Recently, on flight following above Santa Barbara on a beautifully clear afternoon, approach was uncomfortably quiet. After several minutes of silence I called: ... Mooney 1234: "Approach, Mooney 1234. Is there anybody there to talk to?" ... Approach: "Mooney 1234, say request." ... Mooney 1234: "Just checking to see if it really is this quiet." ... Approach: "Yes, it really is." ... [Pause.] ... Approach: "Mooney 1234, contact L.A. Center on 135.5. You'll find somebody to talk to there." ... I took the hint. ... Mooney 1234: "135.5. Thanks." -- Ron Shave
FAA Taking Its Time On ADS-B Equipage
If the increasingly strident messages from the FAA about ADS-B equipage have you feeling the slightest pangs of guilt that you haven't written the check yet, take heart. The agency doesn't seem to be in too much of a hurry to get its own aircraft in compliance and it's shopping around.
Qantas Introduces Female Pilot Uniforms
If the lure of adventure and faraway places isn't enough to attract women to the cockpit, at least one airline is hoping that appealing to their fashion sense will. Qantas Airlines has introduced its newly designed pilot uniforms and for the first time there are designs specifically tailored for women.
BA Collision 'Not A Drone Incident'
The U.K. government is downplaying a widely circulated report that a British Airways A320 collided with a drone last month.
Hoverboard Record Shattered
A French Jet Ski racer has claimed a new record for hoverboard endurance with a flight that covered 1.4 miles. Guinness World Records confirmed that Franky Zapata performed the flight in front of its evaluators in Sausset-les-Pins in the South of France.
Garmin Introduces GMA 245/245R Audio Panels for Experimental Aircraft
[Avionics Today 04-29-2016] Garmin Team X has incorporated features from the company's certified panel into a low-cost audio panel for the homebuilt and experimental aircraft. The GMA 245 and GMA 245R are all-digital, Bluetooth audio panels designed...
Gogo Finishes Biz Av 4G Testing
Gogo demonstrates the Biz Av 4G capability to run multiple videos at once. Photo: Gogo [Avionics Today 04-29-2016] Gogo has successfully completed the initial phase of flight testing for its Gogo Biz 4G service, designed to offer connectivity capabilities for the business aviation sector. During a recent...
Pentastar to Develop SmartSky STC for Gulfstream
Passengers using SmartSky's 4G network to connect in flight. Photo: SmartSky [Avionics Today 04-28-2016] When the SmartSky 4G network takes flight later this year, Pentastar Aviation will develop Standard Type Certificates...
Gulfstream GIV-SP With PlaneDeck Approved for Synthetic Vision Upgrade
Cockpit of Gulfstream GIV-SP with PlaneDeck. Photo: Gulfstream [Avionics Today 04-27-2016] The FAA has approved Gulfstream Aerospace to offer a synthetic vision upgrade to GIV-SP aircraft equipped with PlaneDeck. The avionics enhancement aims to increase crew situational awareness through the...
Aspen Avionics STC's Evolution Backup Display
Aspen Avionics Evolution Backup Display. Photo: Aspen Avionics [Avionics Today 04-27-2016] Aspen Avionics has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for installation of its Evolution Backup Display. It is a fully digital, independent Primary Flight Display...
April 29, 2016, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition
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April 29, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter
April 29, 2016 Rare Boeing 247's final flight; Skylane crosses US on biofuel
Connectivity a focus at electronics convention
If the theme for last year's Aircraft Electronics Association convention was Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, this year's is connectivity—especially for the cabins of mid-sized and smaller business aircraft.
Rare Boeing 247 makes last flight
A fully restored Boeing 247D has returned to the airport where it was built to go on display at Seattle's Museum of Flight. It made its last flight from Seattle's Paine Field to Boeing Field April 26.
Disney TFRs to be charted
The FAA, responding to urging from AOPA and other air traffic system users, will include two areas of congressionally mandated permanent flight restrictions to aeronautical charts.