Last week Lycoming Engines hosted Stu Horn, president of Aviat Aircraft, who flew the company’s Aviat Husky CNG to Williamsport, Pa., which is powered by a Lycoming IO-360-A1D6. The engine was modified to be the world’s first dual-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) aircraft, and can be powered by CNG or 100LL aviation gasoline with the flip of a switch. Members of the Lycoming engineering team gathered to examine the engine and its modifications during the visit.
OSHKOSH, Wis. — Sonex Aircraft passed a major benchmark this week, as news was received from Christopher Madsen of Huntsville, Alabama, that his AeroVee-powered, Standard Gear Sonex (pictured below) flew for the first time on Sept. 23. The addition of Chris’s aircraft brings the company’s database of completed and flown aircraft to 500 reported first flights.
American Legend Aircraft Co. has installed an ADS-B system in its Legend Cub. The installation, which meets the FAA’s 2020 mandatory compliance requirements for ADS-B equipage, incorporates a FreeFlight Systems Model 1201 WAAS GPS sensor and a Trig Avionics Mode S and 1090ES ADS-B Out capable transponder. The ADS-B solution allows Legend Cub operators to take advantage of NextGen technology today providing traffic awareness, plus weather and information services delivered subscription-free to in-cockpit displays, according to company officials.
The folks at Quicksilver Aeronautics say they are especially pleased to report the sale of a Special Light-Sport Aircraft, the Sport S2SE, to a different sort of customer — a war hero. While any aircraft delivery is satisfying, this one deserves extra attention, they say.
“I met Jimmy Aguila recently. He called me to say he wanted a Quicksilver Sport 2SE SLSA,” said Quicksilver Aeronautics President and CEO Will Escutia. “Every day I come to work and face the problems and challenges of running a business. However Jimmy’s story adds proper perspective to life. Jimmy’s story captured my attention and I feel humbled.”
BOISE, Idaho — EXPparts has opened its virtual doors online with its new, experimental aircraft parts store.
The folks at Terrafugia have just released a new video showing the company’s flying car, called the Transition, in flight and on the road. Check it out here.
The FAA recently released AC 90-116, the Additional Pilot Program (APP) for Phase I flight testing, of homebuilt aircraft, which allows homebuilders to have a qualified additional pilot on board during Phase I flights.
Before this program, builders were only permitted to have “required crew” aboard for initial flights, which usually meant that every Phase I experimental-amateur built (E-AB) aircraft was legally required to be flown solo, according to officials with the Experimental Aircraft Association.