Cessna has scrapped its unsold Skycatcher light-sport airplanes. According to a report in The Wichita Eagle, the company retained its inventory of Model 162s for spare parts after the company stopped selling them in early 2014. It then quotes a company spokesman, who notes, “The company did dispose of what remained after salvaging usable parts.”
Dispatch from SXU, Santa Rosa, New Mexico: I’m sitting outside my hangar in my “Air Racer” folding chair, race swag from the ninth annual Texoma 100 Race.
I take a puff on my cigar and regard my trusty plane with a loving eye. From my low angle in the chair just outside the hangar door, her nose juts up into the air. Ready to fly. Ready to race.
It’s 111 days until the next race season. Will I race again? [Read more…]
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The FAA issued a final rule Dec. 16, 2016, that overhauls the airworthiness standards for general aviation airplanes.
According to FAA officials, the new rule will reduce the time it takes to move safety-enhancing technologies for small airplanes into the marketplace and will also reduce costs for the aviation industry. [Read more…]
WATERFORD, Michigan – Pentastar Aviation’s Mike Baker, Vice President of Safety & Compliance, has been named a recipient of the Dr. Tony Kern Professionalism in Aviation Award by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA).
The award recognizes aviation professionals who have demonstrated a continuous history of extraordinary participation in, or in support of, professionalism in business aviation. This is the inaugural year for the award. [Read more…]
One step into his residential hangar and it’s easy to see Harlan Rohner values his leisure time — and be careful not to call it “down time.”
The man is always on the go. He has snowmobiles, boats, vehicles and ATVs in his hangar, along with his Kitfox experimental airplane and his Enstrom 280FX Shark helicopter. [Read more…]
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is reporting that the FAA is expected to release its final rule on third class medical reform sometime in January 2017. However, the rule’s implementation date — when pilots will be able to fly under the new regulations — is not known at this time.
ALAMOGORDO, NM — The City of Alamogordo and Holloman Air Force Base recently hosted the fourth annual New Mexico Aviation Aerospace Aviation Career Expo, attracting more than 2,300 middle school through college level students. [Read more…]