In perhaps a one-time-only visit, the huge Martin Mars water bomber from British Columbia made quite at splash at AirVenture 2016 by dropping an impressive 7,200 gallons of water on the runway to cap off several afternoon air show appearances during the week. [Read more…]
The last time I flew a TTX it was called Columbia. It also had EXPERIMENTAL placarded to the door.
I’d flown to central Oregon in my Cessna 205. In the Columbia, climbing at well over 1,200 FPM toward 17,500 feet, I noticed our airspeed was faster – a lot faster – than my 205 in cruise. Yep, the Columbia was fast. The Cessna TTX is faster.
The SR-line has been a perennial top seller for Cirrus. Equipped with a parachute and continually refined to add value every model year, Cirrus has done much to increase the pilot population by marketing so effectively to non-pilots. They call it #CirrusLife. And its SR22T GTS is at the top. [Read more…]
Flooding in South Louisiana has devastated the region and displaced tens of thousands of residents. While the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (KBTR) did not sustain any damage from the flooding, one-third of the airport’s staff lost most, if not all, of their possessions.
Friends of the Baton Rouge Airport, a non-profit corporation, is seeking funds to help 22 members of the Baton Rouge Airport family who lost everything.
A GoFundMe account has been created to assist those employees. To date, more than $11,00 has been raised towards the $25,000 goal.
A new story at Mashable reports that researchers in Australia have found that most drone accidents were caused by technology issues, rather than human error.
Led by Graham Wild, a senior lecturer in aviation at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, the researchers reviewed a sample of 152 global drone event reports between 2006 and 2015. The most common cause of accidents was a loss of communication or radio signal between the drone and controls, Wild told Mashable Australia.
The researcher also told Mashable that far more drone accidents occur, but few are reported. And when they are the reports don’t have sufficient details.
“It’s not mandated that you report all these details as it would be if you were flying at a general aviation airport,” he told Mashable. “A lot of the stuff with drones is literally just voluntary and sometimes people put in the bare minimum.”
Read the full story here.
DAYTON BEACH, Florida — Power Flow Systems reports that it has shipped 200 of its high performance tuned exhaust systems for installation on the Cessna 177RG airframe.
Originally, the company had no plans to develop an STC’d version of the performance enhancing system for the Cardinal aircraft. [Read more…]
Duncan Aviation has opened its San Antonio, Texas, avionics work-away location.
The new site is on the southeast side of the San Antonio International Airport.
Greg Ashpaugh, who began his career at Duncan Aviation as a crew lead at the Dallas Satellite facility 13 years ago, will be working in San Antonio and traveling to customer’s aircraft to make avionics repairs and installations as needed, company officials noted.
A friend of the commercial pilot reported that the purpose of the personal flight was to relocate the Beech S35 to an airport about 19 miles northeast of the departure airport, where it could be stored in a hangar while the pilot was on an extended trip overseas.
He added that the pilot attempted to complete the flight the day before the accident but he was unable to start the airplane because the battery required servicing. The battery was serviced the morning of the accident. [Read more…]
While at AirVenture 2016, contributing writing Tom Snow captured this photo of a custom motorcycle powered by a radial engine. He calls it a “radical radial ride.” [Read more…]
A rare and sometimes blinding sight awaited visitors to the Vintage aircraft parking area at the Experimental Aircraft Association‘s AirVenture 2016 as likely the largest-ever gathering of Spartan Model 7W Executives were featured in the front row to celebrate the type’s 80th anniversary.
Eight of the 20 remaining examples of the original 34 produced were together at Oshkosh this year, and since most of the rare planes are polished to a mirror finish, they were almost impossible to look at and photograph in bright sunlight. [Read more…]