It was a rare sunny February day in Seattle. Between the long months of gray and rain starting sometime in October and ending somewhere in May, there was one day on the weather app showing a sun symbol, and that was my instrument check ride day. As the date got closer, I figured I was more »
For those of us old enough to remember, in our mind’s eyes we all know the look of that place, Mission Control at Houston’s NASA Space Center, where a team of talented men and women guided the Apollo spacecraft through the black of space, from orbiting earth to successfully landing on the moon, multiple times. more »
What is maneuvering speed, and why should you care? Perhaps more importantly, what should you know to maximize your flying safety? The widely accepted definition of maneuvering speed (Va) is the speed at which an airplane will stall before exceeding its maximum load limit. But wait! There’s more…to the story. Maneuvering speed has been masquerading more »
Across 1 Small dynamo 5 ____ air, used for anti-ice 7 ___ flying, barnstorming 9 Ramps 11 Luggage label 12 On climbout, three in this color 13 Venue for games 14 French device for making rolls 17 Concorde was one 19 The dreaded DME __ more »
Garmin announced earlier this week that it had earned FAA approval for the installation of its popular GFC 500 autopilot into four models of Piper aircraft. The approvals add to those already in the books for a number of popular Cherokee-branded planes. The latest batch of approvals are for the PA-28 201T and PA-28 236 more »
What happens when we don’t get to go flying? We get into mischief. This new product will help keep us occupied. Don’t believe us? Watch the most annoying YouTube ad, ever!
Due for release in 2020, the game of games is back and you will not believe your eyes. Stop reading now and watch the trailer!
The famed star of Grease and dozens of other blockbuster movies is one of the world’s most famous pilots. Now he’s passing his love of aviation along to his 8 year old son!
The NTSB has released the accident statistics for the calendar year 2018, and the news isn’t as good as we’d like. Not that nearly 400 fatalities per year is anything but a terrible state of affairs, but that terrible, though improving record got a little worse. Subscribe today to Plane & Pilot magazine for industry news, more »
AOPA just wrapped up its You Can Fly High School Aviation STEM Symposium in Denver, Colorado, this week at the United Airlines Flight Training Center, and by all accounts the event was a big success. The gathering was host to more than 350 educators from across the country. During the two days of the event more »
The Celera 500, which is the answer to the question, what do you get when you cross a sumo wrestler and a Piaggio Aero P.180, has taken to the skies. We know a little about it, though the developer, Otto Aviation, has kept the whole affair under tight wraps. Subscribe today to Plane & Pilot magazine more »
The company that floated the idea of a flying motorcycle, called the Speeder, JetPack Aviation, says it has the cash, $2 million, to make its flying motorcycle real. Company founder and CEO David Mayman told Tech Crunch that all systems were go on building a flying motorcycle, and that the military was interested in just more »
Boeing says that its 737 Max jetliner, grounded since last March after a pair of fatal accidents that killed 346 people, will be ready to fly again around the middle of December. It added that it expected additional training materials to be approved about a month after that. But the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA) more »
There are a number of causes for iconic GA plane maker shuttering its assembly line, and some of them we have never seen before.
Mystery Did Neil Armstrong flub the first sentence ever delivered from the surface of another heavenly body, the famous “One Small Step” line, or did we misunderstand what he really said? Background It was Sunday, July 20, 1969. Millions of people huddled around their television sets in anticipation as one of the greatest feats in more »
The Kerrville Daily Times is reporting that Mooney International has ceased manufacturing operations at its Kerrville Airport factory at Kerrville Municipal Airport (KERV), Texas. In the move, a company spokesman said, the company laid off 229 employees, bringing Mooney employment down to around 90 workers. None will be producing aircraft parts, however, which is certain to more »
With the launch of its 2020 video courses for new pilots and for those seeking an instrument rating, Sporty’s has answered the question we’ve asked ourselves so many times before: What more could they possibly do to make these courses better? The answer, once again is, “Plenty.” The courses sell for $249 each, and while more »
Whether you’ve seen it on Facebook or YouTube (or 20 other online places), you’re doubtless aware of the Valdez STOL competition. It’s nothing short of an online sensation. For over a decade, pilots from across the globe have been able to witness some amazing examples of bush plane piloting skills while sitting in front of more »