It seems as though things are looking up for the aircraft manufacturing industry
This Wednesday, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released its aircraft shipment and billings numbers for 2017, shedding some tentatively optimistic light on the current state of aircraft manufacturing. After a bit of a slow start at the beginning of the year, worldwide airplane shipments increased 2.5 percent over the course of 2017. However, due more »
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Bucket List: What’s a really cool thing you’ve done in your airplane (or somebody else’s)? We’ve already got tailwheel endorsements, paragliding and P-51 riding covered, but that leaves a universe of possibility. So, you ever get to fly U-2s? Take a ride with a Tuskegee airman? Fly in your mom or dad’s first plane after more »
Keeping true to SocialFlight's philosophy, one of the project's main goals is to include as much of the aviation community in the experience as possible
SocialFlight founder Jeff Simon is all about bringing people together through and around aviation. SocialFlight began as a free website and mobile app to share aviation events with the pilot community and has evolved to include aviation destinations, aircraft galleries, a pilot challenge (with some pretty awesome prizes) and an educational video and webinar section more »
I just learned that on Saturday a tour helicopter flown by an operator out of Las Vegas, Nevada, crashed in the Grand Canyon West area around 5:30 pm. Local news outlets were reporting fatalities and critical injuries. And as usual, images of the crash are floating around the Internet, and a lot of people are more »
Three people were killed and four injured in the accident
An Airbus EC-130 helicopter carrying six British tourists on a sightseeing tour went down at 5:20 p.m. on Saturday evening near Quartermaster Canyon on the west side of the Grand Canyon. The crash left three passengers dead. The aircraft’s four other occupants, including the pilot, were taken to the hospital in critical condition. A small more »
STC approval for additional models is also in the works
On February 6th, the FAA issued Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval to install the Pro Pilot two-axis autopilot from Trio Avionics in Cessna 177s, 180s and 185s. The autopilot was already available for the Cessna 172, 175, 182 and Piper PA-28. Cost of the certified version of the Trio Pro Pilot autopilot is $3,495. Installation more »
The twinjet is the first of six that will be going to a long-time Pilatus partner
It’s a festive time for Pilatus, the Swiss airplane maker, because it has officially started delivering the first of its new PC-24 jets. Launch customer for the twinjet is PlaneSense. The company has an order for six of the jets, which retail for around $9 million a piece. That’s around $4.5 million per engine, which more »
With reusable boosters and a payload of almost 67 metric tons, the first successful launch of the Falcon Heavy opens some interesting doors for space travel...including a new definition of 'flying car'
The SpaceX Falcon Heavy, the most powerful operational rocket in the world, launched for the first time this week. Powered by three Falcon 9 engine cores generating an astounding 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff, the rocket took off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center on February 6. The two reusable side cores landed successfully more »
A long-term deal for trainers with a surprising emphasis
Piper has been focusing on the training market in recent years after the company under previous leadership had turned its attention primarily to transportation airplanes. And while the M600 and Piper’s other PA-46-series models are still a critical part of the business for the Vero Beach, Florida, plane maker, the trainer business is picking up more »
The AD will mandate inspection of all affected planes and their repair, if necessary. Here’s why it’s survivable and why some planes might not even be affected.
Last week, the FAA issued a proposal for an AD that would affect thousands of Cessna aircraft from five models, the 172, 182, 206, 207 and 210. It could have been worse. Here’s why. The AD is based on a Cessna service bulletin that calls for the inspection of the lower forward cabin doorpost bulkhead more »
New self-piloted urban transport design passes early hover tests with flying colors
The first flight of Airbus’ Vahana lasted just 53 seconds and hit a maximum altitude of 16 feet, but its success brought home just how serious many companies are about the flying taxi model for the future of urban travel. The Vahana is electric-powered and autonomous, with room for a single passenger. Like most similar more »
Flight of the second prototype marks an important step toward certification
Epic Aircraft’s second E1000 prototype took to the skies for the first time last week. Prototype number two—called FT2—is a fully conforming model which will be used, according to Epic, to test out pretty much everything on the aircraft from avionics and fuel systems to reliability and operations. The first E1000 prototype flew in December more »
The non-TSOed avionics maker announces a new aircraft years in top-secret development
Meet the Vashon Ranger, a new LSA that’s ready to roll after years in top-secret development. The airplane is the pet project of Dynon Avionics owner John Torode, who has a liking for all-metal planes with high wings—he’s got a Beaver and a 185 on floats. Five years ago, Torode hired aircraft developer Ken Kruger, more »
The one-of-a-kind, three-engine 110 is scheduled to make an appearance at this year's AirVenture
As the biggest aviation get-together in the country, EAA’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, always attracts some interesting airshow performers. This year’s list is starting to take shape and it includes such adventurous entries as a Yak-110. For those of you who are scratching your heads, you’re not alone. We weren’t entirely sure what it was more »
De-icing fluid is a must for many winter operations in cold climates, but what happens to it after it's been used?
Most of us don’t spend much time thinking about where the de-icing fluid goes when it runs off the plane. That said, clearly it doesn’t just disappear…which brings up the question of how to safely deal with the leftover chemicals. Rather than just dispose of the used fluid, one company, Inland Technologies, has been recapturing more »
The popular light aviation winter show in Central Florida runs January 24-27
For aficionados of the light stuff, 2018 officially kicks off in Sebring, FL, on Wednesday, the first day of the Sebring Sport Aviation Expo. The show, now in its 14th year (yeah, we were surprised too!), has been growing over the years while still maintaining its attendee-friendly atmosphere. Sebring is a show where attendees can more »
Certification light at the end of the tunnel for the diesel powerhouse?
The Graflight V8 diesel engine from EPS is coming, though the company says that the engine will certify in 2018, about a year later than it had originally planned. The program delay was the result, says CEO and co-founder Michael Fuchs, of software development complexities that he says are a function of the engine being more »