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 »
The company co-founder and self-described “chief pilot” has announced succession plans for the innovative flight sim maker.
Redbird Flight Simulations co-founder and self-proclaimed “chief pilot” Jerry Gregoire announced that on January 21st he will be stepping away from the day-to-day operations at the company he helped create. Gregoire’s longtime business partner Todd Willinger will assume leadership as CEO, with Charlie Gregoire moving into the role of COO. Upon his stepping down, Jerry more »
The popular series returns to the Smithsonian Channel on Sunday, November 6.
Returning to the Smithsonian Channel for its third season is “Mighty Planes.” The six-episode series continues its exploration of some of the most extraordinary planes in the sky and the people who fly them on dangerous missions—the pilots, engineers, avionics specialists, load masters and ground operators behind these massive birds. The season premieres on Sunday, more »
Garmin G5 Low-Cost Attitude Replacement The hottest product in aviation right now is the Garmin G5, a standalone, plug-and-play attitude indicator that sells for $2,100. The instrument was developed from Garmin’s offering in the Experimental market, but it’s FAA-certified to be installed in hundreds of models of certified airplanes. Why is the product so important, more »
The training center, set for a November 1 grand opening, will be located at Scottsdale Airport.
American Flyers Flight School has announced the opening of a new training facility at Arizona’s Scottsdale Airport (KDSL). The school is set to open its doors on November 1, with an open house scheduled for Saturday, November 12, with a free lunch from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. The Scottsdale Airport location will offer FAA Written more »
The coming NBAA convention is shaping up to be the 500-knot canary in the coal mine, and why it’s likely to give us a good idea of where the industry is headed.
With the NBAA convention coming up in a couple of weeks, it’s a good time to lay out the kinds of things we might expect to discover, and some of them are bigger than any one announcement, however blockbuster it might be. For those of you who aren’t familiar, the National Business Aviation Association Convention more »
Financing Aviation Stuff is Hard: Here’s What One Company Did About it
Redbird Flight, the company that makes a lineup of low-cost full motion flight training devices for a wide variety of users, announced that it has worked a deal to make it easier for its customers to finance a Redbird Sim. The announcement might not seem like big news, but in the context of the current more »
From bare-bones to something else, the Legend Cub goes high-tech
The Piper Cub has been around for a long time, and the classic Cub remains in our minds a dirt-simple machine, though popular Cub offshoots from Aviat and Cubcrafters have upped the ante considerably. So going all in on this game is American Legend Aircraft, the company that makes the Legend Cub, a popular Cub more »
One of four in the class of 2016, Poberezny brought the Experimental Aviation Association into the modern age and made its annual airshow a blockbuster event.
On October 1, 2016, longtime EAA head and former aerobatics champion Tom Poberezny was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio. The story of the birth and growth of the EAA is one that’s worthy of its own prime-time television drama, which one might call “The Flying Pobereznys.” The latest development more »
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Racing Capital of the World, was host to a different kind of high-speed event.
For the first time ever, the home of the Indianapolis 500—the world’s biggest single-day sporting event—hosted the Red Bull Air Race. This past weekend, more than 62,000 fans enjoyed the event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the famous track was transformed into an airfield, with planes taking off and navigating through a highly technical course more »
Sponsored: The Gleim X-Plane Flight Training Course will change the way you think about learning to fly.
When learning to fly a plane, visits to the local airport spending many hours with a Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) has been the successful formula in the past. Student pilots are advised to find a CFI with a good attitude and personality that they mesh with. Spending about an hour with a CFI during an more »
It’s been a big couple of weeks for the app maker, which followed the successful release of ForeFlight Version 8 with the announcement that it would be supporting SiriusXM Weather with its popular app. How does this new marriage look to a pilot? Here’s a first look. This is a big deal. Don’t get me more »
From fairway to runway, the golf legend used both brain and brawn to get the job done.
The seven-time PGA Major champion and Hall-of-Famer was an even better businessman than a golfer. Here’s what aviation meant to him and what he meant to aviation. At this point, every major aviation organization has weighed in with its recognition of the contributions that Arnold Palmer made to general aviation, and rightfully so. But the more »
Seven decades of the biggest brains and bravest souls in experimental flight.
To celebrate its 70th anniversary, NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, the agency’s center for atmospheric flight research operations, is sharing a special video on NASA television that showcases its storied history. When it came to post-war flight-testing, let’s be clear: Supersonic wasn’t the goal, but just a jumping-off point to more and faster and higher accomplishments. more »