The U.S. Department of State has issued a new report warning that thousands of man-portable air defense systems (Manpads) remain unaccounted for and may be “outside the control of national governments,” posing threats to the commercial aviation industry and military aircraft around the world.
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.
Instrument proficiency and aviation safety association IMC Club International of Norwood, Mass., has reached an agreement with New Hampshire-based PilotWorkshops.com to upgrade the training offerings significantly for IMC Club members.
You couldn’t miss it.
The huge, double-deck Helicopter Association International (HAI) white tent with the signature blue logo near the flightline at this year’s EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis.
At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, Rockwell Collins welcomed visitors to its pleasantly air-conditioned pavilion to share new technologies that are coming soon to cabin-class cockpits, including a touchscreen interface for the Pro Line Fusion avionics suite. Rockwell Collins tested the touchscreen concept extensively with focus groups, with the goal of providing a way for pilots to keep their eyes forward instead of buried in a center console when manipulating avionics. The Rockwell Collins touchscreen PFD and MFD Pro Line Fusion system is targeted at a wide sector of the market, from single-engine turboprops and light jets to Part 25 jets.
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) has authored legislation that would preserve the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program by preventing the FAA from disseminating identifying information about general aviation aircraft over the Internet against the wishes of aircraft owners and operators. Introduction of the Barr Preservation Act of 2011 (S.
LoPresti Speed Merchants expects to receive an STC for installation of a DeltaHawk diesel engine in the Cirrus SR20 early next year. The modification will include a new LoPresti-designed cowl system, new Hartzell propeller and fuel system adapted to jet-A and biodiesel-type fuels.
Electroair announced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh that it received the first FAA STC for a pure electronic ignition system for certified aircraft, after a two-year testing and documentation process. The Electroair ignition system is eligible for installation in all Lycoming four-cylinder engines installed on Cessna aircraft.
Sennheiser raised the stakes in the high-end, active-noise-reduction (ANR) headset game with the release of the S1 Digital at the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis. this week. Regular price for the S1 is $995 for the rest of this year, then $1,095. In August, Sennheiser will offer an optional XLR 3 power adapter and a 12-volt cigarette lighter adapter (including an extra female adapter) for the S1.
Responding to the threat of a citizen’s enforcement action by the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) over leaded avgas, a coalition of affected businesses has filed a lawsuit against the CEH and the attorney general of the state of California. The enforcement action is a move allowed by California’s Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act.
In a resumption of his campaign against business aviation, President Obama yesterday called for an end to “tax breaks” for corporate jet owners.