Monthly Archives: April 2013

Connectivity, Human Factors Drive Next-Gen Cockpit

By John Croft John Croft Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Olathe, Kan.; Phoenix and Tucson In September 2012, Rockwell Collins gathered 18 airline, business aviation and owner-operator pilots in its Cedar Rapids hometown for some straight talk on the automation problems with today’s integrated cockpits. What they learned could help the avionics company create next-generation flight decks […]

F-35A Cost Per Flying Hour Exceeds F-16 by 10%

By Amy Butler Source: AWIN First The F-35A is expected to cost about 10% more to operate than the F-16 it is intended to replace for the U.S. Air Force and other international military services, according to U.S. government officials.   USAF Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, program executive officer overseeing the F-35 program, told Dutch […]

All-electric SportsStar EPOS makes maiden flight

By James Holloway   The all-electric SportStar EPOS two-seater in flight [youtube=] Czech light aircraft specialist Evektor-Aerotechnik has announced the maiden flight of its all-electric SportStar EPOS two-seater airplane. On March 28, the EPOS made two back-to-back flights with a combined flight time of 30 minutes. The EPOS, the name of which derives from “electric-powered small […]

Bell unveils V-280 Valor tiltrotor concept for U.S. Army program

By Darren Quick   The V-280 Valor tiltrotor is Bell Helicopter’s concept for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi Role (JMR)/Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program Bell Helicopter has thrown its tiltrotor hat into the ring for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi Role (JMR)/Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program with the unveiling of its V-280 Valor tiltrotor concept at […]

GAMA Releases 2012 Year-End Report and Focuses on the Opportunities and Goals That Lie Ahead

Contact: Mr. Jens Hennig GAMA NEWS 13-05 Released: 02-11-2013 General Aviation Manufacturers Association (+1) 202-393-1500 • Fax (+1) 202-842-4063 1400 K Street NW, Suite 801 Washington, DC 20005-2485 | United States Rue de la Science 14 B-1040 Brussels | Belgium « Back to 2013 Releases WASHINGTON, DC, February 12, 2013 — The General Aviation Manufacturers […]

The maiden flight of the Panthera on 4. 4. 2013 at 14:15 

Pipistrel’s new Panthera completed its maiden flight on 4 April, 2013. The very successful first flight lasted 54 minutes. Having completed ground functional and taxi tests at Pipistrel’s Headquarters at Ajdovscina, Slovenia, the Panthera relocated to the Airport of Cerklje ob Krki, where Slovenian Armed Forces are providing us invaluable logistics support. Following high-speed taxi […]

Orbital Rolls Out Antares Rocket to Launch Pad at Wallops Island for Upcoming Test Flight

(Dulles, VA 6 April 2013) Early this morning, Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) rolled out the first fully integrated Antares rocket from its assembly building at NASAs Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) in eastern Virginia in preparation for its inaugural flight that is scheduled for April 17 at approximately 5:00 p.m. (EDT). This morning, beginning at […]