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Record-Breaking Solar Impulse Lands In Hawaii »

After nearly five days aloft "without a drop of fuel," Solar Impulse 2 pilot Andre Borschberg touched down in the early-morning light at Kalaleoa Airport in Hawaii. He has just crossed the Pacific from Japan, completing leg 8 of the solar-powered airplane's global voyage. In the meantime, Borschberg took the title for the longest nonstop solo flight, breaking Steve Fossett’s 2005 record in the jet-powered GlobalFlyer. More

LightSquared Wants FCC To Mandate GPS Interference Talks »

LightSquared, the company that three years ago was proposing a nation-wide cell phone network whose signals were shown to disrupt GPS signals, is back. In a multi-billion dollar gambit that could reduce the cost of cell service, potentially at the expense of GPS, it's also asking the FCC to force GPS companies to help solve the technical issues that killed its plans a few years ago. More

Investigators: ATR Pilot Shut Down Wrong Engine »

The captain of the TransAsia Airways turboprop that crashed in Taipei in February had shut down the working engine when the other failed after departure, Reuters reported Thursday. The pilot, Liao Jian-zong, then caught the error, but it was too late, Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council said in Reuters' report. The cockpit voice recorder indicated Liao said, "wow, pulled back the wrong side throttle," but in the ensuing confusion the ATR crashed into a river, killing 43 of the 58 people on board. More

New This Week »

AVweb's search of aviation news around the world found new business alliances announced by Paradigm Precision, Pratt & Whitney, Plane Perfect and Maule Air; and recognition for two women in aviation – one from Whirly-Girls International and another from EAA. More

Engine Failure Likely In C-130 Crash In Indonesia »

An Indonesian air force C-130 transport plane that crashed into a residential neighborhood in Medan, Indonesia, during departure on Tuesday had one failed propeller as the pilot attempted to return to the airport, authorities said in a CNN report Thursday. There were 122 people on board, including military personnel and their families, with no survivors confirmed. More

The Weekender: Happy Fourth, Happy Flying »

The Weekender's Fourth of July will be packed with stuff to fly to and enjoy, as seen on the SocialFlight calendar. For Independence Day fun with grassroots flying, there's the Ogle County Airport's summer Best in the Midwest breakfast in Illinois. More

FAA To Cut Airport Advisories, WACs »

The FAA plans to eliminate two of the less frequently used resources provided to pilots in the coming months – Airport Advisories and World Aeronautical Charts. In two separate moves, the agency cited declining usage of both due to the digital information available to pilots. There's a public comment period on Airport Advisories, but the FAA issued a notice in the Federal Register a week ago it will discontinue WACs without a comment period. More

Aircraft Spruce Co-Founder Bob Irwin Dies »

Aircraft Spruce co-founder Bob Irwin died June 26 at his home in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Irwin and his wife Flo started Fullerton Air Parts in 1955, Aircraft Spruce in 1965 and ACS Products Co. in 1983, building the business into the largest supplier of aviation supplies in the U.S. More

Child Starts Up Helo At Airshow Display »

A six-year-old boy climbed into the cockpit of a Eurocopter EC145 on display at an airshow in Mankato, Minnesota, on Saturday, and started up the rotors, "causing a panic and two minor injuries," according to a local ABC Radio news report. The medevac helicopter, which is owned by the Mayo Clinic, was unattended when the boy entered the cockpit and started to flip switches and push buttons. The helicopter team members, who were nearby, quickly reached the aircraft and shut it down. More

Refurbished Eclipse Jets Get An Upgrade »

Eclipse has retired its Total Eclipse series of aircraft, and instead will offer a new factory-refurbished twinjet called the Eclipse Special Edition, the company said this week. The SE, based on the original Eclipse 500, will include nearly all the features of the factory-new 550 jet, including a dual Avio integrated flight management system, anti-skid brakes, a new standby display unit, PPG glass windshields, an upgraded interior, and a two-tone paint scheme. More