With its announcement this week that it was constructing a factory in Mexico to build its own composite components, ICON Aircraft has made yet another unexpected move. Here’s what it probably means. The new facility is not, ICON insists in its press release, a move from Vacaville, California, where it has established a factory for more »
Four of the world’s largest civil aviation authorities are working together to streamline certification and regulatory processes
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) and Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) are working in concert to streamline certification and regulatory processes across their agencies. All four authorities are part of a Certification Management Team (CMT) established through a joint 2015 charter to manage technical, more »
A Billings, Montana, teenager earns first place in a nationwide competition sponsored by the Air Race Classic
Left brain meets right brain in a nationwide aviation art contest sponsored by the Air Race Classic, the all-women cross-country airplane race. Fourteen-year-old student pilot Kassi Slowey of Billings, Montana, won first place for her artwork that captures the adventure and romance of “Flying Cross Country.” A panel of judges from the American Association of Aviation more »
KPRC hosts the regional fly-in, September 30–October 1, for a weekend of flying fun
AOPA’s regional fly-in—and airshow?—is set to kick off on September 30 at Prescott Municipal Airport (KPRC) in Arizona. Prescott is home to Embry-Riddle’s western campus and smack-dab in the middle of some of the most beautiful high-desert terrain in the country. The fun begins Friday night, with a music-filled Barnstormers Party hosted by Jeppesen. On more »
Chinese carriers are hiring—and luring U.S. and European pilots with big paychecks and bonuses.
So, is it time to brush up on your Mandarin? Maybe. With an increase in private airlines and market liberalization (by Chinese standards) over the last few years, China’s Civil Aviation Administration says the airlines are looking abroad to find experienced flight crews to address the need for more pilots. It might be worth it more »
The DeLand Sport Aviation Village & Showcase debuts in early November
For Florida weather, it’s hard to beat the fall, and this year a new sport aviation show makes its premiere in DeLand, just a half-hour drive from Orlando—the DeLand Sport Aviation Village & Showcase. Such showcases can be hard-pressed to get off the ground, but that’s apparently not the case with this one. Here’s how more »
The FAA sent a letter to the City of Santa Monica warning that it was treading on thin ice with its fixation on closing the popular Southern California airport.
In the letter, sent on Monday, FAA Director of Airport Compliance Kevin C. Willis outlined the agency’s concern and concluded by stating that “we [the FAA] strongly urge the City Council to abide by its Federal grant assurance obligations and to forbear from taking actions in furtherance of its announced intent to close SMO pending more »
The FAA has signed off on supplemental type certification for the next-gen G5000 avionics suite, with installations underway.
The Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP is a famously rugged bizjet, one that goes fast, costs relatively little and has a decent enough cabin. The biggest gripe is that its avionics, at least in most versions, are outdated. So there looks to be a ready market for Garmin’s latest program, the G5000 Integrated Flight Deck modernization program, more »
Inside this historic airplane are a thousand hidden mysteries.
The Boeing B-29 is one of the most remarkable airplanes in history, for a number of really big reasons. Today, there are two of them flying, “Fifi,” operated by the Commemorative Air Force, and “Doc,” which flew just a couple of weeks before I had my flight in “Fifi” at AirVenture 2016. The flight itself more »
The FAA STC on the 5-blade QFJ MTV-27 from MT-Propeller is in progress
MT-Propeller Entwicklung GmbH has received EASA STC for installation of the 5-blade Quiet Fan Jet (QFJ) scimitar natural composite MTV-27 prop for the Cessna 208 and 208B Blackhawk. The German company reports that the FAA STC is in progress. Bonded on a nickel-alloy leading edge for erosion protection of the blades, the QFJ MTV-27 features more »
The agency is partnering with two universities to conduct R&D on technical training
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected teams from the University of Oklahoma and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to lead its new Air Transportation Center of Excellence for Technical Training and Human Performance (COE TTHP). The COE will conduct research and development on technical training for air traffic controllers, aviation safety inspectors, engineers, pilots and technicians. more »
The airshow may have concluded for this year, but a proposed business park could bring aviation to Oshkosh year-round
Another successful AirVenture Oshkosh just wrapped up, but city officials are hoping to bring aviation to the area all year long. Along with Winnebago Country, Oshkosh city officials are attempting to launch a new aviation business park. An open 80-acre area near Wittman Regional Airport is where city and county leaders are planning to build more »
Have you had a close call or a cool aviation experience that left a lasting impression? We’d love to share your story in the magazine!
If you’ve had a close call or a really compelling non-mishap-related experience in an airplane, we’d love to publish your story in our popular regular feature, “Lessons Learned about Flying (and about life).” Illustrated by the remarkable Gabriel Campanario, “Lessons Learned” has become a big star in the Plane & Pilot lineup. Indeed, since we more »
The Red Reflet Ranch is offering 12 private parcels in the western foothills of Wyoming’s Big Horn Mountains
Mountains, horses—and planes! Located in the beautiful Big Horn Basin in the western foothills of the Big Horn Mountains, Red Reflet Ranch in Ten Sleep, Wyoming, is home to the famed guest ranch and luxury resort. Owners of the 27,000-acre ranch are now offering 12 private parcels with the same 5-star service and recreational activities more »
The same model aircraft flown by Amelia Earhart is making its way to the new museum in the pilot’s Kansas hometown
The last known remaining 1935 Lockheed Electra L-10E is being transported from El Cajon, California, to Atchison, Kansas. Named “Muriel,” the restored aircraft was acquired by the Atchison Amelia Earhart Foundation with plans to house it at a new Amelia Earhart Museum. The plane will be on permanent display at the museum, which is also more »
How big was the world’s biggest airshow? EAA tells all.
The tally is in for the 2016 edition of AirVenture Oshkosh, the biggest fly-in airshow in the world, and the numbers didn’t disappoint. Huge crowds and gaggles of planes flocked to OSH for the weeklong celebration of all things with wings (and then some). According to EAA, approximately 563,000 people attended AirVenture, a figure that more »
The new powered glider improves on the popular S10 in numerous ways
If there were a contest to name the Tesla of the air—that is, a cool, slick, fast and technologically advanced plane that appealed to well-heeled technology nuts—the Stemme powered sailplane would get our vote. The company, based in Germany, announced at AirVenture its latest model, the S12 Twin Voyager, which improves upon the popular S10 more »
Officials from the State of Ohio are working to give seaplane pilots access to more bodies of water
Ohio officials have announced the state will begin to take steps to open more bodies of water to seaplanes and their pilots. In the coming months, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is planning to proceed with rulemaking to allow seaplane landings on Buckeye Lake, Indian Lake, Long Lake and Salt Fork Reservoir, and more »