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 »
China’s population of GA pilots is growing. Quickly. We’ve written several times about how Chinese airlines are having to bring in foreign pilots to get crews with enough flight experience. With expanding flight opportunities and the Civil Aviation Authority of China working to open up General Aviation, that may not be the case for much more »
Would you take Flight 666 to HEL? How about if it was on Friday the 13th?
Last Friday, January 13th, Finnair flight AY666 flew from CPH (Copenhagen) to HEL (Helsinki). The flight landed safely. No incidents, accidents, or unusual happenings were reported… So why is it news? Superstition is a funny thing. It changes with each country and culture. Even so, the date, flight number, and destination of Finnair’s trip hit more »
Internet startup Flytenow got shut down by the FAA. Did they fare any better before the highest court in the land?
We all know that private pilots can’t fly for compensation or hire. There are a few exceptions – some charity flights, search and rescue, and sharing flight costs with passengers while paying at least a pro rata share. The caveat with the last is that according to the rulings of the administrative law judges of more »
The story behind more than half of DCA's reported noise complaints in 2015
How many complaints does it take to change a major flight path into some of the busiest airports in the U.S.? Sadly, for many extraordinarily dedicated individuals, that’s a question that still doesn’t have an answer. According to a story first reported on by Owen Phillips of The Outline, this strange tale begins with a more »
2017 brings fresh opportunities to brush up on the latest Garmin avionics technology
Any time a pilot upgrades or switches to an unfamiliar avionics system, questions arise. No matter how many times you read the manual and press the buttons, nothing beats having a good teacher show you the tricks. With that in mind, Garmin is offering an expanded list of pilot training classes for the upcoming year. more »
Amazon has a patent for a delivery-drone-carrying airship. Yes. Really.
In case the question of how airplanes and drones can safely share the same skies wasn’t already complicated enough, the latest package delivery idea floated by Amazon will likely add some more fuel to those fires – if it ever comes to pass. The plan is to put an airship in constant flight at FL450, more »
The latest SR22 is fast and slick like its predecessor, but it sports an impressive addition.
The SR22 is the most produced light plane in the world, and many of Cirrus’s sales are to return customers. Cirrus is just really good at adding enough new features to its latest models that a lot of existing Cirrus owners find they just have to upgrade to get the latest cool stuff. The G6 more »
The replacement for G1000 will go into legacy King Airs at first.
For those pilots who cut their teeth on airplanes outfitted with the Garmin G1000 avionics suite, the coming of the next-gen G2000 touch-controlled avionics deck seems a mixed bag. G2000, which is currently installed only in the Cessna TTx, seems a long way from widespread acceptance in light airplanes and like a big change in more »
The Vision Jet has arrived. Where will Cirrus go from here?
After nearly ten years, the first Cirrus Vision Jet rolled out of the factory and into the possession of Arkansas real-estate developer Joe Whisenhunt on December 19th. It’s a tidy plane with solid performance numbers for a light jet and presented with Cirrus-typical style. The line to get one is roughly 600 orders long even more »
After more than half a century of service, the F-4 Phantom has retired. Between the beginning of production in 1958 until its end in 1979, McDonnell Douglas built more than 5,000 of these supersonic twin-jets. Of those, only 13 U.S. Phantoms were still airworthy on December 21 when the official retirement ceremony was held at more »
We recap a few of 2016’s most meaningful aviation milestones.
A lot has happened in the world of aviation this year. From industry-changing scientific advancements to the passing of legends, we wanted to take a moment to look back at everything 2016 brought to our skies. The beginning of the year saw a new take on an old classic with the XCub. Fast, slick, and more »
A new study reveals just how common depression and thoughts of suicide might be in pilots.
We now know more than ever about the incidence of depression in pilots and its impacts on their performance, thanks to a ground-breaking study by researchers at Harvard. The findings were eye-opening. Depression is an ugly word when it comes to flying. A clinical diagnosis has a very real impact on a person’s ability to more »
The FAA has a few things to say about decorating for the holidays.
It’s that time again. Across the country, people are putting up their Christmas lights, the bigger, the better. In the past few years, low-level laser light displays have become increasing popular. They are inexpensive, festive, and easy to set up. The problem: a laser light display accidentally aimed too high runs the risk of hitting more »
AOPA awards flight training scholarships to a very special group of people.
Everybody says that we need more young people involved in aviation, but is anybody doing anything about it? Actually, yes. As part of its You Can Fly High School Aviation Initiative, AOPA has awarded $105,000 in scholarship money to 21 high school students from across the country. The students, ranging in age from 15 to more »
This year, Santa is flying a PC-12, at least for deliveries in Colorado.
The Colorado Aviation Business Association has partnered with the Veterans of Foreign Wars to airlift more than 23,000 pounds of donated goods to rural communities across the state over the past five years. This year, they did it again, delivering a monumental 10,000 pounds of food and toys in their 6th Charity Airlift. Goods were more »
B-15 Bomber Worn by U.S. Air Force pilots and air crews in the 1940s, the B-15 jacket was designed for cold temperatures, with a Mouton fur collar, 100% wool knit waistband and cuffs (with a later move to nylon), and tabs to hold the pilot’s oxygen mask and to keep headset wires in place. Alpha more »
From SiriusXM, the people who created affordable weather in the cockpit for general aviation, comes a brand-new product, a compact, rugged and powerful rechargeable receiver that connects via Bluetooth to your iPad or iPhone. The new receiver has the catchy name of the SXAR1 Aviation Receiver, but like me, you’ll probably wind up referring to more »