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American Flyers Technical Groundschool Manager

American Flyers has announced that Mr. Blake Barton is now working with the school as the Technical Groundschool Manager. In this role Mr. Barton is responsilble for developing new, non traditional groundschool program oriented toward various unique aviation specialty courses. For more informaiton on these and other program offered by American Flyers please call (800) 362-0808.

Unmanned Integration Milestones in Sight

The next steps toward wider introduction of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the U.S. airspace system were within line of sight as the industry gathered for its largest conference in Washington, D.C. Proposed rulemaking for operations of small UAS weighing up to 55 pounds will be released by the end of the year.


Buy a New Piper, Get Jepp Data

Piper Aircraft will provide Jeppesen flight data to purchasers of new Piper airplanes, effective immediately. Delivery of new Pipers will include Jeppesen NavData and digital charts onboard and ready for use in flight.


FAA Direct Chart Sales Ending October 1st

The FAA is sticking to a previously announced schedule and will end direct sales of paper charts on Oct. 1. After that date, all paper charts must be obtained from an authorized dealer.


FAA Grants Icon Weight Exemption

The FAA granted Icon Aircraft a long-sought exemption from strict light sport aircraft weight limits to incorporate a spin-resistant design for its amphibious A5 that the agency says is "in the public interest."


FAA NPRM for Flight Without Outside View Below 100 Feet

The FAA has released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that may allow some pilots to continue descending below 100 feet above the touchdown zone elevation (TZE) without seeing the runway environment.


FAA extends Lockheed Martin’s AFSS contract

The FAA has extended Lockheed Martin’s work providing flight planning and safety support to pilots under the Automated Flight Service Stations (AFSS) contract. The contract option period begins Oct. 1 with a total value of $221 million over two years.


TSA Precheck Program Expansion

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said it would expand its expedited screening program to 60 new U.S. airports in 2013, allowing tens of millions of Americans to get through airport checkpoints without taking off their shoes.


SpaceShipTwo Makes Fastest Flight to Date

In its second rocket-powered flight to date, Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo flexed its muscle, going both faster and farther than it has ever before, reaching an altitude of 69,000 feet and a speed of Mach 1.43.

FAA Explains IAP Decommissioning

As part of continued cost cutting by the U.S. federal government, the FAA outlined a number of specific criteria for identifying which approach procedures can or should be removed from the national airspace system in lieu of more cost-effective space-based approach systems.


New Engine Indicator Approced

The FAA has granted TSO approval for Electronics International’s CGR-30P. A multi-colored “cluster gauge replacement” designed to replace several primary aircraft instruments in certified airplanes.


Embry-Riddle: GAMI G100UL Tests Looks Promising

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s testing of GAMI’s G100UL unleaded fuel looks promising, and it says it sees no reason why the fuel can’t be a drop-in replacement for 100LL.


New Addition to National Air Force Museum

One of the U.S. Air Force’s first C-21A aircraft landed at its new home at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. The Learjet C-21A twin turbofan-engine aircraft was the military version of the Learjet 35A business jet. It provided airlift for passengers and cargo.


First Production Citation M2 Flies

Cessna took the first production version of its latest Citation, the M2, to the skies from the company’s facility in Independence, Kansas, where the twinjet will be produced alongside the Citation Mustang and Cessna’s single-engine products. Production test pilots flew the M2 up to 17,500 feet, testing the jet for nearly two hours.


Boeing Forecasts Increased Global Demand for Pilots, AMTs

Boeing projects the commercial aviation industry will need more than 1 million new pilots and technicians to support the expanding demand for new airplane deliveries over the next two decades. Projected pilot demand is increasing worldwide, as is demand for technicians in some regions.


GA Deliveries Pick Up

Deliveries of general aviation aircraft worldwide increased in the first half of 2013, up 8.9 percent to 1,014, from 931 in the first half last year. The delivery numbers were buoyed by a 70.6 percent increase in the sale of multiengine turboprops, to 58.


Bendix/King’s New AOA Instrument

Bendix/King announced a brand new product, the KLR 10 Lift Reserve Indicator, which is indeed an angle of attack indicator. The unit is just for experimental airplanes for now, but the company says it is already working to expand the approval status to cover certified airplanes, too


House passes Small Aircraft Revitalization Act

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Small Aircraft Revitalization Act in a move that supporters say will update outdated certification regulations. The legislation calls for the Federal Aviation Administration to reorganize certification requirements to streamline the approval of safety advancements.


First Electric Airplane Certified

The German government has given the nod to what appears to be the first certification of an all-electric airplane, the eSpyder. While the certification was completed in February of this year, the announcement was just recently made. The eSpyder is an ultralight design with a single-seat cockpit held up by a fuselage boom onto which the small electric motor and propeller are mounted right above the windshield.


HondaJet’s FAA-conforming plane to make its first public appearance

Honda Aircraft Co. said Monday that a Federal Aviation Administration-conforming HondaJet will make its first public appearance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013. In May, the company said it is approaching the final phase of flight testing for its HondaJet light business jet. Also, the company has moved to production of the aircraft for customers.


USAF Resumes Flight Training

The U.S. Air Force reinstated flight training at combat squadrons that saw their operations curtailed in April by “sequestration” budget cuts. The service announced the resumption of flight training on July 15; it stays in effect until the new fiscal year begins on October 1.


Pennsylvania Lifts Maintenance Tax

Pennsylvania legislators have eliminated a 6-percent state sales tax on the retail sale of aircraft parts and maintenance. The tax exemption measure eventually became part of an omnibus budget-related bill, ensuring that it would be considered during the state’s House, Senate and Governor’s office budget conference.


FAA Outlines Residential Through-the-fence Policy

The FAA has issued a final policy statement that permits general aviation airports to enter into residential through-the-fence (RTTF) agreements with property owners or associations representing property owners.


New Option for 100LL?

Leaded aviation gasoline could be partly replaced by alternative fuels. Researchers at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) have announced a new project to assist in the development and testing of an alternative for low lead (100LL) aviation gasoline. The project, which is in response to concerns from the aviation industry over the replacement of 100LL with a no-lead alternative, will seek ways to reduce airborne pollutants released during transportation.


Cirrus Gears up for Jet Production

Cirrus today announced the expansion of its Grand Forks, North Dakota, factory, the site of a brand new autoclave oven that will be used in the production of the Cirrus Jet. Cirrus hopes to roll out the first prototype for the latest iteration of the Cirrus Jet later this year and start certification flight testing next year.


FAA Approves Seminole G1000

The twin-engine Seminole is the latest of Piper’s offerings to receive type certificate approval from the FAA for the integrated Garmin G1000 avionics system. G1000-equipped Seminoles are expected to start rolling out of the Vero Beach, Florida, factory in August.


FAA Finally Modernizing Knowledge Tests

The FAA has agreed to remove questions that focus on obsolete terms and technologies from airman knowledge tests in response to a request from various industry and government groups. The new test standards under development are intended to make airman testing and training relevant, meaningful, and applicable to today’s pilots.


Solar Impulse Tests Mobile Hangar

As the all-electric, solar-powered Solar Impulse is making its way across America, its Swiss design team has had a chance to test its inflatable hangar. “We brought the inflatable hangar to the USA for testing purposes and in fact it allowed the mission to stay on schedule,” said André Borschberg, pilot of Solar Impulse.

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4000th Bonanza Delivered

The Beechcraft Bonanza earned a spot in aviation history as the longest continually produced airplane of all time when it delivered its 4,000th Model 36 Bonanza. Beechcraft has produced more than 18,000 Model 33, 35 and 36 Bonanzas since 1947.


F-35 Makes First Vertical Takeoff

At the Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland on May 10, the F-35B short-takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) Lightning II test airplane completed its first vertical takeoff — a flight that also included a vertical landing. The F-35A, the conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) version of the JSF, also made progress as it completed the high angle of attack (AOA) testing phase


Virgin Galactic Ready for Space

Virgin Galactic is expected to fly into outer space this year during testing with commercial operations to commence "not too long after," the company said Tuesday. Virgin Galactic is finalizing customer options and says there will be different price ranges for different experiences.


First production Flight for Cessna’s JT-A

The first production flight of Cessna’s Turbo Skylane 182 JT-A took place May 21, 2013 at the company’s facility in Independence, Kan. The aircraft is powered by a piston engine specifically designed to run on Jet-A fuel. The Safran-made SMA engine in the Turbo Skylane JT-A is engineered specifically for aviation.


Airworthy Autogas

Airworthy AutoGas, LLC , an Arizona-based company said that it plans this year to produce and distribute a 93-octane premium unleaded, ethanol-free fuel as an avgas alternative for aircraft that do not require 100LL. Bringing this fuel to market will provide, "an alternative for the majority of General Aviation aircraft without compromising airworthiness."


X-47B Ready for Carrier Trials

During initial shore-based testing, the X-47B used its tailhook to catch a MK-7 carrier-representative cable extended across a landing area, mimicing the technique the UCAS will use to land on an aircraft carrier at sea. The arrested landing test culminated more than three months of shore-based carrier suitability testing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. The X-47B will undergo sea-based carrier testing, catapulting from the deck and “potentially completing landings” aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush.


New Cessna Sovereign Flies

Cessna has flown the production version of its updated Sovereign mid-sized business jet. The two and a half hour flight tested all the systems, including the new G5000 avionics suite that includes auto-throttles. The new Sovereign has winglets to boost climb and short-field performance; the first deliveries are planned for later this year.


SpaceShipTwo Powers Up

The first powered flight of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo propelled the passenger spacecraft faster than the speed of sound in a milestone test flight over the high desert of southern California. The autonomous flight of the spacecraft lasted about 10 minutes and ended with the vehicle gliding to a landing at Mojave.


Part 23 Rewrite in Works

A bipartisan group of U.S. House members has introduced a bill designed to propel revisions to FAA Part 23 certification standards into law. The Part 23 revisions are aimed at making certification easier and allowing easier incorporation of new technologies in certified aircraft.


Indiana Aviation Tax Cut

State of Indiana has slashed aviation-related taxes that will save some aircraft operators thousands of dollars a year. The legislature in Indianapolis has cut fuel taxes from 60 cents a gallon (based on current prices) to a 10-cent-a-gallon excise tax.


G1000 Approved for Piper Archers

The FAA has granted Piper Aircraft, Inc. Type Certificate approval to incorporate the Garmin G1000 avionics suite into new single-engine Piper Archer aircraft models available in 2013. Initial fleet customers for the new Garmin G1000-equipped Piper Archers include the Florida Institute of Technology and CAE Oxford Aviation Academy.


Citation 10 Rolls Out

Cessna Aircraft Company rolled out its latest aircraft: the Citation 10. The Citation 10 is hailed the fastest civilian aircraft in the world and this may be the boost the aviation industry has been looking for. The announcement to upgrade the Citation came nearly two years ago. Cessna engineers wanted to upgrade the jet to maximize its potential which is speed.


Enhanced Pavement Lighting for Situational Awareness

The technology behind blue taxiway lighting has changed little over the past 50 years, until a recent test of a new kind of lighting fixture began at Ohio’s Cleveland Hopkins Airport (CLE). This involves the new Pavement Edge Light Safety System (PELSS) from Lumin Aerospace. PELSS incorporates a pair of illuminated arms extending from both sides of the existing blue light that are aligned with the direction of the taxiway.


Non-towered Refresher

If you are one of the pilots in 37 states affected by the closure of 149 control towers, do you remember nontowered procedures? If recommended procedures are followed, there is nothing “uncontrolled” about arrivals and departures at an airport without a tower.


Factory-Built RV-12s on the Way

Dick VanGrunsven says slow and sure is the pace to success and that's why we won't see large-scale production of the renowned kitplane manufacturer's only ready-to-fly model anytime soon. Van's introduced the factory-built RV-12 SLSA at AOPA Expo in Palm Springs and the first 12 aircraft were sold the first day and several others were put on a waiting list


FAA Easing Process for Certain Medical Exemptions

The FAA has expanded the list of medical conditions that can be evaluated by an aviation medical examiner instead of requiring a special issuance and FAA review. Some conditions eligible for this simplified process are: arthritis, glaucoma, hypertension and pre-diabetes.


Aerion Testing Supersonic Bizjet

Aerion Corporation, in conjunction with NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center have begun testing designs for the first supersonic business jet. Testing will be done with the aid of a NASA F-15.


FAA Moves On Drone Testing Sites

The FAA is continuing its plan to establish six testing sites for unmanned aerial systems around the country, with proposals coming in from local governments, universities and other public entities.


G1000 Upgrade for Seneca

The latest version of the Piper Seneca V—one of only two piston twins still in production—is getting a Garmin-sized upgrade with a brand-new G1000 suite designed specifically for the Piper’s flight deck, along with all-digital back up gyro instruments.


Garmin’s New Radar Altimeter

Garmin has introduced its first radar altimeter designed to bring airliner-style accuracy to GA aircraft. Called the GRA 5500, this all-digital unit boasts a simple installation and Garmin flight deck integration.


Final Data Released for Historic Freefall

The Red Bull Stratos team released the final analysis collected during the record-breaking freefall made by Felix Baumgartner last year, showing the skydiver fell even faster than originally estimated.


New Additions to DC Airspace

Two tethered helium surveillance blimps will be deployed for testing conducted by NORAD near the airspace around Washington, D.C. in the fall of this year. The aircraft will be tethered to mobile mooring stations and tests are expected to last three years.


New City-pair Records for G280

The super-midsize Gulfstream G280 has recently set 15 new speed records between city pairs that have been certified by the US National Aeronautic Association.


Boom Coming for AMT Students

According to the current Market Outlook report published by the Boeing Co, the global airline industry will need over 30,000 aircraft and those airlines will require 601,000 new aircraft maintenance technicians in the next 20 years to maintain that fleet.


FCC’s Approach to 121.5 ELTs

Before making a final decision on the future of the 121.5 MHz ELTs, the FCC is listening to feedback from various aviation industry agencies including the FAA on whether, or if, the new 406 MHz units should be mandated.


New Navcomms from Garmin

Garmin has launched a new line of VHF navcomm units that will have increased functionality and be more at home in a modern glass cockpit. Some new features include frequency databases and the ability to find the nearest control tower or center frequency.


Gen 5 Cirrus Rolls Out

The latest SR22 and SR22T models have been announced by Cirrus and feature the latest improvements. Some of these new features are a strengthened carbon fiber spar, and increase in MTOW and a larger parachute.


More Details of Eclipse VLJ

Eclipse Aerospace has revealed more about its 550 VLJ model. Features include the latest avionics suite with autothrottle and synthetic vision, as well as a passenger cabin full of the latest hi-tech amenities. The first 550 is expected to roll off the assembly line this summer.


First Carrier Tests Complete for Grumman UAV

The Grumman X-47B unmanned combat air system (UCAS) testbed completed its first deck handling tests during a 15-day trial aboard the USS Harry S. Truman. The tests involved taxiing on deck, using elevators between the flight deck and the hangar, and maneuvering to the launch catapults. Tests were conducted in port and at sea.


New SocialFlight App

A new mobile app for pilots is drawing a huge following. Called SocialFlight, it is a database used to catalog every aviation and pilot event about which it is informed and displays that information through a user-friendly interface.


Balloon Competition

The Balloon Federation of America has invited balloonists across the country to take part in its annual Long Jump Challenge, an event where balloon pilots to use their skills and equipment to try and fly as far as possible with a set amount of propane.


Huerta Confirmed as Administrator

Michael Huerta has been confirmed by congress as the new FAA administrator, and several industry groups have applauded the appointment. On the agenda will be proposed improvements in certification processes and of course the ongoing NextGen implementation.


Burma Spitfire Recovery Begins

Aviation archaeologists will soon being work on the excavation of a cache of buried Supermarine Spitfires that were discovered in Myanmar earlier this year. Buried 30 feet down, preliminary explorations estimate over 30 of the aircraft, still in crates, have been preserved for purposes unknown.


Virgin Galactic Ready for Liftoff

Virgin Galactic is on track to send a test flight into space this year, with tourist flights expected to begin in 2014. These flights will reach altitudes of 350,000 feet and allow passengers to experience weightlessness.


SABRE in Development

Reaction Engines Ltd., a British firm, is in the process of developing the latest breakthrough in propulsion technology called the Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine, or SABRE. This new engine is a merging of jet and rocket technology and can enable flight into orbit.


Fly By Wire DA42

A DA42 twin is being used to demonstrate an active electronic control system that an Austrian company hopes to implement in other light aircraft. . The system can control basic flight safety by limiting flight parameters like pitch, bank and airspeed, but can also react to environmental disturbances like turbulence.


Flight Design Delivers First CTLSi

Flight Design customers have started taking delivery of the new fuel-injected CTLSi powered by the Rotax 912 iS introduced earlier this year. Other upgrades include standard electric trim, a more powerful alternator, an improved battery and an increase in fuel capacity.


FCC Petitions FAA on Mobile Devices

The Federal Communications Commission is asking the FAA to relax restrictions on tablet computers and other similar devices in airline cabins. Currently, many air carriers ban cellphone usage at any altitude, but allow use of computers, tablets and e-readers above 10,000 feet.


Wildcat Recovery

A WWII-era FM-2 Wildcat last was lost in 1944 was pulled from Lake Michigan near Waukegan Harbor, Ill. The aircraft rolled off the ship during training exercises and is being shipped to the National Aviation Museum in Florida to undergo restoration.


NASA’s Rotor Recovery System in Testing

NASA researchers are testing a rotor landing system for its next generation of space capsules, with the idea that they could take the place of the traditional parachute and water landing normally used to recover capsules.


Falcon 20 Flies on Biofuel

A Dassault Falcon 20 from Canada’s National Research Council was the first civilian jet to fly with a 100 percent biofuel, and has been called, “a milestone in aviation history.”


New Flight Planning Requirements in Effect

New procedures required by ICAO for pilots flying internationally and those using performance-based navigation are officially in effect, along with new ATC equipmnt codes.


UAV Integration Delayed

The FAA has delayed the selection of U.S. sites for the testing of unmanned aircraft due to safety and privacy issues. The establishment of six sites that were to be in place by year’s end has been suspended indefinitely.


Relentless Enters Production

Bell Helicopter’s new model 525 has entered production, after a surprise unveiling earlier this year. The 525 will be Bell’s largest commercial helicopter and will be marketed toward EMS and VIP transportation.


FAA Cancelling Approach Procedures

Due to the expense of flight check and obstacle surveying costs the FAA will be initiating a program to eliminate instrument approaches at some airports that see little to no use.


HondaJet Production Begins

The first customer HondaJet is under construction at Honda Aircraft’s 500,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in North Carolina. Honda Aircraft is anticipating 3-4 aircraft will be complete in 2013.


First Legacy 500 on Display

The first of the Embraer model 500s went on display at its Brazilian production factory ahead of its scheduled flight test later this month. The 500 sports fly-by-wire flight controls and a side-stick control column.


New Sunglasses for the Colorblind

New sunglasses made by EnChroma are designed to mitigate colorblindness. Using the name “Better Color Vision,” the glasses use a unique coating that selectively filters confusion-causing light.


NASA Undertaking Van Allen Study

Using twin research satellites, NASA will be exploring the protective, radioactive Van Allen belt in order to understand space weather and its effects on communication and navigation on earth.


Alien Fight Student Program Targeted for New Rules

The House Homeland Security Committee has filed a bill—the Flight School Security Act of 2012—to tighten regulations on the AFSP after a recent report by the Government Accountability Office highlighted a series of loopholes in the program’s original language.


NASA Grant for Multi-Wing Transport

NASA has awarded a grant to a University of Miami engineer for further development of a “supersonic, bi-directional flying wing”—a star-shaped aircraft that will depart the surface conventionally before yawing 90 degrees into the wind, where a new set of wings will take over allowing for supersonic flight.


Cessna Jet Again the Fastest

After the title of fastest civilian aircraft was won by the new Gulfstream G650, Cessna answered back with the Citation Ten, which boasts a maximum speed of .935 Mach.


Army Airship Launches in Lakehurst

The Army has put a new spin on an old design with a new airship that was launched in Lakehurst, NJ. The next-generation airship has an overall length of 300 feet and is designed to be an autonomous intelligence-gathering aircraft.


Pilot’s Bill of Rights Adds Paperwork

The newly-minted Pilot’s Bill of Rights will be adding some additional paperwork during the certification process. This is to verify that all new applicants are in compliance with the new law.


Mainline Airline Hiring to Increase

Domestic mainline carriers are expected to increase their pilot hiring during the second half of 2012 as a large number of pilots are approaching mandatory retirement age.


FAA on GA Airports

The FAA has expressed a desire to educate the general public about the usefulness of general aviation airports. This is based on a previous study called “General Aviation Airports: A National Asset.”


Through-the-Fence Moves Ahead

A proposed final policy rule has been issued by the FAA concerning residential through-the-fence agreements; the program will continue, but with additional regulations.

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Pilot's Bill of Rights is Law

Legislation put forth by congressional member of the GA Caucus guaranteeing certain protections to pilots faced with FAA enforcement action has been signed by the President. This measure also grants pilots the ability to appeal decisions in federal court.


FAA Launches Instrument Flight Procedures Information Gateway

The FAA has launched a new web tool that lets pilots search for instrument flight procedures, production schedules, and coordination information in one location. The site includes 7,684 airports that can be searched by state, region, or service area; the exact airport also can be typed into a search field.


Blended-wing Boeing X-48C to Fly Next Month

Boeing and NASA hope to fly a new version of the X-48 blended-wing body subscale test aircraft next month, a senior company official says. The X-48C should fly about 25 flights before the end of the year, he says. Many of those tests will evaluate low speed high angle of attack handling characteristics.


GNS430 Replacement in the Works

Avidyne Corp. provided additional information about its new IFD440 unit that combines FMS, GPS and NAV/COM information at EAA AirVenture. Designed as a plug-and-play replacement for Garmin GNS430-series navigators, Avidyne said the IFD440 can reduce installation cost and downtime for customers who want to add a touch-screen display or who are upgrading avionics to obtain Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems/Localizer Performance Vertical Guidance (SBAS/LPV) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) capabilities.


Oshkosh Unveil: Two-Seat RV-14

Oshkosh attendees were surprised when Van’s Aircraft brought a fully finished RV-14 to AirVenture 2012 to the company’s booth. The long-rumored homebuilt features side-by-side seating for two and a top speed of 205 mph in a package that Van’s says has been designed both for aerobatic fun and long-distance cruising.


New Engine Monitoring on your iPad

A new program called iLevil will allow pilots to monitor engine performance on a customizable platform using integrated Bluetooth and engine analyzing technology. A full product demo will occur at Oshkosh this summer.


Senate Passes Pilot's Bill of Rights

In an unanimous decision, the Senate passed a Pilot’s Bill of Rights that affords more protection to aviators who are faced with an FAA enforcement. The bill would require the FAA to inform pilots of the reason they are being subject to an enforcement action and give them access to investigative reports, ATC recordings, and any relevant information for 30 days before the enforcement action could move forward.


Ice-Repellent Wings?

A new technology is taking shape that will allow for aircraft wings to shed ice in flight through the use of a hyper-slippery lubricant that adheres to a wings surface.


NetJets Completes "Largest Order in History"

NetJets confirmed it has ordered up to 425 business jets from Cessna and Bombardier worth over $9 billion, which the company is calling the"largest private aviation order in history." The deal includes firm orders for Challenger 300s, Challenger 605s and Citation Latitudes.


WWII Bomber Rises from the Baltic Sea

After being submerged for over half a century, a group of German divers have recovered a rare Junkers Ju-88—a multi-role, twin engine aircraft. Over 16,000 were built, but only a handful survived the war.


Electro Flight

Check out this piece on some of the new electric aircraft that are trying to make their way into the GA marketplace.


Boeing’s Chief Test Pilot Advocates Training Overhaul

While commenting on the state of flight training at the World Aviation Symposium in Florida last month, Mike Carriker, chief test pilot for Boeing, called for flight training to buck the status quo and embrace the latest in technology in preparation for the predicted pilot shortage.


FAA: GA Airports ‘Pivotal’

The FAA released the results of its 18-month study called “General Aviation Airports: A National Asset,” last week that “highlights the pivotal role [they] play in our society, economy and the entire aviation system.” The report identifies airports serving national and international markets, which have a high level of activity.


NTSB GA Safety Forum

The NTSB will be holding a two-day General Aviation forum in Washington D.C. on June 19-20. The panel of speakers will include the NTSB chairman and numerous aviation safety experts.

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Lost P-40 Found in Sahara

After a 70-year absence, a lost P-40 Kittyhawk fighter has been found, remarkably well-preserved, in the Sahara Desert. The aircraft was in service with the RAF when it went down in 1942.


FAA Progress Report on NextGen

The 2012 FAA NextGen Progress Report has been released. The 2012 Plan emphasizes that performance-based navigation (PBN) capabilities will be an essential part of future NAS operations, and PBN procedures are now being issued almost routinely.


Akoya LSA Inspired by Sailboats

A sleek new amphibious airplane with a promise being able to operate from nearly any surface is getting ready for certification. Drawn from the world of competitive sailing, the Akoya abandons traditional floats for a lightweight hydrofoil arrangement.


Cessna Recalls Workers

To support planned production increases, Cessna Aircraft is recalling workers and hiring additional support and sales staff. Cessna posted $669 million in revenue in the first quarter of 2012, compared with $556 million for the same time a year ago.


‘Full Speed Ahead’ for Cirrus Jet

Cirrus Aircraft has announced new life for a program that has been waiting in the wings: the SF50 Vision—a single-engine, five-seat jet. With new financial backing, the Vision—which first flew in 2008—will now be able to continue certification flight testing and begin production sometime around 2015.


Buried Spitfires to be Excavated, Returned to England

An Englishman’s 15-year quest is nearly complete. After following vague and conveyed rumors from the aftermath of WWII, a cache of buried Supermarine Spitfires has been found in Myanmar. An expedition is underway to unearth and return the aircraft to England, with the hopes that they can be restored and flown again.

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Supersonic Breakthrough

NASA’s Supersonic Fixed-Wing division broke a sound barrier recently with a wind-tunnel test of a design that allowed for a low boom signature and low cruise drag, traits thought to be “mutually exclusive.”


Transition Test Flights Begin

Terrafugia’s Transition reached an important milestone with the first flight of its production prototype. The eight-minute flight reached 1,400 AGL. Deliveries may begin next year.


New Diamond Twin Takes Off

Diamond Aircraft’s new all-composite twin-engine model, the DA52, made its first flight this week. Designed in just six months, a certification and production schedule is pending.


Citation M2’s Maiden Flight

The Cessna Citation M2, a derivative of the CJ1+, has made its first flight from Cessna’s manufacturing headquarters at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. This first flight was used to test out the avionics, engines and systems, and was called, “exceptional.”


FAA Taking “Fresh Look” at Personal Electronics

The FAA says it will undertake the task of testing new personal electronic devices for in-flight interference, with the goal of relaxing the regulations regarding their use on commercial aircraft.


Supersonic Biplanes

MIT and Stanford engineers have taken an old concept and given it a futuristic twist. Using a biplane design from the 1950s inside elaborate computer models, researchers believe that a two-wing design may hold promise for faster-than-sound travel.


Paper Medical Forms Discontinued

On Oct. 1, of this year, the FAA will switch to its online Form 8500-8 medical application form called MedXpress. The change is designed to eliminating the cumbersome paper medical forms as well as to keep costs down with a more streamlined system.


Easy-Install AOA Indicators for GA

An easy-to-use angle of attack indicator is available for your airplane, and it can be installed without a cumbersome maintenance procedure. An essential piece of equipment for air carriers, these devices have been making their way down to light aircraft, and the future benefits are looking good.


Record Crowd for Heli-Expo

The annual Heli-Expo, held this year in Dallas, TX, reported over 19,000 visitors over four days, marking four consecutive years of growth. Exhibitor Eurocopter reported $1.44 billion in sales.


X-56A Unveiled

The US Air Force has introduced its latest automated test platform: the X-56A. This unmanned aircraft has been designed to explore aerodynamic flutter and ways to counteract it. Testing will initially occur at Edwards Air Force Base this summer.


FAA bill to Preserve and Share Vintage Aircraft History

As an amendment to the recently passed FAA re-authorization bill, the preservation and accessibility of historic aircraft data, including technical plans, are to be made public. The bill covers over 1,200 airplanes built between 1927 and 1939.


Space Visitor’s Center Coming to New Mexico

The New Mexico Spaceport Authority has announced plans to construct a tourist center at its Spaceport America in Sierra County, NM. The center is planned to open concurrent with the expected launch of commercial space operations in 2013.


Record-setting Jump is a Go

A world-record-holding BASE jumper is planning to break a record set over half a century ago, with a parachute jump from a balloon at an altitude of 120,000 feet. The goal is to break records for altitude, speed and time in freefall.


FAA Cedes Airspace Control to NOAA

New regulations starting on February 27, 2012 will grant the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration powers to restrict certain airspace around wildlife preserves, as well as levy fines against pilots.


Congress Approves Long-Term FAA Funding

Committees from both chambers reached agreement on long-term FAA legislation. This measure will fund the FAA for a further four years, after having approved 23 short-term extensions.


FAA to End Paper Medical Certificate Applications

On October 1, 2012 Aviation Medical Examiners will no longer accept paper applications for FAA medical certificates. Instead, all applications must be submitted online through a service called MedXPress.


First Flight for Cessna Citation Ten

The Cessna Citation Ten, the newly re-designed Citation X made its first flight from Cessna’s Wichita Airport for a two-hour test hop. The Citation Ten sports more advanced avionics, new engines, winglets, and a new cabin design.


US House Introduces Bill of Rights for pilots

The newly introduced measure, referred to as the “Pilot’s Bill of Rights” is designed to give pilots more protection during the event of an FAA enforcement action, and has been seen as a big step forward to improving the overall communication between fliers and the FAA.


Kestrel Aircraft Lands in Wisconsin

Aircraft manufacturer Kestrel has decided to make its home in Superior, Wisconsin to the tune of millions in investment money and hundreds of anticipated jobs for the region. The Kestrel facility will be used in the construction of six- and eight-seat propeller aircraft designed for corporate use.


Citation Ten Prototype Takes off

The Cessna Citation Ten, an upgraded version of the Citation X is now undergoing flight testing. The new jet incorporates the latest cockpit from Garmin, as well as synthetic vision technology.


Tecnam’s New Amphibian

Tecnam has upgraded its popular P92 LSA with an amphibious conversion, called the Hydroplane. While, this model is available new, Tecnam is also able to retrofit existing P92s with a float kit.


New Five-seater from Cirrus

Cirrus has unveiled a roomier version of the SR22. This new seat configuration allows for the carrying of three passengers or extra cargo in the rear.


Divers Make Warbird Discovery

A group diving off the coast of Florida came upon a rare World War II airplane in about 185 feet of water. The airplane is upside down, but mostly intact and is believed to be a Curtiss Helldiver. If this proves true, it will be the second Helldiver discovered underwater in as many years.


Washington, D.C. SFRA Updated

The FAA has updated its training course for entering and exiting the Washington, D.C. Special Flight Rules Area covering a 60NM radius from the DCA VOR. The revised training includes scenario-based training and downloadable content.


FSS of the Future

The Future of Flight Service Program (FFSP) being developed by the FAA and private contractors is receiving input from several industry groups, including general aviation pilots, and is expected to launch in 2015. This program will re-structure and re-prioritize services that can be received by the aviation community.


ATC Bill Moving Forward

A bill advancing NextGen research is on the move, and could be ready for the president’s signature by Christmas. The NextGen system is designed to replace ground-based radar facilities with GPS surveillance and navigation technology.



Amazing Restoration in Progress

The historic B-17 Memphis Belle has reached a recent restoration milestone on its return to factory condition. Crews at the National Museum of the UA Air Force have recently mated the wings to the fuselage and extended the landing gear. The restoration process began in 2005 and has been documented throughout.


Runway Status Alerts Coming Soon

Automated runway status lights systems, which are currently in the test phase at five major airports, are scheduled to go online nation-wide in 2016. Next year, seven additional airports will be used for testing of this new system, which uses colored lights to alert flight crews of potential traffic conflicts while maneuvering on the ground.


TSA to Announce New GA Security Proposal

The TSA is expected to release a proposal for a new security program for business aircraft. The changes are expected to be a significant departure from the original regulations from 2008, taking into account input from the flying public and aircraft operators.


FAA to Review Chart Distribution

The FAA has announced plans to potentially modify distribution procedures for digital charts and approach plates. AeroNav, the FAA’s production arm, will be hosting a meeting in December to discuss issues and outline new distribution policies.


100 Very Low Lead Fuel Approved

A new fuel rated at 100VLL, meets a very low lead specification and is OK for use in GA aircraft that currently use 100LL. The new fuel contains nearly 20 percent less lead than the current low lead version.


GI Bill set to Expand

Starting in October, veterans will have more education options available thanks to a major expansion of Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. The bill would offer on-the-job-training, apprenticeships, and even housing allowances in some cases.


Sales up at Piper

Piper Aircraft announced that sales for new aircraft rose by 16 percent compared to one year ago. Piper delivered 38 aircraft in the first half of this year, including 14 turbine-powered Meridians. Additionally, international sales remain strong.


New Garmin Portable to be Announced

Garmin’s new portable GPS—the Aera 796—is set for an imminent reveal. In addition to navigation functions, the new unit will have the capability to display approach information and a touchscreen control system.


FAA Enacts New Pilot and Flight School Rules

Effective October 31 this year, new FAA regulations will allow student pilots to train concurrently for their private pilot certificate and instrument rating, and allows some dual cross country time to count toward instrument training. Additionally, the FAA has revised the definition of a complex airplane and altered license conversion rules for foreign pilots.


Hot-air Balloons are back in California

With some tricky legal wrangling behind them, California-based hot-air balloon operators once again have free reign in their airspace after a civil suit, effectively barring them from flying their aircraft, has been dropped.


New EAA Program to Debut Next Year

The Experimental Aircraft Association will be rolling out a new program in January, aimed at increasing the ranks of new pilots with a new mentor program. It is modeled after the Young Eagles program but is designed for adults who are interesting in learning what it takes to fly.


Electric Pipistrel Makes First Flight

The Pipistrel Taurus—a four-place, twin-fuselage electric aircraft—made its first test flight from the Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Pipistrel is preparing the aircraft for entrance into the Green Flight Challenge against 12 other aircraft.


Sales up at Oshkosh

In a great improvement over the 2010 showing, aircraft dealers reported higher orders for aircraft, and sales leads jumped by 90 percent. Overall attendance was up by over 1 percent from last year, with a crowd of over 540,000 people attending.


Jeppesen Unveils New Navigation Solutions

Jeppesen has introduced a number of new electronic navigation devices and enhancements, with products ranging from mobile apps to new paper products. The new digital devices are designed for both certified and experimental aircraft, as well as for use in the air and ground.


FAA: Pilots Improving Airspace Awareness

The FAA is anticipating 2011 to be on pace for the lowest number of TFR violations since tracking began in 2008. The FAA currently is reporting only 122 incidents so far this year, compared with almost 400 in 2010.


Placards: Not Just for Decoration

Placards are a part of every airplane cockpit; some are permanent, others seem to appear out of nowhere—especially if you spend most of your time in rented aircraft. There are even placards on the outside of the airplane too. Check out this article to learn more.


Terrafugia Cleared For the Road

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has granted regulatory exemptions for Terrafugia’s roadable airplane, the Transition. Some exemptions include being able to use lighter windscreens and tires than would normally be allowed on the road. This will allow for deliveries of the Transition next year when it is scheduled to go into production.


Bill of Rights for Pilots in the Works

Legislation is currently being proposed that is designed to ensure that pilots have a louder voice in enforcement actions. Some of the new measures would allow pilots more access to information regarding enforcement actions, reformations in the appellate process, and even improvements to the medical certification process.


Cirrus Wins Air Force Academy Contract

Cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs will soon have a new training fleet of Cirrus SR20s. Designated T-35A, the Cirrus aircraft will replace the current Academy fleet of Diamond DA40s. The sophisticated cockpit technology and high performance of the Cirrus will make it a welcome addition to the 557th Training Squadron of the Academy.


Pilot Hiring Surge Expected

Aircraft maker Boeing is predicting the need for over 400,000 new commercial pilots by 2029—an average of 23,000 a year. This need is expected in large part due to the imminent mandatory retiring of pilots expected to start next year, and an increasing passenger demand. According to a recent article published in USA Today, “the demand for pilots will be so great that the industry could ultimately face a shortage, sparking fierce competition among airlines across the globe vying for candidates qualified to fill their cockpits.”

Source: USA Today, Jun 21, 2011

Runway Incursions are Down

In a report recently released by the FAA, runway incursions in 2010 were down by 50 percent from the previous year, and down overall by 90 percent from 2000. The FAA was quick to credit the aviation community for this trend.


Record-Setting Glider Flight

Pilot Gordon Boettger set a new gliding record for the northern hemisphere with a flight that covered over 1,400 miles, including one segment of 854 miles without a turn. The 13-hour flight reached altitudes of 28,000 feet and groundspeeds in excess of 230 mph.


Shipments up on Piston Airplanes

According to the General Aviation Manufacturer’s Association, deliveries of new piston engine airplanes increased by over 13 percent in the first quarter of 2011. The leaders were Cessna with 63, Cirrus with 61 and Diamond with 37.


The Carbon Cub gets FAA Kit Recognition

The Carbon Cub, one of the most popular models made by CubCrafters, has earned recognition as a kit by the FAA, allowing it to forego some inspections. In order to be deemed a kit, the owner has to perform at least 51 percent of the assembly work.


Number of Women Pilots Increasing

The number of female pilots has increased 18.6 percent since 2000, according to the FAA, while the overall number of male pilots as declined. The number of women pilots who hold ATP certificates has also increased by 35 percent during that same period.


Solar-Powered Plane Ready for International Flight

The first international flight of a solar-powered airplane will begin this month when Switzerland's Solar Impulse Team will depart from Switzerland for Brussels. This airplane is the first of its kind able to be operated day and night without any type of fuel or carbon emission. The next stop for the team is the Paris Air Show in June.


FAA Certifies Twin-Engine Skycar

The Italian-made Skycar, built by Oma Sud, has recently earned FAA certification and will soon be marketed in the United States. The twin pusher can fill several roles including air taxi, cargo, medevac, and police patrol.


New ‘Tundra’ Model Diamond Aircraft Unveiled

Diamond is taking its DA40 model off-roading. Dubbed the “TundrasStar,” this new model features a heavier landing gear, larger tires, and some wing enhancements to improve takeoff and landing distances allows the aircraft better performance when operating out of unimproved fields. The new aircraft is powered by a FADEC-controlled turbo-diesel engine and comes with a G1000 avionics suite.


G36 Bonanzas Gets Known-ice Certification

The new beech model G36 has received FAA certification for known-icing conditions, thanks to a new TKS wing ice protection system and supplemental type certificate. The system itself adds 51 additional pounds to the empty weight and can store 115 pounds of fluid, enough for two hours of continuous use.


Updated Technology for New Corvalis

The new Cessna Corvalis has been upgraded with a new touch-sensitive glass flight deck suite. The new suite is based on the Garmin2000 unit, featuring two 14-inch HD screens.


Private Aviation on the Rise

Sales for full and fractional corporate jet ownership rose in the last year, thanks in part to new security restrictions associated with general air travel. With a high supply of jets on hand, prices have come down recently. The overall outlook for the year looks promising.


Carbon Fiber SmartBird Flies

The latest in miniature aircraft and bio-mimicry technology has gone to the birds with the ultra-efficient SmartBird. Weighing in at one pound, the craft can take off and land autonomously and boasts “impressive maneuverability” characteristics.


2010 Saw the Highest Number of CFIs

According to FAA data, the number of flight instructors grew to over 96,000 in 2010, the highest it has ever been. Also in 2010, the number of student pilot certificates issued rose to 119,000, up from just over 72,000 in 2009.


Electronic Maintenance Tracking

A new record-keeping system for tracking maintenance has been designed for use by owners of piston aircraft. The system allows for complete online accessibility of records by maintenance personnel and owners—eliminating the possibility of misplaced logbooks and making checking for compliance easier.


Mission to Uncover Rare War Bird

The sunken wreck of a TBD Devastator is on its way to being recovered and restored. Lost off the coast of San Diego in 1941, this “holy grail” of naval aviation was discovered 15 years ago. The National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Florida is currently raising money for its recovery and transportation to the museum, where it can be restored and displayed.


Next Generation Cessnas Catching On

Cessna’s latest addition to the general aviation market will be a new iteration of the Corvalis, the world’s fastest fixed-gear single-engine piston aircraft, and is scheduled to be unveiled at this year’s Sun ‘n Fun in Lakeland, Florida. In addition to the new-version Corvalis, Cessna is set to deliver 150 new Skycatchers in 2011.


Unmanned Helicopter in the Works

The Marine Corps is developing an unmanned version of Kaman’s K-MAX helicopter. In its current form the K-MAX sports an unusual inter-meshing rotor design, eliminating the tail rotor and allowing for impressive lifting capability. The Marine UAV version hope to be able to drastically improve its external payload capability.

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Hydrogen Making a Comeback

Gas balloon hobbyists have been relying on an old standby. The gas-filled hydrogen balloon has seen a renaissance when sport balloon hobbyists in South Carolina flew two hydrogen balloons to Virginia, the first flight of its kind in that region since the Civil War.


Sport Pilot Hours May Count Toward Additional Certificates

After recent petitioning and advocating from aviation industry leaders, the FAA is expected to make a clarification of a previous letter of interpretation regarding time accrued toward sport pilot certification.
Under the current rule, hours flown for sport pilot certification do not count toward the earning of more advanced licenses. The petition seeks to allow for sport pilot time to count toward additional certificates.


Commercial Space Tourism Coming Soon

If you feel like ponying up a couple hundred grand, you can hitch a ride into low-earth orbit on the first passenger spacecraft, set to launch within the next 18-24 months. The biggest space tourism firm, Virgin Galactic, is ready to go with vehicles able to seat six passengers, offering views that stretch for 1,000 miles in each direction and up to five minutes of weightlessness.


New Electric Motor-Glider on the Market

The latest entrant in the electric aircraft market has been made by Pipistrel, with its Taurus Electro G2 two-seat, self-launching glider. An electric motor propels the glider into the air, and then retracts into the fuselage for the rest of the flight.


Practical Benefits of General Aviation

Take a look at a refreshing editorial piece on the often overlooked benefits that local general aviation airports provide to the community and beyond.


Flying Cars Are Coming

Next year may see the first commercially available flying car, thanks to Terrafugia’s Transition Roadable Light Sport Aircraft. The Transition can fly at 115 mph and drive at 65 mph, and transition from airplane to car in 30 seconds. The U.S.-based company has 100 orders so far.


New Aztec Propellers Unveiled

A new two-bladed propeller conversion kit has been announced by Hartzell Propeller Inc. for the Piper Aztec. The new kit has 77-inch blade diameters along with a blade-mounted counterweight to assist pitch control and feathering. The propellers incorporate a swept-tip blended airfoil design, along with an optional de-icing system.


Folding-Wing LSA Makes First Flight

The Onex prototype built by Sonex has made its first flight. The single-seat aerobatic airplane sports a folding wing design that allows it to be stored in small or tightly packed hangars.


Interactive Helicopter Video Online

Using revolutionary new video merging software, a video released by northStudio in conjunction with Nimmo Bay Resort allows a viewer to control the angle of the camera on a pre-recorded video.


Piper Still in the LSA Game

Despite having split with a long-time LSA partner Czech Sport Aircraft, Piper has not ruled out a return to the light sport aircraft market. The PiperSport LSA was on display at the Sebring LSA Expo, compete with Piper livery and promotional material. Piper is interested in the LSA market as a “source for new pilots.”


New Five-Seater from Mahindra

India’s first indigenous GA aircraft, the NM5-100, is expected to take its first flight in the coming weeks. The NM5-100 is designed for air taxi operations, light cargo and med-evac missions, and is expected to meet FAR part 23 standards.


Australian Residents Searching for Buried Spitfires

According to legend, there are five of the British-made fighters—still in shipping crates—buried somewhere near the small town of Oakey in Queensland. The WWII aircraft were part of a shipment to the RAAF, meant to be sold as scrap, but ended up buried near Oakley instead. While no positive eye witnesses have come forward, the rumor persists.


Florida LSA Expo Begins

The sixth annual US Sport Aviation Expo is beginning in Sebring, Florida, featuring forums, demo flights and first looks at new products. After the event, the manufacturers and distributors will be taking the show on the road, stopping at six additional airports throughout Florida.


Old Biplanes Get New Life

After a 30-year hiatus the Great Lakes biplanes are again being built, this time by Waco Classic, known for its YMF-series biplanes. The new Great Lakes models will be manufactured at the Battle Creek, Michigan plant and the first deliveries are set for 2012. Two models of the new biplane are currently planned.


Carbon Cub Wins Contest with Short Landing

A CubCrafters LSA, using a recently FAA-approved landing gear modification, has won a contest in Valdez, Alaska by taking off in 64 feet and landing in 69. The undercarriage modification widens and lowers the wheel base and is available as a modification for PA-28 Super Cubs.


New Sport Aircraft Dealership Formed

With Piper Aircraft’s recent pullout of the LSA market, several distributors have banded together to continue the sales and service of the Piper-built PiperSport LSA. Additionally, the group is planning to continue warranty services as well as continuing the import of the aircraft from the Czech Republic.


Training Tip: Equipment Codes

As something to consider before your next cross-country flight, remember to accurately fill in Block 3 on the FAA flight plan form. This is especially true when you are operating an unfamiliar aircraft for the first time, as unexpected equipment can have a big impact on your planned flight.


New G.I. Bill Signed

The president signed into law a new bill that will expand the educational funding for all active duty servicemen and women—which also includes flight training. The new law authorizes up to $10,000 per year for flight training programs.


Reduced Prices on Glass Cockpits

Flight Design Inc is set o lower the price on its two-screen avionics package that includes synthetic vision and a Garmin 696 GPS. The system, currently designed for light sport aircraft, is part of a larger movement to approve a certified Part 23 aircraft with fewer restrictions.


NTSB to Release Findings of Airbag System for Light Aircraft

The NTSB will be holding a public meeting concerning its findings on the use of airbags in GA aircraft on January 11, 2011. A full summary of the meeting and associated finds will be published within a few weeks after the meeting this week in Washington, D.C.


Date Set for SAFE Training Symposium

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) will be holding its GA Pilot Training Reform Symposium in Atlanta, Ga., May 4-5, 2001. This event will focus on things such as increasing student pilot starts and improving student retention. Panels including representatives from the aviation industry, the flight instructor community and the FAA will discuss proposed changes to training doctrine, as well as flight instructor accreditation.


Piper Sees 75 Percent Productivity Increase

Piper Aircraft Inc. announced that production at its Vero Beach, Florida manufacturing facility was up by 75 percent in 2010. This increase in activity has allowed for the hiring of additional engineers and support employees. The growth has been attributed to an increase in aircraft deliveries and the development of its new single-engine business jet.


California pilot returns from decade-long cross-country

After two trips around the globe and over 1,200 different airports, California resident Robert Gannon is headed home. This January, Gannon, 60, will be bringing his Cessna 182 to Gillespie Field in El Cajon to end a 10-year journey that has included all 50 states, 155 countries and a trip over the North Pole. Gannon likens himself to a “flying backpacker” and is already looking forward to a new adventure.


New flight planning application for Apple tablets

The Flight Guide iEFB is one of the most popular iPad applications, allowing a pilot to access VFR and IFR charts, terminal area charts, weather reports, airport information and much more. With touch-sensitive capabilities and a virtual database with Internet access, the carriage of bulky chart books and cases may become a thing of the past.


FAA Clarifies Time-Logging Requirements

Responding to a request on a letter of interpretation (LOI), the FAA has issued a clarification regarding the proper method of logging training time in order to meet regulatory requirements. The initial interpretation of the LOI indicated that hours used to obtain an instrument rating would not apply to a commercial certificate. However, the FAA confirmed that as long as training is recorded properly, training hours for the instrument rating may be counted toward the commercial certificate.


Garmin avionics package earns FAA approval

Two Garmin safety enhancements have been approved for use in the Cirrus aircraft line: the ESP (electronic stability and protection) and automatic descent. The ESP feature is designed to sense when the pilot exceeds pitch and bank limitations and will make the appropriate control inputs to bring the airplane back within its performance envelope. The automatic descent feature is able to recognize when a pilot may be feeling the effects of hypoxia at high altitudes; the unit will then instruct the autopilot to descend to a safe altitude.


FAA Contemplates Combo Private/Instrument Course:

Simultaneously training for an Instrument rating while earning a Private Pilot certificate can go a long way toward streamlining and speeding up flight training. In this day of modern flight decks, technically-advanced aircraft, and complex airspace, utilizing general aviation as a reliable form of transportation makes an Instrument Rating a necessity. This proposal was outlined in an FAA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) released 12 months ago.


Electric Engines not Far Off:

With the global trend toward new and cleaner energies, these companies are applying the latest in green technology to aviation. Cessna is flying into the future of aviation ahead of their competitors with plans to build and release a 100% electric aircraft. They've coupled with Bye Energy, Inc. , a company that specializes in all-electric planes, to build an engine for their proof-of-concept 172 Skyhawk. The company hopes to take off in their first electric model by year end. “ Cessna's support of the electric and electric-hybrid program is vital to moving general aviation into the future ,” noted George Bye, CEO of Bye Energy.

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Electric flight, once seen as futuristic, has arrived and with e430 's flight times of between 1.5 – 3 hours (depending on configuration) electric flight now becomes a realistic power source for sport aviation. The e430 is a twin-seat, single-engine, light sport aircraft designed to be simple to use, easy to fly and with virtually zero vibration. Charging times of three hours for as little as five dollars make electric a really low cost way to fly and with only two main moving parts in the motor (the bearings) the reliability and maintenance are like nothing seen before.



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