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AOPA Releases Aircraft Transition Course »

The AOPA Air Safety Institute released a new online course Friday designed to help pilots transition into unfamiliar aircraft. “Transitioning to Other Airplanes” offers factors to consider when moving up or down in airplane size or complexity, or into one with different avionics. More

New This Week »

AVweb's search of aviation news worldwide found a new online service for finding engine overhaul shops, a new flight training program for Global Aerospace customers, an LCD cockpit retrofit from Thomas Global Systems, and new owners for three FBOs in Indiana. More

Airliners To Require Two Crew Members In Cockpits »

Airlines around the world said Thursday they'll start requiring two crew members in the cockpit at all times. The change comes after details emerged that the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 deliberately locked the captain outside the cockpit and crashed the jet into the French Alps on Tuesday, killing all aboard. Norwegian Air Shuttle announced it has been considering the change and now is "speeding up the process." More

Lightspeed's Sierra Headset Adds Full Bluetooth Capability »

Lightspeed Aviation's entry-level headset now comes with full Bluetooth audio capability, the company announced Thursday. The upgrade to the Sierra headset now makes all three Lightspeed headsets capable of connecting to cellphones, music, and audio alerts. Each headset can connect to an iPad or iPhone with Lightspeed's FlightLink app. More

Investigators: Germanwings Co-pilot Concealed Medical Treatment »

Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot found to have deliberately crashed the Germanwings Airbus 320 into the French Alps this week, was under medical treatment but concealed his condition from the airline, German prosecutors said Friday in a CNN report. The Dusseldorf public prosecutor's office did not reveal the nature of the treatment, or whether his condition was mental or physical. More

The Weekender: Air Shows and Warbird Rides »

If you're looking for a ride in something out of the ordinary, say, a Lockheed C-60 or B-17, SocialFlight has a few offerings this weekend. Wings Over Flagler Rockin' the Runways will take place Friday through Sunday in Palm Coast, Florida, hosting EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast, the Ford Tri-Motor Tin Goose and a variety of historic aircraft on display, plus concerts, cars and fireworks. More

Future Of ATC Discussed In Congress »

At a congressional hearing in Washington on Tuesday, advocates cited issues with unstable funding, aging infrastructure and inadequate staffing for critical air traffic control functions, and lobbied for fundamental change in how the FAA is managed and funded. Paul Rinaldi, president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, told the House aviation subcommittee that "the current funding situation is unacceptable, and we would like to explore alternative models that could address these problems." More

New Regs Threaten Canadian Airports Says Group »

The Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) is rallying its members to oppose proposed regulations it says will threaten small airports across the country and make it much more difficult to build new airports or expand existing ones. More

Amazon Says FAA UAS Approval 'Obsolete' »

Amazon says the FAA approval for limited outdoor testing of its unmanned aerial systems delivery service is not much use to the company because it applies to an aircraft the company is no longer testing. In testimony before a Senate committee on Tuesday, Amazon VP for Global Public Policy Paul Misener said that thanks to more liberal UAS regulations in the U.K. and other countries, Amazon has been able to move on from its original proposal to the FAA and is now testing a more advanced system for its Prime Air Program. More

CubCrafters, Van's Top 2014 LSA Sales Numbers »

Sales of light sport aircraft in the U.S. for 2014 totaled 199, according to numbers compiled and released this week by the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association. CubCrafters took first place, with 50 airplanes, and Van's Aircraft took second place for the year, with 26 copies of its factory-built RV-12 sold. Other top sellers for the year include Progressive Aerodyne's Searey, Flight Design's CTLSi, and Tecnam's P92. More