EAA AirVenture 2015 'a tremendous week'
As the last of the airshow performers warmed up over Wittman Regional Airport, EAA Chairman Jack Pelton said EAA AirVenture 2015 was a smashing success with increased attendance breaking early week records and something for everyone.
Lakeland AeroClub finds its place at AirVenture
Ten young aviators learning about aviation from the Lakeland AeroClub in Florida flew two Pipers and three Cessnas to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, from their home base at Central Florida Aerospace Academy high school on the grounds at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.
Urgent action needed to support medical reform; ALPA actively opposed
Momentum for third class medical reform and protections for pilots facing FAA enforcement actions continues to grow but additional support is urgently needed. The Air Line Pilots Association International is actively opposing reform.
July 24, 2015, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition
July 24, 2015 ePilot Training Tip: No room for doubt
Training Tip: Precip's potential pitfalls
Many student pilots ask: Is precipitation a no-go item for VFR flight?
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Airbus Tests Eco-Tech With Bluecopter
Airbus recently debuted its Bluecopter technology demonstrator, with a public demo at its facility in Donauworth, Germany. The aircraft already has logged more than 28 hours, testing out new technologies that aim to improve fuel efficiency and the ability to fly quietly. "With Bluecopter, we have met our goals of decreasing fuel consumption by as much as 40 percent, significantly reducing CO2 emissions, and lowering noise to approximately 10 decibel effective perceived noise (EPNdB) below ICAO noise certification limits, while raising the maximum payload and the passenger comfort," said Marius Bebesel, the Airbus program manager for research and innovation.
GAMA Seeks Export Support In Congress
Reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank made some progress in Washington over the weekend, winning support from a Senate vote in a rare Sunday session. The General Aviation Manufacturers Association has been lobbying for reauthorization of the bank, which expired June 30, saying the bank's loan guarantees help GA manufacturers to close transactions with non-U.S. buyers.
Helo Pilot Rescued In Arctic
A Russian helicopter pilot on a solo trip around the world was rescued on Monday morning after spending more than 30 hours alone on an ice floe after ditching his Robinson R22 helicopter about midway between Iqualuit and Greenland, in the Davis Strait. "It's wet. It's cold. He has some polar bear neighbors who are very interested in his whereabouts. He has quite a survival story," said Rear Admiral John Newton, of the Canadian Navy, who spoke to the press about the rescue.
New Perlan Glider Debuts At Oshkosh
The new Perlan 2 glider joined the Airbus A350 XWB at EAA AirVenture this week. The pressurized, two-seat glider has been designed to fly up to 90,000 feet, at the edge of space, where it will explore the science of stratospheric mountain waves that affect the global climate. This will require the engineering of a spacecraft, according to the Perlan 2 project, with glider wings that can fly in less than 3 percent of normal air density and at temperatures of minus-70 degrees C.