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EAA Seeks More Time For Hangar-Rule Comments »

EAA says it has petitioned the FAA for a 60-day extension on the comment period for a proposed policy that spells out what is considered an acceptable use of a hangar. The proposal drew a lot of concern for its stand that building an airplane is not an acceptable use, among other issues. The docket currently is open until midnight Eastern Time this Friday, Sept. 5. More

NASA Working The Drone Problem »

Amazon, Google and plenty of others are eager to use drones; the FAA is facing a deadline to allow them into the airspace; pilots are worried about how this will affect them -- and amid all this worrying, NASA scientists are working on new technology that could solve the problem. The solution, says NASA's Parimal Kopardekar, is to create what is essentially a separate system to manage the airspace between the surface and 1,000 feet. More

Fleet Sale For Continental Diesels »

Continental Motors has announced a major fleet sale of its CD-135 diesel engine to a Spanish flight school. Aerodynamics Malaga S.L. will retrofit 16 Cessna 172s with the diesel and the first four are headed for the shop immediately. More

UAS Exemption Requests: 30 And Counting »

The FAA says it hasn't yet dealt with more than 30 requests from companies and groups that want to fly small unmanned aerial systems for commercial purposes in the U.S. The companies, like Wilbur-Ellis Co., a California-based agribusiness corporation, have been filing Petitions for Exemption from a host of regulations that add up to the FAA's current prohibition on commercial drone use. More

Team Aims To Fly 300 MPH On Batteries »

Electroflight, a team of British glider builders, recently announced it has teamed up with Williams Advanced Engineering to build a single-seat airplane that will set a new speed record for electric aircraft of 300 mph. Team Electroflight has built a mock-up of its design, and said it will be powered by a "unique contra-rotating electric propulsion system." More

Five Killed In Colorado Crash »

All five people on board a Piper PA-46 Malibu died when it crashed on Sunday, shortly before noon, near the Erie Municipal Airport in Colorado, about 25 miles northwest of Denver. Peter Knudson, spokesman for the NTSB, said the airplane had taken off from Centennial Airport, south of Denver, and was attempting to land when it crashed in a field to one side of the runway. More

Armchair Flying -- Denali By Sonex »

Since it's a holiday here in the U.S., here's a video with no news in it at all, but just some beauty shots of flying above the mountains of Alaska, mostly above Denali National Park and the Yukon, in a Sonex. More

Short Final »

Last Friday, we departed Detroit City VFR northbound in my SR22 for some sightseeing and requested traffic advisories from Selfridge Approach. Shortly thereafter, we heard this exchange: ... Selfridge Approach: "Cessna XXX, traffic at one o'clock and two miles. A whacko." ... Then a brief pause. ... Selfridge: "Correction: That's a 'Waco.'" ... Cessna XXX: "Maybe he's both!" -- Brian Litch More

Japan Studies Indigenous Fighter Program »

Japan is studying whether to go it alone on building its next generation of fighter aircraft. Japan's ministry of defense has been working on the Advanced Technology Demonstrator (ATD-X) for four years and it's scheduled to fly in January. Nikkei Asian Review says the ministry is asking the government for $384 million to fund a test program designed to see if the ATD-X can form the basis for an indigenous fighter program. More

Commemorative Air Force Fights Hangar Rule »

The Commemorative Air Force is asking the FAA to extend the Sept. 5 comment deadline on a proposed policy on "aeronautical uses" permitted in hangars on federally funded airports. The CAF says its various museums and shops are all in violation of the new rules and is asking the FAA to extend the comment period so the agency can "delve deeper into the unintended consequences" of the existing document. More