The fun rating

Posted on April 3rd, 2014 by

By JONI M. FISHER Known as the fun rating, seaplane flying has an adventurous allure. Seaplane pilots venture into hard-to-reach places, such as villages in Alaska, fishing spots in Canada, Florida swamps, Amazon rivers, small bays, and Caribbean islands. The... Continue Reading →

MAF to dedicate newest plane

Posted on April 3rd, 2014 by

Mission Aviation Fellowship’s newest aircraft, a Quest KODIAK, will soon be on its way to Papua, Indonesia, where it will make life better for people living in remote corners of the jungle. Continue Reading →

SPOT debuts SPOT Trace

Posted on April 3rd, 2014 by

SPOT has launched new SPOT Trace,  an anti-theft asset tracking device. SPOT Trace ensures airplanes, cars, motorcycles, boats, ATVs, snowmobiles and other valuable assets are where they need to be, notifying owners via email or text when movement is detected... Continue Reading →

Lightspeed reveals finalists for Pilot’s Choice Awards

Posted on April 3rd, 2014 by

From the grandstands at SUN ‘n FUN, the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation announced the names of 15 charities, selected from hundreds of nominees, that will benefit from grants to be awarded through the Pilot’s Choice Awards Program. Continue Reading →

Helicopter trainer debuts

Posted on April 3rd, 2014 by

ELITE Simulation Solutions, in cooperation with Daedalus Technologies and Laminar Research, introduced the TH22 piston helicopter primary flight training device at this week’s SUN ’n FUN. Continue Reading →

Zenith introduces CH-750 with Rotax 912iS at SUN ’n FUN

Posted on April 3rd, 2014 by

Zenith Aircraft introduced a CH 750 powered by a new Rotax 912iS engine at this week’s SUN ’n FUN. Continue Reading →

iFlightPlanner for iPad v2.0 released

Posted on April 3rd, 2014 by

iFlightPlanner has released iFlightPlanner for iPad v2.0, an upgrade to its iPad-based flight planning solution presented by Sennheiser. Continue Reading →

Inexperience, sensitive brakes bad combo

Posted on April 3rd, 2014 by

Aircraft: Fairchild 24 C8C. Injuries: None. Location: Redmond, Ore. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The pilot received his tailwheel endorsement in another airplane make. His total flight time in the Fairchild was about one hour. Continue Reading →

FAA pursues rulemaking on third class medical

Posted on April 2nd, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA is moving ahead with the rulemaking process to possibly expand the number of pilots eligible to fly without the need for a third-class medical certificate. Continue Reading →

Mentoring: Making it more affordable

Posted on April 2nd, 2014 by

The role of a mentor varies widely depending on the situation. In general they are there to provide counsel, be supportive, give constructive criticism and encouragement. One area that doesn’t get a lot of airplay is the money-saving benefits of... Continue Reading →


GRT introduces Mini EFIS

Posted on April 2nd, 2014 by

GRT Avionics is showcasing its new Mini EFIS at this week’s SUN ’n FUN. Continue Reading →


Hydrodynamics introduces Method Seven Glasses

Posted on April 2nd, 2014 by

Hydrodynamics introduced the Method Seven Glasses at this week’s SUN ’n FUN. Continue Reading →

Paddle lamps make their debut

Posted on April 2nd, 2014 by

New from PSA Enterprises are paddle lamps, LED Replacement Navigational/Position Lamps that are available in red or green, 14 or 28 volts, weighing in at less than .0285 pounds. Continue Reading →

Scheme Designers debut limited edition designs for Cirrus aircraft

Posted on April 2nd, 2014 by

Scheme Designers has introduced Cirrus Applied Art — 12 limited edition vinyl design sets available just for Cirrus owners. Only 15 of each set will be sold and each set is numbered and signed by the artist. Continue Reading →

Blocked rudder pedals lead to off-runway trip

Posted on April 2nd, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna 180. Injuries: None. Location: Abingdon, Va. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, after the airplane touched down it started to veer to the left as he began to apply the brakes. Continue Reading →


Free Preflight Weather Analysis Course available


Find-it Fast Books now offers a free 440-page preflight weather analysis course for pilots of all experience levels. The PDF format course may be completed online or downloaded and shared with other pilots to desktops, laptops and tablet computers. Continue Reading →


Max Conrad: The early years


When he died in 1979, Max Conrad was known the world over as the “Flying Grandfather.” A long-distance record breaker in light aircraft, most notably the Piper Comanche, Max was generally credited with more flying time than any other pilot... Continue Reading →

Airshows & Fly-Ins

Tecnam reports success at SUN ‘n FUN


Tecnam reports its most successful visit ever to the SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo at Lakeland, Florida, with both the announcement of the launch of Tecnam USA Inc.’s dedicated facilities in Sebring, Florida, and sales orders on 12... Continue Reading →


EASA STC granted for diesel Archers


Piper Aircraft and Continental Motors Group have collaborated to obtain a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Supplemental Type Certificate for Piper Archer aircraft powered by the Centurion 2.0S diesel engine. Continue Reading →


NTSB to hold safety seminar on lessons learned from GA accidents


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Transportation Safety Board is presenting a seminar highlighting the lessons learned from its investigations of general aviation accidents involving aerodynamic stalls and loss of control. Continue Reading →


NextGen Drone Tracker Kit now available


Sagetech Corporation has introduced a turnkey solution to track drones using NextGen ADS-B location broadcasts and iPads. The ADS-B Tracker Kit includes Sagetech’s new XPG-TR micro transponder, Clarity ADS-B receiver, and an iPad with zero interface connections. Continue Reading →