EAA Young Eagles receive course upgrades

A cornerstone of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Flight Plan program for youth is free access to Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course. Sporty’s now offers new content and functionality for the course, which serves as ground school, test prep and a complete flight training companion. Nearly four hours of new high-definition video content and animations have been added, along with improved features for the written test prep application. [Read more…]

Lightspeed kicks off spring promotion

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Lightspeed Aviation has revealed the details of a pair of offers for its Spring Promotion.

Customers who buy any new Lightspeed Zulu PFX or Zulu.2 will receive a Lightspeed iPad leather folio made from full-grain South American cowhide.

The second offer is designed for those looking to outfit their entire plane or helicopter: Buy any new Lightspeed headset at retail price and save 10% on additional Lightspeed headsets of equal or lesser value purchased at the same time. [Read more…]

Burt Rutan’s latest project: The SkiGull

Rutan during the initial hydro testing. Photo by Mike Kincaid.

Legendary aircraft designer Burt Rutan’s latest project is the SkiGull, a seaplane that’s currently undergoing initial hydro testing.

Mike Kincaid, a seaplane expert who has written often for General Aviation News and happens to live near Burt’s retirement home in Couer d’Alene, Idaho, reports that the SkiGull “will land very slowly, takeoff quickly, cruise fast, and have an almost forever range. Like all of Burt’s creations, this seaplane will be very unique and could change the way we fly water planes.”

The latest design will also be featured in a new documentary, “Looking Up, Way Up! The Burt Rutan Story.” [Read more…]