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GAMA Notes Progress On Part 23 Revamp »

GAMA has been working for several years now to change the way small aircraft are certified by the FAA, and this week, some progress in Europe has encouraged their effort. On Tuesday, the European Aviation Safety Agency issued a notice that it intends to modernize its CS-23 certification process, which is similar to Part 23 certification for in the U.S. The proposed rule was developed with international participation and is largely based on the work of the FAA's Part 23 Aviation Rulemaking Committee, GAMA said. More

Report: Lufthansa Knew Of Pilot's Illness »

First officer Andreas Lubitz, who was at the controls of the Germanwings A320 that crashed last week, had told his employers at Lufthansa in 2009 that he had suffered from severe depression, The New York Times reported Tuesday. Lufthansa officials said they had searched their records and found an email from Lubitz to its flight-training school, seeking to rejoin its training program after he had been absent for several months. Lubtiz's email included medical documents that described a "previous episode of severe depression," the Times said. More

Germanwings Recovery Effort Continues »

As investigators probe into the history of first officer Andreas Lubitz, searching for insights into why he apparently crashed a Germanwings A320 into a mountain last week, workers at the crash site are still recovering debris and human remains, and searching for the flight data recorder. They also are building a road into the remote valley to make it easier to access. A Lufthansa official told local reporters the FDR may never be found. Meanwhile, the known facts about Lubitz and his medical history have raised questions about how pilots can be better screened for suicidal tendencies. More

A B-52 To Visit Oshkosh This Summer »

A Boeing B-52H Stratofortress will take center stage at EAA AirVenture this summer, marking the first time one of the big bombers has ever been on ground display during the event. The B-52H will visit from the U.S. Air Force Reserve's 93rd Bomb Squadron of the 307th Bomb Wing, based at Barksdale Air Force Base, in Louisiana. The strategic bombers have been in active military service for 60 years, serving in every combat operation since Vietnam. More

Short Final »

I was on Ground Control at KTUS Sunday, March 8, as the National Guard F-16s were out doing their usual practice. ... The tower called out to one of them: "Looks like you have an empty seat there." ... The pilot in the F-16 radioed back: "Wishful thinking." ... Then a guy taking off in a Cessna 182 radioed in: "We have an empty seat in our 182." ... The tower responded: "I'll take it." -- Paul DeHerrera More

Air Canada Airbus Landed Short »

The Air Canada A320 that crash landed at Halifax's Stanfield International Airport early Sunday touched down about 1,000 feet before the runway threshold and hit an antenna array before tearing off the gear and sliding to a stop about 1,000 feet down the runway, according to crash investigators. More

LSA Earthrounder Killed In Ecuador »

A 62-year-old Swiss adventurer who was attempting to fly around the world in an LSA-sized aircraft died Saturday in an accident in Ecuador. Eric Guilloud's Aerospool WT9 Dynamic aircraft hit a volcano shortly after takeoff from Latacunga airport, south of Quito. More

Lubitz Had Potentially Disqualifying Eye Problems: Report »

The pilot who intentionally crashed a Germanwings A320 into the French Alps last week had been treated for eye problems that could have ended his flying career according to the New York Times. Quoting unnamed officials, the newspaper says one theory is that Andreas Lubitz's vision problems were the psychosomatic result of his mental health issues. More

Air Canada Landing Accident »

Authorities at Halifax's Stanfield International Airport reported early Sunday morning that about 20 people were injured when an Air Canada Airbus A320 landed hard and skidded off a snowy runway just after midnight. The injuries weren't believed to be life-threatening. The flight had departed from Toronto with 133 passengers and five crew aboard, authorities said early Sunday morning. More

Ex-Pilot Sues JetBlue Over Midair Meltdown »

A former JetBlue pilot who had a midair meltdown in 2012 that forced the flight to divert has sued the airline for $14.9 million, claiming he should have been grounded, Reuters reported Friday. In the lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court, Clayton Osbon, 52, said his irrational behavior on March 27, 2012, during the New York-to-Las Vegas flight was caused by a "complex partial brain seizure," the report said. More