The RoboBee - the insect-inspired microrobot -- has become the lightest vehicle ever to achieve sustained flight without the assistance of a power cord. After decades of work, the researchers achieved untethered flight by making several important changes to the RoboBee, including the addition of a second pair of wings. That change, along with less visible changes to the actuators and transmission ratio, gave the RoboBee enough lift for the researchers to attach solar cells and an electronics panel. READ MORE (Science Daily)
Last week the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published the Part 135 Pilot Rest and Duty Rules Aviation Rulemaking Committee charter, signaling the beginning of a new effort to revise the long-standing, existing rules.
Among aviation groups there is a consensus that airspace safety will take a giant leap forward if the FAA brings commercial space ventures and traditional aviation together to address their shared concerns about the airspace system.
Business aviation has always embraced technological innovation, from winglets, advanced aerodynamics and fuel-sipping engines to advanced avionics. The industry also has also long been dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from aircraft, with a proven record of advances in carbon reduction.
Signature is proud to be a gateway to local communities, contributing both time and money to help their communities thrive. In 2018 alone, Signature Flight Support has donated more than $100,000 to local organizations because they believe in giving back.
Automatic landings have long been standard procedure for commercial aircraft. While major airports have the infrastructure necessary to ensure the safe navigation of the aircraft, this is usually not the case at smaller airports.
Last week, NATA and the University of Maryland signed a sponsored research agreement in an effort to review the causes, hazards, and associated costs of accidental discharges of foam fire suppression systems.
A fuel under evaluation as a replacement for leaded avgas for the 170,000 aircraft in the piston-powered general aviation fleet will need “additional refinement,” and three new fuels have undergone preliminary testing in 2019, the FAA said in an update on its Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative.
In recent years, there have been several incidents of fuel contaminated with diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) being uplifted to business aircraft, causing damage to airplanes and a safety risk to passengers and crews.
One of the fundamental responsibilities of an aviation business leader is to plan for the future success of the business. The first step in this strategic business planning process is to develop or update a strategic aviation business plan. This article will discuss the reasons for, the value of, and the elements of a strategic aviation business plan.
Last month, NATA staff attended a two-day diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) safety risk management (SRM) team meeting in Washington, D.C. Meeting participants, including representatives from the FAA and industry, conducted a safety risk assessment of the hazards associated with inadvertent contamination of jet fuel with DEF.
The Fourth of July holiday is this week. I’m fortunate to be off, but at least half of my fellow pilots will be working. This isn’t all bad. Although some holidays are easier to work than others, the key is a positive attitude and a glass-is-half-full approach.
To support children in need, the Boca Raton Airport Authority (BRAA) is once again teaming up with airport tenants including Atlantic Aviation, Signature Flight Support and Fairfield Inn, to collect school supplies this upcoming school year for Boca Raton community partner, Spirit of Giving Network.
As a growing number of manufacturers explore the potential market for supersonic aircraft, including business aviation applications, the FAA recently announced two upcoming notices of proposed rule making (NPRMs) to help develop this emerging industry sector.
The Florida Airports Council serves as the voice for Florida’s airports now and into the future. Our airports accommodate more than 176 million passengers annually from all over the globe, generating significant economic impact while creating more than 1.4 million jobs across the state.
Ice formed on airplanes can cause aircraft defects and accidents. On days with snow and at an altitude of 10,000 m, where the temperature falls below 40? below zero, ice forms on aircraft wings. When ice crystals are formed abnormally, the wing shape changes, degrading the lift. Thus, control of the growth rate and form of ice crystals greatly affects the safety and operation efficiency of aircraft.
U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $495 million in airport infrastructure grants, the second allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding for airports across the United States.
Mentors give first flights to 83 youngsters. The food, fun, flying, and fellowship were amped up for an estimated 500 young and “young at heart” aviators who attended the Young Aviators Fly-In at Triple Tree Aerodrome June 21 to 23. The event was created by young pilots as part of aviation’s youth movement.
Single-pilot operators can adopt the same level of attention to detail and planning done by much larger flight departments.
What’s more thrilling than finding the field at night by activating the airport lights from the air? Answer: Not seeing the lights.