Flying October 2020


The sharp wit and experienced judgment of Flying’s experts cover all the challenges and rewards that aviation offers to all flying enthusiasts. From industry news updates, regulations, trends, air shows and events to carefully researched reports on all categories of airplanes, helicopters, avionics, products, technology, accessories and equipment to pilot technique, flight training, safety, weather, operations and maintenance.

United States
Bonnier Corporation



The ability to focus on the task at hand, to deal with an abnormal situation and determine the correct remedy without freezing in place—that’s the type of resilience pilots strive for. Another form of resilience: surviving the ups and downs of a cyclical industry by keeping a pragmatic yet positive attitude throughout. Such resilience leaves a pilot, or a company, poised to take advantage of an opportunity when it presents itself. An aircraft can show resilience in the marketplace as well, and one must in order to stay in production for decades. Change inevitably drives new requirements for such things as performance, avionics and creature comforts, called for by its pilots and operators—and smart companies stay abreast of these needs. Take the Beechcraft King Air. More than 56 years ago now, the…


Not Pass or Fail I enjoyed reading [Rob Mark’s] article on training, [“Regulation or Inspiration?”] in the September issue. It was a good recap of industry efforts to lower the accident rate. I wish I could agree that the [General Aviation Joint Steering Committee] has been as successful as the [Commercial Aviation Safety Team], but it hasn’t. The GA fatal-accident rate has been flat for 20 years. I would also point out that on Page 44, you seriously misquoted me regarding the flight review. I would never have termed the flight review a pass-fail event. Under FAA guidelines [see the latest edition of AC 61-98], a pilot cannot fail a flight review. If the instructor determines that the pilot does not meet the airman certification standards for his grade, category and class,…


A The clean user interface makes navigation straightforward for multiple users. A selection of user profiles can be attached to pilots with differing statuses within the app. B A digital archive of aircraft logs is possible with a custom application, making ownership an easy transition when it’s time to sell the aircraft. C Different views and a wide range of colors available provide users with an intuitive and customizable layout for the scheduling page on the app. D Push notifications through the app keep you advised of changes to the schedule and indicate when maintenance, equipment updates and other currency items come due. Sharing an airplane is a great way to both combine the expenses of aircraft ownership and ensure that the airplane flies enough to stay healthy. Yes, it’s true—aircraft need exercise just…

easing pilot workload

In response to customer feedback—and a desire to push well-loved members of its product line forward—Textron Aviation announced in August the new flagship of the Beechcraft line, the King Air 360/360ER. With auto-throttles, improved pressurization and increased cabin comfort, the latest King Air aims to ease pilot workload by turning a 56-year-old workhorse into one that’s a bit more user-friendly and firmly settled in the modern age. First among these upgrades are the Innovative Solutions & Support ThrustSense autothrottles, which support the pilot throughout the flight regimes—including takeoff, landing and go-arounds, computing, and controlling power settings. They provide envelope protection by adjusting the power output of the engine during engine-out operations, making for better pilot control and allowing the airplane to accelerate and climb on one engine. The new digital pressurization controller…

an lsa goes electric

Hondo, Texas-based Texas Aircraft Manufacturing and British company Oxis Energy—which is developing technology for lithiumsulfur batteries—say they are jointly developing a high-wing, two-seat, all-metal, fully electric aircraft dubbed the eColt based on Texas Aircraft’s Colt S-LSA. Texas Aircraft says: “The eColt will fill a growing demand for ecologically friendly flight training airplanes, as well as regional transportation in Brazil and throughout the world. Initially, Oxis projects the eColt’s flight time will be in excess of two hours with an approximate range of 200 nm. The use of sulfur as a nonconductive battery material provides enhanced safety and is superior to current lithium-ion technology. Its 90-kilowatt-hour battery system, which is 40 percent lighter than current Li-ion technology, will be powered by its High Power cell at 400 watt-hour per kilogram.” The eColt’s key…

flight-test update

The G700 is pushing forward and aiming for the sky with its flight-test program. Officially launched in 2019, the new challenger in the ultra-long-range segment is planned for 2022 deliveries. As of August, the G700 had logged more than 100 test flights, completing flutter testing and expanding the high- and low-speed areas of the flight envelope. Powered by two Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines at a rated takeoff thrust of 18,250 pounds, the G700 aims to present the industry’s most spacious cabin, combining long range with maximum speed. Though flight test has taken it to Mach 0.99 at 54,000 feet, the G700’s performance targets include an MMO of 0.925 and a maximum operating altitude of 51,000 feet. Takeoff distance at sea level under ISA conditions, and maximum takeoff weight is healthy at…