AOPA News
13 December 2017, 10:49 pm

Drones weighing at least 0.55 pounds (250 grams) must once again be registered with the FAA if they are flown for noncommercial purposes under Part 101, the FAA Special Rule for Model Aircraft. President Donald Trump signed legislation Dec. 12 that restores the registration requirement for drones flown for hobby or recreation that had been struck down by a federal appeals court in May. (That ruling did not affect the requirement to register drones flown under Part 107, which applies to commercial operation of unmanned aircraft.)



13 December 2017, 12:19 am

The FAA has published a notice seeking additional members and describing new tasks for the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) Airman Certification System Working Group as it proceeds with development of the integrated airman certification standards (ACS) for the FAA written and practical tests for pilots and aviation mechanics.



12 December 2017, 6:59 pm

A general aviation airport just northeast of Detroit’s Class B airspace has launched an online survey to help officials weigh the merits of lengthening its 4,000-foot runway to 5,000 feet or more.



11 December 2017, 11:55 pm

Enrollment at aviation colleges and universities is on the rise, and the trend signals the beginning of a long-awaited boost in the number of young people pursuing aviation careers, according to educators at major aviation institutions and industry professionals. They noted that lucrative careers in medicine, law, or business had previously drained potential pilots, mechanics, and others from their roll books before recent improvements in financial compensation and job guarantees made aviation more attractive to young people.



11 December 2017, 11:11 pm

Thanks to AOPA Foundation donors, the You Can Fly and AOPA Air Safety Institute teams, which are completely funded by donations, developed programs that are making pilots safer, providing more affordable access to flying, teaching high school students about aviation, and getting more pilots back in the air.



11 December 2017, 9:46 pm

In southern Vermont, the Mount Snow area offers year-round recreation and scenic beauty. Sugar maples blaze like fire in autumn and then give up their sap in late winter, from which Vermont produces its legendary maple syrup. Enjoy winter or summer sports in the refreshing air. Beautiful historic inns, many of which offer fine dining, are scattered throughout this idyllic setting. You might not even want to rent a car, since there is a free shuttle service, the MOOver, or “cow bus” as the locals call it (it’s painted like a cow). Some of the lodgings will pick you up from the airport if you ask. Both West Dover, adjacent to the airport, and Wilmington, six miles south, are charming villages with historic buildings and shops.



11 December 2017, 7:33 pm

Few people in the world have more firsthand experience flying drones in disaster areas than Justin Adams, the man behind the wheel as we worked our way along the Mount Baker Highway, winding through thick forest, approaching an active volcano that the U.S. Geological Survey considers a “very high” potential threat. The plan was to fly drones in various locations that will be in the path of the lahars expected when this glacier-capped stratovolcano once again blows its top.



11 December 2017, 7:00 pm

Pilatus’ new business jet, the $9 million PC-24, earned its FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification Dec. 7. Deliveries of the first airplanes off the factory floor in Stans, Switzerland, will take place in January 2018, beginning with launch customer PlaneSense, a fractional operator based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. PlaneSense already operates a fleet of Pilatus’ PC-12 single-engine turboprops.



11 December 2017, 10:00 am

One of the FAA’s most daunting tasks in bringing about a GPS-based instrument approach infrastructure is reducing the inventory of legacy procedures that don’t get enough use to warrant being kept usable with periodic flight checks and navaid maintenance.



11 December 2017, 10:00 am

America is blessed with many gorgeous mountain ranges, but the Tetons may be the most picturesque of all. The iconic view you most often see of the Tetons is from the east, the Jackson Hole side, home of movie stars and some very expensive real estate. What’s on the other side?



11 December 2017, 10:00 am

A warm front is advancing toward the area with its first effects expected during the time period of a proposed VFR cross-country flight to visit family in another state.



9 December 2017, 2:43 am


9 December 2017, 2:28 am

Following AOPA’s initiative to ensure reasonable fixed-base operator pricing and transparency, the FAA issued guidance Dec. 7 for pilots, FBOs, and airport sponsors. "Q&As—FBO Industry Consolidation and Pricing Practices” lays out a series of questions and answers addressing how federally funded airports should facilitate competition and transparency, as well as promote reasonable access and pricing. As a condition of receiving federal funding for development projects, airports must agree to protect public access to the airport by ensuring each FBO’s prices and fees are reasonable and not unjustly discriminatory.



8 December 2017, 12:15 am

Recent airline technology mishaps raise new questions about the proposal in Washington, D.C., to give control of the air traffic system to the airlines and special interest groups, five consumer and aviation groups said in a joint release Dec. 6.



7 December 2017, 9:16 pm

“I tell everybody that Idaho is the sea turtle capitol of the world because I’m here,” True-Lock aviation fastener founder Leslie Weinstein told AOPA. Although he now lives 2,500 miles from his Eastern Seaboard childhood home, Weinstein holds a key role in sea turtle awareness and rescue efforts that he has championed since his youth.



Aviation News
12 December 2017, 10:00 am
Was Purchased In July By German Company LIFTAir Flight Design may be under new ownership, but it will continue to be a leader in the design and manufacturing of advance light aircraft. Flight Design was acquired by LIFTAir of Eisenach, Germany in July of 2017. As an indicator of the new owner's future plans, the company has been rebranded as Flight Design General Aviation GmbH.


12 December 2017, 10:00 am
Senate Has Not Yet Considered The Measure The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation to strengthen and streamline security for general aviation and charter operators. The bill – “Securing General Aviation and Commercial Charter Air Carrier Service Act of 2017' (H.R. 3669) – sponsored by Rep. Ron Estes (R-4-KS), would improve security procedures for general aviation and commercial charter air carriers.


12 December 2017, 10:00 am
Completed 60 Of A Planned 97-Show Tour In Celebration Of Canada's 150th Anniversary The 2017 Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour had grand plans for the celebration of the nation's 150th anniversary. Some 97 air shows were planned across northern Canada last summer to mark the occasion. But Nancy McClure, the shows' organizer pulled the plug on the tour after completing only 60 of the shows, saying the money had run out.


12 December 2017, 10:00 am
Three Courses Integrated Into Student's Online Portal ATP Flight School has added King Schools’ online video courses as a key element in their Airline Career Pilot Program. On sign-up, students will get a head-start with the King Schools Private Pilot Ground School and Test Prep Course. Then, when they start their flight training, they will be enrolled in the King Schools Private Pilot Practical Test Course, which provides HD video showing a model checkride with an FAA examiner using the new Airmen Certification Standards (ACS).


12 December 2017, 10:00 am
Will Establish A New Aviation And Engineering Research Center In Florida A new project at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach, FL campus, funded by a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce through its Economic Development Administration (EDA), is expected to create 387 new jobs and spur $1.6 million in private investment.


6 December 2017, 10:00 am
Becomes Fourth Company In The Pipistrel Group The Fourth company of the Pipistrel Group has been established at the Chamber of Commerce in Jurong city (Jiangsu province).


5 December 2017, 10:00 am
Monthly Publication Now Posted Online The FAA Administrator’s Fact Book (PDF) has returned, and it’s on-line.


5 December 2017, 10:00 am
Airport Has A Permit To Use Lethal Methods To Remove The Birds A protected snowy owl was shot ... legally ... last Tuesday at Wittman Regional Airport.


4 December 2017, 10:00 am
National Accreditation Recognized By The FAA Three instructors have earned their first Master Instructor designation in the month of November. Master Instructors LLC said in a news release that all were accredited as Masters by Master Instructors LLC, the international Master Instructor accrediting authority.


4 December 2017, 10:00 am
GAMA Member Company Signs On As Plane Owner Of Prize Build Registration for the GAMA 2018 Aviation Design Challenge has filled in record time, and GAMA member company Click Bond, Inc. will be the owner of the Glasair Sportsman the winning high school team will help build as its prize.


1 December 2017, 10:00 am
May Be Applied To Flight Training, College Studies, Air Academy Camps More than $135,000 in financial aid opportunities for flight training, college aviation studies, and EAA residence camps are now open for applications through the Experimental Aircraft Association’s scholarship programs. Many of the scholarships, especially those for college studies, have a deadline of January 31, 2018.


30 November 2017, 10:00 am
Includes Installation Of The Instrument In Place Of Existing Directional Gyro Or HSI The FAA and EASA have approved additional Garmin G5 electronic flight instrument capabilities, including the installation of G5 in place of an existing directional gyro (DG) or horizontal situational indicator (HSI) in select certified fixed-wing general aviation aircraft. When paired with select VHF NAV/COMMs or GPS navigators, the G5 can be considered primary for displaying magnetic heading, VOR/LOC guidance and/or GPS course guidance, as well as distance and groundspeed.


30 November 2017, 10:00 am
Can Cause More Damage That Birds Of The Same Weight For A Given Impact Speed, Simulations Show A research team from the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) on Tuesday released a report that concludes that drones that collide with large manned aircraft can cause more structural damage than birds of the same weight for a given impact speed.


30 November 2017, 10:00 am
Tests To Be Centered At Fort Walton Beach, FL The FAA has scheduled GPS testing through mid-December that may result in unreliable or unavailable GPS signals.


30 November 2017, 10:00 am
Recognized With The Company' Innovation Leadership Award In The Personal Flying Mobility Market Frost & Sullivan has recognized the PAL-V "flying car" with its Innovation Leadership Award in the Personal Flying Mobility market.


AvWeb News
13 December 2017, 6:00 am

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has received a $1 million federal grant to establish a new aviation and engineering research center in Florida, the school announced this week. The money will help to build the Applied Aviation and Engineering Research Hangar, in Volusia County. The hangar will serve as the new home for ERAU’s Eagle Flight Research Center, a hub for engineering research and development, in operation since 1998.



13 December 2017, 6:00 am

Faced with continuing delays in the development of a new jet engine from Silvercrest, Dassault Aviation said on Wednesday the Falcon 5X program is cancelled. It will be replaced by a new Falcon jet with the same cross-section, powered by engines from Pratt & Whitney Canada, with first deliveries in 2022. “There is still a strong market need for a brand-new long-range aircraft with a very large cabin,” said Eric Trappier, CEO of Dassault Aviation.



12 December 2017, 6:00 am

Only a week after the FAA and EASA issued type certificate approvals for the Pilatus PC-24, FlightSafety has received FAA interim approval for its FS1000 Level C simulator for the new “super versatile jet.”



12 December 2017, 6:00 am

The FAA has responded to recent complaints from AOPA and others about rising costs and limited access at some FBOs at public-use airports, issuing a document that aims to clarify the issues. The six-page Q&A spells out the various obligations of the FAA, the airport sponsors, the FBO and aeronautical users. “This is an important, welcome and significant first step,” AOPA general counsel Ken Mead told AVweb on Tuesday.



12 December 2017, 6:00 am

A Texas pilot has admitted to intentionally ditching his recently purchased Beech Baron in the Gulf of Mexico for the insurance money.



11 December 2017, 6:00 am

The aviation world was atwitter last week with the news that the U.S. Air Force had selected five recent enlistees to participate in a study on alternative pilot training techniques. The Air Force, however, confirms that they have no plans to put enlisted personnel in the pilot’s seat.



11 December 2017, 6:00 am

Following a path similar to the FAA's BasicMed, Australian pilots without paying passengers will now have the option of a Basic Class 2 medical, which can be issued by a general practitioner. Pilots will be limited to day VFR conditions, in piston airplanes, with up to five non-fare-paying passengers.



11 December 2017, 6:00 am

We were in a long holding pattern at STL on a typical bad day there. Approach Control gave a direct clearance to another aircraft and canceled his hold … Pilot: "Roger, cleared direct; you read my mind.” … Anonymous voice: "It was a short book.”… Tom Wilson



10 December 2017, 6:00 am

After looking to the airlines, the recently retired and just about anywhere else it could to fill a growing shortage of pilots, the Air Force is now looking to its own ranks, its enlisted ranks, to fill the void.



10 December 2017, 6:00 am

Rather than plunge into the development of two new clean-sheet designs, it now seems like Boeing is going to spend a few years concentrating on the tried and true.



10 December 2017, 6:00 am

The pilot who died along with his four passengers in the crash of a Beech Baron on the Caribbean island of St. Croix last week apparently didn’t have the multi-engine rating or night experience that would have been minimum requirements for the flight.



8 December 2017, 6:00 am

Police helicopter pilots regularly assist with the apprehension of suspects accused of pointing laser pointers at aircraft, but they rarely land to make the arrest themselves. Florida’s Bay News Channel 9 reports that Pasco County Sheriff’s Office helicopter pilot Stephen Bowman tracked the laser wielding suspect to his home, landed in a nearby vacant lot, then marched over the man’s house to confront him.



8 December 2017, 6:00 am

After 11 years of development, Pilatus has received type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the FAA for its PC-24 “Super Versatile” jet. Three prototype aircraft flew a combined 2,205 hours around the globe prior to certification. The PC-24’s claim to fame is its ability to operate from shorter and more primitive strips than are typically demanded by business jets.



7 December 2017, 6:00 am

The crew of a Volaris A320 from Mexico was cleared to land on Runway 13 Left at John F. Kennedy International Airport, about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, but instead lined up on 13 Right — a runway already occupied by a Delta Embraer 170. ATC cancelled the Delta crew’s takeoff clearance, and they taxied off the runway. The Volaris crew was told to go around, and they came back to land safely on Runway 22 Left.



7 December 2017, 6:00 am

Erik Lindbergh has formed a new aerospace company, VerdeGo Aero, he announced on Wednesday. Lindbergh, who is well-known in GA as an advocate for new technology and as the grandson of Charles Lindbergh, will serve as president of the company, which will be based at Embry-Riddle’s MicaPlex incubator in Daytona, Florida. “At VerdeGo Aero, we are building the first safe and efficient short-range vertical takeoff and landing aircraft for the millions of people stuck in traffic in cities around the world,” Lindbergh said.



Flight Global
13 December 2017, 6:16 pm
Serious delays in the development of the Silvercrest engine has forced Dassault to terminate its agreement with Safran, and cancel the Falcon 5X programme.


13 December 2017, 10:09 am
With its substantially damaged prototype back in the hangar for the second time in 15 months, a feeling of deflation once again pervades the Bedford base of Hybrid Air Vehicles, developer of the lighter-than-air Airlander 10 experimental aircraft. However, the developers of the world s largest flying structure insist the latest mishap will not crush their four-year effort to certificate the hybrid airship, secure customers, and introduce it to service.


12 December 2017, 4:09 pm
FlightSafety International has secured interim Level C validation from the US Federal Aviation Administration for the first Pilatus PC-24 full-flight simulator. The approval comes less than a week after the superlight business jet received European and US type certification after a 30-month flight test campaign involving three aircraft and over 2,200 flying hours.


12 December 2017, 2:35 pm
Jet Aviation has been awarded an air operator's certificate from the Maltese civil aviation authority, allowing the business aviation services company to provide charter operations in the Mediterranean country using aircraft registered with the local 9H prefix.


11 December 2017, 5:19 am
Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet has concluded trials for possible services with the Quest Kodiak aircraft equipped as a seaplane.


8 December 2017, 4:36 pm
Pilatus has received European and US type certification for its PC-24 business jet, and is preparing to hand over the first aircraft to New Hampshire-based launch customer PlaneSense.


8 December 2017, 11:22 am
The festive season, yet again, inspires a little verse. The skies are dark, the snow is deep, it couldn t be much worse! But no, fear not! Tis end of year, not really end of days and through the gloom a beacon shines, to guide us through the haze. Red nose a-blazing, hoofs clip-clap, it s time for mirth and cheer; Santa? Reindeer? No, dear friends, it s Uncle Roger here! So test your skill, your knowledge base, but please don t fret and stew!


8 December 2017, 7:13 am
Fiji Airways has broken ground on a new $45 million aviation training facility that will house two simulators and also provide ab initio training.


6 December 2017, 6:32 pm
Bell Helicopter s 525 super-twin will be required to operate with a system that annunciates to the flight crew whether the fly-by-wire system s flight envelope protections are on or off and other details, the US Federal Aviation Administration says.


6 December 2017, 12:48 pm
GlobeAir the world s largest operator of Cessna Citation Mustang business jets is planning to launch a per-seat, on-demand air taxi service next year, to take advantage of the rising interest in its entry-level aircraft and an explosion in the use of mobile technology platforms.


6 December 2017, 8:01 am
Singapore air show organizer Experia has announced a number of new exhibitors for the show's sixth edition, which will run from 6 to 11 February 2018.


5 December 2017, 5:29 pm
UK charter and management company Zenith Aviation is preparing to take delivery early next year of the first of two Bombardier Learjet 75s from an October order for the superlight business jet.


5 December 2017, 4:10 pm
Polish start-up Metal Master has begun ground testing on the first of two Flaris LAR 1 flight test aircraft, and is preparing the five-seat, high-performance personal jet for its maiden sortie in the first quarter of 2018.


5 December 2017, 11:08 am
Tecnam has delivered the first three P2006T piston-twins in a special-mission (SMP) configuration to an undisclosed US aerial mapping company. An order for 30 aircraft, plus options for a further 24 units, was placed in June as part of the customer s fleet expansion and modernisation programme.


5 December 2017, 11:04 am
Windecker Aircraft is hoping to launch manufacture of a modernised version of the Eagle piston-single in 2018, nearly 40 years after the original programme was cancelled due to a lack of funding.


Flying Lessons
30 April 2013, 8:08 pm
Topics this week include: •The Top Two •The Mastery Rating •Stage III pilots


30 April 2013, 7:08 pm
Topics this week include: •It’s axiomatic •Test it out •Three objectives for survival


16 April 2013, 7:56 pm
Topics this week include: • Safe as the airlines? • Appropriately managed risk • Thinking inward


28 March 2013, 3:47 pm
Topics this week include: • Almost gear up • Short-range clearance • Training in circles


14 March 2013, 12:44 pm
Topics this week include: • Full circle • FITS, STARTS and ADM • Briefing debriefing-Making


7 March 2013, 7:19 pm
Topics this week include: • Realistic expectations • Your flying fluency • Awake appendages


28 February 2013, 5:10 pm
Topics this week include: • Going around • Soma-what-vic? • Memorable hyperbole


22 February 2013, 1:14 pm
Topics this week include: > Button of Death > Can-do people > Do, as well as say


14 February 2013, 5:53 pm
Topics this week include: • Know the workings • Differences matter • Good fuel planning


7 February 2013, 2:04 pm
Topics this week include: • Autopilots bear watching • Aw, ‘chute • Because you need it


31 January 2013, 4:44 pm
Topics this week include: • No Airmanship Award • Arrival tank • Where am I?


24 January 2013, 1:34 pm
Topics this week include: • Attitude flying • Stop fixing and fly • Emergencies and ATC


10 January 2013, 6:59 pm
Topics this week include: • Engine failure on the radio • Pilot-in-Command of the situation • We need to talk


4 January 2013, 1:42 pm
Topics this week include: • From statistics to action • Do something • Every flight a checkride


27 December 2012, 5:20 pm
Topics this week include: • My quest • The science of limit • Meet the standards