Van’s Aircraft Lawsuit Dismissed »

Van’s Aircraft Lawsuit Dismissed

A $35 million lawsuit filed against Vanís Aircraft, characterized by Vanís as an attack on the kitplane industry as a whole, was settled by the parties late last year. In a press release issued Wednesday, Vanís said the case was dismissed, which is accurate, though it omitted the reason for the dismissal. Vanís Aircraft told AVweb they were unable to comment on the matter. The lead plaintiff was a passenger in a Vanís RV-10 kitplane who was severely injured when that aircraft crashed after departure from Toledo State Airport, Oregon, in 2014. The plaintiffís four-year-old daughter was also killed in the crash.

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GAMA 2016 Year-End Report: Piston Sales Flat, Turbine Single And Cirrus Sales Up »

GAMA 2016 Year-End Report: Piston Sales Flat, Turbine Single And Cirrus Sales Up

Sales of piston-powered, fixed-wing aircraft were flat for the third year in a row, says the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) year-end report issued Wednesdayó1,142 piston airplanes delivered in total, down slightly from 1,265 in 2015. Since 2009, sales of piston airplanes have hovered around 1,000 units per year, down from a modern-era peak of 2,755 in 2006. Billings for piston aircraft were slightly up in 2016, reflecting a move to more expensive, higher-end aircraft like the Cirrus SR22T. Those sales statistics mirror data provided by the FAA on the number of active, certificated fixed-wing U.S. pilots: 422,352 at the end of 2016, down 2.5% from 2015 levels.

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Stemme And S-Plane Partner On Optionally Piloted Aircraft »

Stemme And S-Plane Partner On Optionally Piloted Aircraft

Stemme AG and S-Plane Automation Ltd said this week they plan to integrate S-Plane subsystems into the Ecarys ES15 Stemme motor glider to create an optionally piloted vehicle, combining the capabilities of a manned aircraft with those of a UAV. The Ecarys ES15 is a certified aircraft with a payload capacity of 770 pounds and range of 1,350 NM.

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Video Of Ford's Taxiway Landing Emerges »

Surveillance video of Harrison Ford’s miscue at John Wayne International Airport in California last week shows the Husky he was flying clear an American Airlines Boeing 737 by about 50 feet. More

Spring Events Lure Pilots Nationwide »

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“Hoverbike” Completes Demo Flight »

A team of Russian engineers working in San Francisco as Hoversurf have posted a video online showing an indoor flight test with their “hoverbike” design. The vehicle is powered by... More

AOPA Opens Up To Drone Pilots »

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Pal-V Starts Taking Orders »

Pal-V, a Netherlands company that has been developing a two-seat roadable gyroplane, said last week they are ready to start taking orders for the vehicle. “After years of hard work, beating... More

DJI, AMA Team Up For Outreach Programs »

The world’s largest manufacturer of drones and the biggest organization of remotely piloted aircraft operators have announced a joint venture to promote safe operation and expand opportunities... More

Arrow Crashes Onto New Jersey Street »

A Long Island pilot was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries Sunday morning after his Piper Arrow went down in a residential area of Bayonne, New Jersey. George Pettway, 56, of... More

 

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Abort! Abort! Abort!

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Aborting a takeoff isn't a failure on the part of the pilot; it's a pilot showing the right stuff by recognizing the wrong stuff and taking action to keep people alive. More

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