Astronics Corp. has acquired privately-held Max-Viz, a developer and designer of Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) for fixed and rotary wing aircraft through both OEM and aftermarket channels in the general aviation, commercial and military aerospace markets, for $10 million in cash.
Higgenbotham Auctioneers International (HAI) will offer at auction a corporate hangar at Dayton International Airport (DAY) at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6.
This August 2010 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.
Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None.Location: Bartlesville, Okla. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The student was practicing takeoffs and landings. As he began a takeoff roll, he saw that the flaps were still extended to 30°.
By JUAN MIGUEL PEDRAZA, Office of University Relations, University of North Dakota
It looks easy to fly unmanned aircraft: Launch, fly, land. But there’s lots more to keeping an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) safely aloft than toggling controls from the ground.
“Among the major technical challenges facing the UAS industry is the sense-and-avoid system aboard the aircraft,” said Naima Kaabouch, associate professor of electrical engineering at the University of North Dakota College of Engineering and Mines and an expert in sense-and-avoid electronics and software.
Last Friday, the FAA extended the comment period for its notice of proposed rulemaking that is a proposed rewrite of Part 145. The original deadline for the comment period was set for Aug. 20, but has now been extended until Nov. 19.
Why should general aviation pilots care? Officials at the Aircraft Electronics Association, note the proposal makes wholesale changes to the avionics industry with potentially damaging and costly repercussions.
Three pilots from North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), the U.S. and Canadian military organization charged with intercepting aircraft that violate TFRs, attended this year’s AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh to talk face-to-face with general aviation pilots on how to avoid TFRs and what to do if they’re intercepted. According to a report at AirTrafficManagement.net, general aviation aircraft make up the majority of more than 1,500 intercepts NORAD has made since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and the command is attempting to cut down that number through outreach and education programs.
The Reno Air Races has a new name: TravelNevada.com Reno National Championship Air Races and Air Show Presented by Breitling. The change is a condition of the state’s Tourism Commission’s three-year, $600,000 title sponsorship to be paid out of surplus room tax revenues, according to a report at the Reno Gazette-Journal.
More than 11,000 visitors attended — for free — the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s 5th “Biggest Little Airshow” on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18-19. [Read more...]
Cessna’s Skycatcher is one of the prizes the Trump Taj Mahal Resort Casino is offering to lure gamblers. According to a report at AOPA.org, the Light-Sport Aircraft will be given away Sept. 2 to someone playing the slots at the Atlantic City casino using a Trump One card. The lucky winner will have to pay for their own flight training.