The Light Sport Aircraft took its first flight from the airfield in Pasewalk, Germany, as the company prepares the plane for European certification. Will U.S. LSA certification be far behind?
From the company’s production facility in Pasewalk, Germany, near the Baltic Sea, the REMOS GXis performed its taxi tests, and with the nosewheel up, took its first flight. Pilot and REMOS AG engineer Christian Majunke spent about an hour in the air, flying the full speed range, from stall to high-speed cruise. Under the redesigned more »
The Recreational Aviation Foundation is hard at work opening up dormant airstrips, like this beauty on an uninhabited island in Lake Michigan.
The Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) was successful in reopening North Fox Island (6Y3) last year, and now it’s time for airport improvement. The RAF is inviting pilots and friends to a no-host campout work party. Located on an inhabited island in Lake Michigan, this gorgeous strip has been mowed and rudimentary improvements have been made, more »
With scores of engineers and copious focus data, Textron appears to have nailed the product, which, they remind us all, is on track for 2018.
It’s not really news as much as a continuing tease, but Textron Aviation announced from EBACE, the European NBAA in Geneva, Switzerland, this week that its single-engine pressurized turboprop single is indeed on schedule. At last year’s actual NBAA in Las Vegas Textron’s VP of turboprops Christi Tannahill poked her head into the GE press more »
Just released by the FAA, Oshkosh air traffic procedures are required reading for all pilots flying to AirVenture
The FAA has released the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), with arrival and departure procedures for the annual EAA fly-in convention July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The NOTAM, which is in effect 6 a.m. CDT on Friday, July 22, until noon CDT on August 1, outlines procedures for more »
It’s been a crazy few weeks for the Plane & Pilot team, with travels to far-flung places where lots of cool things are happening, with even more good news coming by way of…get ready for it…Washington, D.C.! So to naysayers everywhere, here are 10 cool things happening in aviation—right now! New CubCrafters bird on the way. more »
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and Build A Plane announced the winner of the fourth annual design challenge. Which high school group is on their way to Washington? Weyauwega-Fremont High School in Weyauwega, Wisconsin, is the winner of the design challenge, which was created to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) knowledge among more »
Imagine wingsuit racing through a mile-long aerial slalom course at 8,000 feet! Red Bull Aces delivers this thrilling, first-of-its-kind competition to FS1. The world’s first-ever wingsuit slalom competition will feature athletes racing four at a time through a mile-long aerial course; the race will air Saturday, May 14, at 8 pm PT/11 pm ET. Held more »
The popular job fair is expanding to a full week this year, and it’s a fantastic networking opportunity for employers and those seeking a career in aviation. Previously a one-day event, the weeklong job fair at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh will be based at Aviation Gateway Park, an area that features education, innovation and technology, 9 more »
Nobody thinks that electric airplanes are ever going to be anything important in aviation; as everyone is thinking that, Aero Electric Aircraft Corporation rolls out an electric airplane that might just change the world. On Wednesday, May 11, at Centennial Airport in Denver, Colorado, Aero Electric Aircraft Corporation (AEAC) rolled out its proof-of-concept Sun Flyer more »
The news on Wednesday of the marriage of two aircraft sales heavy-hitters was noteworthy at the very least for the scope of the deal. jetAVIVA, which specializes in light turbofan aircraft, and Kansas Aircraft, whose inventory and expertise run from piston singles up through some spectacularly capable twin jets, combined for sales of 120 airplanes more »
The Glendale Airport Pilots Association (GAPA) went up against the City of Glendale, Arizona, recently, over the city’s attempt to dictate how privately constructed and owned hangars could be used. The verdict? In March 2016, GAPA won its lawsuit after a 4½-year dispute, securing a Summary Judgment against the city. The courts said the city more »
With its long tradition of aviation technology, Kansas State University Polytechnic is offering high school students with dreams of a future in aviation an opportunity to start early. Fly K-State Academy is a three-day piloting program, June 27-29, for high school students entering their freshman through senior year. In this immersive experience, students will complete more »
In a remarkable display of the innovative spirit of aviation and the potential of clean technologies, the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 touched down at Moffett Airfield in Mountain View, California, last week. Pilot Bertrand Piccard landed the single-pilot plane on April 23, after taking off from Hawaii 62 hours after earlier. The journey of the more »
The FAA has given approval to three Tecnam enhancements for the P2010 4-seater, including updated avionics and an alternative to 100LL fuel. Those enhancements include offering an integrated GFC 700 autopilot to go along with the G1000 flight deck, which is standard in the P2010. A second option, the Garmin G500 avionics suite, will lower the overall cost of the more »
Continental Motors Group has raised the TBR (time between replacement) of its diesel CD-100-series engines to 2,100 hours, significantly lowering operational costs. The lifetime increase affects all CD-135 and CD-155 engines manufactured since December 1, 2015. Several design improvements engineered over the last two years have made the improvements possible. Both the CD-135 and CD-155 are more »
Just when you thought there were no more good ADS-B ideas…
I got the chance to go flying with the Garmin GTX 345 all-in-one transponder recently, and it became clear to me that Garmin has gotten the product just right, answering the needs of many of its customers and doing it at a price that may not be as low as many will want, but that’s more »
There’s nothing worse than fire in the cockpit, but smoke in the cockpit comes close. One company has a clever, potentially life-saving solution, with training: VisionSafe’s Emergency Vision Assurance System (EVAS). The system consists of several components: an envelope that keeps the air clear around the pilot’s flight instruments; a blower that removes the air more »
The Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) released the results of a recent study, which focused on backcountry flying and the effects of noise on wildlife populations. The results of the two-year evaluation were pretty interesting. In 2014, the RAF was awarded an AOPA Foundation grant toward the cost of studying to determine if there are noise more »