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.

Maintenance and Modifications

Boost Systems Cargo Baskets Win Transport Canada STC

FAA certification is pending
AS350 with Boost cargo baskets

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)

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)

Argus Recognizes Saudia Private with Base Ops Audit Award

The audit focuses on reducing ground incidents and aircraft damage

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

AeroGuard Scales Up Operations with Order for 90 Piper Archers

The AeroGuard order is the latest in a string of trainer fleet contracts for Piper this year
Piper deal at Dubai Airshow 2023
Training and Workforce

Flexjet Launches Bizjet Cabin Server Training Academy

Red Label Academy offers a two-week hospitality training program
Flexjet's Red Label Academy

First Middle East Customer Takes DA50 RG

Aircraft considered ideal for GA pilots
Diamond deal Dubai Airshow 2023

Skyryse Claims First Automated Autorotation Landing

The company aims to roll out the first production example of its converted R66 helicopter in early 2024
Skyryse is modifying Robinson R66 helicopters to use its automated flight controls

Checkered Final Flag at Reno

The 2023, and final, Reno Air Races drew an estimated 140,000 specators
P-51 Mustang Bardahl Special

AINsight: Fuelish Mistakes

Workarounds and inattention blindness defeat fueling error defenses
NATA image of avgas fueling (Photo: NATA/Steve Berry)

NTSB: McSpadden Reported Problem before Fatal Crash

McSpadden had been on air-to-air photography mission
Richard McSpadden

Flying Firefighters Upgrading to Universal Avionics

The upgrade adds Universal's modern InSight avionics
De Havilland Canada CL-415 firefighting aircraft

SpaceX Astronauts Jared Isaacman and Dr. Sian Proctor Talk Space Exploration and Aviation

The two civilians crewed SpaceX's Inspiration4 mission together.
Dr. Sian Proctor and Jared Isaacman

Aviation Groups Urge Orderly Removal of Lead from Avgas

EPA guidance confirms danger to public health from leaded aviation fuel
Avgas is used by smaller piston aircraft

Wipaire Develops Composite Floats for Twin Otter

The new float is considerably lighter than the current all-metal unit

Gulfstream G500 OK'd for Steep Approaches

G500 demonstrated steep approach capabilities into London City and Lugano
Gulfstream G500 (Photo: Gulfstream Aerospace)

Air Safety Institute's McSpadden, a 'True Giant,' Dies in Aircraft Crash

The aircraft was on an emergency return to Lake Placid Airport
Richard McSpadden
Training and Workforce

North Dakota Airport To Host Scholarship Fundraiser

The 7th Annual Props & Hops will take place on October 5.
Props & Hops event at Mandan Regional Airport in North Dakota

SkySensor ADS-B In Completes uAvionix System

Simple installation and low cost are motivating buyers of uAvionix ADS-B systems
SkySensor ADS-B In receiver
Regulations and Government

International Team Arranges Rescue of Tally the Turtle

Turtles Fly Too racks up another turtle save
Rescued sea turtle Tally

iFly EFB App Now Compatible with Avidyne Avionics

Electronic flight bag app gets major update
iFly EFB displayed on Apple and Android devices

Aspen, Trio Offer Low-cost Display, Autopilot Package

Upgrade provides cockpit upgrade for light aircraft owners
Trio Avionics autopilot for light aircraft
Training and Workforce

TRU Sells King Air Sims to Canadian Firm

Deal includes full-flight sim and a training device
TRU, EIC and Keewatin Air principals celebrate a King Air sim sale

Octans Cygnus Prototype Flies To LABACE

Octans has applied for ANAC certification of the Cygnus
Octans Aircraft Cygnus airplane

Icon Updates A5 with Four-blade Propeller

New propeller improves takeoff performance
Icon A5 Astra Red livery

AOPA Planning National Mall Flyover in May 2024

Event will celebrate history of general aviation
Mark Baker Beechcraft Staggerwing (Photo: Chris Rose for AOPA)

Tecnam Bringing P-Mentor Trainer to U.S. Market

Tecnam says its Rotax-powered two-seat trainer will significantly reduce costs.
Tecnam P-Mentor training aircraft