Hybrid Air Vehicles Plans Airlander Test Flight
Hybrid Air Vehicles of England plans to test fly its Airlander 10 in March for the first time. The aircraft is a combination of lighter-than-air, airplane and helicopter concepts and resembles an airship. It's capable of high-altitude flight, although the first test will be limited to 4,000 feet over a two-hour flight, according to the Independent.
New This Week
AVweb's search of news in aviation found announcements from FlyThisSim, Rectrix Aviation, Aviator Flight Training and Baldwin Aviation. Increasing demand for FlyThisSim TouchTrainers from international customers has prompted FlyThisSim to integrate worldwide navigation data into their range of TouchTrainers.
Mooney Unveils Something New: A Two-Door Acclaim
Besides the signature reversed vertical fin, Mooney airplanes have always been characterized by a single cabin door. But no more. This week, Mooney rolled out the new Acclaim Ultra M20V, a significant redo of the company's best-selling Acclaim. At the company's newly refurbished Kerrville, Texas, factory, Mooney showed the production version of its new model to reporters and editors at a press event on Thursday.
GA Pilots Face Risks For Science
A British pilot flying a helicopter to track poachers in Tanzania was killed recently when he was hit by gunfire from the ground and the helicopter crashed into trees. Roger Gower, 37, was flying in partnership with Tanzanian wildlife authorities on Jan. 28, to track down and arrest active elephant poachers. "In the course of this action the poachers fired upon the helicopter and Roger was fatally wounded," according to Gower's employer, the Friedkin Conservation Fund.
GAMA Report: Aircraft Shipments Drop In 2015
General aviation manufacturing saw declines in the overall market worldwide as shipments for airplanes are reported down for 2015 over the previous year, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association reported Wednesday. Airplane shipments declined 4.6 percent, from 2,376 units in 2014 to 2,267 units in 2015.
Flyht Partners with Flight Data Services to Offer Streamlined Data Monitoring
Flyht and FDS have partnered to offer a comprehensive flight tracking solution. Photo: FDS [Avionics Today 02-11-2016] Flyht Aerospace Solutions has inked a partnership with Flight Data Services (FDS), a company that specializes in Flight Data...
Garmin to Up Satcom Capabilities with DeLorme Acquisition
DeLorme headquarters in Yarmouth, Maine. Photo: Jeffrey Stevenson/DeLorme [Avionics Today 02-11-2016] Garmin has entered into an agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of DeLorme, a privately held company that designs and markets consumer-based...
AIA CEO Asks Congress to Focus on Stable NextGen Funding
[Avionics Today 02-10-2016] The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) is imploring Congress not to lose sight of steady funding for investments in the NextGen program as they work through FAA reauthorization and potential structural changes to the FAA's Air Traffic Organization (ATO). Chairman of the...
Garmin Reveals ‘All-In-One' ADS-B Solution
Panel-mount GTX 345 transponder installation. Photo: Garmin [Avionics Today 02-10-2016] Garmin International has unveiled its GTX 345 and GTX 335 all-in-one Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast...
Report Reveals Challenges to Proposed ATC Restructure
[Avionics Today 02-10-2016] A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released Feb. 10 outlines specific transition issues that government and industry would need to address if the current Air Traffic Control (ATC) system is restructured under the Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization Act...
February 12, 2016, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition
February 12, 2016 ePilot Training Tip: In LAHSO trouble
February 12, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter
Mooney debuts new Acclaim, Ovation; ATC debate heats up
AOPA opposes user fees as reauthorization moves to full House
AOPA is standing firm in its opposition to user fees as FAA reauthorization legislation moves to the full House.
Mooney introduces new Acclaim, Ovation models
Mooney has upgraded its top-of-the line M20 Acclaim and Ovation models with new features that include a left-side door and keypad flight management system.
Mitigations sought for Wisconsin SUA
AOPA has met with Wisconsin pilots and the military to gather information and propose changes to reduce the impact of military training.