But GAMA’s president’s characterization of the numbers is telling.
With the United States economy sluggish as ever despite a hot stock market, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association’s 2Q sales numbers aren’t as much a surprise as a continuing frustration. GAMA’s president and CEO Pete Bunce characterized it like this. “Results for the second quarter of this year,” he said, “are very much like the more »
Retirement from solo performance won't be the end of his aerobatic career
Celebrated airshow pilot Sean D. Tucker mentioned last June that he was considering stepping away from a solo performance career that spans 40 years and more than 1,275 performances after the 2018 season. Sadly for anyone who has seen him perform—and perhaps even more-so for those who haven’t—it looks like he’s sticking to that plan. more »
Surprise: Garmin Now Makes HuDs Available on the new Cessna Citation Longitude, the Garmin Head-up Display is an eye-opening product in a number of ways. At the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland, Garmin unveiled its first head-up display. The first plane to get the new HuD will be the Cessna more »
The company gathered almost 400 entries at OSH for its S-TEC 3100 give-away
To go along with its Oshkosh announcement of two new digital flight control systems—the S-TEC 5000 and the S-TEC 3100—Genesys Aerosystems also invited owners of 3100-compatible aircraft to enter a drawing to win a new S-TEC 3100 autopilot. Needless to say, there were plenty of pilots lining up to participate. Genesys gathered 394 qualified entries. more »
Here’s how much of taxpayers’ money the city plans to spend to shorten the runway at SMO
The City of Santa Monica isn’t wasting any time trying to get ahead of the pending lawsuits about its agreement with the FAA over immediately shortening the runway at Santa Monica Airport (KSMO) and closing the airport by 2028. On Tuesday night, the Santa Monica City Council officially approved a runway-shortening contract with engineering firm more »
FAA proposal aims to save time and money for high-flying aircraft
There’s a new proposal on the table at the FAA that would make gaining RVSM approval for flight above 29,000 feet a whole lot simpler for U.S. aircraft. Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) was established starting in 1997 to reduce the vertical separation between aircraft operating between Flight Level 290 and 410 from 2,000 feet more »
The probable cause was no surprise but was nevertheless hugely troubling
The NTSB released earlier this week the final report on the crash of an Icon A5 amphibious LSA at Lake Berryessa, California, on May 5th of this year. The findings were consistent with what Icon suspected early on in the investigation, that the pilot accidentally flew at low level into a canyon with no possible more »
As with many large airworthiness directives, there’s some controversy over how it should be addressed and who will pay.
As you’ve likely heard, Lycoming released a Service Bulletin (SB632) recently calling for the inspection of late model engines or those engines overhauled within the past couple of years that might have connecting rod bushings (made from November of 2015 to November of 2016) that don’t fit properly and are therefore subject to damage, potentially more »
If you had a giant jet and 18 airborne hours to kill, what would you do? For a Boeing test crew, the answer was ‘get creative with your flight track.’ While conducting Extended-range Twin-engine Operations (ETOPS) testing on a 787 Dreamliner, the crew took it for a cross-country spin at 39,000 feet that traced a more »
The EAA Pilot Proficiency Center at AirVenture 2017 shattered records from the year before. How busy was it? The numbers are staggering.
The EAA Pilot Proficiency Center at AirVenture 2017 surpassed its previous records for attendance, and if you had a chance to go last year but not this year, you might be wondering how that was possible, since the Center was packed from early to late last year as well. The Pilot Proficiency Center aims to more »
You won’t believe the feature on Garmin’s D2 Charlie pilot watch
Since it introduced the first model five years ago, the Garmin D2 (for “Direct To”) has been a popular item for the company, and every year or two it comes out with a new model that’s slimmer, better looking and more feature-rich. This year’s D2 watch is up to Charlie (the Bravo was the second more »
Sporty's and Cirrus auctioned off an SF50 Vision Jet during the week of AirVenture
The highly successful auction of a 2017 Vision Jet—a partnership between Sporty’s and Cirrus Aircraft—was held over the week of AirVenture. The idea was that if the winning bid came in over the price of the aircraft, the additional funds would go to charity. Sporty’s reports that the Vision Jet model on auction cost $1,927,653 more »
The crash of a Lake amphibian is being investigated by the FAA and the NTSB
The crash of a Lake Renegade on Lake Winnebago on Thursday during the AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in has claimed another life, that of the pilot, Ray Johnson of Marshall, Minnesota, who was a flight school owner and a member of the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame. Johnson was 84. A passenger on the flight, Diane M. Linker, more »
Tecnam's P2012 twin-engine Traveller is on track for certification next year
Now that the prototype of Tecnam’s P2012 twin-engine Traveller has more than 100 hours of successful flight testing under its wings, the company is taking the next step towards certification. Last week, Tecnam announced that assembly of the second P2012 has been completed. Tecnam says that the P2012 is on track for FAA and EASA more »
Flying—and flight training—is expensive. These days, estimates on the total operating cost for a Cessna 172 run between $80-$100 per hour. So how would the aviation industry change if that number could be reduced by roughly 80 percent? Aero Electric Aircraft Corporation (AEAC) is working hard to find out. The company is saying that its more »
Their elegant solution to in-flight loss of control got everyone's attention
The EAA Founder’s Innovation Prize is a serious competition. This year’s goal was to find the projects that could best address the problem of fatal loss of control accidents in amateur-built aircraft—loss of control being the number one cause of fatal accidents in that category. Not something necessarily geared towards young aviators. But high school more »
The 195-hp engine outperforms the 180-hp model by a lot.
At its exhibit area at AirVenture Oshkosh 2017, Continental Motors was displaying a Cessna 172 boasting a Titan engine conversion that got our attention. Developed by Stoots Aviation of Fairbanks, Alaska, the modification takes a 205-hp Titan engine, de-rates it to 195 hp and replaces the Lycoming IO-360 with it with remarkable results. We visited more »
LSA maker is emerging from reversals to reenter market with highly anticipated design. Here’s what the new owner has to say about the company’s future.
Flight Design, the German company that makes the CT-line of light sport aircraft, has been through the wringer in recent years with a series of reversals that no one could have anticipated. Its parent company entered insolvency in 2016 and was operated at a low level of activity by a receiver company, but the company more »