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 28, 2014 - 5:20pm

New Jersey-based aircraft livery creator Scheme Designers is hosting a scavenger hunt for attendees this week at the 2014 EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. Visitors to the company’s booth (No. 3056, Hangar C) can pick up an entry form and set off to find aircraft in the manufacturers’ display area bearing Scheme Designers custom paint jobs and identifying stickers. Participants should note the make, model and registration number of each aircraft on the form, which must turned in to the booth by 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 2.

July 28, 2014 - 12:00pm

Experimental aircraft manufacturer Sonex Aircraft introduced its AeroVee Turbo engine and announced new details on its in-development SubSonex personal jet during the company’s annual EAA AirVenture open house, held yesterday at its headquarters, which are adjacent to Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis. The Turbo boosts the power of the standard AeroVee engine from 80 hp to 100 hp.

July 27, 2014 - 11:50am

The annual Experimental Aviation Association (EAA) AirVenture show officially opens tomorrow in Oshkosh, Wis., but aviation enthusiasts have been streaming in to Oshkosh Wittman Regional Airport for the past few weeks.

July 27, 2014 - 9:30am

On the eve of EAA AirVenture 2014, aviation analyst Brian Foley released summaries of two key areas affecting the general aviation industry: investment capital and engine technology.

On the capital front, Foley said that there is no shortage of investors who are willing to put money into general aviation companies. However, there is a shortage of what these investors are seeking–entities that actually make money, that is, “a good $20 million in annual revenues and $5 million in profits known as Ebitda [earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization].

July 24, 2014 - 2:30pm

The annual EAA AirVenture show officially opens on Monday in Oshkosh, Wis., at Wittman Regional Airport, but aviation enthusiasts are already streaming into the airport ahead of the show.

July 22, 2014 - 2:40pm

Kitplane company Sonex Aircraft announced that its JSX-2 SubSonex Personal Jet flew on July 10. The initial goal of the flight-test program was to evaluate the single-engine jet’s systems, flight controls, gear and overall aircraft geometry, and handling through moderately high speeds. A second flight checked the function of the retractable landing gear and explored higher speeds.

July 17, 2014 - 2:30am

Diamond Aircraft is showing a maritime-surveillance version of the popular DA42 MPP Guardian, equipped with the company’s own radar, in the static park here at the Farnborough Airshow. Founder of the Austrian company, Christian Dries, told AIN that Diamond developed the spinning AESA radar in the past 12 months, because conventional radar houses could offer only a two-year lead time. Diamond’s radar weighs less than 20 kg (44 pounds), offers a range of 120 km (75 miles), and also includes AIS, the maritime equivalent of IFF. Endurance of the aircraft is 12 hours.

July 1, 2014 - 1:00pm

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) chose Mahindra Aerospace’s GippsAero GA8 Airvan in a competitive bidding process for an airborne surveillance aircraft. The CHP currently flies 26 aircraft, including some Cessna 206s that have logged more than 10,000 hours. According to Gary Standel, president of West Coast Aircraft Sales (WCAS), the CHP selected the GA8 because “we were the lowest-cost bidder able to be fully compliant with bid requirements.” WCAS specializes in ISR-configured solutions and is the western U.S. Airvan distributor. Paravion Technology of Ft.

June 19, 2014 - 3:15pm

Aviation alphabet groups slammed USA Today’s “sensationalistic” story published yesterday about general aviation safety. The story, “Unfit for Flight,” “fails to acknowledge the significant progress general aviation manufacturers have made to improve safety,” noted GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce. “The reality is that the number of fatal accidents in general aviation aircraft has declined substantially in recent years. In fact, the goal of one fatal accident per 100,000 hours flown by 2018 now appears increasingly likely.”

June 19, 2014 - 2:40pm

The Colorado Aviation Business Association, Colorado Pilots Association and other state and national aviation groups are working to obtain 3,000 signatures from Colorado residents to support its Colorado Aviation License Plate project. The project is designed to help raise awareness about the importance of aviation and the economic impact it has in the state of Colorado. The groups said the signatures will aid in the introduction of an aviation license plate bill during the next legislative session.

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