Allows Customers To Add Features They Choose Avidyne is offering a new lower-priced IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM, starting at $12,399, including mounting tray and installation kit.
Source: aero newsAvidyne Announces New Pricing Options For IDF440
The House Appropriations Committee has added its opposition to the nascent debate over privatizing the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization (ATO). Chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY) and other senior members of the committee wrote a letter to the House leadership Monday saying air traffic management should remain a government function.
Source: avwebHouse Opposition To FAA Privatization
The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, held in Sebring, Florida, every January since 2004, may be changing to a new date next year, organizers said on Monday. “Weather challenges in recent years have given us the opportunity to review and assess the best possible time to produce a successful 2017 event,” airport director Mike Willingham said in a news release. This year’s event started off strong on Jan. 20 and 21, with robust attendance, but over the next two days, winds gusting to 35 miles an hour kept most airplanes on the ground, and some exhibits were closed.
Source: avwebSebring Plans Changes For 2017
GA pilots will have affordable Wi-Fi in their airplanes within about three years and much greater access to space-based services thanks to a $3 billion investment by a Virginia company. Starting in April, Iridium will launch the first of 72 new communications satellites that will, among other things, increase the speed of its Internet signals 50-fold.
Source: avwebBetter GA Wi-Fi On The Horizon
A Cessna Citation 525 twin-engine jet broke up in flight while maneuvering near Cedar Fork, Utah, the NTSB says in a preliminary report now posted online. The pilot and passenger both were killed. The CJ3 took off from Salt Lake City International Airport about 9:50 in the morning on Jan. 18, headed for Tucson International Airport. Shortly after takeoff, the pilot called ATC to report a failure in the flight management system, and said he needed to fly straight ahead and climb while he tried to program the backup FMS.
Source: avwebNTSB: Citation Jet Broke Up In Flight
EasyJet is developing a hybrid hydrogen fuel-cell system that could power taxi operations with zero emissions, the company said in a news release today. “Each aircraft would have motors in their main wheels, and electronics and system controllers would give pilots total control of the aircraft’s speed, direction, and braking during taxi operations,” the company said. “The system would therefore reduce, if not remove altogether, the need for tugs to maneuver aircraft in and out of stands, delivering more efficient turnaround times and increased on-time performance.”
Source: avwebEasyJet To Develop Fuel-Cell-Powered Taxi Motors
Rolls is competing with US rival General Electric to provide engines for the 787 Dreamliner … develops our relationship with Rolls-Royce and we look forward to operating aircraft powered by the latest version of the Trent 1000, which sets new standards …
Source: bingRolls-Royce wins .7bn aircraft engine order from Norwegian
Evan Seitz sent in this photo, snapped when he was visiting Quillayute State Airport (UIL), on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula in a 1966 Cessna 150G. “Quillayute Airport is an old 1930s Navy blimp base,” he says. “You can see one of the old abandoned hangars in the background.”
Source: http://generalaviationnews.comPicture of the day: Visiting an old Navy blimp base
Here’s a fun way to spend your next birthday: Get up early, drive three hours, and spend the rest of the day taking tests.
Source: aopa12 hours, two tickets
Dan Albers of Conroe, Texas, sent in this tip: When I retired from the airlines, my flying went from 70 to 80 hours a month, to maybe 50 to 60 a year.
How I work on staying current is each time I fly, I pick a different airport about 20 to 30 minutes flying time from my home base. I plan a short cross country, get the weather and decide what I want to work on en route.
I may practice slow flight, stalls, or steep turns on my outbound leg. Once at my destination, I’ll do two or three touch and goes, maybe working on soft/short field technique.On the way home I’ll intercept airway radials, or do more air work.
When I want to work on instrument currency, I’ll take a safety pilot, and we will each fly a leg.
We are fortunate in southern Texas to have many good general aviation airports and approaches. We can practice intercepts, holding, and just about any type of approach.
This has worked well for me to stay current and have fun flying.
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Source: http://generalaviationnews.comTip: How a retired airline pilot stays current