FAA Orders Mandatory Balloon Checks
All 6,400 hot-air balloons in the U.S. must be inspected to ensure they are not equipped with potentially leaky fuel hoses made of "egeflex" material, the FAA said in an emergency airworthiness directive issued today. The AD is effective Aug. 29, and balloonists have 14 days after that to complete the inspection, which should take about a half hour. If the egeflex hoses are found, the balloon is grounded until the replacement is complete. Uncorrected, the faulty hoses could cause a fire, the FAA said.
AOPA Washington Fly-In Draws Biggest Crowd Yet
AOPA has been organizing its regional fly-ins for a few years now, and its latest event, held at the Bremerton National Airport near Seattle, Washington, drew more than 4,000 people and nearly 700 aircraft. The event offered on-airport camping, VIP tours of an aircraft carrier and the Boeing plant in nearby Everett, a Friday night barbecue with a live band, and educational talks and seminars all day Saturday. It was the most popular AOPA fly-in ever, by a wide margin, according to AOPA outreach director Chris Eads.
Longitude First Flight Imminent
Cessna's super-midsize Citation Longitude prototype has completed initial ground engine tests, the company said today, adding that the first flight is expected "in the coming weeks." The tests verified the functionality of the engine start, fuel system and auto-throttle as well as interfaces with the avionics, electrical and hydraulic systems, the company said. "The engine-run tests are one of the final major milestones as we prepare for first flight," said Scott Ernest, CEO of Textron Aviation.
Climbing out of my home airport with our friendly (and funny) tower controllers, I heard ... Tower: Cardinal XYZ, check transponder ... XYZ: Turning it on, sorry, guys, XYZ ... Tower: Cardinal XYZ, never admit your mistakes on frequency, just say it was warming up ... XYZ: All warmed up! XYZ ... Tower: That's the spirit ... Daniel Rasin
New Drone Rules Take Effect Monday
The FAA's new rules that will allow widespread use of small drones for commercial purposes take effect next Monday, Aug. 29. The rules require operators of commercial drones to have a pilot certificate or pass an FAA knowledge test to ensure they understand airspace restrictions and other relevant rules. They also must be at least 16 years old and will be subject to vetting by the TSA. The drones are restricted to airspace below 400 feet and must weigh 55 pounds or less.
Gogo Biz Av Network Enables Third-Party Routers
[Avionics Today 08-23-2016] Gogo Business Aviation has enabled operators, dealers and installers to equip their aircraft with approved routers from third-party manufacturers on the Gogo Biz network. The move is part of a larger initiative to provide a more open...
Citation Longitude Completes Ground Engine Tests
Citation Longitude Engine run test. Photo: Textron [Avionics Today 08-23-2016] Cessna Aircraft Company's Citation Longitude has completed initial ground engine tests of the aircraft's Honeywell HTF7700L turbofan engines, paving the way for first flight of the prototype aircraft in...
AOPA Calls for GA Input to Expand Alaska's ADS-B Network
Alaska ADS-B coverage at 5,000 feet. Photo: AOPA [Avionics Today 08-22-2016] The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is calling on general aviation operators in Alaska that have equipped with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipment, to help make the case to expand the network...
Cobham CEO to Step Down by the End of the Year
David Lockwood, who will join the company no later than Jan. 1, 2017, and will succeed current Cobham CEO Bob Murphy. Photo: Cobham [Avionics Today 08-18-2016] Cobham's CEO, Bob Murphy, will step down from his role no later than the...
AEA President Comments on Lackluster 2016 Avionics Sales
[Avionics Today 08-18-2016] Avionics sales saw another slump this quarter as reported by Aircraft Electronics Association's (AEA) second-quarter 2016 Avionics Market Report. The market saw a 6.5 percent decline in worldwide avionics spending in the first half of 2016 when compared against the same...