As with many large airworthiness directives, there’s some controversy over how it should be addressed and who will pay.
As you’ve likely heard, Lycoming released a Service Bulletin (SB632) recently calling for the inspection of late model engines or those engines overhauled within the past couple of years that might have connecting rod bushings (made from November of 2015 to November of 2016) that don’t fit properly and are therefore subject to damage, potentially more »
If you had a giant jet and 18 airborne hours to kill, what would you do? For a Boeing test crew, the answer was ‘get creative with your flight track.’ While conducting Extended-range Twin-engine Operations (ETOPS) testing on a 787 Dreamliner, the crew took it for a cross-country spin at 39,000 feet that traced a more »
The EAA Pilot Proficiency Center at AirVenture 2017 shattered records from the year before. How busy was it? The numbers are staggering.
The EAA Pilot Proficiency Center at AirVenture 2017 surpassed its previous records for attendance, and if you had a chance to go last year but not this year, you might be wondering how that was possible, since the Center was packed from early to late last year as well. The Pilot Proficiency Center aims to more »
You won’t believe the feature on Garmin’s D2 Charlie pilot watch
Since it introduced the first model five years ago, the Garmin D2 (for “Direct To”) has been a popular item for the company, and every year or two it comes out with a new model that’s slimmer, better looking and more feature-rich. This year’s D2 watch is up to Charlie (the Bravo was the second more »
Sporty's and Cirrus auctioned off an SF50 Vision Jet during the week of AirVenture
The highly successful auction of a 2017 Vision Jet—a partnership between Sporty’s and Cirrus Aircraft—was held over the week of AirVenture. The idea was that if the winning bid came in over the price of the aircraft, the additional funds would go to charity. Sporty’s reports that the Vision Jet model on auction cost $1,927,653 more »
The crash of a Lake amphibian is being investigated by the FAA and the NTSB
The crash of a Lake Renegade on Lake Winnebago on Thursday during the AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in has claimed another life, that of the pilot, Ray Johnson of Marshall, Minnesota, who was a flight school owner and a member of the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame. Johnson was 84. A passenger on the flight, Diane M. Linker, more »
Tecnam's P2012 twin-engine Traveller is on track for certification next year
Now that the prototype of Tecnam’s P2012 twin-engine Traveller has more than 100 hours of successful flight testing under its wings, the company is taking the next step towards certification. Last week, Tecnam announced that assembly of the second P2012 has been completed. Tecnam says that the P2012 is on track for FAA and EASA more »
Flying—and flight training—is expensive. These days, estimates on the total operating cost for a Cessna 172 run between $80-$100 per hour. So how would the aviation industry change if that number could be reduced by roughly 80 percent? Aero Electric Aircraft Corporation (AEAC) is working hard to find out. The company is saying that its more »
Their elegant solution to in-flight loss of control got everyone's attention
The EAA Founder’s Innovation Prize is a serious competition. This year’s goal was to find the projects that could best address the problem of fatal loss of control accidents in amateur-built aircraft—loss of control being the number one cause of fatal accidents in that category. Not something necessarily geared towards young aviators. But high school more »
The 195-hp engine outperforms the 180-hp model by a lot.
At its exhibit area at AirVenture Oshkosh 2017, Continental Motors was displaying a Cessna 172 boasting a Titan engine conversion that got our attention. Developed by Stoots Aviation of Fairbanks, Alaska, the modification takes a 205-hp Titan engine, de-rates it to 195 hp and replaces the Lycoming IO-360 with it with remarkable results. We visited more »
LSA maker is emerging from reversals to reenter market with highly anticipated design. Here’s what the new owner has to say about the company’s future.
Flight Design, the German company that makes the CT-line of light sport aircraft, has been through the wringer in recent years with a series of reversals that no one could have anticipated. Its parent company entered insolvency in 2016 and was operated at a low level of activity by a receiver company, but the company more »
Announced at OSH, the new models will have several enhanced components
Continental Motors announced at Oshkosh that it is introducing a couple of new diesel engines: the 265-hp CD-265 for fixed-wing applications and the 285-hp CDR-285 for rotary aircraft. Like the rest of Continental’s CD-200 series, the new models are air-cooled, turbo-charged powerplants. The new engines are both based on Continental’s 4-cylinder CD-230, which was originally more »
The digital replacement electronic attitude indicator comes into its own
Last year when Bendix/King announced its KI 300 replacement attitude indicator, a lot of people—including us—loved the things it did. There were also a lot of folks who wanted more. As background, the KI 300 is a solid-state replacement attitude indicator with a bright display that can take the place of an older mechanical AI more »
A new focus on old strengths paying dividends for the Vero Beach manufacturer
At its AirVenture Oshkosh press conference on Tuesday, Piper president Simon Caldecott shared some remarkable numbers for the company not based on the sales of its hot turboprop single, the M600, but on some products that many observers had all but written off. In 2013, ATP Flight School signed on for 15 Piper Archers with more »
At its AirVenture Oshkosh exhibition space, Redbird Flight is trying a bold experiment in exposing smart kids to all things aviation.
Everybody knows we need more young people in aviation, but just how we do that with lasting effect is a question that hasn’t been satisfactorily answered. Perhaps until now, that is. At Redbird Simulations’ impressive AirVenture Oshkosh exhibit space, the company set aside a big space to provide an in-depth aviation experience for students who more »
The new XGPS170D also provides navigation information both in the air and on the ground
Dual Electronics has introduced a portable ADS-B receiver that builds on the strengths of its previous products. The dual-band, GPS-equipped unit gets free Flight Information Service Broadcast (FIS-B) weather and Traffic Information Service Broadcast (TIS-B) traffic data. Like other units of its type, the Dual Electronics receiver can display its information on a variety of more »
Traffic, weather and entertainment all in one unit
The new Garmin GDL 52 portable, dual-frequency ADS-B In receiver and SiriusXM satellite link seems to have a little bit of everything. To start with, it provides traffic data—including audible alerts—aviation weather products and audio entertainment. The unit also includes a WAAS GPS which will provide aircraft position, speed and altitude information. To display the more »
More details on the company’s King Air 350 project announced at OSH
Let’s say you’ve got a King Air 350, Beechcraft’s biggest and fastest King Air. Then let’s imagine you could add 40 knots of cruise airspeed, shorter runway performance, greatly enhanced climb power and improved hot and high performance, as well. Would you what that kind of upgrade? For Blackhawk, the Waco, Texas-modifier that focuses much more »