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 people who are actually doing the work, along with some great questions.

One of the questions was a version of one I receive at almost every session: “Why can a Rotax with 9:1 compression ratio run knock free on 91 R+M/2 auto gas and a 8:1 compression ratio Lycoming need 100LL with an R+M/2 of around 104+?”

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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 and a lengthy discussion with his wife, the Holmes Jetmobile was born.

LiveAirShowTV caught up with Paul and his wife Susie at SUN ‘n FUN earlier this month in Lakeland, Florida, and got the story on how it all came together. [Read more...]

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 aircraft systems (UAS) operations in the U.S. airspace.

The letter also calls on the FAA to allow the limited use of small UAS for commercial purposes before the final rulemaking is completed.

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Flying with Diabetes fly-in planned

A Flying With Diabetes weekend is planned for July 26-27 at Council Bluffs Airport (KCBF) in Iowa.

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Able Flight awards nine new scholarships

It’s a record setting year for Able Flight with nine new scholarships awarded to date. Six of the recipients will soon begin their training at Purdue University’s Department of Aviation Technology, one has completed a career training course, and two others are upgrading their pilot certificates.

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Oklahoma governor extends aerospace industry tax credits

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed into law a bill extending tax incentives until 2018 to new engineers ,as well as their employers, in Oklahoma’s aerospace industry.

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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 as the Eclipse 500.

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InReach Explorer debuts

DeLorme has announced the upcoming launch of its newest product, inReach Explorer, incorporating a new range of navigation functions. The latest generation of inReach will be available in stores in early May.

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Prepware apps for Windows released

New from ASA are Prepware Apps that provide study and test tools for FAA Knowledge Exams on your desktop/laptop computers or your Windows phone or tablet device.

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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. [Read more...]