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.
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.
Winter or summer, the central Washington towns of Wenatchee and Leavenworth provide wonderful getaways on the sunny side of the Cascades.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Three Britons and a man from Vietnam were killed in the midair collision of a small helicopter and a Cessna 152 on Friday.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.