A faster, cheaper approach to getting small satellites into orbit
Launching satellites into orbit is often time-consuming and prohibitively expensive, especially if the object in question only weighs a few pounds—as is the case with CubeSats. Future launch provider CubeCab believes it can offer a faster, cheaper way to get them into low Earth orbit. How? Launch the CubeSats from a flying Starfighter. The technical more »
In a move that emphasizes similarities over differences, AOPA has decided to make room at the table for some (relative) newcomers. On February 21, the organization opened up membership options for a group that has already faced a good bit of controversy both in the air and on the ground: Drone pilots. “As newcomers to more »
Business aviation has a surprise in store for FAA, Santa Monica.
After the FAA’s surprise settlement with the City of Santa Monica last month, which seemed to many in aviation like a betrayal by the FAA, those hoping to keep the historic Santa Monica Municipal Airport open beyond 2028 finally got some good news. On February 13, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announced that they more »
Think traveling by drone is a thing of the future? Well, the future isn’t all that far away. Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority has announced that the Ehang 184 Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AVV) will be used to ferry passengers around the city as early as July of this year. The single-seat Ehang 184 flies without more »
A new survey suggests that it's not just GA pilots who aren't interested in privatizing ATC.
As we’ve written about extensively on P&P, air traffic control privatization, as has been championed by Pennsylvania Representative Bill Shuster, is a deal that gives the airlines everything they want while effectively raising costs to general aviation and cutting us out of the decision-making process. In short, it’s a disastrous plan. But how do non-pilots more »
New system will gather and distribute onboard weather radar data from aircraft in flight.
Installed airborne weather radar has its strengths and weaknesses. On one hand, you get more direct and immediate information about what you’re flying into, which is great for tactical maneuvering. On the other hand, the distance at which the radar can detect cells is limited and what’s behind a big cell in front of you more »
There are some intriguing nominees, including a group of real live airplane heroes.
For the past two years the Collier Trophy, the biggest prize in all of aviation, has gone to space-based endeavors. Will 2017 see an aviation accomplishment win the hardware? Here are the nominees. First is Blue Origin for New Shepard. New Shepard is this year’s only nomination for a space-bound achievement. It is a suborbital, more »
Are we seeing the beginning of a movement to do something about unreasonably high fuel prices?
Long gone are the days when 100LL was a buck a gallon pretty much everywhere you went, give or take a few cents. Not only are we paying a lot more in general for 100LL, but there are FBOs scattered around the country that are charging double the average price for the fuel. According to more »
A Good Fit The Icom A220 panel-mount transceiver is proving a popular GA option, especially with experimental and light sport pilots. The TSO-approved air-to-ground transceiver works with all certified Part 23 aircraft, and with both 8.33 kHz and 25 kHz channel spacing frequencies. The A220’s bright OLED offers high-contrast visibility and readability, with a wide more »
How this affects the BasicMed and Part 23 reforms.
After all the work to make it happen on time, there has been concern over the past few days that the implementation of the third class medical reform rule might be pushed back a few months. This comes from an order issued by the new presidential administration to freeze new and pending regulations. As part more »
Home movie reminds us all what it was like that very first flight.
The video we shared with you all last week that shows the dramatic reaction of Jace and Zoriana, the kids in the back seat of the plane flown by Jeff Archuletta, has taken off, becoming planeandpilotmag.com’s top ranking video and our most viewed and shared post. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’ve got to check more »
Maule is once again expanding their list of available options. In addition to the new M-4 models we wrote about last week, they have just received FAA approval for two new versions of their M-9 four- (or five minus baggage) seater. The original M-9-235 Fuel Injected (Maule’s name for the model) was approved in 2012. The more »
This capable Part 23 plane does a lot for a little.
Maule has a couple of new airplanes for the new year – well, two slightly different models on the same airframe, anyway. The M-4 180V S2 and S4 are typical Maule: STOL performance, metal-winged tube-and-fabric construction, and an emphasis on cargo space. The big difference between the two it the seating. The S2 model is a more »
We’ve written a lot about what’s going on with ADS-B requirements for GA aircraft – who needs them, where to get them, and whether or not it will be worth all of the hassle. We haven’t talked much about what’s happening with the getting the surveillance network itself up and running. Right now, it’s looking more »
The P2012 Traveller will be meeting the public this April.
Tecnam’s new piston twin prototype, the P2012 Traveller, is slated to make its debut at this year’s AERO Friedrichshafen Global General Aviation Expo. The event will be held April 5-8 in Friedrichshafen, Gemany. The P2012 is an 11-seat, fixed-gear passenger/cargo carrier with a max takeoff weight of 7,937 pounds. It is powered by two 375hp more »
You’re never too young to start flying and never too old to remember what it was like when it was all brand-new. Future pilots Jace and Zoriana took a trip out of Gillespie Field last Tuesday and were kind enough to share their adventure with us! Check out a video of their flight here. To get more aviation news more »
It looks like Eclipse Aerospace might still be struggling. For the second time in three years, workers at the Albuquerque, NM manufacturing plant have been laid off. Eclipse hasn’t said how many people they let go or when those people might expect to be brought back. In the meantime, the plant is still operating, producing more »
Joseph Sorota wasn’t well known, but his contributions to the jet age were great.
Joseph Sorota, GE engineer and member of a top secret World War II engineering team called the “Hush-Hush Boys,” passed away on January 7th at the age of 96. As WWII was getting underway in Europe, Sorota studied engineering at Northeastern University and began working in a GE factory in Lynn, Massachusetts. In 1941, Sorota more »