The National Museum of the United States Marine Corps has a number of aircraft on display. This Harrier is located in Leatherneck Gallery in the atrium of the museum. There are also two Corsairs and a Curtis Jenny on display in this gallery. The museum itself is well worth the time to visit and one can spend an entire day there learning about the history of the United States Marines. Photo by Edward Figuli.
The Sling Pilot Academy this week is set to induct the first round of students to its Accelerated Airline Pilot Program based at the Torrance airport in Southern California. The school has also announced a $20,000 scholarship to be offered to one student who applies before Aug. 5, 2019.
Simulator manufacturer Frasca International has announced a partnership with Garmin to incorporate G1000 NXi software into its new Reconfigurable Training Device (RTD). The company says integrating the NXi software with the Frascas simulation software required extensive collaboration with Garmin and is a first in the simulation industry.
After months of production delays, Icon Aircraft is ramping up production of its A5 light sport amphibious aircraft. Showing a demo model at the Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring this week, Icons Scott Rodenback said in this exclusive podcast that about 90 airplanes have been built. The company says some 1300 are on backorder.
Veteran FBO and flight school operator Lou Mancuso has opened a new flight academy at Sebring, Florida, that he says will provide fast-track training for pilots planning professional flight careers. In this exclusive podcast recorded at the Sport Aviation Expo 2019 show in Sebring, Mancuso said the school will rely on light sport aircraft, specifically the Bristell.
In the airline and military realm, fly-by-wire control has become old hat but because of expense and certification complexity, the technology hasnt trickled down to light aircraft general aviation. Some in the industry, however, believe that digital control architecture and the enhanced stability it can offer might make airplanes easier to fly and would thus kick the door open to higher aircraft demand. A company called Flight Level Engineering is just completing a project for the FAA that could lay the foundation for certification of such systems, for which there may be no significant manufacturing barriers.