It’s understandable that there will be some impact on regular GA operations at and around airports a sitting president flies into. Presidential TFRs follow our nation’s Commander-in-Chief around the country and it really doesn’t take much imagination to figure out why that’s a good idea. But how much security is enough, and when should GA more »
Exhibitor registration opens for 2017 AOPA Fly-ins
For those looking to show off an airplane or promote an aviation business, club, or product, four new opportunities to do so just became available. The first of them is coming up quick and, if the numbers are anything like last year, there will be a lot of eyes on the exhibits. Last week, AOPA more »
Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 The next action cam in Garmin’s lineup is Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 HD, which comes in an aviation-specific edition ($499.99). This camera shoots high definition footage at 4K/30fps with 3-axis image stabilization to keep the video steady in all flight attitudes. Voice control lets the pilot tell the camera to start, more »
State considering tax exemptions for aircraft parts and supplies
It seems like nothing is cheap in aviation these days and aircraft maintenance costs are no exception. So how can the aviation industry reduce prices without cutting corners? Several states, including most recently Virginia, are looking at one particular type of answer. A Virginia bill designed to temporarily reduce aviation maintenance costs by exempting aircraft more »
Last Wednesday, Garmin engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla was shot and killed in a Kansas bar. His friend and colleague, Alok Madasani, was also injured in the attack along with Ian Grillot, who attempted to intervene. Madasani has been released from the hospital. Grillot is still hospitalized and in stable condition. Witnesses say the shooter began yelling more »
Come up with a great idea and the rotary world will apparently whoop-whoop a path to your door. That, in fact, is just what has happened with Genesys’ HeliSAS Autopilot and Stability Augmentation System, which has quietly become one of the most successful helo aftermarket launches in memory. HeliSAS (short for helicopter stability augmentation system) is more »
Introducing a potential student to the flight world is rarely as simple as just taking them flying. One company says it has the solution. While traditional intro flights are a ton of fun, the brief glimpse offered by a single flight doesn’t provide much opportunity to teach people what flight training is all about, and perhaps more »
GAMA releases year-end numbers tracking aviation manufacturing industry performance worldwide
On February 22, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association released the 2016 year-end aircraft shipment and billings numbers at its Annual Industry Review press conference. The aviation manufacturing industry has certainly had its ups and downs over the last decade. So how did things go last year? “The 2016 year-end results were disappointing overall, although we more »
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 »