There is little doubt the MV-22B is one of the more unique aircraft in the U.S. military inventory. Airailimages pieced together some video clips, including helmet-mounted, first person view, of operation over Romania. [Read more…]
Prepare to be jealous. Very jealous. BackcountryPilot.org founder Zane Jacobson enjoyed a multi-day trip into the wilds of the Wrangell Mountains in Alaska. What’d he get all of us? A video. A very beautiful video (and story). [Read more…]
It’s not often we get to learn – in such a graphic way – from an inflight emergency. At the May 8, 2015 Arsenal of Democracy Flyover a TBM Avenger suffered a “1500psi pinhole hydraulic leak vaporized in the cockpit, appeared like smoke, and prompted a decision to abort the flyover and land at Reagan DCA airport.” [Read more…]
I know a guy who hates it – HATES IT – when anyone touches his computer screen. He’s a big guy, with a dark beard, long hair and many tattoos. Get close to his screen and you can hear the grumble starting deep down in his belly.
In today’s world of smartphones, tablets and touchscreen avionics, not touching a screen is near impossible. So what to do? [Read more…]
Aviation Week is reporting, “U.S. airlines expect that will allow a five-year “grace period” for full compliance with the agency’s 2010 mandate that carriers’ aircraft be Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out capable by Jan. 1, 2020.”
Airlines for America filed a “grace period” petition, but it isn’t just the industry begging for more time. Technical issues – on the FAA’s side – are cited. Despite repeated proclamations from FAA Administrator Michael Huerta that the 2020 deadline won’t be delayed, it’ll be interesting to see how this petition plays out.
In the first episode of BoldMethod’s new weekly Podcast – Direct To – Aleks Udris and Colin Cutler explore the history of the transponder, and why pilots use the phrase “squawk” with ATC. They also dig into why airliners are required to use nitrogen in their tires, and if the payoff is worth the cost for general aviation aircraft. [Read more…]