AOPA News
22 September 2017, 7:11 pm

With a Sept. 30 funding deadline rapidly approaching and no consensus on the so-called “privatization” of air traffic control, the House plans to vote next week on a short-term, six-month extension of the FAA's ability to operate.



22 September 2017, 12:06 am

Puerto Rico’s Isla Grande Airport, a general aviation airfield in the capital of San Juan, was littered with destroyed aircraft after Hurricane Maria tore through Sept. 20 as a Category Four storm. Reports relayed by The Weather Channel said the colossal hurricane “paralyzed the island with 155 miles per hour winds” and “ripped to shreds” aircraft, homes, and businesses in its path.



21 September 2017, 11:08 pm

AOPA has released a new flying guide, Cross Borders, to help make planning and executing cross-border flights easier for general aviation pilots.



21 September 2017, 9:47 pm

A cross-section of the general aviation industry met at AOPA headquarters in Frederick, Maryland, Sept. 19 to discuss how to work with the FAA, elected officials, airport leaders, pilots, and fixed-base operators to develop policies that support access to airports as well as FBO transparency, pricing, and competition.



21 September 2017, 9:03 pm

What has become one of the largest overnight grassroots general aviation disaster relief groups—Operation Airdrop—started with a phone conversation Aug. 29 between pilots Doug Jackson and John Clay Wolfe (also a Dallas-Fort Worth radio personality) while Jackson and his friend Chip MacLaughlin drove from Rockport, Texas, back to their homes in Decatur after delivering a trailer full of supplies to the South Texas area that was hit hard by Hurricane Harvey.



21 September 2017, 5:48 pm

A third-grade teacher in Palmdale, California, known for her hands-on teaching style and nontraditional lessons has been named the 2017 Scott Crossfield Aerospace Educator of Year by the National Aviation Hall of Fame.



21 September 2017, 4:59 pm

The AOPA Fly-In at Tampa, Florida, presented by Peter O. Knight Airport will continue as planned Oct. 27 and 28.



21 September 2017, 2:18 am

Pilots, travelers, and outdoor enthusiasts rely more and more on electronic devices to keep them safe, secure, and informed; but things can go south in a hurry when the juice runs low. The rugged, waterproof $99.95 Nomad 7 Plus Solar Panel is about the size of an iPad Mini when folded and combats the problem by providing enough power to keep modern devices charged.



20 September 2017, 11:15 pm

The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive (AD) requiring repetitive inspections of Ameri-King Corp. Model AK-450- and AK-451-series emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) in response to multiple reports of ELT failures and a report of “noncompliance to quality standards and manufacturer processes.”



20 September 2017, 10:17 pm

Well-known safety advocate Bruce Landsberg is set to be nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as a member of the National Transportation Safety Board. Following Senate confirmation, Landsberg will serve a five-year term and would be designated vice chairman for two years.



20 September 2017, 7:46 pm

The AOPA Flight Planner makes selecting the best route, altitude, and fuel stops for your next flight simple and easy, and special features such as predictive fuel warnings help increase your safety by providing critical information during the planning process.



20 September 2017, 5:35 pm

Pilots looking for a way to fly in to a special slice of America that offers an outdoor enthusiast an opportunity to combine a pheasant hunting or clay-course adventure with an aviation experience should draw a course line for Cherrybend Pheasant Farm located in southwestern Ohio’s Clinton County.



20 September 2017, 5:39 am

A delivery of life-saving antibiotics to Hurricane Irma victims in the U.S. Virgin Islands began with a phone call from an Ocala, Florida, general aviation ramp and ended 12 hours later after six Saint John island evacuees and a pair of pets shared hugs, tears of joy, and wagging tails upon reaching the U.S. mainland.



20 September 2017, 12:02 am

“The friendliest little airport in Texas” may soon extend its jovial welcome to more people and larger aircraft under a long-planned expansion project that just received a big infusion of funds.



19 September 2017, 9:46 pm

After Hurricane Harvey battered much of Texas, my wife, Ann, and I knew that we wanted to help with the relief efforts in hard-hit South Texas. We were left untouched at our home in Denton just north of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.



Aviation News
22 September 2017, 10:00 am
Company Executive Will Attempt The Flight A PAL-V vice president plans to fly around the world in his personal "flying car", though no firm date has been set to begin the attempt.


21 September 2017, 10:00 am
AD NUMBER: 2017-16-01 PRODUCT: Certain Ameri-King Corporation emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) as installed on various aircraft.


21 September 2017, 10:00 am
Has Increased Student Flights, Hired Instructors With More To Follow Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona, FL has seen a significant uptick in enrollment in light of forecasts of a pilot shortage on the horizon and the growth of the airline industry.


20 September 2017, 10:00 am
But Appropriators Are Reluctant To Hand Over The Purse Strings To A Private Entity With the September 30 deadline looming, leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives and the White House are stepping up their efforts to build support for the AIRR Act, which would remove Air Traffic Control from the auspices of the FAA and place it in the hands of a private, non-profit corporation.


20 September 2017, 10:00 am
Ronnie Mitchell, Aviation Division Director For The Nebraska Department Of Transportation, Will Serve As Chairman Members of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) elected new officers and regional directors for the coming year during its 86th Annual Convention and Trade Show held in Point Clear, Alabama last week.


20 September 2017, 10:00 am
Animals Had Strayed Onto The Runway At Nehalem Bay State Park, Plane Occupants Uninjured Two people aboard an airplane that was landing at Nehalem Bay State Park Airport in coastal Oregon were uninjured when the Vans RV8 they were aboard hit two elk that had wandered onto the runway. And while the people were OK, neither the animals or the plane fared so well.


20 September 2017, 10:00 am
Must Be Confirmed By The U.S. Senate For The Post The White House nominated aviation safety expert Bruce Landsberg to serve on the NTSB, citing his impressive track record on aircraft safety issues. Landsberg is the former president of the AOPA Air Safety Institute, and currently serves as the senior safety adviser for the organization.


20 September 2017, 10:00 am
Would Measure Levels Before, During And After Closure For Runway Shortening The Santa Monica Airport Commission has has requested a special study of pollution levels to be conducted before, during and after Santa Monica Airport's sole runway is closed while it is reduced in length.


20 September 2017, 10:00 am
Cessna 206 Was Attempting To Land On Campbell Lake A film crew captured video of a Cessna 206 attempting to land on Campbell Lake just south of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Anchorage, Alaska on Saturday. The plane appeared to be briefly out of control, leading the videographer to say "she's going to crash", before returning to normal flight.


19 September 2017, 10:00 am
Fully-Equipped Tower Shipped By Trailer From Hartford, CT A mobile air traffic control tower arrived at Key West International Airport in Florida Monday after a road trip down the East Coast by trailer from Hartford, CT. The FAA repositioned the fully-equipped tower to provide air traffic services for all of the aircraft operating in and out of Key West that are supporting the relief and recovery of the isolated Florida Keys in the wake of Hurricane Irma.


19 September 2017, 10:00 am
Also Commemorates 70 Years Of Continuous Production Of The Beech Bonanza The American Bonanza Society (ABS) celebrates half a century of service to owners and pilots of Beechcraft Bonanzas, Barons, Debonairs and Travel Airs with its 50th Anniversary Convention in Wichita, Kansas September 21-24, 2017. The ABS Convention will attract over 800 members and an estimated 350 Beech airplanes to the Wichita area for three days of pilot and maintenance safety seminars, social activities, and the largest piston Beechcraft-specific exhibit and trade show.


19 September 2017, 10:00 am
Was Aboard A Mooney M20C Airplane Which Went Down Saturday NASCAR officials have confirmed that modified championship racer Ted Christopher was one of two people fatally injured in an accident in Connecticut on Saturday.


19 September 2017, 10:00 am
Part Of Overall Recommendations Approved By The ARAC Last Week The recent Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) report that was approved last week by the committee contains a recommendation to change requirements that require CFIs to hold that designation for two years before they may train a first time instructor applicant.


18 September 2017, 10:00 am
Airfield Is In Both The Town And Eureka Township Airlake Airport (KLVN) in Dakota County, MN is in a somewhat unique position. Some of the land on which the airport is located is in Eureka Township, while some is in the corporate limits of the City of Lakeville.


18 September 2017, 10:00 am
Numbers Reflect Equipage Data As Of September 1 GAMA reports that as of September 1, rule-compliant Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipment is now on board over 40,000 aircraft flying in the United States.


AvWeb News
22 September 2017, 5:00 am

After complaints from members about discriminatory fuel pricing and high ramp fees at airports with only one FBO, AOPA is putting some muscle into finding ways to force FBOs to lower their fees. Earlier this week, AOPA convened a panel of FBO owners, airport managers, and GA pilots to discuss ways to fight the fees.



22 September 2017, 5:00 am

A contest sponsored by Lightspeed and CloudAhoy is inspiring general aviation pilots to draw in the sky. Contestants make line drawings using the path of their airplanes, recorded using CloudAhoy, a smartphone based GPS flight tracking app. The concept, on a larger scale, was popularized in the last few years by jet aircraft manufacturers who used the extremely long flights required for certification, particularly ETOPS testing, to sketch out a shape with their radar track.



21 September 2017, 5:00 am

Stratolaunch, the massive airplane that is being built by Scaled Composites to deliver satellites to low Earth orbit, successfully ran all six of its Pratt & Whitney turbofan engines for the first time this week, the company has announced. The engines, which previously powered a Boeing 747, support a payload capacity of more than 150,000 pounds and an operational range of about 2,000 nautical miles. At 385 feet from wingtip to wingtip, Stratolaunch is the largest airplane, by wingspan, ever built.



21 September 2017, 5:00 am

“Several failures in close succession” by a jet’s flight crew were the probable cause of a runway excursion at LaGuardia Airport last October, according to the NTSB’s final report, issued Thursday. The Eastern Air Lines Boeing 737-700, a chartered flight carrying then-vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence and campaign staff, overran Runway 22 during landing. None of the 11 crewmembers or 37 passengers were hurt in the incident.



21 September 2017, 5:00 am

Two brothers in Seattle, working as Egan Airships, have built a drone that combines features from both fixed-wing aircraft and blimps to create an aircraft that can hover, take off and land vertically, and fly at up to 40 mph. The 28-foot-long aircraft weighs less than 55 pounds and uses a patented streamlined envelope design, rotational wings and an extended tail. The Plimp aircraft is expected to be commercially available by early next year, the company said.



20 September 2017, 5:00 am

United Airlines will say goodbye to the Boeing 747 Nov. 7 with a special flight to Hawaii that commemorates its first use of the airliner in commercial service. The last scheduled United 747 revenue flight will be from Seoul to SFO on Oct. 29.



20 September 2017, 5:00 am

The danger of carbon monoxide poisoning in aviation was the subject of two safety alerts released by the NTSB on Wednesday, one for pilots and one for mechanics. The risk of CO poisoning is “generally overlooked and underestimated” by both pilots and mechanics, the safety board said. A defect or leak in the exhaust pipes or muffler can introduce CO into the cockpit, and exposure to the gas can lead to oxygen starvation and the onset of symptoms (headache, drowsiness, nausea or shortness of breath). Fatal accidents have resulted when the pilot is incapacitated by the exposure.



20 September 2017, 5:00 am

Spike Aerospace, one of a handful of companies working to bring back supersonic civilian flight, said on Wednesday they will fly their first SX-1.2 demonstrator aircraft by the end of this month. The scaled, proof-of-concept unmanned aircraft will help validate the aerodynamics of the planned S-512 supersonic jet, the company said. "We're very excited to be crossing this milestone and going from conceptual design and pretty pictures to an actual flying aircraft,” said Vik Kachoria, CEO of Spike Aerospace.



19 September 2017, 5:00 am

More than 110 chapters of Women in Aviation International are gearing up for Girls in Aviation Day to be held Saturday, Sept. 23. “Girls in Aviation Day has been embraced by the entire aviation community including pilots, airlines, aviation museums, FBOs, flight schools, colleges and universities, government officials and aviation businesses,” says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian.



19 September 2017, 5:00 am

Bruce Landsberg, who worked as a safety advocate at the AOPA Air Safety Institute for many years, has been nominated to be a member and vice chairman of the NTSB, the White House announced on Friday. Landsberg, who lives in South Carolina, served as executive director and then president of the ASI, from 1992 to 2014. Landsberg’s depth of experience, along with the recent appointment of Robert Sumwalt, who worked as a pilot for 32 years, as chairman of the NTSB, suggests that the board will have a strong presence on aviation safety issues.



18 September 2017, 5:00 am

The highly modified P-51 Strega flown by James Consalvi edged longtime rival Steve Hinton Jr. in Voodoo, another Mustang, in the gold unlimited class final at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada, on Sunday, reclaiming the title and spoiling the Voodoo team’s swan song race.



18 September 2017, 5:00 am

As of Sept. 1, over 40,000 U.S.-registered aircraft have been equipped to comply with the 2020 ADS-B Out mandate, says the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). The FAA estimates that 100,000 to 160,000 general aviation aircraft will need to comply with the mandate—or cease operations in ADS-B Out airspace.



18 September 2017, 5:00 am

Pratt & Whitney has completed testing on a proof of concept adaptive bypass variant of the F135 fighter engine. The adaptive three-stream fan test was completed as part of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory's Adaptive Engine Technology Development (AETD) program at Arnold Air Force Base in Tullahoma, Tennessee. Modern jet engines utilize two flow streams: one through the combustion section of the engine and a one that bypasses the combustion section around the outside of the engine.



17 September 2017, 5:00 am

I was in the lineup to depart LAX. A Delta jet was ahead of me and a Short Bros 360 was ahead of Delta … Delta (strong southern accent): "Ah, ground control, could you tell us what kind of aircraft is that ahead of us?” … Short Bros Pilot: "Ah, we are a Short Bros 360.” … Long silence … Delta: Ahhh OK, did ya all built that yourself? … Thomas J. Mackie



16 September 2017, 5:00 am

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., says he’ll fight any move to relax rules that require airline pilots to have a minimum of 1,500 hours of flight time before they can fly airliners.



Flight Global
20 September 2017, 3:59 pm
Lift Aviation the new owner of German light aircraft manufacturer Flight Design is hoping to relaunch development of the C4 piston-single and is seeking partners to help finance and manufacture the four-seat type, with a view to securing certification in 2019.


20 September 2017, 3:53 pm
Only 40,000 general aviation (GA) aircraft flying in the USA have been equipped with automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) Out equipment ahead of the Federal Aviation Administration s 1 January 2020 deadline, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.


20 September 2017, 11:16 am
French start-up Elixir Aircraft flew its two-seat Elixir piston-single for the first time on 31 August, and says the carbonfibre aircraft is on track to secure European certification in mid-2018.


19 September 2017, 4:27 pm
UK start-up Waves Technologies is gearing-up to launch in October the first Channel Islands-based commercial air taxi operation.


19 September 2017, 4:08 pm
The final Gulfstream G450 has rolled off the manufacturer's Savanah production line and is now undergoing completion at the airframer's maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Appleton, Wisconsin, in preparation for its delivery to an unnamed customer early next year.


19 September 2017, 3:13 pm
Zetta Jet has committed to continuing operations of the luxury charter for Bombardier-built business jets as it attempts to restructure the company s debt under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and pursues a lawsuit against a former chief executive for allegedly misappropriating funds.


18 September 2017, 3:51 pm
Luxury private aviation charter Zetta Jet filed for bankruptcy on 15 September in US District Court in Los Angeles, claiming the exclusive Bombardier operator has between $50 and $100 million in liabilities.


13 September 2017, 3:47 pm
Piper says all 39 of its M600 single-engined turboprops that were grounded in July while the company investigated the extent of a supplier production error have now returned to service having successfully passed inspections.


13 September 2017, 1:30 pm
Luxaviation Helicopters has snapped-up UK rotorcraft services company Starspeed to become the largest VIP helicopter provider in the world.


13 September 2017, 10:19 am
European members-only operator Surf Air is expanding its route network and business aircraft fleet to exploit growing demand across the continent for its low-cost, all-you-can-fly, subscription-based model.


12 September 2017, 9:25 am
XTI Aircraft will formally launch the TriFan 600 vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft at the National Business Aviation Association convention and exhibition in October, where it plans to unveil a one-third-scale mock-up of the new design.


11 September 2017, 1:15 pm
Nextant Aerospace has announced the launch customer for its remanufactured Challenger 604, which it is preparing for US and European certification in June 2018.


7 September 2017, 1:04 pm
Start-up aircraft designer Lilium has closed a $90 million round of financing, garnering support from the founders of Skype and Twitter, to continue developing a five-seat, electric-powered, vertical take-off and landing vehicle as an air taxi scheduled to enter service by 2025.


6 September 2017, 9:06 pm
Russian investigators have disclosed that the Antonov An-2 which crashed at an air show at Balashikha, killing both pilots, should not have been flying as its airworthiness certificate had expired nearly five years earlier.


6 September 2017, 9:28 am
US engineering and modification company Texas Turbine Conversions (TTC) has secured European supplemental type certification for the Hartzell four-bladed, lightweight, composite swept propeller, designed specifically for its Supervan 900 single-engined turboprop.


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