Add all the functionality simply by plugging in an SD card
Garmin has made the dream of upgrading your avionics by plugging a single memory card into your panel a reality, at least for some owners. The company has announced a new product, the Flight Stream 510, an SD card that plugs into the front slot on a GTN 750 or GTN 650 and turns the more »
The around-the-world journey will see six aircraft touching down in nine countries and 20 cities in 21 days, covering 15,000 nm in 50 flight hours.
Epic Aircraft is in the midst of its inaugural Epic Odyssey World Tour. A 26-person team of Epic owners, Epic Aircraft staff, professional pilots, guests and professional photographers arrived in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on July 6, as the launching-off point of the trip. The fleet has already visited the Czech Republic, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Scotland, England more »
With more than a half million people and 10,000 airplanes showing up for the festivities over the course of a summer week, AirVenture Oshkosh is the biggest airshow, fly-in and aviation celebration in the world.
Here are a few tips on scheduled events at Oshkosh 2016 that are worth the wait. Mass Arrivals! Each year, hundreds of aviators and aircraft from around the world make their way to AirVenture, creating their own communities along the flightline. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind experience. Participation is open only to members of the authorized more »
The FAA certificate authorizes Honda Aircraft to produce, flight test and issue airworthiness certificates for the HondaJet for customer deliveries.
Honda Aircraft Company has earned a Production Certificate from the FAA for its HA-420 HondaJet, an advanced light jet. The company has been steadily ramping up production at its Greensboro, North Carolina, headquarters/production facility since receiving FAA type certification last year. Plane & Pilot visited the HondaJet factory in March 2016, and there were 20 more »
The world’s biggest and best airshow is just around the corner. Here are some GREAT things to do there.
With AirVenture Oshkosh just around the corner, we lay out of the best things to do at the show. Look for Part Deux next week! 1. Pull Some Rivets. Learn just about every skill you need to build a plane. The daily hands-on workshops are included with admission, and no reservations are required. 2. Gawk more »
Appareo’s new panel-mounted 1090 ES transponder has been given the green light by the FAA for TSO installation. The unit is compliant with the FAA’s 2020 mandate for ADS-B.
The 1090 ES transponder provides ADS-B Out and built-in WAAS GPS. With the included GPS antenna, the Stratus ESG goes for the very competitive price of $2,995, not including installation. The transponder is now available in two options—the Stratus ESG and Stratus ESGi ($3,495 MSRP). The ESGi kit includes the certified transponder and a non-certified more »
In a technology milestone, the Siemens motor powered an Extra 330LE, with a 260-kilowatt power output, a significant advance in the development of hybrid-electric aircraft.
Researchers at Siemens have developed a new type of electric motor that delivers a continuous output of about 260 kilowatts—five times more than comparable drive systems. Weighing just 110 pounds, the propulsion system completed its first public flight at Schwarze-Heide Airport near Dinslaken, Germany, where it powered an Extra 330LE aerobatic plane—in near silence. According more »
Finally, we might have gotten to the price point that we need to get to for everyone to be able to equip with the FAA-mandated ADS-B gear.
NavWorx recently announced that it has cut the price of its already affordable ADS600-B (catchy name, we know) box by $200, so it’s now going for $1,799. Couple that with the FAA’s $500 rebate, and you’ve got yourself a $1,300 ADS-B solution. The ADS600-B comes as an ADS-B Out box only; that’s all the FAA more »
PILOT POV The lightweight 360fly camera ($399.99) makes it simple to share your unique view of the world from the cockpit—you can wear it or mount it to just about anything—providing an immersive 360º HD video of your flight. With WiFi, a Bluetooth interface and included 360fly app (download required), you can edit content, instantly more »
The wireless AHRS, GPS and ADS-B receiver from Levil Aviation is now a data recorder, too.
The iLevil series is, in essence, a multi-channel sensor designed to provide data streams to other products, most typically a tablet running navigation apps, but also to permanently mounted equipment in Experimental aircraft. With dual-band ADS-B In capability, the unit is both iOS- and Android-compatible. The unit isn’t compatible with either ForeFlight Mobile or Garmin Pilot, both more »
Bye Aerospace, the company that’s developing the Sun Flyer electric primary trainer, has its sights set on the defense market with a solar-electric model, the StratoAirNet
Bye Aerospace, the company that’s developing the Sun Flyer electric primary trainer, recently demonstrated a solar-electric prototype in a virtual war-game simulation at the ACE15 event hosted by the Air Force Research Lab out of Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. Focused on medium- and high-altitude missions, the proof-of-concept StratoAirNet features a 45-foot wing span, utilizing a more »
Why the first new turboprop single from Piper in 20 years matters
When Piper announced that it was working on the certification of a new turboprop single, to be named the M600 in a renaming move by the Vero Beach, Florida plane maker, the question was, would it be a simple upgrade to the company’s entry-level Meridian? Piper announced earlier this week that it had earned FAA more »
A progress report on some controversial and not-so-controversial programs
In an exclusive briefing with Plane & Pilot, Kevin Schmitz, the business leader of the Cessna TTx program, shared some progress reports on a few of Cessna’s single-engine programs, including the reintroduced Skylane and the troubled 182 diesel JT-A Skylane model. Schmitz emphasized that the decision to “pause” the diesel-powered Skylane program, announced officially earlier more »
The Space Agency’s new hybrid electric research plane gets an X number and a new name
NASA is testing new propulsion technology using an experimental airplane designated the X-57, as the agency works to make small aircraft more efficient. With its 14 electric motors turning propellers and integrated into a uniquely designed wing, the plane is part of a four-year flight demonstrator plan, NASA’s Scalable Convergent Electric Propulsion Operations Research project. more »
Inspired by the service of the Tuskegee Airmen, the Legacy Flight Academy flight training program begins July 9 on historic Moton Field in Alabama, providing teenagers with an opportunity to cultivate careers in aviation and, best of all, to start learning how to fly
The next generation of pilots gets to work at historic Moton Field in Alabama, July 9-23, as part of the Legacy Flight Academy (LFA) pilot training program, the same airfield where the first class of “Tuskegee Airmen” began pre-flight training on July 19, 1941. The LFA program offers a rich aviation experience, including flight training more »
The rule comes after years of lobbying by general aviation groups to broaden an FAA definition that left homebuilders in the cold.
For the past several years, there’s been an ongoing skirmish between the FAA and homebuilders, and for once, there was probably no bad guy in this battle. At stake was whether homebuilders of Experimental aircraft would be allowed to work on their planes in their own hangars. With a new rule that will take effect more »
World champion surfer Kelly Slater took his first flight lessons in the Quest Kodiak turboprop, ferrying some of the world’s top surfers (and his investors) to the secret opening of his man-made Surf Ranch wave pool in Central California.
For Slater, an 11-time world champion surfer, earning his private pilot’s license has been a desire for a long time. While planning to do flyovers of his new Surf Ranch wave pool and the solar panels that power it in Lemoore, California, Slater thought there was no time like the now to get started, and more »
We go flying in the brand-new plane from CubCrafters
If you’re afraid of heights, as in, not being high enough, then don’t watch this video! But if you want to see the brand-new XCub in action in its wild and free element, then, by all means, take a peek. Check out our complete pilot report here.