BRS Aerospace has developed a whole aircraft parachute rescue system on Van's RV-10 homebuilt aircraft. The company is accepting orders for the system, which is priced at $25,990, plus shipping.
The BRS ballistic powered parachute system can be retrofitted on flying aircraft or incorporated during the home building process. BRS Aerospace also offers the installation in two stages for builders who want to incorporate parts of the installation during the build process. Continue reading "BRS Whole Aircraft Parachute for Van's RV-10"
The Experimental Aircraft Association has published a new Flight Test Manual which brings the processes and procedures of professional flight testing to the amateur-built aircraft community.
The 47-page manual is a comprehensive program for amateur-built aircraft flight testing. It includes outlines for each essential test point, as well as a booklet of 19 test cards that can be carried in the aircraft for quick reference and data collection while in flight. Those test cards are similar to those used by professional civilian and military test pilots, and are an exclusive resource for amateur-built aircraft pilots using the EAA manual. Continue reading "New Flight Test Manual From EAA"
One of my earliest "jobs" in aviation was as an unpaid (but compensated with experience and flight time) line-boy/hangar rat. I'm sure that was the first time I washed an airplane windshield, and I used whatever goop in a bottle was thrown at me by the FBO owner. In the many decades since, I have probably used just about every chemical available to clean windshields and windows, including good old H2O, and I am still looking for the magic elixir that simply makes deceased bugs and other debris leap off the canopy when it is merely brought out of the cupboard. I am still waiting - but a new product from McFarlane Aviation Products comes pretty DAM close! Continue reading "DAM!"
AirVenture is long over, but we're still digging out from the information deluge the show provides. A good example is the Aerocreeper, an adjustable height design that looks perfect for those "too short to kneel, too tall to sit up" jobs under our airplanes. We saw it while running through one of the display hangars and couldn't resist a quick peek. Continue reading "Aerocreeper"
Garmin announced it's adding significant capability, more configuration options and offering greater integration throughout the GTN™ 650/750 touchscreen navigators, the G500 TXi/G600 TXi and G500/G600 flight displays, as well as the GFC™ 600 & GFC 500 autopilots. Additionally, the G5 electronic flight instrument for certificated aircraft is being approved for use as a standby instrument when paired with the G500 TXi or G500 flight displays. The GFC 500 autopilot will also be approved for installation with the G500 TXi or G500 flight displays, while the addition of descent vertical navigation (VNAV) within the GTN will aid in descent planning. With Garmin, pilots receive a seamlessly integrated cockpit that offers a more harmonious transition among avionics, which reduces pilot workload and provides a superior in-flight experience. Continue reading "Garmin releases updates for TXi flight displays, GTN navigators, GFC autopilots and the G5 electronic flight instrument"