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Russian Orthodox Patriarch Given an Su-35 Fighter »

In an ironic turn, nearly 80 years after Stalin derided the Pope of the Catholic Church by asking how many divisions he had, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill now owns one of the most advanced combat jets in the world. More

Boeing to Ramp Up 737 Production »

At an investor conference hosted by Morgan Stanley this week, Boeing’s CEO Ray Conner announced that Boeing is looking to increase 737 production to a whopping 52 a month as soon as 2018. More

The Weekender: Mountains, Seashores, Camping Adventures Await »

Fall is on its way in the Northeast, bringing the promise of great flying weather, and pilots will find plenty of interesting destinations to explore via SocialFlight's website and app. At the Goodspeed Airport, near East Haddam, CT, the 5th Annual Helicopter Gathering is set for this weekend. The field is right on the edge of the Connecticut River, and seaplanes are welcome. More

Gulfstream Moving Toward Supersonic Bizjet »

Gulfstream is quietly making progress toward a supersonic business jet that might be able to fly above Mach 1 over the U.S. FAA regulations currently ban supersonic flight over land in the U.S. More

Boeing, SpaceX Win NASA Crew Contract »

Within a few years, U.S. astronauts will be able to launch to the International Space Station from the U.S., instead of traveling to Russia as they've been doing since the end of the space-shuttle program in 2011, NASA said on Tuesday. NASA said it has chosen Boeing and SpaceX to develop crew-carrying spacecraft by 2017. More

One More U.S. Stop For Red Bull Racers »

If you missed the Red Bull Air Races in Texas earlier this month, you have one more chance to catch them in the U.S.A. -- next stop in the global series will be Las Vegas, Oct. 11 and 12. After that, the racers will wrap up this year's season with the final race, in Austria. More

Reno Races Wrap; NTSB Reports On Crash »

The National Championship Air Races wrapped up at Reno on Sunday, with Steven Hinton Jr., of Chino, California, taking the Breitling Unlimited Gold championship in his P-51 Mustang, Voodoo. It was the sixth win in a row for 27-year-old Hinton, who reached a top speed of 493 mph in Sunday's race. More

NTSB: GA Accidents Down In 2013 »

The number of civil aviation accidents fell last year, from 1,539 in 2012 to 1,297 in 2013, the NTSB said on Monday. General aviation accidents showed a decrease in all categories. The total number of GA accidents was 1,222, a decrease of 249 from 2013. The number of fatal accidents (221), fatalities (387), and the accident rate per 100,000 flight hours (5.85) all declined from the previous year. More

"Hump" Pilots, DC-3 Meet Again »

Two former DC-3 captains were reunited with the aircraft they both flew over "the Hump" in Asia's Himalayan mountains during World War II, more than 70 years ago, in a special event held last week at the SFO Museum, at the San Francisco International Airport. The Historic Flight Foundation, which owns and operates the airplane, flew it in to celebrate the opening of a new exhibit, "The Legend of CNAC: China National Aviation Corporation, 1929-1949." More

Short Final »

While traversing New York/Washington Center air space, we received a frequency change. However, when trying to check in, the frequency was congested with multiple aircraft being worked. This went on for a while. Finally there was a break, and the PM was able to check in: "Good afternoon, New York. NXXXXX -- long-time listener, first-time caller; FL410." -- Julian McVay More