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FAA Seeks To Cut Airport Weather Observers »

The FAA is looking at cutting its Contract Weather Observer staffing at 57 airports around the country, moving some duties to local ATC, according to an agency document and various media reports in recent weeks. Trained human weather observers contracted by the FAA supplement automated weather reports at towered airports, providing more discerning information including reports on weather-related hazards. More

Collier Trophy Nominees Announced For 2015 Achievements »

The National Aeronautic Association announced this week nine nominees for the 2015 Robert J. Collier Trophy, which recognizes projects and achievements in aviation and aerospace. The nominees include four aircraft ranging from the Icon A5 light-sport amphibious airplane to the C-5M Super Galaxy, the Air Force transport airplane built by Lockheed Martin. Airbus' A350 XWB airliner and the HondaJet also are on the list. More

New This Week »

AVweb's search of aviation news worldwide found announcements from Avidyne, Jeppesen, Beechcraft and the National Air Transportation Association. Avidyne Corporation announced that they are offering a new lower-priced IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM, starting at $12,399, including mounting tray and installation kit. More

Electric Aircraft: Battery Progress Is Coming, But Not Quickly »

Better batteries for electric aircraft are in the works, but it may be five years before we see significant improvements in energy density, according to a leading battery researcher at the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. Jeff Chamberlain, who heads the lab's Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Research Science told AVweb in an exclusive interview that over promising on battery capacity is a result of snake-oil salesmanship and over-enthusiastic entrepreneurs. But the fact is, lithium ion batteries remain a difficult and challenging chemisty to improve. More

The Weekender: Enjoying Winter Via Skiplane »

The Weekender plans to make the most of February's chill by heading out to fly on the snow in search of hot meals as listed on SocialFlight. Skiplanes can head to Plymouth, Michigan, Saturday for a warm hangar, hot food and good company as EAA Chapter 113 hosts its Chili Fly-In. More

Captain: Hole Blown In Airbus Believed To Be Bomb Blast »

The captain of the Airbus A321 that landed Tuesday with a hole blown out of its side believes a bomb exploded as the jet climbed out of Mogadishu, Somalia. Authorities haven't confirmed the source of the blast, and one passenger is believed to be dead from falling out of the hole. More

FAA Funding Bill With Privatized ATC Introduced In House »

Two congressmen in favor of privatizing the FAA's Air Traffic Organization introduced their proposal Wednesday, just after receiving written opposition from others in the House and Senate. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., and Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., introduced the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act. More

ModAero Event Aims For "NextGen" Pilots »

The organizers of ModAero, a "next-generation aviation festival" set for March 16 to 19 near Houston, Texas, say they are offering a "fresh take" on the traditional aviation event, with the goal of attracting a younger demographic, especially pilots in the 16 to 39 "millennial" age range. "That's where all the growth is happening, and there's an opportunity to try something new and different, to engage people and get them involved in aviation," show organizer Brian Columbus told AVweb. More

House Opposition To FAA Privatization »

The House Appropriations Committee has added its opposition to the nascent debate over privatizing the FAA's Air Traffic Organization (ATO). Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., and other senior members of the committee wrote a letter to the House leadership Monday saying air traffic management should remain a government function. More