NASA Glenn Research Center icing courses for pilots

NASA Glenn Research Center has excellent online courses for pilots about icing.

Cessna Citation M2 pilot report

Fred George of Business & Commercial Aviation takes the Cessna Citation M2 for an evaluation flight.

Image credit: Textron Aviation

Are your controls free and correct? How do you know?

Are you sure that your controls free and correct? Larry Brown, in his excellent Fly Like a Fighter column, asks that important question.

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 wrap-up

This year’s AirVenture was outstanding, and the perfect weather didn’t hurt.

  • Attendance: Approximately 550,000, with a total attendance increase of approximately 2 percent
  • Total aircraft: More than 10,000 aircraft arriving at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh and other airports in east-central Wisconsin.
  • Total showplanes: 2,668 (up 1 percent over 2014) – including 1,031 homebuilt aircraft, 976 vintage airplanes, 350 warbirds, 130 ultralights and light-sport aircraft, 101 seaplanes, 30 rotorcraft, and 50 aerobatic aircraft.
  • Forums and Workshops: A total of 1,048 sessions attended by more than 75,000 people.
  • Guests registered at International Visitors Tent: 2,299 visitors registered from a record 80 nations.

Highlights

  • F-22
  • F-35
  • B-52
  • F-100 Super Sabre
  • Mosquito
  • Lancaster
  • Goodyear’s Wingfoot One
  • Airbus A350
  • Junkers F13 replica
  • Apollo 13 reunion
  • Burt Rutan

Last year, Lane Wallace had some thoughtful commentary about Oshkosh.

A 4-year old girl takes her first aerobatic flight, and giggles with glee

Have fun with young Lea.

Next stop – EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

Oshkosh, here we come!

Two Dead In F-16-Cessna Collision

An F-16 collided with a Cessna 150 over South Carolina. The pilot of the Cessna, Joseph Johnson, and his passenger, Michael Johnson were killed. The pilot of the F-16, Major Aaron Johnson, ejected shortly after the collison and was uninjured.

Bell 525 Relentless first flight

The Bell Helicopter 525 Relentless had its first flight on July 1, 2015. The pilots were Jeff Greenwood and Troy Caudill. The 525 is a twin-engine (General Electric CT7-2F1), fly-by-wire aircraft with an ARC Horizon flight deck based on the Garmin 5000H avionics system. It is designed for missions such as oil and gas, corporate, search and rescue, EMS, and firefighting.

Image credit: Bell Helicopter

Image credit: Bell Helicopter

Bristow teams with AgustaWestland on the AW609 tiltrotor

Bristow Group Inc., a leading provider of helicopter services, will team with AgustaWestland on its AW609 civil tiltrotor program. Under the agreement, AgustaWestland and Bristow will work to support the development of oil & gas and search and rescue dedicated configurations and capabilities. The companies would provide contribution to flying activities towards aircraft maturity and to address commercial aspects for future AW609 acquisitions.

Image credit: AgustaWestland

Image credit: AgustaWestland

Airbus Helicopters reveals its new H160 helicopter

At Heli-Expo, Airbus Helicopters reveals its high-technology H160 helicopter. Development of the H160 began in 2013, with the definition of the final aircraft configuration confirmed this year. The helicopter’s first flight is planned to take place in 2015 and service entry is planned for 2018. The H160 is a medium helicopter that features:

  • Advanced rotor blade design.
  • Canted Fenestron.
  • New generation Tubomeca Arrano turboshaft engine.
  • Biplane stabilizer.
  • Electrical landing gear.
  • Composite airframe.
  • Helionix digital avionics.

H160