Famed aerobatic pilot and aircraft designer Walter Extra has set a new FAI record for time to climb in an electric airplane. According to Extra and Siemens, the manufacturer of the motor used in the Extra 330LE, the climb was 4:22 to an altitude of 3000 meters (9842 feet). That's an average climb rate of about 2300 feet per minute. The record is a new C1b class for light landplanes but it doesn't exceed time to climb performance for piston airplanes in other classes. The record applies to powered electric aircraft with a takeoff weight of 500 to 1000 kg. More
Civil aviation authorities in Brazil have suspended the operating certificate of LaMia airlines, which operated the charter aircraft that crashed in Colombia last week, killing 71 of the 77 people on board. Authorities have confirmed that the airplane, an Avro RJ85, was out of fuel when it crashed on a mountainside near the Medellin airport. Freddy Bonilla, Colombia’s secretary of air security, said the flight was in violation of both local and international regulations regarding minimum fuel reserves. More
With winter on the way for much of the U.S., the FAA has released a new training video about the dangers of ice-induced stalls. “Much has occurred since NASA's original 1998 ice-contaminated tailplane stall video,” the FAA said. “The information in this training video supersedes, supplants, and replaces the instruction in all previous NASA tail stall icing training videos.” More
President-elect Donald Trump said in a tweet Tuesday morning that Boeing’s costs for the next Air Force One, now in development, are “out of control,” and added, “Cancel order!” The costs, according to Trump, are already up to more than $4 billion. Boeing responded with a short statement, noting that “We are currently under contract for $170 million ... We look forward to working with the U.S. Air Force on subsequent phases of the program allowing us to deliver the best planes for the President at the best value for the American taxpayer." More
It was my first time flying into OSH after hours of hand flying a Skyhawk ... Tower: l "Welcome to OSH." ... I Me: " I'm not a virgin anymore." ... It was like a reflex. More
To understand his stature, it helps to have lived through the history that elevated Glenn to the national stage. More
As aviation photos go, this was the best this week but there are some great beauty shots when you click through. In the meantime, congratulations to Daniel Gillette for this very nice photo he calls Sunset Pitch-Out. The photo is copyrighted by Gillette.