Two commercial unmanned aerial vehicles have received clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration to operate over the Arctic, the first of an expected wave of unmanned aircraft that will track ice, eye migrating whales, aid in oil drilling and assist in rescue missions. The FAA is considering creating special air corridors for commercial, government and scientific UAVs to use in the Arctic.
Nine lucky winners of a competition run by the Historic Flight Foundation at Paine Field in Washington state got to fly in a vintage DC-3. The group included Ursula Denison, who had escaped from East Germany on a DC-3 60 years earlier, and Fred Charles, who landed a military version of the aircraft in Tokyo with communications regarding the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II. Also among the passengers were three boys with a love for aviation.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has been testing General Aviation Modifications Inc.’s G100UL fuel in a school-operated Cessna 172 at the school's Daytona Beach campus. Researchers say the fuel is a promising alternative to 100LL. "Our students are green-aware, and they've made it clear we want to go in the direction of eliminating leaded fuel," said a school official. The two challenges to replacing 100LL with G100UL are cost and certification.
According to a recent announcement, Signature Flight Support will buy the two fixed-base operators owned by Maguire Aviation at Van Nuys airport in California. The deal includes 1.2 million square feet of hangar space and the 10,000-sq.-ft. NetJets facility.
As a young man, Stan Freeman flew a Piper Cherokee, and he passed down his love of flying to his sons and granddaughter. But what he always wanted to do was build his own plane. In 2011, he bought a kit airplane, and after two years and 2,000 hours, the plane has been granted an airworthiness certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration; Freeman's son Michael was the first to fly it.