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The Weekender: Picnics, Patton and Pancakes »

The Weekender found plenty of ways on SocialFlight to take in the early-summer weather. On Saturday, enjoy lunch, music, and a tour of the Veterans’ Museum at Arnold Field in Tennessee, all for just $10. Fly in and pull right up to the Command Headquarters building, where Rosie the Riveter will serve you lunch. More

First Flight For Sikorsky Raider »

The S-97 Raider, a helicopter prototype based on Sikorsky's Collier-Prize-winning X2 technology, flew for the first time last Friday, the company has announced. The S-97 is designed to demonstrate "a game-changing combination of maneuverability, hover ability, range, speed, endurance and survivability," the company said. The coaxial counter-rotating main rotors and pusher propeller are expected to provide cruise speeds up to 240 knots. More

Power Surge Closes Belgian Airspace »

An apparent power surge at Belgium’s air traffic control facilities closed the nation's airspace Wednesday morning, forcing flights to divert to nearby countries, The Independent reported. A Belgocontrol spokesman told UK news agencies the cause of the power surge is yet unclear. “The surge also took out our emergency generators, which is why we had to clear the airspace,” he said. More

Singapore Airlines Jet Recovers From Dual Engine Failure »

A Singapore Airlines Airbus A330-300, with 182 passengers and 12 crew on board, lost both engines while en route from Singapore to Shanghai on Saturday, the airline has reported. The flight encountered weather at 39,000 feet, about three and a half hours after departure and 160 miles from shore. Both Rolls Royce Trent 772 engines lost power. "The pilots followed operational procedures to restore normal operation of the engines," the airline said in a statement. More

Depp's Pilot Facing Jail For Dog Smuggling »

The pilot of actor Johnny Depp's Gulfstream is facing up to two years in prison for his role in the alleged smuggling of the Pirates of the Caribbean star's two Yorkshire terriers into Australia. The country's justice system is now considering what to do with Depp, who faces up to 10 years in jail, and the unidentified pilot after the dogs Pistol and Boo were allegedly intentionally hidden from Customs officers to avoid the 10-day quarantine that Australia demands for pets being brought into the country. More

Delta Turns Weather Delays Into Pizza Parties »

When life gives it thunderstorms and tornadoes, Delta Airlines has apparently decided to give its passengers pizza. Passengers on several flights headed to Delta's home hub of Atlanta reported that after landing at diversion airports because of weather the flight crew had pizza delivered via baggage cart to the aircraft, which were sitting on the ramp, rather than parked at gates. More

NBAA Raises Concerns Over ADS-B Security »

The FAA's plans regarding ADS-B, or automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast services, don't offer enough protection for operators' privacy, security, and business competitiveness, NBAA president Ed Bolen said in an op-ed this week. "ADS-B transmits an unencrypted, real-time signal that includes the aircraft's Mode S transponder code, its call sign, aircraft type, position and airspeed, as determined by the aircraft's own GPS-based avionics," Bolen wrote. "Anyone with the right equipment can capture that real-time data and potentially use it for nefarious purposes." More

Summertime Options For Pilots »

With the summer season now officially here, pilots who are ready to pack up their airplanes and take to the sky will find plenty of options. Tour operator Northern Adventures is offering three new fly-yourself trips to explore the National Parks. Each 10-day tour is limited to 10 aircraft, and includes stops in Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, as well as visits to Mount Rushmore and several other sites. More

Scholarships For Aspiring Pilots »

AOPA this week opened its application period for student pilots who are looking for help with the cost of flight training. The AOPA Foundation will award almost $120,000 to help teens learn to fly, study in an accredited aviation program, or attend a summer camp with an aviation or aerospace theme. Applications will be accepted online until August 9. Aspiring pilots looking for help with the expenses of education and training can also find many other sources of scholarships in the aviation community. More

FAA Expands Data Comm Service »

Data communications are now available at Newark Liberty International Airport, the FAA said last week, and later this summer the service will expand to Houston and Salt Lake City. Data Comm is already in use at Memphis International Airport, "where it's delivering great results," according to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. By next year, Data Comm will be deployed in more than 50 air traffic control towers, Huerta said, three years ahead of schedule. More