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 »
AOPA’s popular Regional Fly-ins add an extra day of activities for their 2017 events.
After two successful years of one-day AOPA Regional Fly-ins, the organization has decided to expand them. There will still be four fly-ins, beginning April 28-29 in Camarillo, CA, but this year each event will be a two-day affair. AOPA plans to add more activities, workshops, and learning opportunities for attendees. Workshops will be held on more »
New Mexico Aviation Aerospace Association holds its annual Career Expo to bring students and aerospace industry together.
For the fourth year running, the New Mexico Aviation Aerospace Association held their Career Expo in Alamogordo, NM. The event took place at Hollman Air Force Base and is held each year to promote careers and training in New Mexico aerospace and aviation industries. By giving students a chance to experience the range and richness more »
Technology changes fast these days, particularly when it comes to avionics. In the 14 years since the original Tecnam P2002 Sierra arrived on the scene, the options available for flight instrumentation have changed significantly. The Sierra Mark 2 will offer a much wider range of avionics configurations than its predecessor, from basic analog to Dynon more »
Virgin Galactic’s new SpaceShipTwo takes its first step toward space.
After the loss of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo more than two years ago, the first test flight for the company’s second SpaceShipTwo, called VSS Unity, carried a lot of hope and expectation with it. The SpaceShipTwo model is designed to carry two pilots and up to six passengers into space. Before the accident, commercial spaceflight had more »
Commitment and inspiration get an old veteran back in the air.
After more than 3,000 hours logged in restoration and repair, “Tuskegee Airmen,” the P-51C Mustang named in honor of America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel, has returned to the skies. On December 1, a successful test flight was completed: the first since “Tuskegee Airmen” was downed eight months ago after a hard more »
The new single-engine jet starts the FAA certification process.
A new light jet program long in the making made noise this week when the single-engine, turbine-powered composite Stratos 714 took off from Redmond, Oregon, and completed a 10-minute flight with gear down. Flight test pilot Dave Morss reported that he was satisfied with the handling of the aircraft. The first flight of what the more »