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Daher Offers Transformer Lav for TBM Line »

As the single-engine turboprop market grows ever more competitive, Daher will try to keep ahead of the competition with a quick-change interior lavatory option for the TBM line. Daher announced the option at AirVenture 2016 and said it would be available next year on new-production aircraft. More

Eclipse Intros “Canada” Jet Upgrade »

Eclipse has major modifications in the works for its E550 jet, the company announced at EAA AirVenture this week, including a bigger wing, an engine upgrade and the option to install a Garmin G3000 avionics suite. The new model, dubbed “Canada,” will carry more fuel, extending the range to 1400 nm, and payload will increase by 475 pounds. The twin-engine jet will be powered by a flat-rated version of Pratt & Whitney’s PW615, adding an extra boost to performance. More

Piper Offers Fuel Injection For The Archer »

With the flight school market showing signs of life, Piper is having a good year with its popular Archer and at AirVenture 2016 this week, the company says the airplane will be available with a new engine option. Piper is planning to certify the Lycoming IO-360-B4M for the Archer, making it the only GA airplane we know of with three engine choices. More

Volocopter Expands Flight Testing »

In a new video posted online this week, eVolo shows the latest unmanned flight tests of its VTOL electric-powered Volocopter. The tests, which took place in Germany last month, demonstrated various dynamic flight maneuvers at higher speeds for the first time. “These test flights did not only serve as a presentation of possible flight dynamics,” the company said in a news release. “The actual goal was to gain important knowledge in order to optimize the current developments of the new prototype for serial production." More

Solar Impulse Completes Round-The-World Flight »

Powered only by sunlight, the Solar Impulse aircraft has completed its odyssey around the planet, and landed tonight back in Abu Dhabi, where it took off in March 2015. Bertrand Piccard flew the final leg, and guided the airplane in to the airport where he was greeted by dozens of crew members, a marching band and scores of local officials. The flawless landing was streamed live on the internet. “Thank you to each and every one of you,” said Piccard to the crew. More

Aspen Announces ADS-B Deals, Autopilot Interface »

The ADS-B market seems to be in the season for discounts and rebates and at AirVenture this week, Aspen Avionics announced its own program. The company will offer a $1000 discount off the purchase of an Evolution Pro 1000 primary flight display if it’s purchased with an Aspen or Aspen-compatible ADS-B system. More

Video Captures Apparent Spin Accident »

With cameras everywhere these days, it was no surprise that one recorded dramatic video of a single-engine airplane crashing into a house in East Haddam, Connecticut, on Saturday, badly injuring the pilot. The airplane, which hasn’t yet been identified, had just taken off from Goodspeed Airport on the bank of the Connecticut River, 25 miles southeast of Hartford. More

Sonex Expands Efforts In China »

Sonex aims to work with local partners to promote the idea of home-building airplanes from kits in China, the company said today in a news conference at EAA AirVenture. Sonex will work with Francis Chao, of the Beijing Aviation Technology Company, to promote its line of kit airplanes and help grow the base of aviation enthusiasts in the country. “[Chao] clearly has the right vision for GA in China, and the tenacity to make it happen,” said Mark Schaible, general manager of Sonex. More

PS Engineering Adds More Audio Panels To Its Lineup »

Audio control manufacturer PS Engineering introduced two enhanced audio panels at AirVenture 2016. The PMA450A and PMA8000G both evolve from the company's existing line of panels, but bring more features and improved feature sets. More

EPA Says Airline Emissions “A Threat To Human Health” »

Small piston aircraft were exempted from today’s “endangerment finding” issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, but the finding means new regulations will be forthcoming to target greenhouse-gas emissions from many jet engines, the agency said. “Aircraft are the third largest contributor to GHG emissions in the U.S. transportation sector, and these emissions are expected to increase in the future,” said Janet McCabe, EPA’s acting assistant administrator for air and radiation. More