Available on the new Cessna Citation Longitude, the Garmin Head-up Display is an eye-opening product in a number of ways
At the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland, which starts in a couple of days, Garmin will officially unveil its first head-up display. The first plane to get the new HuD will be the Cessna Citation Longitude, a super midsize, long-range jet closing in on certification. If you’re not intimately familiar more »
Report makes clear why pilot error was suspected from early on
The NTSB has released its preliminary report on the crash of an Icon A5 LSA amphibian at Lake Berryessa, California, early last week. The report makes clear why the company hinted early on that it was confident the airplane was not to blame. Killed in the crash were longtime Icon employee, engineer and chief pilot Jon more »
On Monday afternoon, a Learjet 35 crashed on final approach to Teterboro Airport. Both crew members—the only occupants of the plane—were killed. Their names have not yet been released. According to FAA records, the plane is owned by A&C Big Sky Aviation of Billings, Montana. The jet was traveling to Teterboro from Philadelphia International Airport. more »
With new developments in UAV technology, the time may come faster than expected
97 miles doesn’t exactly sound like a long way for an air delivery. But it sounds a lot longer when nobody is flying in the aircraft. On May 5, a fixed-wing UAV successfully flew 97 miles to Austin, Texas and delivered a package. The delivery set a new record for the longest drone urban package more »
College flight teams from across the country competed for top honors at this year's SAFECON
Cards on the table, folks, I’m cheering this year. In college, I was a NIFA competitor and member of Embry-Riddle Prescott’s Golden Eagles Flight Team. I still keep track of how my old team is doing. Okay…and the other teams too. What fun is team competition without a few well-loved rivalries? For those who aren’t more »
Smart Anchor Tie-Down Kit Securing a plane off the tarmac can be a bit of a hassle without the right equipment. At just 8 pounds, the Smart Anchor Tie Down Kit ($79.95) provides a lightweight, easily portable solution. The three-pin anchoring system and unique swivel design enable the user to set tie-down points either vertically more »
Company reveals steps it took in aftermath of tragic accident.
On Thursday, Icon Aircraft released some details about the aftermath of the tragic crash on Monday that claimed the life of two employees, Jon Karkow, 55, and Cagri Sever, 41. The update included new details about the employees and the investigation into the crash, including the company’s steps immediately after the mishap. In a letter more »
Yesterday, the General Aviation Manufacturer’s Association (GAMA) released its first quarter data for aircraft shipments. The early 2017 numbers are a mixed bag of growth and decline. So, kind of the same place the industry was at the end of 2016. The good news is, there was growth in some sectors, which is often not more »
Minam River Lodge is a beautiful fly-in destination for a wilderness get-away
Looking for somewhere to get away from it all (with your airplane, of course)? If you’re after a west coast destination, it turns out the Minam River Lodge has a private airfield (7OR0). The grass strip is available for anyone interested in stopping by for a meal or a stay, though they do require a more »
Here’s why Cessna is saying goodbye to the littlest Citation
When Cessna launched the Citation Mustang back in 2002 at the National Business Aviation Association there was much buzz about how this newest Cessna jet would change the aviation world. After all, the Mustang, a six-seat, an 8,645 lb twin jet with revolutionary new PWC engines and then-brand new G1000 avionics suite, would be the more »
Denied request for an injunction opens the door for the City of Santa Monica
Though the fight isn’t necessarily over yet, the Santa Monica airport is one huge step closer to closure. On May 4th, the U.S. Court of Appeals denied NBAA’s request for an injunction on the agreement between the FAA and the City of Santa Monica. Though the case isn’t dead—the parties involved still have to prove more »
Five-bladed composite prop said to improve performance and reduce vibration
There’s another shiny option available for the Piper M600. A new carbon composite Hartzell five-bladed propeller—designed specifically for the M600—has received FAA approval for use on the aircraft. The design includes a stainless steel shank, nickel-cobalt leading edge, and mesh erosion screen for FOD protection. Piper claims the new prop will cut down the already more »
A Congress-approved spending bill, which includes FAA funding, has been signed by the President and it’s looking unexpectedly good for general aviation. The bill gives the FAA $16.4 billion for the 2017 fiscal year, fully funding key programs like contract towers, the NextGen system, and alternative fuel research. Perhaps surprisingly after all of the discussion more »
Amphibious LSA goes down on shore of lake in Central California
On Monday, an Icon A5 crashed on the shore of Lake Berryessa in Central California, killing both occupants, according to reports from local media quoting Napa County Sherriff’s officials, who identified the victims as pilot Jon Murray Karkow, 55, and Cagri Sever, 41, both Icon Aircraft employees. Krakow was both a frontline test pilot and lead engineer more »
What were the weaknesses Jeppesen and ForeFlight wanted to fix so quickly?
By now you’ve probably heard that personal aviation app leader ForeFlight and airline app leader and av-data giant Jeppesen have teamed up. Jeppesen will be using ForeFlight’s highly regarded user interface to update its Jeppesen FlightDeck app and ForeFlight will be integrating Jeppesen terminal charts and Jepp data into its app, which is geared toward more »
Here are the big issues that owners want answered.
When Continental Motors recently issued a sweeping mandatory service bulletin (MSB) on many of its engines requiring the replacement camshaft gears, the issue seemed straight-forward enough. The gear, which reports to the FAA indicated was susceptible to fatigue and failure needed to be looked at soon and replaced soon. It might not have been that more »
Drone hazards have been a hot-button topic of late, especially when it comes to the dangers they might present to human-occupied aircraft of all sizes. But what happens when they hit a person on the ground? That is the topic of a recent FAA-issued study on UAS human collision hazards. The study was conducted by more »
What the achievement means to Cirrus and those who hold orders for the single-engine jet.
On Monday Cirrus Aircraft earned FAA production certification for the SF50 Vision Jet. Cirrus received type certification for the jet late last year. But what is production certification? Well, just like it sounds, a production certificate gives Cirrus the okay to build the jets. As you probably know, Cirrus has already delivered a number of more »