General Aviation

News and issues concerning general aviation, specifically airplanes and helicopters powered by piston and alternative engines (i.e., non-turbine powered aircraft). Subjects include aircraft, engines, personnel, acquisitions, accidents, safety, security and training.

October 22, 2014 - 3:35pm

Raleigh, North Carolina-based Jetcraft (static display) has brought five business jets to sell at NBAA 2014: two Bombardier Globals, two Dassault Falcons and a Bombardier Challenger, which are on display on the static display ramp at Orlando Executive Airport this week.

October 21, 2014 - 9:45am

Online aeronautical chart provider and flight planning resource SkyVector (Booth 3691) announced at NBAA2014 that it will now accept advertising on its website, offering companies the opportunity to reach its audience of pilots, schedulers and dispatchers.

October 18, 2014 - 2:00pm

For me, living in an airpark just makes sense. As an aviation journalist it allows me to commute via airplane when I head off in pursuit of stories. I leave from my driveway and return to my driveway, just as if I’d take my automobile. Except the round trip en route time is ever so much shorter.

September 30, 2014 - 3:21pm

The Mexican government is now allowing general and business aviation pilots to file advanced passenger information system (APIS) manifests directly when arriving in or departing from the country, eliminating the previous requirement to use a third-party flight-planning provider to do so.

September 18, 2014 - 2:30pm

GAMA and global standards body ASTM International are in Brussels this week hosting a workshop where it appears that the rewrite of EASA CS-23 and FAA Part 23 aircraft certification rules is taking shape, aiming for proposed rules to be published by both agencies next year. Known as the “CS/Part 23 Reorganization” initiative, the effort drops weight as a measure of performance or complexity.

August 28, 2014 - 3:00pm

Cessna Aircraft delivered the 10,000th single-engine aircraft from its Independence, Kan. facility, which opened in June 1996. Liberty University took delivery of this milestone aircraft, a Cessna 172 Skyhawk with a custom paint scheme denoting it as the 10,000th piston single from Independence. “Reaching this milestone is a testament to the quality of the workforce at our Independence facility,” said Independence general manager Lily English.

August 14, 2014 - 12:45pm

Following FAA approval being granted in July 2013, Wipaire Inc. received Brazilian approval this January for its Wipline 8750 floats for the Cessna 208B Grand Caravan and Grand Caravan EX. The company first received Brazilian validation for the floats on the Model 208 Cessna Caravan in September 2012.

August 11, 2014 - 1:00pm

In the five years since opening its customer Contact Center, Embraer Executive Jets has seen its worldwide fleet grow to a size five times as large as it was back then in 2009. So at a press conference here in São Paulo yesterday, the manufacturer announced it has opened new facilities and expanded the Contact Center to accommodate the growth in customer care needs.

August 6, 2014 - 12:25am
AirPooler provides a platform on which pilots can list flights they plan to make and individuals can sign up to occupy a seat on those flights and share expenses. Pilots are not allowed to list flights in an effort to attract passengers. AirPooler handles all the payments and charges an administrative fee, and pilots must also pay part of the expenses for any AirPooler flight.

The AirPooler general aviation ride-sharing system has advised pilot-members not to list any flights, pending a discussion with the FAA to clarify AirPooler’s regulatory standing.

July 31, 2014 - 12:20pm

American Champion Aircraft (ACA) announced on Wednesday at AirVenture that it would offer a diesel-powered version of its Denali Scout two-seat utility model, likely by 2016. The aircraft is currently powered by a 210-hp Lycoming IO-390.

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