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Four Named To National Aviation Hall of Fame »

Four individuals have been chosen to be added to the National Aviation Hall of Fame, the organization has announced. The four will be formally enshrined in a ceremony to be held in October in Dayton, Ohio. The four include: the late Robert Hartzell, the late Abe Silverstein, Brig. Gen. Robert L. Cardenas, and Eugene "Gene" Kranz. More

Atol Starts Water-Taxi Tests »

The team at Atol, in Finland, has started water-taxi testing on the production prototype of their LSA seaplane. The aircraft "worked as planned and proved to be even better than expected," according to the company's blog. The testing took place last week on the river Kemijoki, at the Arctic Circle. More

New FAA Safety Campaign Targets Drones »

With tens of thousands of new drones expected to be unwrapped as Christmas gifts this week, the FAA on Monday launched a new safety campaign that it hopes will help new users to fly "safely and responsibly." The campaign comprises a new website, www.knowbeforeyoufly.org, and a "digital and social media strategy" to help spread the information. More

Short Final »

Several years ago, I was flying from John Wayne (KSNA) to Big Bear (L35) on a route that crossed that of arriving traffic into Ontario (KONT). It was the anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight, well into the holiday gift-buying season. ... East of Ontario, SoCal instructed me to alter course 20 degrees to the right to avoid traffic at my 10 o'clock, a southwest-bound 757 descending out of 8,000 feet. My traffic was a UPS cargo flight headed into Ontario, no doubt laden with gifts from the North Pole. ... After we passed, SoCal instructed me to resume my own nav. I replied, "Never let it be said that this Piper driver doesn't give way to Santa Claus." Chuckles ensued on 134.0! -- Tom Corbett More

CASA Issues Jabiru Final Rule »

Australia has softened restrictions on the operation of aircraft flying with Jabiru engines in its final ruling on measures to deal with what it considers to be a high rate of engine failures. As we reported in November, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority proposed banning passengers and solo students from flying behind the engines while it sorts out the causes of the failures. More

Internal Issues At FAA Over Drones Says Post »

The Washington Post is reporting the FAA has fired a lobbyist it hired to help companies speed up approvals for drone operations as its own inspectors raised concerns about drone integration. The Post says the lobbyist was released Thursday after the newspaper raised questions about the arrangement and the agency agreed that it was a conflict of interest. More

Helicopter Escapees Get Extra Year (With Video) »

Three gang members who were plucked from a Canadian high-security prison earlier this year by a helicopter in a briefly successful escape have had an extra year added to their sentences for the breathtaking caper. More

Sporty's Offers Affordable 172 Trainer »

Sporty's has come up with a different twist on the affordable training aircraft by looking to the most popular training aircraft of all time. The company, which operates a large flight school near Cincinnati, is buying good used Cessna 172s and, in most cases, taking out a lot of the bells and whistles that their private owners tend to load them up with. More

Turbulence Causes Injuries Aboard American Flight »

Four passengers and one crew member were treated for injuries after severe turbulence forced an American Airlines flight to divert while en route to Dallas from Seoul, South Korea, CNN reported this week. The flight landed in Narita, Japan, and those injured were taken to local hospitals, CNN said. More

New This Week »

AVweb's search of aviation news around the world turned up new corporate appointments at Airbus Group, European certification for Embraer's Legacy 500, an award to Norwegian Air from Rockford, Illinois, and the National Aviation Hall of Fame 2015 inductees. More