Sheriff's Light Sport Crash Kills Two
Despite some eyewitness reports, including one from a long-time pilot, it's still not clear what led to the crash of a law enforcement version of a Flight Design Light Sport aircraft in California last week.
CAFE Foundation Sets Symposium Dates
The CAFE Foundation this week announced the dates for their 10th annual Electric Aircraft Symposium, May 19 and 20, at the Marriott Waterfront in San Francisco. "CAFE Foundation believes that collaborative efforts are key in order to push forward electric flight," the group said in a news release. "EAS 2016 will bring together the people who are vital to this effort, with a special focus on early entry practical market opportunities." CAFE also said they are working with industry agencies and organizations to broaden the scope of topics and the roster of speakers.
Reauthorization Bill Moves Out Of Committee
The controversial FAA reauthorization bill that would privatize air traffic control services made it out of a House committee Thursday in a 32-26 vote that almost followed partisan lines but there will be much more debate and it's still not clear what's on the Senate's collective mind.
Santa Monica Airport Supporters File Federal Complaint
A group of businesses and advocates of Santa Monica Airport have filed a formal complaint with the FAA, charging that the city has improperly diverted airport funds and denied airport leases. The complaint, filed under Part 16 regulations for federally funded airports, says the city has imposed interest "on purported loans at rates exceeding those allowable" under FAA policy and failed to properly document loans and interest charges.
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.
International Effort to Modernize GA Regulation Making Progress
[Avionics Today 02-12-2016] The effort to improve and modernize regulation and certification for General Aviation (GA) aircraft is moving forward with major progress in North America and Europe, according to General Aviation Manufacturer's Association (GAMA) President and CEO Pete Bunce. During the...
Cirrus Aircraft Reports Strong 2015 Deliveries
Cirrus SR22 aircraft, rendering. Photo: Cirrus Aircraft [Avionics Today 02-12-2016] Cirrus Aircraft's new aircraft shipments in 2015 exceeded 300 for the second year in a row, the general aviation manufacturer reported. New unit deliveries for 2015 totaled 301 while the global Cirrus fleet surpassed...
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...
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.