First flight: Belite Sealite

Belite’s James Wiebe recently flew the Belite Sealite amphibious ultralight off the water for the first time.

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Hundreds flock to Zenith’s Hangar Day

MEXICO, Mo. — Hundreds of people showed up on Friday, Sept. 19, for the pre-Hangar Day activities and hundreds more came on Saturday for demo flights, factory tours and encounters with Zenith Aircraft kit builders, factory personnel, and the curious.

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Airforms awarded new FAA PMA approval for Cessna tie-down trim plates

BIG LAKE, ALASKA – On the heels of the announcement of PMA approval for the Caravan Crew Door Panels, Airforms, Inc. has received yet another PMA approval to support the world-wide fleet of Caravan family aircraft. Airforms Part Number AF2615118-1 recently gained FAA PMA approval as a direct, drop-in replacement for Cessna P/N 2615118-1. The Airforms Trim Plates are eligible for installation on all Cessna model 208/208B aircraft (passenger aircraft only).

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Piper fails to climb

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: None. Location: Marysville, Tenn. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to takeoff from his private airstrip. Despite the application of full power, the airplane did not climb at a normal rate, and he was unable to avoid trees at the end of the grass runway.

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On choices, options, and being a cheapskate

News flash: I have just finished eating a $16 bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. That’s nothing. Last night I feasted on a $25 hamburger. Neither meal was unique, memorable, or impressive in any way other than the price.

I feel an analogy coming on.

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Flying classroom prepares for takeoff

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Barrington Irving will launch the Flying Classroom, an interactive STEM learning adventure spanning three continents, from Reagan Washington National Airport on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

Irving, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer who holds the Guinness World Record as the youngest person to fly solo around the world, will pilot Inspiration III, a business jet provided by Executive Air Services in Miami. Irving and his crew will visit North America, Asia, Indonesia, and Australia, exploring real life applications of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, history, geography and humanities (STEM+) through 16 ground, air, and sea expeditions.

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New Mexico governor declares September Aviation Appreciation Month

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has declared September “New Mexico Aviation Appreciation Month.” In New Mexico, general aviation accounts for more than $761 million in economic activity annually. To view the proclamation, click here.

Public Benefit Flying Award recipients named

The National Aeronautic Association, in partnership with the Air Care Alliance, a nationwide league of humanitarian flying organizations, has revealed the recipients of the 2014 Public Benefit Flying Awards.

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Garmin AOA gets FAA nod

Garmin’s Angle of Attack (AOA) system has been approved by the FAA for installation in a wide variety of general aviation aircraft. The entire system is comprised of the GI 260 AOA indicator, GAP 26 angle of attack probe and GSU 25 air data computer, which combine to display AOA and audible alerts throughout critical phases of flight.

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Aspen Avionics receives FAA OK for glass panel for VFR pilots

Aspen Avionics, manufacturer of the Evolution Flight Display system, has received FAA certification for its Evolution VFR PFD, a glass panel display designed specifically for pilots flying in the Visual Flight Rules (VFR) environment. Deliveries begin this month.

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