A quick confirmation is likely for the former Labor Secretary.
President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Elaine Chao, who served as Secretary of Labor in the George W. Bush Administration, to be the new Secretary of the Department of Transportation (DoT). It’s the DoT that oversees the Federal Aviation Administration. The wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Chao is a nominee whose confirmation is more »
The new single-engine jet starts the FAA certification process.
A new light jet program long in the making made noise this week when the single-engine, turbine-powered composite Stratos 714 took off from Redmond, Oregon, and completed a 10-minute flight with gear down. Flight test pilot Dave Morss reported that he was satisfied with the handling of the aircraft. The first flight of what the more »
The Commemorative Air Force’s “12 Planes of Christmas” online giving campaign runs throughout December.
The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is promoting its “12 Planes of Christmas” online giving campaign again this year. Running throughout the month of December, campaign donations will aid in the restoration and maintenance of the aircraft, as well as provide an opportunity to learn more about the CAF’s fleet of 165 authentic military airplanes. All more »
Energy Drink maker Red Bull looks to get media attention by coming up with the most outrageous aviation-related events imaginable. If that’s the goal, then this year’s Red Bull Aces championship, a race among “pilots” wearing wing suits, was surely a success. Held in the skies above Arizona last weekend, the race pitted wingsuit flyers more »
The aviation world lost a giant last Friday when Ron Alexander was killed in the crash of his Jenny biplane shortly after takeoff at Atlanta-area Peach State Aerodrome in Williamson, Georgia. A passenger, reportedly an official with the FAA, was also killed in the crash. Authorities have not yet revealed that person’s name. Alexander is more »
The historic collaboration promises to preserve and enhance the state’s recreational airstrips and airports
The Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) joined representatives of federal and state agencies, aviation groups, landowners and other stakeholders at U.S. Forest Service Regional Headquarters in Albuquerque to sign a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The partnership is intended to create the New Mexico Airstrip Network (NMAN), which will allow the groups to work together to more »
The companies are now in formal aircraft delivery negotiations.
When one thinks of Italian aircraft maker Tecnam, one is likely to think about light planes, from light sports to small piston twins, but the company’s latest model is bigger and badder, and is already getting some attention from one of the largest charter companies in the world. At a joint production development meeting with Cape Air, Tecnam announced more »
The University of North Dakota’s John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences is upgrading its training fleet, and that’s just the beginning.
Piper Aircraft has begun order fulfillment, this week delivering the first of 100 new trainers to the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota. The school placed the unprecedented order for 80 Archer TXs and 20 Piper Seminoles in April. “This milestone marks the beginning of a transformation for more »
Our December issue soon will be in subscribers’ hands, and it’s one of the best yet. With a cover by award-winning international artist Peter Greenwood, December features star columnist Grant Opperman’s examination of autonomous flight. Plus, Robert Goyer flies the Cessna TTx and tells you why it’s poised to make great strides in the single-engine more »
Why the latest update of the popular app is different, and what that means to you
ForeFlight recently released the latest version of its über-popular aviation app and there are changes galore, including some improvements that transform the essential nature of the app. The overwhelming popularity of the do-everything mobile aviation charting app ForeFlight has prevented some reviewers from identifying the rough spots in the product, but they are there, or more »
Just how many planes remain to be equipped with ADS-B gear in advance of the January 2020 deadline for mandatory equipage? You’ll be shocked. At the NBAA Media Kickoff Breakfast, Duncan Aviation President Aaron Hilkemann shared the numbers that his company has tracked on the subject. With 38 months remaining for the entire U.S. GA more »
How the re-engining company improves the big Beechcraft turboprop twin.
Who wouldn’t want more power and more speed on a legendary airplane? That’s the message that Blackhawk hoped to deliver on opening day at NBAA when it shared new details on its program to re-engine the Beechcraft King Air 350 with latest-gen Pratt & Whitney PT-6 engines with the more powerful PT-6A-67A. The program will more »
How 3D engine printing will reduce parts by the hundreds, for a start.
The dream of “printing” major components is fast becoming a reality. Here’s how GE’s billion-dollar investment is putting it at the fore of manufacturing. At the NBAA Convention, GE’s head of general aviation products Brad Mottier gave a program update of the company’s exciting Advanced Turboprop engine. Earlier this year Textron Aviation announced that the more »
The Swiss company proudly shows off its brand-new product.
Pilatus was due to arrive at NBAA in Orlando in high style on Wednesday, that is, in a new jet aircraft of its own design, the über-cool PC-24. The pretty twinjet is almost a segment of its own. So unusual is it—a 425 knot (at least) twinjet that’s optimized for short and rough strips—that perhaps its more »
The upgrade will add lots of next-gen capabilities and solve parts obsolescence.
Just ahead of NBAA, Garmin announced that it’s expanding its integrated flight deck upgrades to include a G5000 modernization program for the Citation Excel and Citation XLS. The STC is on schedule for late 2018 approval and will be available from select Garmin dealers, as well as Textron Aviation Service Centers. The new digital flight more »
Honeywell’s world-class forecast sees worldwide caution: Operators tell why.
Want to know what bizjet operators are planning for their future? Honeywell knows. In its annual business aviation forecast, developed through surveys of more than 1,500 bizjet operators worldwide and extensive industry data mining, Honeywell found that bizjet buying plans have cooled, at least in the near term. In a phone call with Plane & more »
The first and only single-engine jet gets the nod from the FAA. What comes next?
Cirrus announced at the first press conference of the National Business Aviation Association convention the FAA certification of its SF50 Vision Jet. The light, single-engine jet is the only single-engine jet of several that were proposed a decade ago to earn the FAA nod. No others, in fact, even came close, a fact of which more »
On AirFactsJournal.com, Collins reflects on the life and accomplishments of the legendary Bob Hoover, who passed away this week at age 94.
Bob Hoover: The One And Only “Many words will be written about the legendary Bob Hoover who died on October 25, 2016, at age 94. His flying exploits have made news over the years and his accomplishments and talents have been well celebrated with countless awards and accolades.” “I spent time with Bob off and more »