Propeller aircraft

December 3, 2013 - 7:37am
Cessna 172 over California coast

Last Friday, the day after the Thanksgiving holiday, was one of those perfect Northern California late-autumn days, and it was a day off so I took my stepfather Dennis flying. Although he has a private pilot certificate he no longer flies. But every time I visit he asks if I can take him flying. This time, the answer was “Yes,” instead of the usual, “No, because I’m not checked out at any of the local airplane rental companies.”

November 4, 2013 - 2:15pm

The wreckage of a Polish-built M18 Dromader water bomber was located on October 30 in the rough terrain of southeastern New South Wales. A witness to the October 24 accident, which killed the pilot, reported that one of the wings broke off before the aircraft hit the ground. Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority grounded seven other models of the same aircraft as a precaution.

November 3, 2013 - 5:35am

Alexander Mikheev has been named CEO of Russian Helicopters. He previously served as deputy CEO of Rosoboronexport, Russia’s weapon export agency.

October 28, 2013 - 1:55pm

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada’s final report on the crash of a Beechcraft King Air 100 at Vancouver International Airport in October 2011 concluded that the chain of events that led to the accident began with poor pilot preflight action. Neither of the two pilots noticed the left engine’s oil reservoir cap was not firmly latched shut.

The crew was alerted to an oil leak in the left engine before takeoff but failed to take action until receiving a low oil pressure warning light about 10 minutes after takeoff.

October 22, 2013 - 3:55pm

Between deliveries, aftermarket upgrades, maintenance expansions and prototypes, Cessna Aircraft Company (Booth No. C8843) has a lot to talk about concerning its current and upcoming Citation products during NBAA 13.

October 21, 2013 - 10:30pm

Cessna Aircraft painted a picture of its mixed fortunes at its NBAA press conference yesterday, with CEO Scott Ernest saying the company was making good progress on its marquis development programs–the new Citation Latitude and Longitude–while acknowledging problems with single-engine piston products, and continuing quarterly financial losses.

October 21, 2013 - 11:45am

Twin Commander Aircraft and its authorized service centers are responding to accommodate owners and operators affected by a recent airworthiness directive calling for inspection and modification of the aft pressure-bulkheadarea.

Twin Commander proposed, and theFAA recently approved, a procedure that provides some operators relief from the strict compliance requirements inAD2013-09-05, which is based on Service Bulletin (SB)241.

October 20, 2013 - 8:30am

The old federal building in Superior, Wis., dates back to 1908. The ornate masonry structure features high ceilings, marble floors and trim, stately woodwork and fixtures, enormous walk-in safes and vaults and massive open spaces. It was being redeveloped for private use when it caught Alan Klapmeier’s eye. This is where Klapmeier decided to set up shop as he and his team work to redesign and launch the Kestrel single-engine turboprop. The Kestrel first flew in 2006 when the company was called Farnborough Aircraft.

October 9, 2013 - 10:20am

Twin Commander Aircraft and its authorized service centers are responding to accommodate owners and operators affected by a recent airworthiness directive calling for inspection and modification of the aft pressure-bulkhead area.

Twin Commander proposed, and the FAA recently approved, a procedure that provides some operators relief from the strict compliance requirements in AD 2013-09-05, which is based on Service Bulletin (SB) 241.

October 4, 2013 - 2:50am
The $2.4 million Grand Caravan EX upgrades the venerable workhorse with an 867-shp PT6 and adds Garmin G1000 avionics and a Hartzell propeller with slightly rounded edges.

Ah, that new airplane smell.

Cessna demo pilot Rip Lee and I climb aboard the factory-fresh Grand Caravan EX and I glance over at the Hobbs meter: 4.3 hours total time. Airplanes don’t get much newer than this.

 
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