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Sustainable ‘Sky Jeep’ takes first flight

No Unnecessary Novelty Community Air Transport Services (NUNCATS) was founded in 2019 by husband and wife team Tim and Helen Bridge with the goal of providing health care and education access to remote communities across the world. To accomplish this, the Old Buckenham-based nonprofit (designated in the U.K. a community interest company) has been developing […]

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Garmin GFC 600 autopilot approved for King Air 200 variants

The GFC 600 brings “solid-state attitude with robust self-monitoring capabilities” to the King Air 200 series, with approval now in place to install the autopilot in the King Air 200, 200C, A200, A200CT, B200, B200C and B200GT models. Garmin expects additional STC approvals for the GFC 600, including the Piper PA–31-350 Chieftan, King Air F90, […]

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Piper puts new robot to work on M600

Aircraft were exclusively handmade at Piper for more than 85 years, until the arrival in 2022 of a new machine that measures 12 feet by 8.5 feet and is fully autonomous. The Agile Manufacturing Robot from Wilder Systems is Piper’s first robot, designed to drill the holes required to build PA–46-600TP wings. Stand back, if […]

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Van’s drops further RV–15 hints

February 2, 2023 By Dave Hirschman The highly anticipated RV–15 will be different from the engineering test aircraft unveiled at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2022, Van’s Aircraft officials said. During a recent Experimental Aircraft Association webinar, Van’s officials said that the Oregon company’s first high-wing kit aircraft designed for off-airport operations will have: Two seats. At […]

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Pilots asked to help fight human trafficking

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security hosted aviation industry professionals on January 26 for the Combating Human Trafficking in Aviation Summit with the Blue Lightning Initiative, an element of the Blue Campaign—a DHS push to promote public, law enforcement, and industry awareness about indicators of human trafficking and appropriate responses when encountering it. The Blue […]

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The best of both worlds

The Buckeye Air Fair began as a small airport open house in the early 2000s and has since become one of the largest aviation events in the western United States, attracting as many as 30,000 visitors in a single weekend. “We knew there was a need to share with the public what general aviation is […]

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Pulitzer Electric Aircraft Race postponed

Ultimately, insufficient sponsorships drove the NAA decision to postpone the Pulitzer Electric Aircraft Race indefinitely. “The NAA intends to host a world class race event for this new class of aircraft. However, economic conditions and a strong priority by the aircraft manufacturers on product development and certification hampered our ability to secure the necessary sponsorships […]

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US Mint begins shipping Bessie Coleman quarter

The program, announced in 2022, highlights the contributions and accomplishments of prominent U.S. women. Coleman’s is the first 2023 quarter to be issued, to be followed by coins that honor First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt; Native American ballerina and first U.S. prima ballerina Maria Tallchief; Mexican American journalist and activist Jovita Idar; and indigenous Hawaiian composer, […]

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Training and Safety Tip: Simulated experience

With the wide availability of flight simulation today, you can continue to learn between flight lessons. Simulation is even used by certificated pilots as a convenient and cost-effective tool for refresher training. It can be overwhelming to learn new procedures, how to use the radios, and a myriad of other tasks while also flying an […]

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Blue Skies ahead for CAU

California Aeronautical University offers students an accelerated pathway into their aviation careers and is ramping up those offerings in 2023. As a university founded to address the growing need for qualified aviation professionals, CAU will continue to strengthen its focus on promoting aviation to the next generation. CAU will host the U.S. Air Force AIM […]

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