The Japanese have been using unmanned aerial vehicles for crop dusting over the country's rugged and mountainous terrain for more than 20 years. Now, operating under a limited Federal Aviation Administration permit, researchers at the University of California, Davis, are studying Japan's crop dusting techniques over the school's Oakville Experimental Vineyard using a Yamaha RMax remote-controlled helicopter.
The old Atlantic Aviation building at Reno-Tahoe International Airport in Nevada was demolished Thursday to clear the way for construction to begin on a new $7 million general aviation facility. The new facility is expected to open in 2014.
A system that reduces the amount of energy used when a plane taxis down the runway drew attention at the Paris Air Show. The Electric Green Taxiing System, created by Honeywell and Safran, uses the plane's electrical system to power landing gear on the runway, which will cut operational costs, emissions and noise, says Honeywell Aerospace's Brian Wenig, the vice president of the EGTS program.
Viking Air received $70 million in non-military orders for its Twin Otter utility twin turboprop. Aerostar Leasing ordered four airplanes to be commercially operated in Asia, and the Moscow-based Vityaz Avia ordered seven airplanes to be delivered by 2015.
More than 50 manufacturers around the world are building light sport aircraft. Flying Magazine presents its top five models, all suited for different needs, but with one thing in common: They are designed to make flying fun.