Innovation in vertical lift flight took place as Sikorsky Aircraft announced the successful first flight of their S-97 RAIDER helicopter. This unique machine features a rigid coaxial rotor prototype designed to demonstrate a game-changing combination of maneuverability, hover ability, range, speed, endurance and survivability. During the first test flight, which lasted approximately an hour, it performed a series of maneuvers designed to test the aircraft's hover and low-speed capability. Virgin Galactic reported last week that the second SpaceShipTwo had been lowered onto its landing gear in a hangar in California. The spacecraft intended to carry paying passengers on sub-orbital flights was already in development when a tragic accident resulted in the destruction of the first SpaceShipTwo on October 3
On April 21, 2015, the FAA released a document stating that significant progress has been made on six action items stemming from a May 30th, 2013 study done by the FAA on noise matters in Los Angeles County. The statement of, “significant progress” followed a request for progress to be made as referred to in the January, 2014 Congressional Appropriations Act.
An Up and Coming Flight Planning Tool Continues To Gain In Popularity
Andy Matthews, the cofounder and Director of Business Development for iFlightPlanner spends some time to explain how the flight planning function of this app works. In this video, Matthews goes through the core flight planning sets which include routing, receiving an approved weather briefing, computation of the weight and balance, and then filing an FAA flight plan.
Piper Malibu On Post-Maintenance Test Flight Went Down In The Spokane River
The NTSB's preliminary report from a May 7 accident involving a Piper Malibu that resulted in the fatal injury of the two people on board indicates that the pilot reported control problems with the airplane before it went down.
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In 2013, the State of Washington gave Boeing a package of tax breaks totaling $8.7 billion through 2040. In return, the state apparently ‘assumed’ that the planemaker would continue to create and provide jobs in the state. Boeing announcing last year that the company would assemble the 777X airplane in the Puget Sound region. In all, Boeing employs about 79,000 in the Puget Sound, which is about half its total workforce. A NIMBY group describing itself as a "Growing network including thousands of people from our local community," has put up a website in an effort to get involved in "Shaping the future use of the Santa Monica Airport Land to better the lives of our entire community and future generations." You can bet that future doesn’t involve airplanes! A Ce
Will Provide Entitlement Training For Customers Purchasing New Beechcraft King Air Models With Fusion
Textron subsidiary TRU Simulation + Training will provide entitlement training for Textron Aviation Inc. customers who purchase new production Beechcraft King Air 250, 350i/ER and C90GTx turboprops equipped with the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics system.
Will Collect And Analyze Data To Assist Farmers With 'Precision Agriculture'
Wolfville-based AerHyve Aerial Technologies has announced a strategic partnership with PrecisionHawk. AerHyve analyzes high quality, multi-sensor data from unmanned aerial vehicles for use in precision agriculture. PrecisionHawk specializes in UAV remote sensing and GIS data processing, and this partnership will provide AerHyve clients with access to PrecisionHawk's hardware and software tools.
Flights Conducted As Part Of The USAF Test Pilot School Capstone Project
Textron AirLand, LLC and Beechcraft Defense Company recently hosted student pilots from the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Textron Aviation’s Wichita, Kansas facilities to evaluate capabilities of the Scorpion ISR/strike jet and Beechcraft AT-6 light attack aircraft as part of the school’s Capstone Project.