PHOENIX — Hartzell Propeller has delivered 230 advanced swept airfoil five-blade props for Daher TBM 700/850/900/930 aircraft since FAA approval in 2014. The announcement was made in advance of the Annual TBM Owners and Pilots Association Convention to be held Sept. 21-24. [Read more…]
Washington’s Sanford Reim is flying a Breezy – N800PY – from Penn Yan, New York, to Hillsboro, Oregon. Reim launched on Friday, Sept. 9 and as of Sept. 14, he’d made it to Billings, Montana. You can follow along via his SPOT.
One you build, the other you buy. Both have a long lineage. The Evolution is designed atop three-and-a-half decades of Lancair’s homebuilding experience. Piper’s M350 is a direct descendent of the original Malibu of the early 1980s.
Both are pressurized. Both are fast. While many pilots prefer the flexibility and customization of a homebuilt, others prefer the consistency of a production aircraft. [Read more…]
I earned my multi-engine rating in a 1973 Beechcraft Baron E55 and flew a few hundred hours in it. For that reason, if I see a Baron G58 on a ramp – or at a fly-in – I have to go look.
Admittedly, I have a soft spot for that particular line of twins. The room, comfort and look all appeal to me. That’s what makes having so many options in general aviation so cool. It is hard to find an aircraft that doesn’t fit your personal preference.
And when I look at Diamond’s DA62, I’m more than intrigued. I’ve yet had the opportunity to go for a flight, but much about the design is appealing. The 1,004-pound full fuel payload and the 9 gph max endurance cruise fuel burn cause me to tilt my held like a curious puppy. One of the G58’s IO-550-Bs using lean-of-peak procedures will get close to 9 gph, but you still have to feed the other -550. [Read more…]
The last time I flew a TTX it was called Columbia. It also had EXPERIMENTAL placarded to the door.
I’d flown to central Oregon in my Cessna 205. In the Columbia, climbing at well over 1,200 FPM toward 17,500 feet, I noticed our airspeed was faster – a lot faster – than my 205 in cruise. Yep, the Columbia was fast. The Cessna TTX is faster.
The SR-line has been a perennial top seller for Cirrus. Equipped with a parachute and continually refined to add value every model year, Cirrus has done much to increase the pilot population by marketing so effectively to non-pilots. They call it #CirrusLife. And its SR22T GTS is at the top. [Read more…]
A rare and sometimes blinding sight awaited visitors to the Vintage aircraft parking area at the Experimental Aircraft Association‘s AirVenture 2016 as likely the largest-ever gathering of Spartan Model 7W Executives were featured in the front row to celebrate the type’s 80th anniversary.
Eight of the 20 remaining examples of the original 34 produced were together at Oshkosh this year, and since most of the rare planes are polished to a mirror finish, they were almost impossible to look at and photograph in bright sunlight. [Read more…]
SUGAR GROVE, Ill. — When David Spano and Tony Sabos set up SimplyFLY six years ago, their goal was to provide flight training under the banner of Power Sports.
They wanted to focus on growing sport aviation by targeting the general public. They do this by taking a REMOS mockup aircraft to local fairs, festivals and other events. There, they sell Discovery Flights: A half hour instructional flight for $75. Around 15 percent of those who make the flight go on to become sport pilots or private pilots.
All of the training is done in REMOS aircraft. SimplyFLY has four of them, plus a new dealer demo aircraft for sales. [Read more…]
Two groups have banded together for a common goal to help disabled pilots fly.
EAA Chapter 1083 and John Robinson, the founder of AV84all.org, will build a Zenith CH 750 Cruzer in Salisbury, North Carolina. The EAA chapter members will launch the build Sept. 10, 2016, at Rowan County Airport (KRUQ). [Read more…]