Doctoral student studying CFI complacency

Victoria Dunbar, a Ph.D. candidate at Florida Institute of Technology’s doctoral program in Aviation Sciences, is investigating the factors that could contribute to CFIs becoming complacent. She hopes to identify prevention strategies that could be developed into standards, which could then lead to a reduced risk of CFI complacency and an overall improvement in GA safety.

She is asking CFIs to complete an online survey, which would take 10 to 15 minutes. The study is targeting those who have a current CFI certificate, regardless if they are currently working as a CFI or not.

You can access the online survey here.

Avionics sales top $587 million in first quarter


The Aircraft Electronics Association’s first-quarter 2015 Avionics Market Report shows that business and general aviation avionics sales topped $587 million in the first three quarters of the year.

That’s a 9.9% drop in sales compared to the first-quarter of 2014, when sales were more than $651 million. This year’s first-quarter sales are more in line with the first-quarter sales of 2013, which totaled more than $586 million, AEA officials noted. [Read more…]

NTSB slates safety seminar on accidents during flight training

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Did you know that an aspiring pilot is less likely to have an accident while training than after earning a pilot certificate? Nevertheless, officials with the National Transportation Safety Board say they’ve developed an understanding of when and how training accidents are likely to occur, both through its own investigations and through industry and government research identifying risks involved in both solo and dual instructional flights.

That’s why officials are presenting a seminar highlighting the lessons learned from NTSB’s accident investigations involving instructional accidents. The goal of the July 11 seminar is to give the GA community the tools to decrease the rate of training-related accidents, NTSB officials said. [Read more…]

ICON given green light to begin deliveries

Icon A5 in flight

LOS ANGELES — FAA officials have completed a compliance audit at ICON Aircraft’s Tehachapi, California, facility, which led agency officials to issue the first Special-Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) airworthiness certificate for ICON’s A5.

With this milestone complete, ICON will now begin customer deliveries for the A5, which has a backlog of more than 1,250 orders, according to company officials. [Read more…]

Q&A: So you fly RCs

Doug's 737-800 shots were at KSEA during Alaska Airlines' 2015 Aviation Day.

Radio-controlled (RC) flying is a popular hobby for full-scale pilots and non-pilots alike. For those full-scale pilots who haven’t had the pleasure of flying an RC, I thought I’d share a recent conversation with Seattle-area full-scale and RC pilot Doug Wilson. [Read more…]