The FAA has awarded a Type Certificate to the Stemme Twin Voyager S12 powered glider. [Read more…]
Redmond, Oregon – Dave Morss is a test pilot. He made the first flight in the Stratos 714 prototype last November, but that was not a new experience.
He has made the first flights in 43 prototype aircraft.
Morss has logged more than 4,000 hours in jets and has flown north of 27,000 hours total time in everything from J-3s to P-51s to airliners and a wide range of rotorcraft.
However, every first flight, especially in a new design, has its own challenges. [Read more…]
SALISBURY, NC – This immaculate, legendary 1941 PT-17 Stearman is now leading the easy life after being resurrected from a boneyard and fully restored to near show quality. It is now owned, flown, and meticulously maintained by Ken Haenlein, owner of Time Saver Aviation charters in North Carolina.
Following the restoration by a previous owner, Ken had the good luck of snagging the aircraft at a deep discount from a “motivated” seller facing a serious time crunch to get rid of it — on orders from a divorce court judge.
The pristine Stearman then became a Christmas gift to him from his wife. [Read more…]
The performance and plane got so much attention that he flew it again in Sunday’s closing day airshow.
What many people don’t know is that Sunday’s performance was “25 years to the day” of his father, air show legend Jimmy Franklin, debuting the Kitfox Model 4 Speedster at Oshkosh.
“I was only 12 years old when my father flew it the first time,” he said. “But I remember him saying how fun that little airplane was and how impressed he was with the airplane — and that everybody really liked the way the airplane looked when it flew. I remember, even from back then, the high praise he gave that airplane.” [Read more…]
EL CALAFATE, Argentina — Airbus Perlan Mission II, an initiative to fly a glider without an engine to the edge of space to collect insights on climate change, weather and high-altitude flight, reached a new high altitude the week of Aug. 2, 2017, in its second season of flight testing in El Calafate, Argentina.
Pilots Jim Payne, Morgan Sandercock, Tim Gardner, and Miguel Iturmendi soared the pressurized Perlan 2 glider in a series of flights reaching a maximum altitude, to date, of 32,500 feet. [Read more…]
Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. (AEAC) revealed plans for a four-place airplane, “Sun Flyer 4,” the next addition to the Sun Flyer family of aircraft at EAA AirVenture 2017.
The latest model in the Zenith high-wing line developed by aeronautical engineer Chris Heintz, the STOL CH 750 Super Duty (SD) is an expansion on the two-seat STOL CH 750 light-sport aircraft, but offers increased load (and corresponding increased gross weight), the addition of a “jump seat” in the rear cabin area, and new engine choices for maximum short takeoff and landing (STOL) performance, according to company officials. [Read more…]