Popular Science is reporting that Burt Rutan’s latest design, the SkiGull, had its first flight recently. Rutan’s 47th aircraft design, the seaplane’s first flight lasted about two hours. [Read more…]
Plane-Crafters has introduced the Two Week Wonder program, an accelerated plane-building experience for owners and pilots who want to complete a new Zenith aircraft in record time.
Designed for busy people, the new Build-Center offers pilots the opportunity to assemble and taxi their own self-built sport aircraft after just two weeks of workshop time. [Read more…]
DENVER, Colo. — XTI Aircraft Company, which is developing the TriFan 600, has asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to convert almost $14 million in expressed interest into real investments for thousands of individuals worldwide.
XTI launched a “test-the-waters” equity crowdfunding campaign in late August to develop the TriFan 600, a six-seat fixed-wing airplane with the ability to take off and land like a helicopter. Conceptual design of the aircraft has been completed and validated by an independent team of technical experts, according to company officials. [Read more…]
If there is a Light-Sport Aircraft that can be put in the “best kept secret” category, it might be the Trail, designed and manufactured by Groppo Avio of Italy.
The high-wing, tailwheel airplane with the foldable wings is still somewhat unknown in the United States, said Steve Bensinger of Lone Palm Aero in Bushnell, Fla., the southeast distributor for the Trail.
During this year’s SUN ‘n FUN, Bensinger was on duty next to the orange and white taildragger and eager to answer questions about the airplane, which he describes as the evolution of a European microlight design by Nando Groppo. [Read more…]
An Oregon family has filed a $35 million lawsuit again Van’s Aircraft after a crash last year that claimed the life of the builder and his 4-year-old granddaughter. The suit alleges that the instructions for the kits and the parts provided by Van’s Aircraft Inc and Floscan Instrument Co. “are inadequate and unsafe,” according to a Reuters story.
The lawsuit also claims that Van’s Aircraft misleads consumers into believing they can follow the company’s specifications to safely construct the aircraft without having proper mechanical experience or training.
The story quotes Scott Risan, Van’s president and general manager, who said “we do a really good job with the safety of the airplanes. It’s up to the builder to use good judgment when they are building and maintaining the airplane. The lawsuit seems to be kind of attacking the industry in general and that’s unfortunate.”
Most people spend their teenage years planning their future. But Dillon Barron, who just turned 20 in June, spent a good portion of his teen years with an eye to the past as he restored a 1950’s-era Cessna 170B to fresh-from-the-factory condition. [Read more…]