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Picture of the Day: Breaking in his new hangar

Picture of the Day: Breaking in his new hangar

Mike Kincaid submitted this photo taken by Mike Conti with the following note: “After pulling in his Cessna 182 Katmai and Beaver Amphib, Tim Zilka broke in his new hangar at the Carlin Bay Airport in Lake Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho by hosting a barbecue on a hot Sunday...

Wautoma Airport: Waypoint to Oshkosh

Wautoma Airport: Waypoint to Oshkosh

Many pilots flying to Oshkosh prefer to make the area's outlying airports their base, including Wautoma Municipal Airport (Y50), just 25 air miles from the big show.

Jet blast bends 172

Jet blast bends 172

The pilot reported that while on a taxiway at the airport in Morristown, N.J., under air traffic control (ATC) instruction, the Cessna 172 encountered jet blast, originating from a larger turbine-powered airplane being marshaled by ground personnel. The 172’s...

Sporty’s launches Stratus 3

Sporty’s launches Stratus 3

Sporty’s has introduced Stratus 3, the latest generation of the weather receiver, at an introductory price of $699.

Garmin introduces D2 Delta pilot watches

Garmin introduces D2 Delta pilot watches

Garmin has introduced the three new GPS-enable smartwatches, including one with a built-in wrist-based Pulse Oximeter for oxygen saturation awareness.

Balked landing bends 177

Balked landing bends 177

The pilot reported that, after a hard landing, the Cessna 177 began to porpoise and he decided to abort the landing. During the aborted landing, he added power and as the airplane began to climb, he retracted the flaps too soon and too quickly and the plane settled...

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New features unveiled for flying car

New features unveiled for flying car

Flying car company Terrafugia has unveiled new features for its Transition, including a hybrid electric motor, a boost feature for flying, and updated safety systems, including three rearview cameras in drive mode.

Go-around to avoid deer goes awry

Go-around to avoid deer goes awry

The solo student pilot reported that during a day visual meteorological condition flight, in the landing flare he saw a deer where he intended to touch down at the airport in Williamsburg, Virginia. He banked to the right and applied power to go-around, but during the...

Distracted ag pilot crashes in corn field

Distracted ag pilot crashes in corn field

According to the pilot, during a low altitude agricultural aerial application flight he observed a glitch in the satellite navigation system. He attempted to identify the glitch and his attention was focused inside the Air Tractor’s cockpit. While focused inside the...

Tips to get the best answers from experts at air shows

Tips to get the best answers from experts at air shows

Many of you from around the world will soon be heading to EAA AirVenture 2018. There’s no better place than Oshkosh and other air shows to speak directly to the experts to get answers to your technical questions about your aircraft and your engines. But you have to be...

Picture of the Day: On final

Picture of the Day: On final

John Culp submitted the following photo and a very short note: “Landing Galveston Texas.” Would you like to have your photo featured as Picture of the Day? You can submit it via this form. All photos sent in for Picture of the Day are also considered for our new Page...

SubSonex jet approved to race at Reno

SubSonex jet approved to race at Reno

Sonex Aircraft‘s SubSonex Personal Jet has been approved to race at the Reno Air Races in September 2018. Sonex Aircraft officials report that the High Performance Aircraft Group debuted the SubSonex at this year’s Pylon Racing Seminar — also known as Rookie School —...

AVMAN FBO released

AVMAN FBO released

The AVMAN – FBO SERIES provides FBOs with a system to manage their entire operations.

Pilot’s decision to fly into thunderstorms fatal

Pilot’s decision to fly into thunderstorms fatal

Before takeoff on a personal cross-country flight, the private pilot received two official weather briefings of all the forecast and observed weather conditions along the flight route, which included thunderstorms and convective SIGMETs. A review of air traffic...

Picture of the Day: Moon Landing

Picture of the Day: Moon Landing

Here's what 10 floatplanes and a bunch of boats look like – when seen from above – at a splash-in. Looks like fun.

The Biggest Little Air Show at San Carlos

The Biggest Little Air Show at San Carlos

Model airplane demonstration shows seem to be gaining in popularity. The Hiller Aviation Museum knows all about that as it put on its annual Biggest Little Air Show at San Carlos Airport (KSQL) in California on June 2, 2018, in conjunction with the museum’s 20th...

13 Survive C-47 Crash

13 Survive C-47 Crash

Thirteen people aboard Bluebonnet Belle, a well-known Commemorative Air Force C-47, escaped after the aircraft crashed on takeoff at Burnet Airport near Austin, Texas on Saturday.

Pilot Killed In Jet Warbird Crash

Pilot Killed In Jet Warbird Crash

The pilot of de Havilland Venom jet warbird was killed, two people on the ground were injured, and about 50 calves had to be euthanized when the aircraft crashed into a calving barn on a dairy farm near Sheboygan, Wisconsin on Friday.

C-130 Goes Inverted At Farnborough

C-130 Goes Inverted At Farnborough

Big airplanes have been putting on increasingly dramatic performances at the Farnborough Air Show in recent years but it might be some time before anyone tops the loop performed by the civilian version of Lockheed Martin’s C-130 on Thursday.

Podcast: TruTrak Expands Approvals, Grows Dealer Network

Podcast: TruTrak Expands Approvals, Grows Dealer Network

With many popular models already approved, low-cost autopilot maker TruTrak says it's expanding the number of aircraft that can be fitted with its Vizion autopilots and with several hundred already in the field, the company is refining kits to reduce installation...

Industry Round-up, July 20, 2018

Industry Round-up, July 20, 2018

This week, AVweb’s weekly news roundup uncovered reports about a new Oshkosh panel, a head up display (HUD) from MyGoFlight, and some management changes at LightHawk.

Dynon Launches Two New Portables

Dynon Launches Two New Portables

Dynon is introducing the D3 Pocket Panel and DRX Portable Dual Band ADS-B Traffic and Weather Receiver at AirVenture this year. The company will be demonstrating both devices at the show and holding daily forums on products and systems.

Boeing Announces New Future-Tech Division

Boeing Announces New Future-Tech Division

Boeing announced the formation of a new division at the Farnborough International Airshow on Tuesday. The goal of the division, called Boeing NeXt, will be to “advance next-generation airspace management and evolve the transportation ecosystem.”

Researcher Seeks Input On Landing Techniques

Researcher Seeks Input On Landing Techniques

Douglas Boyd, a researcher with the University of Texas, is looking into factors that affect landing safety for light aircraft, and has posted an online survey seeking input from general aviation pilots. After the data is analyzed, Boyd will report his results to...

Garmin Announces New Weather Radar

Garmin Announces New Weather Radar

Garmin introduced a new Doppler-based, solid-state aviation weather radar on Wednesday. According to the company, the GWX 75 is intended for use in a wide range of aircraft and was designed as a direct replacement for the GWX 70.

UPDATED: Four Killed in Everglades Midair

UPDATED: Four Killed in Everglades Midair

Four people are dead after a midair collision between a Piper PA-34 and a Cessna 172 over the Florida Everglades around 1 p.m. local time on Tuesday. It has been reported that both aircraft were operated by Dean International flight school and were likely on training...

Three Killed in Everglades Midair

Three Killed in Everglades Midair

At least three people are dead after a midair collision between a Piper PA-34 and a Cessna 172 over the Florida Everglades around 1 p.m. local time on Tuesday. It has been reported that both aircraft were operated by Dean International flight school and were likely on...

Airlander Cabin Designed For Adventure

Airlander Cabin Designed For Adventure

The team at Hybrid Air Vehicles, which is building the huge Airlander airship, has promoted a number of uses for their vehicle, from cargo delivery to military airlift; but this week at the Farnborough Airshow, the company unveiled a cabin designed for luxury...

Delta Expands Pilot Pipeline

Delta Expands Pilot Pipeline

With an expectation to hire 8,000 pilots over the next 10 years, Delta this week announced it has developed new career-path options to help ensure it has plenty of applicants for those jobs. The program comprises a college path, a company path and a community outreach...

Terrafugia Updates Transition

Terrafugia Updates Transition

Flying car company Terrafugia has announced that its Transition will be getting some new features and upgrades prior to the scheduled arrival of the first production vehicles next year. The updates involve some significant alterations, including the addition of a...

At Farnborough: Aston Martin VTOL, GE Open Cockpit

At Farnborough: Aston Martin VTOL, GE Open Cockpit

Aston Martin unveiled a luxury VTOL concept this week at the Farnborough International Air Show in Great Britain. The Volante Vision is designed to seat three adults and to be completely autonomous, powered by a hybrid-electric engine.

Chinook Crew Completes Dramatic Rescue

Chinook Crew Completes Dramatic Rescue

The crew of a CH-47F Chinook helicopter used an unusual maneuver — sitting the tail of their aircraft on the mountain for several minutes, while still flying, with the nose in the air — to successfully rescue a Texas man from the slope of Mount Hood, in Oregon, last...

Rolls Royce Reveals Hybrid VTOL

Rolls Royce Reveals Hybrid VTOL

At the Farnborough International Air Show, which opened Monday in Great Britain, Rolls-Royce revealed a hybrid VTOL concept that could carry four to five passengers at speeds up to 217 knots with a range up to 435 nm. The design should be flying by the “early 2020s,”...

Doc Cleared For Passenger Flights

Doc Cleared For Passenger Flights

The FAA has cleared Doc, one of two flying B-29s, for passenger flights and they’ll start at the Heavy Bomber Weekend in Madison, Wisconsin on July 20. Doc will be at AirVenture 2018 but so far no ride program has been announced.

Ryanair Passengers Hospitalized In Emergency Descent

Ryanair Passengers Hospitalized In Emergency Descent

At least 33 passengers on a Ryanair flight to Croatia were treated in hospitals for bleeding ears, mouths and noses when the packed Boeing 737-800 was put into an emergency descent for a pressurization problem.

European ADS-B Mandate Won’t Be Met

European ADS-B Mandate Won’t Be Met

Many European operators say they won’t meet the European Aviation Safety Agency’s June 7, 2020 ADS-B mandate and EASA seems to be getting ready to cope with the patchwork of compliance that will result.

Trump Buzzed By Paraglider

Trump Buzzed By Paraglider

A 55-year-old man has been arrested in Scotland after a Greenpeace protester flew a powered parachute within a few hundred feet of U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday.

Teaching By Ambush

Teaching By Ambush

Some instructors enjoy springing surprises on students just to watch them squirm. It's torture, not teaching.

Vaping Pilot Triggers Emergency Descent

Vaping Pilot Triggers Emergency Descent

Air China will take a “zero tolerance” approach to its investigation of a first officer’s apparently bungled attempt to sneak an in-flight vape aboard one of its Boeing 737s last Tuesday.

Short Final: Turbulence

Short Final: Turbulence

On a recent flight home, we were cruising along at 7,000 feet in good weather, except for the occasional encounter with the very top of a cumulus cloud. Knowing my wife is not a fan of any amount of turbulence, I asked ATC for a climb to 9,000.

Top Letters and Comments, July 13, 2018

Top Letters and Comments, July 13, 2018

This week's letters brought comments from readers about the U.S. Air Force National Museum, travelling to OSH, the ForeFlight Sentry ADS-B receiver, and the FAA's newly proposed bird-strike test rules.

Hawaii Passes Bill to Decriminalize Airport Violations

Hawaii Passes Bill to Decriminalize Airport Violations

The governor of Hawaii signed a bill removing criminal penalties for many airport violations last week. Prior to the bill’s passing, Hawaii was the only state where violations unrelated to airport security could result in criminal misdemeanor charges.

Industry Round-up, July 13, 2018

Industry Round-up, July 13, 2018

This week, announcements have come in about a new aerobatics show at Oshkosh, the purchase of four simulators by Kent State University, a facility upgrade for Pro Star Aviation, and new authorized dealers for Whelen Engineering aircraft lighting products.

Cosy FAA Inspector Let Infractions Slide

Cosy FAA Inspector Let Infractions Slide

A government report says a long-time FAA inspector allowed unqualified pilots to fly for the U.S.’s largest airline. The report issued by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Transportation says that the 28-year veteran “seems to have been...

Audit Finds FAA Failed to Address Safety Concerns

Audit Finds FAA Failed to Address Safety Concerns

The FAA failed to fully address safety issues at the American Airlines flight test program, according to a report issued by the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Transportation on Tuesday. The safety concerns in question—including the use of...

Opener Reveals Ultralight eVTOL

Opener Reveals Ultralight eVTOL

After nine years of covert development and testing, California-based Opener, Inc. revealed what it is calling the world’s first ultralight fixed-wing, all-electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft on Thursday. According to the company, the amphibious...

ForeFlight Introduces New ADS-B Receiver

ForeFlight Introduces New ADS-B Receiver

ForeFlight has announced that its new portable, dual-band ADS-B In receiver is now available for purchase. The ForeFlight Sentry provides FIS-B weather, flight information, traffic, backup attitude, a rechargeable 12-hour battery, and—a first for portable ADS-B...

Vintage Aircraft Competition Returns to Reno Air Races

Vintage Aircraft Competition Returns to Reno Air Races

The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) and National Aviation Heritage Invitational (NAHI) LLC have announced that the NAHI competition for vintage aircraft will be returning to the National Championship Air Races. The competition hasn’t been held in Reno since...

FAA Issues Drone Registration Scheme Warning

FAA Issues Drone Registration Scheme Warning

The FAA issued a statement on Wednesday warning drone owners to steer clear of people and companies offering to help register their drones with the agency. According to the FAA, it “neither regulates these entities nor will speculate on their legitimacy.”

11 Rescued From Alaska Crash

11 Rescued From Alaska Crash

A chartered de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Turbo Otter float-equipped airplane crashed in a remote part of Alaska on Tuesday morning, but after a brief search by the U.S. Coast Guard, all 11 people on board were rescued. They were airlifted out by a USCG Jayhawk...

Marines Boost Pilot Incentives

Marines Boost Pilot Incentives

Faced with competition from airlines in dire need of pilots, the U.S. Marine Corps is offering incentives worth up to $210,000 to pilots who re-enlist for a six-year commitment, Military.com has reported. The bonuses will be available starting next year.

100-Plane Flyover Marks RAF Centenary

100-Plane Flyover Marks RAF Centenary

Few aviators anywhere are held in the kind of reverence long shown by the British for the Royal Air Force— which helped save them from the Nazis in World War II—and the country turned out to honor them on Tuesday, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the...

SureFly VTOL To Fly At Oshkosh

SureFly VTOL To Fly At Oshkosh

SureFly, the VTOL multi-copter in development by the Workhorse Group, will fly at EAA AirVenture on Tuesday, July 24, during the afternoon airshow, EAA has announced. The flight will highlight EAA’s Innovations Day activities.

FAA Proposes New Bird-Strike Test Rules

FAA Proposes New Bird-Strike Test Rules

Turbofan engines for airplanes should be required to pass tests showing they could keep flying after ingesting a medium-sized bird during climb-out or landing, the FAA said in a proposed rule published on Friday. The proposal is based on a 2015 report following the...

VR Pilot Tech Now Includes ‘Touch’

VR Pilot Tech Now Includes ‘Touch’

Virtual reality systems for flight simulation now include “haptic” capabilities, simulating a sense of touch when interacting with the virtual environment. The U.S. company FlyInside partnered with the Go Touch VR startup, based in France, to develop the system for...

Slim Goes to Paris

Slim Goes to Paris

Before there could be the Lindy Hop, there had to be the Scintilla Shuffle.

Electric Amphib Flies

Electric Amphib Flies

Norwegian amphibian manufacturer Equator Aircraft has completed its first test flight of the P2 Xcursion electric amphib prototype.

French Jailbreak Pilot Laments Lost Helicopter

French Jailbreak Pilot Laments Lost Helicopter

A French helicopter pilot who was beaten and then forced at gunpoint to help pluck a convicted bank robber from a maximum security prison said the worst part about the ordeal was watching the vintage helicopter he was flying go up in smoke.

Bonanza AD Fix Uses Cessna Part

Bonanza AD Fix Uses Cessna Part

The FAA says owners of certain Bonanza models can use an exhaust clamp made for Cessna aircraft as an alternative means of compliance for an AD that has grounded some Bonanzas.

Airbus Launches CSeries Marketing Push

Airbus Launches CSeries Marketing Push

Airbus says it will change the name of its newly-acquired CSeries airliner program and launch a major marketing push that will include order announcements at Farnborough Air Show in mid July.

Atol Avion Prototype Crashes in Finland

Atol Avion Prototype Crashes in Finland

Atol Avion lost its prototype ATOL 650 amphibious LSA to an accident during a test flight on Tuesday. The two crewmembers on board were able to escape the wreckage without life-threatening injuries but suffered second- and third-degree burns in the post-crash...

Industry Round-up, July 6, 2018

Industry Round-up, July 6, 2018

This week, announcements have come in about a new Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Dynon, a collaboration between Derichebourg Atis aéronautique and Hi-Fly Marketing, and a special Oshkosh deal from Aerox.

Top Letters and Comments, July 6, 2018

Top Letters and Comments, July 6, 2018

This week's letters brought comments from readers about the trainer refurb market, old vs. new, updated proficiency rules, and airline seat size.

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