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.
The new Part 23-certified plane is ready to buy and fly
One of the best-guarded secrets in civil aviation history came to light on Monday when CubCrafters officially unveiled its XCub, a Part 23 airplane designed to get down and dirty. What the XCub is, is super-cool. But how CubCrafters did it might be even cooler. High-profile failures to get into full serial production these past more »
One group says the FAA is seriously overstating the nature of the problem
The FAA seems intent on highlighting the hazard to airplanes of collisions with drones. But is the agency exaggerating the threat and cooking the numbers? There’s reason to believe it is. In recent months, we’ve heard about more than a few airplane pilots, some of them at the controls of airliners, alerting controllers to a more »
The National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., is celebrating its 40th anniversary on July 1. It’s not too late to be a part of the festivities and explore this amazing collection of aviation history.
During America’s bicentennial year, as a gift to the nation, the National Air and Space Museum opened its expansive doors to the public. Since 1976, more than 320 million visitors have walked its floors and exhibition spaces to learn more about aviation and space flight. On July 1, the museum will commemorate its 40th anniversary more »
Aspiring pilots can complete sport pilot training in just three weeks as part of this unique learning environment in Oshkosh, Wisconsin
EAA’s new Sport Pilot Academy offers students interested in sport flight training focused, dedicated instruction and a unique learning experience at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The three-week course runs August 27 through September 17. The Sport Pilot Academy will use new light-sport aircraft for training. The EAA’s Young Eagles program has been a success more »
The EAA Pilot Proficiency Center will fly you into a cloud and save your flight there, too
Everybody knows that EAA’s annual airshow AirVenture Oshkosh is around the corner, and hopefully by now, everybody knows that one of the biggest draws will be the EAA Pilot Proficiency Center. The Center will give pilots like you and me the chance to fly scenarios in Redbird Flight Simulators to test their proficiency even when more »
More and more flight training organizations are utilizing simulators as part of their upset recovery curriculum.
Redbird’s flight training Jedi master Brittney Miculka has been crisscrossing the country visiting cool aviation destinations, many of them unsurprisingly at places that feature Redbird flight simulators as part of their flight school. This week, Britt visits with Mike Goulian at Executive Flyers at Hanscom Field in Bedford, Massachusetts. Goulian, who’s known as a nice more »