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.

April 9, 2013 - 12:15pm

UK-based CAE Oxford Aviation Academy placed an order for 35 Piper airplanes today at the Sun ’n Fun Fly-in in Lakeland, Fla. The agreement includes firm orders for 22 Archer TX piston singles and 13 piston twins, as well as parts and service.

April 8, 2013 - 1:45pm

If you’re looking for an elegantly simple personal computer-based flight simulator and you just want to practice some fun flying, Ikarus USA’s aeroflyFS might fit the bill. Released last year, aeroflyFS draws from Ikarus USA’s background in developing flight sims for radio control modelers.

Learning to fly model airplanes often involves a lot of crashing and rebuilding, but by using a flight sim like aerofly5, newbie RC pilots can avoid all the distress and damage before launching a model into the sky.

April 2, 2013 - 3:35am

Confronted with years of stubborn and static accident statistics for general aviation operations, the NTSB is taking more aggressive actions in an attempt to reduce the number of crashes. Last month, the independent safety agency issued five GA Safety Alerts, to be followed later this spring by a series of videos.

March 12, 2013 - 3:10pm

To promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) education and stimulate student interaction in aviation and manufacturing, Build A Plane and GAMA announced a nationwide Stem educational competition. The winners of this competition, eight children in total, will receive free trips to the Glasair Aviation facilities in Arlington, Wash., to build two Glasair Sportsman aircraft in June. GAMA member companies, along with Glasair Aviation, are donating technical expertise, workspace, aircraft equipment and supplies to the competition.

March 7, 2013 - 10:30am

HAI president Matt Zuccaro announced a renewed and enhanced partnership with the Experimental Aircraft Association during his annual press conference at Heli-Expo ’13. Zuccaro introduced EAA’s Jonathan Berger, who detailed the new arrangement.

March 6, 2013 - 4:30pm

Born in 2011 from the spinoff of Regourd Aviation’s helicopter department, Heli Asset is a global helicopter sales and acquisition service that manages its brokers and clients in what it says is a fresh, new way. The Paris-based company has offices on six continents and is currently offering 11 helicopters for sale.

March 6, 2013 - 3:45pm
Olivier Andriès, chairman and CEO of Turbomeca Safran, introduced the Arrano turboshaft engine to the Heli-Expo crowd.

Turboshaft engine manufacturer Turbomeca, a Safran company, reported at Heli-Expo yesterday that it delivered more than 1,000 engines in 2012, a 7-percent increase over the previous year. In addition it posted strong growth (12 percent) in engines under its Support By the Hour (SBH) contracts, yielding $1.5 billion revenue for the year.

March 5, 2013 - 7:40pm
CMA-4000

Esterline CMC Electronics (Booth No. C4117) is demonstrating its flight management systems (FMS), wide area augmentation system (Waas) GPS receivers, electronic flight bags (EFBs) and portable mission displays here at Heli-Expo ‘13.

Among the avionics solutions the company is highlighting for the rotor market: its CMA-4000 single box flight management and display system, a night vision goggle-compatible system, is capable of managing radios, driving external MFDs and integrating with any set of navigation and mission sensors.

March 5, 2013 - 7:30pm

The iconic bubble-canopied Bell 47 helicopter is coming back. Scott’s-Bell 47 announced yesterday at Heli-Expo that it will build new Bell 47 helicopters, dubbed the 47-GT6, powered by the Rolls-Royce RR300 engine. The aircraft will be built from scratch, not remanufactured, and will be based on the 47G-3B-2A type design, taking advantage of the 3,200-pound max gross weight with external load that model was originally designed for. Internal useful load will be 1,400 pounds and external load 1,650 pounds.

March 5, 2013 - 1:00pm

Helicopter Association International (HAI) president Matt Zuccaro fired back at the White House following its late February call for an end to the alternate depreciation tax plan for corporate aircraft. The tax plan allows buyers of general aviation aircraft to depreciate their purchases over five years rather than the seven-year depreciation mandated for commercial aviation.

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