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A Glimpse Of Zee Aero’s “Flying Car” »

A local newspaper in the Silicon Valley has published photos of a test vehicle apparently under development by Zee Aero, a secretive company reportedly financed by Google founder Larry Page, which is working to develop a VTOL design that could be used as a “flying car.” The aircraft, seen in photos published online by the Monterey Herald, appears to be based on a Tecnam fuselage, with an array of small propellers mounted on booms in front of and behind the wing, and a pusher prop mounted beneath the tail. More

NBAA Expo Launches In Orlando Next Week »

NBAA will host its annual convention and expo next week, Tuesday through Thursday, in Orlando, Florida, with 27,000 visitors expected to attend. The event will feature more than 1,100 indoor exhibits and more than 100 aircraft in two static displays, at Orlando Executive Airport and at the exhibit hall. Dozens of education sessions are scheduled, covering topics of interest to those new to aviation as well as to flight-department veterans. More

Legendary Bob Hoover Dies At 94 »

Bob Hoover, whose extraordinary aviation life included flying in World War II, test-flying for the Air Force and performing a unique airshow act demonstrating the laws of aerodynamics with a twin Shrike Commander, died this morning at age 94. Hoover was widely regarded as "the greatest stick-and-rudder man who ever lived,” as Jimmy Doolittle described him. More

Gulfstream To Cease Production Of G450, G150 »

Gulfstream has sold its last G450, which will be delivered to a customer early in 2018, the company said recently. The G450 began as the GIV, and evolved into the GIV-SP. All together the company built more than 870 of the airplanes. The jet will be replaced in the company’s line by the all-new G500, now in flight testing. More

Short Final »

I was flying IFR from KHIO in Oregon to KMAN in Idaho and trying to avoid IMC. I saw that my ARTCC route showed a GPS altitude 2000 feet lower than my current altitude, which would keep us below the IMC looming ahead ... Me: "Seattle Center, 28M, can I get lower? ... Seattle Center: 28M, negative, I need to keep you here for terrain." ... Me: Roger that, I am WAAS-enabled. ... I threw that last line out just in case he wasn't aware that I could accept a lower altitude with my GPS ... Seattle Center: 28M, the equipment on your aircraft does not change the height of the mountains.   More

Rockwell Collins Expands »

Rockwell Collins has significantly broadened its customer base with the $6.3 billion acquisition of B/E Aerospace. The iconic avionics and electronics maker is now in the cabin completion business but the two worlds are not that far apart. More

FAA Approves Turkey Drop »

The FAA has signed off on the controversial Yellville Turkey Drop but that seems to have inflamed controversy over the event even more. More

Helicopter Hit By DUI Suspect »

Sheriff’s officials in New Mexico have a man in custody on suspicion of drunk driving after he allegedly drove his car into a helicopter and a firetruck parked at an accident scene. More

Helicopter Crash Kills 19 »

A helicopter crash in northern Russia has killed 19 of 22 people aboard. The Mi-8 was carrying oil workers when it crashed 28 miles northeast of Staryi Urengoi in the Yamalo-Nenets region on Friday afternoon. More

AOPA Clarifies ADS-B Rebate Process »

The FAA’s rebate program for ADS-B compliance, launched a month ago, had more than 2,000 takers in its first week. The numbers are growing and inevitably, a few questions have emerged from pilots about claiming the $500 rebate, which requires procedures to test fly the aircraft with the newly installed equipment. AOPA has been answering questions from members while clarifying the requirements and pointing aircraft owners to FAA guidelines. More