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Pentagon and Lockheed Cut Deal for More F-35s »

In an exclusive, Reuters is reporting that Lockheed Martin and the Defense Department have inked a $4 billion deal for an eighth series delivery of 43 F-35 single-engine, all-weather, stealth fighters. More

UAS At NBAA: U.S. Is Falling Behind »

It's the same old story. FAA regulatory foot-dragging hobbles development and competition. While the rest of the world, especially Israel and Australia, move rapidly forward with commercial deployment of unmanned aircraft systems, the FAA's slow formulation of regulations endangers the U.S. ability to compete. That was one observation that came out of an hour-long panel discussion attended by several hundred people at NBAA in Orlando this week. More

New This Week »

AVweb's weekly foray into all that is going on in aviation revealed news of EASA certification of a new Airbus helicopter, a free ForeFlight manual, the identity of the keynote speaker at Redbird Migration next week and availability of a free insurance review. More

'Flying Man' UFO Baffles Officials »

UFO reports by airliner crews are nothing new but a British A320 crew raised eyebrows after saying they had a close encounter with a flying man who swooped past their aircraft without visible means of support on June 13. The UFO has been dubbed the "Superman of Macclesfield" and the UK Airprox Board, which investigates such things admits we may never know his true identity. More

Three Die In Midair At Frederick Airport (Updated) »

hree people were reportedly killed Thursday afternoon at the Frederick, Maryland, airport when an airplane and a helicopter collided close to the runway. The airplane was a Cirrus SR22, according to WJZ-TV, and news photographs show firefighters with a deployed parachute from the aircraft. More

New Technology Will Produce Safer Maps »

Pilots may presume that we now have access to accurate terrain maps nationwide, but in some remote areas, maps may be based on incomplete data or inaccurate observations that are decades old. "Mars is better mapped than the state of Alaska," Steve Colligan, president of E-Terra, an Anchorage mapping firm, told The Washington Post recently. Now the U.S. Geological Survey is leading an effort called the 3D Elevation Program, with the aim to chart all 50 states using state-of-the-art, accurate technology -- airborne lasers (lidar) or radar (ifsar). More

Cessna Returns To Setting Speed Records »

After mostly remaining aloof from the record-setting side of aviation for over 70 years, Cessna appears to have returned to the fray—using the Mach 0.935 cruising speed of its recently certificated Citation X+ to set four city-to-city speed records in its weight class. More

Piaggio Updates Expansion Plans »

Piaggio Aero, the Italian company that builds the unique Avanti P180 twin turboprop, said this week at the NBAA convention in Orlando they will now be known as Piaggio Aerospace. The change reflects a new direction for the company, which plans to expand its product portfolio and grow in new markets. More

Used Market: Newer Business Aircraft In Demand »

A Texas aircraft broker says used aircraft prices are stabilizing and newer used aircraft are in demand but there are still plenty of old business jets on the market. Rene Banglesdorf, CEO of Charlie Bravo Aviation, told AVweb in a podcast interview at NBAA in Orlando that while the market hasn't recovered, it's at least showing signs of recovery, even at the low end. More