Today's Aviation News Summary -
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
A summary of today's Aviation News from multiple sources.
The Latest Aviation News From Google RSS Feed:
Ryanair confirms it will bid on Cyprus AirwaysAirline fleet ManagementRyanair has confirmed that it has bid for Cyprus Airways despite its public claims of disinterest in the carrier. The deadline for proposals to purchase the airline will close this Friday (29 August) and it is thought about 15 companies will bid ... and more »
BOC Aviation signs for 82 new Boeing aircraftAirline fleet ManagementBOC Aviation has ordered 82 new aircraft direct from Boeing – the Chinese leasing company's largest order to date. Worth $8.8bn at list prices, the deal includes 50 737 MAX 8s, 30 Next-Generation 737-800s and two 777-300ERs. The aircraft will be ... and more »
SAS signs sale and leaseback of four A330sAirline fleet ManagementScandinavian Airlines (SAS) has announced it has secured financing of four A330-300 Enhanced aircraft through a sale and leaseback agreement with the Chinese bank, Bocomm. The finalised agreement will see SAS sell the four planes to Bocomm and ...
New Electric Trainer from Pipistrel Takes FlightFlying MagazineDuring the past few years, electricity has started to prove itself as a viable mode of aircraft propulsion, with several versions showing increasing range and capability. However, no company has yet to introduce a practical electric airplane to the ...
Local pilots soar over DeKalb at Young Eagles rallyThe MidWeekDeKalb Mayor John Rey takes a flight around DeKalb in a Light Sport aircraft piloted by Chris Sziuba of the local Experimental Aircraft Association chapter. Sziuba took Rey up during the EAA's Young Eagles event Aug. 16 at the DeKalb Taylor Municipal ...
UK catapult centre works on vision of windowless aircraftFinancial TimesPlastic display screens for use in aircraft cabins are one of several applications of printable electronics that are being developed at the Centre for Process Innovation in Sedgefield in northeast England, part of the government's network of technology ...
Ryanair sizes up Israeli offshootAirline fleet ManagementRyanair's CEO, Michael O'Leary has plans to build a major hub at Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport in order to serve destinations across Europe and Russia. Despite recent military action, including rocket attacks that led to the US FAA banning ... and more »
What is the difference between renting a car and renting an airplane?The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com"Ultimately it is the flight school's decision whether or not to rent a plane," said Bruce Landsberg, president of the Aircraft Owner and Pilot's Association Safety Initiative. The association also sells aircraft insurance. In addition to any insurance ...
50 years later, pilot re-creates first solo flightAOPA PilotLong-time AOPA member Henry Scoggins wanted to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of his first solo flight in a unique way—by flying it again. A few years ago Scoggins, who completed that first solo on Aug. 24, 1964, searched the FAA database to look ...
EFSC acquires Learjet for aviation programFlorida TodayThe 1984 Learjet 35A (known as a C-21A in military parlance) will be a key component in Eastern Florida's Aviation Maintenance Management program. The two-year degree program — an associate of science degree — will include airframe and powerplant ...
The Latest News from Air Facts Journal:
I knew they were going to die that day
I was not yet a pilot, but when my father lifted off in the Piper Archer with my mother and younger brother on board and quickly disappeared into the low overcast, my mind filled with dread: I knew they were going to die on this flight, and soon.
The folks down the back
Back in 1976 when I joined my first airline it was still customary for the captain to talk to the SLC (Self Loading Cargo – a somewhat snide description observed on pilot internet websites to denote passengers). Some of the people and the stories "down the back" are unforgettable, even 30 years later.
Debate: do we still need DUAT(S)?
A number of rumors (some backed up by the companies involved) suggest that DUAT(S) may be on the chopping block. Whether that happens or not, it raises an interesting question: do we still need DUAT(S)? Add your voice.
Breaking News From AVweb:
Last Friday, we departed Detroit City VFR northbound in my SR22 for some sightseeing and requested traffic advisories from Selfridge Approach. Shortly thereafter, we heard this exchange: ... Selfridge Approach: "Cessna XXX, traffic at one o'clock and two miles. A whacko." ... Then a brief pause. ... Selfridge: "Correction: That's a 'Waco.'" ... Cessna XXX: "Maybe he's both!" -- Brian Litch
Japan Studies Indigenous Fighter Program
Japan is studying whether to go it alone on building its next generation of fighter aircraft. Japan's ministry of defense has been working on the Advanced Technology Demonstrator (ATD-X) for four years and it's scheduled to fly in January. Nikkei Asian Review says the ministry is asking the government for $384 million to fund a test program designed to see if the ATD-X can form the basis for an indigenous fighter program.
Commemorative Air Force Fights Hangar Rule
The Commemorative Air Force is asking the FAA to extend the Sept. 5 comment deadline on a proposed policy on "aeronautical uses" permitted in hangars on federally funded airports. The CAF says its various museums and shops are all in violation of the new rules and is asking the FAA to extend the comment period so the agency can "delve deeper into the unintended consequences" of the existing document.
The Latest Podcasts From AVweb:
Podcast: RAF Targets Private Airstrips
The Recreational Aviation Foundation is making great progress in its effort to amend laws in all 50 states to make it easier for pilots to gain access to privately owned airstrips. AVweb's Mary Grady spoke with John McNade, an RAF volunteer, about how the RAF is getting it done and why it's important.
Podcast: Adept Airmotive Aims for V-6 Engine Certification
Adept Airmotive is a South African company with a V-6 gasoline engine. After a couple of years of flying the engine experimentally, the company is funded for a two-year certification effort. CEO Richard Schulz brings us up to date.
Podcast: Jeppesen Introduces Revised Apps, Streamlines Coverage Areas
At AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh, Jeppesen announced revisions to its Mobile FliteDeck products and, for digital subscribers, it has reduced chart coverage areas to just ten globally. Jepp's Reggie Arsenault supplies the details.
AVweb Insider Blog Posts:
Plane-Sharing -- Not Ready For Reality
Did the FAA over-reach in putting the brakes on plane-sharing apps -- or is it the right call?
Recline That Seat and I'll Strangle You!
Yup, it's come to that. Seriously, would a little civility be that hard? Apparently.
Connie Edwards' Fighters Get Loose
In some ways, it's kind of sad. But it would be great to see the Mark IXB Spit and Bf 109 fly again.
The Lastest News From AOPA:
August 29, 2014, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition
August 29, 2014 ePilot Training Tip: All available resources
Chicago steakhouse features vintage aviation photos
A new steakhouse on Chicago’s North Shore is decorated with more than 200 vintage aviation photographs.
August 29, 2014, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter
August 29, 2014 Landsberg retires; WATTsUp electric trainer debuts
AOPA Never Again:
Never Again: Flying the Beam (Aug. 2014)
Two military aircraft arrive at the same beacon simultaneously, with one going twice as fast as the other.
Never Again: Push Comes to Shove (June 2014)
A checkout flight of a home-built causes a pilot to appreciate stall awareness training.
Never Again: Snakes Alive (May 2014)
As a celebration of AOPA's 75th Anniversary this month, Never Again podcast offers this special vintage episode "Snakes Alive!" by Max Karant, originally published in the 1959 issue of "AOPA Pilot" magazine.
AOPA Never Again:
Last year’s RTW, Day 7
I didn’t take very many selfies during last year’s around-the-world flight. But here’s one that I did take, shortly before we departed from Kuwait City for Muscat, Oman. Maybe I shot this because it’s a comparatively easy flying day–one 706-nm leg that would log 2.5 hours, compared to yesterday’s 2,160 nm over two legs and […]
RTW, Day 6–the difference a year makes
What a difference a year has made in the world environment. A year ago today, we left Salzburg, Austria, for Kuwait City. Our original plan had been to duck around the southeast corner of the Middle East–stopping for fuel in Luxor, Egypt, before turning east for another stop before reaching India. Realizing the fabled pyramids were […]
Last year’s RTW, Day 5
“Love locks” line the rails of this bridge over the Salzach River in Salzburg, Austria. According to the Interwebs, these locks–usually marked with names or initials–are affixed to public bridges, fences, etc. as a symbol of eternal love. Often, they’re removed by local authorities, but it appears that they’re being tolerated here. Salzburg is where I […]