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FAA Sued Over Drone Rules »

Model aircraft hobbyists, research universities and commercial drone interests filed lawsuits Friday challenging a government directive that they say imposes tough new limits on the use of model aircraft and broadens the agency's ban on commercial drone flights. More

Chinese Fighter Harasses U.S. P-8 »

A Chinese Su-27 fighter made several "dangerous" and "unprofessional" passes at a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon this weekócoming as close as an estimated 20 feet at one pointóin what the White House called a "deeply concerning provocation." More

New This Week »

AVweb's weekly review of what's going on in aviation turned up news of everything from Beech's delivery of new airplanes to the Mexican Navy, through word of CTI Professional Flight Training's new training approval, to a new national commander of the Civil Air Patrol, to PlaneLogiX going live with its maintenance backup program. More

Western Australia Helo Pilot Saves Whale »

A helicopter tourism pilot used his Robinson R44 helicopter to scare a shark away from a calving whale along the west coast of Australia last week. More

Dawn Of The Drones »

Lockheed Martin has successfully completed a test mission involving resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition, all of it conducted completely by autonomous vehicles, the company said last week. The test, at Fort Benning, Georgia, was designed to simulate a mission to resupply soldiers defending a village. More

Heater AD Targets GA Aircraft »

A new proposed airworthiness directive issued by the FAA on Wednesday affects up to 6,000 general aviation aircraft, mostly (but not limited to) Pipers and Cessnas, equipped with Meggitt (Troy) Inc. combustion heaters. The required inspections would cost about $425, the FAA said, and if repairs are needed, the cost could rise above $6,000. More

CitationAir Closing Oct. 31 »

Textron Aviation is closing former Cessna fractional operator CitationAir and selling the remaining airplanes. CitationAir was started in 2000 as CitationShares, a division of Cessna. Cessna stopped selling shares in new aircraft and jet cards two years ago and it's ceasing flight operations Oct. 31. More

New Takes On Business Travel »

A couple of new companies are trying fresh approaches to pull high-value business travellers out of the backpack and tennis shoe mainstream of modern air travel. La Compagnie is the latest to begin an "all business class" service to Europe. More