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 »
Available on multiple platforms that all sync, the new IFR course raises the bar for aviation education.
Sporty’s Pilot Shop, which came out with its greatly updated Private Pilot course last year has one-upped itself with its new Instrument Rating Course, which takes all the improvements to the Private Pilot product and adds even more cool features, which have also been added back into the Private Pilot course, as well. The Instrument more »
What, rainbows are round? Apparently. And they sometimes come in pairs! Aviator Lin Caywood took this video of an amazing double rainbow near Frederick, MD, on a recent trip. Do you have a cool aviation photo or video you’d like to share? Send it to Plane & Pilot for consideration at [email protected]
A U.S. Navy Blue Angel flying short final inverted.
They say that throttle controls pitch and elevator controls airspeed. But what controls being inverted? Regardless, see how easy this Blue Angel makes it look at an altitude that might send shivers down your spine! Watch the video!
There are a number of good options for owners of CJs and King Airs to consider.
Last week we ran a story in which we discussed a big announcement by Avidyne at NBAA of a new ADS-B solution package utilizing its IFD 550 multifunction navigator as a solution to the ADS-B equipage mandate. In the story, entitled, Did Avidyne Strike Gold At NBAA?, we outlined Avidyne’s package, which included the aforementioned more »