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Five Injured In Turbulence, Flight Diverted »

Five people were injured on an Allegiant Air jet that encountered clear air turbulence Thursday, forcing the flight to divert and land at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The flight orginated in Punta Cana and was bound for Pittsburgh. More

New This Week »

AVweb's search of news in aviation found announcements from jetAVIVA, Flightdocs, Kansas State Polytechnic and the Upwind Foundation. jetAVIVA announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Kansas Aircraft Corporation, a highly respected aviation sales firm based in the Kansas City metropolitan area. More

NTSB: Cessna Struck Eagle Prior To Crash In Alaska »

A Cessna 172 that crashed in in Alaska in April, killing all four on board, had struck a bald eagle, the NTSB found in its ongoing investigation. The lead investigator said this week it appears to be the first U.S. fatal crash for this type of flight resulting from a bald eagle strike, according to an Alaska Dispatch News report. More

Bonanza Pilot Declares Emergency Before In-Flight Breakup »

A Bonanza BE35 crashed in a residential area on New York's Long Island Tuesday after the pilot declared an emergency, reporting a failed vacuum system. All three people on board are dead and the aircraft appears to have broken up in flight. More

The Weekender: Opening Up For Summer Flying »

The Weekender sees spring fever picking up all over on SocialFlight with airshows, fly-outs and airports opening up for the flying season. Fort Lauderdale's 2016 "Ford Lauderdale" Air Show, running Saturday and Sunday, will feature the Navy F-18 Hornet, U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Canadian Air Force Snowbirds and the first civilian airshow performance of the F-35 Lightning II. More

Converted 747 Now Largest Firefighter »

A Boeing B747-400 that has been converted to an aerial firefighting tanker is ready to enter service this week, Global SuperTanker Services has announced. The airplane, christened Spirit of John Muir, will be based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. From there, it can be deployed at speeds up to 600 mph to reach wildfires almost anywhere in the continental U.S. within 4.5 hours, or anywhere worldwide within 20 hours. More

FAA Announces New Drone Committee »

The FAA will stand up a new advisory committee for the drone industry beginning sometime this summer, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said on Wednesday. Speaking at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International in New Orleans, Huerta said the committee will be modeled after a similar panel organized to funnel industry opinions into the emerging NextGen system. Huerta said the NextGen Advisory Committee has 30 members from industry, most so-called stakeholders who have an interest in NextGen development issues. More

AUVSI: Drones Won't Replace Soldiers, But Empower Them »

As the U.S. military deals with the uncertain complexities of a future dependent on and driven by robotic technologies, the soldier of the future will have unprecedented precision capabilities, but also higher expectations than soldiers of the last generation. That's one of several observations offered by General David Perkins at Xponential 2016, the AUVSI trade and technology show in New Orleans, on Tuesday. Perkins is head of the U.S. Army's Training and Doctrine command, the agency charged with describing the future the military will have to operate in. "That's describing, not predicting," Perkins said. More

Amazon: The Future Is Collaborative Control Of Drones And Airplanes »

As Amazon bolts at breakneck speed toward package delivery by autonomous drone, it sees future air traffic control and de-confliction as a series of overlapping but collaborating apps in which aircraft and controllers share separation tasks. Amazon's Gur Kimchi, who's overseeing the company's drone development efforts, outlined a view of the future in which aircraft will be tied into the internet and mutually linked, just like cars, appliances and computers already are. Kimchi elaborated on Amazon's plans on the opening day of Exponential 2106, the trade show of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International in New Orleans. More

Solar Impulse Lands In Phoenix »

Completing Leg 10 of its round-the-world flight, Solar Impulse 2 landed in Phoenix, Arizona, about 9 p.m. local time on Monday. Pilot Andre Borschberg launched from the airplane's first U.S. stop, in Mountain View, California, about 5 a.m. local time on Monday, and flew for nearly 16 hours, crossing 720 miles. Strong tailwinds helped boost the airplane's groundspeed for the leg to 115 mph. More