AOPA News
22 November 2017, 8:49 pm

James W. Brown Jr., who led Hartzell Propeller Inc. for nearly a quarter century that spanned the aviation industry’s tumultuous 1990s, died Nov. 20 at age 84 surrounded by his family.



22 November 2017, 1:06 am

Retired baseball star Roy Halladay flew as low as 11 feet at 92 knots over the Gulf of Mexico in the moments before he crashed his Icon A5 and lost his life, the NTSB revealed in a preliminary report published Nov. 20.



22 November 2017, 12:41 am

Winter or summer, the central Washington towns of Wenatchee and Leavenworth provide wonderful getaways on the sunny side of the Cascades.



21 November 2017, 10:12 pm

The FAA has filed a notice of its intention to revise regulations dating to the 1960s that govern the certification of rotorcraft, noting that some technological advances “have rendered the regulations obsolete.”



21 November 2017, 8:23 pm

Amid the growing pilot shortage, the U.S. Department of Transportation launched the Forces to Flyers program to help nonpilot military veterans get the training they need to find commercial pilot jobs.



21 November 2017, 10:00 am

Seattle Avionics launched the new FlyQ Online 1.0 Nov. 20 and the following day announced it will soon release the upgraded FlyQ electronic flight bag with new features including augmented reality, full iPhone compatibility, and airport information and instrument procedures for airports in Mexico and Central America. Both products also now offer helicopter charts.



21 November 2017, 2:06 am

The acquisition of flying car company Terrafugia by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group of China for an undisclosed sum seems likely to accelerate the long-awaited arrival to customer garages of what’s billed as the first practical flying car. It puts Terrafugia’s designs and ambition to transform personal aviation in the same corporate portfolio as Volvo, which has fared well under Geely ownership and is working with Uber to develop self-driving cars.



20 November 2017, 11:38 pm

Mooney International has announced the first customer delivery of a new M20U Ovation Ultra, marking what the company described as the latest in a series of major milestones for 2017.



20 November 2017, 7:46 pm

A student pilot heads out to the flight line, telling the folks in the terminal he is looking forward to a session of touch and goes.



20 November 2017, 7:41 pm

In addition to having fun and connecting with fellow aviators, pilots attending the AOPA Fly-In at Camarillo, California, had the opportunity to participate in a Runway Safety Roundup presentation with AOPA, the FAA Runway Safety and FAASTeam, and air traffic. The results of attendees’ input in the roundup were released at the end of October in a “Runway Safety Pilot Best Practices” document that includes a wealth of practical safety tips and links to additional information on the topic.



18 November 2017, 2:19 am

Bryant Paulsen’s flight review was a bit out of date when he showed up at an AOPA Rusty Pilots seminar in Puyallup, Washington, last February to see about getting back into flying.



18 November 2017, 12:14 am

The holiday season has made its annual return, with its joyous gatherings and celebrations, and for many, a renewed focus on fulfilling the year’s goals for charitable giving.



17 November 2017, 10:05 pm

Five distinctly badged Top Hawk Cessna 172 aircraft outfitted with Garmin G1000 NXi avionics, Bose A20 headsets, and other options are bound for college aviation programs to support the institutions’ 2018 flight training and recruiting efforts.



17 November 2017, 10:00 am

Several years ago, the central Florida city of Tavares (Tuh-VAIR-ees) re-branded itself as “America’s Seaplane City,” rolling out the red carpet for seaplanes of every stripe. It’s easy to see why—winters are mild and the town is surrounded by lakes. But you don’t need a seaplane to fly to Tavares—Leesburg International Airport is just a few miles away. Fly in for a pontoon boat lake cruise or a train ride and then enjoy live music and a delicious meal along the waterfront. Venture a bit further to play golf or fly a glider. Tavares has two fun seaplane splash-ins each year, in spring and fall. You can even tour the Searey seaplane factory. Who knows, you may catch the seaplane bug if you haven’t already.



17 November 2017, 10:00 am

A vacuum pump failure on a sunny day is no big deal, but in instrument meteorological conditions—and especially without backup instrumentation—it's a serious emergency. The AOPA Air Safety Institute's new Accident Case Study: Single Point Failure video reviews how a Bonanza pilot coped with that situation. Learn how you can do better.



Aviation News
22 November 2017, 10:00 am
Government Is Considering Airports To Private Entities Municipalities are starting to add their voices to the growing opposition to the idea of selling Canada's airports. Opposition to the move has already been voiced by the cities of Vancouver, Victoria, and Richmond, BC, while Calgary's mayor has publicly spoken out against the plan. Toronto City Council is considering a motion to oppose the plan as well.


21 November 2017, 10:00 am
Says Controllers Received Insufficient Training In Recognition And Handling Of Emergencies The estate of Michael M. Apfelbaum and his wife, Christine have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the FAA in connection with an accident which occurred September 4, 2015 that fatally injured the couple.


21 November 2017, 10:00 am
Delivers One-Millionth Certified Product Garmin has delivered its one-millionth certified avionics product from its manufacturing facility in Olathe, Kansas. The milestone product was a GTX 3000 DO-260B compliant Mode S Extended Squitter (ES) transponder, which enables ADS-B Out transmissions and features TCAS II/ACAS II compatibility for a wide range of business and transport category aircraft.


21 November 2017, 10:00 am
Facility Dedicated To Helping Customers Expedite Completion Of Their Aircraft Lancair’s first production Mako customer was welcomed last week to the newly-launched Builder Assistance Center at the company’s Texas headquarters. Housed in a 10,000 square foot climate-controlled hangar, the Builder Assistance Center provides a dedicated work environment for Lancair kit owners to complete critical aircraft assemblies or the entire aircraft. Comprehensive in-house factory support, including customized jigs and fixtures, tools, supplies and expertise, allows aircraft buyers to shave months or even years off their aircraft build time.


20 November 2017, 10:00 am
Updates The Popular 740 Model Adventure Pilot announces the release of the new iFly 740b dedicated aviation GPS. The 740b will include all the same features that made the 740 so popular with pilots.


20 November 2017, 10:00 am
Four People Fatally Injured In The Accident Two aircraft, a helicopter and a Cessna 152, collided in midair during training flights Friday near Aylesbury, U.K. Four people, two on board each aircraft, were fatally injured.


17 November 2017, 10:00 am
Multiple Features Added For Both Platforms Garmin has announced the addition of new features for the Garmin Pilot application for Android and iOS mobile devices. Garmin Pilot 6.2 for Android incorporates approach chart overlays on the moving map, enhancements to stadium TFR’s, glide range ring, logbook tracks and more, while the 9.1 version of Garmin Pilot for iOS adds a new high resolution basemap, worldwide gridded winds and a streamlined Connext devices page. Within the iOS version, pilots can also access aircraft performance profiles, checklists and weight and balance data for additional aircraft types.


17 November 2017, 10:00 am
Total Avionics Sales Exceed $1.73 Billion In Through The Third Quarter Of 2017, A 4.1 Percent Increase The Aircraft Electronics Association has released its third-quarter 2017 Avionics Market Report. In the first nine months of the year, total worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales amounted to $1,732,915,016.06, or more than $1.73 billion as reported by the participating companies. The figure represented a 4.1 percent increase in year-over-year sales compared to the first nine months of 2016 amount of $1,664,109,078.49.


17 November 2017, 10:00 am
Five Schools Selected To Receive New Skyhawks For Flight Training Textron Aviation has selected the following universities for the 2018 Top Hawk program: Middle Tennessee State University, University of Dubuque, Lewis University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott and California Aeronautical University. Each university will take delivery of a new, custom branded Cessna Skyhawk 172 to support flight training, university recruiting efforts and promotional activities throughout the year.


16 November 2017, 10:00 am
Governor-In Waiting Promises Solid Support, Urges Tenacity To Sustain Kansas Aerospace Leadership In Address To Wichita Aero Club Tenacity was the theme of Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer's address to the Wichita Aero Club on Tuesday, November 7 at Crestview Country Club. Dr. Colyer, a Hays native, is a surgeon, an aviator, and – pending the US Senate's approval of Gov. Brownback's new role as Ambassador for Religious Freedom – the next governor of Kansas.


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AvWeb News
22 November 2017, 6:00 am

An FAA program to integrate drones into the National Airspace System has drawn lots of interest, the FAA said this week, with more than 4,300 people signing up for online webinars about how they can participate. Based on the demand, the FAA has added two more webinar sessions. Each session will provide participants with an overview of the program and the application process, and the specific criteria and deadlines they will be required to meet. Registration is required.



22 November 2017, 6:00 am

A U.S. Navy C2-A aircraft with 11 crew and passengers on board crashed into the Philippine Sea on Wednesday afternoon, the Navy has reported. Eight of the personnel were rescued by the U.S. Navy “Golden Falcons” helicopter squadron, and all were reported in good condition. Three people are missing. "Our entire focus is on finding all of our sailors," said Rear Adm. Marc Dalton, commander, Task Force 70.



22 November 2017, 6:00 am

The latest model from Airbus, the A350-1000, is now certified by both the FAA and EASA, the company said on Wednesday. The airplane is a stretched version of the A350 XWB airliner. The 1000 features Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines, adding more power than earlier versions, as well as enhanced main landing gears with six wheels.



21 November 2017, 6:00 am

The accident rate in general aviation dropped below 1 fatal accident per 100,000 flight hours in 2016, for the first time in 50 years, the NTSB reported on Tuesday.



20 November 2017, 6:00 am

Days after a Navy E/A-18 crew decided to use government aircraft to draw a contrail phallus in the sky, two Marine Corps crews flew a Bell AH-1W Super Cobra and Bell UH-1Y Venom across town to pick up a cellphone left in a pub, according to the Mount Desert Islander. The local paper reports that a caller phoned the Thirsty Whale in Bar Harbor, Maine, on Saturday asking if someone from the restaurant would be willing to ferry a cellphone, left behind at lunch, over to the town baseball field.



20 November 2017, 6:00 am

For the 2017 fiscal year, there were 27 fatal accidents involving experimental category aircraft, down 18% from the prior year and down 47% over the last four years, says EAA, which is celebrating the trend.



20 November 2017, 6:00 am

The last data point captured by the flight data recorder on Roy Halladay’s Icon A5 before his fatal crash shows the light sport at 200 feet above the water with a speed of 87 knots, says the NTSB. The preliminary report says a witness told investigators that “he saw the airplane perform a climb to between 300 and 500 feet on a southerly heading and then turn and descend on an easterly heading about a 45° nose-down attitude. He then saw the airplane impact the water and nose over.”



19 November 2017, 6:00 am

Three Britons and a man from Vietnam were killed in the midair collision of a small helicopter and a Cessna 152 on Friday.



19 November 2017, 6:00 am

A Tropic Air Cessna Caravan carrying the acting Prime Minister of Belize, Patrick Faber, Agriculture Minister Godwin Hulse and five other passengers clipped a car on takeoff from Placencia Municipal Airport and ended up in the water at the end of the runway Friday. No one was hurt in the incident, which has sparked an investigation into the safety of the airport.



19 November 2017, 6:00 am

I had the following exchange with a tower controller immediately after takeoff … Me: Tower, I'd like to report a bird strike during takeoff.  I don't believe there's any damage to the aircraft, but you'll need to have someone check for any bird parts on the runway … Tower: Was it a small bird?… Me:  It is now … Bernie Hirsch



19 November 2017, 6:00 am

While regional airlines seem to be the hardest hit so far by the tightening supply of pilots, business aircraft operators are also feeling the pinch.



18 November 2017, 6:00 am

The Hybrid Air Vehicles Airlander broke free from its mooring mast at Cardington Airfield in England but a uniquely dramatic safety feature prevented it from running amok. Airlander reported on Saturday that after leaving its moorings, an onboard system ripped open the hull and deflated the enormous aircraft so it ended up crumpled on the edge of the airfield.



17 November 2017, 6:00 am

Sales of retrofit avionics for business and general aviation aircraft for the first nine months of 2017 are up 28% relative to the same period last year, says the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA). Sales of forward-fit avionics (those destined for new aircraft) were down 17.1% over the same period.



17 November 2017, 6:00 am

The U.S. Navy has acknowledged that the rough contrail drawing of male genitalia in the skies over Washington state Thursday were made by one of its aircraft operating out of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island—most likely an EA-18 Growler. The local CBS affiliate reports that complaints were made to the FAA, who informed the disappointed caller that childish drawings don’t fall within the jurisdiction of the FAA unless they pose a flight safety risk.



16 November 2017, 6:00 am

Textron Aviation announced this week it will continue its Top Hawk program for 2018, providing a new Cessna Skyhawk 172 to five university programs for use in their flight training and recruiting efforts. “As the Top Hawk program enters its fourth year, we’re proud to build on a program that has allowed us to support general aviation and contribute to the enhancement of student pilot training,” said Doug May, Textron’s vice president for piston aircraft.



Flight Global
23 November 2017, 10:02 am
Worldwide shipments of fixed-wing business and general aviation aircraft rose slightly during the first nine months of 2017, led by a strong performance from the piston-engined sector. However, total billings for the period slid year-on-year, reflecting the mix of shipments in favour of smaller, simpler models.


21 November 2017, 3:33 pm
Island Aviation Services, the parent company of Indian Ocean carrier Maldivian, is establishing a seaplane operation in the Maldives with a fleet of Quest Kodiak 100 single-engined turboprops.


20 November 2017, 3:09 pm
Dubai's Empire Aviation Group has launched a charter and management venture in India, in a move that aims to plug a gap within the country's growing private aviation sector for high-quality business aircraft services, and help grow the region's fleet of midsize and high-end jets.


17 November 2017, 4:22 pm
The first Pilatus PC-24 destined for launch customer PlaneSense has been registered in Switzerland by the Stans-based airframer, as certification and service entry of the superlight business jet draw near.


17 November 2017, 3:21 pm
Embraer has reduced the cabin altitude for its Legacy 450 and 500 business jets by 200ft (60m), as part of a continuing focus on delivering customer value across its product line.


16 November 2017, 11:24 am
Business aviation services provider ExecuJet is to relocate its entire Dubai maintenance, repair and overhaul and fixed based operation to a single new facility at Dubai South s Al Maktoum International airport (DWC).


16 November 2017, 11:22 am
Business aircraft services provider and Dubai air show regular Empire Aviation Group (EAG) announced at the show that its India-based affiliate has been awarded a non-scheduled operator s permit (NSOP) by the country s civil aviation authority, allowing the company provide aircraft management and charter services to the subcontinent s burgeoning private aviation community.


15 November 2017, 9:52 am
Business aircraft owners and operators heading to Bahrain International airport (BIA) will now have another choice of ground handler for their valuable asset, following an agreement signed at the show on 12 November between Hala Bahrain, owner of the hub s new business aviation terminal, and local company MENA Aerospace.


14 November 2017, 7:43 am
Diamond Aircraft is displaying a quartet of Dubai debutantes, with its Dart-450, DA50-V and standard and surveillance-roled DA62s all attracting significant interest.


13 November 2017, 11:41 am
Dassault has returned to the Dubai air show to showcase its two latest tri-engined Falcon business jets and to drum up sales in its its high-end product line from the region s owner and operator communities.


13 November 2017, 9:12 am
Among the aircraft at the Dubai air show sits a special Boeing MD-10 that has been converted into a hospital to deliver sight-saving surgeries and training for doctors in developing countries.


13 November 2017, 8:46 am
Boom Supersonic hopes to pick an engine to power its developmental airliner programme next year as it works towards service entry in 2023 for the 55-passenger aircraft.


13 November 2017, 8:32 am
Boeing s newly-launched HorizonX venture capital fund and start-up incubator is coming to the Middle East and the UAE, specifically.


13 November 2017, 5:47 am
Business Aviation services provider Jet Aviation was in a celebratory mood at the show yesterday as it marked the opening of its new fixed based operation at the shared terminal at Dubai South s Al Maktoum International airport (DWC).


13 November 2017, 5:43 am
The world s only Boeing BBJ 787 available for charter is making its show debut on the static display. Owned by Chinese business aircraft operator Deer Jet, the VVIP widebody is marketed under the apt brand name Dream Jet a variant of the Dreeamliner moniker.


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