Solar Impulse 2 lands in China
Solar Impulse 2 pilot Bertrand Piccard endured a somewhat longer flight than expected and landed safely in China March 31.
Training Tip: A short refresher
What's your definition of a short field? Your answer might weigh factors including your skill level, aircraft performance, the airport environment, weather, and more.
IFR Fix: Danger at the heart of embedded thunderstorms
The crew, struggling against severe turbulence, icing, and loss of altitude and bank control, had inadvertently penetrated an embedded thunderstorm.
March 27, 2015, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition
March 27, 2015 ePilot Training Tip: Seen and avoided
HondaJet gets provisional type certificate
Honda Aircraft announced March 27 that it had received FAA provisional type certification for the HondaJet, paving the way for final type certification “in the next few months.”
Germanwings Recovery Effort Continues
As investigators probe into the history of first officer Andreas Lubitz, searching for insights into why he apparently crashed a Germanwings A320 into a mountain last week, workers at the crash site are still recovering debris and human remains, and searching for the flight data recorder. They also are building a road into the remote valley to make it easier to access. A Lufthansa official told local reporters the FDR may never be found. Meanwhile, the known facts about Lubitz and his medical history have raised questions about how pilots can be better screened for suicidal tendencies.
Report: Lufthansa Knew Of Pilot's Illness
First officer Andreas Lubitz, who was at the controls of the Germanwings A320 that crashed last week, had told his employers at Lufthansa in 2009 that he had suffered from severe depression, The New York Times reported Tuesday. Lufthansa officials said they had searched their records and found an email from Lubitz to its flight-training school, seeking to rejoin its training program after he had been absent for several months. Lubtiz's email included medical documents that described a "previous episode of severe depression," the Times said.
GAMA Notes Progress On Part 23 Revamp
GAMA has been working for several years now to change the way small aircraft are certified by the FAA, and this week, some progress in Europe has encouraged their effort. On Tuesday, the European Aviation Safety Agency issued a notice that it intends to modernize its CS-23 certification process, which is similar to Part 23 certification for in the U.S. The proposed rule was developed with international participation and is largely based on the work of the FAA's Part 23 Aviation Rulemaking Committee, GAMA said.
I was on Ground Control at KTUS Sunday, March 8, as the National Guard F-16s were out doing their usual practice. ... The tower called out to one of them: "Looks like you have an empty seat there." ... The pilot in the F-16 radioed back: "Wishful thinking." ... Then a guy taking off in a Cessna 182 radioed in: "We have an empty seat in our 182." ... The tower responded: "I'll take it." -- Paul DeHerrera
A B-52 To Visit Oshkosh This Summer
A Boeing B-52H Stratofortress will take center stage at EAA AirVenture this summer, marking the first time one of the big bombers has ever been on ground display during the event. The B-52H will visit from the U.S. Air Force Reserve's 93rd Bomb Squadron of the 307th Bomb Wing, based at Barksdale Air Force Base, in Louisiana. The strategic bombers have been in active military service for 60 years, serving in every combat operation since Vietnam.