn’t here right now, would you fly?” I ask my private pilot candidates this when the weather is unstable or marginal VFR and falling. If they determine the weather does not support the mission, they need to explain why they came to that decision. Developing personal minimums and learning to make the go/no-go decision is an essential part of their training. Developing that skill set can be tough to do when you are being pressured by a CFI intent on accumulating hours ... read more

16 Texas pilots become Master Pilots

General Aviation News "These pilots represent tens of thousands of accident-free flying hours with both national and international experience, including aircraft from the Piper J-3 Cub to the Boeing 767," said officials with West Houston Airport. Read More read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1947 Beechcraft 35 Bonanza

Plane & Pilot Magazine Most classic aircraft under $100,000 have needs. Whether the panel is antiquated with barely functional radios, the engine approaching the recommended time before overhaul (TBO), … Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1947 Beechcraft 35 Bonanza" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1947 Beechcraft 35 Bonanza appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Heritage Aviation newly Authorized Garmin service center

General Aviation News Heritage Aviation, based at Patrick Leahy Burlington International Airport (KBTV), has been named an authorized Garmin Aviation Service Center. Read More read more

Risk Mitigation Through Defensive Flying

Plane & Pilot Magazine Many training programs for on-the-road vehicles focus on defensive driving techniques as a safety strategy. They include key points, such as avoiding distractions, trying to … Read More "Risk Mitigation Through Defensive Flying" The post Risk Mitigation Through Defensive Flying appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

This 1983 Beechcraft A36 Bonanza Is a Family-Hauling ‘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 1983 Beechcraft A36 Bonanza Beechcraft Bonanzas have been desirable personal aircraft since the model’s introduction in 1947. Their reputation for performance, styling, and overall high quality kept the four-place ... read more

ASA introduces comfort ear seals for pilot headsets

General Aviation News "Extend the wear time of your headset with the addition of these seals that help ease hot spots and pressure," ASA officials said. "The heat-sensitive foam core conforms to create a comfortable, head-forming seal that minimizes outside noise. A durable covering made of eco-friendly microfiber vegan leather is comfortable in all climates." Read More read more

Airplane Types Unlock AirVenture Locations for Parking, Camping

FLYING Magazine My good friend Chris recently bought his first airplane. It’s over half a decade old and has a wooden airframe covered in fabric. He loves it and has been looking forward to flying it to as many fly-ins and get-togethers as possible.  As is the case with any first-time airplane owner, he’s pretty excited and has been asking me all kinds of thoughtful questions about the logistics of flying into the biggest aviation celebration in the world, EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, ... read more

Banner tow pilot crashes after missing the pickup

General Aviation News The pilot’s exceedance of the airplane’s critical angle of attack during a missed banner pickup, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall/spin and loss of control at an altitude too low to recover. Read More read more

Backcountry caution advised

AOPA General Aviation News The AOPA Air Safety Institute cautioned pilots and organizers of backcountry events to be prepared for wind shifts, traffic management challenges, and high density altitude at larger events as interest in off-airport operations continues to grow. Read More read more

Award-Winning WACO YKC Restorers Killed in Kansas Crash

FLYING Magazine Antique aircraft owners Dave and Jeanne Allen, the owners of a 1934 WACO YKC (N14137), were killed Sunday when their aircraft crashed in a field in Selden, Kansas. The accident airplane, the teal cabin-class model, was one of the most photographed airplanes in the vintage aviation world.  According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, the accident happened around 6:10 p.m. CDT north of Hoxie in the northwest corner of the state. The aircraft caught fire, killing both on board. ... read more

Backcountry caution advised

AOPA General Aviation News The AOPA Air Safety Institute cautioned pilots and organizers of backcountry events to be prepared for wind shifts, traffic management challenges, and high density altitude at larger events as interest in off-airport operations continues to grow. Read More read more

DOJ Presents Boeing With Plea Deal in 737 Max Crash Cases

FLYING Magazine Boeing has until the end of the week to decide if it will accept a plea deal offered by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to resolve a criminal charge of fraud stemming from two 737 Max crashes that resulted in the deaths of 346 people. On Sunday federal prosecutors met with attorneys representing the families of those killed. The plea agreement would include the appointment of an independent monitor to oversee the company’s progress on safety and quality improvements, a ... read more

Picture of the Day: A day at the Beech

General Aviation News Jerry "Widget" Morris sent in this photo with a note: "This is a photo I took departing my home base, St Simons Island Airport (KSSI) in Georgia. I heard a friend of mine taking off in his 1964 Beech H18 and called him to see if I could join up. I found him about 15 miles west of KSSI motoring along at 1,500 feet. Pure nostalgia." Read More read more

The one sheet wonder

General Aviation News I would suggest we are one sheet of paper away from grabbing their attention in a meaningful way. Read More read more

Best Personal Locator Beacons & Satellite Messengers

Plane & Pilot Magazine If you’re flying over remote terrain where traditional communication methods may be unreliable, you may be wondering how anyone would be able to reach you … Read More "Best Personal Locator Beacons & Satellite Messengers" The post Best Personal Locator Beacons & Satellite Messengers appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Triple Threat of Limitations

Plane & Pilot Magazine “Know your limitations and don’t exceed them” is common advice for aviators. That statement is all well and good, so far as it goes. It … Read More "Triple Threat of Limitations" The post Triple Threat of Limitations appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: Check it out

AOPA General Aviation News I was recently at my small local airport when two transient airplanes flew in. The pilots stayed for a couple of hours, didn’t purchase fuel, and remained within sight of their aircraft the entire time. Read More read more

Traffic, weather without clutter

AOPA General Aviation News The uAvionix skySensor integrated right-side wingtip navigation light, strobe, and ADS-B receiver for certified aircraft has a lot to love. Read More read more

FAA seeks pilots for cognitive tests

AOPA General Aviation News The FAA is seeking pilots willing to participate in a medical research study the agency is conducting during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in Wisconsin later this month. Read More read more

Cancelling your insurance coverage after a loss. Good idea?

AOPA General Aviation News Your aircraft has suffered a gear up landing. Your insurance carrier has been notified and the repair of the aircraft is underway. You don’t have a lien on the aircraft with a bank, so you decide since the aircraft won’t be flying until repairs are complete, a smart move would be to either cancel the insurance, place the coverage on a ground not-in-motion basis, or maybe apply for a lay-up credit, all to save premium dollars. Read More read more

Missouri Pilot Opts for Cash in Ultimate FLYING Giveaway

FLYING Magazine The Ultimate FLYING Giveaway is in the books for 2024, and the winner is Craig Enz of Missouri. Enz started his flying adventure with a discovery flight in 2010. At the time, his career in construction management (and graduate school) made it challenging to pound out flight training, but he stuck with it. While moving around the country for work, he continued his flight training at locations in Missouri, North Carolina, Texas, and Colorado, eventually persevering from ... read more

This 1972 Piper PA-18 Super Cub Is a Go-Anywhere ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1972 Piper PA-18 Super Cub. After years of flying in high-performance airplanes with spacious, well-insulated cabins, upgraded panels, and electronic aids, such as GPS, autopilots, engine monitors, and traffic ... read more

New situational awareness systems installed at KIND and KAUS

General Aviation News The uAvionix systems employ the company's Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) service called FlightLine, which provides controllers with "real-time, precise depictions of aircraft and vehicles on the airport surface, thereby improving situational awareness and reducing the risk of runway incursions,” according to company officials. Read More read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 2000 Micco SP-20

Plane & Pilot Magazine It’s not every day that one can find an airplane that combines cross-country capability, a 200-horsepower fuel-injected engine, and retractable tailwheel gear. It’s even more … Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 2000 Micco SP-20" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 2000 Micco SP-20 appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

FAA seeks pilots for cognitive tests

AOPA General Aviation News The FAA is seeking pilots willing to participate in a medical research study the agency is conducting during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in Wisconsin later this month. Read More read more

Aviation Job Fair returns to AirVenture

General Aviation News JSfirm.com and EAA will host a week-long Job Fair during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2024. Read More read more

Cancelling your insurance coverage after a loss. Good idea?

AOPA General Aviation News Your aircraft has suffered a gear up landing. Your insurance carrier has been notified and the repair of the aircraft is underway. You don’t have a lien on the aircraft with a bank, so you decide since the aircraft won’t be flying until repairs are complete, a smart move would be to either cancel the insurance, place the coverage on a ground not-in-motion basis, or maybe apply for a lay-up credit, all to save premium dollars. Read More read more

D-Day Squadron Headsets, GoPro Gear Stolen in U.K.

FLYING Magazine It is never fun when someone steals from you, especially when you are traveling overseas as part of a historical aviation event like D-Day Squadron’s 2024 Legacy Tour. The tour, made up of 11 World War II-era DC-3s and C-47s, began in North America in May before heading to England to take part in events marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day. According to Lyndse Costabile, executive director of the D-Day Squadron, the first night the tour was in the U.K. someone broke into ... read more

ASA unveils new line of flight bags

General Aviation News Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA) has introduced its AirClassics Crew Pack and Crew Trip Bag. Read More read more

Keeping an Eye on the Storm

FLYING Magazine Hurricane season is here. The Atlantic hurricane season officially began June 1 and runs through November 30. While the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has not released its official forecast for 2024 as of this writing, in an average Atlantic hurricane season the U.S. experiences 14 named storms, seven of which are hurricanes and three are major hurricanes. Buckle up. Given the likely return of La Niña (one of three phases of the El Niño-Southern ... read more

EHang Partners With China Southern Airlines GA Arm

FLYING Magazine EHang, manufacturer of the world’s first and only type-certified electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi, has formed a strategic partnership with the subsidiary of one of the world’s largest airlines. The Chinese firm on Monday announced it signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China Southern Airlines General Aviation (CSGAC), the GA subsidiary of China Southern Airlines, which in 2023 ranked as one of the 10 largest public airlines by revenue. ... read more

What to Do When There’s an Accident

FLYING Magazine One of the sad parts of aviation is that if you stay in it long enough, there will come a day when you lose someone you know in an aircraft accident. I don’t say this to scare you—I say this to prepare you. This time of year I find myself thinking about Josh Dierks, killed on July 10, 2006, while flying a Piper Navajo. We worked together as CFIs. He wanted a career at the airlines, so he took a job flying cargo to build his multiengine time. Dierks was flying from Spokane, ... read more

FlightPath Podcast: John and Johnny Foster of OgaraJet

FLYING Magazine In the latest episode of FlightPath, the business aviation podcast hosted by FLYING Finance chief commercial officer Preston Holland, the spotlight is on John Foster III and John “Johnny” Foster IV from OgaraJet. The Fosters shared their extensive experience and insights into the business aviation industry, detailing their personal journeys, the history of OgaraJet, and the evolution of the aviation market.  Listen to FlightPath on your favorite podcast ... read more

Are you kidding me?

General Aviation News Arguing with him would have been the worst thing to do. So to avoid a more complicated and technically correct outcome, I decided to enjoy more time in the air flying. Read More read more

Traffic, weather without clutter

AOPA General Aviation News The uAvionix skySensor integrated right-side wingtip navigation light, strobe, and ADS-B receiver for certified aircraft has a lot to love. Read More read more

XTI Lands Up to $55M to Develop VTOL Business Aircraft

FLYING Magazine XTI Aerospace, the developer of a fixed wing, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) business aircraft that it bills as a new category of vehicle—the vertical lift crossover airplane (VLCA)—has secured fresh funding to develop its flagship TriFan 600. XTI on Monday announced it signed a capital distribution agreement with investor FC Imperial Limited worth as much as $55 million, giving the firm a post-money valuation of around $275 million should the transaction go ... read more

Pictures of the Day: View from a Malibu

General Aviation News Rick Tutt submitted these photos and note: "Crater Lake National Park and Mount Shasta as seen from the pilot seat in a Piper Malibu at 14,500 feet MSL." Read More read more

Poll: Would You Fly On A Single Pilot Airliner?

AVweb Poll: Would You Fly On A Single Pilot Airliner Poll: Would You Fly On A Single Pilot Airliner? Yes. Yes, if the automation was tested and approved. Yes, if I was the pilot. No. Other Δ The post Poll: Would You Fly On A Single Pilot Airliner? appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Best Of The Web: Plane Magic Over Ottawa

AVweb Today is Canada Day and this year is also the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force. To mark those occasions, the RCAF will fly 45 current and historic aircraft over the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, and the Snowbirds will be joined by the Italian Frecce Tricolori in an 18-plane formation demonstration. The rehearsal of the demo teams last week was captured nicely by tmcbphoto. Both teams will be at AirVenture later this month. The post Best Of The Web: Plane Magic Over ... read more

U.S. Program to Fly Citizens From India, Nigeria, Island Nations to Space

FLYING Magazine The U.S.-based Space Exploration and Research Agency (SERA), which describes itself as a “space agency for everyone,” will fly citizens from India, Nigeria, and the small island developing states (SIDS) to the edge of the atmosphere in partnership with Blue Origin, the space tourism venture of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Each nation is allotted one seat on an upcoming Blue Origin flight, and applicants can secure a slot for just $2.50. “India has achieved remarkable ... read more

Skyfest returns to Spokane’s Fairchild Air Force Base

General Aviation News Once every two years the bastion of Fairchild Air Force Base swings open its gates and welcomes the residents of Spokane, Washington, and the Inland Empire to come on base for a weekend of displays and flying known as Skyfest. Read More read more

GA Flight Planning Website ‘Takes the Guesswork Out’ of Finding Next Destination

FLYING Magazine Where to next? Sometimes this is the hardest question to answer as a pilot and something that Fly-Inn.com is helping to answer, according to Carollyne Carmichel, the website’s founder and a longtime aviation enthusiast. “Fly-Inn [provides] short-term rental accommodations for pilots only,” Carmichel said. “Every property owner has to offer three things. One is a way to land, whether it’s a runway, grass strip, a pond for floatplanes, or even a helipad. Number two, there ... read more

Boeing to Acquire Spirit AeroSystems in $8.3 Billion Deal

FLYING Magazine Boeing has entered into an agreement to acquire Spirit AeroSystems. The price tag on the merger described by Boeing as an “all-stock transaction” is $4.7 billion, or $37.25 per share. “The total transaction value is approximately $8.3 billion, including Spirit’s last reported net debt,” Boeing said in a statement. READ MORE: FAA Anticipates Permanent Inspector Deployment at Boeing, Spirit AeroSystems Spirit AeroSystems, based in Wichita, Kansas was part of Boeing until ... read more

Wheels Up Confirms Pilot Layoffs

FLYING Magazine Wheels Up has confirmed that it has laid off a number of pilots effective immediately. Different sources have estimated the number as between 11 percent and as high as 20 percent. The company issued a statement to Private Jet Card Comparisons, an online news source that specializes in shared ownership aviation companies and their pricing programs. “As a matter of policy, Wheels Up does not comment on personnel matters out of respect for the privacy of those involved,” the ... read more

Flying away from fear

General Aviation News Axios Tampa Bay recently posted a cool story about the "Mooney Anomaly," an effort between artist Matt Kress and pilot Liam Hawkins to conquer their fears, as well as inspire others to follow their dreams. Read More read more

How to Achieve Work-Life Balance as a Pilot

FLYING Magazine The aviation industry operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 356 days a year. Being a pilot typically involves working evenings, overnights, weekends, and holidays. The job can therefore take a toll on a pilot’s personal life outside of work. Although achieving a good work-life balance can be a challenge for pilots, it is extremely important for a pilot’s mental health and overall well-being. There are many steps that pilots can take to ensure that they have a solid ... read more

Texas university set to launch new aviation program

General Aviation News Texas State University has partnered with Coast Flight Training, the city of San Marcos, and Texas Aviation Partners to launch a new Aviation Science degree program. Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: Check it out

AOPA General Aviation News I was recently at my small local airport when two transient airplanes flew in. The pilots stayed for a couple of hours, didn’t purchase fuel, and remained within sight of their aircraft the entire time. Read More read more

Audio Authority unveils White Lightning SmartGPU

General Aviation News Designed for a wide range of general aviation aircraft, from piston-powered to mid-size business jets, the SmartGPU will make its public debut on the new Piper M700 Fury at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2024. Read More read more

Delta Air Lines Captain Makes the Ultimate ‘Fini’ Flight

FLYING Magazine Keith Rosenkraz has always been a self-described “aviation buff.” A Southern California native, the 33-year Delta Air Lines pilot and U.S. Air Force veteran said he dreamed of flying as he gazed out of a second-story window of his high school located on the north side of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Decades later, Captain Rosenkranz returned to LA, where he commanded a specially chartered Airbus A330-900neo for his final flight at Delta. On board were 112 of his ... read more

This 1976 North American Navion Is a Handsome Postwar ‘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 North American Navion. North American Aviation began marketing its high-performance, four-seat Navion just after World War II. Like many aircraft manufacturers, the company expected a boom in sales of GA ... read more

VFR into IMC fatal for two

General Aviation News The non-instrument rated pilot’s decision to commence the flight in instrument meteorological conditions, which resulted in spatial disorientation and a subsequent loss of airplane control. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s self-induced pressure to initiate the flight. Read More read more

DOJ Tells Boeing It Will Be Charged With Fraud, Crash Victims Respond

AVweb According to a Bloomberg report today (June 30), “people familiar with the matter” have revealed that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has told Boeing it will be charged with fraud. That would leave the storied but shamed manufacturer with the unpleasant legal choice of pleading guilty or risking a jury trial. According to the Bloomberg sources, Boeing will have to pay a fine and be subject to a corporate monitor. Meanwhile, a law firm representing families of passengers killed ... read more

2022 Miami Bridge Crash Report Reveals Unlikely Probable Cause

AVweb In a tragic case that demonstrates that carburetor icing is not limited to cold-weather or high-altitude operations, the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB’s) final report on the May 14, 2022 fatal Cessna 172 accident on a bridge in Miami concludes that carburetor ice was the probable cause. The pilot, who was also an air traffic controller and Airframe & Powerplant mechanic, died in the accident and his two passengers were seriously injured. At his most recent medical ... read more

Court-Clogging Supreme Court Action A Drag On Progress

AVweb On the surface it looks like a classic conservative move, ostensibly putting bureaucracy in its place and giving business the ability to challenge government when it gets in the way. But critics of the Supreme Court’s decision last Friday to quash the so-called Chevron Deference say the move will create a logjam that will bog down needed regulations in a society where AI-fueled tech is changing the way we live at breakneck speed. The Court voted 6-3 along Conservative/Liberal lines ... read more

ALPA President Blasts Airbus-Driven Single-Pilot Initiative

AVweb Last week, Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) president Jason Ambrosi took on an Airbus-driven initiative to promote single-pilot operations. He addressed the International Aviation Club of Washington as leader of the organization that represents 78,000 pilots flying for 41 airlines in the U.S. and Canada. In his address, reported by Forbes, Ambrosi noted the near-disaster in Austin, Texas, in which a landing FedEx crew narrowly avoided a collision with a Southwest Boeing 737 in ... read more

Last Week’s Poll Result: Keep Aircraft Locations Private

AVweb More than half of respondents say aircraft tracking by the public should be optional. The post Last Week’s Poll Result: Keep Aircraft Locations Private appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: Over the fog

General Aviation News Andreas Kleeb submitted this photo and note: "After takeoff from the foggy Buochs Airport (LSZC) in a right turn to the famous St. Moritz mountain airfield Samedan Airport (LSZS) in the Swiss Alps." Read More read more

Eberhart: Somebody else’s airplanes

General Aviation News Formed in 1918 to make airplane parts, Eberhart gained a U.S. Army Air Service contract to rebuild British S.E. 5A biplane fighters and French SPAD S.XIII biplanes. Read More read more

Universal Hydrogen Folds

AVweb Universal Hydrogen, which was trying to develop workable systems to power aircraft with hydrogen, has folded after burning through about $100 million in investor capital. The Seattle Times is reporting the company sent a memo to shareholders on Thursday saying there was no way forward for the start-up. “We were unable to secure sufficient equity or debt financing to continue operations and similarly were unable to secure an actionable offer for a sale of the business or similar ... read more

Largest solar array at a Washington GA airport in the works

General Aviation News The project, priced at $668,000, will feature a solar array totaling 87.5kW of DC power, which will be installed through a combination of solar-covered car canopies and rooftop solar arrays on the airport’s terminal building. It will be the state's largest general aviation solar array, according to airport officials. Read More read more

Another $10 million in improvements planned at KPVG

General Aviation News More than $10 million in infrastructure improvements are planned at Hampton Roads Executive Airport (KPVG) in Virginia, including a 36,000-square-foot hangar complex. Read More read more

Unofficial autopilot phraseology

AOPA General Aviation News Six miles in front of me, the runway is visible. There are few clouds, visibility is good, and Manhattan is in full view to the left. That runway represents not only the destination, but the end of my trip. Read More read more

Global SAF Market’s Current Oversupply Expected to Change

FLYING Magazine The global sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) market is now oversupplied relative to demand, but that is likely to change as various worldwide mandates commence or are widened. That was one of the key findings from a recent webinar conducted by Argus Media, a leading source of news and pricing data for the petroleum market as well as other commodities. Argus is a global provider of information, so the webinar spanned key markets, from Asia to North America with Europe—which ... read more

NAFI Unveils Newest Flight Instructor Hall of Fame Inductees

FLYING Magazine The National Association of Flight Instructors’ (NAFI) Flight Instructor Hall of Fame will soon honor long-standing aviation educators Doug Stewart and Tim Tucker for their history of safety, leadership, and professionalism.  Stewart and Tucker will be inducted into the hall of fame during the NAFI breakfast at EAA AirVenture on July 25 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Both Stewart and Tucker have dedicated their instructional lives to helping pilots develop the tools they need to ... read more

Unofficial autopilot phraseology

AOPA General Aviation News Six miles in front of me, the runway is visible. There are few clouds, visibility is good, and Manhattan is in full view to the left. That runway represents not only the destination, but the end of my trip. Read More read more

Starliner Astronauts Prepare for Extended ISS Stay

FLYING Magazine Astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams—the two-person crew of NASA and Boeing’s Starliner crew flight test (CFT)—will remain on the International Space Station (ISS) for at least a few more weeks. During a media briefing on Friday, NASA and Boeing representatives said the astronauts’ return to Earth will come after ground testing at the White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico is complete. Teams are working to re-create some of the issues experienced by the reusable ... read more

Practice Flying into AirVenture

Plane & Pilot Magazine Do you remember when you first picked up the mic to contact air traffic control? It was undoubtedly a scary time. In fact, the normal … Read More "Practice Flying into AirVenture" The post Practice Flying into AirVenture appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Turn Up the Heat in Sims With Density Altitude Games

FLYING Magazine Now that it is officially summer and blazing hot across the U.S., I tested both Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 (MSFS2020) and X-Plane 12 (XP12) for realism and aircraft performance with different hot weather regimes.  Using live weather was easy enough, but I wanted to test the extremes of heat to see what would happen to the typical GA aircraft under these conditions. In keeping with the theme of how it affects most GA pilots, I chose a late model Cessna 172 featured in ... read more

NASA to Study Air Taxi Turbulence Using Human Test Subjects

FLYING Magazine Over the next four years, NASA is preparing to put human test subjects in the seat of an air taxi virtual reality flight simulator. Test rides on the six-axis simulator are meant to simulate the flight of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft in order to help NASA study turbulence on planned air taxi services in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and elsewhere in the U.S. The data will be shared with AAM industry partners to help them develop ... read more

What to Know When Sharing the Sky With Fireworks

FLYING Magazine The Fourth of July is around the corner, which means many pilots may have watching fireworks from the air on their bucket list.  It’s possible to safely and legally view the celebrations from the sky, as long as you take precautions and follow FAA guidelines, such as adherence to temporary flight restrictions (TFRs). Planning Ahead Your flight planning should begin several days in advance. The FAA has a TFR map that goes up in advance of commercial fireworks displays that ... read more

The Best Jobs for Pilots After Retirement

FLYING Magazine After living a life in the skies, many pilots may not be ready to settle down once they reach the government-mandated retirement age.   Fortunately, there are many jobs available to retired airline pilots. Their career experience and expertise make them ideal candidates for a range of positions and second careers. What Is the Mandatory Retirement Age for Airline Pilots? In the United States, airline pilots are required by law to retire at age 65. However, this milestone ... read more

This 1944 Beechcraft D17S Staggerwing Is a Capable 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 1944 Beechcraft D17S Staggerwing. There are a lot of beautiful aircraft out there, but few defy classification like the Beechcraft Model 17 Staggering. It is a biplane from aviation’s golden age, but its retractable ... read more

EAA events, activities added to ForeFlight

General Aviation News “Adding EAA’s more than 14,000 annual aviation events makes the ForeFlight database even more comprehensive for the thousands of pilots who rely on it for flight information,” said Ren Scott, EAA’s director of business development. “ForeFlight has always been an excellent source of flight planning and safety, but with EAA’s information it will add more reasons to fly and destinations to discover.” Read More read more

Piaggio P.136: The Graceful Pusher

FLYING Magazine Piaggio Aerospace boasts a history of building some of the premier airplanes coming out of Italy. Formerly known as Piaggio Aero Industries, the company is one of the world’s oldest aircraft manufacturers, having produced its first design in 1915. The 1920s and ’30s saw Piaggio’s prestige grow. The company added top aeronautical engineers and expanded its capabilities worldwide. And, of course, the firm made significant contributions to Italy’s war effort. Postwar ... read more

Maintenance error proves fatal for two

General Aviation News Maintenance personnel’s failure to follow the avionics installation guidance for the oil pressure sensor, which resulted in the high-cycle fatigue failure of a line, oil starvation, and the subsequent loss of engine power. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s failure to perform an adequate preflight inspection of the airplane. Read More read more

Financial Website Rates The Investment Potential Of An eVTOL Hopeful

AVweb What does the financial industry think of the current state of the Urban Air Mobility movement and prospects for a successful eVTOL (electronic Vertical Takeoff and Land) company? Advisors at The Motley Fool (TMV) compared the growth potential of investing in Archer Aviation, developer of the Midnight eVTOL hopeful, with prospects for making a killing with Viking Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical company developing a weight-loss drug known as VK2735. After listing a series of key ... read more

LyondellBasell Clarifies ASTM Status

AVweb LyondellBasell has confirmed that it is still actively pursuing approval through the Piston Aviation Fuel Initiative for an unleaded aviation gasoline it is developing with VP Racing. As we reported on Thursday, LyondellBasell (we incorrectly called it Lyondell) did receive critiques in its first submission of a test specification to ASTM International for UL100E. LyondellBasell spokesman Dan Pourreau said the story raised questions among some about whether it had paused the ... read more

Picture Of The Week, June 28, 2024

AVweb 1 of 4 Picture of the Week: Photo by Mark Sletten: Teaching young people to fly evokes the strongest feelings of nostalgia for your own flight training. Taken with an iPhone. Learning To Turn Photo by David B. Hill: Taken from an SR-22 using an iPhone 14. Lady Liberty Photo by Jason Baker: Picture ... read more

FAA Says Warranties Up To Manufacturers

AVweb The FAA is staying out of the controversy over warranty issues concerning the use of GAMI’s G100UL. Cirrus Aircraft and Lycoming have both said they don’t consider G100UL an approved fuel and confirmed its use could affect warranty claims. Continental Aerospace has not yet commented to AVweb on the issue. The warranty debate arose from Cirrus’s issuance of a service advisory describing G100UL as unapproved because of inconclusive data on materials compatibility. The FAA has approved ... read more

Electric aviation infrastructure develops

AOPA General Aviation News History tells us it takes more than good aircraft to launch a successful air transport operation. So as electric vertical takeoff and landing pioneers move further into flight testing and closer to certification, they are increasingly focusing on what some might call the hard part: developing the vast, complex infrastructure needed to support them. Read More read more

uAvionix enables ground surveillance for runway safety

AOPA General Aviation News uAvionix, an aviation technology company known for its ADS-B transponders and related equipment, said it delivered its surface situational awareness systems to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas and Indianapolis International Airport. Air traffic controllers are to begin using the safety systems on June 30. Read More read more

AOPA and Flight Outfitters offer exclusive branded gear

AOPA General Aviation News Aviation gear and accessory provider Flight Outfitters formed a partnership with AOPA to launch a new AOPA gear store on FlightOutfitters.com. This agreement brings together two well-known names in aviation to deliver a range of flight equipment and apparel featuring AOPA branding. Read More read more

Van’s Aircraft Issues RV-12 Service Bulletin Following Fatal Crash

FLYING Magazine Owners and operators of Van’s Aircraft RV-12 or RV-12iS models are instructed to inspect the control stick assembly to verify proper installation before their next flight, the kitplane designer and builder announced.  Van’s said it issued a service bulletin requiring the action Monday “out of an abundance of caution” following a fatal RV-12 crash earlier this month after it appeared that the control stick on the pilot’s side disconnected while in flight due to improper ... read more

uAvionix enables ground surveillance for runway safety

AOPA General Aviation News uAvionix, an aviation technology company known for its ADS-B transponders and related equipment, said it delivered its surface situational awareness systems to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas and Indianapolis International Airport. Air traffic controllers are to begin using the safety systems on June 30. Read More read more

NASA Picks SpaceX to Deorbit the ISS

FLYING Magazine In its latest collaboration with private industry, NASA has selected the company that will bring the International Space Station (ISS) back to Earth in pieces. The space agency on Thursday announced it awarded SpaceX a contract, worth up to $843 million, to build a vehicle that will deorbit the space station when it is retired in 2030. At the end of the laboratory’s lifespan, NASA will use the SpaceX-built vehicle to bring it crashing down into a remote section of the ... read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1974 Piper J-3 Cub

Plane & Pilot Magazine At some point, anyone who has dreamed of aircraft ownership has also dreamed of piloting their own Piper Cub with the door wide open as … Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1974 Piper J-3 Cub" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1974 Piper J-3 Cub appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Packing Up for Poughkeepsie

Plane & Pilot Magazine New York’s Hudson Valley often feels like it was created with family road trips in mind. When I was a kid, we spent a lot … Read More "Packing Up for Poughkeepsie" The post Packing Up for Poughkeepsie appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Employer Profile: GoJet Airlines

FLYING Magazine GoJet Airlines is a regional airline operating as United Express. Established in 2005, GoJet is headquartered in Bridgeton, Missouri, and operates crew bases out of airports in Newark, New Jersey (KEWR), Washington, D.C. (KIAD), Chicago (KORD), and St. Louis (KSTL). The company has more than 1,100 employees who serve more than 1 million passengers annually. With more than 160 daily flights to more than 50 destinations, GoJet operates a fleet of more than 30 Bombardier ... read more

Picture of the Day: Cessna sun rays

General Aviation News Matthew Baker submitted this photo and note: "A Cessna making a turn to final in a cloudy sunset." Read More read more

NTSB Sanctions Boeing for Sharing Door Plug Blow Out Investigative Details

FLYING Magazine Boeing is facing restrictions and sanctions from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) after the company divulged nonpublic information related to an ongoing investigation, the agency said Thursday. The NTSB said the aircraft manufacturer “blatantly violated NTSB investigative regulations—and Boeing’s signed party agreement with the NTSB—by providing nonpublic investigative information to the media and speculating about possible causes of the January 5 door-plug ... read more

This 2001 Lancair IV-P Is a Record-Setting ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 2001 Lancair IV-P. When longtime aircraft kit manufacturer Lancair developed the fast, record-setting Lancair IV more than 30 years ago, its goal was to offer a fast, pressurized airplane for family or business ... read more

Questions from the Cockpit: Sailplane vs. glider

General Aviation News Kenny, a flight instructor in Florida, asks: What’s the difference between a sailplane and a glider? Read More read more

Short Final: Final Preparations

AVweb One of the joys of being based at an airport with a very active flight school (Orange County, Montgomery, New York) is the entertainment value of some of the radio transmissions. Witness: Slightly bored instructor voice: “168 Lima Alpha, 45‐mile final Runway 22.” Overly excited voice, hence probably a student: “Did you say 45‐mile final?!” Instructor: “Sorry, actually it’s a late call. We were lined up 20 miles ago.” Sometime later, even more bored instructor voice: “168 Lima Alpha ... read more

NTSB Sanctions Boeing For ‘Blatantly’ Violating Terms Of Agreement

AVweb The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a statement this morning sanctioning Boeing for “blatantly” violating investigative regulations it agreed to as a party in the probe of the door-plug blowout in Portland, Oregon. The NTSB cited a Boeing media briefing on June 25 in which the manufacturer “provided non-public investigative information to the news media that NTSB had not verified or authorized for release. In addition, Boeing offered opinions and analysis on ... read more

Electric aviation infrastructure develops

AOPA General Aviation News History tells us it takes more than good aircraft to launch a successful air transport operation. So as electric vertical takeoff and landing pioneers move further into flight testing and closer to certification, they are increasingly focusing on what some might call the hard part: developing the vast, complex infrastructure needed to support them. Read More read more

AOPA and Flight Outfitters offer exclusive branded gear

AOPA General Aviation News Aviation gear and accessory provider Flight Outfitters formed a partnership with AOPA to launch a new AOPA gear store on FlightOutfitters.com. This agreement brings together two well-known names in aviation to deliver a range of flight equipment and apparel featuring AOPA branding. Read More read more

Boeing Says Starliner Mission ‘Going Well’

FLYING Magazine Boeing insists its first crewed mission of the Starliner capsule is “going well” despite another delay in the return of its astronauts from the International Space Station. In a statement on Wednesday, the company said the delay is part of the program and not a failure. READ MORE: What to Know About Boeing Starliner’s First Crewed Test Flight “It is a test flight,” the company said. “The mission is still going and it is going well.” Boeing also said the Starliner was ... read more

Romania Adds Next-Gen Black Hawk to Fleet

FLYING Magazine Romania is expanding its fleet of  S-70 Black Hawk helicopters, Lockheed Martin announced this week. PZL Mielec, a Lockheed Martin subsidiary in Poland, has picked up a contract to deliver a next-generation Black Hawk utility helicopter to be used for emergency services. The contract was awarded by Romania’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, Department of Emergency Situations on Tuesday. Earlier this year, Lockheed Martin and Aerostar S.A. inaugurated the first certified S-70 ... read more

Wright State University launches aviation degree

General Aviation News Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio — hometown to Orville and Wilbur Wright — is launching a new aviation program. Read More read more

How does being hot and thirsty affect my flying?

General Aviation News In the newest video in the FAA's Pilot Minute series, Federal Air Surgeon Susan Northrup, MD, covers the physiological impacts of dehydration on flying, and offers several suggestions for mitigation. Read More read more

Aviation battery line introduced

General Aviation News magniX has introduced Samson, an aviation battery line. Read More read more

Everyone Should Pay Close Attention in the Cockpit

FLYING Magazine I’m no pilot, but I am part of the flying population that likely outnumbers pilots: the GA passenger. And there is a lot that we life-loving riders should learn about flying. My dad and grandpa’s Cessna 172 Skyhawk XP, with its delightfully itchy sheepskin seats and the “Please step outside to smoke” sign on the dash, introduced me to aviation as a 7-year-old. I would practice ELT searches with my dad, organize Jeppesen charts, and try to read the instruments just like he ... read more

Terse communications from ATC lead to near miss on runway

General Aviation News My concern is exacerbated by knowledge that my students are nearly universally afraid to question/query tower/ground control at this airport. Read More read more

FAA Seeks AirVenture Pilot Volunteers For Cognitive Testing

AVweb Pilots attending EAA AirVenture 2024 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, could offset some of their expenses by participating in a paid FAA research study. The agency is offering prepaid gift cards valued at between $300 and $500, depending on current medical privileges at the time of the study. Participants must have logged flight or simulator time within the previous six months. This year, the FAA is looking for 160 pilots with Class III medical certificates who are at least 25 years old. ... read more

FAA Looking For AI Help With Flight Safety

AVweb Facing a major controller shortage, the ragged rollout of new technology and a growing list of airliner-involved runway incursions, the FAA is asking AI for help. The agency has issued a request for information calling on the artificial intelligence industry for ideas on how to use the burgeoning technology to improve aviaition safety. “The FAA envisions a new safety analytics system that will vastly expand and accelerate insights from current and additional sources of data and ... read more

Boeing Says Starliner Mission ‘Going Well’

AVweb Boeing insists its first crewed mission of the Starliner capsule is “going well” despite another delay in the return of its astronauts from the International Space Station. In a statement on Wednesday, the company said the delay is part of the program and not a failure. “It is a test flight,” the company said. “The mission is still going and it is going well.” The company also said the Starliner was “performing well” and could return to earth at any time if necessary. The Starliner ... read more

Lilium Completes Initial Testing of eVTOL Jet Propulsion Unit

FLYING Magazine Lilium, manufacturer of the seven-seat, electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) Lilium Jet, is gearing up for series production. The German manufacturer on Tuesday said it completed initial testing of its flagship aircraft’s propulsion unit, comprising a pair of electric engines and mounting system. For the first time, the engines were taken up to full throttle on a test bench at the company’s headquarters in Munich. According to Lilium, the propulsion unit performed ... read more

CAF’s ‘That’s All, Brother’ Returns From European Tour

FLYING Magazine The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) announced Monday that its Douglas C-47 bearing the nose art That’s All, Brother has touched down safely at Presque Isle, Maine. The homeward journey across the Atlantic follows a European tour where it participated in commemorations of both the 80th anniversary of D-Day and the 75th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift. The D-Day mission was particularly noteworthy. That’s All, Brother—so named as pilot John Donalson’s personal message to ... read more

Blue Origin Urges FAA to Cap SpaceX Launches at Kennedy

FLYING Magazine The billionaire space race between Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and Elon Musk’s SpaceX has taken a dramatic turn. Last week, Blue Origin filed a public comment to the FAA requesting that the regulator limit the number of launches of SpaceX’s Starship—the largest and most powerful rocket ever built—out of Launch Complex-39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, which currently hosts the company’s Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets. The FAA in May released a SpaceX proposal for ... read more

Identifying Corrosion in All Its Forms

FLYING Magazine Corrosion has existed as long as aircraft. Although it was most likely not on the minds of Wilbur and Orville Wright during their famous 12-second flight, it nonetheless quickly became the archnemesis of many aviators.  As aircraft progressed, so did the enemy. Corrosion identification, prevention, and treatment is an ongoing battle. READ MORE: An Introduction to Aircraft Inspections According to an EAA Sport Aviation article that makes a clear distinction about corrosion ... read more

Picture of the Day: Seeing double

General Aviation News Diana Layton submitted this photo and note: "The West Virginia Wing's Civil Air Patrol planes sitting next to each other at Grant County Airport in Petersburg." Read More read more

Windy and wonderful

General Aviation News A STOL competition, RC flying, civilian and military performers all came together for the 2024 Moses Lake Air Show in Washington. Read More read more

Pilot chooses SiriusXM aviation at any speed

AOPA General Aviation News Emmy Dillon got the aviation bug early and started flying gliders with the Civil Air Patrol at 14. Her mom likes to joke that she could fly a plane before she could drive a car. Since then, her general aviation flying, and professional career have really taken off. Read More read more

Eyes in the Sky in the U.S. Capital Raise Privacy Concerns

FLYING Magazine Eyes in the sky are coming to the U.S. capital. The Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) on Monday announced the launch of a drone and uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) program, joining the more than 1,500 police departments nationwide that deploy the buzzing aircraft as eyes in the sky—and raising privacy concerns from groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The MPD says it will provide public notice of drone flights “when feasible,” but ... read more

Video: A-10 demonstration flight

General Aviation News The video shows the team preparing the blacksnake Thunderbolt II for a practice show. Read More read more

Pilot chooses SiriusXM aviation at any speed

AOPA General Aviation News Emmy Dillon got the aviation bug early and started flying gliders with the Civil Air Patrol at 14. Her mom likes to joke that she could fly a plane before she could drive a car. Since then, her general aviation flying, and professional career have really taken off. Read More read more

Oklahoma invests in its airports

General Aviation News Oklahoma will invest $342 million in its airport system over the next five years, with plans in the works to close Lake Texoma State Park Airport. Read More read more

This 2000 Micco SP20 Is a Historical Flashback and an ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 2000 Micco SP20. Aircraft designer Al Meyers is renowned for building the Meyers 200, a legendary four-seat retractable that debuted in the mid-1950s with looks and performance that would dazzle the aviation ... read more

Vintage in Review to highlight stories of antique and classic aircraft during Oshkosh

General Aviation News This year’s headline presentations will focus on antique and classic aircraft from the 1920s to the 1940s and is open to all attending AirVenture. Read More read more

Thomas Jefferson Certainly Left His Mark on Charlottesville

FLYING Magazine Located in central Virginia near the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is packed with history, culture, natural beauty, and long lists of activities that guarantee you will never run out of interesting things to do during a visit. The town is known as a hub of colonial American history in general and for its connections to founding father Thomas Jefferson in particular and has been a popular destination since long before the first powered flight. Today, though, ... read more

What Is a Brasher Warning?

FLYING Magazine Question: One of the old guys at the FBO was talking about getting his first Brasher warning in 30 years of professional flying for a possible violation. Is “brashing” pilot slang for something? Answer: The pilot in question may have made a pilot deviation—like being at the wrong altitude—and was warned by air traffic control: “We have a number for you to copy, possible pilot deviation.” READ MORE: Who Checks the Localizer/ILS at an Airport? It is called a “Brasher warning” ... read more

Carb ice leads to forced landing

General Aviation News A partial loss of engine power due to the formation of carburetor ice. Read More read more

Wheels Up Confirms Pilot Layoffs

AVweb Wheels Up has confirmed today that it has laid off a number of pilots effective immediately. Different sources have estimated the number as between 11% and as high as 20%. The company issued a statement to Private Jet Card Comparisons, an online news source that specializes in shared ownership aviation companies and their pricing programs. The statement read, in part, “As a matter of policy, Wheels Up does not comment on personnel matters out of respect for the privacy of those ... read more

CAF’s ‘That’s All, Brother’ Returns Safely From European Tour

AVweb The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) announced with pride today that its Douglas C-47 bearing the nose art “That’s All, Brother” has touched down safely at Presque Isle, Maine. The homeward journey across the Atlantic follows a European tour where it participated in commemorations of both the 80th anniversary of D-Day and the 75th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift. The D-Day mission was particularly noteworthy. “That’s All, Brother” (so named as pilot John Donalson’s personal message to ... read more

German Research Operation To Launch Test Ops in Dedicated ‘Geo-Zone’

AVweb The German Aerospace Center (German acronym DLR) is set to begin expanding drone operations at the National Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) this month at Cochstedt Airport south of Magdeburg, Germany. The operations will be conducted in a geo-zone, defined by German aviation authorities as airspace where drone operations are controlled, restricted, or even excluded. Operations within the Cochstedt Airport geo-zone can include aircraft up to 800 kilograms (1,764 pounds) ... read more

Lycoming Clarifies G100UL Warranty Impact

AVweb The world’s largest piston aircraft engine manufacturer has confirmed it may not honor warranty claims on engines that have been run on GAMI G100UL unleaded fuel. In a statement to AVweb, Lycoming said that G100UL is not on its list of approved fuels and while warranty claims are assessed individually, the warranty “does not cover damage caused by operation outside of Lycoming’s published specifications or the use of non-approved fuels or lubricants.” The full statement is copied ... read more

Lyondell Temporarily Withdraws Unleaded Fuel ASTM Test Specification

AVweb Lyondell, one of the partners in development of a potential unleaded avgas replacement has temporarily suspended its application for a test fuel specification from ASTM International. Lyondell, which is working with Basell and VP Racing to approve the fuel through the Piston Engine Fuels Inititiave (PAFI), submitted a test fuel specification to the consensus standards organization but apparently did not get a favorable response. Curt Castagna, the co-chair of Eliminate Aviation ... read more

AOPA curriculum earns (more) high praise from educators

AOPA General Aviation News Two schools incorporating the AOPA Foundation High School Aviation STEM Curriculum into their lesson plans won the Grand Prize in the twenty-ninth annual National School Board Association’s Magna Awards program. Read More read more

AOPA curriculum earns (more) high praise from educators

AOPA General Aviation News Two schools incorporating the AOPA Foundation High School Aviation STEM Curriculum into their lesson plans won the Grand Prize in the twenty-ninth annual National School Board Association’s Magna Awards program. Read More read more

GAMI Responds to Cirrus G100UL Service Advisory

FLYING Magazine General Aviation Modifications Inc. (GAMI) says it will issue a detailed response to Cirrus Aircraft’s recent service advisory discouraging the use of GAMI’s G100UL unleaded fuel in its SR series aircraft. In a statement to AVweb, GAMI said the service advisory appears to be linked to a single incident in which the sealant used in the fuel tank had unbonded in a company aircraft that had been fueled with G100UL. GAMI says there are indications the unbonded sealant had ... read more

Picture of the Day: Thomasville Fly-in

General Aviation News Marc Lafo submitted this photo and note: "This is a picture a spectator took and shared with me while attending the Thomasville Fly-In in Georgia. This was my first fly-in using my own plane. It is a 1965 Mooney M20C that my co-owners and I converted to an E model over a 17-month restoration of the aircraft during the pandemic." Read More read more

Membership has its privileges

General Aviation News I spent the first portion of my career as a complete independent. I was completely solo. I didn’t belong to any organization, association, or group that required membership. That decision felt right. It wasn't. Read More read more

Piloting Fantasy Island

Plane & Pilot Magazine Plane & Pilot’s theme is simple—the title says it all. Airplanes and pilots interacting with one another in harmony. Just the other day, I was … Read More "Piloting Fantasy Island" The post Piloting Fantasy Island appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: A 2-cent problem

AOPA General Aviation News I remember early in my flying career an older pilot commenting that the most dangerous time to fly an airplane is immediately after it comes out of maintenance. “That’s an exaggeration, bodacious, too,” I thought. Read More read more

FAA to pay pilots for research study at Oshkosh

General Aviation News Eligible pilots who participate will receive a prepaid gift card between $300 and $500 (dependent upon current medical privileges at time of participation) on the day of the study. Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: A 2-cent problem

AOPA General Aviation News I remember early in my flying career an older pilot commenting that the most dangerous time to fly an airplane is immediately after it comes out of maintenance. “That’s an exaggeration, bodacious, too,” I thought. Read More read more

Understanding Squawks and How to Best Handle Them

FLYING Magazine “I’m not sure if we can do the flight today,” the learner said, pointing to a placard in the aircraft that read “Landing Light INOP.” He noted the circuit breaker was also pulled. “Do we need the landing light for this flight?” I asked.  It was 2 p.m. We would be in the air for approximately an hour, and sunset was 7:44 p.m. “Is it required?” This was a test, and I was overjoyed when the six-hour learner stated the landing light was not required for daytime VFR flight. He ... read more

Electric Aircraft Symposium returns to Oshkosh

General Aviation News More than 40 of the world’s electric aircraft developers and technology experts will be speaking at the 18th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium, hosted by the Vertical Flight Society, held the weekend before EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2024. Read More read more

This 1976 Cessna 177B Cardinal Is a Thoughtfully Designed ‘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 Cessna 177B Cardinal. During the mid-1960s, after selling the 172 Skyhawk for 10 years or so, Cessna started looking into a successor to its popular all-around four-seater. Pilots had told the company that while ... read more

The Untapped Potential of the Horten HX-2

FLYING Magazine Cool as they are, flying wings are exceedingly rare. Among the two dozen or so individual models that have been built over the years, only a few types have been produced in quantities of more than two or three. Fewer still were both manned and powered, and the small Horten HX-2 is a member of that exclusive group. There are several reasons for the rarity of flying wings. Airliner versions never caught on due to their size and overall footprint—a flying wing capable of ... read more

KSEZ first airport in Arizona to carry SAF

General Aviation News Sedona Airport now offers sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced by Neste in Long Beach, California. Read More read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1946 Culver Dart GC

Plane & Pilot Magazine Typically, rare, museum-quality aircraft from the golden era of aviation with a modern restoration go for princely sums of money and include princely operating budgets … Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1946 Culver Dart GC" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1946 Culver Dart GC appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Boeing Air Taxi Subsidiary Wisk Aero Acquires Verocel

FLYING Magazine Wisk Aero, the electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi subsidiary of aerospace manufacturing titan Boeing, this week made an acquisition intended to speed up the certification process for its self-flying Generation 6 design. The manufacturer on Tuesday announced the acquisition of Verocel, a software verification and validation (V&V) company focused on the certification of aerospace software—with a particular focus on autonomous designs. Unlike ... read more

A Cautionary Tale About Pilot Freelancing

FLYING Magazine In late June 2020, a 40-year-old oil industry entrepreneur and executive left David Wayne Hooks Memorial (KDWH) near Houston alone in his Saratoga. Helped by a tailwind, he arrived over his destination—a private strip 90 miles to the northeast—36 minutes later. It was about 1 o’clock in the morning. The air on the surface was warm and humid. If he checked the weather—there was no evidence that he did—he would have expected to find widespread but patchy cloudiness over the ... read more

There’s no reason for unprofessionalism on CTAF

General Aviation News After landing and while cleaning the airplane, the Aircraft Y pilot drove up to my hangar and berated me in front of my wife for "screaming into the traffic pattern at too high an airspeed and being only 400 feet below him and they were talking to center with a Bravo clearance (wrong, ZZZ Tracon owns the Class B around here so he would be talking to Approach, not Center) and even the SIC (Second in Command) Center Controller didn't see you" and loads of other garbage. ... read more

Man faces prison for uncertificated flight

AOPA General Aviation News A nonpilot with a long criminal history who crashed an illegally modified Piper PA–18 into a hangar in an Alaska airpark community two years ago faces a lengthy federal prison sentence to be imposed in August for flying without a pilot certificate and displaying fraudulent aircraft registration markings. Read More read more

Former airline pilot pleads guilty to obstructing NTSB investigation

AOPA General Aviation News The pilot of a Boeing Stearman PT-17 that crashed into Keystone Lake in Oklahoma in August, 2022, after striking a power line, has pleaded guilty to obstructing a National Transportation Safety Board investigation of the accident.   Read More read more

Lawyer Pilot Says G100UL Does Not Void Engine Warranties

AVweb A reader who is a lawyer for a large eastern firm has offered a legal opinion on the warranty implications of the use of GAMI G100UL unleaded fuel in Lycoming and Continental engines. Last week Cirrus issued a service advisory that said it did not approve the use of G100UL in its SR series aircraft because its compatibility with materials used in the fuel systems was “inconclusive.” It also suggested the use of the fuel could void the warranties on the engines. “As the GAMI G100UL ... read more

Young FO Caught Flying For Two Airlines

AVweb Moonlighting pilots are nothing new but they don’t usually take a second job flying for other airlines like Danica Theuma did. The young first officer training on A330s serving long haul routes was fired by Virgin Atlantic last month after the carrier discovered she was spending her days off hopping around Europe for KM Malta Airlines. “During their training period, we were unaware that the individual was employed elsewhere,” Virgin said in a statement. In an unusual twist, Malta ... read more

Bombardier Bizjet Plant On Strike

AVweb About 1350 workers at Bombardiers new business jet factory in Toronto are on strike and production of backlogged long-range Global series aircraft has halted. The company and Unifor, the union representing the workers, failed to reach an agreement by Sunday’s strike deadline and the workers hit the bricks. Negotiations are continuing and both sides seem to think an agreement is close. “The union’s bargaining committee members are working towards an agreement and both parties remain ... read more

Sirius Unveils 2 Hydrogen-Powered Luxury Business Jets

FLYING Magazine Swiss manufacturer Sirius Aviation has unveiled two hydrogen-powered luxury business jets developed in collaboration with Designworks, the creative design studio of automaker BMW. The company showcased its Sirius CEO-Jet and Sirius Adventure Jet—the initial entrants into what it claims will be the first family of hydrogen-powered, zero-emission, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) capable aircraft—on Thursday at the Move Expo in London. The models will be powered by a ... read more

Chasing Rainbows

Plane & Pilot Magazine “Alaska is trying really hard to kill you all the time,” said Chip Ferguson. “The challenges and rewards are immense, but it is not for … Read More "Chasing Rainbows" The post Chasing Rainbows appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Former airline pilot pleads guilty to obstructing NTSB investigation

AOPA General Aviation News The pilot of a Boeing Stearman PT-17 that crashed into Keystone Lake in Oklahoma in August, 2022, after striking a power line, has pleaded guilty to obstructing a National Transportation Safety Board investigation of the accident.   Read More read more

Man faces prison for uncertificated flight

AOPA General Aviation News A nonpilot with a long criminal history who crashed an illegally modified Piper PA–18 into a hangar in an Alaska airpark community two years ago faces a lengthy federal prison sentence to be imposed in August for flying without a pilot certificate and displaying fraudulent aircraft registration markings. Read More read more

Which U.S. Airlines Are Hiring Pilots?

FLYING Magazine Airlines across the United States hired record numbers of pilots throughout 2022 and 2023. However, many carriers have slowed or paused hiring in 2024. Carriers have cited a variety of reasons for their reduced hiring plans, ranging from changing business plans to Boeing delivery delays. Despite the overall slowdown in hiring, many airlines are still looking for new pilots. Here are the airlines that are currently hiring pilots in the United States: Which Major U.S. ... read more

Lilium Partner UrbanLink Eyes California eVTOL Expansion

FLYING Magazine German electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft manufacturer Lilium is preparing new U.S. markets for its flagship Lilium Jet. UrbanLink Air Mobility, a newly formed operator of advanced air mobility (AAM) aircraft that in May agreed to purchase and operate 20 Lilium Jets, on Monday partnered with Ferrovial Vertiports to build a network of takeoff and landing hubs in South Florida and Southern California, including Los Angeles. The partners plan to add more ... read more

Picture of the Day: Flying into Sedona

General Aviation News Karyn King submitted this photo with a note: "Our first flight of the year into Sedona was a bit bumpy, but spectacular, ride in our Nanchang CJ6. Joe Griffith pilot, Karyn King, copilot." Read More read more

Skywagons drop in on Duluth

General Aviation News Forty-three Sykwagons and their owner/pilots attended the 2024 International 180/185 Club convention. Read More read more

Public ADS-B Tracking Should Be Optional

AVweb My lone act of civil disobedience as a teenager in the 1970s (there were other instances of just plain disobedience) was to walk in a pack of hundreds of other jean-jacketed and bell-bottomed youths from our high school to the local courthouse to express our displeasure at the impending nuclear test at Amchitka Island. There was plenty of righteous indignation that the military industrial complex could light the fuse on a five-megaton bomb at the westernmost tip of the Aleutian ... read more

Poll: Should ADS-B Flight Tracking Be Optional?

AVweb Poll: Should ADS-B Tracking Be Optional? Poll: Should ADS-B Tracking Be Optional? Yes. Yes, but only for good reasons. No. It's publicly available information. Other Δ The post Poll: Should ADS-B Flight Tracking Be Optional? appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Last Week’s Poll Results: Oshkosh Still On The Bucket List

AVweb About 40% of respondents hope to one day fly to AirVenture. The post Last Week’s Poll Results: Oshkosh Still On The Bucket List appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Featured Video: Jets Fighting Cancer

AVweb Corporate aviation tends to take a beating for what some see as unnecessary extravagance, but you can bet many finger-pointers would have a different perspective if they or a loved one were riding on a bizjet that was taking them for cancer treatments they otherwise wouldn’t be able to access. For over 42 years, the Corporate Angel Network has been quietly working in the background to make this happen for as many cancer patients as possible, regardless of their financial status. The ... read more

Highlights From FlightSimExpo 2024

FLYING Magazine LAS VEGAS—Since 2018, the Flight Sim Association has been organizing an annual convention, FlightSimExpo, for flight simulation enthusiasts attended by both sim and real-world pilots, software, and hardware developers.  Over 2,000 simulator enthusiasts, a new attendance record, gathered in the comfort of the air conditioning inside the Rio Las Vegas Hotel & Convention Center while near-record heat scorched the city’s world-famous strip and surrounding desert. Here are ... read more

Seattle high school wins Aviation Design Challenge

General Aviation News A team from Raisbeck Aviation High School in Tukwila, Washington, is the winner of the 2024 General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) Aviation Design Challenge. Read More read more

This 1941 Boeing/Stearman A75N1 Is an ‘AircraftForSale’ With Military History

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1941 Boeing​/​Stearman A75N1. When people think of biplanes, World War I fighters and other small, fragile, lightweight, and underpowered machines often come to mind. The Boeing Stearman, however, is in a different ... read more

AOPA Presents debuts

General Aviation News The new series, AOPA Presents, premiered with “Wings of the Iditarod,” the story of the pilots who helped enable the iconic Alaskan race. Read More read more

Idaho Luxury Fly-In Development Poised for Takeoff

FLYING Magazine The SilverWing at Sandpoint luxury fly-in development was designed for pilots, by pilots. The 18.3-acre development at the Sandpoint Airport (KSZT) in Idaho will feature up to 44 custom-built hangar homes.  The northern Idaho city, which is home to the Daher Kodiak manufacturing facility, was intentionally chosen as the site for the exclusive fly-in community due to its idyllic setting and abundant recreation options.  Scott Wolfe, a member of the community’s development ... read more

Thinking about buying a bizjet?

General Aviation News Duncan Aviation has published a free ebook, "Straight Talk About Navigating A Private jet Acquisition or Sale." Read More read more

Chart Wise: Charlottesville RNAV (GPS)-Y Rwy 21

FLYING Magazine With the nearby Blue Ridge Mountain foothills, Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (KCHO) in Virginia is a great airport entry point for a pilot to access nearby Shenandoah National Park for short hikes or longer stretches of the Appalachian Trail. Or maybe drop in for some great dining, local wine, or shopping. For any visit, this is a commonly used approach. Here’s a step-by-step look at the approach to Charlottesville-Albermarle Airport (KCHO) in Virginia. [Image: ... read more

Fuel starvation results when fuel filter inlet blocked by debris

General Aviation News A blockage of the fuel filter inlet by a piece of debris, which resulted in fuel starvation and a total loss of engine power. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: Bahamas pre-flight

General Aviation News Kelly Gayneaux submitted this photo and note: "This photo was captured by me as I was completing my pre-flight to depart from the Staniel Cay, Bahama Islands, to head back to the U.S. on April 14, 2024. This is a 1966 Cessna 182J. We departed Midland, Texas, on April 5, 2024, en route for a stop at SUN 'n FUN, then proceeded on to the Bahamas for a few days." Read More read more

You’ve made it to your destination. Now what?

General Aviation News Assuming your destination is not the airport or within walking distance, you are going to need a ride. Read More read more

GAMI Responds To Cirrus G100UL Service Advisory

AVweb General Aviation Modifications Inc. says it will issue a detailed response to Cirrus Aircraft’s recent service advisory discouraging the use of GAMI’s G100UL unleaded fuel in its SR series aircraft. In a statement to AVweb, GAMI said the service advisory appears to be linked to a single incident in which the sealant used in the fuel tank had unbonded in a company aircraft that had been fueled with G100UL. GAMI says there are indications the unbonded sealant had nothing to do with the ... read more

American Airlines Pauses Pilot Hiring

AVweb This week, in a memo to pilots with conditional job offers, American Airlines said it would be pausing all pilot hiring through the remainder of the year. American cited the need to reassess its commercial and talent requirements as the reason for pausing hiring and delaying training classes for the remainder of 2024. American now joins several other major carriers in slowing down recruitment, including Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, while Southwest has stopped hiring ... read more

It’s never too late to chase your dreams

General Aviation News A heartwarming story from KSDK News in St. Louis features 96-year-old Evelyn Kidd and her recent flight over St. Louis, a flight that was "70 years in the making," according to the news report. It's well worth the three minutes to watch it. Read More read more

Aviation Camp takes flight at KPPO

General Aviation News La Porte Municipal Airport (KPPO) in Indiana recently wrapped up its 11th annual Aviation Camp. Read More read more

Archer, Kilroy Building Electric Air Taxi Network in Bay Area

FLYING Magazine Electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi manufacturer Archer Aviation is bringing its on-demand aerial rideshare service to the San Francisco Bay Area. The company intends to build a network connecting the California cities of South San Francisco, Napa, San Jose, Oakland, and Livermore, replacing one-to-two-hour trips by car with zero-emission, 10-to-20-minute air taxi flights. Archer’s flagship design, Midnight, is built for a pilot to fly as many as four ... read more

American Latest Airline to Halt Pilot Hiring

FLYING Magazine American Airlines says it plans to cease pilot hiring for the remainder of 2024. In a memo to conditionally hired pilots on Thursday, the airline said all new hire classes would be paused through the end of the year as it evaluates ‘commercial and talent needs.’ The Fort Worth-based carrier joins a growing list of major airlines pumping the brakes on recruitment after a record-setting period of pilot hiring. Both Delta and United have substantially scaled back their pilot ... read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1948 Cessna 120

Plane & Pilot Magazine Fun and affordability often top the list of priorities for any airplane owner. One effective way to enjoy both qualities is with a lively taildragger … Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1948 Cessna 120" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1948 Cessna 120 appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Reno Air Races Pumped $150 Million into Local Economy

Plane & Pilot Magazine Imagine receiving a daily windfall of $410,000 for an entire year. That’s the scale of the estimated economic benefit the local Reno economy enjoyed during … Read More "Reno Air Races Pumped $150 Million into Local Economy" The post Reno Air Races Pumped $150 Million into Local Economy appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

This 1968 Beechcraft E95 Travel Air Is a Comfortably Redundant ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1968 Beechcraft E95 Travel Air. It is safe to say that many, if not most, piston-single pilots at some point consider the prospect of flying a light twin. Many decide against it because of the added expense, ... read more

Uber-Like Software Suite a Key Part of Joby Air Taxi Flight Plan

FLYING Magazine Electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi company Joby Aviation unveiled a new technology offering that will help “Uberize” its service, so to speak. Joby on Thursday introduced its Elevate Operating Software (ElevateOS), a suite of platforms designed to help the company support on-demand air taxi operations the same way Uber and Lyft manage ground-based rideshare services. According to the company, ElevateOS is approved for company use under the FAA Part 135 ... read more

Officials Investigate Low Altitude Incident On Southwest Airlines Flight

AVweb On Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced it was investigating a Southwest Airlines flight that triggered a low altitude alert during a 9-mile approach to Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport. The incident occurred early Wednesday on a flight from Las Vegas to Oklahoma City. According to reports, the Southwest Boeing 737-800 was flying at an altitude of 525 feet above the ground while on a 9-mile approach to the airport. The low-altitude alert caught the ... read more

Court Approves Sale Of Icon Aircraft Amid Bankruptcy

AVweb On June 18, a Delaware bankruptcy judge approved the sale of Icon Aircraft to SG Investment America for $15.79 million, according to recent legal filings. The manufacturer, known for its Icon A5 amphibious light sport aircraft, filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year, declaring $170 million in debt. In May, Icon selected SG Investment America as the ‘stalking horse’ bidder tasked with setting the initial sale price for other potential buyers during the auction process. AOPA ... read more

Climate Activists Vandalize Aircraft, Target Taylor Swift’s Jet

AVweb Climate activists in the United Kingdom were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage after targeting Taylor Swift’s jet and vandalizing other aircraft with orange paint on Thursday. The two protesters, identified as Jennifer Kowalski, 28, and Cole Macdonald, 22, are part of a UK environmental group called Just Stop Oil. According to a post on X, the pair targeted Stansted Airport hours after Swift’s jet had landed. Their stated motive was to highlight the need for an “emergency ... read more

Remembering the Most Successful Carrier-Based WWII Fighter

FLYING Magazine Today in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, I’ll be flying the Grumman F6F Hellcat, the most successful carrier-based Allied fighter of World War II. And to tell that story, I’m aboard the USS Essex (CV-9) just off the eastern coast of the island of Luzon in the Philippines on the morning of October 24, 1944. Just a few days before, on October 20, General Douglas MacArthur waded ashore on the island of Leyte to the south, fulfilling his pledge to “return” to the Philippines ... read more

Air Force B-52, C-17 Headed to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh

FLYING Magazine The U.S. Air Force Material Command (AFMC) will have a big presence at EAA AirVenture in late July.  Five aircraft from AFMC will be on static display on Boeing Plaza, led by the B-52 Bomber and C-17 Globemaster, EAA confirmed Thursday. EAA’s annual fly-in convention is scheduled for July 22-28 at Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH) in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. READ MORE: Flying In to AirVenture: A Carefully Orchestrated Cacophony of Chaos B-52H Bomber Stratofortress The B-52H has ... read more

Airport Art Honors Military, Aviation Heroes

FLYING Magazine Once upon a time, well before ADS-B and apps like FlightAware tracked aircraft movement, student pilots proved they really did land at an airport as part of their solo cross-country flight by getting a stamp or signature from someone at the FBO.  With the invention of the smartphone, the signature and stamp was replaced by the selfie in front of an airport landmark such as the airport restaurant, fuel pumps—or if you fly into Auburn Municipal Airport-Dick Scobee Field (S50) ... read more

A different way to debrief

General Aviation News Sporty's has introduced the Captain’s Debriefing Shot Glass Gift Set. The set includes four glasses, each labeled with a different phase of flight: Departure, Enroute, Arrival and Debrief. Read More read more

We Fly: Embraer Phenom 300E

FLYING Magazine They’re everywhere. Through terminal windows, you see dozens of Embraer jets in airline liveries. On FBO ramps you seemingly can’t look in any direction without spotting one of the Embraer business jets—perhaps a Praetor 500 or 600 or Phenom 100. Although it’s most likely one of the more than 750 Phenom 300s that have been delivered since going into service in 2009. It’s been the best-selling light jet for the past 12 years. As Butch asked Sundance in the 1969 movie, “Who ... read more

Plane bent after owner fails to comply with service bulletin

General Aviation News The failure of the owner to comply with a service bulletin, which resulted in the failure of the left main landing gear torque tube due to fatigue cracking. Read More read more

European airline buys electric trainers

AOPA General Aviation News The Latvian airline airBaltic signed a letter of intent to acquire three electric-powered Diamond Aircraft eDA40s for its airBaltic Training unit as part of the company’s strategy to expand its training fleet while increasing sustainability in its operations. Read More read more

Court approves Icon Aircraft sale

AOPA General Aviation News A last-minute flurry of bids from a German sewing machine maker and Linden Blue, co-owner and vice chairman of General Atomics—the makers of Predator drones—culminated June 18 with a bankruptcy judge signing off on the sale of Icon Aircraft for a fraction of what it might once have been worth. Read More read more

Cirrus Service Advisory Cites GAMI G100UL As ‘Unapproved’ For SR Series

AVweb In a blow to the General Aviation Modifications, Inc.’s (GAMI’s) G100UL unleaded aviation fuel program, Cirrus Aircraft posted Service Advisory SA24-14 Tuesday (June 18). The advisory informs operators of Cirrus SR-Series aircraft (SR20, SR22, and SR22T) that the manufacturer “does not approve the use of GAMI G100LL fuel in Cirrus SR Series airplanes. Additionally, Cirrus does not warrant or represent in any way an operator’s use of the GAMI G100UL fuel in Cirrus SR Series ... read more

NTSB Releases Preliminary Reports On Two Airline Close Calls

AVweb This week, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published a pair of preliminary reports on “close calls” involving airliners at Hollywood Burbank Airport in California and JFK Airport in New York. Unusually, the California incident occurred more than a year ago in February 2023. But the preliminary report – usually posted within weeks of the incident – was delayed by the recent reclassification of the incident as a more serious “Class 3” event. The more recent near miss at ... read more

EASA Updates Aviation-Centric Artificial Intelligence ‘Roadmap 2.0’

AVweb The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has been working with industry stakeholders to study the issue of how Artificial Intelligence (AI) impacts aviation. Last year, the agency released its Roadmap 2.0 to bring the study up to date and outline the pathway for further progress. EASA recently released its annual update to Roadmap 2.0. In announcing the new plan last year, EASA wrote: “The purpose of this AI Roadmap 2.0 is not only to communicate on the Agency vision for the ... read more

Avfuel Brings Sustainable Aviation Fuel To Sedona Airport

AVweb Aviation fuel supplier Avfuel has joined with the Sedona-Oak Creek Airport Authority (SOCAA) and FBO Red Rock Aviation to offer sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at the airport. This makes KSEZ Avfuel’s first SAF-capable airport in the state of Arizona. The fuel will be used to supply not only local and visiting general aviation aircraft, but also to support firefighting operations in the area. Avfuel has been Red Rock Aviation’s fuel supplier since 2022. The first 8,000-gallon ... read more

Picture Of The Week Entries Needed

AVweb Each week we feature the best photos from our readers but we’re running low on entries. Got some great art? Use the attached form to fill up our entry bucket again and let 100,000 Avweb readers see what you’ve captured. 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 ... read more

Court approves Icon Aircraft sale

AOPA General Aviation News A last-minute flurry of bids from a German sewing machine maker and Linden Blue, co-owner and vice chairman of General Atomics—the makers of Predator drones—culminated June 18 with a bankruptcy judge signing off on the sale of Icon Aircraft for a fraction of what it might once have been worth. Read More read more

European airline buys electric trainers

AOPA General Aviation News The Latvian airline airBaltic signed a letter of intent to acquire three electric-powered Diamond Aircraft eDA40s for its airBaltic Training unit as part of the company’s strategy to expand its training fleet while increasing sustainability in its operations. Read More read more

Boeing Crash Victim Families Seek $24.8B Fine From Company

FLYING Magazine Family members of some of the 346 people killed in a pair of Boeing 737 Max crashes are asking federal officials to fine Boeing $24.8 billion and prosecute officials in charge of the company at the time, including then-CEO Dennis Muilenburg. The large fine is justified because “Boeing’s crime is the deadliest corporate crime in U.S. history,” lawyer Paul Cassell, who is representing the families, told the Department of Justice (DOJ) in a letter Wednesday, the Associated ... read more

Climate Activists Vandalize Jets at Airport Where Taylor Swift’s Plane Is Parked

FLYING Magazine Activists from Just Stop Oil claim to have cut through a fence to access the airfield of London Stansted Airport (EGSS) in the U.K. on Thursday morning to spray paint private aircraft to draw attention to climate change and protest against carbon emissions from those types of airplanes. According to Bloomberg, one of the aircraft at the location is a private jet belonging to megastar pop music artist Taylor Swift. However, airport officials noted that there was “nothing to ... read more

Picture of the Day: This landing will be a greaser

General Aviation News David Dow submitted this photo and note: "Pilot landing a 2020 Extra NG at General Dewitt Spain Airport (M01) in Memphis. Shot with Sony A7R4. 100-400mm telephoto." Read More read more

Elon Musk: New Tesla ‘Can Fly’

FLYING Magazine Elon Musk set his X-verse all a twitter on Saturday by reiterating his aerial aspirations for his Tesla car company. “The new Tesla Roadster can fly,” he said in a post in what seems like a response to another X post on the social platform that he also owns. READ MORE: SpaceX Starship Will Fly Again in 3-5 Weeks, Elon Musk Predicts Musk first teased the concept in the ill-fated interview with former X contributor Don Lemon when he described the new Tesla as “something ... read more

Zenith Aircraft hosts Fly-In to Summer

General Aviation News Zenith Aircraft's Fly-In to Summer annual open house is set for Saturday, June 22, 2024, at the company's newly expanded factory at Mexico Memorial Airport (KMYJ) in Mexico, Missouri. Read More read more

How to hire the best CFI for you

General Aviation News Many student pilots make the mistake of not putting the time and effort in to finding a CFI that will help them achieve their aviation dreams. A veteran CFI gives you tips on what to look for, what to ask a prospective CFI, and what to do if you aren't happy with the one you choose. Read More read more

Archer Inks MoU With Signature for eVTOL Charging Stations

FLYING Magazine Archer Aviation, developer of the Midnight electric vertical takeoff and land (eVTOL) aircraft, has announced an infrastructure memorandum of understanding (MoU) with FBO chain Signature Flight Support. Under the agreement, Archer would secure takeoff and landing sites for its aircraft at more than 200 Signature locations, many located in major metropolitan areas, including New York-area Newark (New Jersey) International and Chicago O’Hare Airports. The first ... read more

New leader for AOPA Air Safety Institute

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

ASA introduces new logbook covers

General Aviation News "A pilot's logbook is an invaluable asset and should be protected — for the time already earned and the many flights ahead," ASA officials said. Read More read more

Finding That Right Pilot Buddy to Bid With

FLYING Magazine This spring, I celebrated three major milestones: 10 years at my current “airline,” 20 years as an airline pilot, and 30 years since starting flight lessons. I’ve been a pilot for nearly three-quarters of my life, and it’s hard to remember a time when the surly bonds could not be slipped. I recently caught up my logbook in preparation for a New Zealand PPL validation, and I’m closing in on 16,000 hours. The country’s authorities also wanted to know my solo time—e.g., sole ... read more

This Beechcraft 23 Musketeer Is a Thoughtfully Designed ‘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 1963 Beechcraft 23 Musketeer. The general aviation boom was well underway in the U.S. by the early 1960s. Cessna’s 172, with its then-novel tricycle landing gear, was a major hit, and Piper had begun rolling out its ... read more

What’s a Phenom?

General Aviation News I did not know what a Phenom was and turned final to land number two behind a single-engine aircraft that was touching down. Read More read more

Victims’ Attorney Asks DOJ To Fine Boeing; Prosecute Executives

AVweb A law firm representing the families of passengers killed in Boeing 737 MAX accidents has sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) calling for criminal prosecution of former Boeing executives; and $24 billion in fines. The letter cites a statement from Texas judge Reed O’Connor, a district court judge involved in the case, that referred to Boeing’s handling of the situation as “the deadliest corporate crime in U.S. history.” The 32-page letter was sent by Professor Paul ... read more

FAA Presses For More Charter Oversight: NBAA Pushes Back

AVweb On Monday (June 17) the FAA announced two new actions addressing public charter flights, citing a rapid expansion of “frequency and complexity” of the operations in the past few years. The agency said that some of the charter providers “appear to operate like scheduled airlines but under less-rigorous safety regulations,” that are often not clear to customers. “The FAA will explore new ways to integrate charter flights into the airspace in a manner that provides flexibility and safe ... read more

Archer Inks MoU With Signature For eVTOL Charging Stations

AVweb Archer Aviation, developer of the Midnight electric vertical takeoff and land (eVTOL) aircraft, has announced an infrastructure memorandum of understanding (MoU) with FBO chain Signature Flight Support. Under the agreement, Archer would secure takeoff and landing sites for its aircraft at more than 200 Signature locations, many located in major metropolitan areas, including New York-area Newark (New Jersey) International and Chicago O’Hare Airports. The first electrification sites ... read more

New Air Force Commander Clamps Down On Dress And Grooming

AVweb Yesterday, the U.S. Air Force’s new head of Air Combat Command (ACC) announced he will give all wings under his authority one month to ensure all airmen adhere to the USAF’s latest dress and grooming standards. Wilsbach said, while he believes most personnel adhere to standards, he is “concerned by a discernable decline” in the more than 157,000 uniformed and civilian employees and troops’ commitment to enforcing the rules. Wilsbach’s command oversees 28 wings worldwide, including ... read more

Short Final: Location, Location, Location

AVweb Many years ago, I was on mid-summer drive in the country when I spotted a few Cubs, Champs, and other vintage light airplanes in the distance flying in circles at low altitude. It looked like they were dropping something. Sensing something fun going on, I headed in that direction and was able to locate the small grass-strip airport they were flying over. I could see there was a friendly gathering in progress, and there were a couple of official-looking guys with clipboards standing ... read more

Cirrus: G100UL use may void warranties

AOPA General Aviation News Cirrus Aircraft may nullify warranties for aircraft that use unleaded General Aviation Modifications Inc. G100UL fuel, the world’s largest piston aircraft manufacturer said in a service advisory published June 19. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: Freedom fighters

General Aviation News Adam Alexander submitted this photo and note: "The United States Air Force pays tribute to the previous generation of aviators while also displaying its impressive new technology with the F-35 and P-51 at the 2024 SUN 'n FUN Aerospace Expo." Read More read more

Boulder Airport Day celebrates community

General Aviation News "Our goal is to bring the airport to the Boulder community and bring the community to the airport. We're happy to be showcasing what we do at the Boulder Airport, " said Andrew McKenna, manager of the Journeys Aviation FBO and flight school at Boulder Municipal Airport (KBDU). Read More read more

This 1948 Cessna 120 Is an ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick From a Distant Era

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 1948 Cessna 120. There is nothing quite like flying a vintage taildragger on a cross-country jaunt. I’m thinking of a small, light, high-wing two-seater from the 1940s. While such airplanes do not fly especially high ... read more

Next video in Taming the Twin series released

General Aviation News “Taming the Twin: Single-Engine Operations examines the relationship between a multiengine airplane’s controllability and performance,” said ASI Vice President of Operations Paul Deres. “Controllability is paramount for safety during single-engine operations. Therefore, to safely fly a multiengine airplane, pilots must have a thorough understanding of how to maintain aircraft control if one engine fails.” Read More read more

Cirrus: G100UL use may void warranties

AOPA General Aviation News Cirrus Aircraft may nullify warranties for aircraft that use unleaded General Aviation Modifications Inc. G100UL fuel, the world’s largest piston aircraft manufacturer said in a service advisory published June 19. Read More read more

Who Checks the Localizer/ILS at an Airport?

FLYING Magazine Question: I just started my instrument training. I know the pilot is supposed to check the VOR every 30 days if they want to use it for IFR flight, but how often is the localizer and ILS checked for normal operation? Does the pilot have to check that too? Answer: The pilot doesn’t have the capability to “check” the localizer like you do a VOR in an aircraft, but you can check the Notices to Air Missions (NOTAMs) to see if the unit is in service. You also should identify it ... read more

Aviation Summer Academy inspires the next generation

General Aviation News More than 20 high school seniors from eight states gathered at Saint Louis University’s hangar at St. Louis Downtown Airport the week of June 10, 2024, for the annual Aviation Summer Academy. Read More read more

Flying In to AirVenture: A Carefully Orchestrated Cacophony of Chaos

FLYING Magazine When it comes to the EAA AirVenture fly-in at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, I’m a pretty seasoned visitor. I first attended as a passenger in my flying club’s Cessna 182 in the late 1990s and spent the following several years mooching rides from other club members in various aircraft types. After moving to Wisconsin, I spent many years driving up and camping with friends next to their airplanes.  I was entirely satisfied with the event regardless of how I got there. I was convinced ... read more

Digital clock for Learjets approved

General Aviation News Butler National Corporation has received FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval of the CHRONOS digital clock, that includes USB-A and USB-C chargers, on Learjet Model 24, 24B/D/E/F, 25, 25B/C/D/F, 28, 29, 31, 31A, 35, 35A, C21A, 36, 36A, 55, 55B, 55C, 60, and 60XR airplanes. Read More read more

This Incredible Pilot: Helen Richey

Plane & Pilot Magazine It was like “wrestling a cobra in a hurricane,” Helen Richey said. After nearly 10 days in the skies over Miami in December 1933, Richey, … Read More "This Incredible Pilot: Helen Richey" The post This Incredible Pilot: Helen Richey appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Machines, Like Human Bodies, Do Not Like Sitting Still

FLYING Magazine Pressed the red start button on my Electroair ignition system, and all the usual things happened: The starter engaged, two blades turned, and the spark lit off those garbage pail-sized Superior cylinders in my Conti 550. I released the starter button, but something was off. I could just barely hear and feel something besides the pistons firing—the starter was still spinning. Let’s go back a bit. I last flew on December 13—a day trip to East Hampton to meet a TV writer. I ... read more

Pilot loses control on landing due to fractured brake line fitting

General Aviation News A loss of directional control during the landing roll due to a fractured brake line fitting on the brake caliper. Read More read more

$81,950 Fine Proposed For In-Flight Violence

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

Three Injured In Second Lockheed 12A Accident

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

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

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

Ginter Named Air Safety Institute Head

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

AOPA AIR SAFETY INSTITUTE NAMES NEW LEADER

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

AOPA Air Safety Institute names new leader

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

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

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

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

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

Employer Profile: NetJets

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

3 Left Injured in Georgia Lockheed 12A Crash

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

Picture of the Day: Third generation meets first

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

AOPA Air Safety Institute names new leader

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

Raisbeck Aviation High Awarded GAMA Honors

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

Sights, sounds, and connections that last

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

New legislation to help Colorado airports transition to unleaded fuel

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

AOPA AIR SAFETY INSTITUTE NAMES NEW LEADER

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

Not Every Flight Student Wants to Become an Airline Pilot

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

EDMO: New Antenna Switches Boost Aircraft Comms

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

Oklahoma teachers soar to top spot

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

This 2016 Cessna TTx T240 Is a High-Flying, Turbocharged ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 2016 Cessna TTx T240. Some people might still mistake the Cessna TTx for a Cirrus when they see it on the ramp, but pilots who are familiar with trends in aviation and new-model development can easily tell the two ... read more

Sporty’s introduces Flight Gear Emergency Backup Battery

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

This Incredible Plane: Meyers/Aero Commander 200

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

The Importance of Embracing Proficiency Culture

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

A hazardous attitude of invulnerability

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

FAA Getting Ready To Rule On Public Charter Scheduled Service

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

Starliner Update Set For Tuesday

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

Training and Safety Tip: Every pilot’s power word

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

Embry-Riddle: Advanced training that advances aviation

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

Understanding the Implications of a Broker of Record Letter

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

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