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Number of fatal accidents in homebuilts ticks up

General Aviation News For the federal fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2022, the FAA reported there were 56 fatal accidents in experimental category aircraft over the preceding 12 months, including 39 in amateur-built aircraft. That compares to 42 total accidents — 33 in amateur-built aircraft — during the 12-month period between October 2020 and September 2021. Read More read more

Preparing pilots for spatial disorientation

General Aviation News At Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, students get the chance to experience spatial disorientation in a safe space in the university's new Spatial Disorientation Laboratory. Read More read more

Top Letters And Comments, November 25, 2022

AVweb Entry-Level Travel One big advantage of owning vs. renting is the ability to take your time. With renting there’s the added pressure of having to return the airplane for the next renter. If weather threatens the expense of returning the plane late can push the renter into making undesireable decisions, especially if a VFR pilot. My wife and I made a big trip in a small Cessna and got weathered out on the way home. With no need to rush we stayed overnight. The next day’s forecast ... read more

Pilot Uninjured In Cirrus Jet CAPS Pull

AVweb A Florida pilot escaped with only wet feet after his Cirrus SF50 lost power shortly after takeoff from Indianapolis Regional Airport on Friday morning. Timothy Borrup, 54, told local authorities the plane’s single jet engine faltered during the initial climbout and he pulled the CAPs handle. It turned out to be a textbook application of the system and the aircraft settled upright and mostly intact into a retention pond in an industrial area near the airport.  It was only the second ... read more

Deadline extended for General Aviation Awards

General Aviation News The deadline has been extended to Dec. 31, 2022, to nominate someone for CFI of the Year, Maintenance Technician of the Year, or FAASTeam Representative of the Year. You can even nominate yourself. Read More read more

Switching Careers Late in Life, Part 2

FLYING Magazine What’s it like to go from the operating theater to the flight deck? We share the rest of the story, which we started last week in “V1 Rotate: Making the Switch,” as we join FLYING columnist Dick Karl as he explains to Sam Weigel how he made the transition from success as a cancer surgeon to a satisfying second act as a Part 135 pilot. Part 2 of Weigel’s interview with Dick Karl takes the pair to Karl’s patio in Tampa, Florida. The post Switching Careers Late in Life, ... read more

Pilot’s assumption leads to near miss

General Aviation News The 310 announced downwind for Runway YY, but in my mind I was thinking XX since everyone else was using that runway. Read More read more

Piper J-3 Cub’s Heritage of Simplicity, Reliability

FLYING Magazine The Caterham Seven. The Ford 8N. The BMW R69. Some of history’s most iconic machines embraced mechanical simplicity, and achieved continued success by sticking to the original plan. By resisting the urge to add features and increase complexity, manufacturers discovered that sometimes less is more. Such was the case with the Piper J-3 Cub. Devoid of an electrical system, flaps, radios, and just about anything that can be considered a creature comfort, it provided only the ... read more

Bucket List: Hawaiian Islands

FLYING Magazine We’re accustomed to old mountains, as many of the world’s people make their homes on those that formed millions—or billions—of years ago. But the mountains that make up the Hawaiian Island chain are more recently formed, layered up from the ocean floor and built by the lava flowing down. Erosion from the rain and the wind has carved the pleats we fly past, particularly on the windward sides of the islands. Looking across their heights passing under the wings of a Cessna ... read more

ATP Flight School Adds 500th Aircraft To Fleet

AVweb ATP Flight School announced that its fleet has passed the 500-aircraft mark with the delivery of five new Cessna 172 Skyhawks last week. ATP has taken delivery of 86 new aircraft since 2020 and is expecting to add 85 more by the end of 2024. The company says the fleet expansion will allow it to “increase capacity to graduate 20,000 airline pilots by 2030.” “Reaching the milestone of a 500 aircraft fleet is significant, not just in scale, but for the operational support required to ... read more

FAA Proposes Adding Powered-Lift To Air Carrier Definition

AVweb The FAA has proposed a rule that would add powered-lift operations to the regulations covering commercial ops. The rule primarily proposes updating the definition of “air carrier”, which currently only refers to “airplanes” and “rotorcraft.” According to the FAA, the proposed changes are part of “a multi-step process of updating the regulations that apply to aircraft that traditionally have not operated under these parts.” “This proposed rule would add powered-lift to these ... read more

Lilium Raises $119 Million For eVTOL Development

AVweb Germany-based electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft developer Lilium has raised $119 million in capital from its existing shareholders, new investors and strategic partners. Companies participating in the capital raise included Honeywell, Aciturri, LGT, Tencent and B. Riley Securities. Lilium stated that it plans to use the money to continue to fund its operations, develop the Lilium Jet and for general corporate purposes. “We are pleased to have such a high-quality ... read more

International Air & Space Hall Of Fame Inducts Class Of 2022

AVweb The International Air & Space Hall of Fame honored its Class of 2022 during a ceremony at California’s San Diego Air & Space Museum last Saturday. Among the inductees were Capt. Dan Pedersen, USN (Ret.), noted for being the first Officer in Charge of the U.S. Navy’s TOPGUN Fighter Tactics Instructor postgraduate training program, aviation professional and philanthropist Michael Herman and Chancellor’s Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of California, San ... read more

Entry-Level Travel

AVweb The problem with an airplane like that is you can’t really use it for travel,” said a pilot looking out the FBO window at a Cherokee 140 sitting on the ramp. That pilot was saying that an entry-level airplane—think two or four seats, fixed gear and no more than 160 hp—can’t go places. Show me where it says that. It’s hard to imagine Charles Lindbergh shrugging off the Ryan NYP because it barely made 110 mph. “Sorry, St. Louis, I’m not flying to Paris unless I can average a ... read more

From the Starfighter to the Enterprise NCC-1701-D

FLYING Magazine From the late 1980s through the 1990s, Klingon Lt. Cmdr. Worf was one of the most visible characters on the popular TV shows Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Actor and pilot Michael Dorn, who was cast as Worf, made the character his own and ended up appearing in 276 episodes, the most of any other cast member in the Star Trek franchise’s history. To Dorn, morphing into Worf each day was a lengthy process because of the amount of makeup and ... read more

‘Talk to Me Goose’

FLYING Magazine It was the first thing that ran through my mind: “Talk to me, Goose.” But this wasn’t the Hollywood thriller I grew up with—Top Gun—this was a real-life tragedy. I’d just lost my father, and now I had an inflight emergency involving oil fumes in the cockpit and a vibrating engine.  As we taxied out that morning, the tears started down my cheek. With a shaky voice, I asked for—and read back—my clearance. By the time the Piper Arrow reached rotation speed and lifted off the ... read more

Europe Urges Automation, FAA Stresses Stick And Rudder

AVweb As European regulators began lobbying the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) to develop automation standards that will allow single-pilot airliner operations, the FAA issued an advisory circular that stresses CRM and maintaining manual flying skills. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) filed a working paper with ICAO on Monday asking that the structure be developed for “for a safe and globally harmonized introduction of commercial air transport (CAT) operations of ... read more

Experimental Fatals Jump

AVweb Fatal accidents in experimental aircraft jumped about 25 percent last year compared with the previous year, and EAA says “focused efforts to enhance safety even further remain essential.” In a news release, the organization says the 56 fatal accidents in the year ending Sept. 30, 2022, was up from 42 in the previous 12 months. That’s still less than the historical average but it’s not to be taken lightly, says Sean Elliott, EAA’s VP of advocacy and safety. “The fatal accident totals, ... read more

RAF Flies Tanker On SAF

AVweb The RAF flew one of its Voyager tankers on 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and said it wasn’t just a publicity stunt. In a news release, the RAF said it’s serious about becoming the world’s first net-zero Air Force and “leading the way in improving operational resilience and developing future operating capability in a climate-changed world.” The Voyager is the tanker conversion of an A330 and the RAF said it was the first military flight on all SAF of an aircraft that big ... read more

A First Flight for Young Hunter

FLYING Magazine I really wanted everything to be just right. When you’re handed the responsibility of giving a young person their very first flight in an airplane—any airplane—you take nothing for granted. At least that’s the way I felt last weekend when I got that chance. We’d moved into our house in rural Maryland three years ago, with a handful of neighbors scattered around the dairy farms that surround us. Over that time, we’ve found everyone ready to pitch in and help out, and we’ve ... read more

Black Friday, Aviation Style

FLYING Magazine Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the aviation fan in your life? There are lots of options out there, including Black Friday deals.  Here are some gift ideas and holiday deals compiled by the FLYING crew: Sporty’s Pilot Shop This holiday, Sporty’s Pilot Shop is knocking $80 off the ForeFlight Sentry Plus ADS-B Receiver , as well as offering a $50 discount on its Leather Original Flight Gear Bag. Those in the market for Sporty’s Multiengine Training Course can also ... read more

Pilots Jailed After Firetruck Accident

AVweb The International Federation Airline Pilots Association (IFALPA) is protesting the arrest and incarceration of the two pilots operating the A320neo that was hit by a firetruck on a runway in Lima, Peru last week. Immediately after the accident, which killed two firefighters and injured a third but didn’t result in any injuries on the aircraft, police hauled the two pilots off to jail where they were held for almost two days. The union says the action violated all manner of protocols ... read more

Picture Of The Week, November 23, 2022

AVweb 1 of 4 Diamond DA62 over Granite Lake and a peak near Libby, Montana. This is a frame grab from a GoPro MAX 360º video clip. Copyrighted photo by Steve Zimmermann. PICUTRE OF THE WEEK: Diamond DA62 Over Granite Lake Dan's Piet in the grass with an EAA Young Eagle at KPHT. Taken with a Pentax K5 IIs - DA 18-135. Copyrighted photo by H. A. Hough. 'Loensloe' ... read more

Fighter Pilot Film Devotion Opens This Week: 4 Things To Know

FLYING Magazine Aviation films are rare. Good ones that emphasize the pilots’ perspective and properly showcase the hardware are extremely rare. With the opening this week of Devotion, a movie about the relationship between Jesse Brown, the U.S. Navy’s first black fighter pilot, and Thomas Hudner, his wingman, 2022 becomes a landmark year for airplane fans. The long-awaited release of Top Gun: Maverick last spring is still generating buzz among pilots. And the new film—based on a true ... read more

Jet It Pivots Away From HondaJet to Phenom 300

FLYING Magazine One HondaJet customer isn’t happy. In a scathing letter sent to its customers last Friday, Glenn Gonzales, the founder and CEO of fractional company Jet It, accused the Honda Aircraft Company of costing the company tens of millions of dollars due to its gaps in customer service.  A Honda Aircraft Company (HACI) spokesperson told FLYING in a statement that the OEM was aware of the Jet It CEO’s message to the company’s customers. The spokesperson said that while HACI ... read more

NTSB Welcomes New FAA Medical Rule for Hot Air Balloon Pilots

FLYING Magazine The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said it welcomed the new FAA ruling requiring commercial hot air balloon pilots to hold at least a second-class medical certificate when flying paying passengers, as is already required for commercial airplane and helicopter pilots.  The FAA first proposed the rule in November 2021.  At the time of the announcement last week, Acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen said, “Passengers can now rest assured that commercial balloon ... read more

Why Does the Pilot in Command Sit on the Left Side of the Cockpit?

FLYING Magazine Question: Why does the pilot in command sit on the left side of the cockpit in an airplane? Answer: Many aircraft in early aviation had tandem seating. When flying solo, the pilot in command (PIC) often sat in the back seat in order to keep the aircraft within its weight and balance envelope. When side-by-side seating became more common, the PIC took the left seat. Theories abound as to why this is. There is the left seat/left traffic theory. Sitting on the left side of ... read more

Picture of the Day: My favorite co-pilot

General Aviation News Susan Ray submitted this photo and note: "My daughter, Chanel Ray, and I flying over Santa Barbara in a Piper Warrior III. Doesn’t get any better than this!" Read More read more

Pilot Who Became Incapacitated During Flight Dies

FLYING Magazine An airline pilot who became incapacitated during a flight from Chicago to Colombus, Ohio, on November 19 has died. The pilot, whose name has not been released, was required flight crew aboard Envoy Air Flight 3556, an Embraer E175 operated as American Eagle, with service from Chicago O’Hare (KORD) to John Glenn International Airport (KCMH). According to LiveATC.com, approximately 30 minutes into the flight, the pilot flying as first officer notified air traffic control: ... read more

What causes exhaust valve recession in an engine?

General Aviation News There are several theories, but the one that makes the most sense to me is that the lead in avgas helps sealing and improves thermal heat transfer. Read More read more

CubCrafters CEO talks GA with Wall Street

General Aviation News CubCrafters President and CEO Patrick Horgan is featured on the latest episode of TheBell2BellPodcast from InvestorBrandNetwork (IBN), which "delivers informative updates and exclusive interviews with executives operating in fast-moving industries," according to IBN officials. Read More read more

FAA extends aircraft registration to seven years

General Aviation News The rule will take effect 60 days after it was published in the Federal Register and will apply to all aircraft currently registered. Read More read more

Redbird expands flight sim lessons for AOPA’s free high school curriculum

General Aviation News Redbird Flight has added 25 new flight simulator lessons to supplement the 10th- and 11th-grade course material in the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) High School Aviation STEM curriculum, which is now in more than 300 high schools nationwide. Read More read more

The Daunting Endeavor of Buying Your First Aircraft

FLYING Magazine Shopping for one’s first aircraft can be a daunting endeavor. The process can be lengthy, having to determine one’s priorities, learn what aircraft types are able to meet those criteria, and then narrow down the selection to the types that offer the best balance of advantages and drawbacks. In the pursuit of the perfect specimen, vast spreadsheets are often built and many daily responsibilities of adult life are often ignored. Before one gets too far ahead of oneself, ... read more

Pilot mistakes taxiway for runway

General Aviation News The pilot’s inadvertent attempt to takeoff on a taxiway, rather than a runway, which resulted in a collision with a fence during takeoff. Read More read more

New Combat Aircraft Comes With A Vintage Feature

AVweb Under a contract worth up to $3 billion, U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) last August chose the AT-802U Sky Warden, a single-engine turboprop with an interesting difference for a modern military aircraft. The service plans to acquire up to 75 for “counterterror” duty. Derived from the Fred Ayers-designed Air Tractor agricultural application aircraft (aka cropduster), the Sky Warden is ruggedly built and designed for low-altitude ops at high gross weights, but also ... read more

CubCrafters Takes The Next Step To A Public Stock Offering

AVweb Can you buy a piece of a Cub for $5? Well, does a piece of the CubCrafters company count? The self-described “light-sport, experimental, and backcountry aircraft company” has earned a “qualification” from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to make a $50 million dollar public stock offering—taking the company a step closer to officially going public. And, if you are interested in investing, you will have grab 80 of those shares—a minimum investment of $400. CubCrafters ... read more

Artemis 1’s Orion Spacecraft Makes A Low Pass Over The Moon

AVweb NASA’s Orion spacecraft, launched last Wednesday (Nov. 16) atop the Artemis 1 Space Launch System (SLS), sent back compelling images of the Earth and made a low pass over the dark-side surface of the moon on Monday. “Low” is relative, of course, but descending to within 81 miles of the moon’s surface yielded some breathtaking images. That distance contrasts with the 280,000 miles Artemis 1 had to travel to reach the closest point to the moon of its journey. The mission is the first ... read more

Short Final: First Flights

AVweb I enjoy flying kids as part of the EAA “Young Eagles” program. Last year, I had a particularly hilarious day: Two sisters were in the back seat and their brother was in the front. I always let the front seater fly the plane for a bit. When sister #1 realizes this, she says: “He’s flying the plane! He’s going to kill us all!” I say calmly, “He won’t kill us, I can take control if he has trouble.” “He’s going to kill me!!!” “If he kills you, can I have your stuff?” I ask. “No! You ... read more

Avfuel Teams With Atlantic To Provide More SAF In Colorado

AVweb Just in time for ski season, Ann Arbor, Michigan-based fuel supplier Avfuel has teamed with FBO chain Atlantic Aviation to supply all four of Atlantic’s Colorado locations with Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). The two have been cooperating to provide Neste SAF at Atlantic’s Aspen base since early 2021, but the new agreement adds Atlantic bases in Montrose (KMTJ), Hadden/Steamboat (KHDN) and Aspen/Rifle (KRIL). According to Avfuel, Neste’s MY SAF currently has one of the ... read more

Staging a Black Friday Fly-In: Airports Near Shopping Malls

FLYING Magazine With Black Friday and the holiday shopping season just days away, we are looking at retail destinations for pilots. In the name of efficiency, we picked some of the nation’s largest with the idea of completing as much of our shopping as possible at one place. READ MORE: Celebrating July 4th: Six Patriotic Flying Destinations Shopping malls have long been popular stops for road trippers but they also make sense for aviators because there are usually airports nearby. In some ... read more

Comparing Credit: AOPA World Mastercard® Edit

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Downed Caravan That Killed 4 Lost Wing in Flight: NTSB

FLYING Magazine Federal investigators say the Cessna Caravan that went down in Snohomish County, Washington, last week lost a wing in mid flight. All four persons on board were killed in the subsequent accident. The National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) initial investigation revealed that the right wing of the 2021 Cessna 208B was found some 200 yards from the main fuselage of the aircraft, indicating it had separated from the airframe before impact. The Caravan was on lease to ... read more

Wheels Up, AirMed Launch Medical-Travel Services Partnership

FLYING Magazine Wheels Up (NYSE: UP) announced Tuesday it is partnering with medical transport provider AirMed to bring a range of medical-travel services to Wheels Up members and their families.  As part of the exclusive partnership, Wheels Up will launch a new membership tier that features the enhanced product offering from AirMed. That provision will allow Wheels Up members and up to 11 additional designated travelers to have 24-hour access to AirMed’s medically equipped fleet when ... read more

Neste Delivers More than 500,000 Gallons of SAF to LAX

FLYING Magazine Neste, the aviation fuel provider, continues expanding its sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) network. Tuesday the company announced it delivered more than 500,000 gallons of My Sustainable Aviation Fuel supply to the Los Angeles International Airport (KLAX), boosting the supply of SAF at the airport.  Neste said it worked closely with LAXFUEL to make the transfer possible. LAXFUEL is a group of airlines at KLAX that provide the jet fuel supply infrastructure for planes at ... read more

New Archer eVTOL revealed

AOPA General Aviation News Silicon Valley-based advanced air mobility hopeful Archer Aviation Inc. has unveiled its piloted, four-passenger, full-size production aircraft, Midnight. Read More read more

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Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame inducts four

AOPA General Aviation News Military veterans and a “human computer” who helped build GPS are among the latest group of aerospace achievers inducted in the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame. Read More read more

FAA extending aircraft registration period

AOPA General Aviation News Aircraft owners will have more time to renew their aircraft registration now that the FAA has issued a new rule to extend the duration of certificates from three to seven years. Read More read more

Showcase connects pilots, industry experts

AOPA General Aviation News Nearly two dozen aircraft and almost 60 exhibitors awaited 600 AOPA members who had registered for the AOPA Aviator Showcase in Fort Worth, Texas, November 17 and 18—ready to provide information to everyone from prospective buyers and veteran aircraft owners to active pilots. Read More read more

Ampaire Receives Department of Energy Award

FLYING Magazine The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today it awarded $100 million to fund eight clean energy technology projects, including Ampaire’s hybrid electric propulsion technologies for aircraft. The eight technologies support President Biden’s goals to lower emissions through clean energy deployment, reduce dependence on imports of critical minerals, and secure the nation’s standing as a global leader of research and innovation. “Meeting the President’s goals of cutting ... read more

FAA extending aircraft registration period

AOPA General Aviation News Aircraft owners will have more time to renew their aircraft registration now that the FAA has issued a new rule to extend the duration of certificates from three to seven years. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: Sublime night flight

General Aviation News David St. George submitted this photo and note: "The sun was setting in the Finger Lakes as I climbed out headed home for the night in the noble C-152." Read More read more

Showcase connects pilots, industry experts

AOPA General Aviation News Nearly two dozen aircraft and almost 60 exhibitors awaited 600 AOPA members who had registered for the AOPA Aviator Showcase in Fort Worth, Texas, November 17 and 18—ready to provide information to everyone from prospective buyers and veteran aircraft owners to active pilots. Read More read more

Your flight has been delayed

General Aviation News The time-worn expression about GA travel is true. If you’ve got time to spare, go by air. Of course, there is an addendum I would add to that expression that has proven true for me. If you want to broaden your experience, meet fascinating people, and truly enrich your life, fly. Read More read more

Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame inducts four

AOPA General Aviation News Military veterans and a “human computer” who helped build GPS are among the latest group of aerospace achievers inducted in the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame. Read More read more

New Archer eVTOL revealed

AOPA General Aviation News Silicon Valley-based advanced air mobility hopeful Archer Aviation Inc. has unveiled its piloted, four-passenger, full-size production aircraft, Midnight. Read More read more

Tamarack Makes Long-Range Record Attempt in King Air 350

FLYING Magazine Tamarack Aerospace delivered an update on its Smartwing technology for the Beechcraft King Air 350 at the National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Convention and Expo (NBAA-BACE) in Orlando back in October. Turns out they posted some pretty fast times going to and from the event—and they’ve now made formal application for those records to both the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) in the U.S. and Europe’s Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) ... read more

Team effort keeps L09 open

General Aviation News A proverb states that “success has many fathers,” and that was certainly true in the successful effort to preserve Stovepipe Wells Airport (L09) in Death Valley National Park in California, according to Tim Riley, a director of the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF). Read More read more

Pilot Certification: You Have to Earn It

FLYING Magazine Designated pilot examiner and FLYING contributor Jason Blair won the Internet last week with this line on his blog: Pilot certificates are not participation trophies. Well said, Mr. Blair, well said. The thought process behind the statement is that the high failure rate among private pilot applicants gives the impression that many are not being trained to minimum standards to achieve certification, rather the training is more like “check the boxes and go through the ... read more

Non-profit celebrates the Grand Dames of Aviation

General Aviation News “Cultivating the talent, innovation, and leadership of women is critical for the future of aviation and aerospace,” noted Carol Dean, founder of the Grand Dames of Aviation. Read More read more

New version of Flight Schedule Pro integrates with LogTen Pilot Logbook

General Aviation News “One of the top requests from operators, students, and instructors alike has been the integration of a pilot logbook with Flight Schedule Pro," says Jasen Barnes, Flight Schedule Pro CEO. Read More read more

Mid-air collision seriously injures glider pilots

General Aviation News The failure of both pilots of each glider to see and avoid one another while maneuvering, which resulted in a mid-air collision. Read More read more

Aircraft deliveries overpower headwinds

AOPA General Aviation News Aircraft makers logged collective increases in shipments and revenue in every category during the first nine months of 2022, though the General Aviation Manufacturers Association noted a need to address both immediate and long-term challenges. Read More read more

Gyro Hero: Completion katas

AOPA General Aviation News Adding a category or class rating to your certificate can be as easy as flying to proficiency and passing a checkride, or as complicated as having to pass a knowledge test, fly another first solo, meet a minimum hour requirement, and pass a checkride. My experience was the latter. Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: The missing checklist item

AOPA General Aviation News Collision avoidance isn’t on your prelanding checklist. But it should be. Because there are inconsiderate pilots out there. Pilots who fly the traffic pattern backward. Pilots who fly 15 mile finals in 65-horsepower airplanes. Pilots who disdain radio and rules. Read More read more

Boeing Forecasts Significant Growth In Air Cargo Traffic

AVweb Boeing is predicting in its 2022 World Air Cargo Forecast (WACF) that air cargo traffic will double by 2041. According to the forecast (PDF), air cargo traffic is expected to grow at a rate of 4.1 percent per year through 2041, rising from the rate of 3.2 percent per year seen between 2011 and 2021. Forecasters noted that prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, freighter aircraft represented less than 8 percent of the total commercial jet fleet and carried over 50 percent of all air cargo. ... read more

NBAA Recognizes First Sustainable Flight Department Accreditation Recipients

AVweb The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has named the first business aviation companies to earn its Sustainable Flight Department Accreditation. Initial recipients include Mente LLC, Monarch Air Group, DBA Mercury Jets, Netflix, Steelcase Inc. and Textron Aviation’s Wichita Service Center. According to NBAA, the goal of the program is “to promote a culture of sustainability by encouraging companies to think and act critically, and to implement as many sustainability ... read more

Restarting A Homebuilt Project

AVweb I was happily plugging along at a good pace on my GlaStar project when life happened. What I had projected to be a two- or three-year build came to a crawl with a few spurts of activity and then finally stopped altogether. For seven years. Getting the GlaStar parts to the hangar was the job of this 20-foot trailer. Careful packing meant all the airplane and shop components got to the hangar with little to no damage. My project was in the attached two-car garage, only a few steps ... read more

General Aviation Accident Bulletin, November 21, 2022

AVweb AVweb’s General Aviation Accident Bulletin is taken from the pages of our sister publication, Aviation Safety magazine. All the reports listed here are preliminary and include only initial factual findings about crashes. You can learn more about the final probable cause on the NTSB’s website at www.ntsb.gov. Final reports appear about a year after the accident, although some take longer. Find out more about Aviation Safety at www.aviationsafetymagazine.com. August 9, 2022, Corona, ... read more

Sporty’s Unveils PJ2+ Handheld COM Radio

AVweb Sporty’s has introduced an upgraded version of its PJ2 handheld COM radio. The PJ2+ adds features such as a 3.5mm jack, 6 watts peak transmit power, automatic noise limiter and high contrast backlit screen. As with its predecessor, the PJ2+ can connect to standard twin-plug aviation headsets without a specialized adapter and offers a quick access emergency 121.5 button, NOAA weather button and 20 scannable memory channels. “An emergency is no time to be searching for a headset ... read more

Training and Safety Tip: The missing checklist item

AOPA General Aviation News Collision avoidance isn’t on your prelanding checklist. But it should be. Because there are inconsiderate pilots out there. Pilots who fly the traffic pattern backward. Pilots who fly 15 mile finals in 65-horsepower airplanes. Pilots who disdain radio and rules. Read More read more

Aircraft deliveries overpower headwinds

AOPA General Aviation News Aircraft makers logged collective increases in shipments and revenue in every category during the first nine months of 2022, though the General Aviation Manufacturers Association noted a need to address both immediate and long-term challenges. Read More read more

Gyro Hero: Completion katas

AOPA General Aviation News Adding a category or class rating to your certificate can be as easy as flying to proficiency and passing a checkride, or as complicated as having to pass a knowledge test, fly another first solo, meet a minimum hour requirement, and pass a checkride. My experience was the latter. Read More read more

Ampaire Eco Caravan Conducts First Flight

FLYING Magazine The nine-seat regional aircraft Eco Caravan made its first flight using the fully integrated hybrid-electric propulsion system Friday, Ampaire announced. Ampaire said it expects its Eco Caravan to earn FAA certification in 2024, claiming it could be the first electrified regional aircraft to enter commercial service. The maiden flight launched from Camarillo Airport (KCMA), close to Los Angeles, early Friday morning. It was piloted by Elliot Seguin, who flew for 33 ... read more

EVTOL Startup Lilium to Raise $119 Million From Investors

FLYING Magazine German eVTOL developer Lilium N.V. plans to raise $119 million from existing shareholders, new shareholders, and strategic partners, the company announced.  The company said it plans to raise the funding by issuing Class A shares priced at $1.30 per share. The fundraising campaign will end November 22. Lilium said in a statement that some investors committed to partaking in the fundraising campaign include Honeywell, Aciturri, LGT, Lightrock, Tencent, and B. Riley ... read more

Hybrid Caravan Makes First Flight

Plane & Pilot Magazine Ampaire, the maker of a diesel/electric modification of the Cessna Caravan turboprop single, is making their case for the plane following its first flight this … Read More "Hybrid Caravan Makes First Flight" The post Hybrid Caravan Makes First Flight appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

The Questionable Goal of Carbon Neutrality in Aviation

Plane & Pilot Magazine Recently a startup company, Ampaire, reported on the first flight of its Cessna Caravan conversion, which it calls the Eco Caravan. The name is a … Read More "The Questionable Goal of Carbon Neutrality in Aviation" The post The Questionable Goal of Carbon Neutrality in Aviation appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: His first flight

General Aviation News Michael A. Crognale submitted this photo and note: "Noah gets ready for his first airplane flight ever in 2020 when he was 10. We flew Cessna 150N N66472 out of Hampton Roads Executive Airport (KPVG) in Virginia. He fell in love with it and is now a cadet in the Civil Air Patrol looking forward to training for his private pilot certificate." Read More read more

Finding Your Ideal Aircraft: Bringing the New Baby Home

FLYING Magazine When I bought my first new car in 1995, the dealership sent sparkly balloons to my door the next day. When my wife and I moved into our house we celebrated with champagne. But when we closed on our airplane just over a week ago, the experience was so thrilling that I wanted to spray the champagne the way Formula 1 drivers do on the victory podium. But there was work to do. I had to arrange to get the new-to-us 1992 Commander 114B from its longtime home in Lincoln Park, New ... read more

FAA Set to Extend Aircraft Registration to Seven Years

FLYING Magazine Is the registration certificate on your aircraft coming due soon? You may have more time—as in years to renew it. The FAA is slated to release a rule this month to extend the duration of aircraft registration certificates from three years to seven years. In a statement sent to FLYING, the FAA explained, “The new rule applies to new registrations and extends the duration of current certificates. It covers all traditional aircraft and larger drones.” According to the draft ... read more

Human Factors: Whose fault, really?

General Aviation News When a mechanic's error leads to an accident, does the pilot and aircraft owner share some of the responsibility? Read More read more

Aviation Industry Seeks 5G Deadline Extension

FLYING Magazine The end of the year brings the deadline for air carriers to retrofit their fleets to protect them from interference from 5G C-band wireless service. According to a coalition of top aviation stakeholders, however, supply chain challenges have made it impossible for the industry to meet that deadline. The group of nearly two dozen aviation companies and organizations, which includes Embraer, Boeing, Airbus, and the International Air Transport Association, is asking for an ... read more

New manager takes the helm at KBIE

General Aviation News After 50 years at Beatrice Municipal Airport (KBIE) in Nebraska, Airport Manager Diana Smith has retired. Taking her place is Dennis Schmitt, an Air Force veteran who has worked in aviation his entire career. Read More read more

Halter Ranch Offers Wine With a View From Above

FLYING Magazine Halter Ranch, in Paso Robles, California, is a one-of-a-kind vineyard and winery. Aside from a selection of award-winning wines, sourced from grapes grown on property, Halter Ranch is host to the only public-facing runway located at a vineyard.  Gracie Nino, the company’s marketing manager, notes that the 3,353-foot by 25-foot paved airstrip (89CA) is a distinctive feature of the property. While the airstrip was just only recently reopened to the public in 2021, its roots ... read more

Air Safety Institute video analyzes Wings Over Dallas midair collision

General Aviation News The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Air Safety Institute (ASI) has released a new video in its Early Analysis series providing an initial examination of the Nov. 12, 2022, midair collision between a Bell P–63F Kingcobra and a Boeing B–17G Flying Fortress during the 2022 Commemorative Air Force Wings Over Dallas WWII Airshow at Dallas Executive Airport in Texas. Read More read more

Sporty’s Introduces PJ2+ radio

General Aviation News According to Sporty's officials, the PJ2+, is the only handheld aviation radio that can be connected to standard aviation headset plugs without using a special adapter. Read More read more

FAA Extends Aircraft Re-Registration Period

AVweb The FAA will issue a Direct Final Rule extending the registration interval for general aviation aircraft and the new seven-year duration applies to all GA aircraft. Until 2010, aircraft registrations lasted for the life of the aircraft but that resulted in a lot of inaccurate and ghost registrations on the books. In 2010, the agency made all operators re-register their planes and set a three-year limit for re-registration. The alphabets argued that was too onerous for private ... read more

A near miss on the runway

General Aviation News My student and I were approximately 10 knots below our rotation speed when I look up and to my left and notice there is an aircraft taking off on Runway 14 and we are on a direct collision course if no action is taken by either pilot. Read More read more

Poll: What Did You Think Of The Artemis 1/SLS Launch?

AVweb Poll: What Did You Think Of The Artemis 1/SLS Launch? Poll: What Did You Think Of The Artemis 1/SLS Launch? Totally awesome! Meh. Waste of time and money. I'm waiting for Mars. Other Δ The post Poll: What Did You Think Of The Artemis 1/SLS Launch? appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

NASA’s Big Week

AVweb In my typical week, I spend a fair amount of bandwidth just deflecting the overwhelming volume of pixels gushing into my inbox and news feeds. By necessity and in the interest of survival, I skip past much of it. But three things that caught my eye this week were all reports on NASA space ventures. Two made the mainstream evening news but I thought the most interesting one drew little notice. First, the big news: After years of delays, NASA finally launched the Space Launch System in ... read more

Ampaire Flies Hybrid Caravan

AVweb Ampaire flew its hybrid electric Caravan for the first time Sunday, completing a 33-minute hop from Camarillo, California. According to Green Car Congress, the short flight was conducted to do initial checks on the propulsion system which consists of a diesel engine coupled to a generator that charges a battery bank in a belly pod which, in turn, powers the electric motor that turns the propeller. No issues were reported. Seguin took the Caravan to 3,500 feet at full power and then ... read more

Best Of The Web: CAF Dallas Crash Early Analysis

AVweb AOPA Aviation Safety Foundation VP Richard McSpadden prepared this early analysis video of last week’s CAF fatal B-17/P-63 midair in Dallas. His explanation of how parallel show lines are used to separate mixed types illuminates how such an accident could occur. The post Best Of The Web: CAF Dallas Crash Early Analysis appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: View from my office

General Aviation News Sophie Dufresne submitted this photo and note: "An instructor who loves her job! Teaching future instructors from Quebec City." Read More read more

Students flying high — and for free — in Albuquerque

General Aviation News The Southwest Aeronautics, Mathematics and Science Academy, known as the SAMS Academy, at Double Eagle II Airport (KAEG) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, immerses kids in aviation starting in sixth grade, eventually allowing them to earn their private pilot certificate — for free — before they graduate from high school. Read More read more

Report Says Caravan Crashed During Flight Testing

AVweb Four people, reportedly two pilots and two flight test engineers, were killed in the crash of a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan that was apparently undergoing flight testing when the wings came off in Washington State on Friday. The plane, owned by Copper Mountain Aviation in Alaska crashed near Everett, Washington Friday morning after spending about a half hour doing what accident compilation site Aviation Accidents/This Day in History said were a series of “slow speed maneuvers and ... read more

Bike review: Brompton C Line Utility folding bike

AOPA General Aviation News Folding bikes extend the independent nature of general aviation travel that appeals to so many—fly to an airport, unfold the bike, and start exploring without working with others to arrange ground transportation. The problem is that it can be difficult to find folding bikes compact enough to fit in the baggage compartment of most four-seat GA aircraft. The Brompton C Line Utility folding bike could be the answer. Read More read more

Airplane eye candy

General Aviation News Smitty Smith, the force behind FunPlacesToFly.com and VansAircraftBuilders.com, recently posted a video on YouTube that's a slideshow of "a really nice collection of beautiful RV aircraft and projects, uploaded by RV lovers from all over," he says. Read More read more

Hardy demand for general aviation aircraft boosts sales

General Aviation News "Deliveries are converging on, and in some cases surpassing, the levels we were experiencing prior to the pandemic, which is a testament to the strength of our industry and the importance and utility of general and business aviation." Read More read more

Top Letters And Comments, November 18, 2022

AVweb Frank Robinson Dead At 92 I was fortunate to hear this remarkable man speak at a Royal Aeronautical Society lecture in London. He even graciously answered a question from me. He changed the lives of many thousands of people by introducing them to helicopters, by making them light and simple. The R22 weighed half of the Enstrom I learned on – and it burned half of the fuel. His designs were a game-changer. Such engineering giants don’t come around often – I think he is up there with ... read more

Avsoft Releases Contaminated Runways Course

AVweb Just in time for winter in the northern hemisphere, Avsoft International has released a Contaminated Runways course for pilot general subject training. This online aviation course includes two modules, which cover the following topics: definitions, classification of contaminants, airport movement areas, runway condition reports, runway temperature monitoring, runway treatment and inspection, takeoff performance, landing performance, operational guidelines, runway arresting systems, ... read more

A320 Collides With Fire Truck In Lima

AVweb Two Lima, Peru airport firefighters were killed Friday when a LATAM Airlines A320neo hit a fire truck that had apparently turned entered the runway as it was taking off. According to Flightradar24 the aircraft was nearing V1 and going 127 knots when it slammed into the truck, collapsing the right main gear, shearing off the engine on that side and piercing the fuel tank. The aircraft was heavily damaged but there were no serious injuries among the passengers and crew. The truck was ... read more

Wheels Up, MAG Aerospace Launch Pilot Recruitment Partnership

FLYING Magazine Wheels Up (NYSE: UP) is partnering with MAG Aerospace, a Virginia-based military contracting company, as it looks to boost its pilot recruitment efforts. The on-demand private aviation company said this Pathway Development Program would allow current and former MAG pilots to move their employment to Wheels Up. Additionally, former MAG pilots who work for Wheels Up can take leaves of absence to complete MAG tours. Wheels Up said the shared pipeline would be beneficial to ... read more

Switching to a Flying Career Later in Life

FLYING Magazine What is it like to switch to a flying career later in life? V1 Rotate’s Sam Weigel flies with fellow FLYING columnist Dick Karl in his Cessna Citation CJ1 from Austin to Tampa to find out how Karl made the transition from cancer surgeon to Part 135 pilot. READ MORE: Game Over for Regional Airlines? The post Switching to a Flying Career Later in Life appeared first on FLYING Magazine. Read More read more

Aircraft Deliveries Up in Q3 Across All Segments: GAMA

FLYING Magazine Aircraft manufacturers have delivered 1,841 aircraft so far this year, representing an increase in deliveries across all segments, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association’s (GAMA) third-quarter shipping and billing report.  The delivery trend also points to an increase in the overall value of the aircraft shipments, the association said in a statement. Through the third quarter, piston airplane deliveries increased 8.8 percent with 1,012 units, ... read more

Bike review: Brompton C Line Utility folding bike

AOPA General Aviation News Folding bikes extend the independent nature of general aviation travel that appeals to so many—fly to an airport, unfold the bike, and start exploring without working with others to arrange ground transportation. The problem is that it can be difficult to find folding bikes compact enough to fit in the baggage compartment of most four-seat GA aircraft. The Brompton C Line Utility folding bike could be the answer. Read More read more

Fly a DC-3, or ‘Spruce Goose’ in the New Microsoft Flight Simulator

FLYING Magazine Just in time for the holidays, Microsoft has released the 40th anniversary edition of its famed Flight Simulator flight sim program.  For many aviation enthusiasts, the new edition is not just another update of the company’s long-standing simulation program, but instead a celebration of virtual aviation’s past, present, and future.  The Microsoft Flight Simulator software program was first launched in 1977 when Bruce Artwick, a software engineer who founded Sublogic, ... read more

Boeing May Miss End-of-Year 737 Deadline

FLYING Magazine The deadline for the regulatory certification of Boeing Company’s (NYSE:BA) latest 737 Max variants with the crew-alerting system is rapidly approaching, and Boeing has asked Congress for a waiver to extend the December deadline.  After December 27, 2022, all airplanes must have modern cockpit alerting systems to be certified by the FAA.  This will mean significant delays for the deployment of new Max aircraft unless Congress grants a waiver to extend the deadline. Boeing ... read more

A Skilled Pilot, a Routine Approach, an Unexpected Catastrophe

FLYING Magazine On a freezing January evening in 2016, a Cirrus SR22T approached Greene County Regional Airport (I19) near Dayton, Ohio, its home field, after a 100 nm IFR hop from Indianapolis. Conditions at the airport were VMC, with a 1,700-foot ceiling, 10-mile visibility and a 9-knot wind gusting to 14 and varying from 240 to 330 degrees. The sun had just set, and the temperature on the ground was 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Pick up a copy of Peter Garrison’s book here. The 2,000-hour ... read more

An Illustrated Guide to Flying published

General Aviation News "This is an exciting introduction to flying for aspiring pilots of all ages, revealing the mysteries of flight and explaining how pilots deal with their aircraft and the elements through which they fly," ASA officials said Read More read more

Flight Design Goes All In on Light Sport Safety

FLYING Magazine All airplane manufacturers consider the safety of their buyers to be a priority, but one light sport aircraft (LSA) manufacturer, Flight Design, takes this to another level and has made it their top priority. While others tout efficient airframe design, luxury interiors, or advanced avionics as their reason to buy, Flight Design makes it clear that designing airplanes that prioritized occupant safety is job number one. Before any design commences on a Flight Design model, ... read more

Collision with turkey buzzard bends airplane

General Aviation News The airplane’s collision with a bird during initial climb, which resulted in a forced landing. Read More read more

AOPA’S AIR SAFETY INSTITUTE RELEASES EARLY ANALYSIS: WINGS OVER DALLAS MIDAIR VIDEO

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

Better Together Industry Resources Help Improve Aviation Safety

AOPA General Aviation News Multiple aviation entities provide safety programs for you. Read More read more

BasicMed limitation lifted

AOPA General Aviation News The FAA concurred with AOPA and individuals who supported a rulemaking proposal that enables pilots who medically qualify under BasicMed to act as required crewmembers other than pilot in command—more specifically as safety pilots. Read More read more

Virginia aviation expo inspires youth

AOPA General Aviation News The November 4 Leesburg Aviation and Career Expo in Leesburg, Virginia, offered hundreds of area high school and college students a hands-on look at career opportunities in aviation. Read More read more

Engine Installed On NASA X-59 Quiet Supersonic Demonstrator

AVweb NASA announced this week that the engine for its X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology (QueSST) research aircraft has been installed. Installation of the engine, a F414-GE-100 from General Electric Aviation, was completed at Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works facility in Palmdale, California. The X-59, which was designed to “reduce the sound of sonic booms … to a quiet sonic ‘thump,’” is currently slated to fly for the first time in 2023 with demonstration flights over communities around the ... read more

Q3 2022 GA Aircraft Shipments Up Across All Segments

AVweb General aviation aircraft shipments rose across all segments through the third quarter (Q3) of 2022, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). In its quarterly General Aviation Aircraft Shipment and Billing Report (PDF), GAMA stated that total airplane shipments through Q3 2022 rose 6.7 percent and total rotorcraft shipments increased 6.3 percent compared to the same period last year. Total airplane billings rose 4.8 percent to $14.1 billion and total ... read more

Three Found Guilty Of Downing MH17

AVweb The Dutch District Court of The Hague has found three people guilty of causing the 2014 crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 and the murder of all 298 people on board. The aircraft, a Boeing 777 enroute from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, went down in July 2014. The Dutch Safety Board determined that MH17 was downed by “the detonation of a 9N314M-type warhead launched from the eastern part of Ukraine using a Buk missile system,” a finding the court concluded the evidence presented ... read more

Archer Unveils Midnight Production eVTOL

AVweb Urban air mobility (UAM) company Archer Aviation officially unveiled the production version of its electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) design on Thursday. Called Midnight, the aircraft is an “evolution” of the company’s Maker eVTOL, which completed its first hover flight in December 2021. Archer is targeting late 2024 for FAA certification of the Midnight with the goal of using it to launch an air taxi network in 2025. “From day one Archer’s strategy has always been about ... read more

Panel Planning 101: Think, Draw, Cut

AVweb Along with engine swaps, full-up avionics upgrades are the biggest investment you can make for your bird, and when you’re handed an invoice equal to the value of the aircraft, shouldn’t you fly away with the panel layout you want? Based on conversations we’ve had with buyers, that doesn’t always happen. Hold the cutting tools. One of the problems is that the techs doing your upgrade may not be pilots, and that means they may not appreciate the importance of getting the right panel ... read more

Batteries Are the Heart of GA Aircraft

FLYING Magazine Airplanes are complex creatures assembled from various hardware, aluminum, rubber, steel, wiring, tubing, and more. Designers dream up the concept. Engineers draw up the plans. Manufacturers push them down the assembly line. Owners leverage financial positions to procure, and mechanics bless them so pilots can put them in the sky. How does all this work? Pure Fantastical Magic, or PFM. Let’s start at the beginning. An older mechanic once told me that aircraft batteries are ... read more

Three Sentenced To Life for Downing Malaysian Flight MH17

FLYING Magazine Two Russian men and one Ukranian man have been convicted by a Dutch court in absentia of murder and sentenced to life in prison for their role in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014, according to reports. The crash killed all 298 people aboard the Boeing 777.  The flight departed from Amsterdam on July 17, 2014, bound for Kuala Lumpur in southeast Asia. As the aircraft passed over eastern Ukraine, it was shot down by a Russian missile. At the ... read more

BasicMed limitation lifted

AOPA General Aviation News The FAA concurred with AOPA and individuals who supported a rulemaking proposal that enables pilots who medically qualify under BasicMed to act as required crewmembers other than pilot in command—more specifically as safety pilots. Read More read more

Archer Aviation Reveals Midnight Production eVTOL

FLYING Magazine Archer Aviation Inc. unveiled Midnight, its production eVTOL aircraft, during an open house event today in Palo Alto, California. The Midnight, designed to carry a pilot and four passengers, is an evolution of the company’s prototype model called Maker. The company said the Midnight is designed to complete two short, consecutive flights of 20 sm or so followed by charging sessions of about 10 minutes. Archer said it is working with the FAA to certify the aircraft in late ... read more

Piedmont Airlines Offers $100K Pilot Bonuses

FLYING Magazine Piedmont Airlines is boosting pay packages to attract and retain pilots for the next two years as it eyes route expansion. The American Airlines (NASDAQ: AAL) regional carrier announced Wednesday that it is offering $100,000 upfront to pilots who can sit in the left seat of the flight deck, and $75,000 to pilots who are close to upgrading to captain. The bonuses, however, target pilots with specific levels of experience. Pilots with 950 hours of Part 121 time will qualify ... read more

Following 2016 Tragedy, FAA Mandates Medical Cert for Commercial Balloon Pilots

Plane & Pilot Magazine After the 2016 balloon tragedy in Texas, in which all 16 aboard the craft perished after it hit power lines and caught fire, many people, … Read More "Following 2016 Tragedy, FAA Mandates Medical Cert for Commercial Balloon Pilots" The post Following 2016 Tragedy, FAA Mandates Medical Cert for Commercial Balloon Pilots appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Virginia aviation expo inspires youth

AOPA General Aviation News The November 4 Leesburg Aviation and Career Expo in Leesburg, Virginia, offered hundreds of area high school and college students a hands-on look at career opportunities in aviation. Read More read more

Sportys Unveils PJ2+ Handheld Radio

FLYING Magazine The well-prepared pilot often includes a handheld radio in their flight bag to use during an inflight emergency. The challenge, however, is using your headset with the unit, because most require a special adaptive plug. That won’t be a problem if the handheld radio is the PJ2+ Hand-held Com Radio from Sporty’s Pilot Shop. According to Sporty’s, this recently released design is an upgrade, driven by customer requests. FLYING noted the original PJ2 as a contender for its ... read more

Picture of the Day: Flying with my son

General Aviation News German Torres submitted this photo and note: "My son Benji and me after landing in a new field in Castelli, Chaco Argentina. The experimental Flightstar with a Rotax 582 engine was built by my friend, Oscar, who is suffering from the consequences of brain surgery. Very sorry for him." Read More read more

Metroliner Full of Dogs Crash-Lands, All Survive

Plane & Pilot Magazine To start off, no, none of the dogs aboard an Ameriflight Swearingen Metroliner that crashed outside of Milwaukee on Tuesday were flying the plane, but … Read More "Metroliner Full of Dogs Crash-Lands, All Survive" The post Metroliner Full of Dogs Crash-Lands, All Survive appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Better Together Industry Resources Help Improve Aviation Safety

AOPA General Aviation News Multiple aviation entities provide safety programs for you. Read More read more

Questions from the Cockpit: Where’s the other end of the tape measure?

General Aviation News Where is AGL measured from? As with most things in life — and aviation — it depends. Read More read more

AOPA’S AIR SAFETY INSTITUTE RELEASES EARLY ANALYSIS: WINGS OVER DALLAS MIDAIR VIDEO

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

Super Petrel introduces new XP

General Aviation News The prototype of the new Super Petrel XP LSA is expected to have its first flight in late November 2022. Read More read more

Over, Under, Sideways, Down: The Art and Science of Aerobatic Flight

FLYING Magazine How on earth did I get here? This is a question I have pondered many times while flying. Sometimes it’s because nothing is going my way. But on this day in 2011, at the FAI (Fédération Aéronautique Internationale) World Aerobatic Championship in Foligno, Italy, everything was just right. I was doing circles at 4,000 feet agl in my Extra 300S, waiting nervously for the chief judge to radio me. Soon I would do flips and turns inside an invisible box in the skies in an ... read more

New runway and more at KJWG

General Aviation News The $2.8 million project also included included the installation of new LED runway edge lights and an obstruction survey of the area to develop new instrument approach procedures. Read More read more

Replacement panel for older Cessna 172s approved

General Aviation News Six Pack Aero has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its Legacy XL Panel System, a new replacement stationary panel for Cessna 172 models E through M that allows for the installation of a 10-inch Primary Flight Display (PFD) without compromising the structure of the airframe, according to company officials. Read More read more

A valuable lesson

General Aviation News An encounter with wake turbulence from a B737 during an instructional flight shakes up both the student pilot and the CFI. Read More read more

Defector’s An-2 Crashes In Florida

AVweb The Antonov AN-2 that a Cuban defector used to fly to Florida in late October crashed near Opa Locka, Florida, on Monday, but it’s not clear who was at the controls. The two people on board were not injured when the big Soviet-era biplane landed in Everglades National Park about 15 miles west of Opa Locka and nosed over in the swamp about 1:30 p.m. According to Local10 News, the plane was on a flight from Dade-Collier Training and Transition Airport to Fort Lauderdale when the pilot ... read more

Three People, 53 Dogs Survive Snowy Golf Course Crash

AVweb All 56 occupants of a twin-engine turboprop (possibly a Metroliner) were rescued after it crash-landed on a golf course near Milwaukee in a snowstorm. Three people and 53 dogs were on the plane. The dogs were in in danger of being euthanized and were being flown from Louisiana to Wisconsin for adoption. There were no serious injuries among them. “I think we were all unsure about what we were going to be arriving to but very grateful that everyone is safe,” Maggie Tate-Techtmann, the ... read more

Commercial Balloon Pilots Now Need Medicals

AVweb The FAA has adopted a final rule requiring commercial balloon pilots to have a current second class medical to fly passengers. The rule was adopted Wednesday but has been in the works for four years after Congress passed a bill mandating it. “Passengers can now rest assured that commercial balloon pilots must meet the same strict medical requirements as other commercial pilots,” said Acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen in a statement issued Wednesday by the FAA. The congressional ... read more

Aviation Groups Lobby For 5G Delay

AVweb A total of 24 aviation industry groups and prominent manufacturers have sent an open letter to all federal departments that regulate radio communications imploring them to delay the full rollout of 5G cellular services while they expedite codifying a comprehensive set of mitigations against potential avionics interference. The letter, signed by virtually all aviation groups, says the industry isn’t ready for the planned July 2023 end of restrictions on 5G transmitters and ... read more

Picture Of The Week, November 16, 2022

AVweb 1 of 4 This photo of a C150C was take over Muskoka Lakes, Ontario, enroute to CNJ4 Orillia Rama Regional airport. Copyrighted photo by Grant S. Bailey. Submitted by Bill Carswell. PICTURE OF THE WEEK: The Last of the Straight Tail Fastbacks I was working the California Capital Airshow at Mather Airport and took this picture at sunset on Sept 29, 2022. The ... read more

New panel replacement option for older Cessna 172 models

AOPA General Aviation News Six Pack Aero, manufacturer of affordable custom stationary instrument panels for Cessnas, received a supplemental type certificate for the Legacy XL Stationary Panel. Read More read more

Aerobatic Stars for Everyday Pilots

FLYING Magazine There are many options for aerobatic airplanes that will provide you with the fun, maneuverability, power, and strength required for the sport. Some people fly war-birds, such as the Nanchang CJ-6 and Sukhoi Su-26. Military trainers such as the Stearman are also popular for slow, light aerobatics. However, many warbirds have strict limitations under the experimental exhibition category, so they might not be ideal for your mission. On the experimental side, there are many ... read more

GameBird GB1 Offers Aerobatics In An Everyday Traveler

FLYING Magazine When Philipp Steinbach set out to develop a new aerobatic airplane in 2013, he aimed to produce one that could also serve as an everyday traveler. What resulted was the GameBird GB1—a sleek composite, two-seat tandem, glass-canopy-covered beast with a 303 hp Lycoming engine built by Game Composites in Bentonville, Arkansas. What the company has achieved in just a few years—with 50 aircraft now built—is simply remarkable. The GameBird was first introduced at EAA ... read more

FAA Clears Piper M600/SLS for Unpaved Field Operations

FLYING Magazine Piper Aircraft Inc. said its flagship M600/SLS single-engine turboprop aircraft received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration for operation from unpaved fields. The Vero Beach, Florida, company said customers in numerous markets around the world have asked for unpaved field certification and that it has received similar approvals in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Europe. Piper said it expects certification in Brazil in early 2023. READ MORE: We Fly: Piper ... read more

BOC Aviation Sues 16 Insurance Companies Over Russia Losses

FLYING Magazine BOC Aviation has become one of the latest aircraft leasing firms to launch legal action against insurers to recoup losses from airplanes stranded in Russia. The Dublin-based aircraft lessor, is suing 16 insurance companies, including Swiss Re, Chubb European Group, Lloyd’s of London, and AIG Europe, Reuters reported.  BOC Aviation is a subsidiary of Singapore-based BOC, the largest aircraft leasing company in Asia. In August, the company reported to its investors that 17 ... read more

New panel replacement option for older Cessna 172 models

AOPA General Aviation News Six Pack Aero, manufacturer of affordable custom stationary instrument panels for Cessnas, received a supplemental type certificate for the Legacy XL Stationary Panel. Read More read more

Redbird Creates High School Flight Simulator STEM Lessons

FLYING Magazine When it comes to teaching science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) at the high school level, one of the most expedient ways to do this is through aviation—that’s the message from the AOPA Foundation High School Aviation STEM symposium. The event, held in Memphis, Tennessee, on the weekend of November 12, brought together more than 400 educators and industry leaders to share information and discuss ways to apply STEM concepts using Redbird Flight simulation ... read more

Chinese Intel Officer Sentenced to 20 Years for Aviation Espionage

FLYING Magazine Chinese intelligence officer Yanjun Xu, who worked for China’s Ministry of State Security, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Wednesday after being convicted for attempting to steal trade secrets from U.S. aviation and aerospace companies.  Federal Judge Timothy Black presided over the trial, which took place in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati. It’s a lesser sentence than the 25 years that federal prosecutors sought after a jury convicted Xu in November 2021. Xu was ... read more

First kitbuilt Bearhawk Model 5 flies

AOPA General Aviation News The first kitbuilt Bearhawk Aircraft Model 5 flew on November 7, the Austin, Texas, company announced. The Model 5 is a six-place, high-wing, tailwheel design that the company says is comparable to a Cessna 180 and 185 and is meant to be a heavy hauler and backcountry performer. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: Check ride complete

General Aviation News Mihir Shah submitted this photo and note: "A long year of private pilot training ends with the successful completion of my check ride in one of the busiest airspaces around, Los Angeles. Fun landings at Hawthorne, Compton, and Torrance — all while staying well clear of the LAX Bravo. Thank you Robin and Beach Cities Aviation!" Read More read more

First kitbuilt Bearhawk Model 5 flies

AOPA General Aviation News The first kitbuilt Bearhawk Aircraft Model 5 flew on November 7, the Austin, Texas, company announced. The Model 5 is a six-place, high-wing, tailwheel design that the company says is comparable to a Cessna 180 and 185 and is meant to be a heavy hauler and backcountry performer. Read More read more

The Douglas Dolphin

General Aviation News The Douglas Dolphin, launched at the beginning of the Great Depression, was a niche machine that would serve airlines, business leaders and, ultimately, the military. Read More read more

Early Analysis: Wings Over Dallas Midair Video

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High school aviation STEM draws crowd

AOPA General Aviation News Together in person for the first time since 2019, more than 400 educators and industry leaders converged on Memphis, Tennessee, to get fired up about aeronautics in the classroom at the eighth annual AOPA You Can Fly High School Aviation STEM Symposium. Read More read more

Artemis I, the Rocket That Could

FLYING Magazine KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLORIDA —It was a nervous night at Kennedy Space Center. Thousands from across the country, and across the world, had their hopes set on Artemis I. As the clock ticked from T-6 hours, journalists and members of the public swarmed the Florida coast to see NASA’s most powerful rocket yet—the Space Launch System (SLS). Through the eye of my camera, I could see the freezing cold liquid oxygen venting from the rocket. Fueling it had proven troublesome in ... read more

CubCrafters gets green light for public offering

General Aviation News Proceeds from the offering will be used to increase manufacturing capacity and reduce new aircraft customer delivery times, said company officials, who note CubCrafters has a backlog of orders of more than two years. Read More read more

Artemis I Launches On Monthlong Uncrewed Lunar Mission

AVweb After months of delays and in a spectacular nighttime launch, NASA sent its new Space Launch System on its inaugural mission early Wednesday morning. The booster lifted off at 1:47 a.m. Eastern time on a 26-day mission. Although the rocket carried NASA’s new Orion crew capsule, the mission is being flown with instrumented mannequins. Shortly after launch and as scheduled, the booster’s upper stage, called the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage, separated and performed an 18-minute ... read more

Piper wins unpaved approval for M600s

General Aviation News Piper officials say they have received numerous requests for unpaved field certification from customers around the world, noting that the approval has also been awarded in Canada, the UK, and Europe. Read More read more

Ask FLYING: What is the Oldest Active U.S. Flying Club?

FLYING Magazine Question: What is the oldest active flying club in the country? Answer: While the Aero Club of Buffalo, New York, tracing its existence to 1879, might claim the distinction, it owned no flying machines but fostered interest in balloons, blimps, dirigibles, “sky cycles,” carrier pigeons, and gliders in its early days. This eventually included airplanes. READ MORE: Do I Need To Learn How To Refuel My Airplane? Other organizations date from the early 1900s, such as the Aero ... read more

ASA introduces new Flight Timer

General Aviation News Designed by pilots, the timer features an LCD backlight display with auto shut-off and multi-function clock (AM/PM, Universal Coordinated “Zulu” time, and military time options) with a reset function to prevent accidental resets, according to ASA officials. Read More read more

Early Analysis: Wings Over Dallas Midair Video

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Fuel exhaustion just first problem for student pilot

General Aviation News The student pilot’s failure to attain proper pitch attitude of the airplane causing it to exceed its critical angle of attack, enter an aerodynamic stall, and subsequently impact terrain, and his poor decision making and lack of experience that led him to attempt the takeoff from the road. Read More read more

Liftoff: NASA’s Artemis I Launches Into Space, History

FLYING Magazine After months of delay, NASA’s Artemis I mission finally got off the ground—and it was a beautiful sight. Precisely at 1:47 a.m., the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket engines ignited and powered the 322-foot vehicle off Launch Pad 39B. No issues were encountered despite some pre-launch concerns regarding a fueling leak that temporarily put the launch on hold. Crews remedied the issue and the countdown resumed as planned. Unlike previous launch attempts in recent months, ... read more

Volunteers Pull Together To Recondition A Popular Backcountry Airfield

AVweb Supporters of backcountry aviation gave more than just their time, cash and energy to repave the 3,800-foot runway at Grapevine Airstrip (88AZ) in Roosevelt, Arizona. The Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF), 99s, and the Arizona Pilots Association (APA) all contributed, and RAF Arizona liaison Mark Spencer added, “Hundreds…gave their time, money, sweat, and even blood — everything has thorns in the Sonoran Desert.” The volunteers worked with the U.S. Forest Service to restore the ... read more

Business Jet Market Remains Strong Through Third Quarter 2022

AVweb Global geopolitical uncertainty, economic strife, and supply chain issues didn’t weaken the market for business jets in the third quarter of 2022, according to Global Jet Capital’s latest “Business Aviation Market Brief.” Aircraft manufacturers enjoyed an increase in order book backlogs to $43.5 billion from July through September – a year-over-year increase of 38 percent, according to the company. Global Jet attributes the market push to a strong labor market and an uptick among ... read more

Airlines Fined For Slow Action On Ticket Refunds During Covid Pandemic

AVweb Airlines around the world have paid more than $600 million in refunds for flights that were either canceled or changed as a result of the pandemic. In addition, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued $7.25 million in fines to six airlines for “extreme delays in providing those refunds to passengers,” according to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg in a recent phone conference with reporters. The only U.S. airline to be fined was low-cost carrier Frontier ... read more

2022 Shaping Up As Record Year For Pilot Hiring

AVweb The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) reports that, according to the Future and Active Pilot Advisors (FAPA), 2022 is on track for a record year for airline pilot hiring. Through October, 12 major airlines had hired 11,372 pilots. Projections call for a total of some 13,500 new hires by the end of the year, more than twice the number hired in 2021 (5,426), the previous record-holder. Even at that, the pilot pipeline is still some 5,000 behind requirements cited by the ... read more

Short Final: Skydiving All Day

AVweb I was flying along, monitoring CTAFs and heard the following: “Penn Ridge, Penn Ridge, use caution. Use caution. Multiple parachutes in the air near Penn Ridge. Use caution.” Immediately thereafter, “Skydiving in progress over Brookhaven. Bombs Away!” Followed by, “Cross Keys, Yay Hooray. Skydiving All Day. Please Stay Away!” Then, me to New York Approach: “Are they dropping bodies over Gardner?” Approach: “Huh? Say again.” Approach obviously hadn’t been privy to any of the prior ... read more

EASA Mulls Rule To Mandate Crash-Resistant Fuel Tanks For Helicopters

AVweb The European Aviation Safety Agency has issued a notice of proposed amendment for installing crash-resistant fuel systems (CRFSs) in helicopters. The rule aims to mandate installing the fuel systems on in-production factory helicopters, but also retrofit them onto existing rotorcraft. CRFS technology mitigates the risk of post-crash fires in helicopters. Today’s CRFS technology far exceeds the simple expedient of designing rounded fuel tanks with break-away mounts, such as on the ... read more

NASA Shoots for the Moon in Predawn Launch of Artemis I

FLYING Magazine Under a clear night sky along the Florida coast Tuesday, NASA teams readied the Artemis I Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft for its big moment, long delayed. The Artemis program has been delayed for months after NASA waived off launch attempts following mechanical issues and weather concerns. Monday, after a weather forecast indicated conditions were 90 percent favorable for launch, final preparations were made, and Artemis I managers gave a “go” toward ... read more

Aviation Community Rallies to Support Airshow Victim Families

FLYING Magazine The aviation community is drawing together following a deadly midair collision Saturday at the Wings Over Dallas airshow that left six pilots and crew members dead. The International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) Foundation in association with the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is accepting financial donations for the families of the six men killed in the accident. “People want to do something with their grief,” said Leah Block, CAF vice president of marketing. “The CAF is a ... read more

High school aviation STEM draws crowd

AOPA General Aviation News Together in person for the first time since 2019, more than 400 educators and industry leaders converged on Memphis, Tennessee, to get fired up about aeronautics in the classroom at the eighth annual AOPA You Can Fly High School Aviation STEM Symposium. Read More read more

Boeing Business Jets Joins IADA as latest OEM member

FLYING Magazine Boeing Business Jets (BBJ), a unit of Boeing (NYSE: B.A.), is now a member of the International Aircraft Dealers Association (IADA), the business jet organization announced Monday. The move makes the aircraft manufacturer the most recent OEM to join IADA’s fledgling network of accredited aircraft dealers. The news comes just weeks after BBJ announced during the National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Orlando that ... read more

CubCrafters Advances Towards Becoming a Public Company

FLYING Magazine CubCrafters, the light-sport, experimental, and backcountry aircraft company, could soon become a publicly traded company. The company announced Tuesday it earned a qualification through the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to make a $50 million public stock offering. Using the exemption, the company said it would be the first time outside investors would have an opportunity to support the company. READ MORE: CubCrafters Gets Set To Go Public Advised by Manhattan ... read more

Pilot hiring has never seen numbers like this

AOPA General Aviation News Unprecedented hiring by the 12 major airlines—along with a record number of pilots actively seeking employment—continues as 2022 comes to a close. Read More read more

Understanding the Dallas Midair Disaster

Plane & Pilot Magazine The midair collision last weekend (November 12, 2022) between two World War II vintage aircraft, a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber and a Bell P-63 … Read More "Understanding the Dallas Midair Disaster" The post Understanding the Dallas Midair Disaster appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: Coming and going

AOPA General Aviation News You’ve been driving on a long stretch of empty interstate when you see a truck stop. It’s time to take the exit to reenergize and fuel up. Read More read more

Pilot hiring has never seen numbers like this

AOPA General Aviation News Unprecedented hiring by the 12 major airlines—along with a record number of pilots actively seeking employment—continues as 2022 comes to a close. Read More read more

Archer, United Plan Route Between Newark Airport, New York

FLYING Magazine The eVTOL maker Archer Aviation Inc. (NYSE: ACHR) and its backer United Airlines (NYSE: UAL) said the first airport-to-city-center route they plan to serve with Archer’s all-electric Midnight air taxi, currently in development, is Newark Liberty International Airport (KEWR) to the Downtown Manhattan Heliport in New York (KJRB). The companies said they expect travel time on the route to be less than 10 minutes in the Midnight aircraft. Travelers familiar with traversing ... read more

Picture of the Day: Small plane, big world

General Aviation News Kevin Heerdink submitted this photo and note: "Kevin Heerdink flying into Indianapolis International Airport (KIND) in his Piper Cherokee 140. Photo by Evan Pearce." Read More read more

Dallas Airshow Tragedy Leaves Behind Moment To Educate, Honor

FLYING Magazine Watching a visceral image of an airplane crash is always disturbing, but realizing that a former colleague was part of the wreckage is exceptionally difficult to process.  The midair collision of a Bell P-63 Kingcobra and the Boeing B-17 Texas Raiders at the Dallas Executive Airport (KRBD), just south of Dallas Love Field, became this past weekend’s news media spectacle. Tragically, six people dedicated to the mission of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) lost their lives ... read more

The physics we cannot see

General Aviation News There have been many times while in flight when I have looked out to my wings with the knowledge that air flowing over that carefully shaped structure allows for pressures to hold me aloft. The power of lift is undeniable. Yet it is invisible. Read More read more

Military Aviation Museum adds rare Zero to its collection

General Aviation News After sitting abandoned for more than 45 years next to a runway on the island of Taroa in the Marshall Islands, the Zero has undergone a 10-year restoration and is preparing for its first flight soon. Read More read more

Helicopter Pioneer Frank Robinson Flies West

Plane & Pilot Magazine Frank Robinson, the legendary founder of Torrance, California-based light helicopter manufacturer Robinson Helicopters, died on Saturday at his Rolling Hills home in Southern California. He … Read More "Helicopter Pioneer Frank Robinson Flies West" The post Helicopter Pioneer Frank Robinson Flies West appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Should You Buy Your Own Aircraft Before Fight Training? 

FLYING Magazine “If I buy an airplane can you teach me to fly it?” Every certified flight instructor (CFI) hears this question at least once during their instructional career. If the CFI has the training, experience and required ratings and/or endorsements to act as pilot in command of the aircraft in question, they likely can provide instruction. This will take the learner-instructor relationship to a new level. It can begin even before the pilot-to-be in question makes the purchase, as ... read more

The Little Eclipse Concept Jet That Almost Was

FLYING Magazine At first glance, it bears a strong resemblance to the Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet. A sleek, low-wing, V-tail jet with a single engine mounted in a dorsal pod, the two aircraft share the same layout and look nearly identical. But in fact, the aircraft pictured is the sole Eclipse 400, and flew a full year before the Vision Jet’s maiden flight. Initially known as the Eclipse Concept Jet, or ECJ, the 4,700-pound jet was intended to gauge market interest for a compact, four-place ... read more

Motors and Moore at KSOP

General Aviation News The free event is open to the public. More than 100 vehicles are expected to be on display at the airport from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: Coming and going

AOPA General Aviation News You’ve been driving on a long stretch of empty interstate when you see a truck stop. It’s time to take the exit to reenergize and fuel up. Read More read more

New Airfoil Jacket introduced

General Aviation News Flight Outfitters has introduced the Airfoil Jacket, which keeps pilots warm without the bulk, according to company officials. Read More read more

An accident waiting to happen

General Aviation News Seems like a real dangerous way to fly — crossing midfield below pattern altitude in the wrong direction while someone is in the downwind within 500 feet of your position, only to do a 180 turn and cross back across midfield. I didn't get the impression he felt he did anything wrong or unsafe. Seems like an accident waiting to happen with this individual. Read More read more

General Aviation Accident Bulletin, November 14, 2022

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

UAM Vertiport Testbed Launched In France

AVweb Groupe ADP, Skyports and Volocopter have officially opened a vertiport terminal testbed designed to explore urban air mobility (UAM) technology and passenger processes. Located at France’s Pontoise-Cormeilles airfield, the Re.Invent Air Mobility testbed facility is being called “Europe’s first fully integrated vertiport terminal for the [UAM] industry.” The launch event included a crewed test flight of Volocopter’s 2X electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft along with ... read more

X-37B Sets New Endurance Record

AVweb The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) set a new endurance record on Saturday, landing at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center after spending 908 days in orbit. The uncrewed flight was the sixth for the Boeing-built vehicle, which has now traveled over 1.3 billion miles and logged 3,774 days in space. According to Boeing, the mission hosted a solar energy experiment designed by the Naval Research Lab and multiple NASA experiments including evaluations of the effects of space exposure on various ... read more

Frank Robinson Dead At 92

AVweb Robinson Helicopter Company founder Frank Robinson passed away on Saturday at his home in Rolling Hills, California. He was 92 years old. In addition to founding the company, Robinson is known for designing and manufacturing the R22, R44 and R66 helicopter models. Over the course of his life, he received awards and honors including the Daniel Guggenheim Medal, Lifetime Aviation Engineering Award, Howard Hughes Memorial Award and the Doolittle Award. “On November 12, 2022 Robinson ... read more

How The Wind Blows

AVweb For pilots, no matter how clear the skies, we always seem to be dealing with the wind. So, let’s look at wind from the perspective of an aviation meteorologist—where it comes from, what goes into forecasting it, and even some tips to help keep your flying safer. What Causes Wind? Unless all your flying is at 7 a.m. in July, there’s usually wind to consider. For a better understanding, let’s drill down to the fundamentals to find the causes. Think of wind starting out as a large-scale ... read more

Personal helicopter pioneer Frank Robinson remembered

AOPA General Aviation News Frank Robinson, the legendary designer and leader of Robinson Helicopter for nearly 40 years, died November 12 at his California home. He was 92. Read More read more

Six dead in Wings Over Dallas airshow midair

AOPA General Aviation News All six people aboard a Bell P–63F Kingcobra and the Texas Raiders Boeing B–17G Flying Fortress died when the two aircraft collided midair November 12 during the 2022 Commemorative Air Force Wings Over Dallas WWII Airshow at Dallas Executive Airport in Texas, the NTSB confirmed. Read More read more

Personal helicopter pioneer Frank Robinson remembered

AOPA General Aviation News Frank Robinson, the legendary designer and leader of Robinson Helicopter for nearly 40 years, died November 12 at his California home. He was 92. Read More read more

Embraer’s Q3 Revenue Dips Alongside Defense Demand

FLYING Magazine Aircraft manufacturer Embraer (NYSE: ERJ) reported $929 million in third-quarter revenue Monday, a 3 percent dip compared to the same period in 2021 due to a slow down in its defense orders, according to the company. FLYING reported last week that Embraer delivered 10 commercial jets and 23 executive jets in the third quarter, 10 percent more than it did in the same period the previous year. The commercial and executive revenue contributed $253.3 million and $271.7 ... read more

Dallas Midair Disaster: Authorities Identify Victims

Plane & Pilot Magazine Authorities have identified the six men who died in the collision of two World War II-era planes, a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber and a … Read More "Dallas Midair Disaster: Authorities Identify Victims" The post Dallas Midair Disaster: Authorities Identify Victims appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

NAFI Summit Planned for October

FLYING Magazine Flight instructors who want to improve their skills and level of professionalism will be heading to Florida next October for the first-ever National Association of Flight Instructors Summit.  NAFI has selected the Sun ’n Fun Campus at Lakeland Linder International Airport (KLAL) to host the inaugural summit. The event is slated for October 24-26, 2023. The event, which the organization said is dedicated to professionalism in aviation education and training, will host ... read more

Helicopter Pioneer Frank Robinson Passes Away

FLYING Magazine Frank Robinson, the engineer and rotorcraft pilot who founded Robinson Helicopter Company and created the R22, R44, and R66, has hovered into the sunset. Robinson, 92, passed away peacefully at his home in Rolling Hills, California, on November 12, after a long illness. The company announced the pioneer’s death in a statement released on Sunday. Robinson retired in 2010, passing the reins to his son, Kurt Robinson, under whose leadership the company has grown to deliver ... read more

Picture of the Day: Night flight over Anchorage

General Aviation News Marshall Severson submitted this photo and note: "A C172 night flight over Anchorage, Alaska, in October 2022. Photo taken from GoPro Max 360 video in the pattern at Merrill Field. Slightly lightened and color enhanced. Once we get snow cover, there will be more light reflected!" Read More read more

NTSB Commences Investigation Following Dallas Airshow Accident

FLYING Magazine The go-team from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is painstakingly sifting through wreckage of two World War II-era aircraft that collided midair during the Wings Over Dallas airshow on Saturday. Six people were killed—five on the B-17G Texas Raiders and one on the Bell P-63F Kingcobra.  Both aircraft, B-17G, N7227C, and Bell P-63F, N6763, are registered to the American Airpower Heritage Flying Museum. Both were part of the Dallas, Texas-based Commemorative ... read more

Boeing-Built X-37B Space Plane Sets Record After 908 Days in Orbit

FLYING Magazine The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, a reusable space plane built by Boeing (NYSE: BA), landed at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on November 12 after setting an endurance record of 908 days in orbit. The previous record was 780 days in orbit. The occasion also marked the completion of the vehicle’s sixth mission. The X-37B carries experiments into space and returns them to earth for analysis for government and industrial partners. It has now flown more than 1.3 billion statute ... read more

Precious flying memories start with a tail number

General Aviation News Full disclosure: While I do not recall what my wife wore for our wedding, even without looking at my logbooks, memories come flooding back just by recalling certain tail numbers. Read More read more

Backcountry airstrip repaved thanks to unique partnership

General Aviation News Cost of the project was shared by the U.S. Forest Service, the Arizona Pilots Association (APA), and the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) through a Master Challenge Cost Share Agreement. Tonto National Forest paid $15,000 towards the $30,000 project, while APA came up with $10,000, and RAF kicked in $5,000. Read More read more

How Fly-Ins Sold Pilots on Brookeridge Airport

FLYING Magazine “Brookeridge Airpark is a great place to live if you want to live with your airplane,” said Dave Rutter, who has lived at this fly-in community for 28 years.  “It’s a very involved community with a strong aviation focus,” he said. “We have everybody from student pilots to airline pilots, and it’s a great place to live. I’ve had houses in a couple of other places, and none have been this unique in the fact that everybody here has a common interest.” A pilot since 1977, ... read more

First flight for first kit-built Bearhawk Model 5

General Aviation News Besides the successful first flight of the Bearhawk's newest model, the company reports that a pilot flying a Bearhawk Patrol took first place in the 2022 Northeast STOL series. Read More read more

Remembering ‘Texas Raiders’

FLYING Magazine By now you have probably heard about the midair collision between a Bell P-63 Kingcobra and the B-17 Texas Raiders that took place the afternoon of November 12, 2022, during the Wings Over Dallas Airshow.  The event, a product of the Commemorative Air Force, was something so many people looked forward to—including me, as the week prior to the event I had written stories mentioning aircraft slated to be at the show, namely the P-51 Tuskegee Airmen and Texas Raiders. I was ... read more

Pilot crashes while attempting low fly-by

General Aviation News The pilot’s improper decision to fly the airplane at too low an altitude resulting in the airplane impacting terrain. Read More read more

Mexican Dreamliner May Become Worker Perk

AVweb The Mexican government’s most expensive aircraft may become a gift to a government-sponsored airline that doesn’t exist yet. As we’ve previously reported Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has been trying to unload an early Boeing 787 that former President Felipe Calderón bought for $115 million as the presidential aircraft in 2012. He never got to use it but his successor Enrique Pena did fly on it when it was delivered in 2016 with $100 million executive conversion. When ... read more

Tragedy In Dallas

AVweb It’s never a good thing when a general aviation accident occupies the lead slot on the evening news on a Saturday night. Or when it consumes five minutes of an abbreviated newscast that aired in the market where I live. But that’s exactly what happened with dramatic coverage of collision between a B-17 and an even rarer P-63 at a Dallas airshow Saturday. There were no survivors among the five aboard the B-17 and the single pilot in the P-63. As is the way of these things, the crash ... read more

Poll: Are Vintage Aircraft Flight Demos Worth The Risk?

AVweb Poll: Are Vintage Aircraft Flight Demos Worth The Risk? Poll: Are Vintage Aircraft Flight Demos Worth The Risk? I don't see much risk. Yes, but accept we'll lose a few. On the fence on this. Absolutely not. Keep them on the ground. Other Δ The post Poll: Are Vintage Aircraft Flight Demos Worth The Risk? appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Detained Charter Crew To Be Freed By Dominican Republic

AVweb Five crew on a Canadian charter aircraft have been told they will be allowed to leave the Dominican Republic about seven months after they were arrested on what they claim were bogus drug charges. The Pivot Air CRJ crew was jailed after they reported finding almost 500 pounds of cocaine in the aircraft’s avionics bay to local authorities. Instead of thanking them for reporting the drugs,  the crew said they were put in filthy prisons with general population inmates, some of whom were ... read more

Flight Trial Lightspeed Delta Zulu Headset

AVweb Lightspeed Aviation is out with its latest headset, the Delta Zulu. It has a built-in carbon monoxide detector and can be customized to help pilots who have hearing loss. AVweb’s Paul Bertorelli took the headset for a test flight and prepared this video review. The post Flight Trial Lightspeed Delta Zulu Headset appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

TSA Admits Fault After Passenger Arrested With Boxcutters

AVweb The TSA says it is reviewing and re-enforcing procedures after an agent found, siezed and then returned the “visible blades” from a boxcutter to a passenger boarding a Frontier flight from Cincinnati to Tampa on Friday. They also missed a second boxcutter in the passenger’s backpack. The man was arrested in Atlanta a few hours later after he was seen with a boxcutter and was alleged to be threatening other passengers and the crew diverted the flight. The passenger was reportedly ... read more

Picture of the Day: A SeaRey and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge

General Aviation News Hal Roberts submitted this photo and note: "A 'golden hour' photo of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge behind Charlie X-Ray captured during a two-plane formation flight out of Manatee Airport (48X) near St Petersburg, Florida. I photographed our SeaRey from Garrett Treanor's SeaRey with Jeff Solum flying 'Charlie.'" Read More read more

The Stinson trimotor

General Aviation News The Stinson Aircraft Company carved its own niche in the market by selling its trimotors at low prices to airlines in the 1930s. Read More read more

B-17, Kingcobra Collide At CAF Dallas Airshow

AVweb As many as six people are feared dead after the midair collision of a B-17 and a P-63 Kingcobra at the Wings Over Dallas Airshow put on by the Commemorative Air Force on Saturday. The smaller plane disintegrated on contact with the four-engine bomber which split into two main pieces and tumbled to the ground in a fireball. The exact number of casualties was not immediately known. Both aircraft are registered to the American Airpower Heritage Museum operated by the CAF in Dallas. ... read more

Warbirds collide during Wings Over Dallas airshow

AOPA General Aviation News A Bell P–63 Kingcobra and a Boeing B–17 Flying Fortress, Texas Raiders, collided midair November 12 during the 2022 Commemorative Air Force Wings Over Dallas WWII Airshow at Dallas Executive Airport in Texas. Graphic videos released on social media showed the two aircraft colliding at high speed.  Read More read more

B-17, P-63 Collide at Wings Over Dallas

FLYING Magazine Two iconic vintage aircraft—a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Texas Raiders, and a Bell P-63 Kingcobra—were lost in a midair collision on Saturday during the Wings Over Dallas airshow. As of Saturday afternoon, the status of the pilots and crew on the aircraft had not yet been released by officials. The accident occurred around 1:20 p.m. Saturday during Wings Over Dallas, an annual three-day air show at Dallas Executive Airport (KRBD), featuring World War II ... read more

Top Letters And Comments, November 11, 2022

AVweb John Raymond Barcus: A Destiny in Aviation Thanks for another great article, Paul. It’s true, the people around us at the airport have some amazing life experiences, worthy of recording. I wish I had recorded more from my two aviation mentors. I heard plenty of stories, but I’m certain these were a fraction of the total. I’ll keep your article in mind, as a nudge to pay attention to, and maybe record, what I’m hearing from people like John Barcus. We owe it to the future. KckC K. My ... read more

California county launches Friendly Approach Program

General Aviation News The new program is designed to inform the community about aircraft noise management efforts, while engaging with pilots about how they can minimize their aircraft noise footprint, according to county officials. Read More read more

D-Day Squadron to return to Europe in 2024

General Aviation News The D-Day Squadron's 2024 Legacy Tour will honor the 80th anniversary of D-Day in France and the 75th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift in Germany. Read More read more

Bearhawk Aircraft’s Model 5 Makes First Flight

FLYING Magazine Bearhawk Aircraft said its Model 5—a kit-built, six-place backcountry design—has completed its first flight. The new model brings increased hauling capacity to the Austin, Texas, company’s current lineup of two- and four-place airplanes. The aircraft performed as expected, according to Rollie Van Dorn, an airline pilot who flew the Bearhawk 5 for its initial 25 hours and also flew the Model 5 prototype, along with other Bearhawk models. READ MORE: Alaskan Bearhawk ... read more

Tradewind Aviation CEO: No Slowdown Here

FLYING Magazine Earlier this year, FLYING spoke with Eric Zipkin, CEO of Tradewind Aviation, to take the temperature of the charter jet market. During that interview, Zipkin shared how his Connecticut-based company was adjusting to shifting work-from-anywhere trends and increasing demand for private aviation. In early March, Tradewind Aviation announced that it was ordering 20 PC-12 NGX turboprops from Pilatus to bolster its fleet. READ MORE: Tradewind Aviation Orders 20 PC-12 NGX ... read more

Cyber Incident Affects Electronic Flight Bag Users

FLYING Magazine One of the most important skills a pilot needs to have is the ability to adapt when the flight cannot be completed as planned. This became a real-world lesson for thousands of pilots this week when a cyber incident affecting Jeppesen potentially impacted a pilot’s ability to download up-to-date GPS navigation, flight planning, and instrument approach data. On November 2, Jeppesen, a Boeing (NYSE: BA) subsidiary, reported on its website that there had been a “cyber ... read more

Flying Low and Fast, Crop Dusting and Air Racing a Natural Fit

FLYING Magazine Crop dusting—better-known today as agricultural aviation or aerial application—is a unique form of flying that arguably combines the precision of a carrier landing with the low-altitude excitement of airshow maneuvers. Outside observers, including other pilots, are often struck by how low agricultural aircraft fly when applying chemicals to farmland. In general, private pilots tend to fly much higher than, say, the “1,000 feet above the highest obstacle within a horizontal ... read more

D-Day Squadron Details Plans for 80th Anniversary Flight To Normandy

FLYING Magazine The D-Day Squadron took a fleet of Douglas DC-3s and C-47s across the North Atlantic for the 75th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion—better known as “D-Day”—back in 2019, and they plan to do it again in 2024.  Those plans were unveiled at EAA AirVenture last summer, with the mission to encompass another key memorial event, the 75th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift. READ MORE: D-Day Squadron Plans 2024 Tour in Europe For the joint commemorations, the organization has ... read more

Depression, Anxiety, and the FAA

FLYING Magazine When it comes to mental health conditions, we frequently hear “the FAA won’t let me get help” or “if I try to get help, I’ll lose my medical.” Many times we see someone ask in an online discussion about how it will be handled by the FAA and the overwhelming response is “don’t bother, you’ll never get your medical.”  That defeatist attitude is common enough in general. For pilots with a history of mental conditions, it seems to be even more pervasive. Unfortunately, many ... read more

A Museum for All Abilities

FLYING Magazine A vital part of the aviation spirit in America has been missing for months, and it finally returned. And it’s better than ever. Last month, the Smithsonian invited me to the grand reopening of the National Air and Space Museum. The new “We All Fly” exhibition includes my story and the stories of many other GA pilots. I am honored that my story of flying with a disability can show aspiring aviators that aviation is within reach. Can I tell you a secret? I never went to ... read more

Classic Aftermath: More Than He Could Handle

FLYING Magazine Late in August 2015, a 55-year-old Pennsylvania lawyer bought a 1981 A36 Bonanza. A private pilot with an instrument rating and around 800 hours of flight time, he had, according to a friend, “a lot” of IFR experience in a fixed-gear, fixed-pitch Piper ­Cherokee. The Bonanza, however, equipped with a Garmin 530 EFIS navigator and a flight director, was more airplane than he was used to. He quickly obtained a “complex” checkout — six hours in flight and an hour and a half ... read more

National Air and Space Museum explores General Aviation in upcoming lectures

General Aviation News On Nov. 17, 2022, a program will explore how aviation is used to increase access to eye care in communities around the world, while a Dec. 1 program will feature renowned aerobatic pilot Sean Tucker. Read More read more

SR22 crashes after student and CFI fight over controls

General Aviation News The student pilot’s failure to maintain control of the airplane during landing with a gusting crosswind and his failure to go around and relinquish control of the airplane when directed by the instructor pilot. Read More read more

Remembering the Mighty Men of the 381st Bomb Group

FLYING Magazine In the fall of 2020, I was researching a story about Texas Raiders, the B-17 owned by the Commemorative Air Force Gulf Coast Wing. The aircraft, which is still airworthy, is painted in the colors of the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) 381st Bomb Group. All I knew about the 381st is that it had been based at Ridgewell Airfield in England during World War II.  Lucky for me there is a Facebook group, “Bomb Group at Ridgewell During WW2,” that provides a wealth of information. The ... read more

Embraer E190-E2 Receives CAAC Type Certification

AVweb Embraer’s E190-E2 single-aisle passenger jet has received its type certificate from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). A member of the company’s E-Jet family, the model earned FAA, EASA and ANAC type certifications in February 2018 and entered service in Europe later that year. According to Embraer, CAAC type certification for the larger E195-E2 is also expected soon. “Certification paves the way for significant E190-E2 business opportunities in China—data reveals ... read more

NASA Confirms Discovery Of Challenger Artifact

AVweb NASA has confirmed that an object discovered underwater off of the east coast of Florida is an artifact from the space shuttle Challenger. According to the agency, the artifact was located by a film crew on a dive looking for the wreckage of a World War II-era aircraft. NASA stated that it is still considering what it will do regarding the object, which is reportedly a 20-foot segment of the spacecraft. “While it has been nearly 37 years since seven daring and brave explorers lost ... read more

Study Explores Emotional Intelligence In U.S. Pilots

AVweb A recently published study found significant differences in trait emotional intelligence (trait EI) in pilots compared to the general U.S. population. For the study, a control group was matched with a pilot group at a 2:1 ratio based on factors including age, gender, ethnicity and educational background. The results indicated that pilots scored consistently lower than their counterparts in global trait EI, as well as three of its four factors: well-being, emotionality and ... read more

Homebuilt Accidents: Captains Vs. Fledglings

AVweb Considerable insights can be gained by examining aircraft accident statistics. But sometimes—well, the results aren’t earth-shattering, but can be interesting nonetheless. Take the issue of pilot experience. We would certainly expect more-experienced pilots to make fewer mistakes. But what’s the actual difference? It’s not something that’s only relevant to homebuilts. But my Experimental/Amateur-Built aircraft accident database gives us the opportunity to easily compare the accident ... read more

Ferry Flight: Daher TBM 940

FLYING Magazine Editor’s Note: This article is part of a three-part series on the Daher TBM 960. Read more about the aircraft and the manufacturing process behind Daher’s flagship TBM series. It was an incredible invitation. Daher and veteran ferry pilot Margrit Waltz asked me to join her on the flight that would bring serial No. 1400, a 940—from its final position in the hangars at Daher in Tarbes (LFBT) across the Atlantic Ocean to Columbia Aviation, in Groton, Connecticut (KGON). When ... read more

FAA Reveals “Airworthiness Criteria” for Joby’s JAS4-1

FLYING Magazine This week, the FAA issued the airworthiness criteria that eVTOL startup Joby (NYSE: JOBY) needs to meet to certify its aircraft. The document outlines the airworthiness standards the FAA deems applicable for Joby’s powered lift design. Joby’s JAS4-1 eVTOL is designed with a maximum takeoff weight of 4,800 pounds, capable of carrying four pilots and four passengers. It uses six tilting electric engines with 5-blade propellers attached to a conventional wing and ... read more

Wheels Up Outlines Path to Profitability After Another Quarterly Loss

FLYING Magazine On-demand private aviation company Wheels Up (NYSE: UP) reported third-quarter revenue of $420.4 million, a 39 percent increase over the same period last year, which it attributes to strong customer demand amid its embattled stock price. “Our strong foundation, with an iconic brand and large base of loyal customers, helped drive another record revenue performance in the third quarter. It further reinforces the strength of our demand, even in this uncertain macroeconomic ... read more

Picture of the Day: Camping under Orion

General Aviation News Thomas Civin submitted this photo and note: "Piper Turbo Arrow IV and crew sleeping peacefully under Orion at 3 a.m. on a frosty full moon night at a grass strip fly-in at Thomas Memorial Airport (76V) in Glendo, Wyoming, in early September." Read More read more

‘Thank you for our freedom’

AOPA General Aviation News Years after his death in 2005, words of the original U.S. Navy Blue Angel have become a proposed resolution before the U.S. House of Representatives. Read More read more

We Fly: Daher TBM 960

FLYING Magazine I look through the images and I swear I am smiling the entire time. Scrolling through them on my phone, in my mind I go straight back to flying formation circles over the Atlantic coast of Florida … finding the sweet spot on the yoke for my hand … the Zen-like focus on the photo ship—this time a Cessna 310 piloted by Bruce Moore—and Jim Barrett’s lens poking through the open baggage door. I remember too, that I’m actually singing to myself, just under the volume where I’d ... read more

Hurricane Nicole Prompts NASA to Delay Artemis Launch

FLYING Magazine You’ve got to hand it to the folks at NASA. They know how to take challenges in stride. The Artemis program has faced numerous delays after NASA waived off launch attempts on August 29 and September 3 because of mechanical issues, and again in late September, owing to weather concerns stemming from Hurricane Ian. Last Friday, NASA began to prepare for the next window of opportunity: a liftoff attempt at 12:07 a.m. EST on Monday, November 14. The Artemis I Space Launch ... read more

Building It: Daher TBM 960

FLYING Magazine Just three years after the Wright brothers’ Flyer took a trip over the sands of the Kill Devil Hills, Alberto Santos-Dumont made his longest public flight stretching more than 700 feet from a field near Paris, France, in 1906. Just five years later, the precursor to Daher—the company that would one day build the TBM 960/910 single-engine turboprops capable of deftly spanning an ocean—was born. A Tradition of Flexibility Daher’s roots go back to 1911, when pilot Léon ... read more

FAA Clarifies Joby Path to Certification

Plane & Pilot Magazine The FAA has published a special rule to give Joby Aviation a pathway to certify its vertical lift urban aerial mobility aircraft, which we today … Read More "FAA Clarifies Joby Path to Certification" The post FAA Clarifies Joby Path to Certification appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Big Sky perspective

General Aviation News Every day since Sept. 17, 2022, at 20,000 airports during nearly 55,000 flight hours, no collision has occurred. Were there a few close calls? I’d guess yes. And yet, no collision. Read More read more

‘Thank you for our freedom’

AOPA General Aviation News Years after his death in 2005, words of the original U.S. Navy Blue Angel have become a proposed resolution before the U.S. House of Representatives. Read More read more

Aviation’s economic impact in Iowa tops $6.4 billion

General Aviation News A new economic impact report shows that aviation in Iowa employs more than 41,000 people and generates $124 million in tax revenue annually. Read More read more

Memorial for British cadets from World War II slated for Sunday in Arizona

General Aviation News A large number of British cadets went to an airfield in Mesa, Arizona, to begin primary training in biplanes, and then moved up to single-engine fighter-trainers, such as the AT-6 Texan. The British Royal Air Force organization named the facility Falcon Field, which is still in operation today. Read More read more

Mindset, Motion, and Mechanics

General Aviation News Master Flight Instructor Rich Stowell recently published a paper identifying the first principles of light airplane flying. The nine principles are divided into the three categories: Mindset, Motion, and Mechanics. Read More read more

A near miss and a mishap with an iPad creates problems for Baron pilot

General Aviation News A near-miss in the pattern, an angry controller, and a mishap with an iPad breaking the pilot's headset leads the tower to call the authorities once the pilot lands. "He wanted me in jail," the pilot says in his ASRS report. Read More read more

Maintenance-Caused Cracks Ground Hercs

AVweb The Air Force has grounded 116 C-130Hs, more than 20 percent of the fleet, after it was determined that inscriptions scratched in the propellers documenting inspections for cracks actually caused cracks. “The process used to engrave serial numbers on the propellers likely contributed to cracks that are being found on the C-130Hs,” Maj. Beau Downey, an Air Force spokesperson, told Defense One. “That process, which involved an electric arc pen to incise digits into the surface of the ... read more

Picture Of The Week, November 9, 2022

AVweb 1 of 4 We train formation flying every three weeks with several PA28s in the vicinity of Lelystad Airport (EHLE). This picture was taken at the end of the day with an iPhone 14 Pro Max. Copyrighted photo by Willem Luuk Nijdam. PICTURE OF THE WEEK: Sunset Flying Taken at the "Dawn Patrol" event at the original WPAFB and now USAF National Museum in Dayton, OH, ... read more

New Jersey Pilot Completes Fourth Circumnavigation

AVweb A New Jersey pilot landed his beloved Cessna 210 at his base of Central Jersey Regional Airport in Hillsborough on Nov. 4 after finishing his fourth circumnavigation. Ed Galkin, 86, took off in mid September and had planned to be back Nov. 18 but picked up a couple of weeks on the 22,000 mile journey. He also made the trip in 1988, 2004 and 2018. The retired dentist acknowledged that this was likely his last earthrounding. Galkin bought the Centurion in 1977 and flies it regularly. ... read more

FAA Publishes Airworthiness Standards For Joby

AVweb The FAA has published airworthiness criteria for the Joby eVTOL aircraft making it likely to be the first to be certified. The agency put the proposed “Special Class Airworthiness Criteria” rule in the Federal Register and opened it up for a 30-day comment period. The document runs about 12 pages and covers dozens of standards and requirements and since this is the agency’s first crack at this it is looking forward to getting the input. “The most helpful comments reference a specific ... read more

$500 Million To Rebuild An-225

AVweb Ukraine aircraft manufacturer Antonov says it will likely cost about $500 million to return the An-225 to the skies. The only flying version of the cargo plane was destroyed during fighting in the early days of the Russian invasion. The plane was in an open ended hangar at Hostomel Airport near Kyiv last February when Russian paratroopers overran the airport to establish a base for taking Kyiv. The enormous aircraft, the biggest in the world, posed no threat to the invaders and had ... read more

Training and Safety Tip: Master the sky

AOPA General Aviation News Before your next flight, play a game of chess. You don’t have to be good at it, or win. In fact, you’ll probably get more out of it if you get roundly trounced. Read More read more

‘Cyber incident’ affected flight planning

AOPA General Aviation News Two Boeing subsidiaries, electronic flight bag creator ForeFlight and navigation charts and information provider Jeppesen were both affected for several days by a 'cyber incident' that began on November 2. A week later, the precise effects on aviation remained unclear. Read More read more

FAA approves HondaJet upgrades

AOPA General Aviation News Honda Aircraft Co. has announced FAA type certification of its HondaJet Elite II, the latest, upgraded version of its original HondaJet. Read More read more

Joby pushes launch to 2025

AOPA General Aviation News Citing a change in FAA certification rules, Joby Aviation stated that it’s pushing the target date for its entry into eVTOL passenger service to 2025. Read More read more

FBOProps crowdsources memorable aviation experiences

AOPA General Aviation News FBOProps, a new social app for airport experiences, is designed to help pilots and their loved ones find memorable general aviation destinations by gathering reviews and other airport information from fellow aviators. Read More read more

Bombardier Annual Safety Standdown Underway in Wichita

FLYING Magazine Bombardier’s 26th Annual Safety Standdown Conference is now underway in Wichita, Kansas, focusing on how the aviation industry is moving safety forward.  Each year at this annual event, the OEM invites various leading voices across different industry sectors to share their safety angle. This year, Bombardier said nearly 400 aviation professionals are expected to attend the three-day conference that runs November 8-10, with thousands more registered via webcast. Some key ... read more

‘Cyber incident’ affected flight planning

AOPA General Aviation News Two Boeing subsidiaries, electronic flight bag creator ForeFlight and navigation charts and information provider Jeppesen were both affected for several days by a 'cyber incident' that began on November 2. A week later, the precise effects on aviation remained unclear. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: Mountain rescue

General Aviation News Derek Prendergast submitted this photo and note: "Mountain rescue operating Blackhawks out of Aspen-Pitkin County Airport/Sardy Field (KASE) in Colorado. Photo taken by Davey Mowrey." Read More read more

Whiteman Airport Gears up for Milestone Young Eagles Flight

FLYING Magazine This month, a program designed to inspire children to fly will reach a historic milestone in Southern California, when Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 40, based at Whiteman Airport (KWHP), expects to fly their 10,000th Young Eagle. Since 1992, pilot members of EAA have provided free flight experiences to children between the ages of 8 and 17—known as Young Eagles. Weather permitting, the milestone flight will take place during a Young Eagles rally on ... read more

Wing Drones Deliver DoorDash Orders in Australia

FLYING Magazine Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on FreightWaves.com. Standard delivery, scheduled delivery, pickup … and drone delivery? Most food delivery apps only offer those first three options. But DoorDash (NYSE: DASH) on Monday launched a pilot of on-demand drone delivery in Logan, Australia, with Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOGL) subsidiary Wing, which has been operating in the Brisbane suburb since 2019. It’s the first time the drone delivery provider has made its service ... read more

USAF Identifies Likely Cause of C-130H Prop Cracks

FLYING Magazine Electric arc etching pens were likely the cause of cracks in older propeller barrel assemblies that led the U.S. Air Force to ground a portion of its fleet of C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft last month, according to a report.  The cracks were discovered in early-October by a technician at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center (KWRB), Georgia, who noticed a persistent leak on a C-130H propeller during a post-depot operation engine run check.  READ MORE: Prop Cracks Prompt ... read more

Human Factors: No one in command

General Aviation News It wouldn't be until after the crash that either one of them would have any clue that no one was flying the plane. Read More read more

Skateboard superstar skates out of plane at 9,000 feet

General Aviation News Brazilian Leticia Bufoni's recently skateboarded off a rail from a plane at 9,000 feet for her "Sky Grind" project. Read More read more

Joby pushes launch to 2025

AOPA General Aviation News Citing a change in FAA certification rules, Joby Aviation stated that it’s pushing the target date for its entry into eVTOL passenger service to 2025. Read More read more

FAA approves HondaJet upgrades

AOPA General Aviation News Honda Aircraft Co. has announced FAA type certification of its HondaJet Elite II, the latest, upgraded version of its original HondaJet. Read More read more

How Not to Fall Off Your Airplane

FLYING Magazine The 911 dispatcher was very confused. “Wait, you’re saying he fell out of his airplane? Where is the airplane now?” she asked. Patty, the woman who ran to my aid, clarified, “No, he fell OFF of his airplane. He wasn’t flying at the time. The airplane’s right here.”  Patty went on to explain to the dispatcher that I had been fueling my airplane when I lost my footing, fell to the concrete, and was now in excruciating pain. Bones were probably broken, but my head appeared to ... read more

Wayman Aviation Academy accredited to offer associate degrees

General Aviation News Wayman's program gives students the opportunity to earn 72 college credits, including all FAA certifications through Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor ratings. Read More read more

Thousands of Spitfires to be mass produced in the UK

General Aviation News The new model airplane kit, which has 433 parts, is available in five design and scheme options. Read More read more

FBOProps crowdsources memorable aviation experiences

AOPA General Aviation News FBOProps, a new social app for airport experiences, is designed to help pilots and their loved ones find memorable general aviation destinations by gathering reviews and other airport information from fellow aviators. Read More read more

Ask FLYING: Do I Need To Learn How To Refuel My Airplane?

FLYING Magazine Question: I have been renting aircraft for years from an FBO that has recently become very busy. I was surprised when the FBO told me that I would have to refuel the airplane I had rented because it had just come back from a flight. They handed me a company credit card so it wasn’t the cost that bothered me—it’s that I have been flying for years but never have refueled an airplane before. Is this something new and something I should know how to do? Answer: Knowing how to ... read more

Fuel starvation brings down Navion

General Aviation News The pilot’s improper positioning of the fuel selector during takeoff, which was not in accordance with the preflight checklist and resulted in fuel starvation, a subsequent total loss of engine power, and an aerodynamic stall during an attempted forced landing. Read More read more

GA’s Lead-Free Future Spotlighted During EPA Hearing Testimony

AVweb General Aviation (GA) advocacy groups presented a unified front during an EPA-hosted virtual public hearing on its endangerment finding on leaded avgas (100LL) earlier this month. In a prepared statement, the consortium of GA groups, including the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), and the broader FAA/Industry EAGLE working group wrote, “The general aviation industry firmly supports removing lead from aviation gasoline and ... read more

NASA’s Artemis I To Remain Outdoors As Nicole Approaches

AVweb Even as news hit that the Powerball jackpot winner is in for a $2.4 billion payout, NASA is wagering just more than twice that amount that its Artemis I mission spacecraft (valued at $4.1 billion) will remain safe on its launch pad from now-subtropical storm Nicole. The agency announced, “Based on current forecast data [as of Monday], managers have determined the Space Launch System rocket and Orion will remain at Launch Pad 39B.” But forecasts for Nicole’s landfall on Florida’s east ... read more

‘Tuskegee Airmen’ Mustang Takes To The Sky Again, Following Repairs

AVweb At this weekend’s “Wings Over Dallas” airshow at Dallas Executive Airport, Commemorative Air Force (CAF) P-51C “Tuskegee Airmen” will fly in public for the first time in a while, commemorating Veterans’ Day. The appearance is noteworthy in that it was just a little over a year ago that the rare razorback Mustang was extensively damaged in a Nov. 4 runway excursion accident. CAF pilot Doug Rozendaal flew the first post-repair flight on Oct. 17, 2022, which he said was flawless. “It ... read more

Short Final: A Beech By Any Other Name

AVweb [Submitted by AVweb reader Bill Rackley] When my girls were young, we planned a trip to visit an old high school friend of my wife’s who lived near the beach in Fort Myers, Florida. We had been promoting the trip all week, telling the girls we were going to spend the weekend at the beach with Bonnie. After a nice flight from Avon Park, Florida, taxiing to the FBO, we heard this on the radio: “Zero five papa, hold short for the Beech to pass in front of you.” In a nanosecond, my ... read more

FAAST Seminar Targets Psychological Vulnerabilities of CFIT Victims

AVweb You don’t need a PhD in psychology to understand the difference between Confirmation bias and Continuation bias. But as a pilot, learning the nuances could save your life when it comes to combating controlled flight into terrain (CFIT). The FAA Safety Team (FAAST) is presenting a seminar on the topic (Select Number: EA07117541) on November 22. And the subhead for the presentation appropriately reads, “It’s hard to change horses in the middle of the stream, but sometimes the stream ... read more

Textron Aviation Defense Delivers First T6-C Texan II to Tunisia’s Air Force

AVweb Textron Aviation’s defense division announced today (November 8) it has delivered the first of eight Beechcraft T-6C Texan II turboprop-single trainers to the Tunisian Air Force. The contract also calls for “in-country field service and logistics support representatives, program management support, interim contractor support for the first year, training for pilots and maintenance professionals, spare engines, spare parts and aircraft support equipment,” according to Textron. The ... read more

Aviation Architecture Tour: Five Airports With Historic Hangars

FLYING Magazine There was a time, mostly during aviation’s golden age, when airports were judged by their hangars. Yes, trends in transportation architecture produced spectacular terminal buildings during the same period, but big, beautiful hangars arguably suggested more about the impressive machines housed within. Some hangars are fairly famous, like Hangars 1 and 2 at New York’s Floyd Bennett Field. Recently restored after years of neglect, they served as a backdrop for numerous ... read more

Gulfsteam G700 Ready for World Tour Debut

FLYING Magazine BusinessAir TV spoke with Stefan Eling, Sr. International Captain at Gulfstream Aerospace (NYSE: GD) at NBAA-BACE 2022 to discuss the G700 and its upcoming maiden world tour with stops in Europe, Asia, Australia and South America. Enhanced Performance and Capabilities The G700 offers new enhancements beyond the previous G500 and G600 generation’s Symmetry Flight Deck. Now featuring a predictive landing performance system, a new enhanced checklist and a second heads-up ... read more

Antonov Rebuilding World’s Largest Cargo Aircraft, ‘Mriya’

FLYING Magazine Ukrainian aircraft manufacturer Antonov is rebuilding the iconic An-225 Mriya, the world’s largest cargo airplane destroyed during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the company has announced. Days after fighting began in late February, the iconic Soviet-era strategic airlift cargo airplane with the 290-foot wingspan was destroyed amid fighting at Gostomel Airport (UKKM). READ MORE: Ukrainian Officials Reveal Fate Of World’s Largest Cargo Aircraft, ‘Mriya’ Months later, ... read more

Renting an Airplane Isn’t Always Easy. Here’s Why.

FLYING Magazine To rent a car in the United States you have to be at least 25 years old, have a valid credit card, and hold a valid driver’s license. After a few minutes of paperwork, and you’re out the door. Renting an airplane is nowhere near that quick or easy—aircraft rental involves a logbook review, an open-book test to be reviewed with a CFI, and a checkout flight of (usually) at least one hour. Most FBOs have a story about a customer who wanted to rent an airplane but left in ... read more

Inside the ‘Spruce Goose’

FLYING Magazine “Holy snakes!” Those were the first words out of my mouth when I laid eyes on the Hughes Flying Boat, aka the Hercules, colloquially known as the Spruce Goose. Not terribly poetic, I know, but it was from the heart. The last time I was inside the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon, was 20 years ago, when the facility was under construction. At the time, the Spruce Goose was across the street in pieces, shrink-wrapped and waiting for installation. ... read more

Tunisian Air Force Takes Delivery of T-6C Texan II Integrated Trainers

FLYING Magazine Textron Aviation Defense, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation, a Textron company (NYSE: TXT), has delivered the first Beechcraft T-6C Texan II Integrated Training System aircraft to the Tunisian Air Force, the OEM announced today.  The delivery was made to support operations at the No.13 Squadron at the Sfax Air Base in Tunisia.  Textron said in a statement that the delivery contract consists of eight T-6C Texan II advanced military training aircraft, in-country field service ... read more

Honda Aircraft Secures FAA Type Certification on HondaJet Elite II

FLYING Magazine Honda Aircraft Company announced Tuesday that it has secured FAA-type certification on the latest of its light jet series, the Hondajet Elite II. The company announced the new model at the National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Convention and Exposition (NBAA-BACE) in October in Orlando. The baseline TC on the Elite II includes the maximum takeoff weight increase to 11,100 pounds, which enables a fuel capacity increase, driving the range out to 1,547 nm ... read more

Picture of the Day: Mountain flying fun

General Aviation News Terry Hayes submitted this photo and note: "Johnny Rankin enjoying his flight in a C-180 over Glacier Park, Montana." Read More read more

ForeFlight Struggles

Plane & Pilot Magazine Popular all-in-one pilot app ForeFlight has had a rough couple of weeks, and at least some of it is self-inflicted. The biggest issues are security … Read More "ForeFlight Struggles" The post ForeFlight Struggles appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Cessna Sky Courier and Beechcraft Denali Updates

FLYING Magazine Textron continues to provide innovation with their Cessna Sky Courier and Beechcraft Denali aircraft. The twin engined turboprop, Sky Courier is optimized for cargo operations with companies such as launch customer, FedEx. Denali, a single engine turboprop, is expected to have 20 percent better fuel efficiency, with lower operating costs and better performance than its peers.  Supply Chain and Spare Parts Challenges Ron Draper, CEO of leading industry in general aviation ... read more

Most UFOs Are Not Out of This World, U.S. Officials Say

FLYING Magazine Two weeks after NASA announced it had picked an all-star team of scientists to research Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP)—more commonly referred to as UFOs—another government agency is ready to start explaining the source of these mysterious airborne objects, according to a report.  To date, the space agency has made it clear it has found no evidence that UAPs come from a source that could be classified as extra-terrestrial. A defense intelligence report sheds further ... read more

Making one teen’s aviation dreams come true

General Aviation News Sometimes lifting someone up has very little to do with wings, relative wind, and horsepower. It can be a result of simply caring, interacting, and becoming a mentor to someone who very much wants to know what you know and do what you do. Read More read more

Scholarships heat up as temps cool off

AOPA General Aviation News Flight training tends to slow down as temperatures drop and the days get shorter. However, aviation scholarship opportunities are still ramping up. Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: Master the sky

AOPA General Aviation News Before your next flight, play a game of chess. You don’t have to be good at it, or win. In fact, you’ll probably get more out of it if you get roundly trounced. Read More read more

Ribbon cutting celebrates reopening of L88

General Aviation News Now that the runway has been repaved, the next task for volunteers is to enhance the camping areas for pilots, according to officials with the Recreational Aviation Foundation. Read More read more

Scholarships heat up as temps cool off

AOPA General Aviation News Flight training tends to slow down as temperatures drop and the days get shorter. However, aviation scholarship opportunities are still ramping up. Read More read more

Say Goodbye to the Traditional AIRMET

FLYING Magazine It has been well over a decade since the FAA decided to abandon the traditional alphanumeric code (TAC) airmen’s meteorological information (AIRMET) when forecasters at the Aviation Weather Center (AWC) began to generate the graphical AIRMET (G-AIRMET) on an operational basis on October 1, 2008. At that time, it was determined that the time-smeared TAC AIRMET, or more simply the “legacy AIRMET,” and its outlook was sorely outdated and needed a facelift with a new and ... read more

Urbe Aero Flight Academy Expands Fleet With Diamond Aircraft

FLYING Magazine Urbe Aero Flight Academy in Rome, Italy, will expand its fleet of Diamond Aircraft with an order for seven new Diamond DA40 NG piston single-engine aircraft and one DA42-VI piston twin. According to Diamond, the aircraft are equipped with Garmin G1000 NXi glass cockpits and propelled by the efficient 168-hp AUSTRO AE300 jet-A-powered engines, which burn up to 50 percent less lead-free fuel and operate with a lower noise signature than conventional avgas-powered ... read more

Hartzell Engine Tech named one of 14 Top-Rated Businesses in Alabama

General Aviation News “I am proud to recognize 14 of the best our state has to offer,” said Gov. Kay Ivey. Read More read more

Explore the Eclectic Vibes of Asheville

FLYING Magazine When most people think of Asheville, North Carolina, they think of the famous Biltmore Estate—America’s largest private home turned tourist attraction. But this scenic city in the Blue Ridge Mountains is also a growing aviation manufacturing center. In 2014, GE Aviation opened a 170,000-square-foot additive manufacturing plant there, next to its existing rotating parts facility. The new plant makes jet engine components out of ceramic matrix composite (CMC) materials, a ... read more

Fly These Aircraft to Asheville

FLYING Magazine The stunning mountainous terrain around the city of Asheville, North Carolina, makes for an awe-inspiring descent into the area by air—and given the choice, you might want to fly in a light jet that’s nimble enough to handle the local approaches with aplomb, when you’re filing IFR into the primary airport at KAVL—or you might choose a sleek piston single for flying into a local reliever such as Hendersonville. Local Favorite: HondaJet Elite S Built just down Interstate 40 ... read more

Flying to Asheville? Here’s Where To Land

FLYING Magazine There are a couple of great airport options for those flying into the Asheville, North Carolina, area. Asheville Regional Airport (KAVL) Asheville, North Carolina Asheville Regional Airport is located 9 miles south of the city. The airport elevation is 2,164 feet and it sits in hilly terrain. The runway is orientated 17/35 and measures 8,001 feet by 150 feet. Right traffic is used for Runway 35. When approaching from the south, be mindful of a series of smoke stacks, the ... read more

Rechargeable headlamp introduced

General Aviation News Streamlight has introduced the 2,000-lumen ProTac 2.0 Headlamp, a rechargeable headlamp powered by the new Streamlight SL-B50 battery pack that charges directly via an integrated USB-C port. Read More read more

Dramatic loss of power after cyclinder splits in half

General Aviation News There was violent vibrations inside the cabin with occasional clouds of smoke rising over the windshield. Read More read more

Piper M600/SLS Earns Unpaved Field Approval

AVweb Piper Aircraft has announced that its M600/SLS single-engine turboprop has received FAA approval to operate from unpaved fields. According to the company, model year 2022 M600/SLS aircraft beginning with serial number 198 are factory provisioned to operate on unpaved fields with the addition of a pilot’s operating handbook (POH) supplement. For 2016-2021 M600s equipped with five-bladed propellers, Piper is offering a modification kit that includes “a slightly redesigned nose fork and ... read more

Daher: Strong Demand For Kodiak 100 And 900 Turboprops

AVweb With four choices of turboprop singles in the lineup, Daher’s static display at the NBAA-BACE 2022 gathering in Orlando this past October was a busy place. The main attraction was the clean-sheet FAA-certified Kodiak 900, an airplane with long delivery backorders and sizable demand from a diverse group of customers—from private owners to air ambulance, law enforcement and cargo and freight haulers. Based on the 900’s demand alone, I would say Daher’s purchase of Quest Kodiak in ... read more

Missing The Miss

AVweb Every instrument approach procedure we fly ends in one of two ways: We either see the runway environment and land, perhaps after circling to align ourselves with a runway, or we don’t. When we don’t, we fly a missed approach procedure designed to get the aircraft back to a safe altitude and position from which the next steps can be taken. Those next steps can include trying the same approach again, shooting a different one or diverting to a different airport. It’s not that hard. And ... read more

Sikorsky Demonstrates Logistics Missions With Autonomous Black Hawk

AVweb Lockheed Martin subsidiary Sikorsky and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have completed their first demonstration for the U.S. Army of logistics and rescue missions using an uncrewed “optionally piloted” Black Hawk helicopter. The demonstration simulated missions including an 83-mile autonomous medical resupply carrying 400 units of real and simulated blood, delivery of a 2,600-pound external load attached to a 40-foot sling, and rerouting mid-flight to evacuate ... read more

Accident Probe: Maintenance Matters

AVweb A typical pilot is concerned with aircraft maintenance only to a limited degree. He or she often lacks any ability to perform or approve maintenance at the same time they’re responsible for pre-flight inspections and ensuring the paperwork demonstrates airworthiness. And although the FARs make the owner/operator responsible for ensuring inspections and maintenance have been conducted, many pilots have no choice but to place a measure of faith in the technicians doing the work. That’s ... read more

Pilots fly in to hang out with AOPA

AOPA General Aviation News The Sunshine State delivered in spades for pilots attending The Hangout, an AOPA Fly-In at Tampa Executive Airport in Florida. Warm fall weather and bright blue skies welcomed more than 1,200 AOPA members and aviation enthusiasts on November 4 and 5. Read More read more

Aircraft Maintenance: The five pillars of engine health monitoring

AOPA General Aviation News Monitoring the health of your aircraft's engine protects your personal safety as well as your wallet. As with so many other aspects of aircraft maintenance, catching problems early can make them easier and less expensive to solve while mitigating the risk of in-flight failures. Read More read more

Honeywell, DENSO Connect on Clean Electric Engine Concepts

AOPA General Aviation News You might say Honeywell and DENSO made an electric connection from the start. These two large and successful industry leaders-one in aerospace and one in automotive-are on a quest to shrink aviation’s environmental footprint. Read More read more

Pilots fly in to hang out with AOPA

AOPA General Aviation News The Sunshine State delivered in spades for pilots attending The Hangout, an AOPA Fly-In at Tampa Executive Airport in Florida. Warm fall weather and bright blue skies welcomed more than 1,200 AOPA members and aviation enthusiasts on November 4 and 5. Read More read more

Hartzell Engine Tech Designated Top-Rated Business in Alabama

FLYING Magazine Hartzell Engine Tech, a division of the Hartzell Aviation brand, has been selected by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey as one of 14 top-rated businesses in the state. “Our state is blessed to have numerous companies producing outstanding Alabama-American-made products every single day,” Ivey said, highlighting recipient companies for the quality of goods they produce in the state. READ MORE: Hartzell Aviation Makes a Home for Firewall-Forward Brands Hartzell Engine Tech, based in ... read more

L3Harris Streamlines Pilot Training, Installs Flight Data Monitoring in Fleet

FLYING Magazine With both major and low-cost carriers in the European Union reporting strong third quarter results, many are opening back up to pilot training programs. And L3Harris Technologies has positioned itself to accommodate the influx of students. That’s according to David Coward, vice president and general manager of L3Harris Airline Academy, part of the company’s Training Services division. “COVID was a big challenge for us, and during that we had to trim the business,” Coward ... read more

Aircraft Maintenance: The five pillars of engine health monitoring

AOPA General Aviation News Monitoring the health of your aircraft's engine protects your personal safety as well as your wallet. As with so many other aspects of aircraft maintenance, catching problems early can make them easier and less expensive to solve while mitigating the risk of in-flight failures. Read More read more

Embraer Delivers 33 Jets in Q3 Amid Strong Demand

FLYING Magazine Aircraft manufacturer Embraer (NYSE: ERJ) delivered 33 aircraft to customers during its third quarter of this year—10 percent more than it did in the same period last year, the company announced Monday. Of those, 10 were commercial jets, and the other 23 were executive jets (15 light and eight midsize). Moreover, for the first nine months this year, Embraer said it had delivered 27 commercial and 52 executive jets, a total of 79.  Citing a strong rebound in commercial ... read more

Picture of the Day: Alaska night flight into the Blood Moon

General Aviation News Rob Stapleton submitted this photo and note: "I was leaving Lake Hood after a photo shoot and took a back access road to Lake Hood from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and noticed the moon rising over the Chugach Mountains. After positioning my vehicle on the tie-down ramp in Echo parking I grabbed a few frames of this Cessna ascending into a moonlit evening. This was the first frame of a motor drive series of three frames taken with a Canon 5DSR and a ... read more

Finding Your Ideal Aircraft: Advantages of a Drawn-Out Transaction

FLYING Magazine Buying an airplane seems fairly straightforward at first, like a process that should not take very long. Yet six weeks have passed since my wife and I made an offer for a Commander 114B that seems right for us, and it still is not ours—not quite. Like most aircraft shoppers, we are aching to get started on the list of trips we cultivated ever since first considering the purchase. However, in our case the wait has been so educational—and at times verging on priceless—that I ... read more

Pass the Vision Portion of Your Medical

FLYING Magazine From our partners at Pacific Health, Inc. CRISP. SHARP. CLEAR. – CLAROXAN ADVANCED A big part of being able to pass your medical is taking care of yourself and making sure you’re only putting the best quality nutrition into your body. That’s why we recommend Claroxan Advanced for healthy eyesight. It’s more than just a regular eye supplement. In addition to lutein and zeaxanthin for macular pigment and blue light filtration – it also contains bilberry extract for night ... read more

P-51 ‘Tuskegee Airmen’ Flies Again

FLYING Magazine Just in time for Veteran’s Day celebrations, the Commemorative Air Force’s P-51C Mustang has returned to the skies. The aircraft—serial number 42-103645 and nicknamed Tuskegee Airmen—has been undergoing repairs since last year after an unfortunate departure from the runway in Tallahassee International Airport (KTLH) damaged the landing gear and part of a wing. The aircraft spent a year at AirCorps Aviation in Bemidji, Minnesota, undergoing repairs. AirCorps Aviation is ... read more

Futuristic retro: Junkers reintroduces A50 Junior

General Aviation News Why is our LSA expert writing about a 93-year-old aircraft? Because it's back — with a modern twist. Read More read more

GA’s voice at EPA hearing on banning 100LL

General Aviation News A senior vice president from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association was GA's advocate during the EPA hearing, advising the agency that GA supports a move to unleaded avgas, but noting it must be done safely. Read More read more

Honeywell, DENSO Connect on Clean Electric Engine Concepts

AOPA General Aviation News You might say Honeywell and DENSO made an electric connection from the start. These two large and successful industry leaders-one in aerospace and one in automotive-are on a quest to shrink aviation’s environmental footprint. Read More read more

Lone Star STOL Leads to Husky National Championship for Top Pilot

FLYING Magazine The first significant rain in months rolled into Gainesville, Texas, along with the National STOL Series finals, which has grown to seven events nationwide in 2022. Lone Star STOL competition also hosts the Husky National STOL Championship, with winners named in various categories for the event, as well as the overall winner for 2022. What would have been the first day of practice morphed into a group of pilots and crew watching raindrops overflow catch barrels placed ... read more

Construction begins on engine run-up project at KCPS

General Aviation News The project includes new airfield pavement with jet blast deflectors to perform aircraft maintenance tests that require running engines at high power on the ground for several minutes, which generates a lot of noise. The aircraft maintenance companies that will use the new facility conduct more 500 high-power engine run-up tests a year on general aviation aircraft. Read More read more

Jewelry made from B-25 metal featured in 2022 EAA Holiday Gift Guide

General Aviation News The B-25 jewelry was created after the "Berlin Express" was restored to its flightworthy status, a restoration that included replacing some metal sections of the airplane’s fuselage. Read More read more

Getting Bismarck Memorial Airport Back on the Map

FLYING Magazine Justin Kitchell grew up with his eyes turned skyward around the municipal airport that is in his small Missouri hometown. As fortune would have it, he would wind up having the opportunity to become the manager of Bismarck Memorial Airport (H57) decades later.  “As a kid, I would go up to where there was a playground at the community center. I remember going there for birthday parties and seeing some of the old taildraggers and all of that stuff that would be flying out of ... read more

Pilot seriously injured when landing goes awry

General Aviation News The pilot’s failure to attain the proper touchdown point which resulted in a runway overrun and collision with trees. Read More read more

Vote for Your Favorite FLYING Cover

FLYING Magazine We’re putting the finishing touches on the next issue of FLYING, as we return to a monthly print magazine—and we want to know what you think of our cover choices. Our final issue for 2022 brings you an Epic installment of our We Fly series and a Bucket List flight to the Florida Keys. You’ll also find your favorite columns and technique articles to assist you in maintaining your proficiency over the colder months.  Help us choose the cover of this holiday print edition of ... read more

TEDx: Erik Lindbergh On Decarbonizing Aviation

AVweb The Lindbergh Foundation was founded in 1977 by Neil Armstrong, Jimmy Doolittle and other aviation interests who followed the work of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh to carry on work the couple initiated in environmental causes. Today, the foundation is chaired by Erik Lindbergh, Charles’ grandson. In this TEDx talk Erik recently presented, he outlines the foundation’s belief that the most effective way to decarbonize aviation is through prizes similar to the Orteig Prize that ... read more

19 Killed In Tanzania ATR Crash

AVweb At least 19 people were killed in crash of a Precision Air ATR 42 near the shore of Lake Victoria in Tanzania on Sunday. There were 43 people on the flight manifest but two of those killed were not listed. It’s not clear if they were rescue workers or airline workers who were not on the manifest. “We will investigate where did the other two come from,” said Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa. According to a CNN report, at least 26 people were rescued from the aircraft, which ended up in ... read more

Researchers Test Sleep Apnea Device To Prevent Hypoxia

AVweb A renowned show and warbird pilot is behind an experiment to see if a device normally used to enhance sleep can also keep pilots more alert while flying. Doug Rozendaal is working with doctors and researchers at MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center and the Mayo Clinic to see if use of of a bilevel positive airway pressure machine will boost blood oxygenation and lessen the chance for hypoxia for those flying near the oxygen supplementation limit of 12,500 feet. BiPAPs create positive ... read more

John Raymond Barcus: A Destiny in Aviation

AVweb “I bombed Rome!,” the gravelly voice called from a table near the Eagles Club bar. I don’t think my friend, John, appreciated his volume and thought he was whispering to a tablemate. Decades around airplane engines will do that to one’s hearing. A half-beat earlier, I had mentioned that I would be heading to Rome soon. John was merely noting he’d already been there. “I can’t top that,” I replied and wished I hadn’t accepted this speaking gig at the EAA chapter’s winter party. In my ... read more

Picture of the Day: Our newest family member

General Aviation News Dave Cohen submitted this photo and note: "Our first flight in the newest member of our family, Lily, a 1967 Skyhawk. Carolyn and I got to our lunch destination in central Florida thanks to the skilled pilotage of our dog, Gabby!" Read More read more

Family fun at the Truckee Tahoe Air Show

General Aviation News This was a very pleasant airshow to attend: It wasn’t super crowded, had lots of good food and drink at reasonable prices, and was full of friendly fellow air show fans. Also, did I mention that it was free? Read More read more

Jeppesen ‘Technical Issues’ Affect NOTAM Updates

AVweb Jeppesen is advising its subscribers to get NOTAMs from their sources after it was hit by unspecified “technical issues” on Thursday. “This disruption is also impacting the receipt and processing of new NOTAMs and distribution of current NOTAMs,” says a notice highlighted in red at the top of the Jeppesen homepage. The disruption also affected Foreflight’s NOTAM service. Both companies are Boeing subsidiaries. It announced Saturday that it had switched to the FAA feed to restore ... read more

Chinese Space Junk Prompts Spanish Airspace Closure

AVweb China’s latest piece of uncontrolled space junk hit the Pacific Ocean 620 miles off Acapulco in the Pacific Ocean on Friday but the most serious impact was on the other side of the world. Spain briefly closed large areas of its airspace for 30 minutes on Friday morning when a Chinese booster rocket used to propel a section of the country’s space station began breaking up in the atmosphere according to simpleflying.com .  “Due to the risk associated with the passage of the space ... read more

From intern to airport manager

General Aviation News After proving himself during a summer internship, college graduate Colin Smith has been named the new manager of Freeman Municipal Airport in Indiana. Read More read more

More than 100,000 Young Eagles take the next step in aviation

General Aviation News The concept to provide Sporty’s online courses at no charge for Young Eagles was developed with input from EAA pilots who had been flying Young Eagles. Read More read more

Top Letters And Comments, November 4, 2022

AVweb Buying Backcountry: Focus On Your Needs Rick, American Champion designed the airfoil tail, 11% larger, out of necessity when the “Scout-Water Bomber” was developed in 2010. The bomber version carried 1,000 pounds of water in the back seat area. Equivalent to 5.9 FAA standard folks in the back seat! Let that sink in! The flat tail was flown first on the bomber, but didn’t fly all that well with 5.9 FAA equiv.’s in the back seat. The new tail was designed to carry that weight. Amazing ... read more

United Launches Calibrate Aircraft Technician Apprenticeship Program

FLYING Magazine United Airlines (NASDAQ: UAL) is launching an apprenticeship program to grow its aircraft technician pipeline.  Beginning next week, the airline’s new program, Calibrate, will serve the purpose of training 1,000 aviation maintenance technicians by 2026. Like its Aviate flight academy, Calibrate aims to ensure that at least half of those trainees are women and people of color. “Calibrate is a great opportunity for people who are interested in pursuing a rewarding career as ... read more

Spright, Dufour Aerospace Partner To Roll Out Emergency Medical eVTOLs

FLYING Magazine Spright, the drone division of helicopter services company Air Methods, and Swiss eVTOL developer Dufour Aerospace, announced an agreement under which Spright will buy 40 of Dufour’s Aero2 tilt-wing aircraft, now under development, with an option to purchase 100 more. The companies did not disclose terms of the purchase, development, and service agreement but said it “represents a multimillion-dollar purchase, one of the largest civilian unmanned aerial vehicle purchases ... read more

Gulfstream Delivers First G600 to Thrive Aviation

FLYING Magazine Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has delivered a Gulfstream G600 to Thrive Aviation, a private jet charter company, marking its expansion into on-demand, long-haul service, the aircraft manufacturer announced Friday. The G600, which has a range of 6,600 nm at a speed of Mach 0.85, also features a customizable cabin interior. The aircraft is also known for its next-generation Symmetry Flight Deck with active control sidesticks and touch-screen technology. “The addition of the ... read more

She Runs a Crop-Dusting Business

FLYING Magazine Becoming an agricultural pilot wasn’t something Emily Daniel envisioned for herself. As she tells it, she always wanted to be a meteorologist—even today, as she and her husband, Austin, run Wings Aerial Applicators, a crop-dusting business based in New Jersey—so this wasn’t part of the script, or was it? “Long story short, I’m a third-generation pilot, and my grandfather was actually a crop duster,” Daniel tells FLYING from her office in New Jersey. At the time, she says ... read more

United Launches Maintenance Tech Apprenticeship Program

AVweb United Airlines is launching an in-house apprenticeship program designed to help grow its pipeline of aircraft maintenance technicians (AMTs). Called Calibrate, the 36-month program is a “joint effort between United, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) and the Federal Aviation Administration.” According to United, Calibrate was designed as a full-time, paid apprenticeship offering both on-the-job and classroom training to help apprentices “gain the skills and knowledge ... read more

Under Pressure

AVweb Dialing in the altimeter setting is perhaps one of the most universal, timeless rituals of aviation, spanning decades, continents, and cultures, and tying all pilots to one another. This underscores the importance of atmospheric pressure and its effect on flight safety. But how much do you know about where those numbers come from? In this article, we’ll take an introductory look at barometers, pressure, and get a better look at where QNH, QFE, and other values come from. If you’ve ... read more

2022 Public Benefit Flying Awards honors volunteer pilots and more

General Aviation News “Each year, hundreds, even thousands, of pilots and volunteers use their aviation skill to assist others in time of need,” said NAA President Greg Principato. “From responding to disasters, to bringing life-saving treatments to patients, to bringing others to receive the care they need, these pilots and organizations serve their communities well and often without notice.” Read More read more

Game Over for Regional Airlines?

FLYING Magazine When I started V1 Rotate late last year, it had already become apparent that the COVID-19 pandemic was going to become a footnote in aviation history, a momentary blip in an era of strong opportunity for professional pilots. My employer had resumed hiring, as had every other airline and most flight departments and Part 135 and 91K operators. Flight training was proceeding apace, and United had just opened its new Aviate Academy. The coming year seemed likely to eclipse ... read more

Pilot intentionally crashes into ocean

General Aviation News The pilot’s descent into the ocean for reasons that could not be determined. Read More read more

Van’s RV-12iS SLSA: They Build it, You Fly it

FLYING Magazine For those of us lucky enough to attend EAA’s annual AirVenture show in Oshkosh each summer, it is hard to miss the acres of beautiful experimental/amateur-built (E/AB) airplanes that seem to go on forever. We know from looking at the workmanship of these airplanes that someone spent thousands of hours in their shop meticulously assembling parts from a kit, or handcrafting the parts from raw materials. If you’re like me, you walk the rows of these E/ABs and are envious of ... read more

X-Plane 12 brings eVTOL

AOPA General Aviation News The newest iteration of X-Plane flight simulator has arrived with real-world weather, new airport effects, and the opportunity to fly the Alia-250 eVTOL. Read More read more

Carbon Cub saves lives in Mexico

AOPA General Aviation News Most Carbon Cub pilots choose to fly a CubCrafters aircraft for a few reasons: to explore backcountry destinations; to hop on the short takeoff and landing craze; or to simply enjoy the simplicities of flying a modern, high-powered aircraft that slightly resembles the nostalgic feel of a Piper J–3 Cub. Read More read more

Bell Delivers Last Viper To U.S. Marines

AVweb Bell Textron announced on Wednesday that it has handed over its 189th AH-1Z Viper twin-engine attack helicopter to the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC). In addition to completing the program of record (POR) for the model, the delivery is also the last for the USMC’s H-1 upgrade program, which was launched in 1996. Bell completed deliveries for the first part of the program, a POR for 160 UH-1Y Venoms to replace the Marine Corps’ aging UH-1N Hueys, in 2018. “The first production lot of US ... read more

100,000 Young Eagles Access Learn To Fly Course

AVweb More than 100,000 young people have enrolled in the Sporty’s Pilot Shop Learn to Fly Course following their EAA Young Eagles flights, according to the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). The online course is available for free to Young Eagles as a follow-up to their introductory flight with the program, which aims to introduce young people ages 8 to 17 to aviation by giving them “their first free ride in an airplane” with volunteer member-pilots. As of 2020, 75,000 Young Eagles ... read more

NASA Awards Highest Honors To Webb Space Telescope Team

AVweb NASA has awarded medals to six Northrop Grumman Corporation employees for their contributions in designing and building the James Webb Space Telescope. Webb Telescope team vice president and program manager Scott Willoughby and director and chief engineer Charlie Atkinson received NASA’s Distinguished Public Service Medal; Webb director of vehicle engineering and sunshield manager Jim Flynn was awarded NASA’s Exceptional Public Achievement Medal; and spacecraft bus director Andy ... read more

Umiles Next Begins Flight-Testing eVTOL Air Taxi’s Autonomous Systems

FLYING Magazine Umiles Next, a Spanish manufacturer of unmanned aircraft systems, recently completed test flights of its Concept Integrity eVTOL air taxi prototype in Jaén, Spain. The flights included tests of the vehicle’s autonomous takeoff, landing, and collision-avoidance systems.  The test was part of Uspace4UAM, an urban mobility project under a consortium headed by Honeywell International, that is aimed at integrating operations of manned and unmanned vehicles into urban settings ... read more

NAA and ACA To Honor Pilots and Aviation Volunteers for Helping Those in Need

FLYING Magazine “I feel like I got caught with my hand in the cookie jar,” says John Lunseth, a pilot and longtime volunteer for Angel Flight Central, based in Kansas City, Missouri. “I do what I do because I enjoy it.” Lunseth was recently surprised to learn that the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), in partnership with the Air Care Alliance (ACA), will be honoring him as a Distinguished Volunteer Pilot. The organizations’ 2022 Public Benefit Flying Awards recognize volunteer ... read more

NASA Optimistic About Upcoming Artemis Launch

FLYING Magazine NASA officials said Thursday they’re optimistic the Artemis I Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft will soon finally get off the ground. The scheduled launch set for November 14 follows a string of scrubbed attempts following mechanical issues and a hurricane. The Artemis missions are designed to establish a sustainable human presence on and around the moon by the end of the 2020s. NASA plans to use the lessons learned through the program to help get ... read more

Joby Pushes Back eVTOL Service Launch Due To Regulatory, Internal Delays

FLYING Magazine Joby Aviation (NYSE: JOBY) is delaying the commercial service launch of its electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) services until 2025, in part, because of regulatory hurdles, the company’s founder and CEO JoeBen Bevirt said Thursday. Bevirt told investors that hurdles with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)—as well as Joby’s focus on being vertically integrated—are the reasons for delaying the launch from 2024 as it initially predicted. In certifying its ... read more

Bombardier Shrinks Q3 Debt Amid Strong Aircraft Demand

FLYING Magazine Continued demand for private and business aircraft buoyed Bombardier’s third-quarter revenue, which reached $1.46 billion as the company said it remains on track to deliver more than 120 aircraft this year.  It was a busy quarter for the company as its new super-midsize Bombardier Challenger 3500 business jet entered into service and was delivered to a long-time customer. READ MORE: Bombardier Challenger 3500 Enters Service Additionally, during the 2022 National Business ... read more

Picture of the Day: Getting ready for a Yak attack

General Aviation News Julius Bjorn Thorolfsson submitted this photo and note: "Young aviation enthusiast Thorolfur Mani going on a flight from Tungubakkar Mosfellsbae Airport (BIMS) in Greenland to Reykjavik Airport (BIRK) in Iceland with excitement and interest with aerobatic display and Icelandair Captain Snorri Bjarnvin Jonsson. The Yak-52 TF-BCX was performing aerobatic displays at an annual Wings & Wheels event at BIMS." Read More read more

Video, Photos Emerge of Airliner that Flew Through Hailstorm

Plane & Pilot Magazine pic.twitter.com/5dCkfEa7a7 — Breaking Aviation News & Videos (@aviationbrk) October 27, 2022 Video has emerged over the last couple of days showing the damage to a … Read More "Video, Photos Emerge of Airliner that Flew Through Hailstorm" The post Video, Photos Emerge of Airliner that Flew Through Hailstorm appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

FAA Calls For Immediate Inspections of DHC-3 Seaplane Stabilizers

FLYING Magazine The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD) for Viking Limited DHC-3 Otter airplanes to address possible issues with the lock ring on the stabilizer.  The emergency AD is the second such directive to be issued by the agency amid an investigation into the crash of the de Havilland Otter turboprop that occurred in September near Seattle killing all 10 persons on board. The AD is effective immediately. READ MORE: NTSB Probe ... read more

Air show returns to Hawaii after seven years

General Aviation News The Blue Angels headlined the 2022 Kaneohe Bay Air Show, the first air show in Hawaii since 2015. Read More read more

X-Plane 12 brings eVTOL

AOPA General Aviation News The newest iteration of X-Plane flight simulator has arrived with real-world weather, new airport effects, and the opportunity to fly the Alia-250 eVTOL. Read More read more

A&P License Offers More Than ‘Spinning Wrenches in the Trenches’

FLYING Magazine T Gates, at the International Terminal, ATL Airport, sometime in the early 1990s. It is late, the second shift ends at 2300, and we button up this hydraulic access panel. The crew is tired and ready to call it a night. Everyone is careful where they step; Skydrol is slippery, and the stuff is everywhere. This Lockheed L-1011 TriStar will finish her stay with us and fly back across the Atlantic Ocean in the morning.  The first thing we heard was the thrust of the engines ... read more

Miracle on Runway One-Four

General Aviation News Pilots for Christ Maryland is reaching out to other pilots in the Mid-Atlantic region to help airlift presents for patients receiving care at The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health. Read More read more

FAA Buried In Airline Seat Size Comments

AVweb More than 26,000 people responded to the FAA’s request for comments on the ever diminishing airline seat and they were pretty much unanimous. In fact, at least 200 commenters described airline travel as “torture” because of the seats. From claimed injuries to class warfare to economic discrimination, the litany of horrors tied to seat dimensions was as acrimonious as it was comprehensive. That wasn’t actually the question, however. The agency’s stated purpose for the comment document ... read more

Judge Dismisses MAX Pilots’ Suit Against Boeing

AVweb A federal judge has ruled that Boeing doesn’t have to pay for the career disruption suffered by pilots who were freshly typed in the 737 MAX when it was grounded in March of 2019. According to Simple Flying Judge Steven C. Seeger, of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, agreed some pilots lost income because of the grounding but the issues with the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System were not closely enough linked to those losses to give ... read more

Food Poisoning Diverts Holiday Flight

AVweb Life imitated art over Maine in mid-October when a first officer on a TUI Airways Boeing 787 was felled by suspected food poisoning. The aircraft, which was on a charter flight from Doncaster in the U.K. to Melbourne, Florida (used by some holiday charters as a cheaper alternative to Orlando), had only two pilots for the 8.5-hour trip so procedures demanded a diversion. The captain, with a flight attendant flying shotgun, headed for Bangor, Maine, with controllers so anxious to help ... read more

FAA Mandates Otter Tail Inspections

AVweb The Seattle Times is reporting the FAA has ordered mandatory inspections of all 63 DHC3 Otters on the U.S. registry to confirm the correct assembly of the control links to the horizontal stabilizer. It’s specifically interested in ensuring a lock ring that secures the control mechanism is in place. The mandate comes after the NTSB publicly pressured the agency to act on its preliminary findings on the possible cause of the crash of an Otter in Washington State on Sept. 4. The tail ... read more

Carbon Cub saves lives in Mexico

AOPA General Aviation News Most Carbon Cub pilots choose to fly a CubCrafters aircraft for a few reasons: to explore backcountry destinations; to hop on the short takeoff and landing craze; or to simply enjoy the simplicities of flying a modern, high-powered aircraft that slightly resembles the nostalgic feel of a Piper J–3 Cub. Read More read more

Volunteer pilot helps survey impact of Hurricane Ian in the Everglades

General Aviation News The Everglades Foundation reached out to Lighthawk, which uses volunteer general aviation pilots towards conservation efforts, to plan a reconnaissance flight over the coastal Everglades, Florida Bay, and the southwest coastline to assess water quality and document the impacts from Ian. Read More read more

Nominations open for outstanding women in Oklahoma aviation

General Aviation News Nominations must be submitted by Nov. 18, 2022. The awards will be presented during Oklahoma Women in Aviation and Aerospace Day Dec. 9. Read More read more

Pilots Bear Responsibility For Avoiding Mid-Air Collisions: FAA

FLYING Magazine The FAA updated an advisory circular to emphasize pilots’ responsibility to see and avoid other aircraft in order to prevent mid-air collisions. To help make its point more forcefully, the agency cited a particularly notable 2019 mid-air crash in Alaska.   The FAA said the new AC, which supersedes one released in 2016, and follows numerous fatal accidents in which aircraft collided in flight, is meant to help pilots increase their effectiveness in spotting traffic and ... read more

Paragliders pose hazard

General Aviation News The NOTAM for glider activity doesn't let pilots transiting the area understand the nature of the hazard presented by dozens of paragliders operating at once from the cloud base to the ground in a narrow gap in the hills. Anyone that's not familiar with the hazard is likely to have an accident or near miss. It's like a drone show at Oshkosh. Read More read more

Picture Of The Week, November 2, 2022

AVweb 1 of 4 An AL-18 Super Legend floatplane on Wipline 2100 floats at Lake Sulfur Springs, TX, adjacent to the American Legend Aircraft Manufacturing facility. Photo by Robert Elves. PICTURE OF THE WEEK: Big Bird Settled on the Water Crescent Lake, west side of Cook Inlet, Alaska. Photo by Glen Anderson. Fishing Alaska ... read more

U.S. to Send Combat Drone-Targeting ‘Vampire’ Systems to Ukraine

FLYING Magazine U.S. defense officials will soon send portable counter-drone weapon systems—known as VAMPIRE—to Ukraine, according to a top Pentagon official.  The news comes eight months after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, where the use of combat drones continues to escalate. VAMPIRE—short for Vehicle-Agnostic Modular Palletized Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Rocket Equipment—is a portable weapons system that can target combat drones from the bed of a pickup truck. The ... read more

ZeroAvia, AGS Airports Enter Hydrogen Fuel Partnership

FLYING Magazine ZeroAvia, one of the leaders in the quest for zero-emission solutions for commercial aviation and AGS Airports have established an agreement to explore the development of infrastructure that will allow hydrogen fuel for aircraft traveling between Aberdeen and Glasgow airports. AGS, based in the U.K., owns and operates Aberdeen, Glasgow, and Southampton airports. The team is working closely with ZeroAvia’s specialist airport infrastructure team to assess the opportunities ... read more

Operation Vigilant Storm Underway in South Korea

FLYING Magazine Operation Vigilant Storm, a four-day training exercise involving hundreds of aircraft and designed to enhance combat readiness and interoperability between the U.S. Air Force and some of its allies in the Asia-Pacific region. The exercise is set to run from October 31 to November 4, and has already sparked opposition from North Korea’s Foreign Ministry. Pentagon Press Secretary, Air Force Brig. Gen.Pat Ryder, told reporters that armed units representing the U.S. and the ... read more

Suggestions to ease journey for reluctant family travelers

AOPA General Aviation News Let’s face it—some of our family members are less than enthusiastic about sharing the joy of general aviation flying, though it’s infinitely more fun when they join us on the journey. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: End of the day at Blue Grass Airport

General Aviation News James McCormick submitted this photo and note: "The B-29 'FiFi' after its visit to the Aviation Museum of Kentucky in Lexington." Read More read more

Suggestions to ease journey for reluctant family travelers

AOPA General Aviation News Let’s face it—some of our family members are less than enthusiastic about sharing the joy of general aviation flying, though it’s infinitely more fun when they join us on the journey. Read More read more

Fly for fun, gear

AOPA General Aviation News Flying an aircraft is its own reward, but that did not stop us from dangling an extra carrot (or three) to keep you moving through the end of the year. Read More read more

Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame honors Collins

AOPA General Aviation News Longtime AOPA journalist and photographer Mike Collins was posthumously enshrined in Kentucky’s Aviation Hall of Fame for his contributions to aviation. Read More read more

Not that ignorant after all

General Aviation News The EFB marketplace just makes it far easier to gather preflight information and engage with it. Read More read more

Fly for fun, gear

AOPA General Aviation News Flying an aircraft is its own reward, but that did not stop us from dangling an extra carrot (or three) to keep you moving through the end of the year. Read More read more

Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame honors Collins

AOPA General Aviation News Longtime AOPA journalist and photographer Mike Collins was posthumously enshrined in Kentucky’s Aviation Hall of Fame for his contributions to aviation. Read More read more

Pilots needed for experimental PIREP testing

General Aviation News Pilots who fly near Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma and Nenana Municipal Airport in Alaska are needed for the experiment. Those who participate will be compensated. Read More read more

Ask FLYING: How Can I Get a Special?

FLYING Magazine Question: When can I get a special VFR clearance to depart Class D? I can see the weather is clear to the west, but there is a cloud layer at about 1,000 feet above the airport, making it MVFR. How do I go about doing it? Answer: FAR 91.157 covers special VFR weather minimums. Special VFR operations for airplanes may only be conducted with an ATC clearance when the visibility is at least 1 mile, and there is a reasonable expectation that the aircraft can remain clear of ... read more

FLYING Magazine Lands Back at FBOs Through MediaJet Distribution Partnership

FLYING Magazine FLYING Magazine—part of FLYING Media Group and the world’s leading aviation print publication—is set to hit magazine newsstands at FBOs and private air terminals across the U.S. with its latest MediaJet distribution partnership. MediaJet is a Sandow company. Beginning this month, FLYING will be distributed on MediaJet newsstands located in 130 FBOs across the U.S., with an additional 110 marquée locations beginning in April 2023. This distribution is an addition to the ... read more

SpaceX Launches Falcon Heavy for First Time in Three Years

FLYING Magazine Leaving a spectacular trail across the sky, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 9:41 a.m. on Tuesday, marking a successful return to the sky for the first time since June 2019. It’s cargo? A clutch of satellites for the U.S. Space Force mission titled USSF-44, for the Innovating and Prototyping Delta program, according to a press release from the Space Systems Command and a report by CNN. Falcon Heavy launches USSF-44 to orbit, ... read more

Girls in Aviation Day 2022 inspires more than 16,000 around the globe

General Aviation News Girls between the ages of 8 and 17 participated in more than 120 events hosted by WAI chapters and corporate members. The events took place at airports, FBOs, museums, and hangars in 19 countries across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Read More read more

General Aviation News writer turns to a life of crime

General Aviation News Congratulations go to General Aviation News writer Joni M. Fisher, who recently won two awards for her latest novel. Read More read more

Pilot crashes after foot slips off brake

General Aviation News The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during landing, which resulted in the airplane nosing over. Read More read more

FAA Issues ‘Concern Sheet’ On Continental IO-500-Series Engines

AVweb The FAA has issued an Airworthiness Concern Sheet (ACS) following up on a 2020 Airworthiness Directive (AD 2020-16-11) on Continental IO-500-series engines. The Oct. 25 ACS seeks input from operators on their experience with the effectiveness of compliance with the AD. According to the ACS, “AD 2020-26-16 was issued as a terminating action; however, the FAA has received multiple reports from the field of cracked cylinders despite prior compliance with AD 2020-16-11. The FAA is ... read more

Short Final: U.S. Army Ale Force

AVweb As the World War II story goes … at an advance American fighter base during the North African offensive, mechanics fixed up a left-behind medium bomber, which took on the role of squadron “hack,” including one regular mission that was never recorded on the official logs. Apparently, there was no shortage of GI beer, but refrigeration was nowhere to be found. So, when the combat flying was done for the day, one of the pilots would be “assigned” to take the bomber up to a frosty ... read more

Pipistrel Delivers First Velis Electro To A Canadian Customer

AVweb Pipistrel Aircraft, now a division of Textron Aviation, has delivered its first all-electric Velis Electro aircraft to Canada. The two-place, high-wing went to the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Aeronautics (WISA) at the University of Waterloo. The institute’s partner, Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre (WWFC) will use the aircraft for research and in “a collaborative capacity to evaluate battery powered electric flight in Canada,” according to Pipistrel. The Velis Electro has a ... read more

‘Interval Management’ Technology Set To Make Its Real-World Introduction

AVweb Real-world operational trials of so-called Interval Management (IM) procedures are set to begin with flights into and out of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). The FAA has partnered with American Airlines and over the past few years to certify and install ADS-B In avionics on AA’s fleet of Airbus A321 single-aisle airliners. The trials involve Albuquerque airspace and will continue for one year to gather data. IM technology uses GPS precision coupled with Automatic ... read more

Runway Incursion/Overruns Remain On Canada’s TSB ‘Watchlist’

AVweb Like the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) posts an annual “Watchlist” spotlighting its top concerns. This year’s list, its 12th annual offering, cites runway incursions and overruns among eight overall safety shortcomings that “require government and industry attention [and] that are the result of hundreds of investigations.” The TSB wrote, “Despite millions of successful movements on Canadian runways each year, airplanes ... read more

Fatal 1948 Accident Traced To Erroneous UFO Sighting Report

AVweb As recalled in a story posted on military.com, one of the first American military pilots to respond to a UFO report lost his life while at the controls of his F-51 Mustang piston fighter (changed from P-51 to F-51 after World War II) in January 1948. But it wasn’t advanced alien laser weapons that brought down decorated WWII combat veteran Captain Thomas Mantell, but rather the same hazard that continues to cause aircraft to crash to this day. And the UFO, itself, wasn’t what ... read more

Tips for flying with young children

AOPA General Aviation News Flying general aviation trips with young children—particularly children who aren’t yet old enough to express themselves clearly—takes extra planning to keep them safe and comfortable. Read More read more

AOPA represents general aviation in EPA hearing on fuel

AOPA General Aviation News Speaking on behalf of thousands of members, pilots, and the general aviation industry, AOPA reasoned that the transition to an unleaded GA future must be done in a way that promotes and protects safety, during an Environmental Protection Agency November 1 hearing on its proposed endangerment finding with respect to lead emissions from aviation gasoline. Read More read more

Garmin to Supply G3000-based Flight Deck for Special Forces’ Strike Aircraft

FLYING Magazine Garmin (NYSE: GRMN ) said L3Harris Technologies (NYSE: LHX) chose the company’s G3000 tandem integrated flight deck for use in its Sky Warden strike aircraft as part of a contract with the U.S. Special Operations Command Armed Overwatch program. The G3000 provides the Special Operations Command with the latest communication, navigation, surveillance, and air traffic management capabilities using off-the-shelf technology that is based on Garmin’s familiar open system ... read more

AOPA represents general aviation in EPA hearing on fuel

AOPA General Aviation News Speaking on behalf of thousands of members, pilots, and the general aviation industry, AOPA reasoned that the transition to an unleaded GA future must be done in a way that promotes and protects safety, during an Environmental Protection Agency November 1 hearing on its proposed endangerment finding with respect to lead emissions from aviation gasoline. Read More read more

Tips for flying with young children

AOPA General Aviation News Flying general aviation trips with young children—particularly children who aren’t yet old enough to express themselves clearly—takes extra planning to keep them safe and comfortable. Read More read more

There’s always a choice

AOPA General Aviation News Forget about shopping, cooking, and wrapping. Real holiday stress is icing, scud running, and pushing to reach a family gathering at all costs. Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: Be on the lookout

AOPA General Aviation News Properly scanning for traffic while flying is more like duck hunting than scanning for traffic while driving. Read More read more

Delta Pilots to Management: We Will Strike…If Necessary

FLYING Magazine Amid a protracted labor dispute over a new contract, nearly 15,000 Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) pilots have voted to authorize a strike.  The airline’s unionized pilot group, which is part of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), said that 96 percent of the pilot group participated in the vote, and that 99 percent voted in favor of strike authorization. According to the group, it was the first such vote in 16 years, emerging after negotiations for a more lucrative ... read more

There’s always a choice

AOPA General Aviation News Forget about shopping, cooking, and wrapping. Real holiday stress is icing, scud running, and pushing to reach a family gathering at all costs. Read More read more

Are Electric Flights Anything More than Stunts?

Plane & Pilot Magazine Recently an all-electric Robinson R-44 helicopter made a flight from Jackie Cochran Regional Airport in Thermal, California, to nearby Palm Springs, a trip that covered … Read More "Are Electric Flights Anything More than Stunts?" The post Are Electric Flights Anything More than Stunts? appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Plane & Pilot Your Flying World Photo Contest Returns!

Plane & Pilot Magazine On the heels of last year’s hugely successful Plane & Pilot Your Flying World photo contest, we have launched the fourth edition, which looks like … Read More "Plane & Pilot Your Flying World Photo Contest Returns!" The post Plane & Pilot Your Flying World Photo Contest Returns! appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

LSAs: Perfect Aircraft for a Fly-In at Triple Tree Aerodrome

FLYING Magazine Maybe you’ve considered the light sport category of airplanes (LSAs) as a way to fill your home hangar as well as simplify your flying—or maybe you’re ready for a new kind of aviating altogether. With the Triple Tree Aerodrome as our inspiration for flying into the Greenville-Spartanburg area, we take a look at a trio of alternative aircraft well-suited to either landing on the grass, cruising the cityscape, or soaring with the hawks. READ MORE: Triple Tree: How To Get ... read more

Picture of the Day: Camping at Triple Tree

General Aviation News Robert Butterfield submitted this photo and note: "My camp site at Triple Tree Aerodrome (SC00) in South Carolina. The first flight over the Blue Ridge Mountains to this pristine airport. With the back seat removed in my 1956 Piper Tri Pacer, a tent, sleeping bag, and electric scooters made a trip well appreciated." Read More read more

Drones Give Lift to Wildfire Reforestation

FLYING Magazine “Single file, everybody!” These were the words of the ranger as he led a group of reporters up a hillside that a few months before had been ravaged by wildland fire outside of Medford, Oregon. The dirt gave way beneath our boots like sand. Each step tore up the soil, and soon there was a human-made furrow—normally this hill was covered with a layer of prairie grass. At the crest of the hill, we saw a helicopter with a large bucket underneath it scattering grass seed in the ... read more

Triple Tree: How To Get There

FLYING Magazine If you’re not attending a fly-in at the Triple Tree Aerodrome, you will need to choose another airport for your trip to the area, since SC00 reverts to a private field outside of the Triple Tree organization’s scheduled general aviation (GA) fly-in events. Also, pilots cannot fly in for radio control (RC)-only events at the Aerodrome. There are three more options for flying into the region around Greenville-Spartanburg, in addition to these two choices, which sit a bit ... read more

The wing is the thing

General Aviation News By the time the sun set on Dec. 17, 1903, perhaps the most important test aircraft in human history had successfully flown four times, been destroyed in an accident, and sparked a firestorm of imagination, experimentation, and development that continues to this day. Read More read more

Rash of mid-air collisions leads FAA to update see and avoid AC

General Aviation News The updated Advisory Circular notes "the most advanced piece of flight equipment in any aircraft is the human eye," and offers tips and resources to make you a safer pilot. Read More read more

Most Aviation Businesses Aren’t Worried About a Recession, for Now

FLYING Magazine The airline industry has experienced a trying year. Surges in passenger demand, staff shortages, and bad weather created flight delays and cancellations during peak travel times.  American Airlines had its share of these challenges yet still reported profitable quarters. In fact, during the company’s third-quarter earnings call on October 20, American’s CEO Robert Isom eagerly cited a third-quarter net income of $483 million from record quarterly revenue of $13.5 billion. ... read more

Fly-In for ‘Fun, Fellowship, and Hospitality’

FLYING Magazine Nearly every aviator has heard of Oshkosh, but are you familiar with Triple Tree? If you’re a pilot or aviation enthusiast, the Triple Tree Aerodrome in South Carolina is the place to be every year for one week in September. This year, the annual Triple Tree Fly-In was held September 19 to 25. At the 2022 fly-in, the private field saw more than 1,700 aircraft movements and hosted more than 800 aircraft. Pilots can fly-in for a day, multiple days—or spend the entire week ... read more

Volunteer pilot flies 1,000th flight for patients and veterans in need

General Aviation News Over the past 12 years and 1,000 flights, Howley has helped 1,681 passengers, has traveled to 33 states and countries, and 329,000 miles. Howley hit the 1,000-flight milestone bringing four veterans to an Atlanta Braves game through a partnership with Major League Baseball. Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: Be on the lookout

AOPA General Aviation News Properly scanning for traffic while flying is more like duck hunting than scanning for traffic while driving. Read More read more

U.S. pilot owner of milestone TBM

General Aviation News The milestone delivery occurred in October 2022, when the new owner, Bruce McCollum, an active private pilot who previously owned a TBM 850 and a TBM 900, picked up his TMB 960 at Daher's headquarters in Tarbes, France. Read More read more

Prop Safety: Treat Spinning Blades With Respect

FLYING Magazine The learner stood in front of the airplane, checklist in hand as he performed the preflight inspection.  He double checked that the magnetos were off before moving to the front of the aircraft. The propeller of the Cessna 172 was in the horizontal position so he did not have a clear view of the engine compartment, nor could he see the alternator belt in order to inspect it. He was reluctant to get too close to the propeller as he had been reading about propeller safety—but ... read more

Two airports in conflict

General Aviation News Our concern here in the Tehachapi Valley in California are the two airports close together with traffic patterns that have been known to conflict with each other. Read More read more

Electric R44 Completes First Flight Between Airfields

AVweb Tier 1 Engineering announced that it has successfully completed an airport-to-airport flight with its all-electric helicopter design. The aircraft, a modified Robinson R44, flew between California’s Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport (TRM) and Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) on Saturday. The company is calling the trip “the first helicopter flight between airfields solely by electric power.” “Progress in the development of all-electric propulsion is similar to other periods ... read more

General Aviation Accident Bulletin, October 31, 2022

AVweb AVweb’s General Aviation Accident Bulletin is taken from the pages of our sister publication, Aviation Safety magazine. All the reports listed here are preliminary and include only initial factual findings about crashes. You can learn more about the final probable cause on the NTSB’s website at www.ntsb.gov. Final reports appear about a year after the accident, although some take longer. Find out more about Aviation Safety at www.aviationsafetymagazine.com. July 16, 2022, San Marcos, ... read more

American Airlines Cadet Academy Announces First Collegiate Partner

AVweb American Airlines has partnered with Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology to expand its Cadet Academy. Via the partnership, academy cadets will have the option to earn an Associate of Applied Science in Aviation Flight degree from Spartan College while simultaneously working on their FAA certificates and ratings. The agreement is the first collegiate partnership for the academy, which was launched in 2018. “The American Airlines Cadet Academy is ... read more

Textron Aviation Breaks Ground On Wichita Distribution Center Expansion

AVweb Textron Aviation has broken ground on a 180,000-square-foot expansion of its parts distribution center at the company’s headquarters in Wichita, Kansas. The addition is expected to include space for warehouse storage, customer support analysts and offices. According to the company, the expansion will allow it to better support owners and operators of Cessna, Beechcraft and Hawker products along with parts availability for Textron-manufactured aircraft. “This is an exciting day for ... read more

Buying Backcountry: Focus On Your Needs

AVweb Want to start a fight at a gathering of pilots? Just innocently ask, “Hey, what’s the best backcountry airplane?” Go hide. Then come back in 10 minutes and watch the chairs flying.  Backcountry flying and the airplanes designed for it have powerful allure that, combined with the adrenaline factor of STOL operations, often causes any sense of objectivity on the subject or airplane selection to vanish. Nevertheless, after flying a cross section of Part 23 (and CAR 3) certificated ... read more

Pilots needed: Experimental pirep testing in Oklahoma and Alaska

AOPA General Aviation News The FAA is looking for pilots who fly in the vicinity of Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City and Nenana Municipal Airport in Nenana, Alaska, to voluntarily participate in a project to file pilot weather reports (pireps) using automated ground stations and new technology. Read More read more

FAA concerned about thousands of Continental engines

AOPA General Aviation News An airworthiness directive issued in 2020 affecting thousands of high-power Continental piston engines may not have solved the problem, and the FAA published an airworthiness concern sheet October 25 seeking additional information. Read More read more

Dynon autopilot cleared for Skylane

AOPA General Aviation News Dynon Avionics expanded its already significant footprint in the certified aircraft market with FAA approval of a two-axis autopilot. Read More read more

Hurricane Preparedness, Are You Ready?

AOPA General Aviation News Tips from AssuredPartners Aerospace, AOPA’s Strategic Partner for aviation insurance. Read More read more

Gyro Hero: Sorta safe

AOPA General Aviation News How safe is it? Whether we ask the question out loud or only to ourselves, it’s a primary consideration for any type of flying we do. Read More read more

Gyro Hero: Sorta safe

AOPA General Aviation News How safe is it? Whether we ask the question out loud or only to ourselves, it’s a primary consideration for any type of flying we do. Read More read more

History of Agricultural Aviation: A Series of Turning Points

FLYING Magazine On August 3, 1921, a Curtiss JN-6 “Jenny” took off from the now defunct McCook Field in Dayton, Ohio, and headed to the nearby town of Troy, where an infestation of catalpa sphinx moths threatened to destroy a grove of catalpa trees. The trees were valuable for their wood, which made good railroad ties, telephone poles, and fence posts.  John Macready, an Army test pilot who flew fighters in World War I, was at the controls. In the rear cockpit was Etienne Dormoy, a ... read more

Leonardo Search and Rescue Helicopter Completes U.S. High Altitude Trials

FLYING Magazine Leonardo’s Norwegian AW101-612 All-Weather Search and Rescue (AWSAR) helicopter successfully completed high-altitude trials across the U.S. late last week, according to the Italian aerospace and defense company.  The trials included demonstrating an increase in engine power and raising the main gearbox torque rating. The gearbox is responsible for lowering an engine’s high input speeds and transferring the appropriate torque to a helicopter’s rotors and some engine ... read more

Pilots needed: Experimental pirep testing in Oklahoma and Alaska

AOPA General Aviation News The FAA is looking for pilots who fly in the vicinity of Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City and Nenana Municipal Airport in Nenana, Alaska, to voluntarily participate in a project to file pilot weather reports (pireps) using automated ground stations and new technology. Read More read more

Pipistrel Delivers First Electric Aircraft to Canada

FLYING Magazine Pipistrel Aircraft is advancing into the Canadian market with the first delivery of its all-electric Velis Electro.  The two-place, high-wing design is now part of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Aeronautics (WISA) at the University of Waterloo and its partner, Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre (WWFC). According to Pipistrel, the Velis Electro will be used for research and in “a collaborative capacity to evaluate battery powered electric flight in Canada.” “We are ... read more

FAA concerned about thousands of Continental engines

AOPA General Aviation News An airworthiness directive issued in 2020 affecting thousands of high-power Continental piston engines may not have solved the problem, and the FAA published an airworthiness concern sheet October 25 seeking additional information. Read More read more

Dynon autopilot cleared for Skylane

AOPA General Aviation News Dynon Avionics expanded its already significant footprint in the certified aircraft market with FAA approval of a two-axis autopilot. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: Beautiful start to the day at KGPZ

General Aviation News Rusty Eichorn submitted this photo and note: "A new 2022 Cirrus waits to take to the skies from Grand Rapids/Itasca County Airport-Gordon Newstrom Field (KGPZ) in Minnesota, located just 70 miles west of where the Cirrus factory is in Duluth, Minnesota. Cirrus is now the largest employer in the city of Duluth, with more than 1,200 people working there today." Read More read more

Air Force KC-46 Flies Refueling Mission Without Copilot

FLYING Magazine The U.S. Air Force recently conducted a refueling mission in a KC-46A Pegasus with only a pilot and boom operator—and without a co-pilot—in a test the service said validates operational procedures in certain high-end combat scenarios. The October 25 flight of two KC-46 sorties flown without a copilot occurred inside military test airspace. The first sortie flew the pattern, while the second completed a refueling mission, including an aerial refueling rendezvous, as well as ... read more

Single-Pilot Ops Originated in Europe

FLYING Magazine Two-pilot operations in American multiengine aircraft date back to World War II. America’s bombers—the B-17, B-24, and B-25—all relied on having two pilots in the cockpit. In Europe, however, it was a different story. In Germany and England, for example, there was a shortage of pilots because of a decline in the birth rate after World War I—so much so that some heavy military aircraft were designed around single-pilot operations. The British Avro Lancaster B. Mk I, a ... read more

Go find a rainbow

General Aviation News Sometimes being a student pilot is hard. Juggling other commitments, weather, and conflicting schedules it can seem like it's impossible to do it all. But when you get up in the air, it's all worth it. Read More read more

Arkansas’ Valley Airport: Like a Summer Camp for Adults

FLYING Magazine Ralph Hoetger, a resident of The Valley Airport (61AR) in Cotter, Arkansas, started flying initially as a hobby and as a way to fill his free time. His newfound passion came later in life, when he was nearing retirement from his career with a national STEM education organization.   “I was working in Virginia at the time, working for a company out of California. I came back home for a weekend and my wife said, ‘I don’t know if I should tell you this, because Stewart (my ... read more

How much did you pay for your check ride?

General Aviation News A new survey from the Flight School Association of North America (FSANA) shows that the cost of a check ride has been going up for the last six years, with the national average coming in between $700 and $800. Read More read more

Power Flow revives Leading Edge exhaust systems

General Aviation News Where others saw another impending loss to the aviation community, officials at Power Flow Systems saw an opportunity. Read More read more

Hurricane Preparedness, Are You Ready?

AOPA General Aviation News Tips from AssuredPartners Aerospace, AOPA’s Strategic Partner for aviation insurance. Read More read more

Early analysis video looks at King Air crash into car dealership

General Aviation News “We can use this mishap to remind ourselves that flying into icing conditions can be treacherous," said AOPA's ASI Senior Vice President Richard McSpadden. Read More read more

Rushed pilot’s complacency leads to fuel exhaustion

General Aviation News The pilot’s inadequate preflight inspection and inflight planning that resulted in a total loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion. Read More read more

Drone Development: Are We Keeping Up in This Game?

AVweb During my forced sojourn as a hurricane refugee last month, by happenstance, I had one of the most remarkable flight experiences of a 50-year-plus flying career. Maybe not the most amazing, but certainly in the top five. And my feet never left the ground. Yeah, it was a drone. A new one from DJI called the Avata which just hit the market during the past couple of weeks. According to the marketing babble, the Avata is intended as an entry level FPV drone which is amusing considering ... read more

FAA Nudges Pilots On See And Avoid

AVweb The FAA has published a reminder to all pilots to lift their heads from the electronics when circumstances demand. The agency issued an advisory circular on Friday laying out all the regs that mention see and avoid as fundamental to the pilot’s role in preventing mid-air collisions. “The most advanced piece of flight equipment in any aircraft is the human eye, and since the number one cause of midair collisions is the failure to adhere to the see-and-avoid concept, efficient use of ... read more

Air Force Flies Tanker Single Pilot

AVweb The Air Force has flown two single-pilot sorties with KC-46 Pegasus tankers. The Oct. 25 flights were the first to test an experimental set of procedures it says are planned for use in grim circumstances. Earlier this year, the Air Force floated the idea, saying it was afraid it would run short of tanker pilots in a war with China since the aircraft are both vulnerable and high value. The single-pilot gambit is being investigated in case there aren’t enough pilots to fly surviving ... read more

Best of the Web: A Cub, Vibrant Leaves and Nice Music

AVweb This week’s Best of the Web video comes from Joshua Ryan Blair who published this short clip shot by a friend during peak fall colors a couple of years ago. No stick and rudder lesson, no accident reporting, no aviation lifestyle yammering, just a lovely airplane, a beautiful day and some soothing music. Grab some coffee and start your week right. (Okay, one lesson: be mindful of even a light tailwind during takeoff.) The post Best of the Web: A Cub, Vibrant Leaves and Nice Music ... read more

Delta Abandons Appeal Of Pilot Suspension Award

AVweb A Delta Airlines captain has won a complete legal victory when the company finally threw in the towel on a six-year dispute that one judge said “weaponized” a mental health investigation against her. As we reported in 2020, Capt. Karlene Petitt was awarded $500,000 by a Labor Department tribunal. The airline was also forced to re-instate her as an international captain after determining airline executives plotted to use a bogus bipolar disorder diagnosis to bar her from flying. The ... read more

Poll: Have You Ever Landed, Taken Off Or Lined Up On the Wrong Runway?

AVweb Poll: Have You Ever Landed, Taken Off Or Lined Up On the Wrong Runway? Poll: Have You Ever Landed, Taken Off Or Lined Up On the Wrong Runway? Not that I would admit to. Lined up, yes. Landed, no. Yes, taken off or landed. No, never. Other Δ The post Poll: Have You Ever Landed, Taken Off Or Lined Up On the Wrong Runway? appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: Fall flying in Wisconsin

General Aviation News Jim Stevenson submitted this photo and note: "Luke Lachendro flying his Piper PA-11 over Southern Wisconsin in the fall of 2022." Read More read more

Questions from the Cockpit: Why are pilot watches so big?

General Aviation News Linda, an FBO employee in California, writes: What can you tell me about pilot’s watches? It seems like all the pilots I see — especially the men — wear HUGE watches. Is this something they actually need? Or is it a style thing? And are they as expensive as they look? Read More read more

Helmet Cam Captures Ejection

AVweb Anyone who wonders what it’s like to eject probably won’t come much closer than a video making the social media rounds. The brief helmet cam clip glimpses the split second destiny changes that are part of the drill for jet jockeys and this one seems to take the time to reflect on that. The video apparently shows an SU-25 on a low level training run hitting a power line. The mishap reportedly occurred near Belogrod on the Ukraine border on June 22, 2022. From the helmet cam, the plane ... read more

Stephen Pope, Former Editor-in-Chief

FLYING Magazine Stephen Pope was Editor-in-Chief of Flying magazine from 2015 to July 2019. An award-winning aviation journalist and commercial pilot who holds multiengine, instrument, and seaplane ratings, he edited aviation magazines for more than 20 years and has written thousands of articles on a diverse array of topics from advanced cockpit technology to tailwheel flying technique. Stephen’s roots in aviation reach far back. He learned to fly at age 15 in a Piper J-3 Cub at Trinca ... read more

Cessna on a stick

General Aviation News When Greg Hansen was given the remains of a crashed 182, he decided to "give the plane a retirement job as a wind vane." He calls it Cessna on a stick. Read More read more

Looking for a new plane? AI appraiser lets you search for free

General Aviation News Based on nearly 50,000 historical listings, Aircraft Lookup has created a proprietary AI appraiser that takes into account more than 1,000 factors, ranging from an aircraft’s engine/airframe time to avionics and registration and accident history, according to company officials. Read More read more

Pilot-Approved Streaming Picks

AOPA General Aviation News Streaming television and movies has become a default pastime over the past decade for good reason – it introduced a seamless world of advertisement-free entertainment at anyone’s fingertips. Here at AOPA, we’re devoted to getting people to fly as often as possible, but that’s not always practical given weather, air traffic, or other life events. What’s often a lot more practical is firing up the TV and settling into the escapism of cinema. So to celebrate the ... read more

Top Letters And Comments, October 28, 2022

AVweb Team Tackles Unexplained Aerial Phenomena It’s about time. The other countries particularly France have led the way to open, true scientific approach to this subject. There is an excellent book by an author named Keane. If you look at this from the scientific method: the only conclusions thus far are that there are over 700 encounters of aerial objects that can’t be explained away. They fly at speeds and g forces that are not consistent with man-made objects. There is no proof ... read more

Looking Into Flying Clubs? Many Offer More Training and Travel Options

FLYING Magazine When a friend recently decided to treat himself to the flying lessons he had wanted since childhood, he asked me for advice on choosing between a large, fast-paced flight school or a small, easygoing flying club that includes an instructor or two. I described my favorable experience with Rich, a CFII [Certified Flight Instructor Instrument] who had been teaching for decades, had a good sense of humor, and seemed to know all the ins and outs of flying. He runs a club which, ... read more

Record Crowd Gathers for Third ArkanSTOL Competition

FLYING Magazine How fast can you go slow? It’s a question that was answered during the third annual ArkanSTOL (Arkansas Short Takeoff and Landing) competition held in September in the Ozarks before the largest turnout to date. ArkanSTOL—Arkansas’ only backcountry flying competition held in the Ozark mountains at Byrd’s Adventure Center (51AR)—began as an idea started around a campfire by co-founders Joe Edwards, John Young, and Rusty Coonfield. Often described as STOLcross when compared ... read more

New Airport Planned for Southwest Washington

FLYING Magazine The year 2050 seems a long time away—unless you are using it as a metric for when a critical piece of infrastructure, such as an airline hub and city airport, will reach capacity. That’s what state aviation officials in Washington are saying will happen to Sea-Tac International Airport (KSEA), and they are actively looking for a location to build a new airport to help alleviate the growing congestion. In 2019, the state legislature created the Commercial Aviation ... read more

Supply Chain Woes Hurt Textron Q3 Deliveries

FLYING Magazine Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) shared in its third-quarter earnings Thursday that its collective business segments generated $3.1 billion in revenue for the period, which is $88 million more than it did in the same period last year.  Scott Donnelly, Textron’s chairman and CEO, told investors on his earnings call that despite supply chain challenges still affecting Textron’s business, its manufacturing segments generated higher operating profits than last year. Demand Still ... read more

World’s Largest Airplane Makes Talon-A Test Vehicle Flight

FLYING Magazine Stratolaunch, the airplane with the world’s largest wingspan, conducted a first-ever captive carry test flight with a separation vehicle Friday over the Mojave Desert. The Talon-A is a reusable autonomous hypersonic testbed vehicle. It is critical to the mission of the airplane known as Roc, and will be used to test and validate the aircraft’s sophisticated payload release system.  READ MORE: The World’s Largest Airplane: By the Numbers “Today’s flight is the first time we ... read more

U.K. Probes Stolen Rotax Engines Possibly Used In Iranian Drones

AVweb The U.K. has directed a special intelligence unit to investigate if stolen Rotax 900-series engines are turning up in Iranian drones. The Rotax mothership, the Austrian-based Bombardier Recreational Products, has taken note of the thefts and launched its own investigation. In a brief statement, the company said,  “BRP has not authorized and has not given any authorization to its distributors to supply military UAV manufacturers in Iran or Russia.” With drones playing an increasingly ... read more

Restoring a Beech Super 18 to Former Glory

FLYING Magazine A Beechcraft Super 18 that was once owned and flown by Jackie Cochran is being restored to its former glory. Cochran, who directed the civilian Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) in the 1940s, holds the distinction of being the first woman to break the sound barrier.  Once it is airworthy—volunteers project a first flight by July 2023, in time for EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh—the classic business air transport will be used to promote the history of women in aviation as a ... read more

King Air C-90 lighting system upgrade approved

General Aviation News The new BLR lighting system upgrades the forward position, forward anti-collision, forward recognition, rear position, and rear anti-collision lights from incandescent to LED. Read More read more

Airplane hits downdraft, then trees

General Aviation News The airplane’s encounter with a downdraft during the initial climb, which resulted in an impact with trees. 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