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GAMA Reports Drop In Aircraft Sales For 2015 »

General aviation airplane shipments fell 9.1 percent in the first half of this year compared to last year, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association reported Friday. GA rotorcraft shipments also dropped this year so far, with 502 delivered, down from 447 in the first half of 2014. More

Facebook Builds UAS That Beams Down Wi-Fi »

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg announced Thursday his social networking company just finished building an unmanned aerial system that can “beam down Internet connectivity from the sky.” It’s called Aquila, and demonstrates not only solar-powered flight, but a new way to connect to the Internet. The project is part of Internet.org, whose mission is to get the Web to those who don’t have access to it. More

NASA, Industry Discuss Future Of UAS Airspace »

An airspace system for unmanned aerial vehicles – perhaps with flight plans and air traffic control – is the topic at a symposium this week hosted by NASA. The agency and the Silicon Valley chapter of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International met with interested businesses at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. More

New This Week »

AVweb's search of aviation news around the world found a new fire-containment product for air crews, a UAV safety campaign from the agricultural aviation industry, a new executive announced by Skanska USA, and a university scholarship for the 2015-2016 school year. More

Piece Of MH370? Wing Part Found On Island »

A nine-foot object that appears to be part of a wing flap was found Wednesday on an island in the Indian Ocean, spurring investigators to determine whether it's a piece from the Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared more than a year ago. People cleaning a beach on the French island of La Réunion found the piece, which France's air safety agency, BEA, is examining, The New York Times reported. More

Warbirds, Weather Boost AirVenture Attendance »

Pleasant weather and some aircraft firsts helped last week's EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh attract about 550,000 visitors, an attendance increase of about 2 percent, EAA said. "AirVenture 2015 exceeded our expectations on many levels," Chairman Jack Pelton said in a statement Wednesday. More

Spike Updates Its SST Concept »

Spike Aerospace has been working since 2011 to develop a supersonic jet for the business market, and recently they released an updated version of their design concept. The design now features a modified delta wing, and eliminates the tail surface. The two engines, which previously were depicted side-by-side atop the tail section, now are placed on either side of the tail. Cruise speeds will average Mach 1.6 to 1.8, the company says. More

The Weekender: Take A Tour Of The Tall Tower »

The Weekender hopes you've recovered from Oshkosh, because there's no rest for the weary on the SocialFlight calendar. For starters, the July's Skys airshow invites all to come early and stay late Saturday in Preston, Idaho. Watch aerobatic performers do their stuff and enjoy a glimpse of history as four World War II aircraft take part in the show. More

Hyperdrive, Or Just Hype? »

A rocket-drive theory that was discussed at a scientific meeting this week has the Internet buzzing, but critics say the research is flawed and violates well-established laws of physics. The electromagnetic-drive research was presented by Martin Tajmar, a professor for Space Systems at the Dresden University of Technology in Germany, at a meeting of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, in Orlando. The EM drive, powered by solar energy, would not expel any propellent, but would be driven by bouncing microwaves within a closed container. Theoretically, the drive could make it possible to travel to the Moon in four hours and to Mars within 70 days. More

House Move May Delay Medical Reform »

It would appear the latest political gambit to reform pilot medical regulations will die Wednesday when the House extends existing funding for highway projects and gets ready to go on summer holiday. CNN reported House Speaker John Boehner told members Tuesday the House would vote on a three-month extension rather than consider a Senate bill that would fund transportation infrastructure projects for at least three years. More