Flight Outfitters introduces new bags
When it comes to certain types of gear, aviation has no shortage of choices. Now pilots have two more choices with Lift and Thrust, courtesy of new manufacturer Flight Outfitters.
Drone school opens for business
Auburn University has been granted a waiver to operate a commercial drone school that will be open to the public.
May 22, 2015, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition
May 15, 2015 ePilot Training Tip: Hazardous resignation
Training Tip: Cross-check and interpretation
"Accident statistics show that the pilot who has not been trained in attitude instrument flying, or one whose instrument skills have eroded, will lose control of the airplane in about 10 minutes once forced to rely solely on instrument references," explains the Airplane Flying Handbook
Judge rules for airport(s)
A New Jersey judge issued an eloquent ruling this month affirming the property rights of airport owners and blasting a town's attempt to usurp them.
En route from TRK to RHV recently in Centurion 7RR, I found myself on the same center frequency as Bonanza -- 5JJ! I was really tempted to tell center, "7 Romeo Romeo would like to connect with 5 Juliet Juliet." But I didn't want to start a feud, so I bit my tongue and said nothing. -- Rick Tavan
Airbus Orders Checks of A400M Software
Airbus is ordering engine software checks on A400M military aircraft after one of the four-engine turboprops crashed in Seville, Spain on May 9 during a test flight, killing four of the six on board. According to a Reuters report, Airbus found data from the crash indicating a possible problem with the installation of the system that runs the engines. The company issued an alert to military agencies using the carrier aircraft, asking them to check the "electronic control units" that control the engines.
Gyrocopter Pilot Pleads Not Guilty To Charges For Capitol Landing (Updated)
Doug Hughes, the Florida mail carrier who landed his gyrocopter at the U.S. Capitol last month, pleaded not guilty in federal court Thursday to six felony and misdemeanor charges including illegally flying an aircraft and breaching Washington, D.C., restricted airspace. A grand jury indicted Hughes on the charges stemming from his April 15 flight, which he had openly planned as a protest of government corruption, The Associated Press reported. After his arrest outside the Capitol, he was placed under house arrest and has been banned from operating any aircraft.
Dynon Updates Skyview, Lowers Price For Pocket Panel
Dynon Avionics, the maker of experimental and light-sport panels, has lowered the price of its all-digital D2 Pocket Panel to $1095. Designed to serve as an instrument backup for certified or non-certified aircraft, the D2 features a true artificial horizon with responsive and accurate pitch and roll. AHRS sensors also provide a turn rate indicator and slip/skid ball. An internal GPS receiver provides ground speed, altitude, vertical speed, and ground track.
Emergency AD Issued For Avidyne IFDs
The FAA this week issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive for Avidyne Integrated Flight Display units due to cases of incorrect course indications during RNAV approaches where the final fix is not aligned with the final approach course. The AD affects some software versions of 10- and 12-inch R9 displays and the IFD540. It requires adding to the Limitations Section of the airplane flight manual or flight manual supplement to state: "Flying a full procedure (non Vector-to-Final) GPS approach, with a course change at the Final Approach Fix (FAF), is prohibited," and "Flying a GPS approach, with a Direct-To or with an Omni-Bearing Selector (OBS) leg to the FAF, is prohibited."