Military aviatixes honored
Women in Aviation International has chosen a slate of military aviators for its 2016 International Pioneer Hall of Fame.
Rutan SkiGull makes maiden flight
Like most maiden flights of a brand-new design, Burt Rutan's SkiGull test flight produced a to-do list, but was a success overall.
Celebrate #GivingTuesday with AOPA Foundation
AOPA members can support the AOPA Foundation during #GivingTuesday, a movement that celebrates and encourages charitable activities supporting nonprofit organizations during the holiday season.
Training Tip: A deceptive calm
As the student pilot climbs to a higher altitude for air work, he is caught off guard by a strong jolt of turbulence.
November 27, 2015, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition
November 27, 2015 ePilot Training Tip: Beyond safety briefings
JetBlue Plans Ab-Initio Program
JetBlue plans to develop an "ab-initio" training program for its Embraer SA E190 crews, the company told Bloomberg News last week. The airline must get FAA approval for its plans, but if it does, it would become the only U.S. airline to recruit zero-time pilots. The program will start with about two dozen participants, said JetBlue spokesman Doug McGraw. The training will be designed to build "the complex skills required of airline pilots from the first day
. to ensure the quality of our current cadre of pilots is maintained," he said. Under FAA rules, pilots must log 1,500 hours of flight time before serving as first officer for an airline.
Amazon Unveils New, Larger Delivery Drone
Amazon took advantage of Cyber Monday to announce the latest details about its planned drone delivery system, releasing two new videos and a Q&A that aims to convince consumers that the concept is not "science fiction." One day, says Amazon, "seeing Prime Air vehicles will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road." The video shows a larger Amazon drone than what has been seen in earlier updates, a hybrid that can take
First Chinese ARJ21 Delivered
China's first indigenous commercial airliner is now in revenue service with domestic budget carrier Chengdu Airlines. The ARJ21 was delivered Sunday.
Airbus Patents Modular Passenger Cabins
The U.S. Patent Office has accepted Airbus' design for shipping-container-style loading of passengers on aircraft. The company's prolific patent department put forth the "aircraft pod concept" in 2013 to load passengers in detachable cabin sections to minimize turnaround time on the ground.
E-Volo Flies, Unmanned And Tethered
The one-of-a-kind E-Volo volocopter came outside for its first flight tests recently, the company announced in a news release today. The volocopter was controlled remotely, and the crew tested for automatic altitude control and position hold, and automatic landing. Weights of about 265 pounds were placed in the cockpit to test for payload capacity. The tests were completed in Karlsruhe, Germany. "In the process, the company's CEO Alex Zosel remotely flew the Volocopter for the first time single-handed and only with a joystick," the company said.