AOPA News
27 July 2017, 2:32 am

Five Civil Air Patrol cadets are learning to fly this summer at Delaware State University in Dover.



27 July 2017, 12:48 am

Tucked away in the southeast corner of Boeing Plaza at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, this week is a large Boeing Chinook helicopter. But it’s clearly not a standard CH-47. This one’s painted flat black, instead of the U.S. Army’s normal green. Bulbous fairings housing fuel tanks and special equipment line both sides of the fuselage, and a massive aerial refueling probe juts forward of its nose. And aren’t those M134 7.62-mm electrically operated, air-cooled miniguns protruding from each side of the forward cabin?



26 July 2017, 10:30 pm

Lancair used to be at the forefront of a decades-long movement to increase the speed, styling, and sophistication of kit airplanes. But the company lost its focus as it pursued a variety of aviation projects and went through a series of ownership changes. Now, Lancair is going back to its elegant roots with the Mako, a roomy, powerful, four-seat, kit airplane that externally is almost identical to the Lancair ES—but faster—with a cruise speed of about 200 KTAS.



26 July 2017, 6:21 pm

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), told FOX News on July 24 that the House would not consider a vote on air traffic control privatization until after the chamber’s recess, which starts July 28 and ends September 5. One day later, however, Politico reported Shuster was again hoping for a vote this week.



26 July 2017, 5:42 pm

The National Association of Flight Instructors on July 24 announced the launch of a professional development program aimed at helping certificated flight instructors strengthen their marketing and customer service skills.



26 July 2017, 5:27 pm

Chase Harting received a boost for his flight training during EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Harting is one of the AOPA Foundation Flight Training scholarship recipients, and AOPA President Mark Baker presented him with a $5,000 check during the show.



26 July 2017, 4:57 pm

Of 5,178 civil public-use airports in the United States, just 559 are set up to serve air carriers. The remainder are general aviation airports that support communities and businesses across the country, International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA) Secretary General Craig Spence told a delegation from Chengde, China, during the group’s visit to Frederick, Maryland, July 25.



26 July 2017, 4:34 pm

AOPA is urging the FAA to adopt two draft policies that would help avionics producers bring innovative products to the certified-aircraft retrofit market at more affordable prices.



26 July 2017, 12:43 am

Mooney International is shifting its research and development team to its production facility in Kerrville, Texas, and shuttering operations in Chino, California, company officials said.



25 July 2017, 10:10 pm

In an effort to improve the safety record among pilots buying used Cirrus aircraft, the company has launched a new "Cirrus Embark" training program.



25 July 2017, 5:37 pm

EAA AirVenture—one of the most-loved, most-renowned aviation events in the world that showcases all segments of the industry—would likely be shut down under air traffic control privatization being advanced in H.R. 2997, Experimental Aircraft Association CEO Jack Pelton told hundreds of pilots gathered at the show July 24 for a rally against ATC privatization.



25 July 2017, 5:07 pm

Superior Air Parts, a firm founded on principles of making flying more affordable, is celebrating 50 years as an FAA-approved aftermarket parts manufacturer. The company emerged in 1967 with an engine valve guide and now holds parts manufacturing authority (PMA) for 3,500 items related to Lycoming and Continental engines.



25 July 2017, 4:56 pm

Boeing predicted an ongoing strong demand for aviation industry jobs with no signs of it slowing down. The aerospace giant released its jobs outlook for the next 20 years at EAA AirVenture July 24, and the Boeing Global Services report showed a need for 637,000 commercial aircraft pilots; 648,000 technicians; and a whopping 839,000 cabin crew members within the next 20 years.



25 July 2017, 8:00 am

Comparing the first half of 2017 with the first half of 2016, Piper Aircraft Inc. is seeing increases in revenue and aircraft delivered, Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott said at EAA AirVenture July 24. Revenue was up $11 million, or 25 percent, and 13 more aircraft were delivered—a 30-percent increase, he said.



25 July 2017, 7:12 am

We're all used to seeing electronics bundled into smaller and smaller packages—but the Scout takes this to a new level.



Aviation News
25 July 2017, 10:00 am
Not As Expected, Not As Advertised, Woefully Lacking FAA has managed an end run on congress, flanking their mandates and flaunting their contempt. The BasicMed Online Course material was promised as an informative, educational, meaningful, and useful tool in providing guidance and direction to enter/re-enter the labyrinth FAA medical quagmire. Well FAA and AOPA have managed to sell much but deliver nothing of the sort!


25 July 2017, 10:00 am
Visitors Get A Taste Of What It Might Be Like To Ride Into Space One of the tallest objects on Boeing Plaza at AirVenture this year is a rocket ship ... for real. Blue Origin has its New Shepard booster on display at the show, along with a mockup of the company's crew cabin that will one day carry people into space.


25 July 2017, 10:00 am
Compression-Ignition Powered Airplane Travels 1,485 Nautical Miles Burning 8.5 Gallons Per Hour Demonstrating the performance and fuel efficiency of its SMA powered compression-ignition Cessna 182 Skylane, Soloy Aviation Solutions flew nonstop to EAA Airventure from Soloy’s home base in Olympia, Washington; a 1,485 nautical mile flight. In an incredible display of fuel efficiency, the SMA SR305-230E engine only consumed 80 gallons of Jet-A fuel for the flight.


25 July 2017, 10:00 am
Airmate Celebrates U.S./Canadian Launch Airmate, a free social flight planning app, is celebrating its US/Canada launch at Oshkosh At last, the aviation world experiences an internet paradigm change: Airmate is the only social flight planning and navigation app completely free for pilots.


25 July 2017, 10:00 am
Testing Continuing On The Latest Powerplant The latest offering from Rotax ... the 915 iS ... should be available by the end of the year, the company announced at AirVenture. Mark Becker, BRP Manager of Aircraft Business gave the update on the latest engine at EAA press headquarters Tuesday morning. He said that the new engine takes the best attributes of the 912 iS and the 914 and combines them for a more powerful injected engine.


25 July 2017, 10:00 am
Three College Students To Receive $1,0a00 Scholarships The NASAO Center for Aviation Research and Education is pleased to announce the awarding of three $1,000 scholarships to college students in Louisiana and Michigan.


25 July 2017, 10:00 am
The Aerostars Receive A New Name And Will Serve As Brand Ambassadors Phillips 66 Lubricants announces their sponsorship of the Phillips 66 Aerostars, a precision aerobatic demo team who have been known to captivate air show audiences throughout the Midwest. The aerobatics team, previously known as the Aerostars, are officially being renamed and rebranded as the “Phillips 66 Aerostars.” The 3- member pilot team made up of Harvey Meek, David Monroe and Paul Hornick is growing to include a fourth member, Gerry Molidor. The team is representing Phillips 66 Lubricants at eight air shows in 2017.


25 July 2017, 10:00 am
Flightworthy Replica Of The Morane-Saulnier Type L “Parasol” Aeroplane On Display A flightworthy replica of the World War Iera Morane-Saulnier Type L “Parasol” aeroplane – an ancestor to Daher’s TBM very fast turboprop aircraft – is being showcased this week at AirVenture.


25 July 2017, 10:00 am
School Has Ordered An Additional 10 Airplanes For Its Fleet Piper Aircraft, Inc. has announced today an order for 10 additional Archer TXs from ATP Flight School. The order comes as part of an original agreement made in April of 2013 for up to 100 aircraft to the flight school.


25 July 2017, 10:00 am
The Young Pilot’s Fastest Route to the Airline Industry Heading into my senior year of high school, I am constantly asked what my plans are for college and beyond. My response normally includes a collage of some kind, but recently another option has been included: skipping college altogether and getting an ATP certification with 1500 hours. For a young, high-time pilot such as myself, this seems like a reasonable option. However, this answer varies greatly depending on the person, factoring in flight time, financial status, and future plans.


24 July 2017, 10:00 am
Two Pilots Will Receive Complimentary Subscriptions With Each New Policy Sporty’s, the world’s largest pilot shop, has been offering high quality aviation products and supplies for more than 50 years. USAIG and Sporty's have now teamed up to include one-year subscriptions for two pilots to Sporty’s Takeoff App Pro (a $119.98 value) with all new Owner Pilot aircraft policies. Aircraft covered under the Owner Pilot category are General Aviation aircraft piloted by the owner or an owner-associate, and typically used for a combination of pleasure and business flying.


24 July 2017, 10:00 am
Stratus ES Provides A Cost-Effective ADS-B Out Solution For Aircraft Already Equipped With WAAS GPS Appareo has announced another addition to its Stratus family of cost-effective, easily-installed certified avionics for general aviation. Just like Stratus ESG, the company’s flagship transponder, the new Stratus ES is a certified 1090 Extended Squitter (ES) ADS-B Out transponder designed with the common 1.65” form factor to easily replace existing transponders.


24 July 2017, 10:00 am
Latest Version Of Remanufactured 172 Will Be On Display At The Garmin Exhibit Yingling Aviation’s comprehensively remanufactured light single engine airplane, the Ascend 172, with a new updated panel and avionics suite featuring Garmin’s recently-announced GFC 500 autopilot, will be on display at the Garmin exhibit during the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) AirVenture 2017, July 24-30 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.


24 July 2017, 10:00 am
Astronics Ballard Technology Previews High-Current Power System For Experimental And Light-Sport Aircraft Astronics Ballard Technology, the industry-leader for reliable avionics databus interface solutions and world-class customer support, announced today that they will be taking reservations for the new Vertical Power Primary Power System (PPS) for experimental and light-sport aircraft at AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI. Show attendees can make a reservation for the new PPS for an opportunity to purchase one of the first production units, scheduled to be available later this year.


24 July 2017, 10:00 am
Intended To Help Student Pilots Reduce Their Training Costs Thousands of Flight Instructors and Military Aviators have taken advantage of our amazing free programs: CFI Free! and Military Free!. We give Flight Instructors and Military Aviators WingX Pro7 subscriptions for free including WingX Pro7 and the Advanced IFR subscriptions - for free! This includes WingX Pro7 for iOS, WingX Pro7 for Android, and WingX Pro7 for Fire - you get all the great features of WingX Pro7. You can buy an Amazon Fire for less than $50, so for about $50 you can get an EFB including hardware and software - amazing.


AvWeb News
26 July 2017, 5:00 am

EAA does a lot all year round to encourage women and girls to participate in the world of aviation, but at AirVenture those efforts ramp up. Wednesday is WomenVenture day at the show, and this year’s event drew nearly 1,000 women to gather for a group photo on Boeing Plaza. Elissa Lines, EAA’s former VP of donor relations, said the original goal for the event was to give female pilots a place to gather at a largely male-dominated convention. It’s all about “Women helping women overcome the challenges, the fear, the uncertainties, and achieve their dreams,” she said.



26 July 2017, 5:00 am

Flight Design, which has been in receivership in Germany since February 2016, is now under new ownership, the company announced on Wednesday. Lift Air, from Eisenach, Germany, has taken over all assets and operation of the company. “I am glad that we are able to maintain the know-how of one of the world’s market leaders in the light aircraft sector and to secure it with a well-funded investor,” said Knut Rebholz, the insolvency administrator for the company, in a news release.



26 July 2017, 5:00 am

NBAA will hold its annual business aviation convention and exhibition in Las Vegas, Oct. 10-12, the group announced this week. The event will feature 1,100 exhibits, 100 aircraft on static display and plentiful opportunities for education and networking. Keynote speakers will be U.S. astronauts and identical twin brothers, Mark and Scott Kelly. They’ll headline the event’s second-day Opening General Session. "We are honored to welcome Mark and Scott Kelly to NBAA-BACE," said NBAA president Ed Bolen. "Their stories are truly remarkable aspects of America's aviation and aerospace history.”



26 July 2017, 5:00 am

All four people on board were killed Wednesday afternoon when a Beech A36 Bonanza crashed on a busy highway in Utah. Nobody on the ground was hurt, but the airplane narrowly missed several cars, according to local news reports. Two married couples from Utah were on board, and had taken off from Ogden-Hinckley Airport, about a half-mile from the I-15 freeway. The airplane had climbed to only about 300 feet when the engine made a “super loud sound,” witness Randy Paulson told KUTV.



26 July 2017, 5:00 am

With a full line of aerodiesel engines in its product portfolio, Continental Motors says it’s seeing more uptake of Jet A-burning engines in the training market, including some nibbles in the North American market. At an AirVenture press conference on Tuesday, Continental’s Rhett Ross said that the company’s new CD-300 six-cylinder diesel is now fully certified and production ready.



25 July 2017, 5:00 am

A mobile system developed by Gryphon Sensors, a company based in New York, “sets a new standard in drone security,” according to a news release today from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office. The system, called “Mobile Skylight,” features an array of self-contained multispectral sensors that provide three-dimensional detection of low-flying, small UAS at a distance of 6 miles. The system is contained in a rugged off-road-capable van.



25 July 2017, 5:00 am

Simulator maker Redbird brought a production version of its Guided Independent Flight Training (GIFT) to Oshkosh. The system has been many years and several versions in the making, but is now for sale with 33 modules teaching basic flight, private-pilot maneuvers and emergencies.



25 July 2017, 5:00 am

General aviation advocacy groups have united in their efforts to oppose the privatization of the nation’s air traffic control system, and on Tuesday in Washington, the Senate Appropriations subcommittee took their side. The subcommittee approved a spending bill that would allot $16.7 billion to the FAA, and rejected the proposal to spin off ATC functions to a nonprofit corporation. A House subcommittee had voted to support privatization, which is also supported by the White House.



25 July 2017, 5:00 am

At AirVenture 2017, Trig Avionics introduced a low-cost ADS-B-compliant WAAS GPS receiver and lower-cost VHF comm radio.



25 July 2017, 5:00 am

Moving the Cafe Foundation’s annual symposium to Oshkosh was a success, executive director Yolanka Wulff told AVweb this week, and the event will return to the same venue next year. The symposium was previously held in California, but Cafe tried the move, reasoning that since most of their attendees also go to AirVenture, an Oshkosh site would make it easier for them to do both. The event was held at the University of Wisconsin Alumni Conference Center, just 10 minutes from the EAA grounds, on Saturday and Sunday.



25 July 2017, 5:00 am

With the sun slowly setting on Garmin’s landmark G1000 EFIS suite, aircraft manufacturers are rapidly switching to the follow-on G1000 NXi product. At AirVenture, Daher rolled out its version in the new TBM 910 single-engine turboprop in the first U.S. debut.



24 July 2017, 5:00 am

The FAA has reorganized its certification division, scrapping the familiar Transport, Small Airplane, Engine and Propeller and Rotorcraft Directorates in favor of a new “functionally-aligned organizational structure.”



24 July 2017, 5:00 am

At AirVenture 2017, Massachusetts-based Approach Aviation announced FAA approval and production shipment of its FlexAlert multifunction panel annunciator.



24 July 2017, 5:00 am

Following years of incremental progress and cabin mock-ups, Stratos arrived at Oshkosh 2017 with a real airplane. After first flight in November 2016, the proof of concept aircraft is still early in the envelope expansion stage. At 70 flight hours, company test pilots have taken the Stratos 714 to 330 knots true airspeed, 250 knots indicated and 18,000 feet. Kevin Jordan, chief sales officer, says the production airplane will carry four 200-pound passengers, with bags, for 1,500 nautical miles at 400 knots true and FL410.



24 July 2017, 5:00 am

At AirVenture 2017, Cirrus announced the new Embark complimentary training program intended to help buyers transitioning to used SR20 and SR22 aircraft.



Flight Global
26 July 2017, 2:31 am
Europe s economic rebound has helped French manufacturer Daher record the most aircraft deliveries in any first-half of a financial year since 2008, says senior vice-president Nicolas Chabbert on 25 July.


26 July 2017, 2:19 am
Mooney International remains committed to developing the M10 single-engined piston for the training market, but the Chinese-owned firm has tossed out the original design and closed the research and development centre that developed it, a top executive said on 25 July.


26 July 2017, 1:40 am
A year after revealing an autonomous passenger drone, Guangzhou-based Ehang could stage the first public demonstration later this year in China or the United Arab Emirates, co-founder Derrick Xiong says at the Airventure fly-in event on 25 July.


26 July 2017, 1:00 am
Eight years after introducing the Switchblade flying motorcycle concept, start-up Samson Motorworks is racing to launch production of the three-wheeled roadable aircraft by the end of next year.


26 July 2017, 12:10 am
Start-up company Detroit Flying Cars unveiled at the Airventure fly-in a new concept for that ever-popular but elusive market niche.


26 July 2017, 12:10 am
General aviation industry leaders warned on 24 July the annual Airventure fly-in could be shut down within five years if a proposal in the House of Representatives to privatize the US air traffic control (ATC) system becomes law.


25 July 2017, 1:24 pm
After a two-year delay, Icon Aircraft announced on 24 July that it has delivered the first six A5 light-sport amphibian aircraft to customer control as it prepares for massive ramp-up to full-rate production next year.


25 July 2017, 1:15 pm
One Aviation revealed on 24 July two new features of the Project Canada revamp of the Eclipse 550 very light jet, but the company s chief executive still insists the programme is a relatively simple upgrade package.


25 July 2017, 1:12 pm
Textron Aviation announced on 24 July that the first full airframe test article for the Cessna Denali a single-engined, seven- to nine-seat turboprop is set to make its debut flight next year.


25 July 2017, 1:12 pm
A survivor from the very light jet boom-and-bust cycle of the last decade, the Stratos 714, made an unlikely debut at the Experimental Aircraft Association s AirVenture fly-in in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on 24 July.


25 July 2017, 1:11 pm
Piper announced on 24 July that the fleet of delivered Meridian M600 turboprops is grounded while the company investigates the extent of a supplier production mistake, chief executive Simon Caldecott says.


21 July 2017, 4:06 pm
Dassault Aviation has delivered the 2,500th Falcon business jet, 52 years after the first member of the high-end twin- and tri-engined aircraft family was introduced.


21 July 2017, 3:31 pm
Textron Aviation has delivered its first fully configured Hawker 400XPR light business jet from its service centre in Wichita, Kansas to an unnamed Seattle-based company. The handover of the modified 400XP comes 10 months after the XPR upgrade package secured US certification.


21 July 2017, 3:26 pm
Continued weakness in the turboprop market between April and June contributed to a $25 million fall in revenues for Textron Aviation, to $1.17 billion. However, the slide was partially offset by higher business jet deliveries and firmer pricing on new aircraft.


20 July 2017, 1:41 pm
Christi Tannahill: Textron Aviation senior vice president Interior Design and Engineering


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