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Goyer Out As Flying Magazine Editor »

Former Flying Magazine Editor-in-Chief Robert Goyer has announced he is no longer with the magazine and that it was not his doing. Goyer, who has been the EIC for five years after 15 years as a writer for the magazine, announced the change in circumstances in a Facebook post and told AVweb in an interview Friday that it was a surprise to him. More

Airshow Plane Comes Apart, Pilot Killed »

An airshow pilot was killed during practice for the New York Air Show on Friday after the tail separated from the aircraft. The aircraft, a Giles 202 owned by airshow performer Andrew Wright, crashed in a wooded area. More

AOPA Releases Annual Nall Report, Safety Video »

AOPA’s Air Safety Institute released its 24th annual Joseph T. Nall Report this week, including for the first time a review of helicopter accident causes. Overall, accident rates for non-commercial fixed-wing aircraft climbed from 6.30 per 100,000 hours in 2010 to 6.54 in 2012 due to flight time decreasing while accident counts remained level in that period. More

Bell's Jet Ranger Assembly Plant Opens In Louisiana »

Bell Helicopter's new assembly plant for its upcoming Short Light Single rotorcraft is open in Lafayette, Louisiana, the company announced Thursday. Based at Lafayette's regional airport, the 82,300-square-foot leased hangar will house assembly of Bell's 505 Jet Ranger X. More

New This Week »

AVweb's search of aviation news around the world found a fuel-price app for jet operators and flight departments, the annual big gathering of the Civil Air Patrol, Zenith Aircraft's upcoming Open Hangar Day, and a final call for nominees for public benefit flying awards. More

The Weekender: Runway Run, Island Airport »

The Weekender will have a hard time choosing what state to fly to, with SocialFlight offering some unique outings. On Saturday, you can experience the fun of landing on a well-maintained 2,600-foot turf runway that runs along an island on the Mississippi. This Iowa gem will be open to pilots and their guests for the 15th Annual Abel Island Fly-In, Float-In, Potluck and BBQ. More

NASA Completes ELT Crash Tests »

NASA's orchestrated crash of a Cessna 172 on Wednesday, the last in a series of impact tests, completed the data-gathering phase of research aimed at improving the performance of ELTs. The agency's Search and Rescue Mission Office completed the last of the three drops from NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia to simulate severe but survivable impacts in which ELTs would operate. More

Pilots Form Gas-Balloon Club »

Hot-air balloons are common enough in the U.S., but gas balloons, which are popular in Europe, are seldom seen in U.S. skies. A small group of enthusiasts is trying to change that, with the establishment of the Aero Club of America, based in Statesville, North Carolina, which is probably the first club of its kind in the U.S. since the 1950s. Last week, the group launched their custom-built balloon from Akron, Ohio, for a flight with an instructor and two trainees. "It costs about $1,200 for the gas to fill the balloon," Noah Forden, a pilot who helped out at the launch, told AVweb this week. "And we had about 20 people there to help with the rigging and the launch." More

Cirrus Jet Project Gets Type Inspection Authorization »

The last project standing in what was once a crowded field of proposed single-engine personal jets hit a milestone Tuesday that could lead to certification by the end of the year. The FAA granted type inspection authorization (TIA) to Cirrus's Vision SF50 single-engine jet. More