Today's Aviation News Summary -
Sunday, August 31, 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:
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.
My adventure: a long day of flying in a 172
Dawn lit the eastern sky as the Skyhawk’s engine came to life. I was about to begin a journey that would be as epic for me as the flight across the Atlantic had been for Lindbergh. At age 61, I was flying from Galion, Ohio (GQQ) to Winter Haven, Florida (GIF).
The saddest flight I ever made
The story begins about 6 am on a Monday in San Francisco in the late 1990s. This morning I saw a number of flyers posted asking for help locating a lost windsurfer. The previous weekend had been exceptionally windy and if a windsurfer was lost, his prospects weren't good.
Breaking News From AVweb:
Historic Fighter Plane Collection Sold
A collection of historic aircraft that flew in the 1969 movie "The Battle of Britain" and then sat in storage in a Texas hangar for more than 40 years has been sold for more than 10 million pounds (almost $17 million) to a European dealer, the Sunday Express reported this weekend. The collection includes a 1943 Spitfire that flew in World War II, and nine rare Buchons, a Spanish-built version of Germany's Messerschmitt 109.
Three Rescuers Killed In Helo Crash
A police helicopter crashed about 9 a.m. Sunday while trying to rescue an injured climber in the Picos de Europa mountain range in Spain, killing all three crew members on board. A fourth crew member, who had already exited the helicopter to aid the climber, survived and called for help.
Malaysian Crew Members 'Afraid To Fly'
Malaysian Airlines has been losing cabin crew at a higher than normal rate recently and the leader of its biggest union says there's no mystery there. Abu Malek Ariff told AFP some employees "are now afraid to fly." Since the missile attack on one of its aircraft in Ukraine, which followed the March disappearance of another Boeing 777 it's believed that family pressure has also convinced some of the flying staff to find other work.
The Latest Podcasts From AVweb:
Podcast: Bill Moffitt of NavWorx on Welcoming ADS-B into Your World
2020 is no longer some far-future date you'd see in a summer blockbuster -- and that means the clock is ticking on equipping your airplane for next-generation airspaces. NavWorx may have the friendliest price point for entering the ADS-B equipment market, so we spoke with CEO Bill Moffitt at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh.
Podcast: Triple R Affordable Aircraft Company Opens
A company dedicated to providing a supply of general aviation aircraft refurbished in accordance with a standard protocol announced its formation at AirVenture. Triple R president and AVweb publisher Tom Bliss sat down with AVweb's Rick Durden to describe how the company intends to reach its goal of providing like-new airplanes at half the price of new.
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.
AVweb Insider Blog Posts:
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 Midwest is Awash in E0 Mogas
Still, it's hard to find it on an airport.
The Murky World of Avgas Prices
We're assuming unleaded avgas will be more expensive than 100LL. But what if more companies enter the market and increase competition? Or maybe the tooth fairy will leave a gas card under your pillow.
The Lastest News From AOPA:
Santa Monica advocates rally support for ballot initiative
Advocates for Santa Monica Municipal Airport gathered Aug. 25 to rally support for Measure D, a ballot initiative that would require voter approval before the airport can be closed or redeveloped.
Flying Tigers rebirth
“I never went to an FBO I thought was fun,” said Michael Thayer. Determined to change that, he opened Flying Tigers Aviation at Chino Airport in Chino, California, in June 2013.
AOPA'S LANDSBERG ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
AOPA’S LANDSBERG ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
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:
RTW Day 2 in review
A year ago this morning, we were anxious to depart early from Goose Bay–but doing so too early could have landed us in trouble. Our fuel stop in Narsarsuaq, Greenland, was at the end of a fjord, and the aviation authorities there take a dim view of pilots departing for Narsarsuaq without first obtaining the […]
RTW one year later
One of the biggest surprises–at least, to me–coming out of my flight around the world last year with Mike Laver was reader interest in the trip, even a year later. The story of our trip in Mike’s Mitsubishi MU-2 has already been told, in this blog, in the December issue of AOPA Pilot, and on […]
Take me out to the airport
There’s nothing like a family fun day out. When it happens to be at an airport, even better—especially if the airport offers something for everyone in the family. This past weekend, I had the opportunity to fly AOPA’s 152Reimagined to the Tazewell County Airport Fly-In in Cedar Bluff, Virginia, to talk to members and help […]