Aveo Engineering has received an FAA TSO for its Ultra Galactica series of 2 and 3 function wingtip lights, and Red Baron anti-collision beacon. These lights are now available for installation on most aircraft.
This October 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: Mooney M20. Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: New Smyrna Beach, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, the airplane was not operated for an extended period of time due to a propeller strike. [Read more...]
In the great pantheon of mottos there may be none more pertinent than this: Don’t reinvent the wheel. It’s short. It’s pithy. It’s easy to remember. Maybe best of all, it’s true. So with that in mind, I will make this suggestion: If you are a fan of general aviation, if you believe human beings benefit from the pursuit of big dreams, and if you wish you could do something to change the world — you can.
In fact, it’s fairly easy to do all of those things. At least, it’s easy to be part of a bigger machine that is doing those things. [Read more...]
In news that is sure to send shock waves throughout the ethanol industry and the EPA, one of the world’s largest oil companies is shelving plans to produce so-called cellulosic ethanol from non-food plants such as wood chips and switchgrass. As described in an article from the Wall Street Journal, “BP PLC Thursday said it is ending plans to build a commercial-scale cellulosic-ethanol plant in Florida, saying it instead will focus on research and development.”
OSHKOSH — UAV Navigation reports that Burt Rutan’s Boomerang twin-engine, asymmetric plane has been fitted with an Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS) which runs on the company’s AP04OEM2 Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS)/Inertial Navigation System (INS).
SAN DIEGO — Just released is an all-new primer on owning and flying the Cessna 210 by five-time Master CFI Chuck McGill. “Flying the Cessna 210: The Secrets Unlocked” will help pilots master the art of piloting this complex airplane, says McGill, who offers his wisdom on optimum performance and safe operations based on his thousands of hours of flying and teaching in the airplane.
“The Aviators,” one of PBS’ most-watched television reality docuseries, reports that the debut episode of its third season was the number one “best-selling” iTunes download of a free non-fiction television episode on its inaugural day of availability. Episode 3.01 garnered thousands of downloads on its initial day of release, Sept. 18.
The deadline is fast approaching for the 18 scholarships that the Helicopter Foundation International (HFI) will award to students in the helicopter industry.
DAYTON, Ohio — The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) will award its 10th Annual Combs Gates Award to first-time author, Regina Wirtanen Buker, of Baltimore, Maryland. Buker is being recognized for her as yet unpublished book, “The Skytrain Pilot: Flying a C-47 into Combat,” about her late father, Lieutenant George Neale Wirtanen.
Buker will receive the $20,000 cash award in a formal presentation on the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 31, at a special opening session of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) 65th Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando, Florida.