Podcast: Swift Fuels' Chris D'Acosta on the Road to a 100LL Replacement

Swift Fuels' Chris D'Acosta on the Road to a 100LL Replacement »

We caught up with Swift Fuels' Chris D'Acosta at AirVenture to discuss the latest developments in the quest for a viable 100LL replacement. D'Acosta also brought us up to speed on his company's efforts toward providing low-octane fuels for underserved portions of the current GA fleet. More

Podcast: Fuel Update — Avgas Replacement on Track

Fuel Update — Avgas Replacement on Track »

Although the FAA and industry have been quiet about it, the effort to find and certify a replacement for leaded avgas appears to be on track toward a 2018 approval, according to Lycoming's Michael Kraft. In a podcast recorded with AVweb's Paul Bertorelli at AirVenture on Wednesday, Kraft said the group overseeing the testing effort, the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative, will seek congressional authorization to make sure the selected and certified fuels will be legally applicable to the entire GA fleet with no hiccups. More

Podcast: EAA's Sean Elliott on the Innovation Prize

EAA's Sean Elliott on the Innovation Prize »

EAA this week announced it will fund a $25,000 innovation prize that aims to encourage the development of new ideas to help reduce the number of loss-of-control accidents in the GA fleet. Sean Elliott, EAA's vice president for advocacy and safety, talks with AVweb's Mary Grady about the rationale behind the prize, the results he is hoping for, and how you can participate. More

Podcast: Pilots, Technicians Needed

Pilots, Technicians Needed »

Boeing says more than half a million each of pilots and techs will be needed to feed the planet's voracious appetite for air travel over the next 20 years and now is the time to attract them. AVweb spoke with Boeing's Sherry Carbary about how that might happen. More

Podcast: EPS Moves Forward With High-Output Diesel

EPS Moves Forward With High-Output Diesel »

Wisconsin-based Engineered Power Systems (EPS) is moving forward with a clean-sheet aircraft diesel design that it hopes will fill a hole in the current heavy fuel market. While Continental has the low end of the power range locked down with its six-cylinder designs, EPS sees a market opportunity for diesels in the 320- to 430-hp range and continues to make strides with its flat V eight-cylinder, liquid-cooled diesel option. Michael Fuchs gave us the lowdown at EAA AirVenture. More

Podcast: Teachers' Day At AirVenture

Teachers' Day At AirVenture »

Tuesday is the sixth annual Teachers' Day, in which teachers from all over the U.S. attend sessions on how to integrate aviation topics into their curriculum. AVweb intern Ashley Anglisano spoke with organizer Lyn Freeman of Build-A-Plane to find out what's on tap for 2015. More

Podcast: Mark Vanhoenacker, Author of

Mark Vanhoenacker, Author of "Skyfaring" »

When Mark Vanhoenacker was growing up in Massachusetts, being an airline pilot seemed like an impossible dream -- "like wanting to be an astronaut," he says -- but today he flies all over the world in the front seat of a British Airways 747. How he made that journey, and what the experience is like, is the story he tells in his first book, Skyfaring, which was published in the U.S. just this week. AVweb's Mary Grady talks with Vanhoenacker about his work, both as a pilot and as a writer. More

Podcast: Batteries the Solar Airplane Challenge

Batteries the Solar Airplane Challenge »

Producing electrical power from the sun has come a long way, and solar cells are getting remarkably efficient. But where to put all that power remains the issue for pure electric aircraft. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli spoke with Rich Kapusta of California-based Alta Devices about the issues and the opportunities. More

Podcast: Preparing For Failures In An Electric Future

Preparing For Failures In An Electric Future »

Heading into a world of electric aircraft, we need to know on which systems we can rely and to what extent. Michael Ricci from LaunchPoint Technologies spoke with AVweb at the Electric Aircraft Symposium about parallel redundancy, failure mitigation, and how fly-by-wire has set the standard for reliability in future designs. More