November 21, 2014, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition
November 21, 2014 ePilot Training Tip: Fleshing out FICONs
Training Tip: 'Pilots are encouraged'
The FAA encourages pilots to do a number of things in order to increase safety, but does not require them. Check out these three actions that are recommended.
Flight made simple
Among the very first lessons a pilot learns is that a control yoke is not a steering wheel. Research underway in Europe could change that.
November 21, 2014, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter
November 21, 2014 Air Safety Alert issued for holiday travel
IFR Fix: Why 'No SID'?
Your CFII usually follows up route-planning drilling with a review of appropriate regulations, and today's selection is 14 CFR 91.185, "IFR Operations: Two-way radio communications failure."
Report: China To Start Electric Airplane Production
Two copies of the Rui Xiang RX1E two-seat electric-powered airplane flew at the China Airshow, held last week in Zhuhai, and this week, it was reported that construction has begun on a manufacturing plant in Shenyang. Certification of the aircraft is expected later this year, and production is expected to begin in the first half of 2015, according to China Daily. The plant will be capable of producing up to 100 airplanes per year.
Garmin 7-Inch Display Now Shipping
Garmin now has a 7-inch G3X Touch display option available for experimental amateur-built and light sport aircraft, the company said this week. The high-resolution touchscreen display provides an option for owners of aircraft with smaller panels who may be looking for upgrades. The new screen also can be paired with a 10.6-inch display to serve as a backup or to provide a second screen with traffic, moving maps, charts or engine data.
GA Advocates Seek FAA Reform
The FAA should support the general aviation community in three key areas -- third-class medical reform, aircraft certification, and the ADS-B Out mandate -- AOPA President Mark Baker told a congressional committee on Tuesday. "We need the FAA to embrace a system that can keep up with rapidly changing technology; that is comfortable with timely, economical, and incremental safety improvements; and that will actually work to reduce risk today for hundreds of thousands of GA pilots," Baker said.
The Weekender: History, Gumbo, Gliding
With holidays and winter looming, activities in the northern half of the country are more scarce than usual this week, but SocialFlight still can help adventure-seeking pilots find plenty of places to go.
Airbus Patents "Flying Doughnut" Design
Airbus has filed a patent for a futuristic "flying doughnut" design for a passenger aircraft, the Daily Mail reported this week. The patent drawings show a circular cabin with seats arranged in a "doughnut" pattern, and a delta wing plan. The design aims to overcome some of the problems associated with pressurizing the traditional "flying tube" fuselage.