Volume 27, Number 47c, November 20, 2020
Piston Deliveries Rise, Other Segments Decline In Q3 2020
In spite of disruptions cause by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, piston airplane deliveries for the first nine months of the year rose 1.4 percent compared to the same time period in 2019, according to the Third Quarter 2020 Aircraft Shipments and Billings Report released by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association[…]   Read this article
The China Chickens Come Home
The beauty of unfettered capitalism, especially American capitalism, is that it’s usually good at what it’s supposed to do: efficiently replicating capital in a consumption-driven economic system designed for infinite growth. Nice theory, but before you know it, the Chinese own half of your aviation industry even if investors have[…]   Read this article
FAA Concludes Second Phase Of Drone Traffic Management Pilot Program
The FAA announced on Tuesday that it has finished the second phase of its Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS/drone) Traffic Management Pilot Program (UPP). UPP Phase 2 objectives included “testing of Remote Identification (RID) technologies and operations with increasing volumes and density.” According to the agency, program results will be used[…] Read this article

EAA Partners With Microsoft For Scholarships, Education
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has announced that it is teaming up with Microsoft to offer flight training scholarships and educational resources for young people interested in aviation. The partnership has committed to providing three Microsoft Flight Simulator Scholarships for “young aviation enthusiasts” each year for the next three years. In[…] Read this article

LSA or Legacy? Costs Compared
When the light sport aircraft idea first broke ground 20 years ago, the idea was a new class of airplanes bridging between so-called “fat ultralights” and standard-category airplanes whose inflated prices made them unaffordable save for the wealthy few. Two decades later, has the experiment paid off? Yes, but with[…] Read this article

Garmin, ForeFlight Update Pilot Apps
Both Garmin and ForeFlight have announced updates to their popular apps that add functions beneficial to in-flight use as well as flight planning. Garmin’s version of the Pilot app for Apple devices is adding graphical airspace and obstacle NOTAMs and a tweaked user interface for the profile view. ForeFlight has[…] Read this article

Lockheed Martin To Build Training Center For Binational C-130J Squadron
Lockheed Martin has announced plans to construct a new training center for the binational French and German C-130J Super Hercules Squadron. The company has also been contracted to provide training devices, the learning management system, courseware and options for five years of training services at the facility. The center, which[…] Read this article