Pictures of the day: A bittersweet collection


David Colangelo sent in these three photos, which include images of planes lined up at Hortman Aviation Services at Northeast Philadelphia Airport (KPNE) — “sadly only a few days before it closed its doors after many years,” he said.

The third is on final approach to runway 24 with the sun setting on the right and Philadelphia off in the distance on the left. “Does not get much better than that view!” he concluded. [Read more…]

Commercial drone shipments to top 2.6 million by 2025


According to a new report from Tractica, a growing interest in using remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), also known as unmanned aerial vehicles or drones, will drive commercial RPA shipments from 80,000 in 2015 to more than 2.6 million annually by 2025.

The market intelligence firm forecasts that annual revenue from commercial drone hardware sales will reach nearly $4 billion in the same timeframe. However, the more significant revenue opportunity will be in commercial drone-enabled services, which Tractica forecasts will grow to $8.7 billion annually by 2025. [Read more…]

Hard landing dents 172

During the student pilot’s first approach for landing at the airport in Santa Barbara, Calif., she felt she was too high and did a go-around. On the second approach the Cessna 172S landed hard, and the propeller struck the runway.

A post-accident examination of the airframe revealed a damaged propeller, and substantial damage to the firewall and fuselage floor.

The pilot was not injured.

The NTSB determined the probable cause of this accident as the pilot’s inadequate landing flare, which resulted in a hard landing.

NTSB Identification: WPR13CA332

This July 2013 accident report is are provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.

Boeing forecasts rising demand for pilots, mechanics

Pilots in Simulator; Pilots on flight deck; Female Co-Pilot; Male African-American Pilot; K66420-03

At this week’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Boeing released a new forecast showing continued strong demand for airline pilots and maintenance technicians as the world’s airlines add 38,000 airplanes to the global fleet over the next 20 years.

Boeing’s 2015 Pilot and Technician Outlook projects that between 2015 and 2034, the world will require 558,000 new airline pilots and 609,000 new airline maintenance technicians. [Read more…]