AOPA Regional Fly-Ins Expanding In 2017
AOPA announced Friday it will expand its Regional Fly-In series next year to two-day events around the country, starting with an April fly-in to kick off the season. Each fly-in will run from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon to give attendees more time and additional workshops, clinics, forums and events to choose from.
Weather, Medication Factors In Deadly Balloon Crash
Poor weather and the pilot's medical condition, including use of sedating drugs, were among the critical factors discussed Friday during the NTSB's hearing on the July 30 hot-air balloon crash in Texas that killed 16 people. The balloon, piloted by Alfred "Skip" Nichols, owner of Heart of Texas Balloons, struck power lines and ignited a fire, killing the pilot and all 15 passengers on a sightseeing tour near Lockhart.
NTSB: Fuel Starvation Likely In Seneca Crash
The nighttime crash of a Piper Seneca in 2015 that left a 7-year-old survivor was a fuel starvation accident, the NTSB has determined in a factual report. The Jan. 2 crash in western Kentucky killed the 49-year-old pilot, his wife, their 9-year-old daughter and a 14-year-old cousin. The couple's other daughter walked through wooded terrain to find help.
New This Week
AVweb's search of news in aviation found announcements from the Unmanned Safety Institute, the Civil Air Patrol, Airbus Helicopters and MAC Air Group. The Unmanned Safety Institute announced that it has launched the first-ever online training course designed by its team of leading aviation safety experts to teach drone enthusiasts how to fly safely and minimize risk.
Astronaut, Fighter Pilot John Glenn Dead At 95
John Glenn, a lifelong pilot and public figure who is best known as the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth, died Thursday at 95. The retired military airman and four-term U.S. senator was hospitalized in Columbus, Ohio, about a week ago in declining health. Glenn, a native of Cambridge in eastern Ohio, is the state's "ultimate hometown hero, and his passing today is an occasion for all of us to grieve," Ohio Gov. John Kasich tweeted.
Rockwell Collins to Upgrade Flight Planning Technology
[Avionics Magazine 12-7-2016] Rockwell Collins is bringing new regional sand and dust storm forecasting information to its ArincDirect flight-planning platform. The aerospace and defense manufacturer made the announcement about the upgrade to ArincDirect at the Middle East and North Africa Business...
Lufthansa Technik, Satcom Direct Form New IFE Partnership
[Avionics Magazine 12-7-2016] Lufthansa Technik has formed a new partnership with Satcom Direct aimed at providing business jet operators with cabin-based access to movies and television shows. Initially available on aircraft equipped with Lufthansa...
Beechcraft Brings Mission Enhancements to King Air 350
[Avionics Magazine 12-7-2016] Beechcraft announced new mission enhancement upgrades for its King Air 350HW and King Air 350ER turboprop aircraft at the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) conference. The Textron Aviation subsidiary is now offering Pratt and Whitney...
Textron Makes Power System Selection for Denali Turboprop
[Avionics Magazine 12-5-2016] Textron Aviation has selected Astronics to supply its Corepower induction starter generator system, electronic circuit breaker units, in addition to the 28 Volt DC Empower in-seat power supply, for the new Cessna Denali single engine turboprop. ...
Australia Extends ADS-B Deadline on Private Aircraft
[Avionics Magazine 11-28-2016] Australia's civil aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), has formally announced a delay in its airspace mandated regulations regarding Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast Out (ADS-B Out) technology. Within its latest aviation industry...