The first commercial unmanned aircraft system will launch, likely in the Arctic, after the Federal Aviation Administration's certification of the ScanEagle, an unmanned aircraft flown by Boeing subsidiary Insitu. The aircraft received a restricted-category type certification, which allows the plane to be flown commercially for surveillance.
The new Department of Transportation secretary, Anthony Foxx, expressed support for recommended changes to the general aviation certification regulations announced by the Federal Aviation Administration's Aviation Rulemaking Committee. "Streamlining the design and certification process could provide a cost-efficient way to build simple airplanes that still incorporate the latest in safety innovations," he said.
Despite the challenges the Experimental Aircraft Association faced as AirVenture 2013 drew closer, the event is expected to feature more performers and more vendors than ever, said Chairman Jack Pelton. The event will focus more closely on experimental, general aviation and vintage aircraft, and Disney's new movie, "Planes," will debut Friday. "This year, we're hoping to get back to a very strong sport aviation culture," Pelton said.
An H-37 Mojave helicopter has recently been delivered to the Classic Rotors Rare and Vintage Rotorcraft Museum at Ramona Airport in California. The helicopter, which was used in the 1950s and during the Vietnam War, will be restored by museum volunteers.
Light sport aircraft burn less fuel and run on autogas, cutting down on lead pollution and costs to the pilot. That, combined with a license that can be achieved with just 20 hours of training -- which can also go toward a private pilot's license later -- makes the LSA market appealing to many.