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Textron To Develop New Single-Engine Turboprop »

Textron Aviation has "been listening to the market" and sees an opportunity to introduce a new single-engine turboprop, the company confirmed in an email to AVweb on Monday. "This is an entirely new, clean-sheet design aircraft -- not a derivative or variant of any existing product," the company said. The company is not yet releasing details about the project, but said their intent is to "outperform the competition" in parameters including cabin size, acquisition cost, and performance capability. More

Russian Aerobatic Helicopter Crashes »

One pilot died and another escaped with serious injuries when a Russian military helicopter crashed during an airshow in Russia on Sunday. The Mi-28N was taking part in a demonstration by the Berkuty (Golden Eagles) aerobatic team, which does formation aerobatics in the attack helicopters. More

Flaperon Confirmed As 777 Part »

The flaperon found on a beach on French-owned Reunion Island last week has been confirmed as a piece of a Boeing 777 of the same model operated as MH370. Malaysian authorities confirmed Sunday that the control surface was positively identified as being from a 777 and the next step is to match the part's serial number to the aircraft that went missing last March on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. More

Bin Laden Relatives Die In Phenom Crash »

Three members of Osama bin Laden's family, including his half-sister, were killed along with their Jordanian pilot when their Embraer Phenom 300 crashed in a runway overrun accident in England. The Phenom was on a flight from Milan to Blackbushe Airport in southern England when it ended up in a car auction yard and caught fire. More

Two More Vie For "Oldest Pilot" Title »

When George Neal, 96, flew his de Havilland Chipmunk in Canada to qualify as the "world's oldest active pilot" in the Guinness Book of World Records, it wasn't surprising to hear about pilots who are older yet. Among them, at least elsewhere in North America, are two fellow nonagenarians who will celebrate their birthdays in the coming weeks. More

GAMA Reports Drop In Aircraft Sales For 2015 »

General aviation airplane shipments fell 9.1 percent in the first half of this year compared to last year, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association reported Friday. GA rotorcraft shipments also dropped this year so far, with 447 delivered, down from 502 in the first half of 2014. Piston airplane deliveries rose between the first quarter and the second quarter, which saw 271 shipments, but overall fell 11.8 percent in the first half of 2015, from 526 aircraft last year to 464 this year. More

Facebook Builds UAS That Beams Down Wi-Fi »

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg announced Thursday his social networking company just finished building an unmanned aerial system that can "beam down Internet connectivity from the sky." It's called Aquila, and demonstrates not only solar-powered flight, but a new way to connect to the Internet. The project is part of Internet.org, whose mission is to get the Web to those who don't have access to it. More

NASA, Industry Discuss Future Of UAS Airspace »

An airspace system for unmanned aerial vehicles – perhaps with flight plans and air traffic control – is the topic at a symposium this week hosted by NASA. The agency and the Silicon Valley chapter of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International met with interested businesses at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. More

New This Week »

AVweb's search of aviation news around the world found a new fire-containment product for air crews, a UAV safety campaign from the agricultural aviation industry, a new executive announced by Skanska USA, and a university scholarship for the 2015-2016 school year. More

Piece Of MH370? Wing Part Found On Island »

A nine-foot object that appears to be part of a wing flap was found Wednesday on an island in the Indian Ocean, spurring investigators to determine whether it's a piece from the Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared more than a year ago. People cleaning a beach on the French island of La Réunion found the piece, which France's air safety agency, BEA, is examining, The New York Times reported. More