FAA: Drone Rules Ready By June 2016

FAA: Drone Rules Ready By June 2016 »

The FAA, behind schedule in finalizing regulations for commercial use of unmanned aerial systems, will be ready by June 17, 2016, according to congressional testimony Wednesday by the agency’s deputy administrator. More

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The Weekender: Fall Foliage Flying »

The Weekender has some scenic seasonal flying in the works, thanks to SocialFlight, which found a Fall Foliage Fun Day (both Saturday and Sunday) at Warren Ohio’s 80OH, Sloas Field. The event... More

High-Res NASA Moon Photos Now Online »

A trove of 8,400 NASA photos from the Moon missions has been posted online in its "raw, high-resolution, and unprocessed form." Kipp Teague, of the Project Apollo Archive, an independent, non-NASA... More

Rutan Wins Wright Trophy »

Burt Rutan is the 2015 winner of the National Aeronautic Association's Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy. The trophy is awarded annually to a living American for "significant public service of... More

Huerta Unveils New FAA Safety Strategy »

The FAA has developed a new "compliance philosophy" to promote safety that "challenges the status quo," the FAA said in a news release on Tuesday. "The Compliance Philosophy is the latest step in... More

Drone Operator Fined $1.9 Million »

The FAA on Tuesday announced its largest-ever civil penalty against a drone operator, proposing a fine of $1.9 million against SkyPan International, based in Chicago, for "careless or reckless"... More

FAA Expands Remote Control-Tower Testing »

Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport has been named as the first test facility for the FAA's new Virtual Air Traffic Control Tower technology, the agency announced last week. Currently, the... More

Airline Captain Dies En Route »

The captain of an American Airlines A320 died during a flight on Monday from Phoenix to Boston, according to an airline official. Few details have been released about the pilot, but officials said... More



Pre-Flight Follies

Pre-Flight Follies »

When did you last experience an embarrassing moment on the takeoff roll? Have you ever had to taxi back to the ramp to deal with a problem discovered during the run-up? Any moments of tension or near-terror because you missed something during the... More


Fasteners Through an Engineer's Eye

Fasteners Through an Engineer's Eye »

The structure of an airplane and its systems are only as strong and reliable as the joints holding its components together. The strength of a joint is dependent not only on the properties of the fasteners, but on the design of the joint itself.... More


Engine Operation Superstitions: Frustrating Persistence

Engine Operation Superstitions: Frustrating Persistence »

I used to be astonished at how aviation myths, particularly when it came to engine operation, have such incredible staying power. Now, when I hear one spouted, I just shake my head in admiration of the power of ignorance and belief over data. With... More

Short Final:

Short Final »

This past week I watched the Wings Over Wine Country Air Show practice from my hangar at KSTS. I was listening to the tower on my handheld. While I was listening, three different pilots wandered into the TFR, causing the rehearsals to be delayed. The fourth time it happened was when the Canadian Snowbirds had just started their routine. The tower notified them they would have to stop until the offender left the zone. ... One of the Snowbirds then asked the tower: "What's with all these pilots... More


Press Releases

AOPA Awards 24 Flight Training Scholarships

Twenty-four student pilots have been selected as winners of flight training scholarships awarded by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). The scholarship program is designed to help student pilots of all ages earn a pilot certificate.

Power Flow Reports Success With C-177RG

Power Flow Systems reported recently that the Tuned Exhaust System they developed specifically for Cessna's popular Cardinal 177RG, at the behest of the Cardinal Flyer's On-Line (CFO) owner's group (CardinalFlyers.com), has succeeded in the market well beyond anybody's expectations.

Hartzell Composite Propellers Take Hold Of TBM Fleet

Hartzell Propeller has delivered more than 150 advanced swept airfoil five-blade props for Daher TBM 700/850/900 aircraft in the 18 months since receiving FAA type certificate approval for the high performance props.