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NASA’s Quiet Supersonic Design Heads to the Wind Tunnel »

NASAís Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) preliminary design model is entering an eight-week testing phase at NASAís Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, the agency reports. The Glenn Research Center wind tunnel will simulate speeds from Mach 0.3 to Mach 1.6 to ensure smooth airflow into the engine during all phases of flight and to confirm that lift, drag, and side forces on the airframe at various angles of attack, sideslip and Mach number are within expected ranges. More

FAA: Possible Structural Issues in Vintage Cessnas »

Cracks near the wing strut attachment were found in several Cessna 207s belonging to a single operator, leading the FAA to request information from owners and operators to determine how many aircraft have similar damage. The cracks could cause wing deformation leading to unflattering changes in flight characteristics, and, although unlikely, could cause wing failure in aircraft with extremely advanced cracks, according to the FAA. Cessnas with wing struts produced up to 1986 are potentially affected. More

Alleged Drone Sightings on the Rise »

Pilots continue to report increasing numbers of suspected in-flight sightings of small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) to air traffic control, says data released Thursday by the FAA. Pilots reported 1,274 sightings of sUAS in areas where those systems are not authorized to operate for the February 2016 through September 2016 reporting period. Those figures are up from 874 for the same period in 2016óan increase of more than 45%. More

Norwegian Offers $65 Fares To U.K. »

Controversial budget carrier Norwegian Air will launch transatlantic service with its new Boeing 737MAX aircraft this summer with promotional one-way fares as low as $65 from secondary airports in the U.S. Northeast to airports in Ireland and Scotland. More

Flybe Dash-8 Gear Collapses At Schipol »

A Flybe Dash-8 suffered a gear collapse Thursday at Amsterdamís Schipol Airport as a major storm battered western Europe. There were no injuries but the airplane is badly damaged.The so-called weather bomb has hit the U.K. and the continent with winds of up to 100 mph and they were reportedly blowing at 30-40 mph when the Flybe flight made its landing attempt. More

ATR Opens Turboprop Training Facility In Miami »

A new training and simulation center for the ATR -600 series of twin turbopropeller commuter aircraft was opened to customers in Florida this week, the company announced on Tuesday. The new ATR full flight simulator is located at the existing Airbus Training Center across the street from Miami International Airport. ATR is a joint venture of Airbus and Leonardo (formerly Finmeccanica). More

Van’s Aircraft Lawsuit Dismissed »

A $35 million lawsuit filed against Vanís Aircraft, characterized by Vanís as an attack on the kitplane industry as a whole, was settled by the parties late last year. In a press release issued Wednesday, Vanís said the case was dismissed, which is accurate, though it omitted the reason for the dismissal. Vanís Aircraft told AVweb they were unable to comment on the matter. The lead plaintiff was a passenger in a Vanís RV-10 kitplane who was severely injured when that aircraft crashed after departure from Toledo State Airport, Oregon, in 2014. The plaintiffís four-year-old daughter was also killed in the crash. More

GAMA 2016 Year-End Report: Piston Sales Flat, Turbine Single And Cirrus Sales Up »

Sales of piston-powered, fixed-wing aircraft were flat for the third year in a row, says the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) year-end report issued Wednesdayó1,142 piston airplanes delivered in total, down slightly from 1,265 in 2015. Since 2009, sales of piston airplanes have hovered around 1,000 units per year, down from a modern-era peak of 2,755 in 2006. Billings for piston aircraft were slightly up in 2016, reflecting a move to more expensive, higher-end aircraft like the Cirrus SR22T. Those sales statistics mirror data provided by the FAA on the number of active, certificated fixed-wing U.S. pilots: 422,352 at the end of 2016, down 2.5% from 2015 levels. More

Stemme And S-Plane Partner On Optionally Piloted Aircraft »

Stemme AG and S-Plane Automation Ltd said this week they plan to integrate S-Plane subsystems into the Ecarys ES15 Stemme motor glider to create an optionally piloted vehicle, combining the capabilities of a manned aircraft with those of a UAV. The Ecarys ES15 is a certified aircraft with a payload capacity of 770 pounds and range of 1,350 NM. More

Video Of Ford's Taxiway Landing Emerges »

Surveillance video of Harrison Fordís miscue at John Wayne International Airport in California last week shows the Husky he was flying clear an American Airlines Boeing 737 by about 50 feet. More