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1971 CESSNA 172L

11/13/17 02:42PM
1971 COMMANDER 681

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Aviat Husky A-1C 200

11/02/17 12:45PM
1999 CESSNA 172SP

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Pilot Shortage Hitting Business Aviation

While regional airlines seem to be the hardest hit so far by the tightening supply of pilots, business aircraft operators are also feeling the pinch.

Caravan Hits Car On Takeoff

A Tropic Air Cessna Caravan carrying the acting Prime Minister of Belize, Patrick Faber, Agriculture Minister Godwin Hulse and five other passengers clipped a car on takeoff from Placencia Municipal Airport and ended up in the water at the end of the runway Friday. No one was hurt in the incident, which has sparked an investigation into the safety of the airport.

Training Aircraft Collide, Four Dead

Three Britons and a man from Vietnam were killed in the midair collision of a small helicopter and a Cessna 152 on Friday.

Short Final

I had the following exchange with a tower controller immediately after takeoff … Me: Tower, I'd like to report a bird strike during takeoff.  I don't believe there's any damage to the aircraft, but you'll need to have someone check for any bird parts on the runway … Tower: Was it a small bird?… Me:  It is now … Bernie Hirsch

Airlander Deflates After Breaking Free

The Hybrid Air Vehicles Airlander broke free from its mooring mast at Cardington Airfield in England but a uniquely dramatic safety feature prevented it from running amok. Airlander reported on Saturday that after leaving its moorings, an onboard system ripped open the hull and deflated the enormous aircraft so it ended up crumpled on the edge of the airfield.

Navy Fighter Leaves Lewd Contrails

The U.S. Navy has acknowledged that the rough contrail drawing of male genitalia in the skies over Washington state Thursday were made by one of its aircraft operating out of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island—most likely an EA-18 Growler. The local CBS affiliate reports that complaints were made to the FAA, who informed the disappointed caller that childish drawings don’t fall within the jurisdiction of the FAA unless they pose a flight safety risk.

Retrofit Avionics Sales Accelerate

Sales of retrofit avionics for business and general aviation aircraft for the first nine months of 2017 are up 28% relative to the same period last year, says the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA). Sales of forward-fit avionics (those destined for new aircraft) were down 17.1% over the same period.

Mooney Delivers First Ovation Ultra

Mooney has delivered the first M20U Ovation Ultra off its production line, the company announced on Thursday. In a ceremony in Kerrville, Texas, company officials turned over the keys to the new owner. The Ultra comes with a wider cabin, a newly designed leather interior, a pilot-side door, bigger windows and the Garmin G1000 NXi avionics suite.

Textron Continues Top Hawk University Program

Textron Aviation announced this week it will continue its Top Hawk program for 2018, providing a new Cessna Skyhawk 172 to five university programs for use in their flight training and recruiting efforts. “As the Top Hawk program enters its fourth year, we’re proud to build on a program that has allowed us to support general aviation and contribute to the enhancement of student pilot training,” said Doug May, Textron’s vice president for piston aircraft.

Aviation Consumer Engine Shop Survey

Airbus, Boeing Earn $100 Billion At Dubai

The Dubai Airshow on Wednesday provided the setting for two enormous aircraft purchase orders, totaling billions of dollars for Airbus and Boeing. Airshow organizers called it “one of the most exciting days in recent aviation business history.” Airbus unveiled its largest single announcement ever, a $49.5 billion deal with Indigo Partners to purchase 430 aircraft in its A320neo family. Meanwhile, Boeing completed a $27 billion deal with carrier flydubai for 225 aircraft in its 737 MAX family, the largest-ever single-aisle jet order – by number of airplanes and total value – from a Middle East carrier.

A New Wind Tunnel For MIT

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is going to build a new wind tunnel with all-new technology to replace its current 79-year-old facility, the university announced this week. It will be the largest and most advanced academic wind tunnel in the U.S., MIT said in a news release. The new $18 million tunnel will retain the historic Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel name.

New Aviation Media: Nalls On YouTube, O’Brien On iTunes

Pilots who just can’t get enough of aviation have two new media options to choose from this week. AARP Studios has launched a new video series on YouTube called “Badass Pilot,” an original unscripted series that features Art Nalls, age 65. Podcast fans can find a new offering from Miles O’Brien on iTunes, titled “Miles To Go.” O’Brien, a private pilot, has long covered aviation and aerospace for CNN and PBS, and is now an independent producer with a variety of clients.

Terrafugia, Vahana Report Progress

Two very different “flying-car” projects, Terrafugia and Vahana, have reported major moves forward this week. Terrafugia, which has been working to certify a “roadable aircraft” with folding wings under the LSA rules, confirmed on Monday that it has become a fully owned subsidiary of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, a Chinese conglomerate that also owns Volvo and focuses on the auto industry. Vahana, an Airbus project, said they have moved their full-scale prototype VTOL electric aircraft from Silicon Valley to Oregon to prep for flight testing.

Dream Chaser Flies Free, Again

Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser successfully completed a drop and glide test flight from 12,300 feet to Runway 22L at Edwards Air Force Base last week. The Dream Chaser was original envisioned as a crew transport to and from the international space station, but after receiving part of NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services 2 contract, Sierra Nevada is focused on the cargo-only mission for now.

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