The story of the public freaking out over big new trends is as old as technology. Here’s what the fear of the future means to GA.
I don’t know if anyone does it anymore, but when I was a little kid and we’d occasionally see a Model A Ford or similar old-timey car tooling down the street next to Mustangs and Olds New Yorkers, we’d holler, “Get a horse!” We thought it was funny because, well, the era of horses had more »
The longest-legged Citation yet gets the okay from the FAA.
Cessna announced on Thursday that its super mid-size Citation Longitude has earned provisional type certification from the FAA. Sign up for our newsletter, full of tips, reviews and more! A 3,500 nm, 45,000-foot ceiling aircraft, the Longitude will cruise at a top speed of Mach .83. The aircraft’s fuselage is similar to the super-midsize Latitude, more »
The company CEO and co-founder will take a new, advisory role.
It’s hard to argue with the success that Dale Klapmeier has achieved at Cirrus Aircraft. Since taking the reins as CEO in 2011 after the departure from Cirrus of his brother and company co-founder Alan Klapmeier, Dale Klapmeier successfully shepherded the company to profitability and the successful certification of the Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet, the more »
At least that’s the best guess from investigators looking into major damage a 737 received while on approach to land.
Everybody agrees on one thing. Earlier this week a Groupo Aeromexico 737-800 hit something while on approach to land in Tijuana at General Abelardo L. Rodríguez International Airport, in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. But what it hit remains to be seen. Was it a drone? It sure looks likely. The photographs from social media of more »
Here are the blockbuster aviation stories of a remarkable 2018 for GA.
In 2018, we watched as aviation came face to face with new technology on several important fronts. Of course, anyone who’s been around flying for very long knows that almost nothing changes fast in aviation, so the coming together of light-speed tech advances and fully developed, if not perfected, aviation systems has got to lead more »
Kelsey Berreth is a pilot. Why that, among other factors, has complicated this missing person case with several strange details to it.
Lost pilots are generally associated with a lost airplane, but in this case, the authorities are wondering if the missing pilot, Colorado flight instructor Kelsey Berreth, might be an exception to that rule. Berreth, who is 29, went missing on Thanksgiving Day. She was last seen at a grocery store in Woodland Park, Colorado. A more »
Here is Plane & Pilot’s round up of the newest and most interesting gear and products for pilots and aviation enthusiasts. Robinson R66 Cargo Hook The recently FAA-approved Robinson cargo hook gives R66 fliers the ability to carry heavy external loads—up to 1,200 pounds’ worthwhile easily managing them from the cockpit. Thanks to the presence more »
The death of Troy Gentry was caused by two simple errors, NTSB reports.
The September 8, 2017, helicopter crash that claimed the life of well-known country western music star Troy Gentry, half of the band known as Montgomery Gentry, and that of the pilot was caused by a basic airmanship error by the pilot and a mechanical error by the shop that had recently serviced the aircraft. The more »
The developers of the EPS Graflight diesel engine have announced the best kind of news.
EPS Diesel has reported the best of news for start-up companies working to get a new design over the finish line: it has gotten additional funding “which should allow them to complete FAA Certification and to obtain production certification for the Graflight 8 diesel engine.” The company said the delay in certification of the eight-cylinder more »
FAA issues a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin to alert pilots
The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) to alert pilots to a potential problem with the Aspen Evolution PFD. The FAA said the condition doesn’t currently warrant an Airworthiness Directive, and it offered suggestions to avoid the problem. After numerous pilots reported that their Evolution Flight Displays (the EFD1000; EFD100 Multi-Function Display; more »
On his first flight, a passenger on a tandem hang glider goes on a harrowing adventure.
When Florida man, Chris Gursky, went off on an hang gliding adventure, his first ever, while on vacation with his wife in Switzerland, he kind of figured the experienced pilot would make sure Gursky’s harness was attached. Yeah, about that. The tandem flight lifted off from a high ridge for what should have been more »
And how this realization will affect the development of autonomous urban air transport.
Okay, when Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer and a guy who knows a little about tech, says that he’s skeptical that driverless cars will ever be a thing, well, that’s reason to think about it. “The Woz,” who’s been a close personal imaginary friend of mine since I was forced to start using an more »
A new form of propulsion called ionic thrust would change everything. And it’s already flying.
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have constructed and successfully test flown a 16-foot wingspan model plane that uses no fuel and could, theoretically, keep flying forever unrefueled. To top it off, the technology is solid-state, meaning in this case that there are no moving parts. The technology is called ionic wind and it more »
Czech pilot Martin Sonka is the winner of the 2018 Red Bull Air Race World Championship after a close race in Fort Worth, Texas on Sunday. The race was so nail-biting, in fact, that the Red Bull Air Race called it “one of the most dramatic races” in the history of the air race.
The reports republished here are from the NTSB and are printed verbatim and in their complete form. BEECH A36 Dadeville, Alabama/Injuries: 2 Fatal The private pilot was conducting a cross-country flight at a cruise altitude of 5,000 ft mean sea level (msl) in day visual meteorological conditions when the airplane experienced a total loss of more »
New gear and other products for pilots and aviation enthusiasts.
Here’s a roundup of cool and interesting gear for pilots and aviation enthusiasts. Garmin D2 Delta Watches Garmin’s new D2 Delta models bring a host of additional features to the company’s successful line of aviation watches. The three new options recently unveiled by Garmin include the D2 Delta PX, priced at $1,249, the $899 D2 more »
Examining the ups and downs of Garmin’s revolutionary retrofit autopilot system.
Over the past couple of decades and change, I’ve flown behind a staggering variety of autopilots, from the always-active Mooney positive control, single-axis “wing-leveler” model to the remarkably sophisticated autoflight system in the Boeing 777, which will autoland the airplane in conditions too low for a human pilot to see to even taxi back to more »
The company’s SkyView HDX STC for the Cessna 172 has a number of new capabilities.
Dynon announced this week that it had added approvals to a number of components that together with its flat-panel display comprise the company’s avionics offering as part of the FAA’s approval of avionics developed for the Experimental amateur-built market into Part 23 certificated aircraft. The “core” of the company’s SkyView HDX system consists of the more »