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Picture of the Day: A pair of Pipers

Picture of the Day: A pair of Pipers

One of our favorite Picture of the Day contributors, Geremy D. Kornreich, sent in this photo of a pair of Piper Comanches waiting for the morning fog to lift in Tulare, California, on Jan. 31, 2018. Would you like to have your photo featured as Picture of the Day? You...

Trust but verify redux

Trust but verify redux

I flew co-pilot on a 19-seat turboprop during my airline pilot rookie year. One hot summer day, we landed at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (KROA), deplaned our passengers, and loaded up 19 more. We didn’t take on any more fuel because we needed to be as light as...

B-52 takes to the freeways

B-52 takes to the freeways

SEATTLE — After 26 years of open storage at Paine Field, Everett, the Museum of Flight‘s 1959 Boeing B-52 bomber will be moved to the museum’s West Campus at Boeing Field in Seattle in early June. Not flight worthy, the plane was disassembled for shipment and most of...

Clay Lacy hosts 1,500 students for Van Nuys Airport Aviation Career Day

Clay Lacy hosts 1,500 students for Van Nuys Airport Aviation Career Day

LOS ANGELES — Clay Lacy Aviation recently hosted 1,500 high school students at the 13th Annual Aviation Career Day at Van Nuys Airport (KVNY) in Los Angeles. Called “The Sky Is the Limit,” the event is co-sponsored by Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez, Los...

$21,000 for flight training scholarships

$21,000 for flight training scholarships

Six scholarship applicants — four young men and two young women — will be earning their private pilot license this summer aided by the Bremerton Pilots Association’s matching funds program. This represents more than $42,000 in revenue to the local FBO, Avian Flight...

Snap-on now offers Structural Sheetmetal Assembly certification

Snap-on now offers Structural Sheetmetal Assembly certification

Snap-on has expanded its Tools for Life technical education program by offering Structural Sheetmetal Assembly certification, according to company officials. The Structural Sheetmetal Assembly is just one of many certification courses developed by Snap-on. Technical...

Vacuum pump failure fatal for three

Vacuum pump failure fatal for three

The instrument-rated pilot was conducting a personal cross-county flight and was operating on an instrument flight rules flight plan. While he was flying in visual conditions between cloud layers at 7,000′ and heading toward the destination airport, he reported to air...

Picture of the Day: Yoshi Mania

Picture of the Day: Yoshi Mania

When the Red Bull Air Race takes off May 26, 2018, in Chiba, Japan, Red Bull officials say fans should expect a frenzy of “Yoshi Mania.” That’s when Yoshihide Muroya flies in his first home race since being crowned World Champion. Red Bull officials note that no pilot...

Pilot Perspectives: Randy Brooks

Pilot Perspectives: Randy Brooks

With more than 13,000 hours of flight time, Randall Brooks has had one of those varied and interesting careers that most aviators can only dream of. Gliders, biplanes, corporate aircraft, executive jets, retired Russian military trainers — if it has wings, Randy knows...

Belite adds metal wing option for Chipper, cuts build time

Belite adds metal wing option for Chipper, cuts build time

WICHITA – The Chipper STOL, a two-place experimental amateur-built aircraft kit from Belite Enterprises, now has a metal wing option for $1,320 and 15 extra pounds. According to company officials, the metal wing option reduces build time and drag and improves...

#HonoringTheWASP this Memorial Day

#HonoringTheWASP this Memorial Day

Women in Aviation International will be #HonoringTheWASP over Memorial Day weekend 2018 by visiting their graves and leaving an appropriate decoration, such as flowers or other remembrances. Texas Woman’s University, the repository of the Women Airforce Service Pilots...

What every pilot needs to know about UAS

What every pilot needs to know about UAS

Pilots of manned aircraft want all drone pilots to know as much about aviation as they do. That’s the best way to mitigate hazards of mixing manned and unmanned aircraft into our nation’s airspace. But have you thought about it from the perspective of manned aviation...

KGED FBO now accepts international flights

KGED FBO now accepts international flights

GEORGETOWN, Delaware – Thanks to a new arrangement between Delaware Coastal Airport (KGED) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Georgetown Aviation Services can now accept international aircraft arrivals. Although CBP does not have a facility on the field at...

Bird nest brings down Piper

Bird nest brings down Piper

During preflight inspection of the Piper PA-22, the pilot discovered three baby birds in the cockpit. After removing the birds, he continued his preflight inspection, looking for a nest. He noticed that the rag normally used to cover one of the elevator openings was...

Picture of the Day: Quick Silver

Picture of the Day: Quick Silver

Frederick A. Johnsen — General Aviation News’ Of Wings & Things columnist and a warbird expert — sent in this photo of the P-51 Mustang “Quick Silver.” The photo was taken at SUN ‘n FUN 2018, where the aircraft flew several times, he reports. Would you like to have...

Synthetic greases and your aircraft

Synthetic greases and your aircraft

Lately, I have received numerous questions about grease. The general theme of most of them is “why can’t I use synthetic grease from the local parts store in my aircraft?” Synthetic lubricants are one of the present “now” or “buzz” words. If a lubricant is synthetic,...

Video: Weather Technology in the Cockpit

Video: Weather Technology in the Cockpit

The FAA recently posted a new video, “Weather Technology in the Cockpit.” The short video — just 2 minutes and 28 seconds — documents some of the research conducted by the FAA’s Weather Technology in the Cockpit program’s research team, which conducts studies on how...

Bill targets aviation mechanic shortage

Bill targets aviation mechanic shortage

A bill was introduced in the House of Representatives May 8, 2018, to establish an aviation maintenance workforce development pilot program. Introduced by a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers, including Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.), Rep....

Call for entries for Aerospace Teacher of the Year

Call for entries for Aerospace Teacher of the Year

DAYTON, Ohio — The National Aviation Hall of Fame is seeking entries for its 32nd Annual A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year Award, which includes a $1,500 cash stipend. Deadline for submissions is June 10, 2018. Founded in 1986 by famed...

Myrtle Air Services at KMYR earns Part 145 Repair Station certificate

Myrtle Air Services at KMYR earns Part 145 Repair Station certificate

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The FAA has awarded Myrtle Air Services a 145 Air Agency Certificate, making it the Myrtle Beach International Airport’s newest Part 145 Repair Station. “The decision by the FAA to award Myrtle Air Services with its 145 Air Agency Certificate is...

Cessna 210 pilot dies in crash

Cessna 210 pilot dies in crash

The Cessna 210 hit trees near Wantage, N.J., about an hour into a night cross-country flight. The pilot died in the crash. The weather was clear, with nearly a full moon and unrestricted visibility. The airplane was not reported overdue, but air traffic control began...

Let’s get inappropriate

Let’s get inappropriate

I’ve told the story before of my first attempt to get involved in aviation, and my absolutely dismal failure. It was sophomore year at Glastonbury High School in rural central Connecticut. A US Navy recruiter came to speak to students who were open to enlisting in the...

The most popular GA aircraft in the first quarter of 2018

The most popular GA aircraft in the first quarter of 2018

The Wichita Business Journal put together a slide show of the most popular general aviation aircraft in the the first quarter of 2018, based on recently released figures from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. Check it out here to see an interesting...

National Air & Space Museum gets $1 million donation

National Air & Space Museum gets $1 million donation

The National Air and Space Museum recently received a $1 million gift from AAR Corp., its chairman and CEO David P. Storch, and the family of its founder Ira J. Eichner. The gift supports the construction of the new design hangar in the transformed “How Things Fly”...

Sporty’s hosts grand opening of new onsite store

Sporty’s hosts grand opening of new onsite store

Visitors to Sporty’s now have an expanded, updated and interactive store in which to browse, select and experiment with Sporty’s aviation offerings. The new store is in the atrium of Sporty’s headquarters at Clermont County Airport near Cincinnati, Ohio. The grand...

FlightSafety adds drone training

FlightSafety adds drone training

FlightSafety International will offer a variety of Unmanned Systems Training programs for commercial operators. “Our Unmanned Systems Training program will include a comprehensive series of Remote Pilot ground and flight training courses designed to help UAS operators...

Loss of electrical power leads to bent 182

Loss of electrical power leads to bent 182

The private pilot stated that, while on a cross-country flight, he noted that the Cessna 182 was losing electrical power and decided to make a precautionary landing near Lake City, Florida. He attempted to extend the landing gear and advised air traffic control of the...

Picture of the Day: Chance encounter

Picture of the Day: Chance encounter

George White sent in this photograph for Picture of the Day, explaining: “I had a chance encounter with a RAF C-17 crew. They were awesome, giving me a 45-minute tour that included this view out of the top escape hatch.” Would you like to have your photo featured as...

Twin Beech with a twist

Twin Beech with a twist

You know the classic Twin Beech Model 18, right? It has twin tails, a tailwheel, and a bit of a pug nose. That is until Pacific Airmotive took it into its Burbank shop and created a tricycle-gear, single-tail, high-forehead pointy-nose business aircraft and commuter...

GA advocates ask court to overturn Santa Monica deal

GA advocates ask court to overturn Santa Monica deal

Officials with the National Business Aviation Association have urged a federal appeals court to legally void a deal between the FAA and the city of Santa Monica, California, that allows the city to shorten the runway and close the Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO)...

Test underway to improve process of delivering instrument clearances

Test underway to improve process of delivering instrument clearances

A MITRE team has been researching ways to reduce frustration for general aviation by improving the process of delivering instrument clearances. In 2014, the MITRE researchers began investigating how mobile devices could be used to deliver IFR clearances at airports...

New ASTM standard calls for ice detectors on GA aircraft

New ASTM standard calls for ice detectors on GA aircraft

A new ASTM International standard aims to enhance small aircraft safety by supporting non-essential ice detectors. The new specification (F3310) was developed by ASTM International’s committee on general aviation aircraft (F44). According to ASTM International member...

More than 70 schools to implement AOPA aviation curriculum

More than 70 schools to implement AOPA aviation curriculum

More than 70 schools will implement the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association‘s (AOPA) high school aviation science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) curriculum in the 2018-2019 school year. AOPA’s aviation STEM curriculum offers students four-year...

Mark Hardin Air Race takes off May 26

Mark Hardin Air Race takes off May 26

For the last eight years air racers have looked toward Terrell, Texas, on Memorial Day weekend. The Mark Hardin Memorial Air Race has grown in the last eight years, becoming a charity event. Now, with the support of the city of Terrell, it is ready to present an...

T-6 crash fatal for two

T-6 crash fatal for two

The airline transport pilot and a passenger departed on a local flight as part of a flight of two airplanes in daytime visual meteorological conditions. Shortly after takeoff, witnesses heard the North American AT-6’s engine popping; another witness reported a...

Pictures of the Day: Doc’s Open House

Pictures of the Day: Doc’s Open House

Dale Krebbs sent in these photo of the B-29 “Doc,” taken Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Doc’s Open House in Wichita. Dale reports it took 80,000 volunteer hours to restored this beautiful B-29 — only one of 2 that are still flying. Included in the photos he sent was one...

LA County Airshow honors the Skunk Works

LA County Airshow honors the Skunk Works

The fifth annual Los Angeles County Airshow marked my season opener this year, taking place March 24-25 in the high desert locale of Lancaster, California, where I was joined by tens of thousands of airshow fans at General William J. Fox Airfield, commonly known as...

Glacier Girl survives its own ice age

Glacier Girl survives its own ice age

Any P-38 Lightning fighter of World War II is a crowd-pleaser. The Lightning called “Glacier Girl” amped that enthusiasm even higher at SUN ‘n FUN 2018. “Glacier Girl” was literally frozen in time from 1942 to 1992. Part of a flight of six brand-new P-38s and two...

Do you know your aircraft’s best glide speed?

Do you know your aircraft’s best glide speed?

A new fact sheet has been released by the FAA covering Best Glide Speed. The General Aviation Joint Steering Committee determined that a significant number of general aviation fatalities could be avoided if pilots were better informed and trained in determining and...

Ag pilot dies when plane hits cell tower wires

Ag pilot dies when plane hits cell tower wires

After completing an aerial application flight, the commercial pilot was returning to the base airport over 15 nautical miles away when the Air Tractor AT-502 hit terrain near West, Texas, and was consumed by a post-impact fire. The pilot died in the crash. Although...

Picture of the Day: Waiting for takeoff

Picture of the Day: Waiting for takeoff

Jeff Kimball sent in this photo for Picture of the Day, calling it “Waiting for takeoff.” It was taken at Gillespie Field near San Diego, May 11, 2018, during a Stearman Fly-In. Would you like to have your photo featured as Picture of the Day? You can submit it via...

Ever seen a Cessna Tail Slide?

Ever seen a Cessna Tail Slide?

Necessity, as they say, is the mother of invention. That is certainly the case for Pete and Shiley Nelson from Challis, Idaho. The husband and wife have owned and operated Middle Fork Aviation in the backcountry of Idaho for more than two decades. I met up with Pete...

Purdue Able Flight program features Paralympian, hopeful astronaut

Purdue Able Flight program features Paralympian, hopeful astronaut

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana — A silver medalist from the Rio Paralympics and an aspiring astronaut are just two of the people selected to take part in this year’s Able Flight program at Purdue University. Students in this year’s Able Flight program arrived on campus on...

FAA selects 10 drone programs for testing

FAA selects 10 drone programs for testing

The FAA has selected 10 state, local, and tribal governments to conduct flight tests as part of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program. “We know our diverse new partners will help us address a broad range of complex drone integration challenges,...

Air Serv donates Caravan to help respond to Ebola outbreak

Air Serv donates Caravan to help respond to Ebola outbreak

Air Serv International has donated the use of one of its airplanes to assist Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in responding to an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Ebola, already a highly contagious disease, can have disastrous effects in...

Turbojet Seguin Quickie crashes during flight test

Turbojet Seguin Quickie crashes during flight test

The commercial pilot and a colleague built the single-place, composite airplane with the intention of using it for air racing. Rather than using the single piston engine and propeller specified by the original plans, they opted to power the Seguin Quickie with two...

Twin Mustang Might Make AirVenture

Twin Mustang Might Make AirVenture

One of the most unusual and intriguing aircraft to fly for the Air Force might make an appearance at AirVenture 2018. Aircraft restorer Tom Reilly says he’s close to flying his XP-82, the so-called Twin Mustang that was built as a long-range bomber escort at the end...

Astronaut Artist Alan Bean Dies

Astronaut Artist Alan Bean Dies

Alan Bean, an Apollo astronaut who was the fourth man to walk on the moon, died Saturday at the age of 86 in a Houston hospital.

Textron Shifts Focus on Cessna Pilot Centers

Textron Shifts Focus on Cessna Pilot Centers

Textron is in the process of restructuring its Cessna Pilot Center (CPC) network, including cutting back on the number of CPCs and putting more focus on its Cessna Flight Training System digital interactive flight-training curriculum.

Industry Round-up: May 25, 2018

Industry Round-up: May 25, 2018

This week, announcements have come in about special Aircraft Spruce Oshkosh deliveries, a new quick drain oil valve from Curtis Superior Valve Co., approval for expanded facilities for All In Aviation and Lone Mountain Aviation at Henderson Executive Airport, and an...

Top Letters and Comments: May 25, 2018

Top Letters and Comments: May 25, 2018

This week's letters brought comments from readers about CFI and pilot shortages, whether supersonic flight should be allowed over the continental U.S., and how best to carry survival gear in an airplane.

ERAU Student Killed in Cessna 140 Crash

ERAU Student Killed in Cessna 140 Crash

Embry-Riddle-Daytona student Nandish Patel, 22, was killed in the crash of a Cessna 140 at Spruce Creek Fly-In private airport (7FL6) in Port Orange, Florida, on Tuesday evening. Also on board the aircraft was Chase Zinn, 23, a May 2017 Riddle graduate and flight...

Leesburg to Resume Remote Tower Testing

Leesburg to Resume Remote Tower Testing

Virginia’s Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO) will once again be testing its remote air traffic control system this summer. The remote tower, which is staffed by off-site controllers using an array of on-airport cameras and microphones, is scheduled to begin operations...

Diamond Flies New Aerobatic Trainer

Diamond Flies New Aerobatic Trainer

The Diamond DART-550 aerobatic trainer has successfully completed its first flight, the company announced on Thursday. The flight consisted of a short field takeoff demonstration, several low approaches, system checks, and landing gear operation.

Workhorse Seeks FAA Approval For SureFly VTOL Hybrid

Workhorse Seeks FAA Approval For SureFly VTOL Hybrid

Electric delivery vehicle company Workhorse, which recently began untethered flight testing of its hybrid-powered SureFly VTOL, is seeking full FAA type approval for the aircraft, Workhorse CEO Steve Burns told AVweb in an exclusive podcast. Although it has not yet...

No Help For EU Pilot Shortage

No Help For EU Pilot Shortage

As in the U.S., a looming pilot shortage in Europe is on the horizon, but little is being done to fix it, according to a research paper published by AeroProfessional, an international aviation recruiting and placement firm. Europe will need to recruit and train about...

Podcast: Workhorse SureFly VTOL Hybrid

Podcast: Workhorse SureFly VTOL Hybrid

Electric delivery vehicle company Workhorse, which recently began untethered flight testing of its hybrid-powered SureFly VTOL, is seeking full FAA type approval for the aircraft. Workhorse CEO Steve Burns talks about the development of the project and the company's...

GAMA Announces Aviation Design Challenge Winners

GAMA Announces Aviation Design Challenge Winners

As the winners of? this year’s Aviation Design Challenge, four students and their teacher from Erie 1 BOCES Harkness Career and Technical Center in Cheektowaga, New York, will be travelling to Glasair Aviation to help build a plane, announced GAMA on Tuesday.

AirVenture Roster Expands

AirVenture Roster Expands

EAA continues to work on filling every day of this summer’s AirVenture with attractions for pilots, and over the last week or two a number of new events and appearances have been announced. The NTSB said it will host a safety forum, a one-third-scale B-17 homebuilt...

When Only Luck Will Do

When Only Luck Will Do

Ron Carlson did almost everything right but only luck transformed tragedy into an amazing aviation story.

BRS Developing Chutes For eVTOLS

BRS Developing Chutes For eVTOLS

BRS Aerospace, which has installed more than 35,000 of its ballistic recovery parachutes in a range of aircraft, from ultralights to general aviation and military airplanes, now is working to develop systems for eVTOLS, the company said at the recent Uber Elevate...

Researchers Aim To Refine Human-Aircraft Interface

Researchers Aim To Refine Human-Aircraft Interface

The design of today’s cockpits can lead to “cognitive overload,” especially when things go wrong and it’s not immediately clear to pilots what the problem is or how to fix it, according to recent research at Drexel University.

Presidential TFRs Impact GA

Presidential TFRs Impact GA

Pilots who fly in the Northeast should expect presidential TFRs over New Jersey this summer, AOPA said this week, while GA airports affected by frequent trips by Air Force One to Florida over the winter should see some relief.

Spike Sets 2023 Target For Supersonic Airliner

Spike Sets 2023 Target For Supersonic Airliner

Vik Kachoria, CEO of Spike Aerospace, said last week he expects to have a commercial supersonic aircraft design flying by the end of 2023. Kachoria said he is negotiating with “two major airlines” who are interested in his company’s technology, and he expects the...

JetSuite Signs Up For Zunum Hybrids

JetSuite Signs Up For Zunum Hybrids

Charter operator JetSuite will be the launch customer for Zunum’s 12-seat hybrid-electric aircraft, now in development, Zunum announced on Monday. JetSuite plans to add up to 100 of the new airplanes to their fleet in the early 2020s, the company said.

FAA Certifies 777 Folding Wing

FAA Certifies 777 Folding Wing

The FAA has certified the folding wing tips that Boeing has installed on its Boeing 777X, the latest iteration of its long-haul stalwart.

Chinese Commercial Space Companies Emerge

Chinese Commercial Space Companies Emerge

The U.S. commercial space industry got increased competition from an unexpected source on Saturday when a Chinese company launched its first private rocket.

Next Generation Tiltrotor Hits Cruise

Next Generation Tiltrotor Hits Cruise

Bell’s V-280 Valor tiltrotor aircraft hit its full cruise configuration for the first time May 11 and is expected to flying farther and faster through the rest of the summer.

Guest Blog:  Filling The Right Seat

Guest Blog: Filling The Right Seat

Yes, there's a shortage of pilots, but also of instructors to teach new ones. Here's a plan to put retired airline captains in the teaching role.

One Aviation Wants To Resume EA550 Production

One Aviation Wants To Resume EA550 Production

The Albuquerque Journal is reporting that One Aviation has attracted new investors, wants to resume building airplanes and is offering to pay most of its back rent to the City of Albuquerque as part of its restructuring process.

737 Crashes in Havana

737 Crashes in Havana

A Boeing 737 crashed shortly after takeoff from Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba at 12:08 p.m. local time on Friday. Casualties have been reported, although the exact number is still unknown. According to Cuban newspaper Granma, three passengers have...

FAA Allows ASTM Standards for Part 23 Compliance

FAA Allows ASTM Standards for Part 23 Compliance

The FAA has announced its acceptance of 30 published ASTM International consensus standards for certification of normal category Part 23 airplanes. The new Means of Compliance (MOC) are, according to the FAA, “an acceptable means, but not the only means, of showing...

FAA Issues New Doors-Off Flight Rules

FAA Issues New Doors-Off Flight Rules

The FAA is once again allowing doors-off operations on commercial flights carrying passengers as long as passenger restraint systems comply with its newly-published rules. The agency issued an order prohibiting doors-off flights last March after a helicopter...

Flight Commemorates 100 Years of Airmail

Flight Commemorates 100 Years of Airmail

Pilots Addison Pemberton, Jeff Hamilton, and Ben Scott are marking the centennial anniversary of the U.S. airmail service by flying three vintage Stearman Speedmail biplanes along Contract Air Mail Route 8 from San Diego to Seattle. The airplanes, all of which were...

Tom Wolfe Bookended

Tom Wolfe Bookended

The Right Stuff reenforced the notion of pilots as single-combat warriors. It resonates yet today.

Vietnam Exhibit To Open At Museum Of Flight

Vietnam Exhibit To Open At Museum Of Flight

A new exhibit about the air war in Southeast Asia, "Vietnam Divided,” will open at Seattle’s Museum of Flight on Memorial Day weekend. The exhibit will be a permanent addition to the main gallery, with displays that focus on the years 1955 to 1975.

New Study Forecasts Rotorcraft Pilot and Mechanic Shortage

New Study Forecasts Rotorcraft Pilot and Mechanic Shortage

A new study from Helicopter Association International (HAI) and the University of North Dakota (UND) is projecting a significant shortage of rotorcraft pilots and mechanics between now and 2036. According to the study, “more helicopter pilots are projected to retire...

SpaceX Launches Upgraded Falcon 9

SpaceX Launches Upgraded Falcon 9

SpaceX successfully completed the first flight of its upgraded Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket, carrying the Bangladesh telecommunications satellite Bangabandhu-1 into orbit last Friday. According to SpaceX, the Block 5 is “the final substantial upgrade” to the Falcon 9...

FAA Considers Changes To Supersonic Ban

FAA Considers Changes To Supersonic Ban

The FAA’s rules currently prohibit civil aircraft from exceeding speeds in excess of Mach 1 over U.S. land areas, and the FAA says that’s not going to change. However, the agency said this week it wants to support the development of civil supersonic aircraft, and will...

GAO Reports On Pilot Supply Issues

GAO Reports On Pilot Supply Issues

Flight schools are finding it hard to retain their instructor ranks because airlines are hiring away their staff, a government study reported this week. At the same time, flight schools find it challenging to recruit new students, due to the high cost of training,...

Lord Of The Bolts

Lord Of The Bolts

Why buy just one when a shipload is available at unreasonable terms.

NTSB Finds Wing Crack In Piper Trainer

NTSB Finds Wing Crack In Piper Trainer

NTSB investigators working to determine the cause of the recent in-flight breakup of a Piper trainer have discovered a wing crack in another Piper PA-28R-201 aircraft, the agency said on Tuesday. The crack measured about 0.040 inches long and deep.

First Officer ‘Partially Blown Out’ When Windscreen Shatters

First Officer ‘Partially Blown Out’ When Windscreen Shatters

A Chinese crew landed an Airbus A319 safely on Monday morning after the cockpit windscreen shattered at 30,000 feet, and the first officer was “partially blown out of the aircraft,” according to Captain Liu Chuanjian. "The situation was very critical,” said Jiang...

Video: One Airbus Shears Off the Tail of Another

Video: One Airbus Shears Off the Tail of Another

Authorities in Turkey are investigating why an Asiana Airlines Airbus 330-300 sheared off the vertical stabilizer of a parked Turkish A321 in Istanbul over the weekend. Video taken of the incident reveals that the Asiana flight was taxiing for a flight to Seoul when...

Pilatus Reports Growth In 2017

Pilatus Reports Growth In 2017

Pilatus has reported that 2017 was an “exceptionally successful” year. The company, based in Switzerland, delivered 115 aircraft and grew to more than 2,000 full-time employees, the highest number ever for the workforce. Most of the new airplanes were the PC-12 NG...

Podcast: Bailing Out Of A Warbird

Podcast: Bailing Out Of A Warbird

Ron Carlson's first parachute jump is one to remember. He and his passenger Kenny Franzese bailed out of a TBM Avenger over the mountains of Arizona on May 7. He was interviewed by Russ Niles for this extended (15-minute) podcast.

ASTM Develops GA Ice Detector Standard

ASTM Develops GA Ice Detector Standard

ASTM has developed a new international standard for ice detectors for GA aircraft. The detectors could be used to enhance pilot awareness of icing conditions and the standard was developed with the FAA’s Non-Required Safety Enhancing Equipment policy in mind.

Air Force Beefs Up Airshow Fire Protection

Air Force Beefs Up Airshow Fire Protection

The Air Force will position fire trucks on the flight line of airshows hosted by its bases as part of the settlement of a lawsuit over the burning death of a pilot in 2014.

Southwest 1380: “Flew Like a Rock”

Southwest 1380: “Flew Like a Rock”

In an interview with ABC’s 20/20 news magazine, the crew of Southwest Flight 1380 said the aircraft rolled sharply left and vibrated violently “kind of all at once” after it suffered an uncontained fan failure on April 17 near Philadelphia. Although the flight landed...

Duo Bails Out Of TBM Avenger

Duo Bails Out Of TBM Avenger

A Chicago pilot and his passenger survived bailing out of their TBM Avenger on May 7 over northeastern Arizona. Ron Carlson and the passenger, so far identified only as Kenny, hit the silk near Fort Apache in Navajo County after an apparent engine failure in the...

Iran Nuclear Deal Cancellation Fails to Dent Boeing and Airbus

Iran Nuclear Deal Cancellation Fails to Dent Boeing and Airbus

Although the U.S. cancellation of the nuclear agreement with Iran will likely tank big airliner orders from Iran, neither Airbus nor Boeing seem likely to be immediately damaged, according to industry sources. That’s because the Iranian orders were of questionable...

Aviation Organizations Seek Weather Station Access

Aviation Organizations Seek Weather Station Access

Fourteen aviation organizations including AOPA, EAA, and GAMA are asking the FAA to reconsider its position on not allowing pilots access to weather data from hundreds of non-federal weather stations. Currently, non-federal weather stations must be equipped with...

Cessna Ends Diesel Skyhawk Production

Cessna Ends Diesel Skyhawk Production

Cessna’s diesel-powered Turbo Skyhawk JT-A is no longer in production, Textron has confirmed to AVweb. "The Continental CD-155 engine will still be offered to customers directly through Continental as a Supplemental Type Certificate installation for the Cessna Skyhawk...

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