The arsenal of airborne tactics available to firefighters and first responders may soon grow as Thrush Aircraft has formed an alliance with unmanned aerial vehicle and systems manufacturer Drone America to begin development of the world’s first autonomous air tanker. [Read more…]
Around 1,800 pilots have invested in delivery positions for the highly-anticipated ICON A5 Light-Sport amphibian, which, by all accounts, is a great little seaplane.
However, production delays have frustrated many potential ICON owners who want to experience the fun of water flying sooner rather than later.
Enter Scoda Aeronautica, which manufactures the Super Petrel LS Light-Sport amphibious seaplane at a facility in Ipeúna, Brazil, a couple of hours outside of Sao Paulo.
With a recently-established sales, assembly and parts distribution center in Ormond Beach, Florida, the company is serious about serving the market in the United States and the plan is to eventually build the plane here.
Available now, the Super Petrel is a unique biplane amphibious flying boat that was designed in 2001 and FAA-certified in 2014 as an S-LSA. [Read more…]
Piper Aircraft has received FAA certification of the G1000 NXi next generation integrated flight deck on both the M500 single engine turboprop and M350 pressurized, single-engine piston.
The company is set to offer it as a retrofit option (via STC) for fielded G1000 equipped Matrix, Mirage (M350), and Meridian (M500) aircraft later this year, Piper officials said. [Read more…]
ALBANY, Georgia — The State of Georgia’s Forestry Commission has taken delivery of the industry’s newest firefighting aircraft — the Thrush 510G Switchback.
Powered by a GE H80 turbine engine, the Switchback is designated as a Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) aircraft and will be used by the Georgia Forestry Commission for fire detection, rapid response firefighting, and training.
The 510G Switchback has the ability to quickly deliver 500 gallons of water, retardant or fire suppressant with pinpoint accuracy in tight environments, according to officials with Thrush Aircraft. It also has the ability to switch from agricultural spray duties to firefighting capabilities in a matter of minutes thanks to a unique fire gate delivery system, company officials note. [Read more…]
By TED LUEBBERS
One member of Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 534 recently received an Airworthiness Certificate for his aircraft building project from another chapter member who did his first airworthiness inspection as a newly minted Designated Airworthiness Representative.
Steve Tilford from the Villages in Florida, has been working on his Van’s RV-7A off and on for 12 years and close to 4,000 hours. He worked on his plane in a hangar at the Leesburg International Airport (KLEE) for the last few years and now it is just about ready to take to the air.
The last step was that all important FAA Airworthiness Certificate.
Arnold Holmes from Fruitland Park, Florida, also a member of EAA Chapter 534 , has been an Airframe and Powerplant mechanic for 25 years with FAA Inspection Authorization. Holmes, who runs an aircraft repair business at KLEE, recently completed FAA training to become a Designated Airworthiness Representative. [Read more…]
Hartzell’s lightweight hub turbine propeller is constant speed, feathering, reversing and optimized for an improved climb rate, according to Hartzell officials. [Read more…]
US Sport Planes of Denton, Texas, has been appointed the North American importer and distributor for Jabiru Light-Sport Airplanes for North America. The company will be the exclusive importer and market the full line of LSA airplanes manufactured in Australia by Jabiru Aircraft.
Jabiru Aircraft has sold more than 2,000 aircraft and more than 6,000 engines world-wide since 1988, with Jabiru ranking the seventh highest selling LSA in America. [Read more…]
When David Porter took his first flight in his RV-7 on Nov. 24, 2017, he probably didn’t know he was making history.
The Martinsburg, W.Va., pilot’s plane became the official 10,000th Van’s RV aircraft to transition from a collection of parts and take to the skies. [Read more…]
CubCrafters has introduced two new variants of the Carbon Cub model: The Carbon Cub EX-3 and FX-3.
The Carbon Cub EX-3 is an experimental amateur built (E-AB) kit, and the Carbon Cub FX-3 is the company’s FX (Factory eXperimental) builder assist version. Both feature a more powerful, fuel-injected engine, constant-speed propeller, and higher 2,000 pound gross weight limit. [Read more…]