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Picture of the Day: The Black Falcons

General Aviation News William Scott submitted this photo and note: "At the Tauranga Air Show in New Zealand with the Black Falcons doing a fly-over in their Beechcraft T-6C Texan IIs." Read More read more

Roaring in the sky

General Aviation News Texas pilot Chris Maurer and his Thorp T-18 painted like a tiger attract a lot of attention wherever they go. Read More read more

Save the Boulder Airport

General Aviation News Later in 2024, the Boulder City Council will vote whether to keep the airport open or seek to reuse the land for new urban housing developments, according to officials with the Boulder Airport Association. The petition urges the Boulder City Council to vote “no” to closing the airport. Read More read more

Finalists revealed for future home of Reno air races

General Aviation News A final decision on the future home of the National Championship Air Races is expected in April 2024. Read More read more

Boeing Eyes Acquisition Of SpirtAeroSystems

AVweb According to multiple reports, Boeing is in talks to acquire Spirit AeroSystems—its key supplier of 737 MAX fuselages, which recently came under fire following a midflight door panel blowout in January. Sources say the move to bring Spirit AeroSystems under its arm could help Boeing with greater oversight of its manufacturing process.   As first reported by the Wall Street Journal, Spirit AeroSystems hired financial advisors to explore strategic options and held discussions about a ... read more

NTSB Retracts Tamarack Winglet Blame in Fatal Citation 525 Crash

AVweb The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) retracted its initial determination that Tamarack Aerospace’s Atlas active winglets were the cause of a fatal Cessna Citation 525 crash in 2018. In a revised report released Feb.23, the agency attributed the crash to “the pilot’s inability to regain airplane control after a left roll that began for reasons that could not be determined based on the available evidence.” Previously, the NTSB said the Citation’s Tamarack winglets deployed ... read more

Exploring the Checkered History of the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter

FLYING Magazine Today in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 (MSFS2020), I’ll be flying the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter, a Cold War airplane with a checkered history that demonstrated that speed isn’t everything. To kick us off, I’m at Edwards Air Force Base in California’s Mojave Desert, with a reincarnation of the same plane that Chuck Yeager crashed trying to set a new altitude record here in 1963. The story of the F-104 begins in the skies over Korea, where U.S. pilots in F-86 Sabres ... read more

Financing the Pro Pilot Dream…Without Getting Scammed

FLYING Magazine When I was in my early teens, I once asked an older pilot if he had any advice for someone just starting flight training, and he half-jokingly replied, “Ah, yes, have rich parents!” I didn’t quite recognize the sage wisdom of this advice and failed to follow it, having had the temerity to get myself born into a large family of rather modest means. So I scrapped and schemed and worked a number of odd jobs through my teen years to pay for primary training and then went off ... read more

HAI Heli-Expo Sees Record-Breaking Attendance

FLYING Magazine The last HAI Heli-Expo, which the organization will rename VERTICON next year, is in the books, and according to show organizers, attendance records were set at the 35th annual event in Anaheim, California. This year’s event from February 26-29 included the announcement that the show’s producer, Helicopter Association International (HAI), was rebranding as Vertical Aviation International (VAI). READ MORE: HAI Rebrands as Vertical Aviation International VAI is the world’s ... read more

Doroni Aerospace Unveils H1-X Personal ‘Flying Car’

FLYING Magazine A Florida-based manufacturer has unveiled a “flying car” design it says is “so intuitive that a 4-year-old could fly it.” Doroni Aerospace on Friday revealed the sleek-looking H1-X: a two-seat electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) model designed for personal transportation. The company anticipates the first H1-X test flight by the end of 2024. Doroni could certify the tandem wing design as a light sport aircraft (LSA) under the FAA’s MOSAIC proposal, which would ... read more

Residents Rally In Support Of Boulder Airport Amid Closure Debate

AVweb In response to a recent campaign calling for the closure of Boulder Municipal Airport, a group of residents issued a counter-petition voicing their support for the airport’s continued operation. The airport has been at the center of a contentious debate as the City grapples with various proposals for its future including: keeping the existing airport with upgraded facilities, improving some aspects of the airport while adding new amenities, or decommissioning it altogether for ... read more

House Votes To Extend FAA Reauthorization

AVweb On Thursday, the U.S. House voted on a third extension of the FAA Reauthorization bill formally called the Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2024. The extension, which initially expired March 8, will now give lawmakers until May 10 to decide on a long-term bill for the FAA. Approved by the House in a bipartisan 409-13 vote, the bill will now be sent to the Senate and then to the President for final approval. While the five-year reauthorization overwhelmingly passed the House in ... read more

Inside Aviation: New Podcast Takes A Fresh Look At The Industry

AVweb Firecrown presents the first edition of Inside Aviation, a podcast that will have a look at various aspects of the industry with a fresh set of eyes. For the first half of the show Jack Daleo of Flying magazine joins hosts Kevin Cortes and Ryan Ewing to discuss the ever-evolving future of urban air mobility, while Jack Sweeney finishes the episode up in a discussion about his recent controversy around tracking private aircraft. The post Inside Aviation: New Podcast Takes A Fresh Look ... read more

AvWeb, Firecrown Debut New Aviation Storytelling Show

Plane & Pilot Magazine AvWeb and Firecrown are launching a new show called Inside Aviation. The program will delve into the diverse world of aviation, exploring various aspects and … Read More "AvWeb, Firecrown Debut New Aviation Storytelling Show" The post AvWeb, Firecrown Debut New Aviation Storytelling Show appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

AvWeb, Firecrown Debut New Aviation Storytelling Show

FLYING Magazine AvWeb and Firecrown are launching a new show called Inside Aviation. The program will delve into the diverse world of aviation, exploring various aspects and uncovering captivating stories that will resonate with both aviation enthusiasts and professionals alike.  Inside Aviation promises to take viewers on a journey through the fascinating world of aviation, showcasing the technical aspects and human experiences through a diverse array of special guests. The show’s format ... read more

Boeing Nabs $3.4 Billion in Orders for 17 P-8A Poseidon Aircraft

FLYING Magazine Germany and Canada are cleared to expand their maritime surveillance fleets after the U.S. Navy awarded Boeing [NYSE: BA] a $3.4 billion contract for the production of 17 P-8A Poseidon aircraft, the manufacturer announced. The Boeing 737-based Poseidon is used for submarine hunting, as well as anti-surface warfare, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR). READ MORE: Boeing Delivers First P-8A Poseidon Maritime Aircraft to New Zealand The U.S. Navy award ... read more

Conversations in Dispatch Can Get Tricky

FLYING Magazine Newark Tower came on the radio, and the voice sounded urgent: “Bonanza Five Zero Whiskey, go around. Go around.” It’s not like I’ve never heard those words before. Things happen at busy airports, and the tower will sometimes throw something at you at the last second. But this was unusual in that I was on short final. No, short final is actually a misnomer in this case. I was over the numbers. Flaps down, gear down, throttle back to 15 inches, trim plus-9 and increasing. I ... read more

Low-Cost DIY Hangar Projects: Aircraft Cabin Dehumidifier

Plane & Pilot Magazine When we moved east from arid northern Arizona to the very humid state of Florida, controlling corrosion on our trusty Cardinal became a full-time job. … Read More "Low-Cost DIY Hangar Projects: Aircraft Cabin Dehumidifier" The post Low-Cost DIY Hangar Projects: Aircraft Cabin Dehumidifier appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Master of Airplanes: Rocco Is One Lucky Lab, Indeed

FLYING Magazine He may be from rural Kentucky, but he lives a big-city life. In the eight years I’ve known him, he’s owned four airplanes—a turboprop, two jets, and now a piston twin. He uses general aviation to commute from his home in Tampa, Florida, to his summer cottage in New Hampshire. He handles all this with a weary sense of ennui seasoned with aplomb. He does, however, have his idiosyncrasies. For instance, he hates dogs. His name is Rocco and, well, he is a dog. I first learned ... read more

NASA Gears Up for 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

FLYING Magazine On April 8, the moon will pass in front of the sun, blocking out its light. The total solar eclipse will, for a moment, turn day into night, briefly revealing the sun’s outer atmosphere, the corona. The 2024 total solar eclipse will be visible in 15 states. In North America, more than 30 million are estimated to live in its path that will range from 108 to 122 miles wide, according to NASA. For those viewing the event, safe solar viewers or eclipse glasses will be needed ... read more

Getting Started with Drones and Model Airplanes released

General Aviation News Written for a beginning remote pilot, the new book will help readers understand how drones and model airplanes work and how to fly them safely. Read More read more

Routine practice flight fatal for two

General Aviation News The pilot’s improper decision to continue the visual-flight-rules flight into low visibility conditions, which resulted in controlled flight into terrain. Read More read more

Three Finalists Selected As Potential Air Races Host

AVweb The Reno Air Racing Association has narrowed the field of contenders for the new host city of National Championship Air Races to Casper, Wyoming, Pueblo, Colorado and Roswell, New Mexico. The 2023 races were the last to be held in Reno and RARA accepted applications for a new venue. A total of 38 places showed interest in hosting the event and six were allowed to submit detailed bids before RARA trimmed the roster in half for the final stretch. “There were many, many elements to ... read more

Boeing May Face Criminal Probe

AVweb Boeing could face a criminal investigation because of the door plug failure on a 737 MAX in early January. According to CNN, the Justice Department is probing whether the myriad deficiencies discovered in the initial investigations after the mishap violate a deferred prosecution agreement Boeing signed three years ago after the crashes of two MAXes. The door issue happened just two days before the agreement’s term ended. The deal cost Boeing $2.5 billion, most of which went to ... read more

Picture Of The Week: March 1, 2024

AVweb 1 of 3 Photo by Alyssa Miller: Only manipulations to the photo are adjustments of contrast, saturation, white balance, and resizing to meet requirements for submission file size. Photo taken with the camera on a Samsung Galaxy S21. Photo was taken near Wautoma, WI Cloud Eclipse Gulf ... read more

Southwest Airlines Scales Back Pilot Hiring In 2024

AVweb In a memo obtained by AirlineGeeks, low-cost carrier, Southwest Airlines, announced its plans to suspend pilot hiring for the majority of 2024. According to the memo, the airline plans to pause all new hire classes this year stating, “Based on expected capacity growth beyond 2024, we’ve made the difficult decision to suspend Initial First Officer Training classes through the remainder of 2024 and defer job offers, beginning with our April classes.” Further, Southwest said it would ... read more

Heli-Expo showcases new turbine helicopter, training tech

AOPA General Aviation News Thousands of helicopter pilots, businesses, and enthusiasts from around the world descended on Anaheim, California, for Helicopter Association International's Heli-Expo 2024. Read More read more

AOPA joins Colorado pilots in opposing efforts to close, repurpose Boulder airport

AOPA General Aviation News Circulation of a petition in favor of closing and repurposing the important Boulder Municipal Airport is at odds with FAA obligations. AOPA and Colorado pilots are vigorously pushing back on the politically fueled call to repurpose the airport. Read More read more

NTSB reverses findings that pinned fatal accident on Tamarack winglets

AOPA General Aviation News Previously attributed to a malfunction of Tamarack’s active winglet system, the NTSB now says that the probable cause of a 2018 crash of a Cessna Citation could not be determined based on the available evidence. Read More read more

NTSB Revises Probable Cause of 2018 Citation Crash

FLYING Magazine The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has revised its assessment of a 2018 fatal accident involving a Cessna CitationJet CJ2+ equipped with Tamarack winglets, reversing its position that the winglet design contributed to the crash. The aircraft was equipped with Tamarack Aerospace Group’s active technology load alleviation system (ATLAS), which operated independently of other airplane systems. The system included the installation of Tamarack active camber ... read more

Practice Crosswind Landings Whenever You Can

FLYING Magazine “How are your crosswind landings?” “We’re about to find out.” Have you ever had this conversation in the aircraft? It often occurs when you listen to the one-minute weather or ATIS and learn the winds are blowing at an angle to the runway rather than parallel to the direction of landing. As a result, there is the increased potential for drifting off the centerline—unless the pilot is prepared to take prompt and corrective action. As we go into the winter months, winds tend ... read more

This 2017 ICON A5 Is a Fun-Loving Amphibian ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 2017 ICON A5. The ICON A5 has been attracting attention for more than a decade, from its emergence as a concept in the late 2000s to prototypes and then reaching the market around 2016. From the beginning, this ... read more

NTSB reverses findings that pinned fatal accident on Tamarack winglets

AOPA General Aviation News Previously attributed to a malfunction of Tamarack’s active winglet system, the NTSB now says that the probable cause of a 2018 crash of a Cessna Citation could not be determined based on the available evidence. Read More read more

The 47th Air Race Classic: Route Announced

Plane & Pilot Magazine Women aviators from the U.S. and across the globe are set to embark on the 47th Air Race Classic (ARC) on Tuesday, June 18, commemorating … Read More "The 47th Air Race Classic: Route Announced" The post The 47th Air Race Classic: Route Announced appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

AOPA joins Colorado pilots in opposing efforts to close, repurpose Boulder airport

AOPA General Aviation News Circulation of a petition in favor of closing and repurposing the important Boulder Municipal Airport is at odds with FAA obligations. AOPA and Colorado pilots are vigorously pushing back on the politically fueled call to repurpose the airport. Read More read more

Kentucky Bourbon Trail Proves Worthy of a Flying Adventure

FLYING Magazine Although the captain had uttered more than a handful of expletives to express his dissatisfaction, the translation of his communication to me and the flight engineer was, “You gotta be kidding!” His remark was a reaction to the fact we had just been advised over the company frequency that cargo loaded on board our brown-and-white Boeing 727-100 in Louisville, Kentucky (KSDF), had been destined for Jackson, Mississippi (KJAN). Unfortunately, our airplane had been flight ... read more

Bristow Group Announces Strategic Partnership for AAM Service in Saudi Arabia

FLYING Magazine Vertical flight solutions provider Bristow Group, which operates rotorcraft worldwide, is looking to bring a new category of aircraft to the Middle East. The company’s Arabia Aircraft and Maintenance Services subsidiary on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with The Helicopter and Jet Company (THC), a provider of commercial helicopter services wholly owned by the government of Saudi Arabia, to explore advanced air mobility (AAM) initiatives and “other ... read more

NTSB Releases Preliminary Report On Florida Jet Accident

FLYING Magazine The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its preliminary report on the crash of a charter jet in Naples, Florida, earlier in February. According to the NTSB, the crew of a charter jet reported a loss of oil pressure moments before the accident. The pilots were killed, but the passengers and cabin attendant escaped before the jet was destroyed by fire. What Happened According to the NTSB, earlier in the day the aircraft launched from Naples Municipal ... read more

Tornado Damages National Museum of U.S. Air Force’s Restoration Hangar

FLYING Magazine A historic World War II hangar belonging to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and several other buildings at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, were damaged by a tornado, according to the U.S. Air Force. The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed that around 4:37 a.m. EST, an EF1 tornado first developed in Montgomery County, south of the air base near Dayton. In neighboring Greene County, where Wright-Patterson AFB is located, high winds ripped sheet metal ... read more

Picture of the Day: The search is on

General Aviation News Mike Kincaid submitted this photo and note: "Searching for mountain goats on the south end of Lake Pend Oreille in Idaho in my Super Cub." Read More read more

Able Flight names 2024 scholarship recipients

AOPA General Aviation News Able Flight, a nonprofit organization that seeks to help people with disabilities achieve their dreams of flight, has chosen 10 individuals for its 2024 flight training scholarship program. Read More read more

Heli-Expo showcases new turbine helicopter, training tech

AOPA General Aviation News Thousands of helicopter pilots, businesses, and enthusiasts from around the world descended on Anaheim, California, for Helicopter Association International's Heli-Expo 2024. Read More read more

Three Locations Vie for National Championship Air Races

FLYING Magazine While 2023 signaled the last time championship air racing would take place in Reno, Nevada, the organizing body—Reno Air Racing Association (RARA)—has said it would actively seek out new venues for its events. Now it’s down to three possible locations: Casper, Wyoming, Pueblo, Colorado and Roswell, New Mexico. Off the list, for now, are Buckeye, Arizona, Thermal, California and Wendover, Utah, though RARA says the sites “each have tremendous merit and value in their own ... read more

Triple Tree sets ambitious 2024 plan

General Aviation News “At Triple Tree we make money to keep the lights on, pay for fertilizer, and keep our mowers running, but our bottom line is different. We are in the people business and airplanes just happen to show up. Our success has been and always will be relationships and that special feeling that can only be found at Triple Tree.” Read More read more

Icon Bumps Useful Load of A5 LSA Seaplane

Plane & Pilot Magazine Icon Aircraft released news about the 2024 A5: a gross weight increase to 1,570 pounds. This comes on the heels of a December 2023 announcement … Read More "Icon Bumps Useful Load of A5 LSA Seaplane" The post Icon Bumps Useful Load of A5 LSA Seaplane appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Future of Air Racing: Reno Replacement Selection Narrows

Plane & Pilot Magazine While 2023 signaled the last time championship air racing would take place in Reno, Nevada, the organizing body—Reno Air Racing Association (RARA)—has said it would … Read More "Future of Air Racing: Reno Replacement Selection Narrows" The post Future of Air Racing: Reno Replacement Selection Narrows appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Banner year for the AOPA Foundation

AOPA General Aviation News Helping to ensure a bright future for general aviation through important initiatives that grow the pilot population and help keep it safe, AOPA members and the GA community once again came through in droves. Read More read more

Able Flight names 2024 scholarship recipients

AOPA General Aviation News Able Flight, a nonprofit organization that seeks to help people with disabilities achieve their dreams of flight, has chosen 10 individuals for its 2024 flight training scholarship program. Read More read more

Marine Corps XQ-58A UAV Completes Test Flight

FLYING Magazine The U.S. Marine Corps has successfully completed the second test of its Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie combat uncrewed air vehicle (UAV), marking a milestone for the service’s aviation modernization strategy. The test flight of the autonomous, low-cost tactical UAV took place February 23 at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, where it was supported by 40th Flight Test Squadron (FLTS) engineers. READ MORE: How Were Drones Used During WWI and WWII? “The XQ-58A provides the Marine Corps ... read more

New name for helicopter association

General Aviation News The decision to rebrand stems from the rapid expansion and technological evolution occurring in the vertical aviation industry. Read More read more

Flight school conference breaks records

General Aviation News The event "marks a milestone in flight training industry collaboration" as the 15th annual event brought together "more participants and vendors than ever before," officials said, noting the "need for such collaboration continues to grow." Read More read more

Banner year for the AOPA Foundation

AOPA General Aviation News Helping to ensure a bright future for general aviation through important initiatives that grow the pilot population and help keep it safe, AOPA members and the GA community once again came through in droves. Read More read more

Grand Aire acquires National Flight Services at KTOL

General Aviation News The acquisition includes FBO equipment, including fueling and de-icing equipment, and facilities on the east end of the airport where Grand Aire will operate cargo-dedicated FBO operations. This is in addition to Grand Aire’s FBO operations at its existing corporate headquarters on the west end of the field, company officials explained. Read More read more

Helmet bag blocks controls during takeoff

General Aviation News After some reflection I realize that there were probably some contributing factors to my failure to secure the bag. I had not slept well the two previous nights — some noise at the hotel kept waking me up, had spent two days in the sun at the air show, and had not eaten much the day this happened. Read More read more

Sikorsky Takes New Hybrid VTOL Design Public

AVweb Yesterday, Sikorsky revealed plans to build, test and fly a large-scale hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) tilt-wing demonstrator. Dubbed HEX (for “hybrid-electric”), the project is expected to be the first of a series of large, next-gen VTOLs featuring varying degrees of electrification and advanced autonomy technology “for optionally-piloted flight,” Sikorsky said in a statement. The HEX program, part of Sikorsky’s Innovations prototyping group founded in 2010, ... read more

Icon Announces 60-Pounds’ More Useful Load For Its A5 Amphibian LSA

AVweb Icon Aircraft announced yesterday (Feb. 27) it has increased the maximum gross weight of its A5 amphibian, and as a result, its useful load is now 490 pounds – a boost of 60 pounds. All 2024 model A5s include the gross weight increase, as well as the previously-optional four-blade E-Props lightweight propeller. The weight increase can also be retrofitted to existing A5s, according to Icon. Icon said the weight increase equates to two hours’ additional endurance (fuel burn is five ... read more

NTSB Cites Oil Pressure Warnings In Challenger Freeway Forced Landing

AVweb The Feb. 9 crash of a Bombardier Challenger 604, which killed both pilots in a dual engine failure, may have been caused by an oil-related issue, according to a preliminary report from the NTSB. Information retrieved from the flight data recorder revealed the crew received three Master Warnings within a span of seven seconds. The first warning, indicating a left engine oil pressure issue, occurred at 15:09:33, followed immediately by a similar warning for the right engine at ... read more

Taking a Virtual Flight with the Yawman Arrow

FLYING Magazine In the depths of the first year of COVID-19 in September 2020, having been at home for six months straight, I, like many aviators who had been estranged from our local airports, felt the overwhelming desire to reconnect to aviation. Having been a flight sim enthusiast in the decade before, but inactive since Microsoft Flight Simulator X and X-Plane 9, I decided to launch into building my own home flight simulator with the goal of pairing it with the freshly launched ... read more

USAF Museum Struck By Tornado: Buildings, Aircraft Damaged

AVweb A probable tornado caused serious damage to buildings and some aircraft at the National Museum of the Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio early this morning. At approximately 4:42 a.m., the National Weather Service observed a severe thunderstorm with strong rotation over the Air Force Base, reporting, “A tornado is occurring or imminent.” Among other buildings on the base, the museum’s Hangar 4 restoration facility and Gate 22B were damaged, according to the Air ... read more

CEO Of The Cockpit: Time To Face The Change

AVweb “And these children that you spit on  As they try to change their worlds  Are immune to your consultations  They’re quite aware of what they’re going through.”                           David Bowie My voyage from the then of me being a crusty old airline captain to the now of me being a crusty and older airport bum was filled with gigs at AOPA teaching bored weekend course CFIs, pilot examining for my second airline and flight instructing at various parts 141 flight schools and ... read more

FAA Gives Boeing 90 Days To Establish A Quality-Action Plan

AVweb Boeing now has 90 days to present a comprehensive action plan to resolve what the Federal Aviation Administration cites as “systemic quality-control issues.” Today (Feb. 28), FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker cut in half yesterday’s National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) six-month mandate for developing an action plan to achieve “substantive upgrades” in Boeing’s quality and safety systems. The NTSB recommendation was part of its preliminary report on an Alaska Airlines incident, ... read more

This 1978 Cessna U206G Is a Heavy-Hauling ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1978 Cessna U206G. From the time it rolled out of the factory as a 1964 model, Cessna’s big, brawny 206 was a hit with pilots who had big loads to carry, perhaps to inhospitable places. The airplane was available in ... read more

The Pros and Cons of Aircraft Towing Solutions

FLYING Magazine Ask any aircraft mechanic what the cheapest part of an airplane is, and more often than not, their answer will be “the owner.” While mostly true, what I find fascinating is our inconsistency. Tens of thousands of dollars worth of avionics upgrades and performance mods? Sign us up! Fifty-dollar ramp fees and fuel that’s 30 cents more per gallon than usual? You’ve got to be kidding. It’s a bizarre set of standards we live by that usually defies logic. In my case, I can’t ... read more

‘Odysseus’ Lunar Landing Mission Nears Completion

FLYING Magazine Six days on the moon’s surface and 13 days after launch, the Odysseus private lunar landing mission that put the U.S. back on the moon for the first time in more than 50 years is drawing to a close. Intuitive Machines’ IM-1 mission made history for completing the first successful moon landing by a company when its Nova-C autonomous lander Odysseus reached the South Pole region on February 22.  On Wednesday afternoon, however, only hours of power fueling transmission to ... read more

FAA Gives Boeing 90 Days to Improve

FLYING Magazine The FAA is giving Boeing 90 days to come up with a “comprehensive action plan to address its systemic quality-control issues to meet FAA’s nonnegotiable safety standards.” According to an FAA statement, the agency and top officials from Boeing spent Tuesday in a safety discussion at FAA headquarters in Washington, D.C. “Boeing must commit to real and profound improvements,” FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker said following the meeting with Boeing CEO and president Dave ... read more

Ampaire’s hybrid-electric Caravan runs on SAF

AOPA General Aviation News Ampaire CEO Kevin Noertker said a recent ground test of the Eco Caravan on sustainable aviation fuel demonstrates how hybrid-electric propulsion can amplify the benefits of sustainable fuels. Read More read more

Kitplane maker Bearhawk Aircraft changes hands

AOPA General Aviation News Kit manufacturer Bearhawk Aircraft founder Mark Goldberg recently sold the company he created to produce a rugged, all-metal line of single-engine, backcountry, quick-build aircraft to Bearhawk builder Virgil Irwin, a missionary pilot who plans to expand the operation with a builder-assist program based in Fairview, Oklahoma. Read More read more

Maryland pilots asked to back tax bill

AOPA General Aviation News Legislation to make permanent a tax exemption that helps aviation businesses compete, and thus creates jobs, could be in peril, so AOPA asked members living in key legislative districts in Maryland to speak up. Read More read more

Need for Pilots Should Not Take the Place of Passion

FLYING Magazine A good friend—a well-known, longtime aviator and author of books and aviation columns (alas, for another magazine)—told me he had attempted to write something about the glorious obsession many of us have with airplanes and flying…often from childhood. But despite chewing on it for a long time, he finally gave up—saying it just wouldn’t “come together.” Fearless when it comes to busting into places where other—often more competent—flyers and writers are reluctant to go, I ... read more

Pilatus PC-21 Reaches Milestone

FLYING Magazine You are probably aware there has been an increase in flight training over the past 20 years, and a number of those people are training in Pilatus aircraft. This week the company announced the PC-21 fleet of 250 has achieved 500,000 flight hours, with military pilots accruing many of those. According to Pilatus Aircraft, its customers include air forces in Europe, Australasia, and the Middle East. The Swiss Air Force has used the PC-21 to train its future military pilots ... read more

Sikorsky Looks to Enter eVTOL Industry with Eye-Catching Tilt-Wing Design

FLYING Magazine Sikorsky, the longtime manufacturer of rotorcraft such as the UH-60 Blackhawk and S-92 helicopter, is exploring a new family of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. The Lockheed Martin-owned firm on Tuesday unveiled its plan to build, test, and fly a fully autonomous, hybrid-electric VTOL demonstrator called HEX, which it said will be the first in a series of large, self-flying VTOL models. Sikorsky said the HEX program is its first attempt to integrate ... read more

Kitplane maker Bearhawk Aircraft changes hands

AOPA General Aviation News Kit manufacturer Bearhawk Aircraft founder Mark Goldberg recently sold the company he created to produce a rugged, all-metal line of single-engine, backcountry, quick-build aircraft to Bearhawk builder Virgil Irwin, a missionary pilot who plans to expand the operation with a builder-assist program based in Fairview, Oklahoma. Read More read more

Maryland pilots asked to back tax bill

AOPA General Aviation News Legislation to make permanent a tax exemption that helps aviation businesses compete, and thus creates jobs, could be in peril, so AOPA asked members living in key legislative districts in Maryland to speak up. Read More read more

FAA Closes Investigation into SpaceX Starship Explosion

FLYING Magazine The FAA this week closed its mishap investigation into the explosion of SpaceX’s Starship rocket and agreed with the company on new procedures for future flights.  SpaceX launched Starship on November 18 and reached space before the vehicle’s upper stage was destroyed by an automated internal system just minutes into the test flight. The nearly 400-foot rocket reached space after launching from Texas with no one on board. The FAA launched its investigation after the ... read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1981 Mudry CAP 10B

Plane & Pilot Magazine Today’s Top Pick is a unique one—a 1981 Mudry CAP 10B. A fully aerobatic French taildragger derived from the Piel Emeraude, the CAP 10 boasts … Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1981 Mudry CAP 10B" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1981 Mudry CAP 10B appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Airbus, LCI Collaborate to Develop Advanced Air Mobility Ecosystems

FLYING Magazine The world’s largest manufacturer of airliners is looking to build the ecosystem for an entirely new kind of aircraft. Airbus on Tuesday announced an agreement with international helicopter and fixed-wing lessor LCI to jointly set the stage for advanced air mobility (AAM) operations of emerging aircraft, including electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxis and other electric models. The collaboration will hone in on three key areas: AAM strategy, ... read more

NASA’s GUSTO Scientific Balloon Sets Record

FLYING Magazine A scientific balloon mission underway at the South Pole has set the record for longest flight of any NASA heavy-lift, long-duration balloon mission, according to the space agency. NASA launched the Galactic/Extragalactic ULDB Spectroscopic Terahertz Observatory (GUSTO) scientific balloon in late December from McMurdo Station in Antarctica in order to map portions of the Milky Way and nearby Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). The telescope tethered to the balloon is collecting ... read more

Air Race Classic Announces 2024 Route

FLYING Magazine Ladies, get out your plotters and E6-Bs. The route for the 2024 Air Race Classic has been announced. On June 18 women pilots from around the world will be launching from Southern Illinois Airport (KSIA) in Carbondale on a 2,628 sm flight covering 11 states and ending on June 21 at Northern Colorado Regional Airport (KFNL) in Loveland. The route changes every year and includes eight or nine timing points for the race that stresses piloting skill and aviation decision-making ... read more

Picture of the Day: Kitfox over the Knik Glacier

General Aviation News David Baldwin submitted this photo and note: "Flying in my Kitfox along the toe of the Knik Glacier in Alaska." Read More read more

Airbnb for hangars

General Aviation News A corporate pilot has launched Hangar Direct, a website similar to Airbnb that helps pilots find temporary hangar space. Read More read more

Ampaire’s hybrid-electric Caravan runs on SAF

AOPA General Aviation News Ampaire CEO Kevin Noertker said a recent ground test of the Eco Caravan on sustainable aviation fuel demonstrates how hybrid-electric propulsion can amplify the benefits of sustainable fuels. Read More read more

Air Force’s HH-60W Jolly Green II Takes First Pacific Flight

FLYING Magazine The HH-60W Jolly Green II, the U.S. Air Force’s new combat search and rescue helicopter, took its first flight over the Pacific theater Tuesday at Kadena Air Base, Japan. “This is the first sortie this aircraft has flown since arriving at Kadena, and this is the first active-duty Air Force crew to fly this helicopter,”  said Lieutenant Colonel Brian Rhoades, 33rd 33rd Rescue Squadron combat rescue helicopter team lead. “It flew exactly like how I expected it to and met all ... read more

Make a safe landing with Arrival Alert Notices

General Aviation News A new tool is now available to help pilots avoid lining up to land on a wrong taxiway, runway, or airport, say FAA officials, who note that GA pilots account for 83% of wrong-surface events. Read More read more

The Importance of Wingspan Can’t Be Underestimated

FLYING Magazine Unless you are the civilian owner of an F-14, you cannot change the wingspan of your airplane. If you’re a manufacturer, however, you can, and the same privilege extends to that miniature of a manufacturer, the amateur builder. Extending span requires adding strength to the spar or finding unnoticed extra strength in an existing spar. Or you can just start over and build a new wing from scratch. Recent years have seen a general drift toward longer spans and higher aspect ... read more

You Can Fly challenge raises over $6 million

General Aviation News The AOPA Foundation’s You Can Fly program comprises four initiatives: High school aviation STEM curriculum, flight training, flying clubs, and the Rusty Pilots program. Read More read more

Soft, wet turf runway and tailwheel bad combination

General Aviation News The pilot’s decision to perform the takeoff on the soft, wet, turf runway, with the tailwheel equipped airplane, which resulted in a nose-over. Read More read more

Hartzell Propeller Service Center doubles warranty length

General Aviation News The warranty has been expanded to two year or 2,000 flight hours. Read More read more

Can You Pilot an Aircraft While Wearing a Cast?

FLYING Magazine Question: I am a student pilot and have been flying several times a week. I was just about to go solo, then last week I broke my right wrist and thumb in a skateboarding accident. My instructor won’t let me fly until the casts come off weeks from now. Is this an FAA rule, or is my instructor making up rules? Answer: FAR 61.53 prohibits operations during a medical deficiency. It can be argued that having broken bones and a cast constitutes a medical deficiency that would ... read more

France Marks First Crewed Hydrogen-Electric Flight

AVweb French startup Beyond Aero has announced it flew a crewed LSA-sized demonstrator aircraft based on a ULA G1 using a hydrogen-electric propulsion system. It’s the first step in eventually creating a hydrogen-powered business aircraft. The little plane, dubbed the Bleriot, took off from Gap-Tallard, France, in early January with test pilot Paul Prudent at the controls. After a lap around the field, Prudent went on to complete an initial flight test program that included 10 takeoffs and ... read more

Avenatti’s HondaJet Back On Market

AVweb Disgraced celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti’s 2016 HondaJet is back on the market after it was purchased late last year at a Treasury Department auction. Global Elite Aviation bought the aircraft, which had been seized by the government when Avenatti, who most famously represented Stormy Daniels in her suit against then-President Donald Trump, was indicted on fraud and tax charges. He was found guilty of multiple counts of stealing settllement money from clients and failing to file ... read more

Textron Pauses Orders For Bonanzas, Barons

AVweb Textron has confirmed it is not currently taking orders for new Beech Bonanzas but it won’t say why it has stopped or when it might resume accepting them. “To ensure the best experience for our customers throughout every stage of their ownership journey, Textron Aviation has temporarily suspended additions to the order book for the Beechcraft Bonanza,” the company said in a statement. AVweb asked for more details on the suspension of orders but a spokeswoman said she could offer no ... read more

Russia Steps Up GPS Jamming In Nordic Countries

AVweb Finland, Norway and Poland have all reported Russian jamming of GPS is affecting not just military units but airlines and air ambulance services. According to the Barents Observer GPS jamming is practically a daily occurrence near the Russian border where Russia is stepping up “hybrid warfare.” It said the number of jamming incidents has more than doubled since Russia invaded Ukraine two years ago. Russia uses GPS jamming to thwart Ukrainian drone attacks. The report makes no mention ... read more

Never Let Them See You Sweat as a CFI

FLYING Magazine Rod Machado, aviation author, educator, and humorist, had a cartoon in one of his books that depicted a CFI only sweating on the right side of their face. That’s the side the learner, who sits in the left seat, can’t easily see in a side-by-side airplane. The point of the cartoon is that the CFI should never show fear in the cockpit. I thought about this when I saw Machado over the weekend in Puyallup, Washington, at the Northwest Aviation Conference, where he was the ... read more

This 1944 Stinson Vultee V-77 Is a Warbird-Eligible ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1944 Stinson Vultee V-77. A graceful, unusual wing shape sets the later Stinson Reliant models apart from other 1930s general aviation aircraft. Earlier Reliants had straight, constant-chord wings and are quite ... read more

U.S. Air Force B-1s Train With Swedish Fighters

FLYING Magazine U.S. B-1 Lancers trained with Swedish Air Force fighters this week in an exercise intended to build partnerships and increase operational readiness, the Air Force said Tuesday. The training mission comes as Sweden is on the cusp of joining NATO. “Sweden is leaving 200 years of neutrality and military nonalignment behind,” Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson said Friday in a Reuters report. “We are joining NATO in order to defend what we are and everything we believe in ... read more

Airworthiness Directive Issued for Robinson Helicopters

FLYING Magazine Do you fly a Robinson helicopter? The tail of your aircraft is about to get extra attention. The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Robinson Helicopter models: R22, R22 Alpha, R22 Beta, R22 Mariner, R44, R44 II, and R66 because of problems in the field involving the tip cap of the tail rotor blade. According to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), the AD (FAA-2023-2232) was developed after three field reports about TRB tip caps coming loose due ... read more

FAA Critical of Boeing Safety Culture

FLYING Magazine A 50-page report commissioned by the FAA and released Monday calls attention to “a disconnect between Boeing’s senior management and engineering employees with respect to safety oversight.” The report, compiled and written by a panel of independent aviation experts, including representatives from several airlines, unions, academic institutions, and manufacturers of components used in Boeing commercial aircraft, identifies multiple soft spots in Boeing’s present safety ... read more

Crashes Prompt Army National Guard to Ground Helicopter Units

FLYING Magazine Two recent crashes have prompted the Army National Guard to ground its fleet of helicopters in an aviation safety review stand-down, the National Guard Bureau announced Tuesday. The news comes days after two soldiers were killed when a Mississippi National Guard (MSNG) AH-64 Apache went down during a training flight near Booneville, Mississippi. The fatal incident was the second AH-64 crash in February. On February 12, a Utah National Guard Apache went down, injuring two ... read more

Picture of the Day: A true member of the family

General Aviation News Carl Hicks submitted this photo and note… Our 1957 C180A at Pierce County/Thun Field (KPLU). She has PPONK, MTV-9 3 bladed prop, titanium gear, Sportsman STOL, flat extended baggage, Micro Aerodynamics vortex generators, Stene Quasar wig-wags, Selkirk interior throughout, Mountain Wave nets, 10” locking tailwheel, (TLGW). Lightweight, identifies as a helicopter. Criss-crossed the U.S. at […] Read More read more

Piper rudder AD ‘tarnishes’ process, AOPA contends

AOPA General Aviation News A chorus of aviators, aviation mechanics, and groups including AOPA called for the FAA to rescind a proposed airworthiness directive that would affect nearly 31,000 vintage Piper aircraft, citing a lack of evidence of risk, unjustifiably broad scope, and a broken process. Read More read more

Ultimate Realism ‘X-posed’ in 747-200 Classic

FLYING Magazine With exactly three years since the “new” Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 was released, me, along with many thousands of die-hard flight simmers have been taken by storm, fallen in love, gotten angry, or experienced a multitude of emotions. Competition is good, and before 2020, we all began to think Microsoft was out of the game, and X-Plane creator Austin Meyer would be the savior, keeping this hobby alive forever. Certainly not swayed by Microsoft’s offerings, Meyer and ... read more

HAI Rebrands as Vertical Aviation International

FLYING Magazine Helicopter Association International, the nonprofit trade organization founded 75 years ago, announced Tuesday that it had rebranded as Vertical Aviation International (VAI) due to the evolving vertical aviation industry.  Board chair Nicole Battjes and president and CEO James Viola said in a letter to VAI members that the name change was made to reflect the “wave of expansion” being ushered in by new aircraft and technology. They said the new moniker is part of a ... read more

U.K. Government Allots $10M for Vertical Aerospace Electric Air Taxi Propeller Project

FLYING Magazine Vertical Aerospace, a U.K.-based manufacturer of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxis that previously projected it could run out of money in September, now appears to be flush with cash. The manufacturer last week said it received a $10 million grant from the U.K. government through the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) program, its fourth grant award through that initiative. The award brings Vertical’s total U.K. government grant funding to $47 ... read more

Training and Safety Tip: When instrument time is ‘actual’

AOPA General Aviation News During a recent ground lesson, someone asked, “Should I only log the flight as actual instrument time when I am flying on instruments in clouds?” Read More read more

BANNER YEAR FOR THE AOPA FOUNDATION YOU CAN FLY CHALLENGE

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., Feb. 27, 2024—Helping to ensure a bright future for general aviation through important initiatives that grow the pilot population and help keep it safe, AOPA members and the GA community once again came through in droves. Read More read more

Piper rudder AD ‘tarnishes’ process, AOPA contends

AOPA General Aviation News A chorus of aviators, aviation mechanics, and groups including AOPA called for the FAA to rescind a proposed airworthiness directive that would affect nearly 31,000 vintage Piper aircraft, citing a lack of evidence of risk, unjustifiably broad scope, and a broken process. Read More read more

Air Force’s T-7A Red Hawk Trainer Completes Extreme Temperature Testing

FLYING Magazine The U.S. Air Force’s new Boeing T-7A Red Hawk advanced trainer has completed an extreme temperature trial to test its endurance from hot deserts to deep-freeze conditions. The T-7A, designed to train Air Force fighter and bomber pilots, is set to replace the 1960s-era T-38 trainer. Its iconic red-tail livery honors the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, the U.S. Army Air Forces’ first Black aviation unit.  READ MORE: Air Force’s T-7 Red Hawk Undergoes New Round of ... read more

AutoFlight Makes First Public Intercity Flight of Electric Air Taxi

FLYING Magazine China’s AutoFlight on Tuesday said it took an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft where one had never been before. The manufacturer claims to have completed the world’s first public electric air taxi demonstration between two cities, flying its Prosperity eVTOL across the Pearl River Delta between the Chinese cities of Shenzhen and Zhuhai. The flight—a journey that would take about three hours by car—lasted just 20 minutes. AutoFlight’s five-seat air ... read more

Reality can be inconvenient

General Aviation News Accepting reality is not always convenient, but it is a worthy goal. The savings can be considerable in terms of cash — and life itself. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: Sunset flight

General Aviation News Perry Shaul submitted this photo and note: "A sunset flight over the Niobrara River in Nebraska in a 1968 Cessna Cardinal piloted by Perry Shaul. The picture was taken by Kim Shaul." Read More read more

Mass arrival schedule set for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2024

General Aviation News The schedule is set for groups of specific aircraft types to land as mass arrivals prior to the start of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, which is set for July 22-28, 2024, at Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH). Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: When instrument time is ‘actual’

AOPA General Aviation News During a recent ground lesson, someone asked, “Should I only log the flight as actual instrument time when I am flying on instruments in clouds?” Read More read more

BANNER YEAR FOR THE AOPA FOUNDATION YOU CAN FLY CHALLENGE

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., Feb. 27, 2024—Helping to ensure a bright future for general aviation through important initiatives that grow the pilot population and help keep it safe, AOPA members and the GA community once again came through in droves. Read More read more

Air Compare: Meyers 200 vs. Navion

FLYING Magazine By and large, the most common advice to aircraft shoppers is to define the mission first. Determining the typical distances you expect to fly, the number of passengers you want to carry (if any), the cruise speed you would like to achieve, and other such factors are the natural first steps to the shopping process. Being diligent about them invariably saves time and frustration down the road. But beyond determining basic utility and performance specifications, one should ... read more

Robinson Helicopter Co. Names New CEO

FLYING Magazine Robinson Helicopter Co. announcedTuesday that former vice president of operations David Smith has been named its president and CEO. Smith succeeds Kurt Robinson, who has served in the position since 2010. Smith is only the third to serve as president and CEO of Robinson, which was founded in 1973 by Kurt’s father, Frank. Kurt will be moving to an advisory role with the company and remain on its board of directors. The leadership transition is effective ... read more

Able Flight partners with Southern Illinois University

General Aviation News Able Flight will provide two specially adapted Vashon Ranger Light Sport Aircraft in which the student pilots will learn to fly. SIU instructors will receive factory-provided transitional training in the Ranger. Read More read more

Airforms baffles approved for Cessna and Piper aircraft

General Aviation News FAA-PMA approval is for Cessna 172 G and H models, as well as Piper PA28R-180 aircraft. Read More read more

This pilot is a liability to others and himself

General Aviation News The pilot of Aircraft Y did nothing to deconflict from a very near collision. Instead, he aggravated this dangerous situation with both erroneous CTAF calls and his incorrect entry into the airport environment. Read More read more

Report Raps Boeing Internal Safety Oversight

AVweb While Boeing brass brag about the safety culture in the company, frontline employees who implement the safety processes aren’t getting the same message according to a report commissioned by the FAA. The report, done by a panel of experts in response to the fallout of the crash of two Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in 2018 and 2019, found “a disconnect between Boeing’s senior management and other members of the organization on safety culture.” It also said the implementation of the safety ... read more

The Best Just Got Better

AOPA General Aviation News They used to say the sky’s the limit. But, we have always been committed to pushing the bounds of what they thought we could achieve. Read More read more

Be Careful When Insuring Your Two Aircraft with Two Different Insurers

AOPA General Aviation News You own two aircraft and got a better insurance deal insuring each one with a different insurer. While this may seem logical and benign, there are negative insurance consequences in doing so that you should be aware of. Read More read more

This 1979 Bellanca 17-30 Viking Is a Stealthily Quick ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1979 Bellanca 17-30 Viking. When moving up to a high-performance, complex four-seat aircraft suitable for long-distance travel, pilots often look at Beechcraft Bonanzas, Mooney M20s, Piper PA-24s, and Cessna 182s. ... read more

Leonardo Tests AI-Enabled Visual Awareness System for Rotorcraft

FLYING Magazine Leonardo, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of rotorcraft, believes artificial intelligence (AI) could be a game-changer for civil aviation. The Italian firm and Daedalean, a Swiss developer of AI systems for situational awareness and flight control, on Monday announced they completed a flight test campaign that evaluated AI capabilities for advanced navigation of rotorcraft. Daedalean’s AI-enabled visual awareness system was installed on Leonardo’s SW4 and SW4 Solo ... read more

AirVenture Announces Group Arrivals

FLYING Magazine One of the most impressive events at EAA AirVenture is the mass arrivals of general aviation type clubs. With five mass arrivals taking place over three days, expect to see gaggles of Piper Cherokees, Cessnas, Cirrus, Bonanzas, and Mooneys arriving one after the other on their designated date and time. The mass arrivals in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, begin on Friday, July 19, at 11 a.m. CST with the Piper Cherokees. Later at 5 p.m., the Cessnas will make the scene. On Saturday, ... read more

Respect the Darkness of the Black Hole Departure

FLYING Magazine Do you remember preparing for your first night flight? Maybe you’ve read Chapter 17 of the Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge and Chapter 11 of the Airplane Flying Handbook, learning about the dangers of spatial disorientation and runway illusions caused by the reduction of visual cues. Most of us read along the way, too, about the black hole approach, where a lack of visual cues on the ground make it challenging for the pilot to find the runway and fly a stable ... read more

NASA SpaceX Crew-8 Mission Launch Date Set

FLYING Magazine NASA’s SpaceX Crew-8 mission is set to launch via a Falcon 9 rocket Friday, ferrying three space agency astronauts and a Roscosmos cosmonaut to the International Space Station (ISS). On board the SpaceX Dragon Endeavour spacecraft will be NASA astronauts Matthew Dominick, Michael Barratt, and Jeanette Epps, as well as Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Grebenkin. Crew-8 represents the eighth ISS crew rotation mission and ninth human spaceflight mission to the space outpost ... read more

Visiting North America’s Highest Public-Use Airport

FLYING Magazine Ask any pilot who has flown to Leadville-Lake County Airport (KLXV) in Colorado, and they will tell you it was one of the most memorable places they’ve landed. With an elevation of 9,934 feet msl, it is North America’s highest public-use airport.  Airport manager Josh Adamson explained that Lake County is on many aviators’ bucket lists. Unlike many other airports, it offers visitors a document to commemorate their first visit.  “We actually have people fly here from all ... read more

Lilium Prepares to Ramp Up Production of Electric Jet Propulsion Units

FLYING Magazine Lilium, the manufacturer behind the design of the seven-seat electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) Lilium Jet, is ramping up production of its flagship model. The German firm on Monday said it has begun installing a serial production line for the Jet’s electric propulsion units at its manufacturing facility in Wessling, Germany. The company expects the first prototype propulsion systems—which will support for-credit type certification testing with the European ... read more

Bargain Buys on Aircraft For Sale: 1946 Cessna 120

Plane & Pilot Magazine Today’s Bargain Buy on AircraftForSale blends classic taildragger fun with docile handling in one of the most economical packages available on the market. Essentially a … Read More "Bargain Buys on Aircraft For Sale: 1946 Cessna 120" The post Bargain Buys on Aircraft For Sale: 1946 Cessna 120 appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

‘Odysseus’ Transmits First Lunar Landing Images

FLYING Magazine Intuitive Machines’ autonomous lunar lander Odysseus has established the southernmost landing site on the moon, while also maintaining communication with Earth, the company said Monday. New photos released Monday by the Houston-based aerospace company and NASA show Odysseus’ descent and confirm its location, days after the Nova-C lander completed its seven-day, 600,000-mile journey, softly landing in the South Pole region of the moon around 6:23 p.m. EST Thursday.  While ... read more

United Announces Expansion To Flight Training Center

FLYING Magazine Major carriers across the country have been hiring pilots at a record number since the recovery from the pandemic. Retirements are forecasted to continue with force through the end of the decade as well, begging the question of how carriers are planning to keep up with the pace. United alone says it plans to hire 10,000 new pilots this decade. To achieve this, the carrier announced a significant expansion to the already large Flight Training Center in Denver. The expansion ... read more

Pictures of the Day: First family flight

General Aviation News Brandon Carney submitted this photo and note: "I am flying left seat in our 1967 Cherokee 235, with my wife Kim in the right seat, our daughter Audrey behind me, and our youngest daughter Ashlynn behind Kim. This was my first flight with my family after earning my private pilot certificate. This day was extra special: Not only was this our first flight as a family after almost two years of working toward my private pilot certificate, but we were able to taxi next to ... read more

The Best Just Got Better

AOPA General Aviation News They used to say the sky’s the limit. But, we have always been committed to pushing the bounds of what they thought we could achieve. Read More read more

Be Careful When Insuring Your Two Aircraft with Two Different Insurers

AOPA General Aviation News You own two aircraft and got a better insurance deal insuring each one with a different insurer. While this may seem logical and benign, there are negative insurance consequences in doing so that you should be aware of. Read More read more

Here’s the Lowdown on ‘Vertical Visibility’

FLYING Magazine During any flight, a pilot will encounter several different flavors of visibility. This includes flight visibility, ground visibility, prevailing visibility, tower visibility, runway visual range, and vertical visibility. But wait, is vertical visibility even a legitimate visibility? Actually, it’s a bit of a misnomer and not a true measure of visibility in the traditional sense. Vertical visibility is a close cousin to ceiling. That is, it represents the distance in feet ... read more

Always be learning

General Aviation News While Pdh makes sense now that I've seen Cdh, I don't see a need for EFATO. In the age of GPS generated altitude GAGL is useful, if a bit of a stretch. Read More read more

FSANA Conducts Annual Flight School Operators Conference

Plane & Pilot Magazine Assembling flight training providers, industry members, and numerous federal agency representatives, the Flight School Association of North America (FSANA) conducted the 15th annual Flight School … Read More "FSANA Conducts Annual Flight School Operators Conference" The post FSANA Conducts Annual Flight School Operators Conference appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Arizona pilot wins Cessna 170

General Aviation News The Southwest Airlines check airman had no idea he was being asked to attend the Buckeye Air Fair so he could win his new airplane. Read More read more

Probe Underway After Mississippi National Guard AH-64 Apache Crashes, Killing 2

FLYING Magazine An investigation is underway after a Mississippi National Guard (MSNG) AH-64 Apache went down during a training flight Friday, killing two soldiers on board. The mishap occurred around 2 p.m. CST Friday during a routine training flight in a wooded area near Booneville, Mississippi, according to military officials. The Apache was on a routine training flight when the incident occurred, the MSNG State Army Aviation Office confirmed. READ MORE: Georgia ANG Takes Delivery of ... read more

Painting honoring Paul Tibbets donated to Ohio Air & Space Hall of Fame

General Aviation News The Ohio Air & Space Hall of Fame and Learning Center (OAS) recently accepted the gift of an original work of art honoring the late U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Paul W. Tibbets, Jr., who piloted the Aug. 6, 1945, mission that led to the end of World War II. Read More read more

Companies collaborate to recycle aircraft batteries

General Aviation News Discarded batteries will be used in a “battery wall” product line that will create an off-grid charging solution. Read More read more

Student pilot accidentally pulls mixture control

General Aviation News The student pilot accidentally pulling the mixture control in the landing pattern which resulted in a loss of engine power and forced landing. Read More read more

California Bill Would Phase Out 100LL Starting In 2026

AVweb A pair of California Democratic senators have introduced a bill that would start banning the sale of 100LL at some of its busiest GA airports starting Jan. 1, 2026. The bill, introduced by Sen. Caroline Menjivar and Sen. Henry Stern at a streaming event at Whiteman Airport in Pacoima, in the San Fernando Valley, two weeks ago, would end sales of 100LL at airports next to a “disadvantaged community” (California defines those areas in its Health and Safety Code) or next to a city with ... read more

Russia Loses Second A-50

AVweb Ukraine officials say their military shot down a second Russian A-50 aerial command and control aircraft in less than a month but there are also reports the plane was downed by friendly fire. Whatever happened, it appears to be confirmed that the $330 million aircraft, one of eight in the Russian Air Force inventory, went down in a fireball in the Krasnodor region in occupied Ukraine more than 150 miles from the front lines. Russian authorities haven’t confirmed the loss but military ... read more

EAA Wants Piper Rudder AD Rescinded

AVweb EAA is imploring the FAA to reconsider an AD it says would be impossible to achieve and unnecessarily broad in scope. The agency is proposing action that would require replacing the rudders on almost 31,000 legacy high-wing Pipers. “EAA believes this AD is flawed in regulatory process, scope, and requirements,” the organization said in its comments on the AD. “It is based on limited data, the required action is not possible in the timeframe required, the affected models list is vast, ... read more

Guest Blog: Reclaiming The Narrative To Change The Face Of Aviation

AVweb Ed. Note: Mireille Goyer is founder and president of Women of Aviation Worldwide, which has marked the anniversary of the issuance of the first pilot certificate to a woman, Raymonde de Laroche, on March 8, 1910, with events aimed at welcoming women and girls into aviation held through the first week of March. The historical silence or distortions surrounding women’s contributions to the air and space industry fuels harmful stereotypes about their capabilities in the present and robs ... read more

Last Week’s Poll Results: Readers Split On ASTM Need

AVweb A healthy response on the approval process for unleaded avgas was evenly split between those who think ASTM should be required and those who think FAA approval should be enough. The post Last Week’s Poll Results: Readers Split On ASTM Need appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Poll: What Aviation Events Are In Your Flying Plans?

AVweb Poll: What Aviation Events Are In Your Flying Plans? Poll: What Aviation Events Are In Your Flying Plans? AirVenture Sun 'n Fun AOPA Fly-Ins Staying close to home Other Δ The post Poll: What Aviation Events Are In Your Flying Plans? appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Best Of The Web: Classic Lear Jet Foundation

AVweb A group of volunteers and some generous sponsors are restoring the first Lear Jet 23 to be delivered to a customer and Rick Rowe put together this nice video. The post Best Of The Web: Classic Lear Jet Foundation appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Forgotten Wings: 7 Overlooked Aviators Who Redefined Flight History

Plane & Pilot Magazine While aviation history is filled with tales of legendary pilots who captured the world’s imagination, there are unsung heroes whose remarkable achievements have often been … Read More "Forgotten Wings: 7 Overlooked Aviators Who Redefined Flight History" The post Forgotten Wings: 7 Overlooked Aviators Who Redefined Flight History appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: Touring Texas by Taylorcraft

General Aviation News Terry Bowden submitted this photo and note: "I snapped this photo while visiting a nearby airstrip. The photo shows my friend Paul Milton's hangar in the background. I love his Texas flag door. This is our 1946 Taylorcraft BC12-D, which is modified with a Continental C90-12F engine." Read More read more

What does the future hold for general aviation?

General Aviation News While 2023 was a “banner year” for general aviation, how will the industry handle the many challenges it faces in 2024? Read More read more

NORAD Tracks ‘Hobbyist’ Balloon Over Utah

AVweb The Department of Defense said the balloon that was being tracked and intercepted over Utah on Friday was identified as a hobbyist balloon, according to a new report from CBS News.  The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), responsible for air defense over the United States and Canada, began tracking the balloon Friday as it crossed over the Western United States. NORAD said the balloon had been at an altitude of 43,000 and 45,000 feet. Fighters were then deployed to ... read more

New Approach Lighting System commissioned at KART

General Aviation News Airport officials note Watertown International Airport is one of a few airports in the nation with the new Medium Intensity Approach Lighting System with Runway Alignment Indicators (MALSR). Read More read more

Indiana Aviation Hall of Fame names Class of 2024

General Aviation News The Class of 2024 will be inducted into the Indiana Aviation Hall of Fame Sept. 21, 2024. Read More read more

We Fly: Garmin Autoland for the Beechcraft King Air 200

FLYING Magazine When it comes to the capability of an airplane to “land itself,” we shouldn’t ask why it can now—but rather why that it didn’t come to general aviation a lot sooner. The technology has been around since before World War II in military airplanes (see “How Can It Land Itself?” below) and from the mid-1960s in transport category jets. But if necessity is the mother of invention, then market demand is its directional guidance. When Garmin Aviation unveiled its Autoland ... read more

Coalition Formed To Tighten Aviation Supply

AVweb Aerospace leaders in the United States and Europe have joined forces to establish a coalition aimed at preventing unauthorized parts from entering the global supply chain in an effort to improve its overall integrity. The newly formed group, Aviation Supply Chain Integrity Coalition, was announced in a Feb. 22 press release and includes senior representatives from American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Safran, StandardAero and United Airlines. Additionally, former National ... read more

Flight Training Getting Safer

AVweb A new report conducted by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Air Safety Institute and Liberty University School of Aeronautics indicates flight training is getting safer with a near 50 percent decrease in fatal accidents over the last two decades.  Examining data from 2000-2019, the study showed 287 fatal flight training accidents. Parameters were focused on fatal accidents in the United States in fixed-wing, piston singles, and light twins with reciprocating engines under ... read more

United Expands Training Base

AVweb On Thursday, United Airlines celebrated the opening of its new 150,000-square-foot facility at its Flight Training Center in Denver—expanding on what the airline calls the largest training center of its kind.     The new building allows for significant expansion accommodating an additional 12 advanced full-motion flight simulators, six of which have already been installed.Additionally, it will allow more training capacity for the airline’s 16,000 pilots.  United’s Flight Training ... read more

Daher, GAMA International Internship Program Looking for Candidates

FLYING Magazine It has been said there is no better way to explore a career than through an internship. Some of them are more educational than others. For the second year in a row, Daher’s aircraft division and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) are partnering for an international internship program. According to Daher and GAMA, four students, two from North America and two from Europe, will be selected. The interns will spend eight weeks exploring their areas of ... read more

This 1964 Cessna 205 Super Skywagon Is a Heavy-Lifting, 6-Seat ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1964 Cessna 205 Super Skywagon. Cessna used its capable, all-around 182 Skylane as the basis for new models starting with the first 210s in 1960, which essentially were retractable 182s. The company also attached ... read more

Hands-Free Flashlights in the Cockpit

FLYING Magazine There are three things that begin with the letter “F” that make my weekends more fun: flying, field hockey, and flashlights, as in testing the latter for use in the aircraft. Over the weekend I had a chance to test two hands-free models courtesy of Flight Gear and Sporty’s Pilot Shop. It’s always a good idea to have at least two flashlights in your flight kit—one with a white light for preflight inspections, the other with a lens tinted red, green, amber, or blue for use ... read more

Tecnam’s 400th P2006T Twin Lands at Bartolini Air

FLYING Magazine Tecnam has achieved a significant milestone with the delivery of the 400th Tecnam P2006T twin to Poland flight training organization Bartolini Air. The handover of the aircraft, marked by the delivery of SN/200, took place at the Pilot Expo in Berlin. Introduced in 2006, the Tecnam P2006T Twin has become a recognized option for flight training globally, serving prestigious institutions and private owners alike. Notably, the aircraft facilitates multiengine piston training ... read more

‘Odysseus’ Lunar Lander Alive, Well… But Likely Not Upright

FLYING Magazine Intuitive Machines, the Houston-based aerospace company behind the IM-1 mission, has made history with the first successful moon landing by a company when its Nova-C autonomous lander Odysseus reached the surface. After a journey of around 600,000 miles, Odysseus softly landed in the South Pole region around 6:23 p.m. EST Thursday.  It did not, however, land upright, controllers believe. READ MORE: The ‘Odysseus’ Has Landed “Odysseus is alive and well,” the company said in ... read more

Cirrus Revises Logo to Signal ‘Next Era’ of Personal Aviation

FLYING Magazine Cirrus has unveiled its newly redesigned logo which it said reflects the company’s “unending quest for innovation.” Cirrus has long identified with a concept of personal aviation that makes flying more approachable, accessible, and personal. The Duluth, Minnesota-based company said it is updating its brand identity to further emphasize its particular approach to private aviation, called “Everything in Reach.” The recent changes are part of a broad strategy to grow the ... read more

P2006T Twin Milestone: Bartolini Air Welcomes Tecnam’s 400th Aircraft

Plane & Pilot Magazine Tecnam has marked a milestone with the delivery of the 400th Tecnam P2006T Twin to Bartolini Air, Poland’s top flight training organization. The exchange took … Read More "P2006T Twin Milestone: Bartolini Air Welcomes Tecnam’s 400th Aircraft" The post P2006T Twin Milestone: Bartolini Air Welcomes Tecnam’s 400th Aircraft appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Michigan updates aeronautics code

AOPA General Aviation News AOPA is advising on updates and needed changes to the Michigan Aeronautics Code, as well as suggesting reasonable and comparable pricing for aircraft registration fees. Read More read more

Joby Aviation Reports 2023 Earnings, Achieves Key Air Taxi Certification Milestone

FLYING Magazine It’s full steam ahead for electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi manufacturer Joby Aviation. The company this week reported fourth-quarter and full-year 2023 earnings, revealing that it recorded revenue for the first time and announcing plans to ramp up testing, certification, and manufacturing activities. Joby also said it became the first eVTOL manufacturer to complete the third of five stages in FAA type certification, and the firm is now turning to ... read more

Pivotal Delivers First Four BlackFly Personal Aircraft for Air Force Evaluation

FLYING Magazine Pivotal, the manufacturer of a single-seat electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft designed primarily for recreational use, has attracted the attention of the U.S. military. The company this week said it was selected by Modern Technology Solutions Inc. (MTSI) and AFWERX, the innovation arm of the U.S. Air Force, to participate in Agility Prime, a division of AFWERX dedicated to vertical lift technologies. Under the new agreement, Pivotal delivered the first ... read more

ARIZONA PILOT WINS AOPA SWEEPSTAKES CESSNA 170 IN HIS BACKYARD

AOPA General Aviation News BUCKEYE, Ariz., February 17, 2024 – Cliff Gurske has flown a wide range of aircraft in his professional and personal flying career. He has a type rating in the Boeing 747 and 737, and is qualified to fly the DC-3. Now, Gurske will have to dust off his tailwheel skills to fly the AOPA Sweepstakes Cessna 170 he won on Saturday at the AOPA Fly-in at the Buckeye Air Fair. Read More read more

Michigan updates aeronautics code

AOPA General Aviation News AOPA is advising on updates and needed changes to the Michigan Aeronautics Code, as well as suggesting reasonable and comparable pricing for aircraft registration fees. Read More read more

Top Picks in Today’s Light Sport Aircraft Market

Plane & Pilot Magazine Light sport aircraft (LSA) have been part of the aviation firmament for almost 20 years and over that time some models established themselves even as … Read More "Top Picks in Today’s Light Sport Aircraft Market" The post Top Picks in Today’s Light Sport Aircraft Market appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

U.K. Plans to Invest Billions in Military Drone Strategy

FLYING Magazine The U.K. will invest 4.5 billion pounds ($5.7 billion) to rapidly deliver advanced uncrewed systems across its armed forces over the next decade, the British Ministry of Defense announced. The new defense drone strategy is focused on enabling rapid experimentation, testing, and evaluation of new platforms, while integrating the approaches of how to utilize the systems by the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, and British Army under the U.K. Strategic Command, the ministry ... read more

Words Aloft: Test Pilot, Airline Style

Plane & Pilot Magazine The radio chatter was all in Spanish except for our instructions, and as we rolled down the runway beneath a hazy Mexican sky, almost everything … Read More "Words Aloft: Test Pilot, Airline Style" The post Words Aloft: Test Pilot, Airline Style appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

U.S. Air Force B-52, Philippine Fighters Patrol Over South China Sea

FLYING Magazine A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress and three Philippine Air Force (PAF) FA-50 fighter jets recently participated in a combined air patrol over the South China Sea. “On [Monday], the [PAF] and the U.S. Pacific Air Forces carried out the Combined Air Patrol as Phase 2 of the 3rd Maritime Cooperative Activity (MCA) within the Philippine Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), covering areas 90 nm west of Candon, Ilocos Sur, and 50 nm northwest of Lubang, Mindoro,” the Philippine Air ... read more

Flying the Finger Lakes Region of New York

FLYING Magazine As you fly north across the middle of upstate New York on a clear day toward places like Ithaca (KITH), Cortland County (N03), or Corning-Painted Post (7N1), you will see them on the horizon: the Finger Lakes. You are likely to spot Seneca Lake first, as it is 38 miles long and covers the greatest area of the 11 bodies of water that make up the Finger Lakes region. Just to the east is runner-up Cayuga Lake, with the city of Ithaca at its southern tip. It is huge, too, and ... read more

Iconic aircraft featured in limited edition diecast models

General Aviation News Sporty's has introduced limited edition diecast models of iconic general aviation aircraft, including the Cessna 172M Skyhawk and Piper J-3 Cub. Read More read more

Boeing Self-Flying Air Taxi Venture Wisk Aero Sets Plan for Texas Service

FLYING Magazine Wisk Aero—the self-flying, electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi venture of Boeing—is eyeing Texas as one of its launch markets. The manufacturer on Wednesday announced a partnership with the city of Sugar Land, Texas, to bring advanced air mobility (AAM) to the Greater Houston area, including plans to build a vertiport at Sugar Land Regional Airport (KSGR). Wisk and the city will assess locations for a vertiport and potential training and maintenance ... read more

Biplane hits Mooney while taxiing

General Aviation News The biplane pilot’s inadequate visual lookout, which resulted in an on-ground collision with another airplane while taxiing. Read More read more

UND Report Details Valve Issues Experienced With Swift Fuels 94UL

AVweb The University of North Dakota John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences has released a two-page communication concluding that engines that had been operated on Swift Fuels 94UL unleaded fuel experienced more than 128 episodes of recessed valve seats or other valve problems. The report details the flight operation’s experience switching from 100LL avgas to Swift Fuels unleaded 94UL and then back to 100LL. The paper, authored by Dean Robert Kraus and Director of Maintenance Dan ... read more

Veteran Boeing 757-200 Makes Successful Emergency Diversion

AVweb Details are still sketchy on a United Airlines Boeing 757-200 flight that diverted for an emergency landing earlier this week after it suffered damage to an inboard leading-edge slat on its right wing. Flight 354 was bound from San Francisco to Boston but landed safely at Denver International Airport. The 165 passengers deplaned at Denver and later boarded another aircraft to complete the journey. A passenger shot video of the damage as the aircraft landed, showing damage to the top ... read more

NBAA Pushes Back On ‘An Audit In Search Of A Problem’

AVweb The National Business Aviation Association is questioning the Internal Revenue’s announcement this week that it plans to begin “dozens” of audits involving U.S. business aircraft use. The association notes that, as with any asset, corporate entities that use business aircraft are expected to comply with appropriate Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules and federal tax laws. Non-business use of corporate aircraft is a sticky point, but NBAA points out that directors of public ... read more

This 1979 Beechcraft 77 Skipper Is a Rare, Roomy ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. 1979 Beechcraft 77 Skipper By the 1970s, when Beechcraft began developing its new trainer, a generation of pilots had trained for their private certificates in Cessna 150s. While the diminutive, utilitarian Cessna has become a classic, ... read more

Watchdog: FAA Staffing Struggles Could Hinder Human Spaceflight

FLYING Magazine An 18-month audit conducted by the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that hiring challenges at the FAA could hinder the growth of the human spaceflight industry. The audit report, published Wednesday in response to a request from federal lawmakers, reviewed hiring policies within the agency’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) between August 2022 and February 2024. In February, AST officials told GAO auditors that they had hired five staffers for the ... read more

The ‘Odysseus’ Has Landed

FLYING Magazine America is back on the moon. Intuitive Machine’s autonomous Nova-C lunar lander Odysseus successfully touched down in the South Pole region of the moon Thursday evening, marking the first U.S. moon landing in more than 50 years. “This is the first time an American commercial lunar lander has made it to orbit around the moon,” NASA said on X, formerly known as Twitter. The uncrewed robotic lunar lander touched down on the moon’s surface at 6:23 p.m. EST.  READ MORE: ... read more

‘Masters of the Air’ Miniseries Is Must-See TV for Aviation Buffs

FLYING Magazine Unless you have been living under a rock for the past month, you have probably heard about Masters of the Air, the miniseries streaming on Apple TV. This much-anticipated World War II drama premiered on January 26. For history and aviation buffs, this is must-see programming. The series, based on the 2007 book of the same name by Donald L. Miller, chronicles the experiences of the 100th Bomb Group, part of the Eighth Air Force in England during the war. For those who swoon ... read more

AOPA AIR SAFETY INSTITUTE AND LIBERTY UNIVERSITY RELEASE FATAL FLIGHT TRAINING ACCIDENT REPORT

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., Feb. 16, 2024— The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Air Safety Institute has released the updated Fatal Flight Training Accident Report 2000 – 2019. Read More read more

ARIZONA PILOT WINS AOPA SWEEPSTAKES CESSNA 170 IN HIS BACKYARD

AOPA General Aviation News BUCKEYE, Ariz., February 17, 2024 – Cliff Gurske has flown a wide range of aircraft in his professional and personal flying career. He has a type rating in the Boeing 747 and 737, and is qualified to fly the DC-3. Now, Gurske will have to dust off his tailwheel skills to fly the AOPA Sweepstakes Cessna 170 he won on Saturday at the AOPA Fly-in at the Buckeye Air Fair. Read More read more

Canada to Donate 800 SkyRanger R70 Drones to Ukraine

FLYING Magazine Canada is donating 800 SkyRanger R70 uncrewed aerial systems (UAS) to aid Ukraine in its fight against Russia, its top defense official announced. The move comes less than two weeks after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy created a separate military branch devoted to unmanned system forces. The small, multirotor Teledyne FLIR SkyRanger drones are manufactured in Waterloo, Ontario. They feature automated and autonomous navigation systems, which allow them to deploy ... read more

Hoping For Five Aces, Boeing Reshuffles Top Management Team

AVweb Boeing Commercial Aircraft (BCA) has shaken up its top-level management team; and despite adding a new position Vice President of the 737 Max program Ed Clark is leaving the company after 18 years of service. According to an email sent to employees yesterday by company CEO Statn Deal, he is replaced by Katie Ringgold, who moves into the Max hotseat after four years as V-P of 737 Delivery Operations. Her replacement in that role has yet to be appointed. Elizabeth Lund was appointed to ... read more

RETURNING TO OUR ROOTS WITH THE NEXT AOPA SWEEPSTAKES AIRCRAFT

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., February 15, 2024—What flies around, comes around. And for one lucky AOPA member, that trip will be in a stunning 1958 Cessna 182. Read More read more

AOPA AIR SAFETY INSTITUTE AND LIBERTY UNIVERSITY RELEASE FATAL FLIGHT TRAINING ACCIDENT REPORT

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., Feb. 16, 2024— The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Air Safety Institute has released the updated Fatal Flight Training Accident Report 2000 – 2019. Read More read more

‘Odysseus’ Transmits New Photos Ahead of Lunar Landing Attempt

FLYING Magazine Intuitive Machines released two new photos transmitted by its voyaging Nova-C robotic lunar lander Odysseus, which will attempt to reach the moon’s South Pole surface Thursday. The mission, known as IM-1, is set to be the first U.S. moon landing in more than 50 years. Launched on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket February 15 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, it is part of NASA’s commercial lunar payload services (CLPS) initiative and Artemis campaign. On board are six NASA ... read more

FAA Releases Final Rule on Aircraft Fuel Efficiency for Emissions

FLYING Magazine The FAA released its final rule regarding pollution reduction for large transport aircraft flying in U.S. airspace. The agency had released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) regarding aircraft fuel efficiency in June, 2022. The new rule requires manufacturers to incorporate improved fuel-efficient technologies into airplanes manufactured after January 1, 2028. It also applies to subsonic jet airplanes and large turboprop and piston-engine airplanes that have not yet ... read more

Meet the 4 Finalists for the 2023 Collier Trophy

FLYING Magazine The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) has revealed the finalists competing for the 2023 Robert J. Collier Trophy, a prestigious honor recognizing remarkable achievements in aeronautics and astronautics. This year’s finalists, representing various sectors of aviation, promise one of the most diverse classes in the award’s history. The four finalists include: MagniX for magni650 Electric Propulsion Unit (EPU) NASA, University of Arizona, and Lockheed Martin for the ... read more

Pictures of the Day: Missing man formation flight

General Aviation News David Dickins submitted this photo and note: "It was a privilege to be invited along as a passenger as part of a formation memorial flight over Vallejo and San Pablo Bay north of San Francisco in February 2023. The photo was shot with an iPhone 11 from an SIAI Marchetti SF.260. This was my first experience in formation; it was quite a thrill. We were the 'missing man.'" Read More read more

Diverse Innovations Take Center Stage Among 2023 Collier Trophy Finalists

Plane & Pilot Magazine The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) has unveiled the finalists for the 2023 Robert J. Collier Trophy, showcasing a diverse array of aerospace innovations. The Collier … Read More "Diverse Innovations Take Center Stage Among 2023 Collier Trophy Finalists" The post Diverse Innovations Take Center Stage Among 2023 Collier Trophy Finalists appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Royal Norwegian Air Force Receives Upgraded Super Hercules

FLYING Magazine The Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) has received its first upgraded C-130J-30 Super Hercules tactical airlifter, Lockheed Martin announced Wednesday. The cargo aircraft—one of RNoAF’s four C-130J-30s to be retrofitted with the Block 8.1 software and hardware expansion upgrades—was ferried from Lockheed Martin’s facility in Greenville, South Carolina, to Gardermoen Air Station, Norway (ENGM), where the service’s fleet of Super Hercules aircraft are based. Between 2008 and ... read more

Flight training is getting safer

General Aviation News While flight training is getting safer according to an updated report from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Air Safety Institute, there is still "plenty of work to do, particularly in mitigating the risk of loss of control in flight." Read More read more

‘Out of Africa’ Gipsy Moth goes under the hammer

AOPA General Aviation News The 1929 de Havilland DH60M Gipsy Moth flown by Robert Redford’s character Denys Finch Hatton in the award-winning 1985 movie Out of Africa is being offered for auction by RM Sotheby’s in Miami on March 2. Read More read more

Something Happened: Wind Shear Takes Down a Grumman Trainer

FLYING Magazine On a cloudless April afternoon a Grumman AA-1B Trainer lined up on Runway 16 at Dodge Center, Minnesota (KTOB), for takeoff. The wind, 27 knots gusting to 34, was coming from the right, 50 degrees off the little airplane’s nose. Three people had seen the pilot board the airplane and taxi out. One of them watched as it took off. When the airplane was, he thought, 500 feet above the ground and three-quarters of the way down the 4,500-foot runway, he returned to his work. A ... read more

A banner year for general aviation

General Aviation News “For the first time in more than a decade, the general aviation manufacturing industry has eclipsed 4,000 aircraft delivered,” officials with the General Aviation Manufacturers Association report. Read More read more

‘Out of Africa’ Gipsy Moth goes under the hammer

AOPA General Aviation News The 1929 de Havilland DH60M Gipsy Moth flown by Robert Redford’s character Denys Finch Hatton in the award-winning 1985 movie Out of Africa is being offered for auction by RM Sotheby’s in Miami on March 2. Read More read more

STOL competition returns to SUN ‘n FUN

General Aviation News Pilot from across the nation are expected to participate in the STOL Invitational at the 2024 SUN 'n FUN Aerospace Expo. Read More read more

Ohio association offers $5,000 scholarship

General Aviation News The Ohio Regional Business Aviation Association (ORBAA) is awarding up to a $5,000 scholarship to students working towards a career in Business Aviation. Applications are due by March 31, 2024. Read More read more

Near miss for pilot at wrong altitude

General Aviation News For some reason, when I got to 4,500 feet, I leveled off thinking it was an appropriate altitude. I remained on this heading for about five to 10 minutes when my ForeFlight-equipped iPad alerted me that it was overheating. Read More read more

Ampaire Completes Hybrid-Electric Ground Test Using Pure SAF

FLYING Magazine Ampaire, the company that set the endurance record for hybrid-electric flight in December, believes it can become even more efficient. The firm on Thursday announced it successfully completed a hybrid-electric ground test using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from partner Dimensional Energy. The pure, 100 percent ASTM D7566 SAF is produced from electricity and carbon dioxide and was used to fuel Ampaire’s nine-seat Eco Caravan, a modified Cessna 208B Grand Caravan. The ... read more

Travolta, Ocala Equestrian Community Prevail In Jumbolair Expansion Protest

AVweb Owners of the Jumbolair Aviation Estates fly-in community near Ocala, Florida, home to avid pilot/celebrity John Travolta, have withdrawn a plan to dramatically increase the size of the residency with a proposed rezoning. Travolta had filed a letter to local authorities expressing his opposition to the plan. The Ocala Star-Banner reported today that the rezoning effort was withdrawn just hours before a scheduled public meeting where large numbers of residents gathered to express ... read more

GAMA 2023 Numbers Show More Than 4,000 GA Aircraft Delivered

AVweb New-aircraft sales were up in all categories in 2023, with piston models leading the pack at an 11.8% increase compared with 2022 (to 1,602 deliveries from 1,505). That was the takeaway from today’s release of aircraft sales numbers from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). While the ongoing pilot shortage and its resulting focus on single-engine training aircraft no doubt played a role in overall fixed-wing sales, the fact that billings increased by 2.2% (to $23.4 ... read more

Sergey Brin Facing Lawsuit Over Pilot’s Death In Twin Otter Crash

AVweb The widow of one of the pilots killed last May when flying Sergey Brin’s float-equipped Viking Twin Air 400 Series Twin Otter is suing the billionaire Google co-founder for wrongful death. Both pilots died when the Twin Otter crashed trying to return to California after launching on the first leg of a long-range ferry flight to Fiji. According to a Forbes account posted today, the Santa Clara County-filed suit claims the aircraft’s temporary internal auxiliary fuel tank failed to ... read more

Short Final: Hold Your Horsepower

AVweb From sister publication IFR Magazine’s ‘On the Air’ letters page: A female tower controller at a flight-school airport was known to have a sultry voice that the young male instructors found…appealing. On one occasion, she advised one of the school aircraft that had been waiting for ground fog to dissipate: Controller: “Cessna Five Mike Fox, weather is now clear with 2.5 miles visibility in fog. State your intentions.” Instructor: “Cessna Five Mike Fox …Dishonorable.” After a brief ... read more

Don’t Forget Your Hangar Maintenance

Plane & Pilot Magazine “Rick,” I said, “you need to clean up this place!” The hangar floor was littered with blown-in grass clippings and dust bunnies, along with some … Read More "Don’t Forget Your Hangar Maintenance" The post Don’t Forget Your Hangar Maintenance appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Wing Damage Diverts United Airlines 757

FLYING Magazine A United Airlines 757-200 flying from San Francisco to Boston made an unscheduled stop in Denver on Monday because of damage to the leading edge of a wing. “On Monday, United Flight 354 diverted to Denver to address an issue with the slat on the wing of the aircraft,” an airline spokesperson said. “The flight landed safely, and we arranged for a different aircraft to take customers to their destination, which arrived in Boston later that night.” Slats are moveable panels ... read more

GAMA: 2023 Aircraft Shipments Up Across All Segments

FLYING Magazine 2023 was a good year for aircraft deliveries, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association’s (GAMA) year-end General Aviation Aircraft Shipments and Billings Report. GAMA found that aircraft shipments rose across all segments compared to 2022, coming in at 3,050 airplanes and 962 helicopters delivered in 2023. The numbers represent year-on-year increases of 9 percent and 9.8 percent, respectively. Overall airplane billings for last year rose 2.2 percent to ... read more

Boeing Changes Leadership of 737 Program

FLYING Magazine Boeing employees woke up Wednesday morning to an email from president and CEO Stan Deal outlining leadership changes designed to improve the quality of the company’s commercial aircraft. “I am announcing several leadership changes as we continue driving BCA’s [Boeing Commercial Airplane] enhanced focus on ensuring that every airplane we deliver meets or exceeds all quality and safety requirements,” Deal said in the email. “Our customers demand, and deserve, nothing ... read more

Aviation industry growth robust yet at risk

AOPA General Aviation News The General Aviation Manufacturers Association reported growth in all segments, particularly piston airplanes, a segment that logged record revenue in 2023. But a brush with death by taxation that business aviation narrowly survived in Europe was among the causes for concern for the future of aviation east of the Atlantic Ocean, and elsewhere. Read More read more

This 1937 Fairchild F-24 H Is a Practical Antique and ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1937 Fairchild F-24 H. Flying a 1930s aircraft requires a certain level of commitment. However, this four-seat Fairchild F-24 was a modern machine when it left the factory in 1937 and is likely to feel largely ... read more

Aviation industry growth robust yet at risk

AOPA General Aviation News The General Aviation Manufacturers Association reported growth in all segments, particularly piston airplanes, a segment that logged record revenue in 2023. But a brush with death by taxation that business aviation narrowly survived in Europe was among the causes for concern for the future of aviation east of the Atlantic Ocean, and elsewhere. Read More read more

Boeing Delivers MQ-25 Stingray to U.S. Navy for Testing

FLYING Magazine Boeing has delivered the first MQ-25 Stingray unmanned refueling drone to the U.S. Navy for testing, the company said Wednesday. The MQ-25 is the Navy’s first uncrewed aerial aircraft and designed to refuel carrier-based aircraft platforms, such as the F/A-18 Super Hornet, E-2D Hawkeye, and F-35C Lightning II. The Navy intends to buy more than 70 of the drone tankers in a bid to help extend the range of the carrier air wing.  “The unmanned carrier-based refueler will now ... read more

Moving World Report 2024: Breaking Down Challenges, Opportunities in Aviation

FLYING Magazine Aviation has its fair share of problems. The current pilot shortage of about 17,000 is only expected to grow by the end of the decade, and industry sustainability commitments may not achieve the target of net-zero aviation emissions by 2030, to name a few. But these issues, dire as they may be, present opportunities for innovation. Venture capital firm UP.Partners last week published the 2024 edition of its annual Moving World Report, a deep dive into the movers and ... read more

Who Wins the Battle of the Aviation Kneeboards?

FLYING Magazine Do you use an iPad in the cockpit? Is the device secured? I ask because a friend had an unfortunate life-changing experience during her spin training when her CFI’s kneeboard with the iPad strapped inside came loose and became a projectile, striking her in the face and fracturing her eye socket. This cautionary tale made me take a closer look at the kneeboard options available to iPad users. In fact, iPads have caused a kneeboard evolution. The mission of the kneeboard ... read more

Near-Historic Jet Streams Lead To Record Groundspeeds For Airliners

AVweb Near-historically-strong winds over the mid-Atlantic Saturday night caused a Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight from Washington, D.C. to reach London 45 minutes early. As reported by multiple news outlets, the National Weather Service (NWS) calculated the peak jet stream winds at approximately 265 mph for a maximum measured groundspeed of 802 mph. According to a National Public Radio report , the highest wind speed ever recorded by the NWS in the area was 267 mph on ... read more

Van’s Aircraft reports turning corner

AOPA General Aviation News More than 81 percent of thousands of Van's Aircraft customers awaiting deliveries have signed updated agreements to pay more for their orders, company officials announced on YouTube February 17—extending until February 22 the company's deadline for others to do the same. Read More read more

Skyryse Calls New Fly-by-Wire Helicopter a ‘Game-Changer’

FLYING Magazine One of the first things an airplane pilot learns when they start training to fly helicopters is that helicopters require much more attention as they have more controls: cyclic, control stick, and two rudder pedals. And they have always had these controls since Sikorsky invented them in 1942, said Ray Wert, vice president of communications and marketing for Skyryse, the manufacturers of the Skyryse One, the first production fly-by-wire helicopter piloted with a single ... read more

How to Watch ‘Odysseus’ Attempt First U.S. Moon Landing Since 1972

FLYING Magazine In a matter of hours, Intuitive Machines’ private lunar lander Odysseus will attempt the first U.S. moon landing in more than half a century. On Wednesday, the voyaging Nova-C robotic moon lander had successfully traversed what the company called the mission’s “largest challenge to date,” reaching lunar orbit as planned ahead of its landing anticipated at around 5:49 p.m. EST Thursday. “After traveling over [1 million kilometers], Odysseus is now closer to the moon than ... read more

White House Reviewing FAA Safety Rule Affecting Over 2,600 Companies

FLYING Magazine The White House has started reviewing an FAA safety rule affecting over 2,600 small carriers and manufacturers, many of whom have significant concerns about costs and their ability to actually comply with it. The Safety Management Systems (SMS) rule, received at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) last week, requires charter, commuter and air tour operators, and aircraft manufacturers to install an SMS—a requirement that currently applies only to large airlines, ... read more

What’s the Difference Between Currency and Proficiency?

FLYING Magazine Question: I have just returned to flying after a several-year gap. I know the FAA has rules about what pilots need to do to establish VFR and IFR currency but haven’t been able to find any information on how proficiency is established. Does the FAA have rules on what a pilot needs to work on? Answer: In a manner of speaking, the metrics for proficiency are found in the airman certification standards. The ACS lists the tasks and knowledge required for airman ... read more

Picture of the Day: Patiently waiting

General Aviation News William Vergonet submitted this photo and note: "A Beechcraft Bonanza awaiting customer pickup at Elliott Field (09GE) in Dawsonville, Georgia." Read More read more

What’s the harm in turning the prop by hand?

General Aviation News Why does our engines expert advise aircraft owners not to turn the prop by hand? Read More read more

Van’s Aircraft reports turning corner

AOPA General Aviation News More than 81 percent of thousands of Van's Aircraft customers awaiting deliveries have signed updated agreements to pay more for their orders, company officials announced on YouTube February 17—extending until February 22 the company's deadline for others to do the same. Read More read more

Merlin Labs Nabs Part 135 Air Operator Certification in New Zealand

FLYING Magazine Federal agencies are beginning to warm up to the idea of fully or partially automated flight. Boston-based Merlin Labs—the maker of a platform-agnostic, takeoff-to-touchdown autonomy system for fixed-wing aircraft—on Wednesday announced it obtained Part 135 certification from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of New Zealand for future air freight operations in the country. The regulator’s Part 135 covers air operations for helicopters and small airplanes. Certification of ... read more

First Ukrainian Pilots Expected to Finish U.S. F-16 Training By Summer

FLYING Magazine A small group of Ukrainian fighter pilots are expected to complete their F-16 training in Arizona by the start of summer, according to a new report. The news comes as a timeline begins to emerge for when Ukraine might also receive the first fighter jets sought by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy since Russia’s invasion in 2022. In October, a small number of Ukrainian fighter pilots began training in F-16 fundamentals with the 162nd Wing of the Arizona Air National ... read more

Cactus Fly-In celebrates 66th year

General Aviation News The March 2, 2024 show will be held at Casa Grande Municipal Airport (KCGZ) in Arizona. Read More read more

Pennsylvania university launches aviation program

General Aviation News Gannon University has launched a new Aviation & Business Management degree program in partnership with Fundamentals Flight Training at the Erie International Airport (KERI) in Pennsylvania. Read More read more

Lincoln Electric introduces Sprinter 180Si

General Aviation News The new stick welder also delivers 200 amps for TIG welding. Read More read more

Passenger intervenes when pilot freezes

General Aviation News The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll. Read More read more

Environmental Group Says California FBOs Will Be Able To Continue Selling 100LL

AVweb The lawyer for a California environmental group says a court settlement that will mandate the sale of G100UL avgas will not necessarily prevent FBOs from also selling 100LL. Mark Todzo, who represents the Center for Environmental Health, clarified part of his December 2023 letter to FBOs and fuel distributors informing of the imminent commercial availability of G100UL. In that letter Todzo said G100UL “can and should serve as a lower lead replacement for the 100LL fuel you are ... read more

FAA Adopts Carbon Limits For Airliners

AVweb The FAA has issued a final rule that will require most larger aircraft built after Jan. 1, 2028 to meet new efficiency standards designed to reduce their carbon emissions per passenger mile. The new rule will cover all subsonic jets with a maximum takeoff weight of more than 12,500 pounds and turboprops with an MTOW of 19,000 pounds. The new rules will bring the U.S. in line with ICAO standards and are part of the U.S. Aviation Climate Action Plan. “We are taking a large step forward ... read more

Mike Busch To Probe Unleaded Fuel Valve Issues

AVweb Savvy Aviation master mechanic Mike Busch is questioning the methodology of tests done by the University of North Dakota that resulted in it abandoning the use of Swift 94UL and going back to 100LL in its training fleet. The school made the switch back to leaded fuel last fall because it detected significant valve seat recession (VSR) in the Lycoming engines in its Piper Archers. VSR occurs when the valve seat erodes and the valve sinks deeper into the seat over time, possibly ... read more

Featured Video: Flying Unleaded

AVweb Aviation Consumer’s Rick Durden logged 3.3 hours on AOPA’s Beech C55 Baron burning G100UL on one engine and 100LL on the other. Other than slightly better performance from the engine on unleaded, it was a non event. Durden and Aviation Consumer Editor-in-Chief Larry Anglisano debriefed the flight. The post Featured Video: Flying Unleaded appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Paper Chase: Beware of Prop Wash

FLYING Magazine One of the first lessons you learn in a fixed-wing aircraft is to watch your prop wash. When the engine is operating, that airflow off the prop heads back toward the tail and will blast anything behind you. And you may be surprised at how far back it reaches. On Sunday, I found myself in the viewing area outside the fence to the ramp at a local nontowered airport. There is a picnic bench there and some signage to explain the airport to the muggles (the aviation ... read more

Treat High-Altitude Turbulence with Knowledge and Respect

FLYING Magazine It was October 2006. I had just bought a terrific, well-equipped Cessna T210 about a year before. It had occurred to me that with such a great high-altitude aircraft that I should take some quality mountain flying instruction. A friend had told me of an outstanding mountain instructor based at Vance Brand Airport (KLMO) in Longmont, Colorado, and strongly urged me to take his two-day course. The first day of the course was basic mountain flying. We covered mountain and ... read more

This 1979 Piper PA-32RT-300T Turbo Lance II Is a High-Altitude ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. 1979 Piper PA-32RT-300T Turbo Lance II Piper is famous for morphing its basic PA-28 Cherokee airframe into a full and diverse fleet of aircraft including 2-, 4- and 6-place singles, light twins, trainers, and high-performance models. The ... read more

Garmin Offers IFR Flight Control System for Helicopters

FLYING Magazine Garmin announced that its GFC 600H flight control system for helicopters is available in an IFR design with a stability augmentation system (SAS). The new version includes collective control, giving the GFC 600H four-axis capability for the first time. Leonardo Helicopters’ AW109 Trekker is the first model to use the system with the new capabilities. The company said the enhanced version helps improve overall mission effectiveness by decreasing the pilot’s workload. READ ... read more

Buckeye’s biggest year yet

AOPA General Aviation News The Buckeye Air Fair in Arizona saw over 30,000 attendees and 340 total fly-in aircraft, over the event’s three-day weekend, but it wasn’t just the numbers that made the overall event, including the AOPA Fly-in at the Buckeye Air Fair, a rousing success. Read More read more

Vulcanair to open North Carolina production facility

AOPA General Aviation News Vulcanair North America will open a production facility in Elizabethtown, North Carolina, at Curtis L. Brown Jr. Field. Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: Preflight yourself with MICE

AOPA General Aviation News One of the first aviation tasks you learned was preflighting—that process before every flight by which you ensure that the airplane is airworthy and ready to fly. But what about yourself? Read More read more

Fulfilling the future of flight

AOPA General Aviation News As the aviation industry continues to grow and evolve, it is crucial for educational institutions like California Aeronautical University (CAU) to prepare future pilots and aircraft maintenance technicians for success. Read More read more

NATO Conducts ‘Find, Fix, Track, Target’ Exercise Over Poland

FLYING Magazine U.S. F-35 Lightning IIs and a KC-135 Stratotanker joined aircraft from the Royal Netherlands Air Force and a NATO E-3A airborne warning and control system (AWACS) surveillance aircraft for aerial drills in airspace over Poland, according to NATO Air Command. The U.S. fighter jets and tanker deployed from bases in the U.K., according to NATO. A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II performs a low pass over the flightline at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, U.K.. The F-35A provides a ... read more

Buckeye’s biggest year yet

AOPA General Aviation News The Buckeye Air Fair in Arizona saw over 30,000 attendees and 340 total fly-in aircraft, over the event’s three-day weekend, but it wasn’t just the numbers that made the overall event, including the AOPA Fly-in at the Buckeye Air Fair, a rousing success. Read More read more

Vulcanair to open North Carolina production facility

AOPA General Aviation News Vulcanair North America will open a production facility in Elizabethtown, North Carolina, at Curtis L. Brown Jr. Field. Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: Preflight yourself with MICE

AOPA General Aviation News One of the first aviation tasks you learned was preflighting—that process before every flight by which you ensure that the airplane is airworthy and ready to fly. But what about yourself? Read More read more

Fulfilling the future of flight

AOPA General Aviation News As the aviation industry continues to grow and evolve, it is crucial for educational institutions like California Aeronautical University (CAU) to prepare future pilots and aircraft maintenance technicians for success. Read More read more

Lilium Signs eVTOL Jet Charging Deal, Launches Customer Service Business

FLYING Magazine Lilium, manufacturer of the seven-seat electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) Lilium Jet, on Tuesday made a pair of updates geared toward building out the ecosystem around its flagship aircraft. At the Singapore Airshow, the German firm announced a partnership with electric charging infrastructure provider Star Charge to develop the charging systems for its ground and flight testing aircraft, the first of which are now in production. The manufacturer also launched ... read more

Here’s When ‘Odysseus’ Is Expected to Land on the Moon

FLYING Magazine Intuitive Machines’ Nova-C robotic lunar lander Odysseus is on track to execute the first U.S. moon landing in more than 50 years on Thursday, according to the company. The private IM-1 mission, which launched on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket February 15 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, is headed to the South Pole region of the moon as part of the agency’s commercial lunar payload services (CLPS) initiative and Artemis campaign.  The mission comes a little more than a ... read more

Picture of the Day: Fishing and flying with grandpa

General Aviation News Trace Ralston submitted this photo and note: "My grandpa and I went fishing in the backcountry of Idaho. In this particular photo we are at Indian Creek." Read More read more

Santa Barbara Airport Closed Due to Flooding

FLYING Magazine If your travel plans included a flight to Santa Barbara, California, you better check with your airline and make other plans. On Monday, Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (KSBA) was closed due to flooding from as much as 10 inches of rain. According to the airport website, the facility will remain shut down until further notice—more specifically until the water recedes and authorities can check for and repair any damage. The airport saw 35 flights were canceled on ... read more

The battle continues: Education vs degree programs

General Aviation News Education is the key to success. There’s no doubt about it. But, does that mean a college degree is an essential component of that success? Does the lack of a B.A., or a B.S., or an MBA behind our name mean we’ll live in a state of lesser potential forevermore? Poppycock, I say. Read More read more

We Fly to the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire to Mark Black History Month

FLYING Magazine Previously I mentioned a list of destinations I compiled as part of a self-motivation plan to spend more time this year traveling in Annie, our Commander 114. One of those points of interest, which actually has been on the list for several years, is the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire, located on the field at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (KMHT). I flew there recently for a special event at the museum and to get a look at the exhibits, which focus largely on aircraft ... read more

Air Force Says Failure Cause in Deadly V-22 Crash Still Unknown

FLYING Magazine Air Force accident investigators continue to search for the root cause behind the deadly CV-22 Osprey crash off the coast of Japan in November that killed eight service members on board the tiltrotor aircraft. The CV-22 assigned to the Air Force’s 353rd Special Operations Wing at Yokota Air Base, Japan, went down offshore of Yakushima Island on November 29 with eight crewmembers on board during a routine training mission. There were no survivors. “At this time, the ... read more

Researcher looks into developing more effective pilot training programs

General Aviation News “This work aims to bring pilot training and operational performance to a new level. It has the potential to make training more effective and efficient, especially for new pilots.” Read More read more

Northwest Aviation Conference Set for This Weekend

FLYING Magazine Part trade show, part educational symposium, part reunion. That best describes the Northwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show held every February at the Puyallup Fairgrounds (that’s pronounced Pew-YAL-up for the unfamiliar) in Washington state. The event will take place Saturday and Sunday. The show missed a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so this year marks the 40th event. Admission is $10 for adults, and children are free. The show runs from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. PST ... read more

Fatal Flight Training Accident Report released

General Aviation News A collaboration between the AOPA Air Safety Institute and the Liberty University School of Aeronautics, the study covers fatal training accidents in the United States, offers a breakdown of accidents and their causes, and concludes with accident prevention and mitigation recommendations. Read More read more

Second grant to fund more improvements at Ohio airport

General Aviation News Planned improvements include an open-air pilot shelter with a concrete floor large enough for several picnic tables and adequate storage for carts, kayaks, paddles, life jackets, and bikes. The plan is to add an RAF fire ring, and at least three wooden tent platforms closer to the lake’s edge within the more wooded environment. Read More read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1952 Cessna 170B

Plane & Pilot Magazine For those with a keen eye for aviation history and a passion for classic designs, the 1952 Cessna 170B presents a golden opportunity. Priced at … Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1952 Cessna 170B" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1952 Cessna 170B appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Near miss for student on wrong frequency

General Aviation News I didn't realize I had fat fingered the radio frequency for the local practice area. Read More read more

Controller Orders 172 Pilot To Land For Being ‘Risk To Aviation Safety’

AVweb A controller at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Arizona ordered a pilot to land and then grounded her after she appeared to be confused and disoriented while flying in the immediate area of the airport. The Cessna 172 pilot, who said she had a private pilot certificate, appeared to not comply correctly with the controller’s instructions as other aircraft landed and took off at the airport. At one point she asked to “go back to Falcon Airport” about 15 miles away but the controller ... read more

Continental Hacked

AVweb Continental Aerospace is under a cyber attack and it has affected its operations in Alabama. The company posted the following notice on its Web site: Continental® US operations were recently impacted by a cyber incident affecting daily Operations based in Alabama. Continental® is actively engaged with a team of experts who are working to resolve the issues as quickly as possible and expects to resume full operations soon. We will be contacting Continental Tuesday for more ... read more

Textron to Deliver SkyCourier to Hinterland Aviation for Passenger Service

FLYING Magazine Textron Aviation said it agreed to sell one of its Cessna SkyCourier passenger models to Hinterland Aviation, a regional airline in Australia. Delivery of the new aircraft is expected in 2026. The SkyCourier, a high-wing, twin-turboprop utility design, will join Hinterland’s large fleet of Cessna Grand Caravans, bringing an increase in passenger seating and payload. Textron said expansion of the Hinterland fleet will benefit the remote communities that the airline serves ... read more

Garmin GFC 500 Autopilot Receives FAA STC for Beechcraft A35 and B35 Aircraft

Plane & Pilot Magazine Garmin announced on February 13 that it had obtained FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for the GFC 500 digital autopilot in Beechcraft A35 and B35 aircraft. … Read More "Garmin GFC 500 Autopilot Receives FAA STC for Beechcraft A35 and B35 Aircraft" The post Garmin GFC 500 Autopilot Receives FAA STC for Beechcraft A35 and B35 Aircraft appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Passion Projects and Ramp Rat Racing at Arizona’s Stellar Airpark

FLYING Magazine By profession, Joe Coraggio is a pilot for a major domestic airline. When not flying the Airbus A320, he is either busy flying his Lancair Legacy or working on his various project aircraft from his hangar home at Stellar Airpark (P19) in Chandler, Arizona.  Coraggio’s first introduction to airpark living came in college during a time when he was starting his aviation industry career. As soon as he graduated from the University of Minnesota, he began working on and flying ... read more

Rotax Aircraft Engines Fly-In World Tour 2024

Plane & Pilot Magazine Rotax Aircraft Engines has invited their worldwide flock to Wels, Austria, for some years. This charming town north of Salzburg is near the home of … Read More "Rotax Aircraft Engines Fly-In World Tour 2024" The post Rotax Aircraft Engines Fly-In World Tour 2024 appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Lilium Partners with PhilJets for Electric Jets in Philippines, Southeast Asia

FLYING Magazine German manufacturer Lilium intends to bring its seven-seat electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) Lilium Jet to Southeast Asia. The company on Monday announced a partnership with the Philippines’ PhilJets to bring its flagship Jet and high-speed regional air mobility (RAM) services to the region, starting with the Philippines. PhilJets operates private and commercial flights with a fleet comprising 15 private jets and helicopters, with plans to expand it in the next ... read more

Avfuel Awards 4 Scholarships for 2023

FLYING Magazine There are many careers in aviation, and the education it takes to get them can be expensive. For the last 25 years, Avfuel Corp. has been making it a little easier on select individuals by providing scholarships. At the end of 2023 the fuel giant awarded one AVTRIP scholarship recipient and three pilot-in-training grants. Cherry Kan was the recipient of the $2,000 AVTRIP scholarship. AVTRIP is the company’s pilot loyalty reward program, and the money is available to ... read more

Leonardo C-27J Spartan Demonstrates Fuel-Reducing Tech

FLYING Magazine A Leonardo C-27J  Spartan military transport has been used to demonstrate technology aimed at slashing fuel consumption of regional aircraft, the Italian manufacturer said Monday. During a debut flight at Turin-Caselle Airport (LIMF), the C-27J flying test bed was used to showcase innovative wingtips and morphing winglets capable of changing shape during flight, Leonardo said Monday.  “These unusual surfaces are maneuvered by advanced electromechanical actuators with ... read more

Porter to Open New E195-E2 Crew Bases

FLYING Magazine Porter Airlines is continuing its growth with the opening of three new pilot and cabin crew bases for its Embraer E195-E2 fleet. According to an internal memo, the Canadian airline will be adding these bases in Ottawa, Montreal, and Vancouver. Details: Porter’s Three New Crew Bases After operating for a decade and a half out of Toronto Billy Bishop City Airport with a fleet of Dash 8 Q400 turboprops, Porter placed an order for 30 Embraer E195-E2 jets in 2021. As jet ... read more

Picture of the Day: Start them early…

General Aviation News Richard Hrezo submitted this photo and note: "My grandson John has been flying with me in my RV-7A since he was two. He has over 50 flights, can make radio calls, and work the autopilot. He’s a great stick too! Got to earn that gas money though." Read More read more

Eve Air Mobility Launches Southeast Asia Electric Air Taxi Study

FLYING Magazine The air taxi subsidiary of aviation manufacturing titan Embraer is eyeing Southeast Asia as a key launch market for urban air mobility (UAM) operations. Eve Air Mobility—the manufacturer of an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi designed for a pilot plus four passengers—on Monday announced an agreement with Singapore-based aviation firm Yugo Global Industries to study the potential for UAM and eVTOL flights across Southeast Asia. A memorandum of ... read more

A crowded stage at Oshkosh

General Aviation News When Charles Stites, executive director of Able Flight, sent out his latest press release, he couldn't help but boast about the non-profit's latest milestone: "With 10 new scholarships, it looks like it will be a crowded stage for the wings pinning ceremony at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in July!" Read More read more

IM-1 Private Lunar Lander Mission Transmits First Space Images

FLYING Magazine Intuitive Machines’ Nova-C robotic lunar lander Odysseus is in “excellent health” and on track to be inserted into lunar orbit this week, the Houston-based aerospace company said Sunday. The update comes three days after Intuitive Machines’ IM-1 mission successfully launched on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida early Thursday, putting the Odysseus private lunar lander on track to becoming the first U.S. moon landing in more than 50 years. ... read more

KGTR installs Mississippi’s first electric aircraft charger

General Aviation News Golden Triangle Regional Airport (KGTR) has partnered with BETA, an electric aerospace company based in Burlington, Vermont, and Avflight, a global FBO operator, to install the first-ever electric aviation charging station in the state of Mississippi. Read More read more

This 1999 Pilatus PC-12-45 Is a Multi-Mission ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1999 Pilatus PC-12​/​45. The PC-12 single-engine turboprop was a revolutionary concept when Swiss aerospace company Pilatus developed it in the late 1980s. Most large, pressurized turboprop transports were ... read more

Chart Wise: Finger Lakes RNAV Rwy 1

FLYING Magazine If you are heading up to the Finger Lakes region of New York for some hiking, biking, boating, fishing, skiing—or even just to visit a few vineyards for some wine tasting—you might choose to use the Finger Lakes Regional Airport (0G7) in Seneca Falls to launch your adventures when arriving by air. The RNAV (GPS) Runway 1 is a pretty straightforward T-bar GPS approach you might leverage in IFR conditions to get you to the airport— not unusual as the autumn days cool and fog ... read more

Red Bull pilot to help celebrate Valdez 20-year anniversary

General Aviation News Red Bull Air Race pilot Luke Czepiela will help commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Valdez STOL Competition & Fly-in Air Show, slated for May 10-12, 2024, at Valdez Pioneer Field Airport (PAVD) in Alaska. Read More read more

US Aviation Academy Is Innovating Industry Education

FLYING Magazine Aviation, for all its advances in technology, is a uniquely hands-on industry that requires personal interaction between pilots, mechanics, dispatchers, and their aircraft. But that does not mean there isn’t room for innovation. US Aviation Academy, headquartered in Denton, Texas, provides the type of interactive learning only seen at top-tier colleges in an accelerated, accessible format. The academy strives to bring students of all kinds into a new aviation career in a ... read more

Garmin autopilot OK’d for Bonanzas

General Aviation News Garmin has received FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for the GFC 500 digital autopilot in Beechcraft A35 and B35 aircraft. Read More read more

Wrong flap setting leads to crash

General Aviation News The pilot’s improper flap setting, which resulted in a collision with trees during a takeoff attempt from a short grass field. Read More read more

Van’s Exceeds Reorder Goal Thanks To ‘Overwhelming Response’

AVweb Van’s Aircraft says customer support in the aftermath of its bankruptcy filing two months ago has been stronger than predicted and the company is getting back to normal business operations. As first reported by our sister publication KITPLANES, in a video update posted Saturday, Van’s founder Dick VanGrunsven and VP Greg Hughes said more than 78 percent of customers who had put deposits on airframe kits have accepted a 30% price increase to continue with the order. More than 93% who ... read more

Swift Fuels Raps Environmentalists’ ‘Ultimatum’ On Unleaded Fuel

AVweb Swift Fuels CEO Chris D’Acosta says a legal threat against California FBOs to sell a new-to-the-market unleaded 100 octane fuel is based on the premise that G100UL, developed by General Aviation Modifications Inc., will soon be commercially available, something he says is unlikely to happen anytime soon. In public comments and in emails to AVweb, D’Acosta claims that the lack of ASTM approval of the fuel means that it is not yet commercially viable because it likely will not be ... read more

Avgas Issue Comes To A Head And It’s About Time

AVweb We attend so many different types of events at AirVenture that my colleagues and I have learned to never be surprised at what one might yield. Some of the most seemingly insignificant events have resulted in some of the best stories. Still, some things look like a sure thing and the event held last year by the Eliminate Aviation Gasoline Lead Emissions (EAGLE) to discuss next steps in the quest for a high octane unleaded avgas had all the hallmarks of a meaty story in a show that had ... read more

Last Week’s Poll Results: Keep Aircraft Tracks In Plain View

AVweb More than half of a healthy number of respondents were in favor of letting airplane trackers do their thing. The post Last Week’s Poll Results: Keep Aircraft Tracks In Plain View appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Poll: Does ASTM Matter For Unleaded Fuel Approval?

AVweb Poll: Does ASTM Matter For Unleaded Fuel Approval? Poll: Does ASTM Matter For Unleaded Fuel Approval? It should be a requirement Good to have but not necessary FAA approval is enough Let the market decide Other Δ The post Poll: Does ASTM Matter For Unleaded Fuel Approval? appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Best Of The Web: First Solo

AVweb There are plenty of first solo videos out there but Sling Pilot Academy did a particularly good job of chronicling this student’s big day. The post Best Of The Web: First Solo appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Set Jet Folds Suddenly

AVweb Arizona-based hop-on charter Set Jet suddenly ceased operations Friday saying it ran out of money after several delays in issuing a SPAC IPO. The company had 2900 members who paid as little as $99 a month and could get seats for $750 to $1,550 on flights throughout the West and to Cabo San Lucas using Challenger 850s that seated 13 to 15 passengers. An investor backed out on a $14 million commitment Friday and that was the last straw. The company was planning a major expansion to ... read more

Chasing airplanes

General Aviation News Robert Hobbelman's hobby of plane spotting has taken him all over the world, and the adventure continues as he attempts something impossible: To see every plane ever manufactured. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: Living proof

General Aviation News Jack Majcher sent in this photo and note: "My son, Joe, aged 20, at State College Regional Airport (KUNV) in Pennsylvania after returning from a local airport where he passed his private pilot exam in this Piper Warrior. He departed KUNV at 7:30 a.m., flew 30 minutes south. On final as he was crossing threshold, a group of deer bolted across the runway. He did an immediate go-around and subsequently landed safely. When he walked into the lounge a man who watched the ... read more

NBAA Launches Customs Tool For GA Airports

AVweb The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) developed a new GA Airport Fact Sheet tool outlining critical port-of-entry details at more than 300 airports across the United States.  The tool consolidates hundreds of airport fact sheets created and distributed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) highlighting key information such as office hours, entrance and clearance service hours, contact details, landing permission protocols, and insights into the inspection procedures ... read more

Emergency AD Issued For PT6 Turbine Blade Failures

AVweb ransport Canada issued an emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD) on Feb. 15 mandating the grounding of aircraft equipped with certain Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PT6 turboprop engines until turbine blade replacements are conducted.  The move comes as there have been reports of three PT2 blade failures, which were all contained. P&WC says it is investigating the root cause of the failures but in its preliminary investigation, the power turbine modules in all event ... read more

California Airshow Includes Beach Runway

AVweb Scores of attendees, aircraft, and performers will again flock to Huntington Beach this fall for the Pacific Airshow—a cornerstone event for Southern California and the largest airshow in the U.S. by attendance.  To commemorate its return to Surf City Oct. 4-6, event officials made history by landing two aircraft on the beach—a preview of what’s to come as this year’s air show marks the first time a temporary runway will be built on the sand giving spectators an up close look at the ... read more

Aviation Groups, Skydivers Oppose Part Of Reauthorization Bill

AVweb A contentious section of the latest version of the FAA Reauthorization bill has survived the Senate mark-up and seven organizations have written Congress urging it be scrapped at the conference committee stage. The Air Tour and Sport Parachuting Safety Act would require sightseeing businesses, including heritage flight operations at aviation museums to operate under Part 135. They now operate under Part 91 through letters of authorization. It also requires recurrent training on ... read more

Surprise sprung at Buckeye Air Fair

AOPA General Aviation News Pilot Clifford Gurske of Goodyear, Arizona, had no idea he had won the AOPA Sweepstakes Cessna 170B. Read More read more

Surprise sprung at Buckeye Air Fair

AOPA General Aviation News Pilot Clifford Gurske of Goodyear, Arizona, had no idea he had won the AOPA Sweepstakes Cessna 170B. Read More read more

California FBOs Ordered To Stop Selling 100LL, Switch To G100UL

AVweb Most if not all FBOs in California will be required to replace 100LL with General Aviation Modifications Inc.’s (GAMI’s) G100UL starting in the first half of 2024 thanks to a nine-year-old court ruling. That consent judgment, issued in favor of the Center for Environmental Health in December of 2014 by the California Superior Court in Alameda, says that as soon as there’s an approved commercially available replacement for 100LL, FBOs have to stop selling 100LL. CEH’s lawyers have ... read more

AOPA returns to its roots with its next Sweepstakes aircraft

General Aviation News AOPA's next sweepstakes airplane harkens back to the past: A 1958 Cessna 182. Read More read more

New tool helps navigate customs at hundreds of GA airports

General Aviation News The new GA Airport Fact Sheet tool collates hundreds of airport fact sheets created and distributed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). These fact sheets include office hours, service hours for entrance and clearance, contact information, permission to land procedures, and information about the inspection process for GA aircraft entering the U.S., according to NBAA officials. Read More read more

Piston Performers

FLYING Magazine Though the dawn of electric aircraft rises in the east, we still rely upon piston-powered aircraft to form the backbone of the general aviation fleet. They serve as our primary trainers, recreational weekend flyers, and personal cross-country transport machines as they have since the Continental-powered Piper J3 Cub gained certification in 1938. But as a sign of evolving times, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) aircraft shipment reports now collect ... read more

Neighbors Cite Lead In Bid To Close Boulder Airport

AVweb A campaign to decommission Boulder Municipal Airport (KBDU) in favor of a new, mixed-use neighborhood has begun circulating online.  Petition advocates say the airport’s 179 acres of land could much better serve the community as a mixed-use neighborhood rather than what it calls a “small, hobbyist airport” for some 200 people who own or fly private aircraft. Residents have also expressed concerns about noise and leaded aviation fuel and its effect on neighbors and children who live ... read more

This 1965 American Champion 7ECA Citabria Is an Unhurried, Unflappable ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1965 American Champion 7ECA Citabria. This particular version of the Citabria, the 100 hp 7ECA, is my favorite because it is such a gentle, forgiving machine, especially among taildraggers. My flying club has one in ... read more

Is Flight Training Getting Safer?

FLYING Magazine One of the first questions people ask before they begin flight training is “how safe is it?” If a study recently compiled by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Air Safety Institute and Liberty University School of Aeronautics is any indication, it is getting safer. The study looked at flight training risks and innovations from 2000 to 2019 and took note of the number of accidents and their causes. According to the report, loss of aircraft control comprises 54 ... read more

V1 Rotate: New Zealand by Air

FLYING Magazine In this special edition of V1 Rotate, FLYING contributor Sam Weigel explores New Zealand in a Cessna 172. On the agenda? A spectacular multi-day self-fly tour with FlyInn to locations including Mount Aspiring, the Pyke River valley, Milford Sound, and Sutherland Falls. WATCH MORE: V1 Rotate: Flying Yourself Into Mexico’s Baja Peninsula The post V1 Rotate: New Zealand by Air appeared first on FLYING Magazine. Read More read more

Hollywood Takes Flight: 5 Famous Airports That Have Starred in Blockbuster Movies

Plane & Pilot Magazine If you’re looking for some entertainment ideas some weekend, you might explore where the magic of Hollywood meets the thrill of aviation. From heartwarming reunions … Read More "Hollywood Takes Flight: 5 Famous Airports That Have Starred in Blockbuster Movies" The post Hollywood Takes Flight: 5 Famous Airports That Have Starred in Blockbuster Movies appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Bombardier, WSU Tech Collaborate to Launch A&P Apprenticeship Program

FLYING Magazine Bombardier said it has collaborated with Wichita State University Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology (WSU Tech) to develop an apprenticeship program for training future airframe and powerplant (A&P) mechanics. Under the paid two-year program, students will receive hands-on instruction at Bombardier Group’s site in Wichita, Kansas, and classroom training at WSU Tech. In this setting they will work with seasoned instructors and senior maintenance experts while ... read more

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Martian?

FLYING Magazine Do you have what it takes to live on Mars for a year? NASA is spooling up a new crew to simulate that very scenario and seeking applicants for the mission, it announced Friday. The mission, set to begin in 2025, is the second of three ground-based CHAPEA (Crew Health and Performance Exploration Analog) efforts that aim to inform NASA’s plans for human exploration of Mars. READ MORE: NASA’s Twin Spirit and Opportunity Probes Leave Lasting Legacy 20 Years Later The CHAPEA ... read more

NATO Air Forces Conduct Aerial Combat Drills Over Estonia

FLYING Magazine NATO allied air forces practiced refueling, close formation flights, and aerial combat drills in Europe this week.  The training comes as more warnings emerged that NATO’s eastern flank faces potential conflict with Russia within the next decade. Speaking this week in Poland, Estonia Foreign Minister Margus Tsahkna said that allied forces have about three or four years to strengthen its defenses before Russia prepares a “test for NATO,” the Associated Press reported. ... read more

Affordable DIY: Hands-Free Flashlight

Plane & Pilot Magazine I don’t know about you, but I have been less than happy with the flashlights available to pilots. I really enjoy flying at night, but … Read More "Affordable DIY: Hands-Free Flashlight" The post Affordable DIY: Hands-Free Flashlight appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Just Another Day in Airplane Heaven

FLYING Magazine The first time my wife and I set foot on the 2.3-acre property that would become our home, we immediately knew it was exactly what we were looking for, but it required a little imagination. There was a small, flattish clearing fronting a grassy taxiway, but the rest was overgrown in a dark, brooding bramble. It took some bushwhacking to get the lay of the land. Once we did, I saw the clearing could easily be expanded to accommodate a decent-sized hangar. Up the hill and ... read more

Sporty’s introduces iPad Cleaning Cloth for pilots

General Aviation News The cloth can be used for all of your aircraft’s screens and also functions as a flight resource with important reference information printed on both sides. Pilots can instantly access basic VFR weather minimums, cruising altitudes, intercept procedures, and more, according to Sporty's officials. Read More read more

Maintenance error leads to crash

General Aviation News The failure of maintenance personnel to properly connect the throttle cable, which led to the pilot’s inability to control engine power during the initial climb. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s misjudgment of the headwind during the forced landing, which resulted in the airplane’s touchdown short of the runway and its impact with airport structures. Read More read more

Beta Technologies Inaugurates The First Aircraft Charger In Mississippi

AVweb Beta Technologies announced today (Feb. 15) it has teamed with global FBO network Avflight and Golden Triangle Regional Airport (KGTR) in Columbus, Mississippi, to “inaugurate” the first aircraft charging station in the state. Burlington, Vermont-based Beta flew its fixed-wing prototype all-electric ALIA aircraft to the airport and plugged in to the newly commissioned airside charger, powered by utility provider 4-County Electric Power. The airport has a Level-3 Fast-charger on the ... read more

FAA’s 46th Annual General Aviation Survey Kicks Off

AVweb The FAA announced yesterday (Feb. 14) it has begun work on its annual general aviation survey, the 46th such survey in its history. Data from the research is critical to assessing a wide range of parameters in GA flying activity. It is the only method of estimating the total number of hours flown by GA pilots, for example. The FAA further reports that the survey enables researchers to anticipate and meet demand for National Airspace System facilities and services, evaluate the ... read more

EAA Hosts Warbird Operators’ Conference

AVweb The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) reported today (Feb. 15) on last week’s National Warbird Operator Conference, held in Cocoa Beach, Florida. The conference included a breakout session on the FAA’s Living History Flight Exemption provision that enables flight experiences for the general public in warbird aircraft. The warbird community has come under pressure after some high-profile fatal accidents involving Living History flights and other warbird exhibitions. EAA VP of ... read more

Picture Of The Week: Feb. 16, 2024

AVweb 1 of 3 Photo By Richard Gallagher: spacex falcon 9 launch carrying the ussf-124 secret government hypersonic missile detection sensor. I was using a Nikon D5 with 500mm lens. I edited the images in Lightroom. The "cloud donut" phenomenon that can sometimes be observed during a SpaceX rocket launch, or any other high-speed rocket launch, as it goes transonic Cupid's ... read more

Colorado lead studies failed to detect measurable aviation pollution

AOPA General Aviation News Notwithstanding the lack of detectable lead in air and surface samples taken in three Colorado communities near Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in 2023 (findings that came to light only after pilots obtained the reports via freedom of information requests), the legislature is now considering a nakedly anti-aviation bill that AOPA will vigorously oppose. Read More read more

FAA aims for safer runways

AOPA General Aviation News Runway safety remains a top priority as runway guard lights and arrival alert notices appear at airports across the country. Read More read more

Movie Star Airplane Appears in Palm Springs Aviation Museum

FLYING Magazine If the aircraft is fast and stealthy, there is a good chance it was designed and built by Lockheed Martin. That includes “Darkstar,” the reusable, piloted hypersonic aircraft flown by Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in Top Gun: Maverick. The airplane used in the movie is now on display at the Palm Springs Air Museum in California. For the unfamiliar, Top Gun: Maverick is set 30 years after the original film. Maverick is still a naval aviator, highly decorated, but with an ... read more

This 2022 Epic E1000 GX Is a Jet-Chasing ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 2022 Epic E1000 GX. A lot of pilots eagerly anticipated the Epic E1000’s arrival on the market, and I think most would agree it was worth the wait. The pressurized, six-seat turboprop  boasts a maximum cruising ... read more

Part 2: Cessna 172 Skyhawk Avionics

FLYING Magazine Upgrades are supposed to be fun. You and your significant other are lugging carry-ons, purses, and laptop cases, slugging them back to steerage, praying for a sliver of overhead space to avoid flying with your knees up in your chest. A flight attendant spots you and comes racing in for the rescue. You and your companion have been selected for an upgrade to first class. Mimosas, here we come! Yeah, those are not the aviation upgrades we are talking about today. No, these ... read more

Garmin Sunsets Repair Service for GNS 430/530 Nav/Coms

Plane & Pilot Magazine Garmin has published a service advisory stating that “display repairs for the WAAS and Non-WAAS GPS 400, GNC 420, and GNS 430 are no longer … Read More "Garmin Sunsets Repair Service for GNS 430/530 Nav/Coms" The post Garmin Sunsets Repair Service for GNS 430/530 Nav/Coms appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Moon-Bound Nova-C Commercial Lunar Lander Successfully Launches

FLYING Magazine The Intuitive Machines’ IM-1 mission successfully launched on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket early Thursday, putting the Houston-based aerospace company on track for the first U.S. lunar landing in more than 50 years. Following a launch delay earlier in the week due to a technical issue, the robotic Nova-C class lunar lander lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 1:05 a.m. EST. Shortly before 2 a.m., the lander deployed from the Falcon 9 ... read more

Electra.aero and Surf Air Mobility Will Operate and Lease Hybrid-Electric Aircraft

FLYING Magazine Green regional air mobility provider Surf Air Mobility is joining forces with Electra.aero, the manufacturer of a nine-seat, hybrid-electric short takeoff and landing (eSTOL) design. A bilateral agreement between the two firms announced Thursday seeks to bring Electra’s eSTOL to market by leveraging Surf Air’s on-demand air mobility platform and Aircraft-as-a-Service (ACaaS) leasing program for operators. Surf Air also secured preferred delivery positions for 90 Electra ... read more

Embraer Says It Will Join United Airlines Ventures’ Sustainable Flight Fund

FLYING Magazine Embraer said it will join United Airlines Ventures’ Sustainable Flight Fund, an investment program aimed at increasing the supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) through investment in related startup companies. United launched the fund in February 2023, and it has since grown to include 22 corporate partners. The airline and its partners have committed more than $200 million to invest in companies working to decarbonize air travel.  READ MORE: Embraer Executive Jets ... read more

Nearly $1 Billion Allocated For Airport Infrastructure Funding

AVweb On Thursday (Feb.15), the White House announced it was allocating nearly $1 billion in federal funds to improve infrastructure for 114 airports across the U.S. According to the FAA, the $970 million comes from the Airport Terminal Program—one of three aviation programs created under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which in total, provides  $25 billion to modernize the country’s airport infrastructure. The funds will support initiatives such as upgrading baggage systems, expanding ... read more

Proposed Colorado Bill Targets General Aviation

AVweb Four members of the Colorado General Assembly have cosponsored a bill that would, among other measures, mandate an “impact remediation fee” on leaded aviation fuel purchases, projected to be 50 cents per gallon. In addition, HB24-1235 (the Reduce Aviation Impacts on Communities bill) would require that the Colorado aeronautical board be increased to nine from seven members, giving priority to “individuals who are not trained pilots and who reside directly in the predominant flight ... read more

FAA aims for safer runways

AOPA General Aviation News Runway safety remains a top priority as runway guard lights and arrival alert notices appear at airports across the country. Read More read more

International Coalition to Supply Ukraine with Thousands of Drones

FLYING Magazine A new international coalition led by the U.K. and Latvia will soon flow thousands of drones into Ukraine to bolster its military’s ongoing fight against Russia, the countries’ defense ministers announced Thursday. The drone capability coalition will operate within the framework of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group—a coalition of more than 50 countries tasked with coordinating military aid for Ukraine—which met in Brussels on Wednesday. The announcement comes two months ... read more

Federal Airport Improvement Grants to Fund Tower Upgrades

FLYING Magazine Some 114 airports across the United States will be receiving improvements, paid for in part by the FAA’s release of $970 million in grants for airport infrastructure. Among the improvements are upgrades or replacement of nine air traffic control towers. Denver Centennial Airport (KAPA) in Colorado will receive $8 million to be used for a major tower renovation that includes the building’s elevator, HVAC system, plumbing, electrical, and exterior structure. Space Coast ... read more

The airport of the future

General Aviation News Instead of spending energy, time, and money playing defense, we could play with airplanes. And that sounds like a lot more fun. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: Right where she belongs

General Aviation News Everett Pidgeon submitted this photo and note: "My 1946 Cessna 120 is a sweetheart. I was so lucky to find this plane. It had been completely rebuilt with a fresh O-200 on the nose, new interior, new fabric, and paint. Flies like a dream. Landing, well that’s on me to improve. That’s why the picture shows the plane on grass — where taildraggers belong. That airport belongs to the Memphis Soaring Society — 3,500 foot x 300 foot well-manicured runway. Come visit." Read More read more

Some Just Diagnose Problems Better Than Others

FLYING Magazine Making my way across the country in May, I enjoyed an involuntary extended stay in Santa Fe, New Mexico, after the failure of a servo on my autopilot. The Beech Bonanza was airworthy, sure, but I’m not interested in hand flying over a thermal-laden desert landscape for hours on end. Been there, done that. And with the Writers Guild of America being on strike, I was in no rush to get home anyway. Waiting for the parts to arrive, I called someone I met a few years earlier ... read more

Video: Tuskegee Airmen plane donated to Chicago Aviation Institute of Maintenance

General Aviation News A news report from ABC 7 Chicago details the donation of a Piper Cherokee to the Chicago Aviation Institute of Maintenance by Victor Croswell with the Chicago Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen. The donation is designed to "inspire the next generation to take their dreams to new heights." Read More read more

Colorado lead studies failed to detect measurable aviation pollution

AOPA General Aviation News Notwithstanding the lack of detectable lead in air and surface samples taken in three Colorado communities near Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in 2023 (findings that came to light only after pilots obtained the reports via freedom of information requests), the legislature is now considering a nakedly anti-aviation bill that AOPA will vigorously oppose. Read More read more

Companies partner up to electrify aviation infrastructure

General Aviation News “Our partnership with VI&E Solutions is a groundbreaking initiative to develop an airport charging network throughout the region," said Josh Turner, CEO of PowerUp America. "This collaboration marks a significant milestone in our mission to revolutionize the transportation landscape by integrating sustainable energy solutions with our nation's aviation infrastructure." Read More read more

Wicks Aircraft Supply acquires Carlson Aircraft Extrusions

General Aviation News With the acquisition, Wicks Aircraft Supply has become the sole distributor of Carlson extrusions, including wing struts, spars, and other specialty extrusions. Read More read more

Accident avoidance is both of our jobs

General Aviation News The bizarrely dangerous attitude on display by turning inside the short final of another plane intentionally created a very unsettling situation for myself and my safety pilot/student. Read More read more

Jumbo-Size Battle Brewing At John Travolta’s Airport Community

AVweb The recent purchaser of Florida fly-in community Jumbolair has big plans for his investment. But one of his highest-profile property owners isn’t seeing eye-to-eye on the proposed expansion, which has also raised a ruckus among horse-friendly Ocala-area neighbors. A legal battle is brewing between Jumbolair owner Robert Bull and Marion County horse-farm residents—now joined by A-list celebrity/aviator and Jumbolair homeowner John Travolta. According to the Ocala Gazette, Travolta’s ... read more

Garmin’s GNS 430/530 Sunset Takes Another Step

AVweb The long-expected discontinuation of maintenance support for Garmin’s iconic GNS 430/530 series navigators has taken a big step. The company has posted a service advisory telling customers that “display repairs for the WAAS and Non-WAAS GPS 400, GNC 420, and GNS 430 are no longer available and have been discontinued.” In a statement sent to AVweb sister publication Flying, Garmin advised “due to multiple component availability limitations, comprehensive repair service for Garmin’s ... read more

USAF Looks To Reinstate CV-22 Ops, But Only When Safety Is Assured

AVweb Officials with the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command remain cautious but are eager to relaunch operations of the CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor. Their concern focuses on the Nov. 29 Osprey crash off the coast of Japan in which eight airmen were killed. At a press roundtable discussion yesterday (Feb. 13), Lt. General Tony Bauernfeind, who heads up the Special Forces Operation Command, told reporters, “There is a strong desire to return to fly because that is a capability we want to ... read more

Short Final: Retirement Planning

AVweb From AVweb reader Erik Klavon: After an unusually long period of silence on a Denver center frequency, I heard the following exchange: Unknown pilot: “Still there?” Denver Center: “For another 25 years.” The post Short Final: Retirement Planning appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

A Perfect Day for Flying

FLYING Magazine Since purchasing my Cessna 170 two summers ago, the specter of bad luck and I have become very well acquainted. From an idiotic oversight that ruined cylinders (and was entirely my fault) to weeks upon weeks of unflyable weather to winter runway maintenance that commonly appears to have been handled by an insolent helper monkey, it’s fair to say we’ve spent a lot of time together. At times, I suspect this specter maintains a small staff of assistants to ensure the joys of ... read more

California Receiving More C-130s to Fight Wildfires

FLYING Magazine California state officials are preparing for wildfire season by acquiring and retrofitting seven new C-130s. President Joe Biden signed the National Defense Authorization Act that authorized the transfer of the seven Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules aircraft from the U.S. Coast Guard to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. According to Cal Fire, once the transfer of ownership is completed, 4,000-gallon internal tanks capable of holding fire retardant ... read more

Lawmakers Warned of International Space Station Transition Gap

FLYING Magazine The U.S. is at risk of losing its leadership role to China in low-Earth orbit (LEO) space activities if it fails to manage the transition to a commercial space economy, according to space station developers. At a U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology subcommittee hearing on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., lawmakers were warned about there being no clear path toward ensuring that NASA’s aging International Space Station (ISS) can be deorbited after 2030—its designated ... read more

Canada Pledges $60 Million for Ukraine F-16s

FLYING Magazine Canada increased its ongoing support of Ukraine’s ongoing fight against Russia by pledging $60 million for setting up its F-16 fighter capability, the government announced Wednesday. “Specifically, the funds will help source vitally needed F-16 supplies and equipment such as spare parts, weapons stations, avionics, and ammunition,” the Canadian government said in a statement.  The pledge comes on the heels of Canada’s announcement in January that in the next year it will ... read more

This 2022 Van’s RV-14 Is a Homebuilt, Cross-Country ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 2022 Vans RV-14. When the first Van’s RV-14s reached the market about a decade ago, some fans of the company’s long line of aircraft wondered what made this side-by-side two-seater different from others in its fleet ... read more

Do Missing Instruments Ground an Airplane?

FLYING Magazine Question: I just started my flight training and the airplane has inoperative instruments in the panel. These are round dials, and they have “INOP” stickers over them. The CFI didn’t seem concerned, but I wonder, is this airplane even legal now? Answer: The answer to your question lies under both FAR 91.205 and FAR 91.207. FAR 91.205 lists the instruments required for daytime VFR flight, where most flight training starts.  In order to be legal for daytime VFR flight, the ... read more

Joby Aviation Signs Exclusive 6-Year Deal for Electric Air Taxi Service in Dubai

FLYING Magazine Are the United Arab Emirates becoming a hotbed for novel aircraft such as electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxis? Joby Aviation, the manufacturer of a five-seat eVTOL design, has signed a definitive agreement with Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA), the government entity that regulates the city’s public transport, to launch air taxi operations in the UAE by early 2026, targeting initial service in 2025. The agreement gives Joby exclusive rights to ... read more

Mission accomplished

AOPA General Aviation News Two World War II-era aircraft are several steps closer to being completely restored. Read More read more

Travel advisory updated for Bahamas-bound tourists

AOPA General Aviation News Pilots and passengers traveling to the islands of the Bahamas need not cancel plans, but should be aware of the U.S. State Department advisory. Read More read more

Xwing Awarded Military Airworthiness for Autonomous Cessna Caravan

FLYING Magazine Autonomous flight technology will be deployed by the U.S. military before making its way to the commercial sector. AFWERX, the innovation arm of the U.S. Air Force, has awarded autonomy technology provider Xwing military airworthiness for its self-flying Cessna 208B Grand Caravan in the form of a Military Flight Release (MFR), allowing it to perform cargo missions for the Air Force in unrestricted airspace. The approval designates Xwing as a contractor-owned-and-operated ... read more

Good-News Study On Airport Lead Exposure Kept Under Wraps

AVweb A series of studies commissioned by the town of Superior, Colorado, found virtually no evidence of airborne and surface lead contamination in three towns nearby Jefferson County’s Rocky Mountain Metro Airport (KBJC – also known as Jeffco Airport). But it took a Freedom of Information request to bring the test results to light. In all but one case, the levels found at the sites were too low to register. Air and surface swab samples were taken from indoor and outdoor locations in ... read more

Picture of the Day: First snowfall in Alaska

General Aviation News Tom Rollman submitted this photo and note: "My Cessna 170B parked on the end of Eklutna Lake airstrip in Alaska. Beautiful day for flying after one of the first snowfalls of the year." Read More read more

Mission accomplished

AOPA General Aviation News Two World War II-era aircraft are several steps closer to being completely restored. Read More read more

Travel advisory updated for Bahamas-bound tourists

AOPA General Aviation News Pilots and passengers traveling to the islands of the Bahamas need not cancel plans, but should be aware of the U.S. State Department advisory. Read More read more

SpaceX Pushes Launch of Odysseus Moon Lander to Thursday

FLYING Magazine A technical issue derailed SpaceX’s launch of the Intuitive Machines IM-1 robotic moon lander Tuesday evening, postponing the mission until later in the week. The IM-1 mission, which is poised to be the first U.S. lunar landing in more than 50 years, is headed to the South Pole region of the moon as part of NASA’s commercial lunar payload services (CLPS) initiative and Artemis campaign.  Less than two hours before its scheduled launch, however, a private rocket company ... read more

Not your average teenager

General Aviation News While other teens play or watch imaginary adventures, 14-year-old John Humphreys studies flying and soloed a glider. Read More read more

Signature Aviation takes steps to help end human trafficking

General Aviation News Signature Aviation has unveiled its multi-faceted approach to protect people impacted by human trafficking. Read More read more

Learning (and Leaning) a New Airplane Is Always a Rich Experience

FLYING Magazine With the required BasicMed paperwork in my logbook and my initial training in our new-to-us Beech P-Baron behind me, I seek to acquaint myself with an airplane manufactured 40 years ago. This airplane has replaced our Cessna Citation CJ1 because insurance costs for single-pilot operations with a 77-year-old captain became just too prohibitive. A Baron was selected because it fit the bill as that old guy transitioned to BasicMed. A new airplane means a new lease on flying, ... read more

FAA launches 46th general aviation activity survey

General Aviation News Only about 30% of aircraft owners are sampled annually. Aircraft owners will receive requests from the FAA to complete the survey via mail or email. Read More read more

Flight Gear Bite Light introduced

General Aviation News "Having both hands available on the flight deck is essential, so using a hand to hold a flashlight can compromise safety," Sporty's officials noted. "The Flight Gear Bite Light was specifically designed to solve this problem with an innovative silicone bite ring on the back so the light can be comfortably held in your mouth, freeing up your hands for other important tasks." Read More read more

Piper ends up in Savannah River due to fuel starvation

General Aviation News The student pilot’s improper fuel management, which resulted in a total loss of engine power due to fuel starvation. Read More read more

Possible Deal For NetJets Pilots

AVweb NetJets and its pilots union have reached approval in principle to end a long and acrimonious contract dispute. According to Private Jet Card Comparison, the union issued a social media post confirming the tentative deal late last week. The NetJets Association of Shared Pilots (NJASAP) union said it’s running the deal through its lawyers and should have a tentative agreement ready for membership review by Feb. 19. Although details of the deal haven’t been released, some have ... read more

G100UL Flight Review: No Big Deal

AVweb The first FAA-approved 100 octane unleaded fuel is virtually indistinguishable from 100LL in operation and offers some important benefits beyond the environment ones. Rick Durden, a regular contributor to our sister publication Aviation Consumer logged 3.3 hours in a Beech C55 Baron with one engine running on General Aviation Modifications Inc. (GAMI)’s G100UL and the other running 100LL. “We didn’t have to check the phase of the moon before starting the engine, no modification to ... read more

Autonomous KC-135s On The Horizon

AVweb Autonomous flight pioneer Merlin has signed a deal with the Air Force that could eventually lead to its aircraft being refueled by autonomously flown KC-135 tankers. Merlin announced that the deal involves a stepped process of gradually integrating its technology into the 60-year-old airframes in a “multi-year” program. The first step is adding capabilities that reduce crew workload, followed by “reduced crew” operations. “As the system gains experience and trust, it will pave the ... read more

Red Sea Drone Attacks Create First American Ace In 50+ Years

AVweb The U.S. military’s first war ace since Vietnam is fighting an enemy his predecessors couldn’t have imagined. Marine Capt. Earl Erhart has shot down seven explosives-packed suicide drones with his Harrier jump jet in the Navy’s effort to keep Red Sea shipping lanes open. The military defines an ace as any crew member whose aircraft has shot down five enemy aircraft. “I never imagined I was going to be doing this when we launched,” Erhart told the BBC, which was granted a tour of the ... read more

Training and Safety Tip: Stepping on the ball

AOPA General Aviation News I recall my primary flight instructor reminding me on numerous occasions to “keep the ball centered” on the turn coordinator. Read More read more

This 1953 Cessna 170B Is a Taildragger Fit for Family Travel and an ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1953 Cessna 170B. Cessna’s 170 is a classic post-World War II design, with four seats, high, strut-braced wing, and conventional (for the time) landing gear with a tailwheel. Early models had fabric-covered wings ... read more

Respect the Pattern at All Times

FLYING Magazine It was a bright spring day, perfect for a first solo. I sent a fledgling up at the nontowered airport with instructions to do three takeoffs and landings, then return to the ramp. There was another first solo already underway. Traffic pattern altitude (TPA) at the airport is 1,500 feet msl. Field elevation is 472 feet. There is one runway, 15/33. This information is published on the VFR sectional, and in the chart supplement. And, one would think, this information would be ... read more

VistaJet Says Flight Hours Grew 17 Percent to 200,000 Last Year

FLYING Magazine VistaJet said its fleet flew 200,000 hours in 2023, an increase of 17 percent over the previous year, and its share of the private aviation market reached a total of 5 percent, driven by growth across its business units. VistaJet said its worldwide presence continued to improve last year with more than 50 percent of its total flight hours logged outside the U.S. During 2023 the private aviation company expanded its operation in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East in response ... read more

NTSB Cites Blade Separation in Electric Aircraft Accident

FLYING Magazine Co-authored with Jack Daleo. The National Transportation Safety Board is citing blade failure as the cause of the crash of a remotely piloted Joby Aviation electric aircraft in 2022. According to the NTSB’s final report, the accident, which took place on February 16, happened during the second test flight of the JAS4-2, the first of two second-generation preproduction prototypes. Since JAS4-2, an uncrewed experimental aircraft designated N542AJ, was involved in flight ... read more

Garmin Drops Support of 430/530 Nav/Coms

FLYING Magazine One of the downsides of having the latest aviation technology in your aircraft is that eventually something replaces it, and the factory support you have relied on for years will disappear. The owners of Garmin 430/530 nav/coms are now facing this, as Garmin sent out a service advisory noting that, effective immediately, “display repairs for the WAAS and Non-WAAS GPS 400, GNC 420, and GNS 430 are no longer available and have been discontinued.” In a statement sent to ... read more

Mobile ATC System Delivered to U.S. Air Force

FLYING Magazine Collins Aerospace has delivered to the U.S. Air Force a fully autonomous vehicle-mounted air traffic control system designed for operations in austere environments. The  system, called Air Traffic Navigation, Integration, and Coordination Systems (ATNAVICS), will fit inside a C-130 and incorporates an S-band primary surveillance radar, an L-band secondary surveillance radar/identification friend or foe, and an X-band precision approach radar. [Courtesy: Collins ... read more

FAA, Reliable Robotics Agree on Testing Criteria for Automated Aircraft System

FLYING Magazine A company that retrofits Cessna 208B Caravans with automated systems—and which flew the first such aircraft with no one on board in December—announced the FAA has accepted the requirements for its advanced aircraft navigation and autopilot systems, which help automate all phases of flight from taxi to takeoff and landing. Reliable Robotics, which completed the landmark flight using its remotely operated aircraft system (ROAS), claims to be the first in the industry to ... read more

Ugly and slow, but airworthy

General Aviation News There is one piece of advice I pass along to almost everyone who asks me about flight training. It’s as counter-intuitive today as it was when a CFI gave this same advice to me nearly 40 years ago. It’s also every bit as true as it ever was. It is this: Buy an airplane. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: Final descent

General Aviation News Diana Layton submitted this photo and note: "Pilot Lt. Col. Rich Judy with the Civil Air Patrol's West Virginia Wing makes his final descent prior to landing at Grant County Airport (W99) during glider operations." Read More read more

When You Go Back to Flight School, Don’t Lose What You’ve Learned

FLYING Magazine “Do you have any pumpkins at your flight school?” The term was coined by a co-worker during the first week of August to describe the private pilot candidates who were running out of time to complete their private pilot certificates before they headed back to high school or college in pursuit of nonaviation degrees. The message was that once the school year began they would not have the time or opportunity to complete their training. They had to be done, lest they turn into ... read more

Get ready for flying season with free webinars

General Aviation News The Experimental Aircraft Association has a slate of free webinars in February and March designed to get general aviation pilots ready for flying season. Read More read more

4 Valentine Flights to Make with Your Sweetheart

Plane & Pilot Magazine Looking for the perfect enticement to lure your loved one into the air with you on Valentine’s Day? For those significant others who aren’t pilots … Read More "4 Valentine Flights to Make with Your Sweetheart" The post 4 Valentine Flights to Make with Your Sweetheart appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: Stepping on the ball

AOPA General Aviation News I recall my primary flight instructor reminding me on numerous occasions to “keep the ball centered” on the turn coordinator. Read More read more

U.S. Air Force, Merlin Partner for KC-135 Autonomous Flight Demo

FLYING Magazine The U.S. Air Force has entered into an agreement with Merlin to demonstrate the company’s autonomous flight technology on the KC-135 Stratotanker, the company announced. Under the deal announced Tuesday, Merlin will design, integrate, test, and demonstrate aspects of its Merlin Pilot autonomous flight technology on the aerial refueling tanker. In-flight demonstrations will take place in the next year, starting with a series of basic air refueling operations that reduce ... read more

New terminal at Purdue University Airport to be named for Amelia Earhart

General Aviation News Amelia Earhart’s connection to Purdue University will be recognized by naming the new terminal at Purdue University Airport after the famous flyer. Read More read more

South Florida Business Aviation Association raises more than $50,000 for scholarships and charity

General Aviation News The funds, raised through the association’s annual Charity Golf Classic in Palm Beach Garden, go towards multiple student scholarships, as well as the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Angel Flight Southeast. Read More read more

Experimental pilot’s complacency leads to forced landing

General Aviation News The specific mistake happened during my preflight. I missed the fact that the fuel shutoff valve was closed. I believe this happened because I got complacent. Read More read more

New ATC Curriculum Rolled Out

AVweb The FAA has rolled out its new Enhanced Air Traffic-Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) designed to allow graduates of college ATC courses to go directly to on-the-job training instead of stopping first at the FAA academy in Oklahoma City. “After graduating from one of the eligible schools, new hires can immediately begin localized training at an air traffic facility,” the agency said in a news release. “These graduates still must pass the Air Traffic Skills Assessment (ATSA) ... read more

Caravan Kills Man On Mexican Beach

AVweb A 62-year-old man who was on a Mexican beach was killed when a Cessna Caravan carrying skydivers landed on top of him during a forced landing. The incident occurred on a crowded section of beach in the Pacific coast town of Puerto Escondido in the state of Oaxaca. The aircraft had four Canadian skydivers and a Mexican pilot onboard. They were all taken to a local hospital and were in stable condition on Monday. There was no immediate word on what prompted the emergency landing, ... read more

Embry-Riddle Doing $1 Million Pilot Skills Study

AVweb The FAA has given Embry-Riddle a $1 million grant to study how pilots fly and think at the same time. According to a university news publication, the goal is to develop training methods that efficiently meld all the motor skills and brain work necessary to safely and efficiently operate an aircraft. “This work aims to bring pilot training and operational performance to a new level,” said ERAU Associate Professor Dr. Barbara Holder. “It has the potential to make training more ... read more

DOJ Siezes Former Iranian Gun Running 747

AVweb The Department of Justice has taken possession of a 31-year-old Boeing 747-300 cargo plane it says was used to carry weapons and soldiers of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, a designated foreign terrorist organization (FTO). Iranian airline Mahan Air transferred the plane to Venezuelan cargo carrier Emtrasur in 2022 in violation of international sanctions the DOJ said. When the aircraft subsequently landed in Argentina it was siezed by authorities there and the DOJ slapped an order of ... read more

This 1979 Cessna TR182 Skylane Is Surprisingly Fast ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1979 Cessna TR182 Skylane. The Cessna 182 Skylane is a perennial favorite airplane for a wide range of missions including travel, cargo hauling, and short-field operations. The aircraft’s easy handling and forgiving ... read more

Wilkinson Ranch Airport Features Wedding Venue, Short-Term Rentals

FLYING Magazine Wilkinson Ranch Airport (55WA) in Yakima, Washington, has been around since the early 1990s. Throughout much of its history, the airstrip has been primarily used by the Wilkinson family and friends. But in recent years, others have begun landing at the 2,050-foot-long asphalt runway to attend weddings and stay in one of several rental accommodations. Landon Wilkinson, who became a pilot in 2020, provided details surrounding the airstrip’s background and what makes the land ... read more

U.S. Air Force Begins A-10 Retirement at Arizona Base

FLYING Magazine Nearly five decades after first arriving, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, has started sending its aging fleet of A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft to the “boneyard.” The move comes as pilots and maintainers at the air base look to transition to the F-35, and the service plans to retire its entire fleet of the aircraft known as the Warthog by 2029. The first A-10 arrived at the base in March 1976. “The A-10 has been the symbol of Davis-Monthan (DM) Air Force Base ... read more

Remembering Bessie Coleman

FLYING Magazine When you ask someone about famous women from the early days of aviation, they will likely mention Amelia Earhart—but rarely Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman to earn a pilot certificate and a renowned barnstormer. In honor of Black History Month, we remember her with Gigi Coleman—her great niece—who performs a different kind of barnstorming, traveling the country in a one-woman show sharing Bessie’s story. FLYING caught up with Gigi at the Museum of Flight ... read more

Picture of the Day: Two T-6s

General Aviation News Kevin Cotter submitted this photo and note: "Two T-6s." Read More read more

CubCrafters Takes Center Stage as Title Sponsor for Valdez STOL Celebration

Plane & Pilot Magazine The Valdez STOL Competition & Fly-in Air Show is gearing up for a remarkable celebration as it marks two decades of aviation excellence at Valdez … Read More "CubCrafters Takes Center Stage as Title Sponsor for Valdez STOL Celebration" The post CubCrafters Takes Center Stage as Title Sponsor for Valdez STOL Celebration appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

AVIATION EXCITEMENT IN ARIZONA!

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., Feb. 9, 2024—The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is eager to spread the joy of aviation at the Buckeye Air Fair from February 16 to 18 in Buckeye, Arizona. Read More read more

‘I’ve lost both engines’

AOPA General Aviation News The pilot of a Bombardier Challenger 604 had been cleared to land in Naples, Florida, February 9, when he reported dual engine failure about 30 seconds before the twinjet crashed during an emergency landing attempt on Interstate 75. Read More read more

Army Scraps Future Attack and Reconnaissance Aircraft Program

FLYING Magazine The U.S. Army is canceling development of its Future Attack and Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) next-gen scout helicopter program, instead turning to more cost-effective drones to fill the capability. The move comes as the service said it made a “sober assessment” of modern warfare that prompted it to “rebalance its aviation modernization investments.”  “In reviewing the FARA program in light of new technological developments, battlefield developments, and current budget ... read more

Valdez STOL Competition & Fly-In Air Show Marks 20 Years of Excellence

FLYING Magazine The Valdez STOL Competition & Fly-in Air Show is set to celebrate two decades of aviation excellence at Valdez Pioneer Field Airport (PAVD) in Alaska. Red Bull Air Race pilot Łukasz “Luke” Czepiela, known for his exceptional aerial maneuvers, headlines the event during the second weekend of May. Czepiela combines commercial piloting with aerobatics competitions and air races. He started competing in aerobatics in 2010, eventually joining the Polish aerobatics team, ... read more

Murphy’s Law and the search for an unleaded fuel for general aviation

General Aviation News Murphy's Law states that anything that can go wrong will go wrong. In the transition to unleaded fuel for general aviation, what could possibly go wrong? Read More read more

Michigan Aviation Safety Forum Gathers Mechanics, Pilots for Currency and Proficiency

Plane & Pilot Magazine Over the weekend, the Michigan Aviation Safety Forum (MASF) gathered pilots and mechanics to provide proficiency and safety seminars. The MASF is a yearly collaboration … Read More "Michigan Aviation Safety Forum Gathers Mechanics, Pilots for Currency and Proficiency" The post Michigan Aviation Safety Forum Gathers Mechanics, Pilots for Currency and Proficiency appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

‘I’ve lost both engines’

AOPA General Aviation News The pilot of a Bombardier Challenger 604 had been cleared to land in Naples, Florida, February 9, when he reported dual engine failure about 30 seconds before the twinjet crashed during an emergency landing attempt on Interstate 75. Read More read more

Stubbs Aviation Advisors launches

General Aviation News Nel Stubbs, an expert on aviation taxes and corporate aviation business structures, is launching a new consulting and advisory business to assist aircraft owners and flight departments. Read More read more

KAUS first airport in nation to get advanced tower simulator

General Aviation News The FAA reports that Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (KAUS) in Texas is the first air traffic control tower in the nation to receive the new modernized Tower Simulation System, which is used for controller training on airport operations.  Read More read more

So, You Can Actually Fly to Lunch?

FLYING Magazine Raise your hand if you’ve had the following conversation: “So, do you have your own airplane?” You nod and maybe display a photo from your phone. “Is it like a Cessna?” You offer more specifics. “Where do you keep it?” You respond with XYZ airport. “You mean…like right at the airport?” You clarify that it’s kept in a hangar. “So, do you need permission to fly…like give somebody a flight plan or something, right?” You attempt to clarify further, but an expression of ... read more

Signature opens new facility at KEYW

General Aviation News The new 4,500-square-foot terminal adds 3,300 square feet of additional space compared to Signature’s previous facility, company officials noted. Read More read more

AVIATION EXCITEMENT IN ARIZONA!

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., Feb. 9, 2024—The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is eager to spread the joy of aviation at the Buckeye Air Fair from February 16 to 18 in Buckeye, Arizona. Read More read more

Instructional flight ends in fatalities

General Aviation News The pilots’ exceedance of the airplane’s critical angle of attack while practicing maneuvers during an instructional flight, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall and a loss of airplane control. Read More read more

Six Killed In California Helicopter Crash

AVweb The CEO of one of Africa’s largest banks and members of his family were among the six people killed in Super Bowl-related helicopter crash on Friday. Herbert Wigwe, who headed up Access Bank in Nigeria was killed along with his wife and son. Abimola Ogunbanjo, former head of the Nigeria Stock Exchange also died along with the two pilots of the Airbus EC130 when the helicopter went down in the Mojave Desert near the California/Nevada border. The flight was headed to Boulder City, ... read more

CEO Of The Cockpit: Retired But Not Expired

AVweb Ed. Note: We’re pleased to welcome Kevin Garrison back as a twice-a-month opinion contributor to AVweb, reviving his popular column. “Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.”  ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy I retired from the airline world eons ago, but the weary yet happy feeling I get after a flight has not changed with time. After a three-hour trip to and from a grass field pancake breakfast, I remembered that feeling of being “flying tired” as I moved my ... read more

Last Week’s Poll Results: DEI Is Bad For Aviation

AVweb The results were pretty conclusive this week and we got more than twice the average number of responses. More than half of almost 5,000 AVweb readers think DEI is hurting aviation. The post Last Week’s Poll Results: DEI Is Bad For Aviation appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Poll: Should Publicizing Aircraft Tracks Be Illegal?

AVweb Poll: Should Publicizing Aircraft Positions Be Illegal? Should Publicizing Aircraft Tracks Be Illegal? No. It's publicly available information. Only under extreme circumstances Should be up to the aircraft operator Yes. It's nobody else's business and can be dangerous Other Δ The post Poll: Should Publicizing Aircraft Tracks Be Illegal? appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Best Of The Web: Bush Flying In Papua New Guinea

AVweb Some of the toughest flying in the world is in this Pacific island nation, including on mountainside runways carved out with hand tools. The post Best Of The Web: Bush Flying In Papua New Guinea appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Swift Streaks To LAX

AVweb I what looked more like a high-level military extraction operation than the travel itinerary of a pop star, Taylor Swift was back in the U.S. a full day ahead of the Super Bowl featuring her boyfriend Travis Kelce. One of the most watched celebrity jet flights ever (at one point 12,000 people were logged into Flightradar 24 watching the icon representing the Global 6000 she chartered inch across the Pacific) went off with barely a hitch under scrutiny that seemed to be encouraged by ... read more

The Super Skywagon

General Aviation News Fans of Cessna’s 180/185 Skywagon might be surprised to learn that some of the most outstanding refurbished versions of their favorite aircraft are emerging from an unlikely place, a factory in Maine better known for producing seaplane floats. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: Call 911

General Aviation News David Baldwin submitted this photo with a note: "I stepped out of our hangar to head home and was startled to see this! For a split second I thought a hangar was on fire, but turned out it was the setting sunset shining through the heater exhaust fumes boiling up." Read More read more

GAMI Unleaded G100UL Eyed To Go On Sale In California By Summer

AVweb Aircraft operators in California will likely be the first to be able to fill their tanks with unleaded 100 octane aviation fuel. General Aviation Modifications Inc. Head of Engineering,  George Braly told AVweb the company has signed a licencing agreement with petroleum company Vitol Aviation and that company is now in the process of producing the first large scale batches of  G100UL® Avgas.  At this time, the expectation is that G100UL Avgas will be available to the west coast in ... read more

Senate Committee Rejects Pilot Retirement Age Boost

AVweb The Senate Commerce Committee has narrowly voted against raising the mandatory airline pilot retirement age from 65 to 67. Reuters reported the committee spent Thursday going over a $107 billion proposed reauthorization bill for the agency and the retirement age was among the thorniest issues. The bill still has to go to the full Senate for approval before being reconciled with the House’s bill, which passed that chamber six months ago. The House approved the retirement age boost as ... read more

FAA study demonstrates effectiveness of runway guard lights

General Aviation News The survey showed that 75% of participating pilots and drivers had encountered either embedded or elevated runway guard lights (RGL) and 60% had encountered both types. Most said the lights increased the awareness of hold short markings. They also reported embedded RGLs were more likely to increase awareness than elevated RGLs. Read More read more

Honeywell expanding Kansas manufacturing facility

General Aviation News The 560,000-square-foot facility currently manufactures components for Honeywell’s avionics, safety and flight control systems, and radio frequency systems for traffic collision avoidance, radar altimeters, and weather radar. Read More read more

Turboprops: Power Up

FLYING Magazine The turboprop market cruises along, still propelled by the surge in demand as the world worked its way through the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021 and 2022—though numbers have drawn back slightly. That’s a scenario that’s OK for most OEMs that have struggled with lingering supply chain pain points. In 2022, a total of 505 single-engine turboprops (SETs) were delivered, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), besting the 2021 and 2020 totals of 455 and ... read more

At Least Two Dead In Challenger Freeway Crash

AVweb At least two people are confirmed dead and an unknown number injured after a Challenger 604 business jet with a dual engine failure collided with a car during a landing attempt on Interstate 75 in Naples Florida Friday. A transcript of the last ATC exchange was obtained by the Naples Daily News. Pilot: “Okay, Challenger, Hop-A-Jet 823, lost both engines, emergency. I’m making an emergency landing.” Controller: “I’ve got an emergency. Clear to land Runway 23.”  Pilot: “We’re clear to ... read more

At Least Two Killed in Florida Challenger Accident

FLYING Magazine Authorities in Florida report at least two people are dead following the crash of a private jet on Interstate 75 in Naples, Florida. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the jet hit a car. According to local broadcast news outlets, there were five people on board the Bombardier Challenger 600 which was flying from Ohio State University Airport (KOSU) in Columbus to Naples, then intended to continue on to Fort Lauderdale. The aircraft had left Ohio around 12:30 ... read more

Testing Live Weather and Winter Wonders Along the Way

FLYING Magazine With winter gripping most of the country, it’s one of my most favorite times to sim fly. Actually, that’s a lie. All seasons are fun. However, winter does hold that special, adventurous spirit the other seasons sometimes seem to lack.  I am often inspired by the real locations and weather I experience when I am on a real work trip. With ForeFlight by my side, it’s fun to test the realism of the sims and how they’re interpreting live weather worldwide. Both X-Plane 12 ... read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1979 Cessna Skylane 182RG

Plane & Pilot Magazine The combination of utility and every-pilot-can-fly-this-ness of the Cessna 182 series makes it perennially popular, and this 182RG is no exception. Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1979 Cessna Skylane 182RG" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1979 Cessna Skylane 182RG appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

AOPA SENDS CALL-TO-ACTION

AOPA General Aviation News WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 7, 2024—The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the world’s largest pilot organization, along with support from 600 active pilot groups across the country, is encouraging the United States Senate to support an amendment offered by U.S. Senator Ted Budd (R-N.C.) that would ensure pilots have access to public-use airports with fair, reasonable, and transparent fees. AOPA launched a call-to-action to its 300,000 members urging them ... read more

SENATE COMMERCE COMMITTEE MOVES FAA REAUTHORIZATION BILL

AOPA General Aviation News WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 8, 2024—The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, led by Chair Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Ranking Member Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), passed the FAA reauthorization with a host of amendments that address operations across the entire aviation system, from commercial air travel to general aviation. Read More read more

House Members Call on FAA to Address Mental Health in Aviation

FLYING Magazine Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have sent a letter to FAA Administrator Michael Whitaker expressing concern over the agency’s “approach to ensuring aviation professionals can obtain mental healthcare in a timely and efficient manner.” The letter calls on the FAA to develop and implement policies, protocols, and screening methods that allow professionals, such as pilots and air traffic controllers, to seek care without the “fear that medical evaluation, ... read more

Lilium Pushes for Orlando International Airport as Key Air Taxi Hub, Test Site

FLYING Magazine Orlando International Airport (KMCO) appears set to serve as a hub for advanced air mobility (AAM) services in Florida, according to Lilium. The manufacturer of the seven-seat electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) Lilium Jet on Thursday announced it has designated the intended 56,000-square-foot vertiport at the airfield—for which the company announced construction plans in 2020—as a “key regional air mobility (RAM) network hub” for Florida. RAM is a subset of AAM ... read more

Boeing Max and the Case of the Missing Bolts

Plane & Pilot Magazine The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report earlier this week on the midflight door plug separation on Alaska Airlines Flight 1282, and I … Read More "Boeing Max and the Case of the Missing Bolts" The post Boeing Max and the Case of the Missing Bolts appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

California Airports Reeling From Heavy Rain

FLYING Magazine For the past week much of California has been experiencing heavy rain and snowfall described by meteorologists as an “atmospheric river.” The heavy precipitation has been blamed for urban flooding, landslides, and at least three deaths. It has also led to numerous flight delays and cancellations. According to the MiseryMap as of Friday, there were noticeable delays at both San Francisco International (KSFO) and Los Angeles International (KLAX) airports to Seattle and ... read more

Ax-3 Commercial Astronauts Splash Down after 18 Days Aboard ISS

FLYING Magazine Axiom Space’s crew of four private astronauts returned to Earth on Friday, safely splashing down off the coast of Florida after an 18-day mission on the International Space Station (ISS). The Axiom Mission 3 (Ax-3) crew initially launched aboard SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft via a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on January 18. On Wednesday, the spacecraft undocked from the ISS and then splashed down off the coast of Daytona Beach, Florida, ... read more

Signature Aviation Joins Support Groups, Government Agencies, and Law Enforcement to Combat Human Trafficking

FLYING Magazine Signature Aviation said it has taken several steps to use its large network of FBOs and aviation services operations to help combat human trafficking and raise awareness of the illegal activity in and around airports. The Orlando, Florida-headquartered company said it is supporting government and law enforcement agencies, nonprofit organizations, and corporate groups in their efforts to detect, track, and curb human trafficking. The announcement coincides with the annual ... read more

FAA Approves Joby’s Electric Air Taxi Propulsion Certification Plan

FLYING Magazine Joby Aviation says it has achieved another “critical step” toward type certification of its electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi. The manufacturer on Friday revealed that the FAA accepted its propulsion system certification plan, one of several documents that tells the regulator how the company will demonstrate compliance with aviation regulations. According to Joby, all structural, mechanical, and electrical system certification plans for its five-seat ... read more

Secure Your Front-Row Seat at Sun ’n Fun 2024

Plane & Pilot Magazine The organizers of the annual Sun ’n Fun Aerospace Expo in Lakeland, Florida, have announced a bursting airshow lineup and tasty selection of workshops and … Read More "Secure Your Front-Row Seat at Sun ’n Fun 2024" The post Secure Your Front-Row Seat at Sun ’n Fun 2024 appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Trappier to Lead Dassault Corporate in 2025

FLYING Magazine Éric Trappier, current chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, has been chosen to lead Dassault’s corporate group upon the retirement of Charles Edelstenne on January 9, 2025. Groupe Dassault consists of several enterprises beyond Dassault Aviation, including Dassault Systèmes, Le Figaro (media and services), Immobilière Dassault (real estate), Dassault Wine Estates (including Saint-Émilion, France-based Château Dassault), and Artcurial (auction house). Edelstenne rose to ... read more

Seasoned Pilot Earns New IFR Ticket

FLYING Magazine It was a hot and sticky April afternoon when I finally took the instrument rating (airplane) practical test with FAA inspector Dale Ropp. All my dual had been at night with Roger Burdorf, who was a good pilot but had some unique ideas about getting maximum performance out of his students. This usually involved yelling and/or smacking me on the back of the head when I screwed up. Early in training, I made a night instrument takeoff from Lunken Airport (now KLUK) in Ohio, ... read more

Sun ’n Fun 2024: Soar into the Skies with Unforgettable Airshow Spectacles

FLYING Magazine In Lakeland, Florida, the organizers of the annual Sun ’n Fun Aerospace Expo have unveiled an exciting airshow lineup and a delectable array of workshops and resources catering to aviators and aviation enthusiasts for the April event.  The daily airshows, scheduled from 1-5 p.m. EDT, promise to deliver thrills courtesy of renowned performers such as Patty Wagstaff, Rob Holland, and Michael Goulian. Additionally, the night airshow and pyrobatic fireworks will illuminate the ... read more

AOPA SENDS CALL-TO-ACTION

AOPA General Aviation News WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 7, 2024—The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the world’s largest pilot organization, along with support from 600 active pilot groups across the country, is encouraging the United States Senate to support an amendment offered by U.S. Senator Ted Budd (R-N.C.) that would ensure pilots have access to public-use airports with fair, reasonable, and transparent fees. AOPA launched a call-to-action to its 300,000 members urging them ... read more

SENATE COMMERCE COMMITTEE MOVES FAA REAUTHORIZATION BILL

AOPA General Aviation News WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 8, 2024—The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, led by Chair Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Ranking Member Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), passed the FAA reauthorization with a host of amendments that address operations across the entire aviation system, from commercial air travel to general aviation. Read More read more

Daher’s Decarbonization Plans Drive Real-Time Solutions

FLYING Magazine With an increasingly global workforce of 13,000 employees —up from 10,500 a year ago—and 1.65 billion euros revenue on top of three years of revenues stacked into the order book, Daher is poised to leverage the continued growth in its aerospace, industrial, and logistics segments. That is, if it can navigate the ongoing stresses on the global economy, including inflation, supply chain constraints, soft pricing models, and difficulty recruiting the talented workforce it ... read more

Cope North Elephant Walk Showcases Multinational Coalition Air Power

FLYING Magazine A large-scale multilateral exercise underway in the Indo-Pacific region kicked off this week with an elephant walk at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, featuring a coalition of 33 aircraft. “Elephant walk” is a U.S. Air Force term that dates back to World War II and refers to aircraft taxiing en masse in a single line and close formation as a method of demonstrating air power.  [Courtesy: U.S. Air Force] Aircraft from the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy, Royal ... read more

This 1973 Learjet 25B Is a Fast Celebrity-Linked ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1973 Learjet 25B. The Learjet 23’s first flight in 1963 marked a new era in personal transport. Until that point, many aviation industry leaders doubted that the market for luxury private jets was large enough to ... read more

McFarlane Aviation introduces Stabilizer Bracket Installer Tool

General Aviation News The Stabilizer Bracket Installation Tool, known as TOOL136, is key to precise installation of the horizontal stabilizer inner hinge brackets on Cessna 180, 182, and 185 aircraft, according to company officials. Read More read more

U.S. Senate Committee Moves to Reject Pilot Retirement Age Hike

FLYING Magazine The Senate Commerce Committee voted 14-13 on Thursday to reject a proposal raising the mandatory retirement age for airline pilots from 65 to 67. This move follows heated arguments over the issue with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) voicing its opposition. “Increasing the pilot retirement age will disrupt airline operations, raise ticket prices, upend collective bargaining agreements, create a cascading and costly training backlog, and put the United States out of ... read more

Pilot continues even with engine issues

General Aviation News The pilot’s decision to continue the flight with abnormal engine indications and the subsequent failure of the No. 5 cylinder connecting rod for unknown reasons. Read More read more

Picture Of The Week: Feb. 9, 2024

AVweb 1 of 4 Picture of the Week:Photo by Richard P. Gallagher: Aftermath of SpaceX launch with gases mixing in the atmosphere. Cosmic Collaboration Of Color Photo by Peter Burmeister: Beautiful Skyway Bridge at the Tampa Bay on the way to Albert Whitted Airport KSPG. Taken with a NIKON D3300 and a SIGMA 18-300mm lens 18mm, f/6.3, 1/160s Skyway ... read more

Signature Initiates Measures To Defeat Human Trafficking

AVweb Global FBO network Signature Flight Support announced today it is working to combat human trafficking. Saying Signature’s position in the industry provides a “unique opportunity to help combat human trafficking,” company CEO Tony Lefebvre said, “The International Organization for Migration has stated that nearly 80% of international human trafficking journeys cross through official border control points, including airports. That makes this an incredibly important and relevant issue ... read more

Finnair Asks Passengers To Step Up In A Three-Month Weight Study

AVweb If your travel plans included a trip on Finland’s flag carrier Finnair, you just might get a complimentary weight check at the gate, not for your carry-on bag; for you. The weight check is voluntary, and a part of a three-month study meant to improve safety through better weight-and-balance calculations. The results of the scale-tipping will remain anonymous. Though facing some public relations pushback for the program, Finnair defends its action, assuring travelers it will not store ... read more

Daher Updates Its Five-Year Business Master Plan

AVweb French aircraft manufacturer Daher laid out its five-year “Take Off 2027” strategic plan, saying its revenues of 1.65 billion euros in 2023 have launched the program on a good course. The end game is to become “a large, profitable international company,” by 2027, according to a Daher statement. Progress cited during the first year of the timeframe includes generating 35% of profits from the U.S., as well as creating an “Industrial Services” division as a fourth-line business, ... read more

Senate commerce committee moves FAA reauthorization bill

AOPA General Aviation News The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, led by Chair Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Ranking Member Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), passed the FAA reauthorization with a host of amendments that address operations across the entire aviation system, from commercial air travel to general aviation. Read More read more

This 1965 Piper PA-18-160 Super Cub Is a Backcountry Pioneer and an ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1965 Piper PA-18-160 Super Cub. Piper’s PA-18 Super Cub evolved from the legendary J-3 and the PA-11 Cub Special that followed, but with flaps, electrical systems, and engines typically in the 150 hp range, the ... read more

FAA Reauthorization Bill Passes Senate Committee

FLYING Magazine The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation approved legislation on Thursday that would reauthorize and fund the FAA for the next five years. Called the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2023, the bill would authorize the agency for fiscal years 2024 through 2028. It covers more than $107 billion in appropriations, including $720 million for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) over the same period. Broadly, the legislation features provisions ... read more

Senate commerce committee moves FAA reauthorization bill

AOPA General Aviation News The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, led by Chair Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Ranking Member Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), passed the FAA reauthorization with a host of amendments that address operations across the entire aviation system, from commercial air travel to general aviation. Read More read more

2024 FAA GA activity survey underway

AOPA General Aviation News Government agencies and the general aviation industry use data from an annual survey to measure safety, make decisions on funding allocation, and assess the impact of GA on the U.S. economy. Read More read more

Dan Johnson moves on

AOPA General Aviation News At the end of December 2023, Dan Johnson retired from his role as president of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association, according to his biography on LAMA’s website. Read More read more

‘Solar Impulse’ begets ‘Climate Impulse’

AOPA General Aviation News Bertrand Piccard, the Swiss explorer and pilot who has circumnavigated the Earth by balloon and solar-powered airplane, announced February 7 his next project will be to fly nonstop around the world in a hydrogen-powered aircraft being built in France by engineer and navigator Raphaël Dinelli. Read More read more

The FAA’s Plan to Stop Drones from Spoiling the Super Bowl

FLYING Magazine Hello, and welcome to the Future of FLYING newsletter, our weekly look at the biggest stories in emerging aviation technology. From low-altitude drones to high-flying rockets at the edge of the atmosphere, we’ll take you on a tour of the modern flying world to help you make sense of it all. Now for this week’s top story: NFL Drone Incursions Prompt Super Bowl Flight Restrictions (Courtesy: Las Vegas Raiders) What happened? A recent incident involving a rogue drone pilot at ... read more

Navy Turns to Off-the-Shelf Tablet for CH-53E Panel Upgrade

FLYING Magazine The Navy is upgrading display panels in CH-53 Super Stallion heavy-lift helicopters with off-the-shelf tablets—a solution it says saves both time and money. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) began installing the system, dubbed Mission Data Extender (MDE), in December and said it represents the first fully integrated, hard-mounted commercial tablet to be used as a primary mission display on a naval aircraft. “This is a huge step toward open architecture, innovative ... read more

Archer Aviation Receives Part 145 Repair Station Certificate from FAA

FLYING Magazine Archer Aviation has achieved another crucial milestone in its path to type certification for its Midnight electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi. The manufacturer on Thursday announced it received Part 145 Repair Station certification from the FAA, opening the door for select maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services in the short term and expanded MRO operations down the line. “This is a major vote of confidence from the FAA on Archer’s promise and ... read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1965 American Champion Citabria

Plane & Pilot Magazine The Citabria (that's "airbatic" spelled backwards) speaks to pilot who want to test out their skills in aerobatic flying, or just have fun flying low and slow with a friend into grass strips. Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1965 American Champion Citabria" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1965 American Champion Citabria appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Electric Air Taxi Manufacturer Joby Aviation Obtains Part 145 Certificate

FLYING Magazine Joby Aviation, an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi manufacturer, has completed what it describes as a key step toward type certification of its flagship design. Joby on Thursday announced it received Part 145 Repair Station certification from the FAA, which will allow it to perform select maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services on its air taxi and conduct full MRO operations following type certification. “Receiving our Part 145 certificate ... read more

All Five Aboard USMC Helicopter Confirmed Dead

AVweb All five U.S. Marines on board a crashed CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter are confirmed dead in a USMC news release today (Feb.8). The helicopter departed on what is described as part of a training mission from Creech Air Force Base near Las Vegas, Nevada, Tuesday, but was reported overdue late that night at its home base, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego. The wreckage was sighted Wednesday morning in mountainous terrain 30 miles east of its destination. Efforts by ... read more

Critical Manning Shortage Prompts Air Force to Recruit Retirees 

FLYING Magazine A critical manning shortage has prompted the U.S. Air Force to launch a recruitment effort to lure officers and enlisted retirees back into service. Through the Voluntary Retired Return to Active Duty Program (VRRAD), the Air Force is seeking up to 1,000 retirees to return to active duty for a variety of special duty positions, including pilot, air traffic control, airfield operations, and combat systems. The program began accepting applications Thursday.  READ MORE: Air ... read more

Picture of the Day: Dog rescue flight

General Aviation News Roger Dawes submitted this photo and note: "Max’s owner passed away and he needed a ride to his future home. He was such a good boy, even taking a nap on the 2-1/2 hour flight from North Las Vegas to the Phoenix area." Read More read more

Dan Johnson moves on

AOPA General Aviation News At the end of December 2023, Dan Johnson retired from his role as president of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association, according to his biography on LAMA’s website. Read More read more

‘Solar Impulse’ begets ‘Climate Impulse’

AOPA General Aviation News Bertrand Piccard, the Swiss explorer and pilot who has circumnavigated the Earth by balloon and solar-powered airplane, announced February 7 his next project will be to fly nonstop around the world in a hydrogen-powered aircraft being built in France by engineer and navigator Raphaël Dinelli. Read More read more

Lufthansa Commits to Eco-Friendly Training with Diamond DA42 Twins

FLYING Magazine In a significant step toward modernizing its fleet, Lufthansa Aviation Training has welcomed three new multiengine DA42-VIs. The handover ceremony at Diamond Aircraft’s headquarters in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, earlier this week marked the beginning of a strategic enhancement to Lufthansa’s aviation education capabilities. The DA42-VI signifies a commitment to eco-friendly aviation training, burning up to 50 percent less jet-A than traditional avgas counterparts. Its ... read more

Legislation paves the way for flying cars

General Aviation News Elected officials across the United States are working on laws to ensure flying cars can be easily registered and licensed in all 50 states. Read More read more

Questions from the Cockpit: Not to be taxing, but…

General Aviation News Fredrick, a private pilot in Wyoming, writes: What are the origins of the words “taxiing” and “taxiways” in aviation? Read More read more

Diamond DA42s Deliver Quiet Skies, Sustainable Training for Lufthansa

Plane & Pilot Magazine Lufthansa Aviation Training has bolstered its fleet with the addition of three cutting-edge DA42-VI twins. The handover ceremony took place earlier this week at Diamond … Read More "Diamond DA42s Deliver Quiet Skies, Sustainable Training for Lufthansa" The post Diamond DA42s Deliver Quiet Skies, Sustainable Training for Lufthansa appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

2024 FAA GA activity survey underway

AOPA General Aviation News Government agencies and the general aviation industry use data from an annual survey to measure safety, make decisions on funding allocation, and assess the impact of GA on the U.S. economy. Read More read more

Flying Along on a Cushion of Grease

FLYING Magazine In 1993, an assignment from FLYING took me unusually far afield. Somewhere east of Moscow, in the center of a land that had recently ceased to be the Soviet Union and was trying to figure out what it meant to be Russia again, I clung with one hand to my camera and the other to the doorframe of a radial-engined Antonov biplane as it flew low over the Volga. Alongside and below me flew a Strizh. My Russian dictionary, a relic of college days, translates strizh as “martin” or ... read more

FAA expands B4UFLY services for drone pilots

General Aviation News The FAA has approved four companies to provide B4UFLY services through desktop and mobile applications. These companies offer multiple ways to access B4UFLY and bring recreational flyers the latest airspace awareness information directly from the agency. Read More read more

Marine Corps Confirms 5 Killed in CH-53 Crash

FLYING Magazine Five Marines aboard a CH-53 Super Stallion that went down in a remote area of Southern California late Tuesday are confirmed to be dead, service officials said Thursday. “It is with a heavy heart and profound sadness that I share the loss of five outstanding Marines from 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing [MAW] and the ‘Flying Tigers’ while conducting a training flight [Tuesday] night,” Major General Michael Borgschulte, commanding general of 3rd MAW, said in a statement. “These ... read more

Registration opens March 1 for museum summer camps

General Aviation News The Museum of Flight’s popular summer camps, Aerospace Camp Experience (ACE), are open to children in grades K through 9, with sessions running from June 24 through Aug. 23, 2024. Read More read more

LSA pilot’s landing goes awry

General Aviation News My passenger became sick in the air and was throwing up into a cup. I wanted to land ASAP to give them a chance to recover. Read More read more

Senate Committee To Meet Tomorrow On FAA Reauthorization

AVweb Whether or not to raise the mandatory retirement age for airline pilots from 65 to 67 is high on the list of issues to be discussed at tomorrow’s Executive Session on FAA reauthorization. The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will meet at 10 a.m. in Washington, as announced today (Feb. 7) by Ranking Member Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas. The current temporary authorization will expire next month. Those interested in watching the executive session can access the feed ... read more

Short Final: Don’t Ask!

AVweb My old Bonanza was a very capable airplane for instrument flying, but my panel avionics did not include an FAA-blessed GPS navigator. My Garmin portable was a highly capable situational-awareness tool, but for IFR flight planning, I always stuck to VOR-to-VOR airway routing, even if the turns from one fix to the next involved nothing more than a few degrees. My one big mission every year was flying to Oshkosh from home base in New Jersey, and I would dutifully plot out and file my ... read more

Archer Plans Final Assembly On Conforming Airframes In ‘Coming Weeks’

AVweb Urban air mobility hopeful Archer Aviation announced today (Feb. 7) final assembly on three conforming examples of its Midnight eVTOL aircraft is set to begin in the coming weeks. Piloted flight testing is expected to begin later this year. “For credit” FAA flight testing toward commercialization of the Midnight will use the three airframes. The Midnight design incorporates six independent battery packs, each powering a pair of electric motors with vertical rotors that swing to ... read more

WAI Names Kenyon To Chief Operating Officer Position

AVweb Women in Aviation International (WAI) has assigned interim CEO Stephanie Kenyon to the newly established position of chief operating officer (COO), effective immediately. According to WAI, she will take on a crucial role in defining the “operational landscape” of the organization. CEO Lynda Coffman said, “Stephanie’s role as interim CEO for the past six months demonstrated her exceptional operational and analytical skills, deploying new processes and systems to streamline the ... read more

FAA Announces More Privacy For Aircraft Operators

AVweb The FAA recently announced greater opportunity for aircraft operators to take advantage of what many consider an important privacy initiative. The agency said it has expanded the availability of the Privacy ICAO Address (PIA) program to include more offshore airspace and routes traversing the Gulf of Mexico. The program enables operators to use alternate temporary ICAO ADS-B addresses that help prevent third-party data sources from capturing data from ADS-B Out transmissions. ... read more

AOPA mobilizes members, pilot organizations to fight egregious FBO fees

AOPA General Aviation News AOPA sent a call to action to its 300,000 members on February 7, urging them to support an amendment that would ensure pilots have access to fair, reasonable, and transparent fees at public-use airports. Read More read more

Flight Design F2-CS23 Lands CAAC Type Certificate Validation

Plane & Pilot Magazine The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has officially signed off on Flight Design’s F2-CS23, validating the two-seat piston single’s European Union Aviation Safety Agency … Read More "Flight Design F2-CS23 Lands CAAC Type Certificate Validation" The post Flight Design F2-CS23 Lands CAAC Type Certificate Validation appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

CAAC Validates Flight Design F2-CS23 Type Certification

FLYING Magazine Flight Design announced Wednesday that the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certificate for its two-seat F2-CS23 piston single has been validated by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). The light aircraft manufacturer has been working toward CAAC validation for some time, reporting in November that it had passed an engineering audit designed to confirm certification specification compliance with the agency. According to Flight Design, plans ... read more

This 1995 Mooney M20R Ovation Is a Powerful, Slippery, and Speedy ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick Is a 1995 Mooney M20R Ovation.  Mooney’s long-running M20 series aircraft are known for aerodynamic efficiency that allowed them to cruise at impressive speeds, often outrunning airplanes with much larger, more powerful ... read more

AOPA mobilizes members, pilot organizations to fight egregious FBO fees

AOPA General Aviation News AOPA sent a call to action to its 300,000 members on February 7, urging them to support an amendment that would ensure pilots have access to fair, reasonable, and transparent fees at public-use airports. Read More read more

Tecnam to Bring Performance for Embry-Riddle’s Flight Team

FLYING Magazine Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Eagles Flight Team is set to conquer collegiate aviation competitions with the introduction of the Tecnam P92 MkII to its fleet. Chosen for its exceptional flight capabilities, including speed, enhanced visibility, and advanced avionics, the P92 MkII brings a new dimension to the team’s pursuit of excellence at National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) events. The Tecnam P92 MkII will be a pivotal asset during competitions, ... read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1979 Beechcraft Skipper

Plane & Pilot Magazine Beechcraft made a stately entry into the two-seat single-engine training airplane market with the BE-77 Skipper. Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1979 Beechcraft Skipper" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1979 Beechcraft Skipper appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Boeing Responds to Missing Bolts

FLYING Magazine “Whatever final conclusions are reached, Boeing is accountable for what happened,” said Boeing president and CEO Dave Calhoun in response to National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary report on the investigation into the blowout of the mid-exit door plug on an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 in January. The 19-page report, released Tuesday by the NTSB, noted the four bolts that are supposed to hold the door plug in place were removed for maintenance at the factory ... read more

Archer Begins Building Electric Air Taxis for FAA Certification

FLYING Magazine Archer Aviation, manufacturer of the electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) Midnight air taxi, is ramping up prototype production as it works toward type certification with the FAA. The company on Wednesday said it started building three type-conforming, piloted Midnight aircraft to be used in for-credit flight testing with the regulator, expected to begin later this year. Those evaluations represent a crucial step in the manufacturer’s path to type certification, ... read more

FAA Anticipates Permanent Inspector Deployment at Boeing, Spirit AeroSystems

FLYING Magazine FAA Administrator Michael Whitaker anticipates an indefinite deployment of inspectors at both Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems following its current six-week audit of the companies’ production and quality control measures. “I think we’re also going to look at a culture survey that’s due at the end of the month and make a determination of how many folks we need on the ground in both places,” Whitaker told lawmakers on Tuesday during testimony before the House Transportation ... read more

B-1Bs Begin Return to Ellsworth AFB Following Airstrikes

FLYING Magazine The runway at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, has resumed operations one month after a B-1B Lancer heavy bomber crashed on the airfield while landing, according to a report. Runway operations were shuttered after the January 4 mishap that occurred as an Air Force B-1B flying as part of a formation crashed during the landing phase. All four aircrew on board the bomber ejected safely. The runway was temporarily reopened January 25 to move “several” B-1Bs assigned to ... read more

Picture of the Day: Brooding Skies

General Aviation News Scooter Yoak's 1,400-hp P-51 Mustang at rest prior to an action-packed Warbirds over Monroe Airshow held in Monroe, North Carolina, Nov. 11-12, 2023. This iconic crowd-thriller was built from more than 200 Mustang parts by father and son team Bill and Scooter Yoak. Read More read more

Embry-Riddle Eagles to Compete with Tecnam SLSAs

Plane & Pilot Magazine Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach, Florida, campus has chosen the Tecnam P92 MkII light sport aircraft (SLSA) for its Eagles Flight Team, enhancing its competitive … Read More "Embry-Riddle Eagles to Compete with Tecnam SLSAs" The post Embry-Riddle Eagles to Compete with Tecnam SLSAs appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

What Is the Difference Between a Fly-In and an Airshow?

FLYING Magazine Question: My community held a fly-in airport day last year in April, and this year, we were told we aren’t going to have it again because the county is planning an airshow for August. Aren’t they basically the same thing? Answer: Not at all. An airshow involves aerial acts that require an aerobatics box, oft-paid performers and announcers, the designation of a show line (to keep the viewing public out of harm’s way from performers), along with procedures and staff for ... read more

Beta Technologies, Bristow Group Bring First Electric Aircraft to Louisiana

FLYING Magazine An electric aircraft has flown in the state of Louisiana for the first time, according to partners Beta Technologies and Bristow Group. The manufacturer and vertical flight provider on Wednesday hosted more than 100 spectators for a demonstration of Beta’s electric Alia conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) aircraft—which the company intends to launch commercially in 2025—in Houma, Louisiana, about 50 miles southwest of New Orleans. The companies claim the aircraft is ... read more

The perfect flying day

General Aviation News What is your definition of a perfect flying day? Mine is a cross-country that includes a get-together with fellow aviators while making new friends, then a meal accompanied by a round or two of hangar flying tales. Add to that a chance to look at a lot of interesting aircraft and finally a safe return home. That's exactly the day I had visiting Triple Tree Aerodrome in South Carolina. Read More read more

Search Underway for Missing CH-53 with 5 Marines Aboard

FLYING Magazine Search efforts are underway in Southern California after a U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 Super Stallion with five Marines on board failed to reach Marine Corps Air Station Miramar on Tuesday night.  The aircraft is assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, which is based in San Diego.  “The Marines were flying a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter from Creech Air Force Base, [Nevada] to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar ... read more

Here’s a Look at Some Affordable Aviation Favorites

FLYING Magazine Employing aviation effectively can bring people together and transport goods quickly, integrating societies around the globe. These are noble and worthy pursuits. Yet as demonstrated by broad participation in art, music, or sport, individuals seek more than practical solutions. Sometimes the activities that inspire us most are those which free our minds and lift our spirits. The aircraft in this portion of FLYING’s Buyers Guide this year might be called “joy machines,” for ... read more

Air Plains earns Transport Canada approval for Cessna 172 upgrade

General Aviation News The Air Plains STC kit for R model Skyhawks includes a new propeller that allows the standard derated Lycoming IO-360-L2A to operate at 2,700 rpm instead of the normal 2,400 rpm, generating 180 hp. Read More read more

Piper unveils the M700 Fury

General Aviation News At a 301-knot max cruise speed, the M700 FURY is the fastest single-engine aircraft in Piper’s 87-year, 134,000 unit production history, Piper officials said, Read More read more

Affordable Aviation: Sparker Packs in a Lot for the Budget

Plane & Pilot Magazine Some pilots can hardly wait for MOSAIC. It takes all kinds, of course. Many aviators want to use sport pilot’s no-medical aspect to fly a … Read More "Affordable Aviation: Sparker Packs in a Lot for the Budget" The post Affordable Aviation: Sparker Packs in a Lot for the Budget appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Two FBOs at KRDG merged into one

General Aviation News Now operating as Reading Aviation, the Reading Regional Airport Authority merged the two FBOs at Reading Regional Airport/General Carl A. Spaatz Field (KRDG) in Pennsylvania, Read More read more

Dark night conditions contribute to crash

General Aviation News The pilot’s failure to maintain a proper glidepath while on the final approach segment of the traffic pattern in dark night conditions. Read More read more

NTSB Says Bolts Likely Missing When MAX Door Plug Blew Off

AVweb An NTSB preliminary report has confirmed earlier media reports that four key bolts securing a mid emergency exit door (MED) plug on an Alaska Airlines flight last month were likely missing when the door flew off in flight over Oregon. It also suggests the plane was delivered to Alaska without the bolts. “Overall, the observed damage patterns and absence of contact damage or deformation around holes associated with the vertical movement arrestor bolts and upper guide track bolts in ... read more

Piper Introduces M700 Turboprop

AVweb Piper has introduced its top-tier entry in the high-performance single world with the unveiling of the M700 Fury on Feb. 6. The Florida planemaker says the Fury cruises at 300 knots at up to 30,000 feet and features a HALO Safety System that includes Garmin Autoland. Base price is $4.1 million, but there are plenty of options to push that up substantially. The M700 replaces the M600 and offers some performance improvements without going over the 6,000-pound threshold for operation by ... read more

Swift Charters Global 7500 For Tokyo Flight

AVweb Taylor Swift is safe and sound in Tokyo following a ten hour and 40 minute flight from Los Angeles courtesy of a Vista Jet Global 7500 long-range business jet. The westward flight time bodes well for her coming flight next Sunday from Tokyo to Las Vegas. She needs to be in her suite at Allegiant Stadium 14 hours after stepping off the stage in Tokyo to be in time for the kickoff of Super Bowl LXVIII featuring boyfriend Travis Kelce’s Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco ... read more

Whitaker Describes Boeing Clampdown

AVweb FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker Tuesday quantified the agency’s plan to increase surveillance of Boeing and Spirit Aerosystems’ production lines. Whitaker told a House Aviation Subcommittee that about 25 inspectors will be on the 737 MAX production line in Renton, Washington and about six will be at Spirit’s Wichita plant. Spirit makes MAX fuselages which are shipped by train to Renton for final assembly of the aircraft. Those inspectors will try to answer two basic questions the ... read more

Training and Safety Tip: Be clear on how to clean that windscreen

AOPA General Aviation News “No, no, no!” The instructor’s loud voice stopped the new student pilot poised to remove frost from the airplane’s windshield with a credit card. Read More read more

Introducing the Piper M700

AOPA General Aviation News Piper Aircraft’s new M700 Fury is a faster, longer-range version of the venerable PA–46. Read More read more

Teens offered Vermont soaring scholarships

AOPA General Aviation News Flight Experience for Youth (FEFY), a nonprofit organization that seeks to introduce young people to aviation, is offering up to $15,000 in full and partial scholarships for the Sugarbush Soaring Overnight Youth Soaring Camp in Warren, Vermont, for kids ages 13 to 18. Read More read more

Dynon Certified autopilot approved for Beechcraft Baron

AOPA General Aviation News Expanding its already expansive list of approved aircraft, Dynon Certified announced the SkyView HDX avionics and autopilot system has received FAA approval for Beechcraft Baron 58 and 58A models. Additionally, the company’s electronic trim control and auto-trim offerings have been expanded. Read More read more

The Ryan YO-51 Wowed With STOL Performance

FLYING Magazine In the late 1930s, the U.S. Army Air Corps (USAAC) determined it needed a specialized aircraft as a liaison and observation platform with exceptional short takeoff and landing (STOL) capability. This was perhaps inspired by the Fieseler Storch performing many of the same duties for the Luftwaffe. The Storch excelled in its role, using a 240-horsepower inverted V-8 to pull a kite-like wing through the air and providing takeoff and landing distances of less than 200 ... read more

This 1981 Beechcraft Baron E55 Is a Fast-Climbing, Load-Hauling ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1981 Beechcraft Baron E55 When Beechcraft introduced the Baron in 1961, it finally had a model that could compete directly with Cessna’s light twin, the 310. Earlier Beech twins such as the Travel Air and Twin ... read more

NTSB Reports No Bolts in Blown Out 737 Max Door

FLYING Magazine The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its preliminary report on the investigation into the loss of a door plug during flight aboard Alaska Airlines Flight 1282. According to the report released today, critical bolts were removed from the door assembly at the Boeing Factory in Renton, Washington and evidently were not replaced before the aircraft entered service. The Boeing jet had a mid exit door (MED) blow out just minutes after taking off from ... read more

Elfly Adds Facilities at Torp Airport to Build Fjord-Hopping Electric Seaplane

FLYING Magazine The manufacturer of a 19-seat, all-electric seaplane has picked the location where it will build its flagship design. Elfly, the developer of Noemi (short for no emissions), moved into new facilities last week at Sandefjord Airport, Torp (ENTO), about 70 miles south of Oslo, Norway. Torp is the largest privately-owned airport in the country, and Elfly will use the site to build its first full-scale Noemi prototype, as well as for testing and validation. Elfly bills Noemi ... read more

Virgin Galactic Grounded after Alignment Pin Detaches

FLYING Magazine Virgin Galactic flights are grounded amid an FAA mishap investigation after the space tourism company reported a detached alignment pin to the safety agency following a recent suborbital mission. The January 26 “Galactic 06” mission was the company’s 11th spaceflight and its first with four private astronauts occupying seats aboard its spaceplane VSS Unity. According to Virgin Galactic, it was while conducting a routine post-flight review that it found an alignment pin had ... read more

Beta Technologies Installs Latest Charging Station at Alabama’s Montgomery Regional Airport

FLYING Magazine Beta Technologies said it formed a partnership with Montgomery Regional Airport (KMGM) to install a charging station for electric aircraft, the first such station in the state of Alabama. Electric utility Alabama Power also worked as a partner on the project. The Beta-designed charger is capable of powering ground vehicles as well as aircraft. The equipment installed at KMGM includes a Level 3 fast charger located inside the airport fence, mainly for charging aircraft, and ... read more

Dynon Certified autopilot approved for Beechcraft Baron

AOPA General Aviation News Expanding its already expansive list of approved aircraft, Dynon Certified announced the SkyView HDX avionics and autopilot system has received FAA approval for Beechcraft Baron 58 and 58A models. Additionally, the company’s electronic trim control and auto-trim offerings have been expanded. Read More read more

Could One Pilot’s Mistake Deter Rogue Drones at the Super Bowl?

FLYING Magazine As Super Bowl LVIII between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers approaches, one drone pilot’s costly mistake could deter others from disrupting the final game of the National Football League (NFL) season. A Pennsylvania man faces felony federal charges and up to four years in prison after flying a drone over the Baltimore Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium during the American Football Conference (AFC) Championship game between the Ravens and Chiefs on January 28, ... read more

The Fastest Piper Single Ever Is Revealed, the M700 Fury

Plane & Pilot Magazine Piper Aircraft has broken through two key markers with the M700 Fury—speed and price. The OEM’s latest turboprop contender breaks 300 knots, and clocks in … Read More "The Fastest Piper Single Ever Is Revealed, the M700 Fury" The post The Fastest Piper Single Ever Is Revealed, the M700 Fury appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Introducing the Piper M700

AOPA General Aviation News Piper Aircraft’s new M700 Fury is a faster, longer-range version of the venerable PA–46. Read More read more

New Robinson R44 Empennage Design

FLYING Magazine There is hardly any helicopter pilot out there who hasn’t spent time behind the stick of a Robinson R44. The FAA has approved the new empennage design for R44 aircraft which includes a symmetric horizontal stabilizer and tail cone. The design is now standard on all newly manufactured R44 helicopters registered with the FAA. It follows on the heels of the FAA’s prior approval of the same configuration for the Robinson R66 Turbine in September 2023. The Robinson R44 was ... read more

Piper Lifts the Veil on the M700 Fury, Its Fastest Single Yet

FLYING Magazine Piper Aircraft has broken through two key markers with the M700 Fury—speed and price. The OEM’s latest turboprop contender breaks 300 knots, and clocks in at $4.1 million, it announced on Tuesday afternoon in a livestream event. The change instigating the new model number? The introduction of a 700 hp Pratt & Whitney PT6A-52 engine—replacing the flat-rated 600 hp PT6A-42A in the M600. Piper anticipates FAA type certification by the end of the first quarter of this ... read more

Picture of the Day: My first airplane

General Aviation News Dragan Lazic submitted this photo and note: "After a couple of hours at a dealership for Bristell Aircraft, I flew solo from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to Chicago, in my Bristell NG5. I plan to open my own business helping pilots build flight hours a fast and affordable way. I did that!" Read More read more

Teens offered Vermont soaring scholarships

AOPA General Aviation News Flight Experience for Youth (FEFY), a nonprofit organization that seeks to introduce young people to aviation, is offering up to $15,000 in full and partial scholarships for the Sugarbush Soaring Overnight Youth Soaring Camp in Warren, Vermont, for kids ages 13 to 18. Read More read more

In consideration of the Do point

General Aviation News This is the Do point, not to be confused with the Dew point, which pertains to the weather. It relates to a pilot’s ability, even responsibility, to do something. To make a decision that’s rooted in safety. An action that is based on solid, conservative thought processes designed to keep ourselves, our passengers, and the aircraft safe from harm. Read More read more

The Netherlands Stops F-16 Sale to U.S. firm, Pledges Fighters to Ukraine

FLYING Magazine The Netherlands is preparing six additional F-16 Fighting Falcons to send to Ukraine’s air force in support of the country’s ongoing fight against Russia, increasing its delivery to two dozen fighter jets, Dutch officials said Monday. The aircraft are in addition to 18 Dutch fighters intended for the European F-16 Training Center (EFTC) that opened in November to train Ukrainian and Romanian pilots. “The Netherlands Ministry of Defence is readying 6 additional F-16 fighter ... read more

DeltaHawk introduces higher power engines

General Aviation News Testing is underway at DeltaHawk Engines as two new higher horsepower versions of its FAA certified DHK180 engine are introduced: The 200 horsepower DHK200 and 235 horsepower DHK235. Read More read more

Training and Safety Tip: Be clear on how to clean that windscreen

AOPA General Aviation News “No, no, no!” The instructor’s loud voice stopped the new student pilot poised to remove frost from the airplane’s windshield with a credit card. Read More read more

What Are Your Options When Financing an Airplane?

FLYING Magazine While an approach to minimums in a light twin may leave you with your hands full, most pilots recognize the path to proficiency and success in this scenario. What may not be as clear—if you don’t come from a finance background—is how to turn the dream of owning an airplane into reality. As FLYING Media Group expands its portfolio of services to pilots, it recently acquired Sky Allies Capital, a nimble player in the aviation finance market, to help our readers find the path ... read more

Loss of Thrust on Takeoff

FLYING Magazine “We have a problem, and we’re returning to the airport.” These were the words of Richard McSpadden Jr., who was aboard the Cessna 177RG Cardinal belonging to former NFL tight end turned FBO owner Russ Francis. The pair launched from the airport in Lake Placid, New York, on October 1 for a photo flight for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. McSpadden, the senior vice president of the AOPA Air Safety Institute, was a commercially rated pilot who had flown with the ... read more

Applications open for Cascade Warbirds scholarships

General Aviation News Applications will be accepted until Feb. 29, 2024, for scholarships from Cascade Warbirds, for private pilot ground school with introductory flights for young people between the ages of 16 and 21. Read More read more

Hartzell extends backcountry prop discounts to RAF supporters

General Aviation News Hartzell Propeller is extending a $1,000 discount to supporters of the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) on all new Hartzell backcountry aircraft propellers through 2024. Read More read more

Flying Helps You Catch Up With Distant Family and Friends

FLYING Magazine One of my strategies for logging more hours aloft this year than last involved listing all of the places I have planned or promised to visit by air since receiving my private pilot certificate. While I have yet to complete the list, I managed to check off one of the longest-neglected destinations over the weekend. After weeks of rain, snow, ice, and wind, decent weather arrived in my neck of the Northeast. I had been watching the forecasts and was prepared to log at least ... read more

Lost nut becomes lodged in elevator trim control wheel

General Aviation News We believe the cause of this incident was human error by the inaction of the technician to retrieve the missing nut. Despite previously loosening the nut and installing a new cable with a new nut, the technician either forgot to find the missing nut or did not hear it fall in the trim components. Read More read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1960 Cessna 210 Centurion

Plane & Pilot Magazine Cessna introduced the follow on to its 206 with the 210 in 1960, retaining the struts of its predecessor to make it instantly discernible from its later strutless Centurion brethren on the ramp. Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1960 Cessna 210 Centurion" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1960 Cessna 210 Centurion appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

FAA Advises Using Analog NAVAIDS In Spoofing Areas

AVweb The FAA is telling pilots to brush up on their old school instrument procedures and use analog NAVAIDs where possible if they’re headed to areas where GPS spoofing is going on. In a Jan. 25 Safety Alert for Operators, the agency said GPS and GNSS disruptions are on the rise, particularly around war zones but also near military operations areas and places where countermeasures against drones are being used. “When available, operators should plan to use conventional Navigational Aids ... read more

Honeywell Shores Up Supply Chain With Olathe Plant Expansion

AVweb Honeywell says it’s bringing more critical supply chain manufacturing home with an $84 million expansion of its Olathe, Kansas plant. The company announced last week the new production lines will employ 156 additional workers and secure the availability of the parts it needs. “Expanding this facility will enable the development of a strong and resilient domestic supply chain for next generation avionics and printed circuit board assemblies that our commercial and military customers ... read more

A320 Goes Mudding In Vilnius

AVweb The crew of an Avion Express A320 gave new meaning to the term down and dirty with a spectacular runway excursion in Vilnius, Lithuania on the weekend. All was normal as the plane carrying 185 people approached in wet weather. After touchdown, the aircraft skidded to the right and crossed a patch of muddy infield, sending murky liquid skyward. The crew was able to get the plane back rolling instead of sliding and that’s when things got a little weird. Alarmed controllers, who saw the ... read more

Age-67 Pilot Retirement Back In Legislative Spotlight

AVweb FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker has asked Congress to leave the current mandatory age-65 retirement age for airline pilot alone until the agency has studied the idea more. Whitaker sent a letter to Congress warning against what might be growing momentum toward boosting it to 67. “It is crucial to provide the agency an opportunity to conduct research and determine mitigations,” Reuters quoted the letter as saying. Last month Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg expressed similar ... read more

RAF Support Could Mean a Deal on Your Next Hartzell Prop

Plane & Pilot Magazine If you love visiting backcountry airstrips, camping next to your airplane at sites inaccessible to car travelers, and supporting the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF)—and are … Read More "RAF Support Could Mean a Deal on Your Next Hartzell Prop" The post RAF Support Could Mean a Deal on Your Next Hartzell Prop appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Embraer Says Deliveries, Backlog Rose in 2023 But Supply Chain Woes Slowed Results Overall

FLYING Magazine Embraer announced that its deliveries rose 13 percent and backlog grew 6.9 percent to $18.7 billion during 2023. The company said growth in deliveries of its E2 series jets and record backlog in services and support operations helped its results, but continued supply chain delays hurt its overall performance. Embraer delivered 75 aircraft during the fourth quarter of 2023, including 49 executive jets, 25 commercial jets, and one C-390 military jet. For the full year, the ... read more

Hartzell Extends Generous Prop Discounts to RAF Supporters

FLYING Magazine Hartzell Propeller has announced it will continue to offer its $1,000 discount on all new Hartzell backcountry aircraft propellers for supporters of the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) throughout 2024. In tandem with these savings, Hartzell Propeller will contribute $250 to the RAF mission for each special sale, supporting RAF’s goal of preserving backcountry aviation access. READ MORE: Hartzell Expands Composite Prop Series in Top Prop Program JJ Frigge, President ... read more

PILOTS AND COMMUNITY FIGHT AGAINST TORRANCE, CALIFORNIA, AIRPORT THREAT

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., Feb. 1, 2024—Pilots and residents showed a united front to defend a Torrance, California, airport after a concerning alternative land use study threatened its closure. However, airport operations and noise still divide the community. Read More read more

‘They went down hard’

AOPA General Aviation News The pilot of a Beechcraft V35B Bonanza reported “I’m losing engine” 45 seconds before another pilot on the same frequency told air traffic control that the Bonanza had hurtled into a tight cluster of homes in Clearwater, Florida, at 7:06 p.m. Eastern time on February 1. Read More read more

Aircraft Maintenance: Corrosion prevention for wheels, brakes

AOPA General Aviation News Aircraft wheels and brakes are remarkably simple and reliable. Unfortunately, it isn’t wear and tear that sends them to the scrapyard but corrosion. Aircraft owners, it turns out, are well equipped to win this particular battle. Read More read more

French Navy Orders Fleet of Small Airbus Maritime Drones

FLYING Magazine The French Navy has placed an additional order for a fleet of Survey Copter Aliaca light tactical uncrewed aerial systems (UAS) for maritime surveillance, according to Airbus Defense and Space. Survey Copter—an Airbus subsidiary— signed a firm order with the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) for 15 onboard systems (30 aircraft) of Aliaca fixed-wing electric UAS, plus associated training and integrated logistics support for the French Navy, the company announced ... read more

Shelter Cove Offers an Idyllic Airport Getaway

FLYING Magazine Kira Moore used her pilot certificate to find a new way of life, away from the hustle and bustle of her career as a physician in the greater Sacramento area. In July 2022, she purchased a residential property adjacent to the picturesque Shelter Cove Airport (0Q5), which overlooks the Pacific Ocean in Northern California.  Spending time at the airport has been a great way to decompress from the demands of daily life, and she contends that other pilots will feel the same ... read more

On Your Mark, Get Set, Fly: Drone Racing to Be Featured at The World Games 2025

FLYING Magazine The lesser-known sibling of the Olympic Games will treat drone pilots as professional athletes. The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale or World Air Sports Federation (FAI) confirmed that drone racing will be included as an event at The World Games 2025 in Chengdu, China, following its debut at the 2022 Games in Birmingham, Alabama. The 11-day event, held every four years since 1981, features sports that didn’t make the cut for the Olympics. In August 2025, 32 drone ... read more

EHang Reveals Low $330K Price Tag for Self-Flying Electric Air Taxi

FLYING Magazine Chinese manufacturer EHang has revealed the price tag of its type-certificated, electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi—and it’s relatively cheap. At least, by eVTOL standards. EHang suggested a retail price of 2.39 million Chinese Yuan—or about $330,000—for the self-flying, two-seat aircraft in China, expected to take effect on April 1. The manufacturer is the first in the world to obtain type certification for an eVTOL air taxi, and its EH216-S has already ... read more

Picture of the Day: Chicago from a Ford TriMotor

General Aviation News Gary Baker submitted this photo and note: "As one of the Experimental Aircraft Association's Ford TriMotor pilots, I was fortunate to be able to ferry the Liberty Aviation Museum 5AT-B TriMotor from a tour stop in Smyrna, Tennessee, to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2023. After a fuel stop at Gary, Indiana, we flew the Chicago FlyWay along the shoreline. We are flying past the Navy Pier." Read More read more

‘They went down hard’

AOPA General Aviation News The pilot of a Beechcraft V35B Bonanza reported “I’m losing engine” 45 seconds before another pilot on the same frequency told air traffic control that the Bonanza had hurtled into a tight cluster of homes in Clearwater, Florida, at 7:06 p.m. Eastern time on February 1. Read More read more

MH-139A Grey Wolf Training Unit Activates at Maxwell AFB

FLYING Magazine The U.S. Air Force’s newest detachment has been activated at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, in preparation for training pilots for the MH-139A Grey Wolf helicopter. The Air Force Reserve Command’s 908th Airlift Wing at Maxwell is partnering with Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico-based 58th Operations Group Detachment 3 to launch the full-time training unit at the Alabama base.  The new group is the first active-duty flying training unit based at Maxwell AFB since the ... read more

More Trouble for Boeing Max

FLYING Magazine Boeing has uncovered more trouble at the production level of the 737 Max that will force the aerospace giant to rework some 50 aircraft before they can be delivered. On Sunday, Boeing employees received a memo from Stan Deal, the head of the company’s commercial aircraft division, stating that last week an employee at Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita, Kansas—the makers of the fuselages for the 737—noted an issue with improperly drilled holes. SpiritAero Systems confirmed this ... read more

This 2004 Maule M-7-260C Is a Direct Route To Adventure and an ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 2004 Maule M-7-260C. Maules stand out on the ramp for a number of reasons. Even people accustomed to spotting taildraggers might not recognize these Georgia-built backcountry airplanes. They do not look like Piper ... read more

What’s the problem with my #4 cylinder?

General Aviation News When it comes to older aircraft, anything is possible so, as you can imagine, it also makes troubleshooting more difficult. Read More read more

Aircraft Maintenance: Corrosion prevention for wheels, brakes

AOPA General Aviation News Aircraft wheels and brakes are remarkably simple and reliable. Unfortunately, it isn’t wear and tear that sends them to the scrapyard but corrosion. Aircraft owners, it turns out, are well equipped to win this particular battle. Read More read more

Aircraft Insurance Market Has Stabilized—Somewhat

FLYING Magazine All this talk about a “new normal” of predictable unpredictability at first seemed like a post-pandemic cliché to me, but I’m beginning to think there’s more to it. Who would have thought we’d see inflation reaching high single digits, mortgage rates exceeding 7 percent amid an economy headed to an elusive “soft landing,” regional airline first officers earning more than fast-food wages, or me flying an instrument approach to near minimums through smelly wildfire smoke to ... read more

Touch and goes banned at KTOA

General Aviation News In a Jan. 23, 2024, meeting, the Torrance City Council voted 5-1 (with one abstention) to ban touch and goes and restrict back taxis and low approaches at Zamperini Field (KTOA) in Torrance, California. Read More read more

Garmin Introduces Budget-Conscious Nav/Com Radios for Light Planes

Plane & Pilot Magazine Prodded along perhaps by recent competition in the low-end com radio market, Garmin on Wednesday announced it will debut two new units targeted closely to … Read More "Garmin Introduces Budget-Conscious Nav/Com Radios for Light Planes" The post Garmin Introduces Budget-Conscious Nav/Com Radios for Light Planes appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

PILOTS AND COMMUNITY FIGHT AGAINST TORRANCE, CALIFORNIA, AIRPORT THREAT

AOPA General Aviation News FREDERICK, Md., Feb. 1, 2024—Pilots and residents showed a united front to defend a Torrance, California, airport after a concerning alternative land use study threatened its closure. However, airport operations and noise still divide the community. Read More read more

SkyView HDX approved for Barons

General Aviation News According to company officials, Dynon-equipped Barons "benefit from a full-featured three-axis autopilot system, including yaw damper, that is approach capable when paired with a compatible third-party IFR navigation device." Read More read more

ForeFlight launches Voyager app for Apple Vision Pro

General Aviation News "Voyager leverages the advanced spatial computing capabilities of Apple Vision Pro to deliver an unparalleled 3D airport exploration experience, enabling users to immerse themselves in a real-time aviation environment like never before," ForeFlight officials said. Read More read more

Pilot and passenger still missing after crash

General Aviation News The pilot’s inadequate preflight and in-flight weather planning and his improper decision to continue visual flight rules flight into an area of limited visibility in moderate precipitation, which resulted in a loss of airplane control due to spatial disorientation. Read More read more

Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1959 Piper PA-22-150

Plane & Pilot Magazine This Piper PA-22 offers low-cost tailwheel fun for the pilot attracted to its sunny personality and approachability. Read More "Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1959 Piper PA-22-150" The post Bargain Buys on AircraftForSale: 1959 Piper PA-22-150 appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Taylor Swift Sells Falcon Ahead Of Super Bowl Flight

AVweb Taylor Swift has sold the Dassault Falcon 900LX she’s used for touring for the past 13 years. Could it be to impress her boyfriend? The Falcon has racked up plenty of hours getting her and up to 11 of her closest friends from concert to concert and home to Tennessee but there’s one important date it can’t make. Swift’s much-discussed “time travel” after her show in Tokyo next Saturday to see boyfriend Travis Kelce in the Super Bowl is beyond the 4750 nm range of the tri-engine ... read more

Guest Blog: Diversity Doesn’t Mean Underqualified

AVweb Ed. Note: The following was posted by Robin Hadfield, the International President of the Ninety-Nines Inc., the world’s longest standing female pilot advocacy group. Recently right wing commentator and media personality Candace Owens stirred controversy with uninformed comments regarding diversity hiring (DEI) and the suitability of women for pilot roles. The lack of any facts or research into the topic is evident in her skepticism toward DEI initiatives and the qualifications of ... read more

Poll: Is DEI Hurting Aviation?

AVweb Poll: Is DEI Hurting Aviation? Poll: Is DEI Hurting Aviation? No, it's improving it It's neither improving it or hurting it It may hurt it It's hurting it Other Δ The post Poll: Is DEI Hurting Aviation? appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Last Week’s Poll Results: Stick To Basics

AVweb We had a lot of comments on training for autonomous aircraft and 40 percent said to keep Aviate, Navigate, Communicate as the foundation. The post Last Week’s Poll Results: Stick To Basics appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Best of the Web: GPS Spoofing Explained

AVweb GPS spoofing is posing a threat to aircrews, especially those flying near war zones. Mentour put together this 22 minute video to explain a growing issue in aviation. The post Best of the Web: GPS Spoofing Explained appeared first on AVweb. Read More read more

Picture of the Day: You never know what treasure you may find

General Aviation News Susan Loricchio submitted this photo and note: "On a visit to Princeton, New Jersey, I decided to take the 'scenic route' past Princeton Airport (39N), and a beauty caught my eye. I could not resist a close-up look of this restored 1944 Douglas DC3C-SC3G." Read More read more

Human Factors: A watered-down test flight

General Aviation News How could three veteran pilots miss the fact that there were several quarts — yes quarts — of water in the fuel tank? Read More read more

Amphibs Get Their Own Industry Event

AVweb An inaugural conference focused on the revival of amphibious aircraft operations and their role in the aviation sector will debut March 20 in the canal city of Venice, Italy.  Quaynote Communications and Arena Group Associates will host the one-day symposium, “The Future Opportunities for Seaplanes and Amphibious Aviation (FOSAA),” bringing together industry experts, speakers, and panelists that will delve into key challenges, developments, and possibilities shaping the market.” ... read more

Hangin’ Out in Austin

Plane & Pilot Magazine By the summer of 1983, I had finished my junior year of ROTC, and our old neighborhood gang was reunited again. Larry Leonard and I … Read More "Hangin’ Out in Austin" The post Hangin’ Out in Austin appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Sporty’s declares February IFR Month

General Aviation News In addition to special savings on pilot gear, Sporty’s will offer interactive webinars, articles, instrument flying videos, and answers to common IFR questions. The goal is to encourage pilots to earn their instrument rating, get current, and enjoy more utility from their pilot certificates, according to Sporty's officials. Read More read more

New leadership for Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association

General Aviation News After 20 years on the board and 17 years as president and chairman of the board, Dan Johnson welcomed a new leader of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA): Scott Severen. Read More read more

Jets: Reaching the Service Ceiling

FLYING Magazine The business jet market, paralleling the flight path of the general economy, is leveling off after two years of post-COVID soaring. The flattening is more pause than plateau, says Rolland Vincent, head of the market research and consultant company bearing his name in Plano, Texas. “Nothing surprises me,” says Vincent. “We were on a sugar high in 2021 and 2022, fed by essentially free money. Now with middle single-digit loan rates, we’re getting back to a more normal ... read more

Mixed Reaction To 25-Hour CVR Rule

AVweb Comments for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA’s) proposed rule to increase cockpit voice recorder (CVR) times closed Friday with mixed reaction from industry representatives in the 99 comments received.  The Dec. 4 notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) would extend the CVR recording time to 25 hours for all newly manufactured aircraft. According to the FAA, the increase would provide investigators, operators, and aviation authorities with more comprehensive data to determine ... read more

Whitaker Faces Oversight Grilling At House Committee Hearing

AVweb The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Aviation Subcommittee will grill FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker on the agency’s actions and future actions on oversight of Boeing Tuesday and they gave him some homework to help him prepare. He will be asked whether the agency found ongoing quality deficiencies before an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 MAX-9 went through a rapid decompression on Jan. 5 and how it worked with airlines to minimize schedule disruptions in the ... read more

Bonanza Crashes Into Home, Three Killed

AVweb The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported three people were killed after a small plane crashed into a mobile home Thursday evening in Clearwater, Florida.   According to the agency, the pilot took off from Vero Beach Regional Airport (KVRB) in a single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza V35 before reporting an engine failure and crashing into the Bayside Waters mobile home park just a few miles from St. Pete Clearwater International Airport (KPIE). The pilot and two others on the ... read more

Best Sim Add-Ons of 2023

FLYING Magazine 2023 was certainly a great year for us flight simmers. I will often showcase favorite aircraft and add-ons as they arise, and some products that were introduced in 2021-22 still remain strong and the best in their class. Just like Oprah Winfrey, I too have my list of favorite things to share. They won’t make me famous, nor do the authors of all these become an overnight sensation and instant millionaires like Oprah’s following dictates, but nonetheless my list is solid in ... read more

A Primer on Pilot Certificate Conversions

FLYING Magazine In November and December, my wife, Dawn, and I traveled to New Zealand for a month and flew a Cessna 172 around the South Island for eight days, a spectacular tour which will be featured in the V1 Rotate video episode posting on February 16. Though I was accompanied by a New Zealand-licensed flight instructor and therefore didn’t require a local license (they aren’t certificates in NZ), I did complete all the requirements for the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority’s ... read more

This 1972 Cessna 150L Is a Rugged, Versatile ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

FLYING Magazine Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at FLYINGMag.com daily. Today’s Top Pick is a 1972 Cessna 150L. A friend at my home airport said he flies a Cessna 150 because it carries him and his girlfriend on the day trips they enjoy, is extremely economical to operate, and is faster than the 1940s ... read more

Dynon Certified Announces New FAA Approvals for SkyView HDX Avionics System and Autopilot

FLYING Magazine Dynon Certified said the FAA has approved its SkyView HDX avionics system for Beechcraft Baron 58 and 58A models. Dynon’s three-axis autopilot is available as an option with the HDX system. When equipped with SkyView HDX and the autopilot, Baron aircraft also will benefit from a yaw damper and approach capability when the autopilot is coupled with a compatible third-party IFR navigation instrument. READ MORE: Dynon Continues Progress on SkyView Installations in Certified ... read more

Hybrid-Electric Airplane Manufacturer Heart Aerospace Raises $107M

FLYING Magazine A manufacturer planning to build hundreds of hybrid-electric aircraft for United Airlines’ fleet just secured some major funding. Heart Aerospace, maker of the 30-seat, hybrid-electric ES-30 regional airplane, this week raised $107 million in a series B round, bringing the company’s total funding raised to date to $145 million. The money will go toward type certification for the ES-30 under the European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) CS-25 large aeroplanes category, ... read more

U.S. Deploys Long-Range Bombers for Airstrikes in Iraq, Syria

FLYING Magazine The U.S. military deployed long-range bombers as part of a barrage of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria on Friday, targeting Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Quds Force, and Iranian-backed militia groups, according to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). The airstrikes, which began around 4 p.m. EST, were conducted on seven facilities and employed more than 125 precision munitions. The attack comes less than a week after a one-way-attack drone struck a remote outpost ... read more

FAA Approval Granted for Dynon’s Certified SkyView HDX and Autopilot

Plane & Pilot Magazine The FAA recently blessed Dynon’s certified SkyView HDX avionics for Beechcraft Baron 58 and 58A models. The OEM’s Dynon Certified three-axis autopilot will also be … Read More "FAA Approval Granted for Dynon’s Certified SkyView HDX and Autopilot" The post FAA Approval Granted for Dynon’s Certified SkyView HDX and Autopilot appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. Read More read more

Business Aviation Industry Groups Aim to Speed Adoption of SAF

FLYING Magazine The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) have agreed to work together to boost the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in the European business aviation market. The groups said their joint initiative aims to encourage aircraft operators to use a stepped approach while incrementally increasing SAF use at a higher rate than mandated under existing regulations such as the ReFuelEU aviation initiative. The ... read more

Explore Airports with ForeFlight’s Voyager for Apple Vision Pro

FLYING Magazine Embark on a groundbreaking journey through aviation with ForeFlight’s Voyager app, specially crafted for Apple Vision Pro. The free app leverages Apple’s advanced spatial computing capabilities to transform airports into immersive 3D landscapes. Voyager combines satellite imagery, high-resolution terrain, and live traffic data to create a real-time aviation experience. Each airport comes to life on a floating disk, allowing users to explore from different perspectives. ... read more

B-52 Bombers Deploy as Part of Indo-Pacific ‘Strategic Deterrence Mission’ 

FLYING Magazine B-52 Stratofortress bombers have deployed to Guam as part of a strategic deterrence mission in the Indo-Pacific region aimed at “reinforcing the rules-based international order,” according to the U.S. Air Force. The aircraft assigned to the 5th Bomb Wing from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, arrived at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, in late January, deploying as part of a Bomber Task Force (BTF). They are designated to the 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, which is ... read more

Attention AvGeeks and Gamers: Check Out This 3D Apple Vision App

Plane & Pilot Magazine Here’s some news pilots, avgeeks, aviation enthusiasts, and maybe even gamer geeks, are going to love—a new immersive 3D app released by ForeFlight for Apple … Read More "Attention AvGeeks and Gamers: Check Out This 3D Apple Vision App" The post Attention AvGeeks and Gamers: Check Out This 3D Apple Vision App appeared first on Plane & Pilot Magazine. 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