The central mystery remains, but troublesome details emerge
The crash of a hot air balloon in Lockhart, Texas, on Saturday left 16 dead in the largest air disaster of its type in U.S. history. The balloon, operated by Heart of Texas Hot Air Balloon Rides, was piloted by Alfred “Skip” Nichols, who had a disturbing record of drunken driving convictions, with four convictions more »
Garmin Goes Titanium With D2 Bravo Pilot Watch: With new features and updated styling, Garmin’s latest pilot watch is a nice upgrade to a popular product A couple of years ago, it looked as though newfangled smart watches were going to be a must-have item for every connected pilot. Turns out the interest in the more »
More than 2,200 cadets have enrolled in the Encampment Assistance Program this year through Air Force grants
Civil Air Patrol’s Cadet Encampment Assistance Program (CEAP), which was launched last year with $490,000 in U.S. Air Force grant money, has enabled more than 1,400 cadets to attend wing encampments throughout the nation. The program has proven even more successful this year. The number of CEAP cadets attending encampments in fiscal year 2016 has more »
Probably not as secure as you think. One company has an answer.
Even though they happened a couple of decades ago, I can still vividly remember a couple of big wind events. The most dramatic took place in Southern California, with sustained winds in excess of 40 knots and a couple of gusts that hit 70. I remember seeing a row of light planes—a big red Stinson more »
Aircraft Spruce president Jim Irwin is an amazing guy, but maybe I think so because we share so much in common, not the least of which is that our parents’ first dates revolved around airplanes—both sets of parents owned Vultee BT-13s—and we grew up immersed in airplanes, from a family-wide love of flight until it more »
The brand-new service options for light plane owners
At AirVenture, Sporty’s provided new details of its recently announced “roadside” assistance program. The new plan, called the Breakdown Assistance Program, is designed to give pilots the kind of concierge assistance they need when mechanical things go “bump” when away from home. When you’re a new pilot, you depend on the community to help you make more »
Jeppesen approach charts are widely recognized as the gold standard the world around. Now pilots can use them in their Garmin Pilot app.
There’s good news for pilots who love their Garmin Pilot app but miss the Jeppesen charts they also love. Garmin Pilot can now incorporate Jepp charts. This move should help Garmin grow the app and drive some additional business Jeppesen’s way. There are some really great apps out there these days. And these new products more »
Don’t tell these pilots having fun that they’re training.
The EAA Pilot Proficiency Center is, after four or five years, depending on how you do the math, still in its infancy, but this year’s incarnation is enjoying staggering success, which we figure based on the numbers of pilots being reached and, anecdotally, by the smiles on their faces as they head out from the more »
It’s been a very good year for AOPA, so when it came time for Editor-in-Chief Robert Goyer to renew his AOPA membership, he asked if a very special AOPA employee would do the honors.
That “employee,” as you probably guessed, was none other than AOPA leader, Mark Baker, who this year oversaw the organization’s work at the nail-biting but ultimately successful passage of FAA Medical Reform as part of the FAA’s Reauthorization Bill. The organization also played an important role in the successful adoption of the new Airman Certification more »
The TBM 900 and 930 lines are offering a new privacy area with some very cool features.
Where do you go for innovation when you’ve already built one of the most capable single-engine turboprop aircraft—as well as the fastest, at 330 knots? You go where you gotta go, to put it discreetly. As any light aircraft passenger knows, a leading source of discomfort is lack of viable lavatories. At best, there’s a more »
The company goes outside the black box on displays with the introduction of its IFD app for iOS, which replicates the display of the company’s IFD 550 hybrid multifunction display.
With the lines in the panels of light aircraft blurring between off-the-shelf products like tablets, traditional FAA-certificated panel-mount hardware and Experimental-to-Certificated products like Garmin’s newly announced G5 attitude indicator, Avidyne has blurred them even more with the introduction of its IFD app for iOS, which replicates the display of the company’s IFD550 hybrid multifunction display. more »
At a pre-AirVenture Sunday press conference Garmin International unveiled a new, low-cost ($2,100) attitude indicator instrument, dubbed the G5, which it says will also be very low cost to install. What’s the magic behind this new piece of budget avionics?
The secret, as you might have already guessed, is that Garmin developed the G5 as part of its product lineup for amateur-built aircraft. The instrument can be used to take the place of the factory-installed electromechanical instrument in hundreds of airplane models under a multiple aircraft list. Part of the magic of the G5 is more »
Add all the functionality simply by plugging in an SD card
Garmin has made the dream of upgrading your avionics by plugging a single memory card into your panel a reality, at least for some owners. The company has announced a new product, the Flight Stream 510, an SD card that plugs into the front slot on a GTN 750 or GTN 650 and turns the more »
The leading app grows in power, usefulness and appeal
Probably, like many of you, I’ve been trying out ForeFlight Mobile’s latest feature, one called as simply as could be, Logbook. The feature, available at no extra cost with most of ForeFlight Mobile’s products, automates logging, and allows manual logging to be done faster, more accurately and more enjoyably, too. You probably know that ForeFlight is more »
The around-the-world journey will see six aircraft touching down in nine countries and 20 cities in 21 days, covering 15,000 nm in 50 flight hours.
Epic Aircraft is in the midst of its inaugural Epic Odyssey World Tour. A 26-person team of Epic owners, Epic Aircraft staff, professional pilots, guests and professional photographers arrived in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on July 6, as the launching-off point of the trip. The fleet has already visited the Czech Republic, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Scotland, England more »
TOWING THE LINE Get an extra 33 inches of extension with the Quick-Fold Compact Towbar ($69). Newly patented with light GA pilots in mind, the QFC-Towbar™ allows you to avoid backbreaking, bend-over towing. Attach it to your already existing Cessna tow bar and stand up straight—and away from under the propeller. The unique compact design more »
With more than a half million people and 10,000 airplanes showing up for the festivities over the course of a summer week, AirVenture Oshkosh is the biggest airshow, fly-in and aviation celebration in the world.
Here are a few tips on scheduled events at Oshkosh 2016 that are worth the wait. Mass Arrivals! Each year, hundreds of aviators and aircraft from around the world make their way to AirVenture, creating their own communities along the flightline. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind experience. Participation is open only to members of the authorized more »
The FAA certificate authorizes Honda Aircraft to produce, flight test and issue airworthiness certificates for the HondaJet for customer deliveries.
Honda Aircraft Company has earned a Production Certificate from the FAA for its HA-420 HondaJet, an advanced light jet. The company has been steadily ramping up production at its Greensboro, North Carolina, headquarters/production facility since receiving FAA type certification last year. Plane & Pilot visited the HondaJet factory in March 2016, and there were 20 more »