Scenes from the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In show the expo taking flight after a soggy start.
Images coming out of Sun ‘n Fun, which entered its third day on Thursday, have been spectacular. Check out the latest photographs from the week-long fly-in and exposition ongoing now until April 7 in Lakeland, Florida. This article was sponsored by Piper and Continental
The entry-level 910 joins the ultra-level 940 at Sun ‘n Fun.
Daher launched a pair of airplanes at this year’s Sun ‘n Fun, the entry-level 910 and the no-holds-barred 940. While some have a hard time with the idea of the planes being “new”–they are, after all, based on a design from the late 1980s–they are very different birds than older models. Today’s airplanes are way more »
While industry announcements, vendors and manufacturers are all part of the week-long Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In, it’s the aircraft that steal the show. The Blue Angels are scheduled to perform on Thursday afternoon, but there’s been no shortage of aerobatics. Check out this gallery for scenes from the first couple days of Sun ‘n Fun more »
News and notes from Lakeland, Florida’s spring fling
If Tuesday was a weather-challenged day at Sun ‘n Fun, and it was, Wednesday has been absolutely perfect, and that’s not a word we throw around lightly. Since morning the sky has been blue with barely a wisp of cloud rolling through and airplanes have been generating the kind of beautiful noise that was absent more »
The Lycoming 540 replacement should eliminate one mandatory inspection.
On the same day Continental Aerospace Technologies shared the spotlight at Sun ‘n Fun with Piper during a major announcement, the Mobile, Alabama-based company announced its latest product, designed to save plane owners time and money. On Tuesday, Continental announced a new ignition system kit that can replace Bendix or Slick magnetos usually installed on more »
The twin-engine kit's Gen-3 model also has a third seat option.
An additional seat, more horsepower and a higher gross weight are some upgrades Lockwood Aircraft is touting for its new Gen-3 AirCam as Sun ‘N Fun kicks off this week at Lakeland, Florida. Lockwood Aircraft is one of more than 500 aviation vendors and exhibitors at the fly-in, which takes place Tuesday,April 2ndto Sunday, April more »
Piper says the new trainers were designed with smaller flight schools in mind.
In an opening day event, Piper Aircraft pulled the cover off its newest model, the Pilot, a trainer with an eye on economy for smaller flight schools that don’t have the budgets enjoyed by larger flight schools and universities. The Pilot 100 and Pilot 100i are two-to-three seat training craft based on the company’s venerable more »
The weather ahead looks to be a mixed bag of afternoon thunderstorms with Wednesday presenting the smallest chance for rain.
Campers expecting to wake to the traditional whine of mosquitoes and ultralights on Sun ‘n Fun’s opening day for 2019 may have slept in this year when their alarms failed to sound. The airport was weathered in between low ceilings and a thin fog layer at sunrise, and by 0800, the only birds flying were more »
The free app offers real-time flight information for passengers
A new companion app for ForeFlight, the leading pilot navigation application, answers the question “Are we there yet?” “Passenger” is now available for free on the App Store with no setup required following the recent release of ForeFlight 11.2. When ForeFlight Mobile customers enable a wireless connection with iOS devices running Passenger, the app will more »
Find your next '$100 hamburger' using the free app
SocialFlight, the website and app that lets pilots find aviation-related events, has launched a new feature helping users discover where to order their next “$100 hamburger.” Using the app’s “Burger Flights” feature, pilots can browse thousands of airport restaurants on its interactive map, said SocialFlight President and Founder Jeff Simon. “Our mission at SocialFlight is more »
Plane & Pilot will be there to cover all the action.
The Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In & Expo is getting under way next week (Tuesday, April 2ndto Sunday April, 7th)at its traditional home in Lakeland, Florida, at the Lakeland Linder International Airport. The show will be host to thousands of airplanes, including some one-of-a-kind warbirds, lots of plane-crazed pilots, companies sharing the cool stuff they’ve more »
The NTSB’s wording on one key part of its probe into the crash of a Boeing 767 on approach to Houston changed. Here’s why.
While the two crashes of Boeing 737 Max 8 airliners have taken the vast majority of the world’s attention these past few weeks, for good reasons, a less followed mishap that claimed the lives of two Atlas Air pilots and a jumpseating pilot from another airline while the plane was on approach to George Bush more »
Two years after it announced construction on a new $75 million manufacturing facility, Mobile, Alabama-based Continental Motors Group Ltd. is rebranding as Continental Aerospace Technologies to reflect its focus on innovation. Continental Aerospace Technologies, which was founded in 1905 as automobile engine manufacturer Continental Motor Company, has been manufacturing, overhauling and caring for aircraft engines more »
The story by the New York Times reported details of 737 Max simulator flights with both the old and new MCAS software. The details are chilling.
The New York Times is reporting that in tests over the weekend pilots from a number of U.S.-based airlines gathered at Boeing’s simulator center in Renton, Washington, to see if they could save the day in scenarios similar to those encountered by the pilots of the doomed flight of Lion Air 610 (and very possibly more »
A major flub for an air carrier pilot would be taxiing up and parking the big ole jet airliner at the wrong gate. Oops. But the goof by a British Airways Embraer 170 crew was way better, in that it was way worse. BA Flight 3271 was supposed to go from London City, England, to more »
If you want it in your light airplane, Garmin now has it, and at prices you won’t believe.
At the Aircraft Electronics Association convention in Palm Springs, California, yesterday, Garmin International opened the event with its announcement of a slew of new products that could prove game changers for light GA. The big news was the introduction of G3X Touch for certified singles. The base product starts a just $8,000, and it’s true that more »
Why the world’s biggest plane maker faces a difficult future
The crash of Lion Air 610 in late October was a tragic mishap that from the beginning had the hallmarks of an accident that never should have happened. Almost immediately suspicions focused on a new system, Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), which Boeing introduced to give the new model flying manners the FAA would approve. more »
Former Delta executive Steve Dickson tapped amid 737 Max crisis
Some aviation officials are applauding President Trump’s pick of a Delta Air Lines executive to lead the FAA amid the ongoing Boeing Max 737 crisis. On Tuesday, the president nominated Steve Dickson for the five-year term. Dickson is an experienced Delta Air Lines captain who has served as the airline’s senior vice president of global more »