How do you improve upon the fastest, best-selling single-engine pressurized turboprop on the planet? After a top-secret development program, Daher revealed the answer in a ceremony at its Tarbes, France, manufacturing facility. While we haven’t flown the new airplane yet—though we’re already on it!—we can pretty much weigh in on the change right now. Daher more »
Avidyne Corporation is adding a new capability to its line of IFD-Series GPS FMS systems, offering pilots an enhancement that “has either been unavailable or cost-prohibitive in their particular aircraft,” said Dan Schwinn, founder, president and CEO of the Florida-based avionics manufacturer. Schwinn also revealed having “a relationship” with a communications company that may give more »
Today the name Hartzell means more than propellers, after an aggressive acquisitions binge has expanded the product line under the Hartzell umbrella and created a growing engine components division. Now Hartzell Engine Technologies has acquired “one of the industry’s most respected brands,” Mike Disbrow, president of the division announced, and filled in the last of more »
When the runaway (and runway) hit aviation app ForeFlight added a new feature recently, company co-founders Jason Miller and Tyson Weihs shared that they weren’t sure what the reception would be for it. They were in for a surprise. After just three weeks, Weihs told Plane & Pilot, the new logbook feature had amassed more more »
How you can take advantage of Cuban airspace opening up
The photograph you might have seen of the 747 flying as Air Force One carrying President Obama approaching to land in Havana was spectacular, a true piece of on-the-spot photojournalism that captured a moment in time perfectly without having a single word of explanation. The thing that made the photograph so striking, as those of more »
The headset aims to be THE wireless headset. We flew with it, so be careful; our thumb is in motion.
One of the most intriguing pilot gear product introductions of the last several years is the Lightspeed Tango wireless headset, which Lightspeed offered late last year and which we recently got the chance to try out ourselves. As you may have read elsewhere, the headset hasn’t received universal acclaim, so I was even more curious more »
From its Experimental Assembly Line in Capua, Italy, TECNAM rolled out its first P2012 Traveller, a joint development project between TECNAM and Cape Air, with international collaboration that includes Lycoming for the aircraft’s engines and Garmin for avionics. An 11-seat piston-engine twin, the P2012 Traveller is designed to comply with FAR Part 23 and EASA more »
The two fuels the FAA chose as part of its Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative (PAFI) to advance to Phase 2 testing were developed, one by Shell and one by Swift Fuels. The original field in 2014 consisted of 17 formulations from a half-dozen companies. Phase 2 will serve to assist the finalists in getting ASTM more »
We wrote last week about ICON Aircraft’s plans to be at Sun ‘n Fun next week, and this week the company announced big plans for its AirVenture presence. On Thursday, July 28, at the Gathering of Eagles, the EAA’s annual fundraiser for its Young Eagle program, the organization will auction off an ICON A5, provided more »
The world’s most popular light turbine helicopter, the Robinson R66, has a new aftermarket option that’s sure to be popular with owners. Genesys Aerosystems has earned an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the retrofit installation of its HeliSAS Stability Augmentation System and two-axis autopilot on Robinson R66 turbine helicopters. Weighing less than 15 pounds, the more »
Nearly 5,000 women (and men) gathered last week in Nashville for the 27th Annual Women in Aviation Conference. The goal of the conference was to “Connect. Engage. Inspire.” With motivating speakers such as flight instructor extraordinaire, Rod Machado and Jessica Cox, the first armless person to pilot an aircraft, the conference was filled with energy more »
Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird…it’s a plane! It’s an airship? Yes, at 302 feet long and cruising at 80 knots, the Airlander 10, created by British design company Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), will be the biggest aircraft in the world. Originally designed for the U.S. Army for surveillance purposes, the Airlander was more »
You may have heard about this remarkable first: An all-female crew from Brunei, where Islam is the official state religion, recently piloted a Boeing 787 Dreamliner from Brunei to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, landing the cutting-edge airliner in a country with severe restrictions on women’s rights. The story is a great one, but the story behind more »
The term “hybrid” gets used a lot these days, even when it doesn’t really fit. Of course, most people hear the term and think of a car with a combination drive system: an electric motor assisted by a small gasoline engine to take up the slack and charge the batteries if need be. In aviation, more »
Icon will be at Sun ‘n Fun selling more planes. But how many orders are too many?
Icon announced this week that they’d be at Sun ‘n Fun for the first time this year, showing off their pretty and popular little LSA A5 amphibian and taking deposits for it. Florida is surely a great venue for them, as there are lakes galore, and the gators don’t seem to take much interest in more »
The first few minutes of any mission are critical. A pro explains what can go wrong and how to keep that happening
Picture this: You’re in a single-engine airplane, barely at flying speed. The vast majority of the runway is in your rearview, the trees are out in front of you, and you’re hoping that nothing goes wrong, because there aren’t a lot of options. What to do to improve the odds on this most critical phase more »
We did a complete overhaul of Plane & Pilot; The all-new magazine is on its way to you now.
The new Plane & Pilot is on its way to you. As I type it’s at the printer and speeding down the press. We are tremendously proud of it, and can’t wait to hear your reaction. On the cover is an airplane with a story that in many ways mirrors our own, a brand that more »
Why the latest Cirrus save puts the pressure on other manufacturers
By now you’ve almost certainly seen the video of the Cirrus SR22 coming down really, really hard under the chute onto a lawn in a Hauppauge, Long Island, NY, industrial park several miles from the intended destination of Republic Airport in Farmingdale, NY. The pilot, Louis Obergh, said the plane’s engine quit—no word yet on more »