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FAA Backs Off On UAS Videos »

The FAA has told its field inspectors that a video on the Internet is not enough to prove that someone has violated its rules against commercial operation of unmanned aerial systems (UAS). In a notice to its enforcement personnel, the agency says that while video that appears to have been shot from a UAS might be a clue that illegal activity is going on, it can't be the sole basis for enforcement action. More

F-100F Super Sabre, F-35 Fighter To Debut At AirVenture »

A supersonic warbird and a new fighter jet will make their debuts in the military lineup at EAA’s AirVenture in July. Dean “Cutter” Cutshall of Indiana will show his North American F-100F Super Sabre, the first U.S. Air Force fighter plane capable of supersonic level flight, EAA. said. It was the the first of the Century Series of Air Force fighter jets that include the McDonnell F-101 Voodoo and Convair F-102 Delta Dagger. More

Stemme Debuts S12 Motorglider At Aero »

Stemme, a German glider company that also has a U.S. subsidiary, Stemme USA, in South Carolina, brought its newest aircraft to Aero Friedrichshafen this week, the S12 motorglider. The new model flew for the first time just a few weeks ago, and was unveiled to the public here at the show, company spokesman Francesco Iarz told AVweb. The wings stretch 82 feet, an increase of 7 feet compared to the company's S10 glider. More

Avilution To Demo Flight System Prototype At Sun 'n Fun »

Avilution LLC, which is developing software for a new flight management system, will demonstrate a prototype with a Zenith CH750 at Sun 'n Fun in Florida next week. The eXtensible Flight System will initially target the experimental aircraft market, Avilution founder Mark Spencer told AVweb via e-mail. "However, we are architecting, designing and writing the software such that we could achieve DO-178C certification in the future should the market demand a certificated product." More

Continental Motors Group To Assemble Diesel Kits In U.S. »

Continental Motors Group announced Thursday it received a Production Certificate from the FAA to assemble its CD-135 and CD-155 diesel engine retrofit kits in North America. The diesel engines will continue to be manufactured at Continental Motors' plant in St. Egidien, Germany, the company said. Meanwhile, Continental has selected its Continental Motors Services division in Fairhope, Alabama, for the final assembly and installation of the engine retrofits. More

E-Flight Takes Center Stage At Aero »

The first exhibit at the main entrance to Aero Friedrichshafen this year celebrates electric-powered flight, with a collection of aircraft that share the theme "ecological, electrical, and evolutionary." The aircraft on display include China's RX1E, which is on track to become the first electric-powered airplane in serial production. "The airplane was certified in February, and we expect the production certificate in July," Guiwen Kang, of the Liaoniing General Aviation Academy, told AVweb. More

Diamond DA62 Twin Now EASA-Certified (CORRECTED) »

Diamond brought its DA62 twin to Aero Friedrichshafen this week, where an EASA official arrived on Thursday afternoon to ceremoniously present its type certificate. Diamond CEO Christian Dries said he already has a dozen orders in hand, and plans to ramp up production to about one per week by early next year. The airplane, which has been in development for about three years, seats five to seven, and is driven by two Austro AE330 turbocharged 180-hp diesel engines. More

Next SpaceX Rocket Landing Attempt In June »

SpaceX will try again to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating barge in June, when its next mission to the International Space Station is scheduled. The launch Tuesday of the rocket to take a supply spacecraft to the station on Tuesday was a success, but the landing was not. The rocket made it to the barge but ended up in pieces. "Looks like Falcon landed fine, but excess lateral velocity caused it to tip over post landing," SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted afterward. More

New This Week »

AVweb's search of news around the world found a newly revamped aviation program at Parkland College, the unveiling of a helicopter laboratory at the University of Miami, an upcoming STC for Aerocet floats, and announcements for this year's Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame. More

EASA Moves Forward On Certification Simplification »

New draft regulations published on Wednesday by the European Aviation Safety Agency raised hopes among industry advocates that it will become easier and faster to certify new airplanes and other aviation products. "These new rules will shift the methods of design compliance from an outdated, prescriptive system into standards that are continually evolved by the world's aviation experts," said Ed Smith, GAMA senior vice president of international and environmental affairs. At Aero Friedrichshafen, GAMA's European expert, Greg Bowles, told AVweb the new rules will "bring in a new era of certification for light airplanes." More