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Piper Introduces Diesel Seminole DX
Tuesday, 24 April 2018 09:46

The Garmin G1000 NXi-equipped twin announced at Aero Friedrichshafen is targeted at the growing market for trainers in Europe and Asia.

Piper announced at Aero Friedrichshafen in Germany this week that it will offer a diesel version of its PA-44 called the Seminole DX. It is the second Piper trainer to receive jet-A-burning diesel power after the Archer DX model emerged in 2014.

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A Fresh Take on Professional Flight Training Sprouts in Lakeland
Monday, 16 April 2018 08:23

International Aero Academy promises a reduced-cost, fast track professional pilot program with Tecnam training airplanes.

As the pilot shortage becomes an increasing reality with a large percentage of the professional pilot population reaching retirement age, the country is begging for fast-track programs for budding professional pilots. A new program at the International Aero Academy in Lakeland, Florida, promises a lower total cost to achieve the degree program and flight hours required to become a professional pilot.

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2018 Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In Opens its Gates
Wednesday, 11 April 2018 09:21

The skies over Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (KLAL) opened up with a torrential downpour as Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo began this morning. But the gray skies didn’t stop Sun ‘n Fun president John “Lites” Leenhouts from smiling. Leenhouts said presale tickets are at the highest they’ve ever been and the organization was forced to open a new area for camping as the main area was filled to capacity. The showgrounds have been improved, giving it a cleaner look.

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Stihl Extends Reno Air Race Title Sponsorship
Friday, 06 April 2018 00:00

The exhilarating National Championship Air Races live on thanks to partnership.

Outdoor power equipment specialist Stihl Inc. has extended its commitment as title sponsor of the Reno Air Race Association, securing the future of the National Championship Air Races at least through 2019. The contract also includes an extension of NBC Sport’s television coverage of the races for 2019 and 2020.

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Fly a P-51 Mustang for $20?
Monday, 02 April 2018 10:02

Stallion 51 and Mercy Flight Southeast team up on fundraiser raffle.

Have you ever dreamt of flying a P-51 Mustang? Now there is an opportunity to do so while supporting a good cause. Mustang training specialists Stallion 51 at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport (KISM) in Kissimmee, Florida, has teamed up with Mercy Flight Southeast for a raffle that provides the winner with a complete flight experience in the legendary warbird.

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FAA Streamlines Airspace Authorizations for Drones
Thursday, 15 March 2018 10:30

Low-altitude authorizations will allow for nearly instantaneous approvals for UAS operations.

Under the FAA’s Part 107 rule, operators of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are required to obtain approval to enter airspace controlled by an air traffic control facility. Airspace authorization is based on data from UAS Facility Maps, which generally allow for operations below 400 feet, and currently involves a 19-step manual application process, which has made it challenging at best for operators to conduct their UAS work.

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Cirrus, Daher and Honda Record Robust 2017 Sales
Monday, 26 February 2018 09:19

altA decade after the market crashed, these companies are going strong.

The year 2017 closed with companies evaluating their successes and failures. In a year that saw only a slight increase in the total number of airplanes delivered, Cirrus and Daher boasted the strongest numbers since the market crashed about a decade ago, while Honda Aircraft boasted producing the best-selling light jet in the market.

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Gifted Warbird Restorer Flies West
Monday, 29 January 2018 14:14

Dave Hansen’s quiet contribution to aviation should not go unnoticed.

One of the country’s foremost warbird restorers passed away last week in Heber City, Utah, after a long battle with cancer. The reason you might never have heard of Dave Hansen is because, despite his talents, he was exceptionally humble. He was described by his friends as a remarkably gifted aircraft restorer who would do anything to help others.

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BendixKing AeroVue Certified in King Air B200
Monday, 22 January 2018 09:41

0728_aerovueThe retrofit cockpit, in development since 2014, brings bizjet functionality to more of general aviation.

BendixKing has received FAA certification for the AeroVue integrated flight deck in the Beechcraft King Air B200, the first STC for the retrofit cockpit and one of a number of planned certification programs in general aviation airplanes. The new flight deck is available now, BendixKing notes, adding “business jet technology and functionality” to the GA cockpit.

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Workhorse SureFly First Flight at CES Scrubbed
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 09:36

Related imageCompany creates new aviation business unit.

Ohio-based Workhorse planned a spectacular way to open the first day of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, when the company intended to fly its two-seat SureFly electric hybrid helicopter for the first time. Unfortunately the weather in Vegas didn’t cooperate and the maiden flight was scrubbed.

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