With a goal of “perpetual flight,” Daniel Preston and a small group of engineers and professors are working to design an unmanned, autonomous, solar-powered electric airplane that can achieve that milestone of staying aloft around the clock … even during the longest, darkest night of the year.
And why, you might ask, would you need such a plane? [Read more…]
In response to our call for seaplane stories, Eric Ziegler sent us this one: “When I was a pre-pilot with about eight hours of land time, my wife and I visited her brother, who lived in Thibadoux, La. He worked for the gas pipeline company there, and frequently inspected small concrete data islands in the swamp. He invited me along for such a trip in a float C-180. Our first takeoff exhilarated me — so smooth.
“From the left seat our pilot allowed me take the controls, even for our first landing. Looking forward to a great splash-down after a good approach, I was startled when he took the airplane from me at about 100 feet and did a go-around. At 500 feet he chuckled “bumps in the water.” In this case, alligators.
During our brief stay on the little island I saw gators, water mocs, and more. I was quite happy to leave, but happier to get my splash-down on the lake by the headquarters. Surreal, but great day!”
Cessna Aircraft Company reports that student pilots who sign up for the Cessna Flight Training System through the Cessna Pilot Center network will receive a one-year Garmin Pilot subscription. The Garmin Pilot app allows pilots to plan, file, fly and log flights using their Apple or Android tablets and smartphones. [Read more…]
Ben Rayl of Loudonville, Ohio, will soon fly a piece of World War II history. Mercy Flight Southeast drew Rayl’s winning raffle ticket for a chance to fly a P-51 Mustang.
Stallion 51 had donated the experience flying its P-51 “Crazy Horse” to raise money for Mercy Flight Southeast, which provides free air transportation to adults and children who need to get to far-from-home medical care. [Read more…]
The FAA recently published its 2016 NextGen update, which provides an overview of where NextGen stands today, and where it’s going in the years to come. As part of this update, the FAA posted an online ADS-B equipment database, which allows pilots and aircraft owners to learn what equipment has been certified and other useful information. Simply enter the type of aircraft you have and a list of available equipment appears. Find out more here.
John Secord is no stranger to flying fast in his Glasair Super II, so this year’s Sunshine Express 400 from Greenwood, South Carolina, to Winter Haven, Florida, was another great opportunity to race in the highly regarded but fairly new venture, which debuted last year as the “Race to the Sun.”
And, while John is a familiar figure at general aviation races, the same might not be said for the airplane he chose to fly in this year’s race — a Meyers 200C built in 1964 and not flown in competition for more than four decades. [Read more…]
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has released an interactive analysis that finds 38 types of business operations have been approved by the FAA to fly remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) — also known as drones and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) — commercially in the National Airspace System (NAS).
According to the report that analyzed more than 3,000 FAA exemptions, aerial photography received the most, followed by real estate and aerial inspection. The report also finds that exemptions have been approved in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. [Read more…]