AVweb flash

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

NASA, SpaceX Delay Unmanned Launch »

NASA and contractor SpaceX announced Thursday this week's launch of an unmanned supply capsule to the International Space Station will be postponed until January to conduct further testing. NASA said issues during a test of the Falcon rocket engines at Cape Canaveral this week will require investigation. A possible launch date on the morning of Jan. 6 is in the works, with a backup date on Jan. 7. More

Dassault Unveils Falcon 8X »

Dassault Aviation on Wednesday unveiled the Falcon 8X, touting the new model as its "ultra long range" flagship business jet. The 8X, announced in May, builds on the popular 7X long-range trijet and will offer a range of 6,450 nm and a cabin 3.5 feet longer than the 7X. It also has a more efficient wing and upgraded Pratt & Whitney Canada engines, competing with Gulfstream's new long-range G650ER, also introduced earlier this year. More

The Weekender: Christmas Lunches And Year-End Pancakes »

This weekend's annual holiday airport parties get perfect timing just a few days before Christmas, as seen on SocialFlight's calendar. This month's Wings and Wheels fly-in on Saturday at William P. Hobby Airport in Houston will honor museum volunteers and planespotters. More

Bonus Depreciation Approved By Congress »

Following House approval earlier this month, the Senate on Tuesday passed a tax package that includes the revival of bonus depreciation on capital investments, including aircraft. The measure allows businesses to write off up to 50 percent of the value of equipment purchased in and put into service in 2014. More

Researchers Find Expert Pilots See Differently »

An experienced pilot will make a better decision about whether to attempt a marginal landing while showing only about half as much brain activity as less experienced pilots, according to a recent study completed by scientists at Stanford University. The research used a flight simulator set up like the cockpit of a single-engine airplane. More

Oldest Flying Jet Returns To U.S. »

An F-86A Sabre built in 1948 is the world's oldest flying jet, and recently arrived back in the United States after several decades in Europe, EAA reported this week. The airplane, which EAA hopes will fly next summer at AirVenture, is the only surviving "A" model. Its service history includes Strategic Air Command, Air Defense Command and the California Air National Guard. It flew in defense of the Los Alamos nuclear research facility with the 94th Fighter Squadron of the 1st Fighter Group. More

AirShares Elite Folds »

Fractional service AirShares Elite closed Dec. 1 and is now selling off its large fleet of Cirrus aircraft. AirShares pioneered the fractional model for high-performance GA aircraft and was in operation for almost 15 years before it quit the business with no explanation. More

Drone Expo Draws Protesters »

A speaker at a commercial drone conference in Los Angeles on Saturday was shouted down by a protest group blaming him for up to 3,000 deaths caused by Predator drones in Pakistan, the Contra Costa Times has reported. Another group protested police use of drones for surveillance. "Nobody here is even remotely interested in using [drones] as weapons," said Austin Blue, who was targeted by some of the protesters because his family owns General Atomics, which produces the Predator drone. More