Picture of the day: Trislander

Michael Magnell

Michael Magnell, who makes a living ferrying airplanes around the world, recently sent in this photo of a Trislander, noting that there are “not many of these around.” In fact, it’s the first one he’s ever seen.

Michael Magnell

“I saw it at MDPC, Punta Cana, in the Dominican Republic a few days ago. The twin-engine Islander is very popular in the Caribbean. You see them on all the islands. This is the first Trislander I have ever seen — period. Not many were made! I have flown the twin Islander. It is a fantastic STOL airplane. I would love to get a chance to fly the Trislander.”

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Sensing good things on the horizon

Sense and Avoid top view. Artwork from Boldmethod.

While flying, have you ever looked down to tune a radio? Check an engine or fuel gauge? Referenced your navigation chart? Chat with your passenger? Focus on something on the ground?

Well, then you aren’t seeing and avoiding to the best of your ability. Wouldn’t it be nice to have some help? Something that doesn’t cost what TCAS (traffic collision avoidance system) costs. [Read more…]

FAA streamlines RPA approvals

Ghost Drone flies

The FAA reports it has established an interim policy to speed up airspace authorizations for some commercial remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) operators. The new policy helps bridge the gap between the past process, which evaluated every RPA operation individually, and future operations after the agency publishes a final version of the proposed small RPA rule, FAA officials explained. [Read more…]