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Colombia Crash Investigation Continues »

Civil aviation authorities in Brazil have suspended the operating certificate of LaMia airlines, which operated the charter aircraft that crashed in Colombia last week, killing 71 of the 77 people on board. Authorities have confirmed that the airplane, an Avro RJ85, was out of fuel when it crashed on a mountainside near the Medellin airport. Freddy Bonilla, Colombia’s secretary of air security, said the flight was in violation of both local and international regulations regarding minimum fuel reserves. More

FAA Updates Icing Training Video »

With winter on the way for much of the U.S., the FAA has released a new training video about the dangers of ice-induced stalls. “Much has occurred since NASA's original 1998 ice-contaminated tailplane stall video,” the FAA said. “The information in this training video supersedes, supplants, and replaces the instruction in all previous NASA tail stall icing training videos.” More

Trump Threatens To Cancel Air Force One Contract »

President-elect Donald Trump said in a tweet Tuesday morning that Boeing’s costs for the next Air Force One, now in development, are “out of control,” and added, “Cancel order!” The costs, according to Trump, are already up to more than $4 billion. Boeing responded with a short statement, noting that “We are currently under contract for $170 million ... We look forward to working with the U.S. Air Force on subsequent phases of the program allowing us to deliver the best planes for the President at the best value for the American taxpayer." More

German Gyro Now FAA Type Certified »

U.S. pilots now can buy a factory-built FAA-type-certified autogyro for the first time “probably in at least 60 years,” Bob Snyder, program manager at AutoGyroUSA, told AVweb on Monday. The Calidus autogyro, which has been flying in Europe since 2009, recently was awarded a type certificate in the seldom-used Part 23 Primary category, by FAA officials. More

Short Final »

It was my first time flying into OSH after hours of hand flying a Skyhawk ... Tower: l "Welcome to OSH." ... I Me: " I'm not a virgin anymore." ... It was like a reflex. More

Severe Turbulence Diverts Qatar Flight »

An unknown number of passengers and crew were injured when a Qatar Airways Boeing 777 flying from Washington to Doha hit severe turbulence and made an emergency landing in the Azores. More

Wall Street Presses Rockwell Collins Sale »

Rockwell Collins’ purchase of aircraft interior finisher B/E Aerospace has attracted the attention of some Wall Street wheeler-dealers who are suggesting it is Rockwell Collins itself that should be up for sale. More

AVweb Is Seeking An Aviation Journalist »

At AVweb, we’re expanding our news operation and we’re looking for an aviation writer/editor. The successful candidate will have a proven track record in reporting and writing about aviation or technical topics. We need a self-starter with a good eye for enterprise news and the ability to reliably meet weekly news deadlines without strict supervision. More

Second SpaceShipTwo Glides Safely »

VSS Unity, Virgin Galactic’s replacement for the original SpaceShipTwo, which crashed in October of 2014, glided to a landing for the first time Saturday after three months of captive testing slung below WhiteKnightTwo. More

NASA's Antarctic "Balloons On Ice" Begin Launches »

NASA had two successful launches of its largest scientific balloons this week in Antarctica as part of a three-flight series on behalf of university researchers studying components of outer space. The project, NASA’s Antarctica Long Duration Balloon Flight Campaign, uses unmanned balloons with 40 million cubic feet of volume, as big as a football stadium. More