Maule is once again expanding their list of available options. In addition to the new M-4 models we wrote about last week, they have just received FAA approval for two new versions of their M-9 four- (or five minus baggage) seater. The original M-9-235 Fuel Injected (Maule’s name for the model) was approved in 2012. The more »
This capable Part 23 plane does a lot for a little.
Maule has a couple of new airplanes for the new year – well, two slightly different models on the same airframe, anyway. The M-4 180V S2 and S4 are typical Maule: STOL performance, metal-winged tube-and-fabric construction, and an emphasis on cargo space. The big difference between the two it the seating. The S2 model is a more »
We’ve written a lot about what’s going on with ADS-B requirements for GA aircraft – who needs them, where to get them, and whether or not it will be worth all of the hassle. We haven’t talked much about what’s happening with the getting the surveillance network itself up and running. Right now, it’s looking more »
The P2012 Traveller will be meeting the public this April.
Tecnam’s new piston twin prototype, the P2012 Traveller, is slated to make its debut at this year’s AERO Friedrichshafen Global General Aviation Expo. The event will be held April 5-8 in Friedrichshafen, Gemany. The P2012 is an 11-seat, fixed-gear passenger/cargo carrier with a max takeoff weight of 7,937 pounds. It is powered by two 375hp more »
From cutting-edge technology to great bargains - headsets for 2017
The state of the art in headsets has advanced tremendously since many of us started flying, thanks to the work of longtime and startup headset makers, some of whom got their start in fields other than aviation and others who have been on pilots’ heads forever. These days, the leading headsets feature active noise cancellation more »
You’re never too young to start flying and never too old to remember what it was like when it was all brand-new. Future pilots Jace and Zoriana took a trip out of Gillespie Field last Tuesday and were kind enough to share their adventure with us! Check out a video of their flight here. To get more aviation news more »
It looks like Eclipse Aerospace might still be struggling. For the second time in three years, workers at the Albuquerque, NM manufacturing plant have been laid off. Eclipse hasn’t said how many people they let go or when those people might expect to be brought back. In the meantime, the plant is still operating, producing more »
Joseph Sorota wasn’t well known, but his contributions to the jet age were great.
Joseph Sorota, GE engineer and member of a top secret World War II engineering team called the “Hush-Hush Boys,” passed away on January 7th at the age of 96. As WWII was getting underway in Europe, Sorota studied engineering at Northeastern University and began working in a GE factory in Lynn, Massachusetts. In 1941, Sorota more »
China’s population of GA pilots is growing. Quickly. We’ve written several times about how Chinese airlines are having to bring in foreign pilots to get crews with enough flight experience. With expanding flight opportunities and the Civil Aviation Authority of China working to open up General Aviation, that may not be the case for much more »
Would you take Flight 666 to HEL? How about if it was on Friday the 13th?
Last Friday, January 13th, Finnair flight AY666 flew from CPH (Copenhagen) to HEL (Helsinki). The flight landed safely. No incidents, accidents, or unusual happenings were reported… So why is it news? Superstition is a funny thing. It changes with each country and culture. Even so, the date, flight number, and destination of Finnair’s trip hit more »
Internet startup Flytenow got shut down by the FAA. Did they fare any better before the highest court in the land?
We all know that private pilots can’t fly for compensation or hire. There are a few exceptions – some charity flights, search and rescue, and sharing flight costs with passengers while paying at least a pro rata share. The caveat with the last is that according to the rulings of the administrative law judges of more »
The story behind more than half of DCA's reported noise complaints in 2015
How many complaints does it take to change a major flight path into some of the busiest airports in the U.S.? Sadly, for many extraordinarily dedicated individuals, that’s a question that still doesn’t have an answer. According to a story first reported on by Owen Phillips of The Outline, this strange tale begins with a more »
2017 brings fresh opportunities to brush up on the latest Garmin avionics technology
Any time a pilot upgrades or switches to an unfamiliar avionics system, questions arise. No matter how many times you read the manual and press the buttons, nothing beats having a good teacher show you the tricks. With that in mind, Garmin is offering an expanded list of pilot training classes for the upcoming year. more »
Amazon has a patent for a delivery-drone-carrying airship. Yes. Really.
In case the question of how airplanes and drones can safely share the same skies wasn’t already complicated enough, the latest package delivery idea floated by Amazon will likely add some more fuel to those fires – if it ever comes to pass. The plan is to put an airship in constant flight at FL450, more »
The latest SR22 is fast and slick like its predecessor, but it sports an impressive addition.
The SR22 is the most produced light plane in the world, and many of Cirrus’s sales are to return customers. Cirrus is just really good at adding enough new features to its latest models that a lot of existing Cirrus owners find they just have to upgrade to get the latest cool stuff. The G6 more »
The replacement for G1000 will go into legacy King Airs at first.
For those pilots who cut their teeth on airplanes outfitted with the Garmin G1000 avionics suite, the coming of the next-gen G2000 touch-controlled avionics deck seems a mixed bag. G2000, which is currently installed only in the Cessna TTx, seems a long way from widespread acceptance in light airplanes and like a big change in more »
The Vision Jet has arrived. Where will Cirrus go from here?
After nearly ten years, the first Cirrus Vision Jet rolled out of the factory and into the possession of Arkansas real-estate developer Joe Whisenhunt on December 19th. It’s a tidy plane with solid performance numbers for a light jet and presented with Cirrus-typical style. The line to get one is roughly 600 orders long even more »
After more than half a century of service, the F-4 Phantom has retired. Between the beginning of production in 1958 until its end in 1979, McDonnell Douglas built more than 5,000 of these supersonic twin-jets. Of those, only 13 U.S. Phantoms were still airworthy on December 21 when the official retirement ceremony was held at more »