EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — Some very well-known names from the aviation world will be the judges as the Experimental Aircraft Association invites innovators to enhance aviation safety for amateur-built aircraft through its Founder’s Innovation Prize competition.
The competition will begin accepting entries Oct. 1. [Read more…]
Duncan Aviation’s Mark Francetic and many of the company’s partners will hold a free NextGen seminar Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Southern Museum of Flight in Birmingham, Alabama. Attendees may tour the museum and get in on one of only two remaining Duncan Aviation NextGen seminars scheduled this year.
Focusing on the mandates for ADS-B and FANS 1A, Francetic and representatives from Rockwell Collins, Satcom Direct, Honeywell Aerospace, Universal Avionics, Garmin, L-3 Aviation Products and GoGo Biz will present information about the certified equipment that is available now for general aviation aircraft.
Definitely not GA, but definitely something interesting: The Aeroscraft Corporation (Aeros) recently revealed another milestone in the development of the world’s first Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) capable heavy-lift cargo airship, the Aeroscraft, featuring independence from external ballast.
Dubbed the world’s largest aircraft, the Aeroscraft cargo ship will be capable of carrying a 66-ton payload. [Read more…]
EAST FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — To mark the Sept. 1 enactment of the New York State sales-and-use tax exemption on general aviation transactions — which is expected to create enormous economic benefits for the state — Sheltair commenced the initial land clearing on what will soon become a new multimillion-dollar FBO terminal and aircraft hangar complex at Republic Airport (FRG), located some 35 miles east of Manhattan. [Read more…]
Although safety of U.S. commercial air travel has improved significantly in recent years, the overall safety of general aviation hasn’t improved appreciably in several decades. A big reason for that disparity may be attributable to the limited availability of digital flight data to perform safety analysis.
Commercial aviation safety has improved in part because of the collection and analysis of data from commercial airlines, which are used to identify and address potential safety issues. However, such an archive does not yet exist for GA flights. The FAA is looking to change that.
“Most GA aircraft are not equipped to record digital flight data,” says MITRE group leader Matt Pollack. “And it would be prohibitively expensive for general aircraft owners to purchase that equipment. Without some way to collect data, it’s challenging for the GA community and FAA to identify and address safety issues that affect general aviation.”
Textron Aviation reports that its company-owned service facilities in Greensboro, N.C., Wilmington, Del., Newburgh, N.Y. and Atlanta, Ga., have received new certifications from the FAA, expanding their capabilities to provide service and support to Beechcraft King Air, Cessna Citation and Hawker customers. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a one-day forum to examine the problem of loss-of-control crashes in general aviation fixed-wing aircraft, and explore possible solutions.