Podcasts

Podcast: John King On FAA Inflexibility

John King On FAA Inflexibility »

John King, of King Schools, has been without a medical for two years since he had a seizure and he's now fighting to get it back. Like many other pilots who have appealed disqualifications, he's finding it a frustrating experience that he says is ultimately hurting the FAA itself. More

Podcast: Swift Making Inroads With UL94

Swift Making Inroads With UL94 »

Swift Fuels says it’s pushing hard to market its 94UL unleaded aviation fuel to more airports and that the infrastructure is in place to refine and distribute it virtually anywhere in the U.S. At this week’s Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Swift’s Chris D’Acosta told AVweb that UL94 can be burned by a about 65 percent of the U.S. general aviation fleet. The remaining aircraft require 100-octane fuel. In this AVweb podcast, D'Acosta gave us additional details about both UL94 and Swift's efforts to field a replacement for 100LL. More

Podcast: LSA Manufacturers Mixed On BasicMed Effects

LSA Manufacturers Mixed On BasicMed Effects »

At the Sport Aviation Expo is Sebring this week, we spoke with several manufacturers of light sport aircraft (LSAs) about their expectations for the newly announced FAA BasicMed rule. The people who spoke to us for this AVweb exclusive podcast acknowledged that there are buyers for whom avoiding a medical is the key criterion and who might prefer a larger aircraft but felt most of their buyers were pilots who wanted a safe and modern two-seat aircraft. More

Podcast: Belite's New Pipper Super Light Aircraft

Belite's New Pipper Super Light Aircraft »

Belite Aircraft, as the name implies, for many years has focused its energy on producing extremely light aircraft designs. At the 2017 Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring this week, company president James Wiebe announced a new model constructed of a material common in the aerospace industry but little used in light general aviation: aluminum honeycomb. More

Sebring Sport Aviation Expo

Sebring Sport Aviation Expo »

The Sport Aviation Expo runs from Thursday to Sunday this week, and one of the show organizers, Beverly Glarner, gives us an update on what’s new at the show, some of the highlights, and some of the nuts and bolts that visitors need to know. More

Podcast: EAA On New PMA Process

EAA On New PMA Process »

EAA and the FAA are building on the STC awarded to EAA allowing installation of experimental Dynon avionics in certified aircraft. EAA's Sean Elliott spoke with AVweb's Russ Niles on a Jan. 17 meeting that could set the course for more affordable access to new technology by certified aircraft owners. More

Podcast: Ramping Up For ADS-B

Ramping Up For ADS-B »

Although only a fraction of the aircraft that will need it have been equipped with ADS-B Out, the Aircraft Electronics Association is confident those who really need and want the upgrade will be ready for the FAA deadline of Jan. 1, 2020. Ric Peri, AEA's VP of government and industry affairs, spoke with AVweb's Russ Niles about how he thinks it will play out. More

EAA's Jack Pelton On FAA's New Medical Rules »

EAA Chairman Jack Pelton and his staff, along with advocates from AOPA and other general aviation groups, were prominent players in getting the new FAA medical rule pushed through. AVweb's Mary Grady finds out more about how the new rule will be implemented and how it will affect CFIs, LSA pilots, and others in the GA world. More

Medical Update »

The FAA is working on implementing congressionally mandated reforms to medical requirements for private pilots but until those rules are in effect, the old system is the law. EAA's Sean Elliot updated AVweb's Mary Grady on the promise and pitfalls of the changing medical regime. More

Podcast: Teal Group's Richard Aboulafia On Market Trends

Teal Group's Richard Aboulafia On Market Trends »

As GAMA released another disappointing aircraft production report this week, the Teal Group’s Richard Aboulafia recently told the National Air Transportation Association that market data suggests next year won’t be much better. And although Teal says it’s “cautiously confident” that things won’t get worse, Aboulafia told us in this AVweb podcast that we’re far from the disastrous days of 2009. More