Evolution Aircraft - Future Powerhouse or The Next Columbia?

There is no arguing that the Lancair Evolution is a gorgeous, impressive aircraft. It's fast, has long legs, and has more useful load than just about any other 4-place out there. It's an experimental meaning it gives its owner access to the best of cutting-edge technology at the best possible prices, much of which isn't even an option for certified aircraft. Knowing all that, it makes some sense that Lancair has decided to split the Evolution off from all other Lancair models and form a separate company around just that model.

Doc Flies!

Two Solar Aircraft Make History in One Week

Last week the
Solar Impulse 2 completed it's around-the-world flight
. This was a historic accomplishment for aviation...they made the entire flight using solar energy. I've been writing about this project since 2009 and it's awesome to finally see it completed. Congratulations to the Solar Impulse team!

Stratus ESG - Finally ADS-B for the Masses?

We've written here a lot about the looming mandate that starting in 2020, any aircraft flying in Classes A, B, C, D airspace, or Class E above 10,000 must be equipped with an ADS-B Out transponder. There's good and bad to this system, but one of the biggest problems has been a lack of affordable ADS-B transponders on the market. The Stratus ESG and ESGi from AppAero may have finally solved that problem for the masses!

Avidyne ADS-B Deals Beat FAA Rebate

I recently wrote that the FAA is offering a $500 rebate for 20,000 aircraft owners to install ADS-B in their aircraft. That's a great deal, but there is more than a little headache involved. The program doesn't even start for a couple months, you have to run through a bunch of Federales Against Aviation brand red tape, and it's sort of a lottery - there's no guarantee you'll actually be selected for this program. Thankfully, our neighborhood avionics company Avidyne has an even better offer.

Military Pilot: Should I Give Up Retirement to Join the Airlines Now?

Edits

24 Jun 16: Added some thoughts about financial security, and pay at other airlines.

23 Jun 16: Thanks for all your feedback! I've added a couple extra considerations at the end. I've also corrected Delta's 401(k) matching to 15% in the article body here, I'd erroneously put 16% before. I haven't updated the spreadsheets. I'll leave that to you.

$500 ADS-B Rebate From the FAA? Yes Please!

Edit 6/12/16: To my chagrin, I realized after I posted this article yesterday, that I failed to mention some of the best ADS-B solutions out there. I've added a couple at the bottom of the article.

General Aviation News beat me to the punch, but I want to make sure you hear that the FAA is offering a $500 rebate to 20,000 aircraft owners for equipping your piston single to meet the looming ADS-B mandate. The process looks like a bit of a pain, but it's absolutely worth it.

Here's a Free Airplane, Just Start a Club to Fly it!

Let's be honest: as pilots, we're kind of cheap. We'd all love to fly more...if only someone would give us a free airplane to do that flying in, right? Luckily for us, there are a few organizations out there that hold airplane giveaway sweepstakes every year.

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