Stereotypically atypical

Jamie Camping

Everybody knows that people who are into aviation are rich. They’re spoiled, self-absorbed, 1%-ers who have no regard for what it takes to get by in the real world. Heck, airplanes cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and that’s just for the small ones. Yep, pilots and aircraft owners are filthy rich scum who do nothing but sponge off the poor and the middle class so they can live out their dreams in luxurious splendor.

That’s a common perspective, you have to admit. If you fly, or wish to fly, you’ve heard it time and again. But you’ve also noticed that your personal experience doesn’t quite match up with the classic stereotype of what this aviation crowd is supposed to be. [Read more…]

Avionics sales top $1.1 billion in first six months of year


According to the Aircraft Electronics Association second-quarter 2015 Avionics Market Report, total sales exceeded $1.1 billion in first six months of 2015.

Sales during the second-quarter months of April, May and June rose 3.1% compared to the first three months of the year, according to the report. However, there was an 8.5% decrease in year-over-year sales compared to the first six months of 2014 amount of more than $1.3 billion. [Read more…]

Back to the drawing board for Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2, Ex-Im bank

A post at Aviation International News Online notes that the recent approval of a three-month extension of the highway reauthorization bill late last week dimmed hopes for renewal of the Export-Import Bank’s charter before its funding runs out on Sept. 30. At the same time, backers of the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 (PBOR 2) must look for a new means to get their bill through after the Senate failed to act on a PBOR 2 amendment that also had been intended for the highway bill. Read the full report here.

Lockheed Martin deploys RPA traffic management system


As remotely piloted aircraft — also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and drones — take to the skies, it is essential for safety that RPA operators and pilots are aware of each other. To help provide this shared situational awareness, Lockheed Martin has deployed the first components of a UAS traffic management (UTM) system that is available to the drone community now. [Read more…]

Stearman ground loops

Prior to landing, the Stearman A75 pilot listened to the automated weather station at the airport in Appleton, Wis., which reported the wind out of the west at 8 knots. During the landing roll, the right wing lifted suddenly, the left wing hit the ground, and the airplane ground looped. [Read more…]