Podcast: TruTrak Expands Approvals, Grows Dealer Network

TruTrak Expands Approvals, Grows Dealer Network »

With many popular models already approved, low-cost autopilot maker TruTrak says itís expanding the number of aircraft that can be fitted with its Vizion autopilots and with several hundred already in the field, the company is refining kits to reduce installation costs. At AirVenture 2018 this week, TruTrak is showing its new autopilot in a Mooney and other models are on the horizon. More

Podcast: Superior Extends Warranty On Millennium Cylinder And Piece Parts

Superior Extends Warranty On Millennium Cylinder And Piece Parts »

With the engine overhaul and aftermarket parts business growing ever more competitive, Superior Air Parts announced this week that itís extending the warranty on its Millennium cylinder line to 37 months. A longer warranty will also apply to other components Superior markets into the field overhaul segment. In this AVweb podcast, Superior's Scott Hayes explains the economics that made this possible. More

Podcast: Workhorse SureFly VTOL Hybrid

Workhorse SureFly VTOL Hybrid »

Electric delivery vehicle company Workhorse, which recently began untethered flight testing of its hybrid-powered SureFly VTOL, is seeking full FAA type approval for the aircraft. Workhorse CEO Steve Burns talks about the development of the project and the company's goals for the aircraft now that it's flying free. More

Podcast: Bailing Out Of A Warbird

Bailing Out Of A Warbird »

Ron Carlson's first parachute jump is one to remember. He and his passenger Kenny Franzese bailed out of a TBM Avenger over the mountains of Arizona on May 7. He was interviewed by Russ Niles for this extended (15-minute) podcast. More

Podcast: Aircraft Loan Rates Headed Up

Aircraft Loan Rates Headed Up »

A decade of low interest rates on aircraft loans continues to stimulate aircraft sales, but worries about inflation are pushing rates up, says Airfleet Capital, a leading aircraft lender. While no spikes are expected short term, the market is definitely headed higher, says Airfleetís Jim Blessing in this podcast recorded at Sun 'n Fun 2018. More

Podcast: Parachutes For Drones Protect People On The Ground

Parachutes For Drones Protect People On The Ground »

While drones are increasingly used near crowds, the FAA still prohibits their flight directly over people. As a means of gaining FAA approval to fly drones over crowds, a company called Indemnis has developed a fast-deploying ballistic parachute thatís designed to resist entanglement if the aircraft is tumbling or spinning, thus making crowd flights safer. In this podcast, Indemnis CEO Amber McDonald explains how the product works. More

Podcast: Using Drones In Storm Recovery

Using Drones In Storm Recovery »

Following an intense hurricane season the Atlantic coast, drones were widely deployed to assist in recovery and damage assessment. But using them to best advantage requires much more effort and preparation than many in both the drone industry and local governments might grasp. In this podcast recorded at the AUVSI XPONENTIAL event in Denver, Chris Todd of Airborne Response, a Miami-based UAS service, describes what's involved. More

Podcast: Urban Drone Taxis: Don’t Hold Your Breath

Urban Drone Taxis: Don’t Hold Your Breath »

Hardly a week goes by when another story about autonomous drones whisking passengers over traffic-choked city streets fails to portend the George Jetson future. Less in evidence are reports on rapid progress in the regulatory foundation for such technology and at this weekís AUVSI XPONENTIAL Expo in Denver, the crystal ball is hardly clearer. In this AVweb podcast, airspace expert Johnny Walker offers an inside view. More

Podcast: CubCrafters FX3 Fast-Build Kit

CubCrafters FX3 Fast-Build Kit »

At Sun 'n Fun 2018, CubCrafters was showing its FX3, a fast-build kit version of the popular Carbon Cub LSA. But it's a lot heavier and has the CubCrafter proprietary ASTM engine. More