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AVweb's search of aviation news worldwide found a new online service for finding engine overhaul shops, a new flight training program for Global Aerospace customers, an LCD cockpit retrofit from Thomas Global Systems, and new owners for three FBOs in Indiana. More

Airliners To Require Two Crew Members In Cockpits »

Airlines around the world said Thursday they'll start requiring two crew members in the cockpit at all times. The change comes after details emerged that the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 deliberately locked the captain outside the cockpit and crashed the jet into the French Alps on Tuesday, killing all aboard. Norwegian Air Shuttle announced it has been considering the change and now is "speeding up the process." More

Lightspeed's Sierra Headset Adds Full Bluetooth Capability »

Lightspeed Aviation's entry-level headset now comes with full Bluetooth audio capability, the company announced Thursday. The upgrade to the Sierra headset now makes all three Lightspeed headsets capable of connecting to cellphones, music, and audio alerts. Each headset can connect to an iPad or iPhone with Lightspeed's FlightLink app. More

French Say Co-Pilot Deliberately Crashed Germanwings 320 »

A French prosecutor said Thursday that the copilot of a Germanwings Airbus 320 deliberately crashed the aircraft after the captain was locked out of the cockpit. The New York Times reported Thursday that Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said the A320's cockpit voice recorder indicated that copilot locked the pilot out and commanded the autopilot to descend. More

The Weekender: Air Shows and Warbird Rides »

If you're looking for a ride in something out of the ordinary, say, a Lockheed C-60 or B-17, SocialFlight has a few offerings this weekend. Wings Over Flagler Rockin' the Runways will take place Friday through Sunday in Palm Coast, Florida, hosting EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast, the Ford Tri-Motor Tin Goose and a variety of historic aircraft on display, plus concerts, cars and fireworks. More

Future Of ATC Discussed In Congress »

At a congressional hearing in Washington on Tuesday, advocates cited issues with unstable funding, aging infrastructure and inadequate staffing for critical air traffic control functions, and lobbied for fundamental change in how the FAA is managed and funded. Paul Rinaldi, president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, told the House aviation subcommittee that "the current funding situation is unacceptable, and we would like to explore alternative models that could address these problems." More

New Regs Threaten Canadian Airports Says Group »

The Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) is rallying its members to oppose proposed regulations it says will threaten small airports across the country and make it much more difficult to build new airports or expand existing ones. More

Amazon Says FAA UAS Approval 'Obsolete' »

Amazon says the FAA approval for limited outdoor testing of its unmanned aerial systems delivery service is not much use to the company because it applies to an aircraft the company is no longer testing. In testimony before a Senate committee on Tuesday, Amazon VP for Global Public Policy Paul Misener said that thanks to more liberal UAS regulations in the U.K. and other countries, Amazon has been able to move on from its original proposal to the FAA and is now testing a more advanced system for its Prime Air Program. More

CubCrafters, Van's Top 2014 LSA Sales Numbers »

Sales of light sport aircraft in the U.S. for 2014 totaled 199, according to numbers compiled and released this week by the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association. CubCrafters took first place, with 50 airplanes, and Van's Aircraft took second place for the year, with 26 copies of its factory-built RV-12 sold. Other top sellers for the year include Progressive Aerodyne's Searey, Flight Design's CTLSi, and Tecnam's P92. More

German A320 Down In Alps »

A German Airbus A320 is down in a mountainous region of southern France, and all 144 passengers and 6 crew on board are believed to be dead, officials announced early Tuesday morning. The airplane was en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf and was operated by Germanwings, a low-cost arm of Lufthansa. More