Merrill Aviation receives airworthiness certificate


Officials from the UAS Integration Office of the FAA, the Grand Rapids Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) and the Detroit Manufacturing Inspection Satellite Offices (MISO) recently met in Saginaw, Michigan, to oversee final requirements before issuing Merrill Aviation & Defense (Merrill) a special Experimental Airworthiness Certification for its remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) named The Torrent. [Read more…]

700th TBM delivered


Tarbes, France – DAHER-SOCATA has delivered its 700th series production TBM turboprop aircraft.

The milestone airplane, a TBM 900, was provided to a private customer in Illinois, through a sale organized by Muncie Aviation, the authorized TBM distributor based at Muncie Municipal Airport in Indiana.

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Now available: ‘A Comprehensive Guide to Composites’


Now available is “A Comprehensive Guide to Composites: Processes & Procedures from the Professionals,” an insider’s viewpoint on the tips and techniques used by the pros to fabricate advanced composite parts.

Author Kevin Fochtman’s more than 30 years of industry experience provides insight on safety, shop and equipment needs, engineering materials, lay-up, fabrication and quality control.

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Gear collapses on touchdown

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee Six. Injuries: None. Location: Middle Bass Island, Ohio. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The accident happened during the pilot’s attempt to land over snow piles near the runway.

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Wright B Flyer to build new airplane at original Wright Co. factory

25th anniversary of the Wright "B" Flyer lookallike's first flight.

DAYTON, Ohio — More than a century after it opened, America’s first airplane factory will become active again with a project to build a modern Wright flyer.

Wright “B” Flyer Inc. will build the airplane at the Wright Co. factory site in Dayton, Ohio with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) providing support. Final assembly will take place inside the original Wright factory buildings.

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2015 Alaska Airmen’s show in doubt

The Alaska Airmen’s Association sent an email to its members on Monday detailing the status of the 18th Annual Great Alaska Aviation Gathering. “As you may know for the past 17 years, FedEx has graciously hosted The Great Alaska Aviation Gathering in their Anchorage maintenance hangar,” said Dee Hanson, Alaska Airmen’s Executive Director. “Every year we submit a written request to FedEx for permission to host the show. Due to reasons unknown to us, this year we have been told unofficially that the hangar may not be available.” [Read more…]