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Airbus CEO: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle To Fly This Year »

Airbus will begin test flights of its flying taxi prototype by the end of the year, the company’s chief executive said this week. Speaking at the technology industry’s DLD Conference in Munich, Tom Enders said the company’s Silicon Valley arm is developing a multi-rotor, autonomous vehicle that would ease traffic congestion in the world’s major cities. More

NTSB: Pilot Received Type Rating Weeks Before Fatal Crash »

The pilot of the Cessna Citation that crashed into Lake Erie in December had received his type rating in the jet three weeks before the accident, according to the NTSB’s preliminary report. The 2012 CJ4, owned and flown by Columbus, Ohio businessman John T. Fleming, crashed on the night of Dec. 29 shortly after takeoff from Cleveland’s Burke Lakefront Airport, killing Fleming and all five passengers. More

ADS-B Equipage On Track: AEA »

The avionics industry will rise to the challenge of equipping the U.S. aircraft fleet with ADS-B Out by the Jan. 1, 2020, deadline says an industry leader. Ric Peri, the VP of government and industry affairs for the Aircraft Electronics Association, told AVweb in a podcast interview that as demand warrants, the industry will respond by working overtime, weekends and holidays to get the job done. More

Mysterious Military Drone Found In Russia »

The Russian government is looking into the source of a military-grade drone discovered on the shoreline of the Black Sea. Media outlets in the region near the town of Anapa published photos this week of the mysterious 6-foot, black unmanned aircraft, which is missing part of its right wingtip but otherwise appears undamaged. More

Delivery Drone Test Flights Expand In Canada »

A Canadian company is expanding its unmanned test flights with plans to be the country’s first commercial drone-delivery operation by next year. Drone Delivery Canada of Ontario will soon begin flight trials at the Foremost Aerodrome in Alberta, headquarters of the Foremost Centre for Unmanned Systems -- Canada’s first government-approved drone test site. More

SkyPan Settles With FAA Over Drone Photo Flights »

Aerial photography company SkyPan International has reached a settlement with the FAA over charges of violating airspace and other rules with its drones. “While neither admitting nor contesting the allegations that these commercial operations were contrary to FAA regulations, SkyPan wishes to resolve this matter without any further expense or delay of business,” the company said in a statement this week. More

FAA Offers Outreach On SoCal Airspace Changes »

Pilots who fly in Southern California’s busy airspace will soon be expected to follow new procedures, so the FAA has planned a series of public meetings and webinars to bring everyone up to speed. The live webinars will include time for Q&A with FAA representatives. The sessions, set for this month and next, will focus on changes that will be enacted in March and April. More

Airbus Helicopter “Bubble” Windows Now Certified »

Swiss Rotor Solutions has developed a retrofit “bubble” window set for Airbus H125/AS350 helicopters, and recently announced it has achieved EASA certification. FAA certification is in the works and is expected soon, the company said. The kit consists of a new door with the bubble window, a new bow-shaped floor structure that the door conforms to and a floor viewing aperture outboard of the right-hand pilot’s seat. More

New Theory — Did D.B. Cooper Work For Boeing? »

The FBI officially closed the book last year on the unsolved case of a 1971 hijacking by the man known as D.B. Cooper, but now a team of amateur investigators say they have a new lead in the case. The amateurs, who call themselves Citizen Sleuths, were allowed access to the FBI’s files and evidence. The Sleuths teamed up with the TV show “Expedition Unknown,” which funded an extensive particle analysis by a professional lab to examine a clip-on necktie found on the airplane, which may have belonged to the hijacker. More

Search Ends For Malaysian Flight 370 »

After nearly three years of work searching the ocean floor with deep-sea submersibles for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, a Boeing 777 that went missing with 239 people on board in March 2014, officials on Tuesday said they are suspending the effort. “Today the last search vessel has left the underwater search area,” said a joint statement from the governments of Australia, China and Malaysia. More