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FAA stands by directive that created flight training crisis

The FAA’s response came less than 24 hours after legislation was introduced in Congress to allow compensated flight training in these kinds of aircraft without needing a LODA or exemption. The industry has safely trained pilots for decades understanding that providing compensated flight training is not the same as operating an aircraft for compensation or hire. […]

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AOPA turns to Congress to solve FAA-created flight training crisis

The bills were introduced July 22 to reverse the damaging impact of an FAA directive that as of July 12 requires pilots who receive training in experimental aircraft to obtain a Letter of Deviation Authority (LODA) from the FAA. The instructor who receives compensation also must obtain a LODA. Pilots and instructors engaged in compensated […]

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FAA certifies next-generation turboprop from Epic Aircraft

The new model, the E1000 GX, is equipped with a Garmin GFC 700 Automated Flight Control System and a Hartzell five-blade composite propeller, the upgrades offering improved performance, safety, comfort, and versatility over the original model certified in 2019. The aircraft, powered by a Pratt & Whitney 1,200-horsepower PT6A-67A engine, is derived from the Epic […]

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Aspen Pro Max eliminates vacuum system

Aspen officials said the FAA approved the change based on the superior reliability of glass-panel instruments. Aspen was founded in 2004 and was one of the first avionics firms to offer new and retrofit glass-panel avionics for FAA-approved general aviation aircraft with its Evolution flight displays in the mid-2000s. The company has updated its displays […]

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NASA selects partners in air mobility quest

The aeronautics and space agency announced July 8 a roster for its 2022 test campaign that includes three aircraft developers: Reliable Robotics, a company developing automation retrofits for general aviation aircraft, will join Joby Aviation, among the most well-funded leaders of a crowded field of electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft developers, and Wisk Aero, an eVTOL […]

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Garmin offers helping hand

Smart Glide, announced July 21, is effectively a subset of Garmin Autoland, which was introduced in 2019 as the first member of a family of flight automation technologies collectively dubbed “Autonomí.” While Garmin Autoland is designed to take over for an incapacitated pilot and will, as the name implies, navigate the airplane to the nearest […]

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Not quite Autoland, Garmin offers helping hand

Smart Glide, announced July 21, is effectively a subset of Garmin Autoland, which was introduced in 2019 as the first member of a family of flight automation technologies collectively dubbed “Autonomí.” While Garmin Autoland is designed to take over for an incapacitated pilot and will, as the name implies, navigate the airplane to the nearest […]

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Western wildfire smoke affecting weather in eastern states

As far east as Bangor, Maine, hourly meteorological aerodrome reports, or METARs, reported visibilities close to marginal VFR conditions in haze, with local TV meteorologists explaining to curious viewers that the jet stream had transported smoke clear across the continent. The dialogue between the experts and individuals who could see and even smell the smoke […]

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Passion, service, dedication: Meet Kenneth Thomas

According to Thomas, “Legacy Flight Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works to expose youth from underserved and underrepresented communities to aviation and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) opportunities through character-based youth aviation programs that draw upon the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen.” Thomas used to attend airshows with his parents, who were […]

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STOL Drag offers training

STOL Drag received national accreditation from the FAA in May, allowing it to host events around the country and provide training. The events feature STOL Drag racing in which “two aircraft fly side-by-side as fast as they can down a 2,000-foot straightaway, land, and turn around and race back to land at the finish line,” the […]

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