Have you been curious about autothrottles and what they do? To most, probably not since a few years ago, fully integrated automatic flight control systems with autothrottle were exclusively for transport aircraft and heavy iron business jets. However, AFCS with AT are recently being included on single engine turboprops, and soon even piston aircraft! So, to those uninitiated, here’s a simple breakdown on what exactly AFCS with autothrottle is, and why it can be beneficial for pilots.
Some may be skeptical about the inclusions of automation, thinking that it would reduce the amount of control a pilot has over their aircraft. This is untrue, the main purpose of cockpit automation is to reduce physical workload and improve the safety of flight. It essentially provides extra assistance
The market has shifted drastically for aircraft displays over the past couple of years. Not too long ago, aircraft owners had to decide whether to purchase fairly antiquated technology for an inordinate amount of money. So much so that despite the benefits these technologies would grant, some aircraft owners just went by without them. However, all of that changed around 2018 when prices for these have managed to reach a low-budget market.
The cut prices were influential enough that owners were managing to get aging piston airplanes like a Cessna Skylane or Piper Archer with glass displays and functions that could rival jets releasing today! The market for retrofit avionics
1955, or more specifically, June 12, 1955, was when Cessna’s most popular and best-selling aircraft, the Skyhawk 172, first took flight. Cessna Skyhawk has lead the way for piston innovation for sixty-five years, and to this day it’s still an invaluable aircraft that not only had more than a thousand models built within it’s first year of production, but is an important method of training as well, especially within flight training schools.
To note a few accomplishments of the C172; to start, its design is one of the few lasting designs of a post-war trend that would lead to revolutionize aircraft with metal construction
For the past several weeks, most of us have only been seeing doom and gloom in the news. For those of us in our home of Norfolk, Virginia, we’re under a stay-at-home order with news coverage notifying us with new information constantly. We’re seeing COVID-19 cases rise, healthcare and other essential worker at risk, and commentary about how we don’t know what’s going to happen.
Which is why we’re bringing you some good news. The Corporate Angel Network (CAN) is a charity organization who coordinates with empty seats on business aircraft to fly cancer patients two or from treatment. This is an essential and life-saving service that so many depend on.
Hearing a lot about COVID-19 and the pandemic and many other events can be tiring, especially because of the limitations being put in place and the restrictions being implemented as we try to figure out the best way to move forward. There are many days when it’s better to stay home, or not do much, but it can admittingly get boring. It’s not all doom and gloom for those who are lacking in things to do however, especially for pilots who only want to think about flying! If you’re having trouble figuring out what to do in a safe way, the Aircraft Electronics Association has launched a “Pilot’s Guide Showcase”, which is a new digital stage featuring everything avionics!
A new hybrid-electric aircraft from VoltAero just completed its first test flight on the way to certification. VoltAero plans to have the new aircraft, Cassio, certified in three years and to be manufacturing 150 aircraft a year by 2025. While this plan seems a bit ahead of the game with just a prototype, we’re willing to check it out and watch the test flight video. Watch it for yourself!
VoltAero is an aviation startup based in Royan, France, and they’re looking to be one of the first companies to break into the new hybrid-electric market with its 4-9 seat hybrid aircraft. Jean Botti, former chief technology officer at Airbus, is the head of VoltAero and led the development of the E-Fan electric aircraft by Airbus. “I am very pleased with the testing as we accumulate time aloft and open up the aircraft’s flight envelope,” said Botti. “The current test phase is with the
International air travel has opened up the world to seeing new places and experiencing new things some people couldn’t have imaged 100 years ago. Now we can just hop on a plane and go anywhere. Well, almost anywhere.
There are certain places where no aircraft can fly over for various reasons and many of these have been named no-fly zones. No-fly zones can be established a multitude of special reasons from religions to environmental to historical or even political. Let’s explore these places and why you’re unable to fly over them.
As picturesque as it would be to look out the window and see those magical castles from above, unfortunately, we’ll never get to.
Recently, we covered the opening of the Norfolk, Virginia campus of the Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) to offer high school students courses and credit towards their degree and training.
In an effort to invite more students to experience careers in aviation, AIM waived its application fee on April 25, 2020 for Digital Decision Day. In proper social distancing guidelines, the virtual event was held to guide prospective students in choosing the perfect program and meeting with financial aid advisors to take the next step towards their career.
The career paths available for students to choose from include: Aviation Maintenance Technology, Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT), Aviation Maintenance Technician Avionics (AMTA), Aviation Maintenance Technical Engineer
When you have a passion, sometimes it overtakes you. You find yourself doing something you never considered without much thought, but a feeling that you need to do it. Greg Hughes is a pilot whose passion project is giving back to his community through aviation.
Hughes first laid eyes on the once beautiful Cessna 150 in the San Marco, Texas, airport. Before he knew it, he was talking to the owner, Roland, about his plan of restoring the plane, starting a flying club, and give kids to young people as an introduction to aviation. Ronald’s’ response? “I’ll bring you the keys tomorrow.”
The plane was in rough shape to start with peeling paint and flat tires, but once Hughes got over the “What have I done?” moment, he got to work.
Three years later with the help of one online fundraising campaign called Lil Angels, the Lil Angels Flyers of Austin, Texas started in December.
The Young Eagles reached 2.2 million flights with young people in January 2020.
The Young Eagles began in 1992 by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) as a program designed for kids to learn more about aviation, starting with their first free ride in an airplane. This program is the only one of its kind offering a free flight with the goal of inspiring young people to learn more and pursue a passion for aviation.
“As we reach each of these milestones, it’s a further credit to the dedication of the EAA-member pilots and volunteers who have committed their time and aircraft to bringing young people into aviation,” said EAA CEO Jack Pelton. “The success of Young
While we’ve been expecting the newest launch of the 2020 G6 SR Series from Cirrus Aircraft, we didn’t expect their latest launch to be used outside the cockpit. Cirrus has launched an aircraft app to accompany the latest in the SR aircraft series.
This app is designed to let pilots check preflight information on the go. It will be listed on the App Store for iPhones only at the launch scheduled for this month. Pilots are the main target of the app, giving them the capability to check oxygen and fuel levels, oil temperature, aircraft flight hours and location, and even battery voltage.
“That success doesn’t stop our team from pursuing relentless innovation. The addition of the Cirrus
Pilot Peter Teahen and co-pilot John Ockenfels aim to raise $1 million to eradicate polio around the world. From March 24 to May 13, they are partnering with Rotary International to raise money and awareness about polio.
The six-passenger Piper Lance II will take them an estimated 19,601 miles in 135 in-flight hours. There will be navigation and communication equipment onboard for people to track their progress online. Since the pilots are paying for the flight themselves, an estimated $60,000 to $70,000, with help from grants and equipment donations, 100% of the proceeds will go to Rotary International to eradicate polio.
As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Rotary International has contributed
The Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) opened a brand-new facility in Norfolk, Virginia on March 17, 2020. The campus will be a training school in partnership with Hampton Roads area public high schools for 11th and 12th graders to learn new skills and earn high school credits.
Students at Hampton City Schools’ Academies and Norfolk Public Schools’ Career and Technical Education can earn up to 19 credit hours that are transferable to AIM career programs. The students will also earn FAA certifications in UAS piloting and general aviation. The partnership is designed to bring awareness to aviation careers, hands-on training, and pathways for students along with additional training for Hampton Academy teachers.
Hoosier Aviation has added two new single-engine piston aircraft this week that are now available for flight training and rental at Terre Haute Regional Airport. This combines with their Advanced Commercial Flight Training school offered for Indiana State University students at the airport.
“Anyone from the public can train with Hoosier Aviation, so you don’t need to be an ISU student,” said Katelyn Griffin, chief pilot at Hoosier Aviation.
The aircraft are 2015 Cirrus SR-20s with room for 4 passengers and 4-hour travel time. With individual overhead lighting, tinted windows, and cushioned seats, the comfort level is closer to a luxury car. The expansive windows also make any seat in the cabin an amazing view.
Resulting from the state of the current economy, a group rears its ugly head in the aviation industry. We call them Bottom Feeders and they are hoping to take advantage of Airplane Sellers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bottom Feeders strike fear into sellers, making it seem like now is the only time to sell their aircraft, usually at a price well below what it’s worth, because they say the value of your aircraft is only going to lower.
Airplane sellers – typically pilots and brokers, are well informed of the aircraft market and the overall economy and will not succumb to this implication of aircraft value loss created by the Bottom Feeders.