Category Archives: Aviation

The T-6 Texan: Then and Now

Since it was first produced in 1937, the T-6 Texan and its offshoots have filled many roles for many different institutions in dozens of countries. It proved to be one of the more enduring, durable, and useful aircraft ever designed, and that’s further evidenced by the evolution in the 1990’s of the Beechcraft T-6 Texan II, which is a modern version of the original WWII trainer.

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Jet Speed with Turboprop Efficiency: The Epic E1000

The Epic E1000 is drawing attention for its sleek carbon-fiber design and intelligent engineering, producing the fastest turboprop available. Emerging from roughly a decade of perfecting its kit-plane predecessor (The Epic LT Dynasty), the E1000 promises to build on the devoted following growing around Epic Aircraft with exhilarating speed, fuel efficiency, and plenty of space. 

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What Are The Differences between Service Bulletins and Airworthiness Directives?

Airworthiness DirectiveAn Airworthiness Directive (A.D.) is a directive issued when the FAA realizes that a perilous condition exists in a product (aircraft engine, airframe, appliance or propeller).  They notify aircraft operators and owners of potentially unsafe conditions that need special inspections, alterations, or repairs.

A Service Bulletin (S.B.) is a notice to an aircraft operator from a manufacturer informing him/her of a product improvement. An alert service bulletin is issued when an unsafe condition shows up that the manufacturer believes to be a safety related as opposed to a mere improvement of a product.

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Composite Airframes vs. Aluminum

DAYTON, Ohio -- Beech VC-6A at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
DAYTON, Ohio — Beech VC-6A at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

If you are interested in aviation, even on the most casual level, then you’ve no doubt heard time and again that composite materials are both lighter and more flexible than aluminum, with a much higher elasticity.

Yet, people still build airframes using aluminum, don’t they? So it can’t be all that bad, right? The truth is that each serve their own purpose, one isn’t “better” than the other, just better depending on your goals. For instance, aluminum still tends to be cheaper than composite alloy. That is shifting, with the cost of composite materials coming down all the time, but as it stands, here and now, aluminum is still the choice for many budget-minded aviators around the world.

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The PT6 Remains True To Standards, Even In Changing Times

Air Tractor Front w COV LogoOne of the things that we truly appreciate at Covington Aircraft is the engineering innovations that go into aircraft designs. The PT6 engine is an ideal example of such a feat of design, since it has maintained its initial structure and mechanisms, but has also allowed for retrofitting older engines to perform with greater stability and efficiency. This has allowed for pilots to vastly extend their range of flight, and it has also allowed for flight in more diverse environmental conditions.

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Are The Skies Getting Too Crowded?

Are The Skies Getting Too Crowded?As aircraft enthusiasts and pilots are finding a greater demand for their commercial services, a number of changes have been witnessed in the airspace. This includes a greater volume of small aircraft that navigate the skies, along with larger commercial and military airplanes. However, these actions also require the registration of flight plans with the FAA, in order to maintain both safety and the proper operation of aircraft. Continue reading

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Navigating Modern Airspace With Greater Safety

Navigating Modern Airspace With Greater SafetyThe increased popularity and use of unmanned aircrafts vehicles (UAV) is becoming a focal point for both commercial and private pilots. Regulations on drones have been fairly lax through the FAA, although this is changing as more issues arise with airspace use for manned and unmanned vehicles. These changes will impact recreational UAV flyers as well as pilots, and are intended to provide better safety, especially for agricultural pilots. Continue reading

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Careers In Aviation, From The Ground Up

Careers In Aviation, From The Ground UpAn interest in flying and mechanics can turn into a growth oriented career for many individuals. Becoming an aircraft mechanic not only fills a demand for quality technicians in the industry, but it also offers people an engaging career that incorporates mechanics and inspiration. This can become even more viable for many people as a degree and licensing are not a requirement for employment. Continue reading

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Monthly Ministry Spotlight

Ministry Spotlight: Banyan Air Services & Top Aviation Executives Team up to Rebuild Nigerian Hospitals

In that light, we wanted to introduce a new monthly series we call “Ministry Spotlight” where we will feature some of the great work done by those in the aviation community in the name of Christ. This includes using time, effort, and the Word of God, to spread a message of love, hope, and redemption. In this first “Ministry Spotlight,” we will cover the rebuilding of a Nigerian hospital with the Banyan Air Services team. Continue reading

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A History Of King Air

A History Of King AirOne of the most storied and famous of Beechcraft’s lines is the King Air.  This aircraft family is comprised of many different lines of twin-turbopop aircraft including the Model 90 and the Model 100 series. Beechcraft’s King Air continues to be one of the very best selling models of aircraft in history, and has managed to outsell all other twin-turbopop competitors combined. The history of the King Air series began all the way back in 1961, and the King Air has grown in innovation and technology throughout the years while still upholding its respected name.  
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