WASHINGTON, D.C. — There is not much talk openly about it here, but the steady decline in the number of general aviation pilots has some GA advocates concerned.
DALLAS — International helicopter pilot organization, Twirly Birds, will again hold its annual membership meeting in conjunction with the Helicopter Association International (HAI) Heli-Expo in Anaheim, Calif., on Feb. 25.
DULUTH, Minn. — Cirrus Aircraft reports that in 2013 it delivered 276 new aircraft, nearly a 10% increase over 2012, marking its best aircraft shipment performance since 2008.
With these results, Cirrus Aircraft’s annual market share has grown to an all-time high of 37% and the SR22/22T model remains the best-selling four- or five-seat airplane for the 11th year in a row, company officials said.
“The key driver to this past year’s outstanding performance was Cirrus owners’ and pilots’ strong response to Generation 5, which was introduced in early 2013 with the new capability to carry 200 pounds more than any previous Cirrus airplane,” said Todd Simmons, Executive Vice President Sales, Marketing and Customer Support at Cirrus Aircraft.
“But what makes 2013 results more important than any other year in our history is the real expansion of the Cirrus customer base in the last 12 months,” he continued. “The most significant examples include current Cirrus owners upgrading to new ‘G5’ airplanes, first-time Cirrus owners moving up to the performance and capability of G5 from other airplane brands, corporate aircraft operators adding a Cirrus to a previously all turbine fleet, and both domestic and international training partners upgrading to new Cirrus aircraft. This broader and more diversified customer portfolio continues to drive the enterprise in 2014.”
A highlight for Cirrus Aircraft in 2013 was final delivery in Saudi Arabia of more than 20 new Cirrus aircraft to the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) for its pilot training needs.
The Royal Saudi Air Force is the third national Air Force that has recently selected Cirrus Aircraft for its training needs, following the United States and France, company officials report.
For more information: CirrusAircraft.com
DAYTON, Ohio — National Museum of the U.S. Air Force visitors will be cleared for liftoff when the museum’s new Space Shuttle Exhibit opens to the public on Feb. 26.
VISTA, Cal. – Sandel Avionics has released its latest upgrades to the SG102 (MOD2) AHRS, which is a solid-state, three-axis instrument certified for primary heading reference and standby attitude.
WETASKIWIN, Alberta, Canada — Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield will be the guest speaker at the 41st annual induction ceremony of Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame.
The National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University and RTCA have formed a partnership in which NIAR will develop and conduct training for RTCA, focusing on the testing standards for equipment installed on aircraft.
WACO, Texas — Blackhawk Modifications has named Absolute Aviation Group (AAG) in Johannesburg, South Africa, the newest sales center for turboprop performance solutions for Beechcraft King Air 90s and 200s, Caravan 208 and 208Bs, Conquest I and Cheyenne series aircraft.
Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Mokuleia, Hawaii. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The accident happened during the approach to landing.
According to the pilot, as the airplane approached the runway, he realized that the descent rate was higher than normal. He was unable to stop the rapid descent and the airplane touched down hard, bounced, and began to porpoise.
He attempted to abort the landing, but the airplane yawed left, and the nose hit the ground, which caused the Cessna to nose over.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and the vertical stabilizer.
Probable cause: The pilot’s improper landing flare and inadequate recovery from a bounced landing.
NTSB Identification: WPR12CA088
This February 2012 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.