Textron Aviation has confirmed that all its U.S. sales are being handled by factory representatives. That would appear to be the end of the extensive dealer network that sold Cessna aircraft for decades.
Source: avwebTextron Goes To Factory-Direct Sales
Heli-Expo, the annual event hosted by Helicopter Association International, opened in Louisville, Kentucky, this week, with about 700 exhibitors and 60 helicopters on display. Two aircraft being shown for the first time are Bell’s flight-test vehicles for the 525 Relentless and the 505 Jet Ranger X programs. Bell officials said they have nearly 80 letters of intent for the 525, which first flew last July, and more than 350 interested in the 505.
Source: avwebBell Helicopters Debut At Heli-Expo
Lockheed Martin will create a preliminary design for a low-sonic-boom supersonic X-Plane, NASA officials announced on Monday in Washington, D.C. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden noted it’s almost 70 years since Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in the Bell X-1. “Now we’re continuing that supersonic X-plane legacy with this preliminary design award for a quieter supersonic jet with an aim toward passenger flight,” Bolden said.
Source: avwebNASA Funds Low-Sonic-Boom X-Plane
In a market rich with tablet and smartphone navigation apps, Garmin has announced a new, purpose-built portable GPS navigator, the aera 660. It’s the company’s first dedicated aviation portable since the aera 796 appeared in 2011. Following the trend in smartphones, the aera 660 has a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen and more interface capability than any previous portable from any manufacturer. Its operating logic resembles the GTN series and G3X Touch products, so anyone familiar with those should adapt to the 660 easily, according to Garmin.
Source: avwebGarmin Announces New Portable GPS
(ANSAmed) – CAIRO, MARCH 1 – A ”well-informed French source” has said that the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle will carry out ”over the next two days” ”maneuvers with the Egyptian Navy”, the Arab website Al-Wasat first reported on …
Source: bingLibya: media, aircraft carrier De Gaulle in drill with Egypt
ForeFlight has an interesting but little-known feature called Cockpit Sharing that allows pilots to quickly share and load flight plans from one device to another when on the same WiFi network. The easiest way to accomplish this in the air is to use a Stratus ADS-B receiver, since it creates its own WiFi network for all the devices to connect to. This feature saves both flight plan entry time and helps reduce errors when two pilots are flying with iPads or iPhones with complicated routing. Here’s how to use it:
1. Enter a flight plan on one of the devices, including route, TAS, fuel burn and altitude.
2. Press the Send To button in the lower right corner of the route editor.
3. Select the name of the device with which you’d like to share the flight plan from the bottom of the list.
4. The second device will display an alert asking if you want to view the route. Press the View Route button to load and activate that flight plan.
Source: Ipad appsForeFlight Tip: how to use cockpit sharing
Bogere Tonny sent in these photos, with a quick email: “I love flying…WHY? Because defying gravity is what I do!”
Source: http://generalaviationnews.comPictures of the day: Why I love flying
J. Michael Loomis, an aviation attorney in Fort Wayne, Indiana, offers this advice: “If you are going to be active in aviation, I recommend that you develop a relationship with an aviation attorney before you actually need one.
You’ll want to know who you will be able to call and how to reach them in the midst of a problem, such as when you receive a request over the radio that you “call the tower.”
It would be helpful for the attorney to know a little about you before the problem comes, so there is a comfort level between you.
That way when you do have to make that call, you’ll have a comfort level and trust with your attorney, and your attorney, on the other hand, will know something about your aviation interest, level of experience, history and training.”
Source: http://generalaviationnews.comTip: Lawyer up — before you need to
The chair of California’s legislative Aviation Caucus has introduced a resolution proclaiming April 2016 as Aviation Awareness Month.
Source: aopaAviation awareness in focus in California
AOPA is seeking FAA permission to operate a commercial unmanned aircraft, primarily for aerial photography and video.
Source: aopaAOPA seeks permission to operate a commercial UAS