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Sikorsky's S-97 Raider Makes First Flight
Thursday, 28 May 2015 08:16

S97-raider-flightNearly a year ago, Sikorsky's S-97 Raider helicopter powered up for the first time; now the first prototype is air-bound. 

The Raider successfully completed its first flight at Sikorsky's Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, on May 22. During the hour-long flight, pilot Bill Fell and co-pilot Kevin Bredenbeck tested the helicopter's hover and low-speed capabilities.

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AOPA Kicks Off Fly-In Season in Salinas
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 08:17

aopa fly in salinas.Despite the clouds and moisture in southern California last week, AOPA had a good turn out for its first 2015 fly-in in Salinas, California. Nearly 300 airplanes flew in and about 2,600 people attended the event, which featured educational seminars, a pancake breakfast and more than 100 exhibits and aircraft displays. This year's inaugural fly-in also included a few new additions to the schedule, such as a sold-out Barnstormers party and an airshow performance.

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FAA to Release B4UFLY App
Friday, 08 May 2015 08:02

b4ufly2In an effort to make drone operators more aware of where they can and cannot take their flying machines, the FAA is in the process of releasing an iOS app called B4UFLY. The app will tell its users whether there are any restrictions or requirements pertaining to UAS flights in the area of intended flight.

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Solar-Electric Sun Flyer Gets Avidyne Cockpit
Thursday, 23 April 2015 08:19

Sun-FlyerGeorge Bye, the developer a two-seat solar-electric trainer called the Sun Flyer, said yesterday that the airplane will fly with a touchscreen cockpit from Avidyne based around the all-important assumptions that the avionics be bright enough to read in full sunlight but not so powerful that they drain the batteries down to nothing.

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FAA Plans to Eliminate 736 Approaches
Friday, 17 April 2015 08:13

instrument approachThe FAA has announced it plans to cancel 736 instrument approach procedures around the country that the agency has found to be underutilized or redundant. The list was developed based on the FAA's criteria for canceling instrument approach procedures, a policy that was established on June 27 of last year. The policy was developed through recommendations from the Flight Safety Institute, which received a grant in 2010 to develop such a process. 

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Sun 'n Fun Cancels Seaplane Splash-In
Monday, 06 April 2015 11:21

If you're planning on heading to Sun 'n Fun in your seaplane to participate in the Seabird Splash-In, you will not like this story. The annual event, which takes place at Lake Agnes, located on the Fantasy of Flight property in Polk City, Florida, has been canceled.

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German Airbus A320 plane crashes in French Alps
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 17:57

All 150 passengers and crew on an Airbus A320 flying from Barcelona to Düsseldorf are believed dead after it rapidly lost height and began an as yet unexplained descent into a remote and mountainous area of southern France.

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Argentina helicopter crash: 10 dead, including French sporting stars
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 10:53

A group of French sports stars participating in a reality TV show were among 10 people killed Monday when their helicopters collided in mid-air while filming in northwestern Argentina.

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GAMA: Business Jet Sales Soared in 2014
Friday, 13 February 2015 10:50

gama bizjetsThe General Aviation Manufacturers Association yesterday released worldwide 2014 year-end aircraft sales and delivery numbers, and not only are the figures encouraging for the future health of the industry, they very nearly shattered records.

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Watch A Russian Jet Intercept A Portuguese Surveillance Plane
Monday, 02 February 2015 09:07

russian su 27 flankerThe following footage is quite unique: It shows a single Russian Air Force Su-27 Flanker jet as it intercepts and shadows a P-3 Orion, reportedly flying over the Baltics.

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