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.

July 15, 2008 - 10:07am

Hartzell Propeller is now offering a three-bladed Top Prop propeller for the new Beechcraft Bonanza G36 piston single and all F33A, V35B, A36 and G36 Bonanzas powered by the factory original TCM IO-520 and IO-550 engines, including aircraft equipped with 28-volt electrothermal propeller de-ice systems.

July 14, 2008 - 3:22am

The University of North Dakota placed an order with Cessna for 25 Skyhawks, marking a return of the model to the school’s flight program. The first four airplanes were delivered to UND Aerospace, the university’s aviation department, during a ceremony on July 10 at Cessna’s manufacturing plant in Independence, Kansas.

July 1, 2008 - 11:55am

Phil Boyer, the former broadcast executive who guided AOPA through some of its most turbulent times, announced yesterday that he will step down as AOPA president at the end of this year. He will be succeeded by Craig Fuller, a former White House aide under two presidents and currently executive v-p at the international lobbying shop APCO Worldwide.

June 26, 2008 - 12:07pm

NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) have denounced a report on private jet travel and the general aviation industry issued by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and Essential Action (EA), two left-leaning Washington think tanks. In short, the report echoes the airline industry’s claim that GA does not pay its fair share of ATC costs and is the cause of airport congestion.

June 20, 2008 - 4:46am

In addition to producing its familiar oversized yellow publication Trade-A-Plane people are enthusiastic about something totally new these days–access to the company’s WeatherTAP online weather service through a Pocket PC.

June 9, 2008 - 8:52am

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is taking steps to address the looming pilot and mechanic shortage facing airlines globally. IATA’s training and qualification initiative looked at manufacturers’ market outlook studies, which predict that 17,650 new passenger aircraft will be delivered by 2018, requiring more than 200,000 new pilots, or nearly 19,000 pilots a year.

June 9, 2008 - 7:21am

Australia’s Hawker Pacific has begun modifications to a Hornbill Skyways Beechcraft King Air B200GT at its Bankstown Airport facility on the outskirts of Sydney. The aircraft is the first B200GT to be delivered to a customer in the Asia Pacific region.

May 23, 2008 - 6:07am

The Dubai Air Show, held November 4 to 8, demonstrated an abundance of business-as-usual spirit when it opened its doors in the face of a worldwide security crisis and the intensifying war in Afghanistan just 500 mi away to the northeast.

May 22, 2008 - 6:36am

An incident in which the elevator controls on a Socata TBM 700 literally froze up and jammed because water accumulated in the fuselage and froze led to a French AD in October last year requiring compliance with a June 2000 Socata Service Bulletin calling for a new fuselage strainer draining system on the turboprop single.

May 21, 2008 - 11:53am

Hawker Beechcraft (Booth No. 7462) is extending its international reach and announced here at EBACE an order by Artur Przygoda of Poland for a Baron G58 piston twin. The airplane is to be registered in Europe with EASA and Hawker Beechcraft anticipates aircraft certification by EASA in time for delivery to Przygoda in October.

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