Avidyne Corp. announced on Feb. 22 that its IFD series of navigation and communication units created as slide-in upgrades to legacy navigators have been cleared for installation in Robinson helicopters.
Garmin International Inc. announced new products for helicopters on Feb. 22, including updated integrated cockpit displays and the GFC 600H flight control system designed to reduce pilot workload through automation.
It’s unfortunate, but even the simplest safety improvements in general aviation aircraft often lag far behind automobiles. By 1971, shoulder harnesses were required equipment on all automobiles in the United States. It took 15 more years until, in 1986, GA aircraft manufacturers were required to install shoulder harnesses for all aircraft seats. The lack of shoulder harnesses on an aircraft is significant because studies have shown that proper use of shoulder harnesses could reduce major injuries in aircraft accidents by 88 percent and reduce fatalities by 20 percent.
Textron Aviation on Feb. 21 confirmed that the Cessna TTx, notwithstanding the eye-pleasing ramp appeal and speed to spare that wowed more than a few pilots and aviation writers, has ceased production. The company in essence cited slow sales by way of explaining what became of the world’s fastest production piston single, though not in so many words.
There’s nothing like a North American P–51 Mustang to bring folks out to an airport or inspire would-be pilots to start living the dream. Now the airplane that launched so many on their life’s journey in aviation is calling those who have let the dream slip away to come back and relive it.
Growing deliveries of piston airplanes, business jets, and rotorcraft led an “encouraging” 2017 highlighted by stabilization of the rotorcraft sector after several down years, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association said in its annual State of the Industry Address.
Fly to Mexican Mountain, Utah, for superlative camping, hiking, and rock art next to the San Rafael River. This may just be the quietest place you’ve ever been. Soak in the solitude!
Earle Benjamin Blomeyer learned to fly before AOPA was formed and was the last of the association’s first 250 members to make his final flight: Blomeyer died Feb. 8 in Atlanta, at age 102.
Pilots authorized to fly in the Washington, D.C., Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ), the highly restricted inner airspace of the Washington, D.C., Special Flight Rules Area, will have to call in their required flight plans to the Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center instead of flight service starting March 29.
A museum that displays and flies vintage aircraft assumed its customary annual role as the gathering place for Maine general aviation organizations on Feb. 17 when the Owls Head Transportation Museum hosted the tenth Maine Aviation Forum at coastal Knox County Regional Airport.
Fly to Boulder, Colorado, to start your unique late-winter adventure. Fly a sailplane over the Rockies and then head to Nederland where you can ski at a little-known resort and party with the locals as they celebrate the real frozen dead guy in their midst.
Pilot, researcher, and flight simulation engineer Rudy Frasca was fresh out of the U.S. Navy when he built his first flight simulator in the family garage in 1958. In the decades that followed, family-run Frasca International has grown into a global flight training device powerhouse and is celebrating its sixtieth anniversary.
In a Feb. 15 editorial supporting the removal of air traffic control (ATC) from the FAA, The Wall Street Journal claimed opponents, including AOPA, have orchestrated a “misinformation campaign” on the issue. AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association set the record straight in a letter to the editor.
An airworthiness directive is scheduled to take effect Feb. 28 requiring repetitive inspections of many models of Textron Aviation Inc. twin-engine airplanes for cracks in the left and right forward lower carry-through spar caps, replacing the spar caps if cracks are found, and reporting the inspection results to the FAA.
Student Pilot A is practicing a 360-degree steep turn, working hard to maintain sufficient back-elevator pressure to keep the trainer at a constant altitude while watching for the outside visual reference to reappear in the windscreen.
President Donald Trump has again personally intervened in the negotiations with Boeing to modify two new 747-8i airliners to serve as the primary Air Force One aircraft and backup but it remains to be seen if the president’s promise of $1 billion in savings will be realized.
U.K.-based ejection seat manufacturer Martin-Baker has been fined $1.4 million by a British court after admitting its role in the death of a Royal Air Force Red Arrow Demonstration Team member who accidentally ejected from a team aircraft on the ground.
European homebuilders and classic aircraft groups are mounting opposition to a rule proposed by the European Aviation Safety Agency that would invalidate flying hours on so-called Annex II aircraft from counting toward EASA ratings and even renewal of existing licenses.
Canadian authorities are investigating after a Cessna 172 on a training flight suffered about $4,000 (USD) in damage when it collided with an airborne object near a British Columbia Airport.
GAMA released their year-end shipment and billings data on Wednesday, along with a “State of the Industry” news conference that was streamed live online. Their data shows that airplane shipments globally increased 2.5 percent in 2017 compared to 2016, and rotorcraft shipments rose 7.5 percent, from 861 units in 2016 to 926 in 2017. “Notable from these numbers is that the rotorcraft segment stabilized after several years of declining deliveries,” GAMA said in a news release.
The nomination periods are now open for two prestigious aviation awards, the Katherine Wright Trophy and the FAI Awards, the National Aeronautic Association said this week. The Wright trophy, established in 1981 by the Gates Learjet Corp., is awarded annually "to an individual who has contributed to the success of others, or made a personal contribution to the advancement of the art, sport, and science of aviation and space flight over an extended period of time."
Aerocor, an aircraft broker based in Los Angeles, has announced it is now offering a certified pre-owned option for the Eclipse 500 and 550 jets. Aircraft sold as “certified pre-owned” must have no damage history and will include fresh inspections along with first-year scheduled maintenance and operational support, the company says. Aerocor says each jet will be flight-tested, and will be delivered with all mandatory service bulletins, critical system updates, a 24-month inspection and all maintenance items due within the first 12 months or 300 flight hours of ownership completed.
If you’ve been watching any of the winter Olympics events recently, you might have wondered, why are there no gold medals for Aeronautics? According to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, there used to be. In 1936, at the Berlin Olympics, no contests took place, but Switzerland was awarded a gold medal in Aeronautics in recognition of Hermann Schreiber’s glider flight over the Alps. Fourteen pilots from seven countries took part in demonstration flights at a nearby airfield.
Textron Aviation has now confirmed that it has discontinued the TTx, the often renamed high-performance single it acquired 10 years ago.
The FAA is reminding helicopter operators that they must use certified gear when conducting “human external cargo operations” — that is, transporting humans via a harness slung beneath the aircraft. This form of travel is fairly common for workers who inspect power transmission lines and towers that otherwise would be hard to reach. “Operators are strongly encouraged not to conduct HEC operations with attaching means not certificated to the part 27/29 HEC requirements,” the FAA said in a recent statement to Vertical Mag.
So far more than 2,000 people have signed up to be part of Boeing’s GoFly challenge, which offers $2 million in prizes to inspire the creation of a “safe and easy-to-use near-VTOL personal flying device.” Already Boeing has hosted six online “Master Lectures” covering diverse topics such as safety, how to find funding, rotary-wing flight controls and more, all hosted by experts in their field. The lectures all are posted online. The competition is open to individuals over age 18 and to teams.
Lockheed Martin has started construction of a new 255,000-square-foot office facility in Orlando, Florida, and plans to hire about 1,800 people over the next two years, the company has announced. About 500 of those new hires will be based in Orlando. Gulfstream Aerospace also announced it will build a new service center at Appleton International Airport, in Wisconsin, to support its jet fleet. The expansion will create about 200 new jobs.
A Wall Street Journal editorial last week said it would be a good idea to privatize the air traffic control system, and singled out the opposition by NBAA and AOPA for critique. “What’s really going on,” the WSJ editorial board says, is that the business jet industry pays just 0.6 percent of aviation user taxes, though it accounts for 11 to 13 percent of controlled traffic. “The industry would like to keep it that way,” the board says. NBAA and AOPA were quick to respond in their own defense.
Boeing’s latest version of the 737, the Max 9, is now FAA certified and will soon start deliveries, the company announced last week. The airplane adds three additional seat rows compared to the Max 8, for a total capacity of 220 passengers. CFM International LEAP-1B engines and Advanced Technology winglets enhance efficiency and reduce noise. Boeing says the 737 Max is the fastest-selling airplane in its history, with more than 4,300 orders from 93 customers worldwide.
All 65 people aboard an Aseman Airlines ATR-72 turboprop were killed when the aircraft crashed in bad weather in the mountains of southern Iran Sunday.