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.

Training and Workforce

Leonardo Celebrates Decade of Helicopter Training Academy in Malaysia

In 2023, 450 students completed their training
Leonardo's Malaysia logistics center
Aircraft

'Propel' Highlights Singapore’s Thriving Aerospace Ecosystem

Commemorative book explains the history of Singapore’s aerospace industry
Propel launch
Fuel

Colorado Proposes Big New Tax on Leaded Avgas

State bill would impose a 50-cent-per-gallon 'impact fee'
Fueling airplane with aviation gasoline
Avionics

Firefighting Radio System Now Available in Latin America

First orders set to ship in six to eight weeks
A mockup of the new AEM radio.
Aircraft

Singapore To Boost SMEs and Decarbonization

Singapore's government promotes new initiatives at the air show's opening ceremony
Singapore Airshow 2024 opening ceremony Monday evening
Training and Workforce

FAA Approves Universal Technical Institute’s A&P Program

The new aviation mechanic program takes 18 months to complete
Universal Technical Institute's Miramar campus.
Engines

Cebu Pacific Ups Orders for Pratt & Whitney GTFs

Cebu Pacific already has 33 GTF-powered A320neo airplanes in service
Pratt & Whitney, Cebu Pacific Air deal at SAS 2024
Regulations and Government

Canada TSB Issues Safety Advice after Helicopter Crash Investigation

TSB said that loss of visual reference was a factor
Transportation Safety Board of Canada logo
Regulations and Government

NBAA Resource Eases CBP Entry Process at GA Airports

Guide compiles information from 300 U.S. general aviation airports with customs services
A screenshot of the NBAA "fact sheet"
Finance, Taxes, Insurance

South Florida Bizav Org Raises $50K for Charity, Scholarships

Annual event has raised $450,000 since 2003
The South Florida Business Aviation Association reported that it had raised $52,167 for charities and scholarship opportunities at its Charity Golf Classic in 2023.
Regulations and Government

FAA Reauthorization Passes Senate Committee Following Retirement Age Debate

Raising the retirement age conflicts with international mandate
Committee chair Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) discusses the FAA Reauthorization Act.
Engines

Safran and Partners Test Aircraft Turboprop Hydrogen Engines

BeautHyFuel project has received French government funding
Safran and Turbotech have tested a hydrogen engine for light aircraft
Regulations and Government

ALPA President: Industry-led Push for Reduced-crew Flights Threatens Aviation

President Jason Ambrosi spoke out this week
ALPA president Jason Ambrosi speaks to Air Line Pilots Association International.
Aircraft

GAMA Adds Seven New Members

More advanced air mobility leaders are joining GAMA
Crisalion Integrity eVTOL aircraft
Aircraft

Marine Robotics Company Hopes It Has Solved Amelia Earhart Mystery

Earhart's plane went missing in 1937
Sonar image of the area surveyed by Deep Sea Vision.
Training and Workforce

Enstrom Sets Dates for 2024 Maintenance Classes

Piston-powered helicopter classes start on June 2
Enstrom facilities in Menominee, Michigan
Accidents

NTSB: Skydiving Pilot Involved in Fatal Plunge Had Used Kratom

NTSB report did not conclude that the pilot committed suicide
CASA 212 aircraft operated by North Carolina skydiving company
Aircraft

FAA Certifies Icon A5 Amphibian in Primary Category

The certification will help Icon sell the A5 in other countries
Icon A5 amphibious airplane
Maintenance and Modifications

Hillsboro Aviation Appointed Airbus Helicopters Mx Center

Suite of services includes maintenance, upgrades, warranty work, aircraft completions, and OEM part sales
Hillsboro Aviation
Engines

Aero-Dienst Marks 30-year Legacy with Pratt & Whitney Canada

Aero-Dienst has played a significant role in advancing engine technology over three decades
The Aero-Dienst team celebrates 30 years as a designated Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) service provider.
Regulations and Government

Trevor Jacob Heading to Jail but Still Flying

FAA is reinstating his pilot certificate a year after it was revoked
Trevor Jacob exits airplane after supposed engine failure
Engines

Pratt & Whitney Marks PT6’s Diamond Anniversary

The versatile turboprop has amassed more than 500 million flight hours
Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 turboprop
Maintenance and Modifications

Boost Systems Cargo Baskets Win Transport Canada STC

FAA certification is pending
AS350 with Boost cargo baskets
Accidents

AOPA: General Aviation Accident Rate Declines in 2021

Total accidents rise, but so do overall flight hours
Charter & Fractional

PJCC: Almost All New Private Flyers Sticking with It

More new flyers are exclusively using private aviation for leisure travel
Generic woman aboard private jet (Adobe Stock)
Rotorcraft

Konner Appoints Distributor for Ultralight Helicopters

The Italian company is displaying its K-1 and K-2 models at this week's European Rotors show
Konner's K1-S19 light helicopter
Aircraft

New Zealand Flight School Orders 10 Tecnam Trainers

Deal includes P2008 JC, P2006T, and P-Mentor models
NZAAL's Tecnam fleet of trainers
Regulations and Government

Other Voices: It’s Time to Add to the U.S.’s Rich Aviation History

T&I Chair Graves encourages Senate to pass FAA bill
U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (R-Missouri)
FBOs

Argus Recognizes Saudia Private with Base Ops Audit Award

The audit focuses on reducing ground incidents and aircraft damage
Aircraft

Diamond's First Middle East Customer Takes DA50 RG

The aircraft's diesel engine burns much less fuel than typical piston airplanes
Diamond deal at Dubai Airshow 2023