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Algerian Airliner Missing »

Algeria's national airline, Air Algerie, says it has lost contact with one of its planes flying from Burkina Faso to Algiers across the Sahara. Algerian aviation officials said the plane had crashed, but gave no further details. More

New This Week »

AVweb’s weekly review of what’s happening in aviation turned up news of a new, “sensor-capable” special mission Cirrus SR22, the report of the first flight of a solar-electric airplane, a new stick-shaker stall warning for E-AB aircraft and an invitation to watch the Space Shuttle Independence placed atop its 747 transport. More

FAA Backtracks On Israel Flight Ban »

The Jerusalem Post is reporting the FAA has reversed its earlier decision to extended the ban on U.S. flights to Israel and is now allowing U.S. carriers to fly there. More

Teen Pilot Dies on Around-World Attempt »

The body of Indiana teenage pilot, Haris Suleman, who was attempting to fly around the world with his father was found off the coast of American Samoa after their A-36 Bonanza went down in the South Pacific Tuesday night More

ATP Rule Change Imminent »

With an August 1 deadline approaching when the requirements to qualify for an ATP certificate will change, AOPA this week posted some guidance, plus a 22-minute podcast, to help address pilots' questions. AOPA's guidance is available online to everyone, not just members of the association. Also, the FAA has posted information online about the new requirements, including a copy of the pertinent FAR changes (PDF), and a flow chart (PDF) that aims to help applicants find their way through the new rules. More

The Weekender: Type Clubs to Historic Presentations »

AVweb’s weekly review of upcoming aviation events on SocialFlight uncovered a Fly-Out, the Cessna 150/152 “Cornfab,” a Fly-In lunch that includes a presentation on F-105 operations in Vietnam, a Fly-In and airshow at historic the historic Wendover, Utah Airport and a modest Fly-In in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. More

Dozens Killed In Taiwan Crash (Updated) »

A twin-engine turboprop ATR-72 regional airliner operated by TransAsia Airways crashed in Taiwan at about 7 p.m. local time on Tuesday while attempting to go around after a missed landing attempt. According to early news reports, the aircraft hit some buildings on the approach to the airport. There were 54 passengers and 4 flight crew on board; on Wednesday morning the number of fatalities was reported as 47. TransAsia Airways is a Taiwanese airline that makes mostly domestic flights. According to CNN, a typhoon had just passed through the area and visibility was poor at the time of the crash. More

FAA Bars U.S. Airlines From Flying To Israel »

The FAA ordered U.S. airlines to stop all flights to Tel Aviv until Wednesday afternoon after a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip landed within a mile of Ben Gurion Airport Tuesday. Airlines in other countries followed suit and some say they have suspended flights indefinitely. More

New Advocacy Group Targets Drone Pilots »

Every other aviation cohort has some kind of association -- from Ercoupe owners to airline pilots -- so it's no surprise that a new group has launched this week for those who fly unmanned aerial systems. The new Drone Pilots Association aims to promote the interests of those who are interested in commercial use of UAS. More