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FAA Wants To Cancel 736 NDB, VOR/DME Approaches »

The FAA has published a list of 736 NDB and VOR/DME instrument approaches it wants to shut down starting this year as it moves to satellite-based navigation. In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) published April 13 the agency says the approaches facing the axe are "redundant or underutilized" based on criteria it established in 2014. More

Lakeland Mooney Crash: Fire, But No Serious Injuries »

The pilot of a new Mooney Acclaim with only a few hours on the airframe escaped serious injury Monday afternoon when the aircraft lost power and crashed during a landing attempt at Lakeland Linder Airport. Mooney COO Tom Bowen told AVweb Monday evening that the aircraft was completed during the past month and had been conveyed to Premier Aircraft, a Fort Lauderdale dealer and aircraft modification business. The pilot, Richard Simile, 56, of Auburn, Ala., a Premier employee, was examined at a local hospital and released with what Bowen described as bumps and bruises. More

Sun 'n Fun Launches With Education Focus »

Aviators headed to Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Florida, this week can expect all the usual… daily airshows, thousands of airplanes to look at, forums and workshops, tents and hangars filled with new technology to buy… but they'll also find an expanded focus on education and careers. The second-annual career fair is sold out, with 16 companies participating, and the retired 727 that has been on the field for a few years will have a grand opening this week, now converted into a classroom and laboratory for students. More

Aspen Announces Major ADS-B Price Cuts »

Competition in ADS-B is clearly heating up and anyone looking for discounts on mandate-ready equipment will find them at Sun 'n Fun from at least one vendor. Aspen Avionics announced today that it's reducing the price on two of its ADS-B products, the ATX100 and ATX100G. More

Aero Reports Growth In Attendance »

With almost 34,000 visitors from 60 countries, officials at Aero Friedrichshafen said attendance showed a "marked increase" over previous years. "International visitors in particular generated strong momentum for the aviation show," according to the news release sent out on Monday. The number of exhibitors, 645 from 38 countries, and the number of new products presented, also set records for the event. More

Short Final »

While monitoring traffic at KAPA, we overheard a Skyhawk pilot having a difficult day. Having gone around on his first attempt, he ended up safely on the ground on his second -- if a bit long and far from gracefully. ... Tower: "Skyhawk 123, you O.K. there?" ... Skyhawk 123: "Yeah. We took a bounce there. [pause] I hope it didn't look as bad as it felt." ... Tower: "It did." -- Tom McDaniel More

Tank's Eye View »

The Royal Canadian Air Force's Snowbirds air demonstration team has taken remote camera video to a new level with their "Tank Cam." The team, officially 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, has mounted a gimbaled, remote-controlled plexiglass-protected camera to the back of the small external centerline fuel tank on the team lead's aircraft. We'll let you judge the results for yourself. More

FAA Backs Off On UAS Videos »

The FAA has told its field inspectors that a video on the Internet is not enough to prove that someone has violated its rules against commercial operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). In a notice to its enforcement personnel, the agency says that while video that appears to have been shot from a UAS might be a clue that illegal activity is going on, it can't be the sole basis for enforcement action. More

F-100F Super Sabre, F-35 Fighter To Debut At AirVenture »

A supersonic warbird and a new fighter jet will make their debuts in the military lineup at EAA's AirVenture in July. Dean "Cutter" Cutshall of Indiana will show his North American F-100F Super Sabre, the first U.S. Air Force fighter plane capable of supersonic level flight, EAA said. It was the first of the Century Series of Air Force fighter jets that include the McDonnell F-101 Voodoo and Convair F-102 Delta Dagger. More

Stemme Debuts S12 Motorglider At Aero »

Stemme, a German glider company that also has a U.S. subsidiary, Stemme USA, in South Carolina, brought its newest aircraft to Aero Friedrichshafen this week, the S12 motorglider. The new model flew for the first time just a few weeks ago, and was unveiled to the public here at the show, company spokesman Francesco Iarz told AVweb. The wings stretch 82 feet, an increase of 7 feet compared to the company's S10 glider. More