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Air Canada Landing Accident Reported »

An Air Canada A320 has reportedly had a landing accident at Halifax's Stanfield International Airport and the incident may have cut power to the airport. Various reports early Sunday suggest the aircraft, on a flight from Toronto "crashed on the runway" but there are apparently no serious injuries. It was reported to be snowing at the time. FlightAware has not shown the aircraft at the gate and Twitter is lighting up with reports of the incident. Several Tweets say there are 138 passengers, no serious injuries but rescue is hampered by powerlines on the runway. Full story in the 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

HondaJet Nears Final Type Certification »

The HondaJet has received provisional type certification from the FAA, Honda Aircraft announced Friday. Honda has four HA-420 jets in its test fleet with more than 2500 hours to date and is planning for final type certification in the next few months. The twin-engine business jet, the company's first commercial aircraft design, is being manufactured at Honda Aircraft's headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina and preparations for customer deliveries are under way. More

AOPA Releases Aircraft Transition Course »

The AOPA Air Safety Institute released a new online course Friday designed to help pilots transition into unfamiliar aircraft. "Transitioning to Other Airplanes" offers factors to consider when moving up or down in airplane size or complexity, or into one with different avionics. More

New This Week »

AVweb's search of aviation news worldwide found a new online service for finding engine overhaul shops, a new flight training program for Global Aerospace customers, an LCD cockpit retrofit from Thomas Global Systems, and new owners for three FBOs in Indiana. More

Airliners To Require Two Crew Members In Cockpits »

Airlines around the world said Thursday they'll start requiring two crew members in the cockpit at all times. The change comes after details emerged that the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 deliberately locked the captain outside the cockpit and crashed the jet into the French Alps on Tuesday, killing all aboard. Norwegian Air Shuttle announced it has been considering the change and now is "speeding up the process." More

Lightspeed's Sierra Headset Adds Full Bluetooth Capability »

Lightspeed Aviation's entry-level headset now comes with full Bluetooth audio capability, the company announced Thursday. The upgrade to the Sierra headset now makes all three Lightspeed headsets capable of connecting to cellphones, music, and audio alerts. Each headset can connect to an iPad or iPhone with Lightspeed's FlightLink app. More

Germanwings Co-pilot Concealed Psychiatric Treatment »

Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot found to have deliberately crashed the Germanwings Airbus 320 into the French Alps this week, was undergoing treatment for depression but concealed his condition from the airline, according to a Wall Street Journal report Friday that quoted unnamed sources. A search of Lubitz's Dusseldorf home turned up torn-up medical leave notes excusing him from work, which he ignored, according to the report. More

The Weekender: Air Shows and Warbird Rides »

If you're looking for a ride in something out of the ordinary, say, a Lockheed C-60 or B-17, SocialFlight has a few offerings this weekend. Wings Over Flagler Rockin' the Runways will take place Friday through Sunday in Palm Coast, Florida, hosting EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast, the Ford Tri-Motor Tin Goose and a variety of historic aircraft on display, plus concerts, cars and fireworks. More

Future Of ATC Discussed In Congress »

At a congressional hearing in Washington on Tuesday, advocates cited issues with unstable funding, aging infrastructure and inadequate staffing for critical air traffic control functions, and lobbied for fundamental change in how the FAA is managed and funded. Paul Rinaldi, president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, told the House aviation subcommittee that "the current funding situation is unacceptable, and we would like to explore alternative models that could address these problems." More