SkyCraft Airplanes said this week it has completed its SD-1 Minisport S-LSA design, and is awaiting an official FAA audit before deliveries can start. The FAA has told the company it will complete the audit in September. Meanwhile, the company has bought a factory and hangar at Provo Municipal Airport in Utah, and will be displaying a flying aircraft publicly for the first time later this month at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. More
A graduate student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is looking for employees of Part 121 air carriers to take an anonymous online survey. Steve Roe said he hopes to gather opinions about participation in the Advanced Qualification Program, a voluntary program for pilot training and checking overseen by the FAA. The study is designed to reveal any barriers that may be preventing air carriers from fully participating in the AQP. More
AirFleet Capital says it marked a significant milestone in its business that bodes well for the future of GA. The lender, which only operates in the GA market, wrote its 5,000th aircraft loan in June. More
Aviation sunglasses manufacturer Summer Hawk Optics is using crowdsourcing to help bring its latest line of headset-friendly sunglasses to market sooner rather than later. CEO Dean Siracusa said in a news release that the new glasses feature extremely thin temples (the part that goes over the ear) making them comfortable to wear under a variety of headgear. More
With July 4 in the rearview mirror, the next big event on the summer calendar for thousands of aviators is EAA AirVenture, coming up July 28 to August 3. The campgrounds are already open, and thousands of workers and volunteers are getting the place ready for the annual influx. Pilots planning to fly in can access the notam online, and other visitors can download a free app (available soon at the Apple Store) to help navigate the grounds. This week, EAA announced the schedule for its first-ever full demo by the US Air Force Thunderbirds. More
Frankly, we've never seen so many press announcements ahead of the show. Contact us ahead of time if you'd like yours to be seen. More
It wasn't easy picking a single photo to lead off our latest batch, but we're confident this breathtaking shot from Brian Wilcox of Tilden, NE won't disappoint you. Click through for more reader-submitted photos.