Continental Motors Group has raised the TBR (time between replacement) of its diesel CD-100-series engines to 2,100 hours, significantly lowering operational costs. The lifetime increase affects all CD-135 and CD-155 engines manufactured since December 1, 2015. Several design improvements engineered over the last two years have made the improvements possible. Both the CD-135 and CD-155 are more »
Just when you thought there were no more good ADS-B ideas…
I got the chance to go flying with the Garmin GTX 345 all-in-one transponder recently, and it became clear to me that Garmin has gotten the product just right, answering the needs of many of its customers and doing it at a price that may not be as low as many will want, but that’s more »
There’s nothing worse than fire in the cockpit, but smoke in the cockpit comes close. One company has a clever, potentially life-saving solution, with training: VisionSafe’s Emergency Vision Assurance System (EVAS). The system consists of several components: an envelope that keeps the air clear around the pilot’s flight instruments; a blower that removes the air more »
The Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) released the results of a recent study, which focused on backcountry flying and the effects of noise on wildlife populations. The results of the two-year evaluation were pretty interesting. In 2014, the RAF was awarded an AOPA Foundation grant toward the cost of studying to determine if there are noise more »
You’ve left your home airport, and find yourself and the family hundreds of miles away with unexpected engine trouble on a Sunday night. The Breakdown Assistance Program from Sporty’s is a new resource for pilots who need mechanical help, with just a single phone call. In cooperation with Mike Busch’s Savvy Aircraft Maintenance Management, Sporty’s more »
The latest pilot watch from Garmin is a nice upgrade to a popular product. Here’s why it’s a no-brainer alternative to that watch from that other company.
If you’re looking for a pilot watch, the Garmin D2 Bravo is the one to get. I’d even say, for most folks, it makes sense to go with the brand-new D2 Bravo Titanium. It’s great looking, and it does a little more, too, some of it relevant to pilots, other things that are nice for more »
It was an exciting achievement for Sporty’s Academy last week, as four pilots were issued certificates in the same day. If you’ve ever spent the day at the Sporty’s universe of aviation wonder near Cincinnati, you won’t be surprised by the following statement: Everybody there either seems to be getting into an airplane and going more »
The 500 hp carbon-fiber fighter trainer gets the greenlight for production.
It’s hardly the first GA plane manufacturer to test the waters for a budget fighter trainer, but Diamond managed to surprise just about everyone with the introduction of its DART-450, which it calls a “Reconnaissance Trainer.” The turbine-powered DART-450 (Diamond Aircraft Reconnaissance Trainer) took off for its first flight this week, and Diamond said the more »
EPS’s big-bore, 360-plus-hp diesel is making progress toward certification
One of the coolest stories in general aviation is the birth and growth of the Quest Kodiak, an airplane that’s purpose was to be used in the mission field to provide material and medical support for remote populations of people without any other practical transportation options. The Kodiak, a single-engine unpressurized high-wing tricycle gear model more »
A Drone for the Nature Set As pilots, isn’t it inevitable that we look on with envy at the ease and agility of a bird when it takes flight? The Bionic Bird ($150), an ultralight, indestructible app-controlled drone, now allows us frequent flyers some of that sensory experience. The design features an elastic foam body, more »
There are a lot of things in aviation that make us all feel a bright spark, and one of the brightest is the work of Corporate Angel Network, which recently arranged the 50,000th flight for a cancer patient in need of treatment somewhere far from home. It’s an amazing story. Departing from the Meridian FBO more »
By now, most of you have seen the YouTube video of a small single-engine airplane coming in to St. Bart’s in the Caribbean and coming alarmingly close to a tourist/photographer who was snapping pics of the approaching plane. The mainstream news, as usual, has been pretty clueless in their coverage of the event, and the more »
The EAA Pilot Proficiency Center is returning to AirVenture this year, and Plane & Pilot is proud to announce our support of the effort, which is a real no-brainer. The Center will take center stage at the EAA crossroads just west of the big showcase square. This year, the center will feature more sims, more more »
John Monnett, designer and founder of experimental aircraft manufacturer Sonex, has been telling people the company’s plan “B” is “what you’ve been asking for,” and here at Sun ‘n Fun, he revealed exactly what the plan is. The Oshkosh-based experimental aircraft guru also explained the company’s efforts to make its one-place SubSonex jet go faster—at more »
We first saw the Innovator, a blended-wing, two-place composite pusher, when it was displayed as a scale model at Sebring’s Sport Aviation Expo little more than a year ago. Wide and sleek with a twin-boom tail, its projected performance numbers were as attention-grabbing as its appearance. Now a full-scale flying model is on display here more »
Users of GoPro action cameras love their little cams, but at the same time know that there are huge weaknesses—psst, their stupidly short battery capacity for one. So they’ve been desperately hoping to get their hands on a few cool new things for years. Looks like they just got one more wish granted. Dual Electronic more »
Filled with polarizing clauses, the contract goes where no airplane agreement has gone before. Here’s what we make of it.
The talk of the GA world for the past several days, and especially the first day at Sun ‘n Fun, has been the new ICON Aircraft purchase contract for its A5 amphibious Light Sport Aircraft. The reason for the controversy is a series of clauses that has generated emotional responses from A5 position holders and more »
Overhauled brand features clean, modern design, great writing and photography, and a whole new attitude
At the event, Fitzgerald commented, “The redesign of Plane & Pilot, along with the new and brilliant editorial, sets the stage for the brand as we move forward with renewed energy and focus.” Said Goyer, “When I accepted the position at Plane & Pilot, my goal was to transform the title into a top-tier aviation more »