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Pilot donates winnings to create aviation scholarship for women

Air race winner donates scholarship, aims to increase number of women aviators

Pilot Dianna Stagner donated the $5,000 purse money she and her partner Victoria Holt won in the 3,000-mile Air Race Championship to create a scholership for a woman interested in a career in aviation.

“As a female pilot, I know that aviation is a tough field for women to get into,” Stagner said. “I wanted to do something to encourage more women in their teens and 20s to consider a career in aviation.”

LeTourneau University aviation student Whitney Brouwer is the recipient of the scholarship.

“While there have been a small handful of women pilots throughout history, it ...

Feb. 7, 2013, 2:11 a.m.

Tests of 100% biofuel show 50% reduction in aerosol emissions

Results from the world’s first civil flight powered by 100% biofuel released by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) show that the biofuel used in the flight last October is cleaner than and as efficient as conventional aviation fuel.

Data collected in-flight shows a 50% reduction in aerosol emissions when using biofuel compared to conventional fuel, NRC said. Additional tests performed on a static engine show a reduction in particles of up to 25% and in black carbon emissions of up to 49 % compared to conventional fuel.

“These tests also show a comparable engine performance, but an improvement ...

Feb. 3, 2013, 8:28 a.m.

SkyView is upgrated to include data logging


Version 5.1 of SkyView firmware by Dynon Avionics will include data logging. Users will be able to record and store up to 150 hours of flight and engine data and can be exported as a CSV file, which can be viewed in a spreadsheet program. The upgrade is free for SkyView owners.

Data logging will be especially useful during the flight test phase of new homebuilt airplanes, noted Michael Schofield, Dynon marketing manager. “Flight data helps document the aircraft performance and operating envelope, while comprehensive engine data can aid in the detection and diagnosis of powerplant issues.

The ability ...

Feb. 3, 2013, 8:28 a.m.

Boeing B-29 makes first 2013 flight

FIFI - B-29 Superfortress

The only remaining Boeing B-29 Superfortess bomber, FIFI as she is known, made her first flight of 2013 taking off from Midland, Texas, and flying to her home base in Addison. According to the Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) officials, it was FIFI's first flight since October 2012.

The B-29 experienced trouble with the number two engine and returned safely to the ground during a routine photo mission at the conclusion of AIRSHO. The B-29 is equipped with four radial engines, which are needed to power the massive aircraft. It was determined the number two engine would need major ...

Jan. 29, 2013, 9:09 a.m.

E-volo is set to develop a 2-seater volocopter

e-volo electric-powered vertical-takeoff aircraft

E-volo, a German company that successfully flew an innovative electric-powered vertical-takeoff aircraft in 2011, now says it is ready to develop a two-seat version of its built aircraft.

Germany's transport ministry will have to create a new category and develop new regulations to allow the aircraft to fly, and E-Volo says that process is under way. The company said they hope to achieve extensive endurance testing of the passenger cabin, the landing framework and the rotor array by this summer, so they can start test flights this year.

The company aims to have a full-sized version ready to exhibit ...

Jan. 24, 2013, 7:25 a.m.

Global program for young aviation professionals launched by ICAO

Young Aviation Professionals program will identify talent among young aviation professionals to participate in work programs relating to safety, security and the relationships between regulatory efforts and the aviation industry. It is the result of a joint effort between the International  Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airports Council International (ACI).

“Within the United Nations Common System Organizations, the Young Aviation Professionals Programme is unique as it enables young professionals to complete a work assignment with an international regulatory body, which develops international standards, as well as with the industry partners in the airline and ...

Jan. 18, 2013, 8:30 a.m.

Aspen Avionics display is approved for cessnas in Europe

The Avidyne DFC90 autopilot was approved Tuesday for Cessna airplanes in Europe. The system uses Aspen Avionics'Evolution Pro Primary Flight Display.

Aspen of Albuquerque makes the displays that plug into Avidyne’s products. On Oct. 2, the company announced that it was selling the devices to Avidyne. Then on Oct. 11, it announced that several venture capital firms had invested $12.8 millionin the company.

Aspen was formed in 2004 and has worked to develop several new flight displays, including one model that interfaces with an iPad.

“Avidyne is focused on bringing safety and performance-enhancing technolology to more aircraft ...

Jan. 18, 2013, 8:30 a.m.

Nominations open for excellence in GA community

Seven awards are up for grabs for individuals who demonstrate excellence among the general aviation community and companies that have helped to improve this community. Five of those are based on nominations submitted by members of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA).


These awards cover five categories:

  1. The Airport Executive Partnership Award recognizes an airport manager for outstanding efforts to nurture the relationships between aviation businesses and airport operators.
  2. The Aviation Journalism Award identifies a journalist, writer, or publication that excels in consumer education or editorial support that is beneficial to the general aviation industry.
  3. The Excellence In Pilot Training ...
Jan. 9, 2013, 12:39 a.m.

NAFI members say instructor pay is too low

Initial analysis of a poll conducted by the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) of its members suggests that compensation for flight instructors is too low. many intructors are forced to take second job to support themselves.

The study separated instructors into four categories: instructors from FBO-style flight schools; academy-style facilities; major universities; and independent flight instructors. Most instructors receive a percentage of the amount charged to the students for their services. More than 60 percent of academy-style instructors said they receive less than 50 percent of the billable per hour cost. As a result, most instructors received less than ...

Jan. 8, 2013, 6:56 a.m.

A roundup of 2012 aviation trends, predictions for 2013

Sporty's President Michael Wolf looks at aviation trends in 2012 and what those trends can mean in the new year. “These trends can give us clues of what’s in store for the year to come,” he says. But before he talks about trends, he talks about the iPad:

“We are going to take iPads out of the trend column and move them into the here-to-stay column. For the past two years, we led with the iPad trend, but no more. iPads have changed the way we fly, and until the next new thing comes along, we declare that ...

Dec. 27, 2012, 5:48 p.m.

European charts now available for Garmin's Aera GPS

Germany VFR

Garmin announced it has added European VFR and IFR charts to its Aera 795/796 portable GPS receivers, using VFR data sourced from Deutsche Flugsicherung, the company in charge of ATC in Germany.

Earlier this year, Garmin introduced European VFR terminal Bottlang charts from Jeppesen for the Aera 795/796, which include colored visual approach, landing and area charts, as well as general and country-related text sections covering regulations, communications, meteorology, aerodrome directory and more for flights within Europe under VFR.

The new charts complement Garmin’s recently expanded SafeTaxi database, which now includes geo-referenced airport diagrams for more than ...

Dec. 25, 2012, 12:10 p.m.

Pilot hopes to raise $50,000 for charity with marathon flying challenge

Levi Noguess climbs on to a Kitfox Stillhouse.

In a challenge set for his 50th birthday (Dec. 12), retired Army aviator Levi Noguess plans to fly 50 planes in just 12 hours, raising $50,000 for his two favorite charities - American Diabetes Association (as his own family has been touched by the disease) & Heart Mountain New Beginnings Boys Ranch located in northern Wyoming, just outside Yellowstone National Park (HMNB accepts boys, ages 12 to 17, who may be struggling in school or have a learning disability, such as ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder). HMNB also excepts boys that may exhibit rebellious behaviors). The Harker Heights, Texas-based pilot will take ...

Nov. 12, 2012, 11:26 a.m.

AOPA looks to flight schools for new ideas

AOPA Flight Training Summit

AOPA's Flight Training Summit, which took place in conjunction with its AOPA Aviation Summit last week, brought together flight instructors and industry representatives.

More than 100 participants attended the meeting. After senior vice president of the Center to Advance the Pilot Community Adam Smith briefed the attendees on the goals and plans of the newly established center and Brittney Miculka, manager of prospective pilot and youth outreach, introduced the field guides, the attendees were divided into four focus groups.

Each focus group brainstormed ideas on how to develop best practices at flight schools with respect to building relationships, creating ...

Oct. 18, 2012, 7:06 a.m.

AOPA Aviation Summit

AOPA Summit is coming up Oct. 11-13 in Palm Springs, Calif., and lots of opportunities will be offered for pilots to brush up on their skills.

This event is one no pilot—new or experienced—will want to miss. There are 5 reasons you will want to attend this event.

  1. Mingle with celebrities. Actor and pilot Harrison Ford; the Discovery Channel’s Flying Wild Alaska pilots John Ponts, Luke Hickerson, and Doug Stewart; and comedian and pilot Dave Coulier will all be on hand at Summit. Ford will participate in the Oct. 12 morning keynote address and the AOPA Foundation ...
Oct. 5, 2012, 6:05 a.m.

Okla. to host collegiate flight competition

Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) competition Oct. 7-12.

Southeastern is in Region VI, along with Kansas State University at Salina, Oklahoma State University, Spartan College of Aeronautics in Tulsa, St. Louis University-Parks College, the University of Central Missouri, the University of Nebraska-Omaha and the University of Oklahoma.

The competition includes flying events and ground events. All flying avants and Aircraft Preflight Inspection will be held at Eaker Field; the remaining ground events will be held on the Southeastern campus.

Flying Events are Power Off Landing, Short Field Approach and Landing, Navigation, Message Drop ...

Oct. 5, 2012, 5:24 a.m.

Supersonic flight could revolutionize aviation

Aerion supersonic business jet

As the last flight of the Concorde showed, supersonic air travel has to overcome a lot of obstacles including the safety issues, high cost and fuel consumption, and the sonic boom, this feature says.

So airlines have given up the quest to reduce travel times, and have focused on fitting more passengers into their planes for less. These days, the closest anyone who isn’t an Air Force pilot or astronaut can get to Mach III is using a Gilletterazor.


But the dream of travelling from New York to Tokyo in three hours is still alive, and several aviation companies ...

Oct. 1, 2012, 8:02 a.m.

AOPA is committed to increase pilot community

Adam Smith will head up AOPA's new Center to Advance the Pilot Community. Several new initiatives will work to sustain and increase the pilot community, a new program that aims to reignite the nonflying pilot's passion for flying.

Past efforts to sustain and increase the population of pilots has focused, for the most part, on prospective pilots. While they are an important pool, AOPA rightly realizes that they aren’t the only pool. Pilots now flying and those who used to fly are just as important, if not more so because they have already made the cut by ...

Sept. 26, 2012, 2:47 a.m.

Cessna releases Citation Performance Calculator app

The Citation Performance Calculator (CPCalc) application for the iPad has been released by Cessna Aircraft Co.

“The new Cessna CPCalc app unquestionably gives us, as pilots, the ability to maximize the performance of our aircraft in conjunction with a tool like the iPad,” said Steve Workman, Cessna’s flight operations manager. “We don’t have to round up, round down, or interpolate the data. The app allows us to demonstrate all our models to their maximum capability.”

The CPCalc maximizes takeoff and landing data and helps pilots determine engine-out performance. The app, which is already FAA-approved for its PC version ...

Sept. 25, 2012, 8:18 a.m.

Kan. airport will celebrate history with AirFest

Great Bend Municipal Airport in Kansas will host AirFest from Sept. 21 through 23. The festival will highlight the airport's beginnings.

The weekend will celebrate World War II aircraft and pilots, include a POW-MIA ceremony and the city's postponed July 4 fireworks show. "We're emphasizing the World War II historical aspects of the airport," said airport Manager Martin Miller. "It was built in 1943 as a training base for B-29 crews and maintenance people."

Aircraft that will be featured at the show - available for the public to view on the ground and some in which public rides ...

Sept. 10, 2012, 5:17 a.m.

Conn. airport will host fly-in and car show

Simsbury Airport in Simsbury, Conn., will hold the 27th annual Simsbury Fly-In and Car Show on Sept. 23, from 08:00 AM to 03:00 PM. It is the largest event of its kind in New England. It will feature not only displays of aircraft and cars - more than 600 beautiful airplanes and cars of virtually every type and vintage will be displayed, but also flying demonstrations - participants come from all six New England states and as far away as Maryland and upstate New York.

Spectators will be able to see the displays up close and to talk with their ...

Sept. 10, 2012, 4:19 a.m.

General Aviation should respond to FAA survey

The Federal Aviation Administration is surveying owners and operators of general aviation aircraft, and blogger Scott Spangler encourages pilots and others to respond.

The survey is the only source of information on general aviation activities, from hours flown and the reason for flying to the type of aircraft flown and the flying conditions (day, night, VFR, IFR). The FAA is collecting data for 2011, so, said the FAA, “Owners who did not fly their aircraft in 2011, have sold it, or are awaiting repairs should also respond to the survey.” A N-number access scheme ensures non-owners and operators don’t ...

Sept. 7, 2012, 6:48 a.m.

Thesis studies obstacles to general aviation flying

Kamala Shetty, a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, wrote her thesis on the decline of general aviation activity. In her research, Kamala Shetty found that people feel they don't have the time to fly. "An interesting result of the survey that was not clearly evident in the data indicated that available free time has also been a major factor in a ffecting activity levels," Shetty wrote in the thesis. AVweb facilitated the study, which was done under the supervision of Prof. R. John Hansman, by inviting readers to take part in a survey of flight activity ...

Aug. 30, 2012, 6:27 a.m.

App finds airports while pilots are in the air

ARPort app

Application developer Paul MAce has created an app that will find airports from the air.. The ARPort app, which works on the iPad, iPhone and iPod, displays pushpin locations of airports through the device's camera. The pilot or front seat passenger points the camera through the windshield and all the applicable airports show on the screen as pushpins. Move the selection icon under the pushpin to get distance and heading and tap on the icons to get airport information.

Mace said the idea for the app grew out of a conversation with a fellow pilot about the frustration of ...

Aug. 28, 2012, 5:13 a.m.

Museum will honor first U.S. woman to receive pilot's license

The International Women’s Air & Space Museum (IWASM) is hostinga wine-tasting event on Aug. 31 to kick off the Cleveland National Air Show.

The museum will honor Harriet Quimby, the first U.S. woman to earn a pilot's license and first woman to fly across the English Channel.

The evening includes wine tastings, hors d’oeuvres, music, silent auction & live raffle. In addition, guests will enjoy a view of the airshow planes in the airport’s grassy area overlooking the runway, which is opened up for the party. Attendees can also mingle with airshow performers, including Jane Wicker, a ...

Aug. 26, 2012, 2:08 p.m.

Russia celebrates air force centenary

Five Sukhoi Su-27s and four RAC MiG-29s posted by Maverick

More than 110 aircraft took part in 3-day celebrations of the Russian air force's 100 anniversary at the Ramenskoye aerodrome in Zhukovsky near Moscow on 10-12 August.


The flight programme lasted for 8h each day and involved air force and manufacturers' aircraft, plus foreign visitors, including aerobatic teams from the UK, Poland, Finland and Italy, and French air force Rafale fighters.


Among the main attractions were the second-built Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA fifth-generation fighter prototype; the Su-35 development prototype; and the MiG-29M2 prototype, making its public debut. Also making its maiden public appearance was Russian air force display team the ...

Aug. 24, 2012, 9:30 a.m.

Pilot will fly Cessna powered by fuel from plastic waste

Pilot Jeremy Rowsell plans to fly from Australia to the U.K. in a Cessna 182 powered by fuel from plastic waste. Thus he will attempt to enter the record books, as this is the first time such a journey has been completed by an aircraft of its type. J. Rowsell will also be the first pilot to fly an aircraft using a biofuel derived from plastic waste as a single source of power.

“Our objective is to prove that this synthetic fuel made from plastic waste is viable for a number of practical solutions and by doing so replace ...

Aug. 24, 2012, 9:12 a.m.

Mich. airport will hold 27th annual open house

Oakland County International Airport

Oakland County International Airport in Michigan plans to host its 27th annual open house Sunday. The event will feature vintage aircraft such as a 1929 Ford Tri Motor (10:00 AM - 4:00 PM; with rides available at a cost of $80 for adults and $40 for children), as well as a World War II-era B-25 bomber (pricier rides are available for $400). On the less costly side, helicopter rides are $35 and small plane rides are $20 for a quick trip around the airport's airspace.

The event is free and open to the public, but parking will costs ...

Aug. 22, 2012, 8:10 a.m.

California air museum hosts Aircraft Expo

Calif. Aircraft Expo

The third annual Aircraft Expo over the weekend at Lyon Air Museum in Santa Ana, Calif., drew a crowd of aviation enthusiasts. The Expo featured business aircraft for sale, as well as an opportunity to visit the museum's displays of World War II aircraft.

Sales representatives took time to brag about their aircraft: newest technologies, whether it was to tell about a more fuel efficient aircraft, better technology inside the aircraft, or a custom paint job.

Not every person was there to buy, however: Visitors could also purchase insurance for their planes, as well as view the latest models ...

Aug. 21, 2012, 8:03 a.m.

Zenith Aircraft celebrates 2 decades

Zenith Aircraft - STOL CH 750

Zenith Aircaft celebrates 20 years in business this year. The kit builder, based in Mexico, Mo., will hold a fly-in in September to celebrate its tenure.

“Over the past 20 years kit and experimental aircraft have evolved,” said Sebastien Heintz, president of Zenith Aircraft Co. “However, the aircraft kits and the industry have changed drastically.”

Maturity can be a good thing, he noted. “In terms of kit quality, precision, parts availability, and especially flyability, virtually everything has improved — and when you’re talking about building your own airplane, all those advantages come together even better, when you realize how much ...

Aug. 21, 2012, 4:12 a.m.

Group may have discovered remnants of Earhart plane

Amelia Earhart, left, and navigator Fred Noonan pose with a map of the Pacific showing route of their last flight.

Some 75 years after Amelia Earhart’s plane disappeared, the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) may have found evidence of Amelia Earhart's plane near a remote island in the South Pacific.

The group found that underwater video of a debris field "revealed a scattering of man-made objects on the reef slope off the west end of Nikumaroro."

Given this “debris field” of “man-made objects,” the bigger question now concerns whether or not these new images depict pieces of the same Lockheed Electra aircraft portrayed in the famous photo taken off Nikumaroro’s western shore in October, 1937 ...

Aug. 21, 2012, 2:58 a.m.

S.C. is celebrating Aviation Week

Recognizing the vital role that aviation plays in South CAroline, Governor Nikki Haley has declared Aug. 13-18 “Aviation Week” in the Palmetto State. The state is home to 54 general aviation airports and 6,600 pilots, AOPA President Craig L. Fuller says. Aviation in South Carolina provides thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity, with general aviation alone contributing $417 million in economic activity.

“I am happy to see Governor Haley’s proclamation recognizing the importance of general aviation in South Carolina,” stated Ed Bolen, president and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). “Across the ...

Aug. 19, 2012, 7:20 a.m.

Prominent aviation figures will advise new kit association

Retired AirVenture Chairman Tom Poberezny, kit aircraft pioneer Frank Christensen and Cirrus Aircraft CEO Dale Klapmeier have been named to the advisory board of the new Aircraft Kit Industry Association (AKIA).

The association, which organized this summer at AirVenture, aims to increase the safety of experimental, amateur-built aircraft and promote the kit-aircraft industry. To broaden their resources, the group has invited three prominent figures in aviation to provide guidance and counsel in select key issues affecting the industry through an Advisory Board, officials said.

These include Tom Poberezny, who was president of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) for 23 years ...

Aug. 17, 2012, 5:07 a.m.

Museum of female pilots is on cloud Ninety-Nine

A copy of Amelia Earhart's pilot's certificate is displayed at the Ninety-Nines Museum of Women Pilots in Oklahoma City. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN archives

Founded in the 1920s by 99 licensed female pilots - including Amelia Earhart - for the mutual support and advancement of aviation, the group known as the Ninety-Nines continues to thrive, with chapters operating around the world.

Its headquarters in Oklahoma City features the 99s Museum of Women Pilots, which is filled with artifacts about flying. A scarf worn by Earhart and a copy of her pilot's license are among the mementos on display. The real one is on display at the Smithsonian.

The older displays show just how far flight fashion has come. Flight suits from the early days are ...

Aug. 16, 2012, 7:17 a.m.

Thousands of Young Eagles enroll in training course

EAA's and Sporty's Pilot Shop's partnership has now allowed more than 15,000 EAA Young Eagles to pursue aviation interests beyond their first flight through Sporty's Complete Flight Training Course, as part of EAA's Flight Plan program, which provides free access to Sporty’s Complete Flight Training Course online. Since the joint effort began in April 2009, Sporty’s has donated courses that have a retail value of more than $3 million, according to a report at

The EAA Flight Plan begins with an introductory Young Eagles airplane ride with a volunteer EAA ...

Aug. 14, 2012, 7:10 a.m.

Business aviation is called "most efficient" way to travel

Beechcraft 2000 Starship (Photo credit: Paul Bowen)

Business aviation can help companies compete when time is money, as employees can spend more time being productive and less time at airports.

For most companies, cost was the major stumbling block to using business aviation services in the past. But that argument is no longer valid, says Kim Showalter, President of Showalter Flying Service in Orlando.  Businesses that rely on their own aircraft have done comparison studies to determine its cost versus the combined cost of commercial air travel, including airfares, overnight expenses for hotels and meals, car rentals, and, most importantly, the value of an executive’s time ...

Aug. 9, 2012, 5:53 a.m.

FAA study highlights importance of general aviation airports

FAA study on GA airports

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to use the results of an 18-month study called “General Aviation Airports: A National Asset” on GA airports to give the public a better idea of the importance of general aviation. The analysis lists 2,455 GA airports (from a total of 2,952) based on their existing activity levels–national, regional, local and basic.

GA airports can serve many different functions and advance the public interest, ensuring that Americans nationwide have access to medical flights, search-and-rescue, disaster relief, aerial firefighting, law enforcement, community access, commercial and industrial activity, flight instruction and air cargo ...

Aug. 9, 2012, 5:53 a.m.

French general aviation airshow attracts 8,500 visitors

Cannes AirShow 2012 - 6th International Exhibition of General Aviation

The 6th annual Cannes Airshow attracted 8,500 visitors to Cannes, France, in June. The general aviation airshow also had displays by business-jet manufacturers such as Dassault, which was there with a Falcon 2000LX, and Hawker Beechcraft - with a King Air 350i and C90GTx.

Several other manufacturers brought light-to-medium jets and turboprop business aircraft to Cannes, including Cessna, Daher-Socata, Embraer, Hawker Beechcraft, Piaggio Aero and Pilatus. Also present and a long way from home was California-based Robinson Helicopter, aware that the Cote d’Azur is home to half a dozen helicopter charter operators.

The three-day airshow featured 150 exhibitors at ...

Aug. 3, 2012, 7:11 a.m.

Angel Flight West is looking for volunteer pilots


Angel Flight West is seeking volunteer pilots after a surge in activity this year left 10% of their missions unfilled due to lack of personnel. The nonprofit organization transports people in need of vital healthcare who can't take a commercial flight or other transportation because of health, financial or geographic considerations. Pilots who participate donate all flight-related costs (tax breaks may apply) and passengers never pay for a flight. The organization is on pace to provide an all-time high 5,000 missions this year but due to lack of pilots has cancelled more missions this year than ever before ...

Aug. 3, 2012, 7:11 a.m.

German company develops V-12 diesel engine for GA

Raikhlin Aircraft Engine Developments of Germany displayed a V-12 diesel engine for general aviation aircraft at the EAA AirVenture. The engine is designed for use in large single-engine aircraft as well as twin-engine aircraft.

Weight with all accessories it tops out at about 800 pounds, however the company is banking on the fact that the "competitive" price of $170,000 and fuel efficiency will make it attractive for even light turbine conversions.

The engine is being field tested in a Yak-52 with positive results and there's another engine on the drawing board that might quell some of the concerns ...

Aug. 1, 2012, 8:11 a.m.

AOPA creates AV8RS category for young members

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has created a category for young members ages 13 to 18 called AOPA AV8RS. It was created to help develop a new generation of pilots and members, according to association officials. The goal is to raise awareness of aviation and flight through education, engagement, and cultivation.

“Having a viable, robust youth membership program that introduces teens to the world of aviation is a critical part of AOPA’s mission of promoting the popularity of flight in general aviation aircraft.” said Lauren Otto, membership development program manager.

Benefits to AOPA AV8RS include a digital ...

July 31, 2012, 9 a.m.

Sennheiser partners with iFlightPlanner for iPad app

Sennheiser and have teamed up to release a flight-planning application for the iPad. The app allows pilots to create a flight plan with iFlightPlanner from a computer, and then export the data to the iPad. The app is free, the flight planner is free (with paid options), and a full airport facilities directory including charts and approach plates is included, free.

As it is, flight plans created through can be closed through the iPad and says it is currently beta testing features that will further enhance the platform's integration and utility in the ...

July 31, 2012, 4:48 a.m.

Pilots can find aviation events with SocialFlight application

SocialFlight app

The new free SocialFlight application can help pilots find airshows and other aviation events near them. "We believe that by providing pilots with a great resource to see all the wonderful events going on around them, they will fly more and strengthen general aviation," the creators of the app said.


The site just launched a few weeks ago, and the developers said this week at EAA AirVenture they already have registered thousands of users and have posted about 2,000 events. The application is available for download for iPad, iPhone and Android devices.

The events posted on the ...

July 27, 2012, 7:10 a.m.

Cessna will move Skycatcher out of light sport aircraft category

Cessna Skycatcher

Cessna Aircraft Co. is moving its 162 Skycatcher from light sport aircraft category to another category. The move is expected to help Cessna gain certification in Europe for the Skycatcher through the European Aviation Safety Agency.

Pilots with a sport license can continue to fly the Skycatcher.

Cessna is working with the federal Aviation Administrationon the new designation, which will also include requirements from the European Aviation Safety Agency.

Earlier this year, the company began returning depositson the Skycatcher from European buyers as it wrestled to get approval for the aircraft from EASA.

Under its new designation, the Skycatcher will ...

July 26, 2012, 4:11 a.m.

Pilot attempts to set record for around-the-world flight

Swiss pilot attempting to set a world record

Carlo Schmid, a 22-year-old Swiss pilot, is attempting to set a world record as the youngest pilot to fly around the world in 80 days. Schmid landed in Karachi, Pakistan, over the weekend. He has undertaken RTW-2012 (Round the World) to pay tribute to his mother, who died of cancer in 2010.

He founded a private limited company,  to collect donations for a Children Project run under UNICEF.

RTW-2012 is executed by a generation of youngsters. High profile partners like TCS, Swiss International Air Lines and Z’rich Airport helped in RTW-2012 children project.

Schmid attended Swiss National Day celebration ...

July 24, 2012, 3:10 a.m.

Redbird Flight Simulations goes low tech

Cub sim

In honor of the Piper J-3 Cub's 75th anniversary this year, Redbird Flight Simulations has come up with a realistic, full-motion, Cub simulator.

The sophisticated, computer-controlled, electronic box with a 180-degree wrap-around view mimics the low-tech Cub’s flight characteristics, and some of its ground mannerisms, too. To start the simulation, for example, someone needs to spin the propeller manually on the outside of the box. Contact!


“We built this as a fun, one-off project in honor of the Cub and we wanted to have it at Oshkosh to celebrate the anniversary,” said Todd Willinger, Redbird CEO. “If someone ...

July 20, 2012, 6:54 a.m.

New study finds 80% of GA fleet could run on mogas

GA fleet

The Aviation Fuel Club, sponsor of the first-ever Unleaded to Oshkosh (U2OSH) event at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012, released today initial results from a study of the current fleet of piston engine aircraft and their ability to operate on autogas. First approved by the FAA as an aviation fuel in 1982, autogas (also known as mogas) is ethanol-free, lead-free automotive fuel. Either 87 or 91 AKI may be used, depending on the engine's STC or TC

STCs that let aircraft owners convert their planes to run on conventional automotive fuel, or mogas, have been around for decades. But with ...

July 19, 2012, 1:38 a.m.

AOPA creates group to advise flying clubs

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has created an advisory group of flying clubs to help other clubs create a sense of community.

Starting in 2011, AOPA conducted research into flying clubs, including six focus groups, individual interviews with more than 800 flying club members and an Internet survey of more than 250 flying club leaders.

AOPA’s research found that flying clubs play a significant role in the aviation community. More than half of all active pilots are past or present members of a flying club, and virtually all of them consider club membership as a positive experience ...

July 18, 2012, 10:09 a.m.

New ICON A5 will use fuel-efficient Rotax engine


ICON Aircraft  has announced that its new A5 Light Sport Aircraft will use the Rotax 912 iS engine, citing its 38% to 70% better fuel efficiency than comparable engines. Its electronic fuel-injection contributes to this efficiency and is a completely redundant system to provide an extra margin of safety, company officials say. The four-stroke, four-cylinder engine maintains the 100-hp output and 2,000-hour time between overhaul (TBO) of the carbureted Rotax 912 ULS. Like the Rotax 912 ULS, the Rotax 912 iS engine can run on both aviation fuel and automotive gasoline.

"Not only does the engine improve fuel efficiency ...

July 16, 2012, 4:25 a.m.

Top 10 must-see list for EAA AirVenture 2012

AirVenture Night Air Show

There will be plenty to see and do at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture 2012, the largest general-aviation gathering in the world. This convention in Oshkosh, Wis., starts July 23. View a Dauntless bomber that is expected to be retrieved from the waters of Lake Michigan, watch the Canadian SkyHawks parachute teams jump from a mile high in the sky, and more.


Flightglobal list "10 Things You Have To See" for EAA AirVenture 2012:



20 years after unassembled pieces of Glacier Girl first came to AirVenture for public viewing, another aircraft in need of restoration is ...

July 13, 2012, 5:37 a.m.

Promotion of Kansas aviation industry at U.K. airshow

Farnborough International Airshow

Several Kansas officials are promoting the state's aviation industry across the pond during the Farnborough International Airshow in the U.K.

Several representatives from Bombardier, Airbus, Boeing, Cessna Aircraft, Spirit AeroSystems and Hawker Beechcraft will be on hand at the show. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Gov. Sam Brownback and Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George will discuss Kansas companies and recruit more businesses to Wichita, Kan., this feature says.

The Wichita Eagle reports that Wichita builds and delivers more than 40 percent of the world’s general aviation airplanes.


The Farnborough International Airshow, held in Hampshire, U.K., is one ...

July 11, 2012, 8:58 a.m.

Red Bull skydiver plans to jump from 120,000 feet this summer

Baumgartner animation

Felix Baumgartner will attempt a record-breaking freefall from 120,000 feet above the earth later this summer as part of Red Bull Stratos.

Felix's record-breaking jump will take place near Roswell, NM, USA.

Red Bull team this week released an animation of what the experience will be like for skydriver. The video shows the balloon and the capsule suspended beneath it climbing through the atmosphere into the blackness of space, with the Earth's curved surface far below. Baumgartner pauses on the capsule's threshold to take in the view before leaping off. Red Bull says Baumgartner may reach ...

July 6, 2012, 5:40 a.m.

WomenVenture offers unique experience for female aviators


WomenVenture, a program run in conjunction with EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., is an annual event designed to bring the women of the aviation world together for conversation and camaraderie.

"WomenVenture has done an incredible job of increasing the visibility of women in Oshkosh," said WAI (Women in Aviation International) President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. “We provide a means for women to inspire each other, to have their questions answered and to network in the relaxed atmosphere of AirVenture.”

WomenVenture began as a one-time program in 2008; the fifth annual event officially begins Friday, July 29, when Women in Aviation, International ...

July 6, 2012, 5:07 a.m.

Wings & Wheels Secures Attack Helicopter Display - Airshow news

Dunsfold Wings & Wheels

Visitors of Dunsfold Wings & Wheels 2012 can be forgiven for thinking they are being hunted as the Show welcomes the Army’s skilful tank destroyer, the Apache helicopter. The fierce defender of the skies will be on display for the first time at Dunsfold Aerodrome as the Attack Helicopter Display Team joins the incredible Wings line-up.

An impressive piece of machinery the 2001 Apache attack helicopter is designed to hunt and destroy tanks and has significantly improved the Army’s operational capability. Able to operate in all weathers, day or night and detect, classify and prioritise up to 256 potential ...

July 5, 2012, 2:58 a.m.

LSA lease-backs help keep flight schools flying


Unable to obtain financing for new aircraft in a tight credit market, some flight schools have found a solution through lease-backs of light sport aircraft. So the flight training enterprises across the nation are struggling to obtain financing to buy new aircraft to replace aging fleets of trainers. The lighter, quieter planes are less expensive to operate and can be outfitted for flight training.

Flight Design USA offers a limited number of schools its CTLS LSAs for lease-back programs. That solves the flight school airplane issue.

All know LSA use less fuel; can employ mogas options for even more savings ...

July 4, 2012, 2:42 a.m.

RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day Press Release


We are delighted to announce that The Royal Saudi Air Force’s Saudi Hawks’ Display Team will be making their debut display at Air Day 2012, their second ever in this country. Equipped with six BAE Hawk Mk65s, this highly exotic international display team will begin a short UK goodwill tour commencing at RNAS Yeovilton, performing here in company with the RAF Red Arrows.


Like the Red Arrows, the Saudi Hawks use one of the world’s best advanced jet trainers. First flown in 1974, the Hawk has since become a major UK defence export success story and, since forming ...

April 23, 2012, 8:37 p.m.

RAF Waddington International Airshow Press Release


RAF Waddington’s International Airshow has welcomed the news that another nation will make their debut at the 2012 show.  It will be the first time that the Royal Saudi Air Force has been represented at Waddington International Airshow, and what better way to make an entrance than with their national display team, the Saudi Hawks.


The Saudi Hawks, flying 6 BAe Hawk jets, painted in green and white the national colours of Saudi Arabia, were formed in 1998 to represent the Saudi nation and act as ambassadors across the world.  The Team, who are based at King Faisal Air ...

April 23, 2012, 8:37 p.m.

Wisconsin airport will hold Learn to Fly Day in May


EAA Chapter 1518, located at the Red Wing Regional Airport, will be holding the “International Learn to Fly Day” sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association on May 19. Locally, EAA Chapter 1518 will be hosting a “Young Eagles Rally” in support of this world wide event.


Young Eagles is a program started by the national EAA organization in 1992 to promote and encourage youth and young adult participation in aviation activities.


Free airplane rides are offered to youths ages 8 to 17 with parental/guardian consent. Upon completion of their flight the Young Eagles also offer:


--Free student membership (until ...

April 20, 2012, 7:32 a.m.

Texas airport will host fly-in, car show


Center Municipal Airport in Texas will host its ninth Annual Fly-In Air Show and Car Show on May 5. Free flights for children 8 to 17 will be offered as part of the Young Eagles program from 10 a.m. to noon. The car show will include a display of classic cars, tractors and motorcycles.


The Center Municipal Airport will be open to visitors by land and by air on Saturday, May 5 for the 9th  Annual Fly-In Air Show and Car Show in Center, Texas. Gates open at 9 a.m. with free admission. 


The Young Eagles flights for ...

April 20, 2012, 5:49 a.m.

Dentist sinks teeth into transatlantic flight


Jason Buglass, the founder and director of Dentale in the U.K., has purchased a light aircraft to help him run his dentistry business. "As traveling to Europe involves a great deal of flying over water, I decided that a twin engine aircraft would be absolutely essential," he said. Buglass purchased a Diamond DA42 Twin Star, but there was one catch -- he had to fly it back from the United States.


A dental entrepreneur has taken a novel approach to ensure his training company continues to hit the heights – one that has seen him recently fly an aeroplane across the ...

April 17, 2012, 11:47 a.m.

General aviation pilot input needed for survey


Researchers at the University of Michigan are surveying general aviation pilots on their experience with modern Primary Flight Displays (PFDs).


The survey is conducted as part of an FAA-funded project that focuses on the evaluation and certification of modern flight deck displays, according to Principal Investigator Dr. Nadine Sarter, University of Michigan, Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering.


“We are particularly interested in how the amount, location and possible addition of new information (e.g., synthetic vision) of information on Primary Flight Displays (PFDs) affects pilots’ information search and monitoring of aircraft and automation state/performance,” the researchers say on ...

April 16, 2012, 2:39 a.m.

A new age for GA in Europe?


The landscape of general aviation regulation has made a dramatic shift in favour of the industry, with European countries unanimously declaring that a more efficient way must be found to regulate GA.


A French-led team of experts is to plan a clean-sheet approach to GA regulation, and it has been urged by EASA’s Board of Management to “be broad in your thinking” – even to the extent of comparing GA regulation to that of boats and cars, and looking at American systems of regulation for possible guidance.


The expert group, which will include International AOPA and Europe Air Sports, will ...

April 1, 2012, 9:27 p.m.

Pipistrel LSA Flies Above Mt. Everest


In the midst of his flight around the world, Slovene pilot Matevz Lenarcic took his Pipistrel Virus to 29,344 feet above the Himalayas -- not directly overflying the summit of Mt. Everest, but reaching an altitude about 300 feet above that highest peak. "There were a lot of trouble getting the permits to fly over the Everest (the Nepali permit got cancelled right before the flight)," according to Pipistrel's news release, "but Matevz did it anyway, so the news were only released a day later to prevent him from having any trouble with Nepal authorities." Matevz is now "already ...

March 31, 2012, 3:23 p.m.

A Tale of Restoration for the AirCam display


Last spring thousands of aviation enthusiasts and hundreds of companies flocked to the grounds of Sun ’n Fun to take part in one of general aviation’s biggest annual events. One such company was Lockwood Aircraft Corp., a venture centered upon the one-of-a-kind homebuilt aircraft known as the AirCam and the tight-knit community of aviators who fly it.

The company set up shop at the show with four of the twin-engine fliers on display, most of which were supplied by AirCam owners who built the airplanes themselves. The aircraft were tied down and secured beneath the AirCam tent when ominous ...

March 28, 2012, 6:05 a.m.

Passengers should know that not autopilot fly the plane


A pilotless airliner is going to come. It's just a question of when.


Alreqady today many passengers on commercial aircraft mistakenly believe pilots are in the cockpit only in case of backup if autopilot fails. However, pilots say they still fly the plane. "None of it is easy," said veteran pilot Patrick Smith. "In a lot of ways, it's more difficult because airplanes are so much more complex now."


It's true that airline computers and electronic control systems allow pilots to fly "hands off" beginning soon after takeoff, continuing through the flight route and - in very rare ...

March 27, 2012, 8:22 a.m.

Grumman FM-2 Wildcat arrives at Old Warden (UK)


The Shuttleworth Collection is delighted to announce the safe arrival of it's latest acquisition, a Grumman FM-2 Wildcat.

The aircraft arrived at Old Warden Aerodrome on February 19th amidst great excitment from both staff and visitors alike.

The aircraft is on display in the aero workshops of hangar 1. The aeroplanes fuselage is standing on its own undercarriage and the main wings although not fitted yet are adjacent to the aeroplane for visitors to see, along with the tail wings and tail fin rudder assembly. The aircraft currently bears US Marine Corps colours and will be repainted as a ...

March 26, 2012, 12:45 p.m.

New start of European airshow season

Air Tattoo

The longer daylight of hours of March signify we’re rapidly approaching the summers months and the start of the European airshow season.

Two of the world’s most potent fast jets are among a stellar line-up of RAF aircraft joining celebrations marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at this summer’s Royal International Air Tattoo.


As well as displays by the RAF’s frontline fighting force, the Typhoon and the Tornado, visitors to the Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on July 7-8 will be able to see a range of training aircraft including the Tutor, Tucano and King Air ...

March 26, 2012, 12:27 p.m.



This week Havas Europe (Havas) received the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) registration. Hence Havas is an ISAGO registered provider in Riga InternationalAirport. Havas has been registered as an ISAGO Provider at RIX for the following services:


Load Control
• Passenger Handling
• Baggage Handling
• Aircraft Handling and Loading
• Aircraft Ground Movement
• Organization and Management

IATA characterizes the implementation of the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations(ISAGO) as aiming to improve safety and cut airline costs by drastically reducing ground accidents and injuries.

ISAGO is modeled on the successful IATA Operational Safety Audit program. The ISAGO program is an ...

March 23, 2012, 8:42 a.m.

Member States support revision of EU rules on groundhandling services

Ground handling

Siim Kallas, European Commission Vice-President with responsibility for transport, today welcomed Member States support for the Commission's proposal on the revision of current EU rules on groundhandling services.


Vice-President Kallas said: "Airports are facing a capacity crunch and three out of four flight delays are caused by problems on the ground, not in the air. There is an urgent need to improve the quality and efficiency of groundhandling services. The agreement today strikes the right balance between giving airlines more choice of quality service providers while strengthening protection for workers in what is a very labour-intensive sector."


The agreement ...

March 23, 2012, 12:12 a.m.

iPad 3 will be used for aircraft navigation


iPad for aviation use. It is a next step for digital tools at aircraft. iPad, is passed rapid decompression testing to 51,000 feet.

The test is necessary in order to confirm that the pilots have the necessary charts for performing what might be an emergency landing after a sudden depressurization. Testing is necessary not just for the new type of iPad but on every example and not just for rapid decompression but for electro-magnetic interference (EMI) too.


To take the hassle out of the process, GlobalNavSource offers iPads for sale that it puts through the wringer before you take ...

March 22, 2012, 2:10 a.m.

Technology may harm pilot skills


Automation in the cockpit of commercial airliners has flown full circle over the past half century, leading experts to raise concerns about the erosion of manual piloting skills.

The impact of "automation dependency," creating a potentially dangerous scenario in which pilots are the backup to the automation, has escaped the attention of most airline passengers as well as many members of Congress responsible for overseeing airline safety, some experts say.


There is no dispute that automated systems on the flight deck of planes have saved countless lives over the years by acting as the helpful equivalent of a third pilot ...

March 20, 2012, 10:09 a.m.

General aviation aircrafts market without turbulence

FAA, Federal Aviation Agency

Federal Aviation Administration is predicting that the piston aircraft market will remain a growth over the next 10 years, and average a decline in aircraft fleet numbers and hours flown of 0.1% per year over the next 20 years. In the meantime turbine business aircraft are expected to increase at an average rate of 2.9% per year.


This is a slight change. That means it will be hard task to sell new aircrafts to the market. Main reason effecting on development on general aviation is the growth of fuel prices and unpredictability of global economics.


Overall, the general ...

March 13, 2012, 9:28 a.m.

You Really Should Turn Off Your Cell phone on Planes


Like most airline passengers, you probably have serious doubts about those pre-flight announcements asking you to turn off your cell phones, blackberries, iPods and anything else electronic.

The announcements are flat-out ignored by many frequent fliers, who are sceptical that so-called "personal electronic devices" pose any safety threat to airplane. Some passengers openly rebel, like New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, who cursed out one flight attendant who demanded he turn off his cell phone.

But a confidential industry study obtained by ABC News indicates there really could be serious safety issues related to cell phones and other PEDs. The report ...

Dec. 5, 2011, 6:55 p.m.

2011 Riga FAI Elite Aerobatic Formula

Air acrobatics


Year 2011, Latvian capital did hold the aerobatic flying competition of the highest level Riga FAI Elite Aerobatic Formula. 

Nine pilots, who represent the world aerobatic flying elite, were invited to participate in the competition. The competition approved by The World Air Sports Federation (FAI) is patronized by the Riga City Council and organized by Jurgis Kairys (

 “Only the pilots, who were seasoned in aerobatics battles, can participate in the competition of such high level. We invite professionals, who managed to take the highest places in world and national championships, who have the highest ranking, and who ...

Dec. 4, 2011, 10:22 a.m.

British Air Display Association (BADA)


The association, which announced an initial membership of 82, aims to be the focal point for developing and encouraging safe practices as well as promoting the industry to those involved in staging airshows, including display pilots, organisers, and authorities such as the Civil Aviation Authority and the Military Aviation Authority.

The British Air Display Association was formed in April 2011 following a number of successful informal meetings by organisers, pilots and others associated with air displays.

Held at the headquarters of the Royal International Air Tattoo in Fairford, the inaugural meeting saw the election of a committee to run the ...

Dec. 4, 2011, 10:09 a.m.

Canadian private pilot publishes book of aerial photos

Canadian private pilot Mike Biden has published a book of photographs taken from the air. "I decided to do this because I can't describe in words to people what I've seen, and I feel it's so selfish flying around and burning up gas and seeing this beautiful terrain of ours,” said Biden. "North Okanagan Above" features 80 pages of dramatic aerial photographs.

Self-taught, Biden developed a passion for photography many years ago and his film and digital images have graced the pages of major publications including Canadian Geographic.

However, taking pictures from the cockpit of the single-engine ...

Dec. 2, 2011, 1:18 p.m.

Kansas Aviation Museum plans Cessna exhibit

The Kansas Aviation Museum is working on the final stages of an exhibit focusing on the Cessna Aircraft Co. and its long history in Wichita. The exhibit is a way to preserve and present information on founder Clyde Cessna and the company bearing his name, museum officials said. “Our mission is to portray and present Kansas aviation history, and Wichita is a huge part of that,” said Lon Smith, Kansas Aviation Museum director.

Over time, it plans to focus on each of the major manufacturers that emerged in Wichita after the collapse of the stock market in 1929, Smith said ...

Dec. 2, 2011, 1:17 p.m.

Social Networks and Airlines – Book your flights on Facebook?

After launching the possibility to book flights on Facebooks a few months ago, Delta Airlines has now enhanced their Facebook application. In parallel Malaysian Airlines became the second airline offering the possibility to book flights by using Facebook. The Malaysian Airlines debut makes even more use of the features of social networking.

The big question at the moment is of course what are the other global players going to do? Will they follow or wait and see what happens? “I think they are bold steps in the right direction,” says Shashank Nigam, CEO of Singapore-based Simplifying but “most airlines are ...

Dec. 2, 2011, 1:16 p.m.

Requesting a display by the Red Arrows

Anyone can request a display by the Red Arrows. The Team does not choose where and when they are to display themselves.  Display allocation is controlled by the Royal Air Force Events Team. That is written at Royal Air Force web page

The Royal Air Force Events Team receive more than 300 requests for displays by the Red Arrows each year, but only about 80 can be fitted into the team's summer programme.

The Team complete many flypasts each summer as they transit from display to display. The Red Arrows’ display season generally begins in ...

Dec. 2, 2011, 1:15 p.m.

How to Surf on a Cloud

How would you like to "hang ten" half a mile above the ground? A few glider pilots have figured out a way to ride on the clouds moving over the Australian countryside, going 35 miles per hour withno power whatsoever.

These clouds are 600 miles wide, and a glider can surf them just like a wave on the ocean. Here's how to go surfing, halfa mile above the ground.

"Morning Glories" are clouds that appear in September and October. They only manifest on a peninsula that starts at a good, thick 350 miles wide and is whittled down to ...

Dec. 2, 2011, 1:14 p.m.

When was the first airshow?

The first major U.S. airshow took place at Dominguez Field, just south of Los Angeles, from January 10-20, 1910. The key participants included Glenn Curtiss (the American hero who had won the prestigious Gordon Bennett Cup race at Reims), Charles Hamilton (a future American daredevil aviator), Lincoln Beachey (who was still flying dirigibles at that time, but who would become America's greatest early exhibition pilot), and Louis Paulhan (a Frenchman who had started working in a military balloon factory and eventually taught himself to fly).

Paulhan dominated the Dominguez meet. First, he set a new flight endurance record ...

Dec. 2, 2011, 1:13 p.m.

Russia's military aircraft industry stays aloft


For the first time in over twenty years, an entirely new Russian fighter aircraft did take to the skies in front of the public at the MAKS-2011 air show, where the Sukhoi T-50 prototype combat aircraft is shown.


The fact that Russia did showcase its fifth-generation fighter for the first time is a testament to the survival of a meaningful military aerospace industry, after two decades of huge spending cuts. Russian aerospace has had to survive on what it could earn overseas, primarily in the burgeoning Asian market, particularly China and India.


Russia sold over 450 Su-27/30 and up ...

Dec. 2, 2011, 1:12 p.m.

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