Diamond twin-engine diesel makes show debut

Posted on April 2nd, 2014 by

A new diesel twin-engine DA42-VI — known as the Dash-6 — is making its 2014 show debut at this week’s SUN ’n FUN. Continue Reading →

The circus is more than just a circus

Posted on April 1st, 2014 by

It’s an American tradition that continues unabated, thank goodness. Kids start smiling a little wider in the weeks before the big day. Neighborhood dogs pick up on the excitement, wagging their tails with abandon. Moms and dads prepare for days... Continue Reading →

Shell to sponsor Able Flight scholarship to honor Alan Henley

Posted on April 1st, 2014 by

Able Flight, a non-profit organization that provides flight and aviation career training scholarships to people with physical disabilities, announced today that Shell Aviation has signed on as a major sponsor of its national scholarship and mentoring program. Continue Reading →

Air shows: The new paradigm

Posted on April 1st, 2014 by

By JOHN CUDAHY  No single American industry was as adversely impacted by last year’s sequestration debacle as the air show business. By the end of the 2013 season, more than 60 shows in the U.S. had cancelled as a direct... Continue Reading →

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HARMAN’s AKG enters the aviation market

Posted on April 1st, 2014 by

On opening day of SUN ’n FUN, HARMAN’s AKG introduced the AV100 aviation headset, the Austria-based company’s first product designed for pilots. Continue Reading →

First-ever Job Fair slated for SUN ’n FUN Wednesday

Posted on April 1st, 2014 by

SUN ‘n FUN’s Inaugural Job Fair will be held tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. About 200 people have registered for the job fair, which will be held at the Florida Air Museum, according to SUN ’n FUN officials. Continue Reading →

Droneport: FAA Flight Standards Issues Notice to Inspectors on Logging Drone Pilot Time

Posted on April 1st, 2014 by

From Droneport.com, “Because it is getting more requests in the field, the FAA Flight Standards Division, whose aviation safety inspectors conduct pilot certification duties, recently issued a notice, Logging of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Pilot Time. It clarifies questions raised by drone... Continue Reading →

Baron Services offers free interactive weather tools for websites

Posted on April 1st, 2014 by

Baron Services, which provides aviation weather data, now offers the ability to incorporate weather into your website with its weather widgets and interactive maps. Available weather data products include interactive NEXRAD radar, current conditions, and forecasts. These products are provided... Continue Reading →

Arion Aircraft introduces Lightning XS

Posted on April 1st, 2014 by

Arion Aircraft is introducing its newest kit airplane, the Lightning XS, at this week’s SUN ’n FUN. Continue Reading →

Hypoxic pilot crashes

Posted on April 1st, 2014 by

Aircraft: Cessna T182. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Ludlow, Calif. Aircraft damage: Destroyed. What reportedly happened: The pilot was on a cross-country flight in night visual meteorological conditions and requested flight following from air traffic control. Continue Reading →

Ask Paul: Why is my engine oil creamy?

Posted on March 31st, 2014 by

Q: I am doing a 100-hour inspection on a Piper Aztec with TSIO 540 Lycomings using Shell 15/50 oil with 50 hours on the oil. They are both midtime engines on this photo plane. They fly six hours a day... Continue Reading →

SUN ’n FUN takes off Tuesday

Posted on March 31st, 2014 by

The 40th annual SUN ’n FUN fly-in takes off tomorrow, April 1, at Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport (LAL) in Florida. The Blue Angels are appearing at this year’s show, which also includes a car show for the first time. Check out the fly-in’s... Continue Reading →

Surprise SUN ’n FUN showing by Kitfox

Posted on March 31st, 2014 by

When John McBean of Kitfox Aircraft announced earlier this year that the company wouldn’t be able to participate in any of the big airshows, it was a bad news/good news scenario. The bad news: Air show attendees wouldn’t get to... Continue Reading →

Flying Challenge debuts this week

Posted on March 31st, 2014 by

There is something about aviation that brings out the competitor in all of us. Redbird Flight Simulations and a cadre of sponsors, including Flying Magazine, Jeppesen and ForeFlight, have thrown down the virtual Gauntlet of Challenge to those who want... Continue Reading →

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Last chance to buy ticket for P-51 raffle

Posted on March 31st, 2014 by

This is the last week to buy raffle tickets to win a ride in Stallion 51‘s P-51 Mustang. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit Mercy Flight Southeast, which provides free air transportation to life-saving medical appointments for children and adults. While pilots... Continue Reading →


Organizations call on FAA to expedite UAS rulemaking


ARLINGTON, Va. – The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) have joined 31 other organizations to send a letter to the FAA encouraging the agency to expedite the rulemaking process for unmanned... Continue Reading →


Confusion surrounds Motor octane rating


Earlier this year I gave several state IA renewal seminars. I always enjoy these because I get to greet many old friends and find out what is going on in the industry. I also get a lot of excellent information from... Continue Reading →

Airshows & Fly-Ins

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Jetmobile debuts at SUN ‘n FUN


So just what does a 747 captain think about while he’s flying over the ocean? If you are Paul Holmes, you’re thinking, “That number one engine would look really good on wheels.” After a lot of scribbles on bar napkins... Continue Reading →



For Sale: 1945 J-3, 518 TT


“1945 J-3 Cub, 518 hours. 501-337-9939. aviationjdj@yahoo.com. $42,000.” That’s the ad as it appears in our classified section. 518 hours? Really. I called Tom Sabus, who placed the ad via mail, for a little more information. Continue Reading →


Failure to use checklist leads to accident


Aircraft: Cessna 150. Injuries: 1 Serious. Location: Fairbanks, Alaska. Aircraft damage: Substantial. What reportedly happened: The student pilot intended to depart for a solo flight to the local practice area. Continue Reading →


TAS launches turbine sales division


TAS Aircraft Sales has launched a turbine aircraft sales division, which will offer a range of aircraft brokerage and acquisition services, specifically aimed at helping owners of high-­performance piston aircraft, such as the Cirrus SR22, and the transition into light turbine aircraft, such... Continue Reading →