July 31, 2015, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition
July 31, 2015 ePilot Training Tip: Precip's potential pitfalls
July 31, 2015, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter
July 31, 2015 Textron acts on turboprop idea; Flying with fire
Member help still needed on medical reform
Although Congress is about to break for its August recess, AOPA members should keep calling their elected officials and asking them to co-sponsor the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 (PBR2), said AOPA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Jim Coon.
PS Engineering celebrates its 30th birthday
Mark Scheuer was tired of yelling at his wife across the noisy cockpit of their Grumman Yankee, and he thought there had to be a better way of communicating. PS Engineering Inc. was born out of that necessity and is now celebrating its third decade of forging new ground in cockpit communication technology.
Aviation caucus growing in California legislature
The California legislature's new aviation caucus is growing, with four members having recently joined the original 17 lawmakers who came together to found the organization in January.
GAMA Reports Drop In Aircraft Sales For 2015
General aviation airplane shipments fell 9.1 percent in the first half of this year compared to last year, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association reported Friday. GA rotorcraft shipments also dropped this year so far, with 502 delivered, down from 447 in the first half of 2014.
Facebook Builds UAS That Beams Down Wi-Fi
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg announced Thursday his social networking company just finished building an unmanned aerial system that can "beam down Internet connectivity from the sky." It's called Aquila, and demonstrates not only solar-powered flight, but a new way to connect to the Internet. The project is part of Internet.org, whose mission is to get the Web to those who don't have access to it.
Two More Vie For "Oldest Pilot" Title
When George Neal, 96, flew his de Havilland Chipmunk in Canada to qualify as the "world's oldest active pilot" in the Guinness Book of World Records, it wasn't surprising to hear about pilots who are older yet. Among them, at least elsewhere in North America, are two fellow nonagenarians who will celebrate their birthdays in the coming weeks.
New This Week
AVweb's search of aviation news around the world found a new fire-containment product for air crews, a UAV safety campaign from the agricultural aviation industry, a new executive announced by Skanska USA, and a university scholarship for the 2015-2016 school year.
NASA, Industry Discuss Future Of UAS Airspace
An airspace system for unmanned aerial vehicles perhaps with flight plans and air traffic control is the topic at a symposium this week hosted by NASA. The agency and the Silicon Valley chapter of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International met with interested businesses at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California.