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Weather, Medication Factors In Deadly Balloon Crash »

Poor weather and the pilot's medical condition, including use of sedating drugs, were among the critical factors discussed Friday during the NTSB's hearing on the July 30 hot-air balloon crash in Texas that killed 16 people. The balloon, piloted by Alfred “Skip” Nichols, owner of Heart of Texas Balloons, struck power lines and ignited a fire, killing the pilot and all 15 passengers on a sightseeing tour near Lockhart. More

AOPA Regional Fly-Ins Expanding In 2017 »

AOPA announced Friday it will expand its Regional Fly-In series next year to two-day events around the country, starting with an April fly-in to kick off the season. Each fly-in will run from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon to give attendees more time and additional workshops, clinics, forums and events to choose from. More

Astronaut, Fighter Pilot John Glenn Dead At 95 »

John Glenn, a lifelong pilot and public figure who is best known as the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth, died Thursday at 95. The retired military airman and four-term U.S. senator was hospitalized in Columbus, Ohio, about a week ago in declining health. Glenn, a native of Cambridge in eastern Ohio, is the state's "ultimate hometown hero, and his passing today is an occasion for all of us to grieve," Ohio Gov. John Kasich tweeted. More

New This Week »

AVweb’s search of news in aviation found announcements from the Unmanned Safety Institute, the Civil Air Patrol, Airbus Helicopters and MAC Air Group. The Unmanned Safety Institute announced that it has launched the first-ever online training course designed by its team of leading aviation safety experts to teach drone enthusiasts how to fly safely and minimize risk. More

NTSB: Fuel Starvation Likely In Seneca Crash »

The nighttime crash of a Piper Seneca in 2015 that left a 7-year-old survivor was a fuel starvation accident, the NTSB has determined in a factual report. The Jan. 2 crash in western Kentucky killed the 49-year-old pilot, his wife, their 9-year-old daughter and a 14-year-old cousin. The couple’s other daughter walked through wooded terrain to find help. More

Astronaut, WWII Veteran John Glenn Hospitalized »

Former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn is in a Columbus, Ohio, hospital with an undisclosed illness. Glenn, 95, was the first American to orbit the Earth and the last surviving member of the original astronauts in the Mercury program. He was admitted to James Cancer Hospital more than a week ago, and a family spokesman said his prognosis is unknown. More

SpaceX Launches Delayed Again »

There will be no more rocket launches this year for SpaceX, which announced Wednesday it will not be ready to resume flights on Dec. 16 as the company had intended. The delay marks the second time the California company has had to postpone launch operations as the probe into the Sept. 1 rocket explosion at Cape Canaveral is finalized. More

Pakistani Airliner Crashes Into Mountain, 48 Dead »

A Pakistan International Airlines turboprop crashed Wednesday in the country’s northern region, killing all 48 people on board. News reports say there was a fiery explosion as the ATR-42 crashed following a possible engine-related emergency. The airliner was carrying 42 passengers, five crew members and a ground engineer when it crashed in mountainous terrain north of the flight’s destination to Islamabad. More

FAA Revokes Maintenance School Certification »

The Atlanta Technical College, in Atlanta, Georgia, is no longer certified to offer aviation maintenance technician training, the FAA said this week. The FAA issued an emergency order alleging that the college failed to keep proper records for students. Some grade records were incomplete or lacked instructor signatures, the FAA said, and several students who hadn’t made up absences were allowed to advance in the program. ATC surrendered its certificate. More

United To Charge For Overhead Space »

As airlines continue to unbundle what's covered by a basic fare, United Airlines announced this week that it will begin charging for the use of overhead space in its cabins. While discount airlines such as Spirit have charged for the overhead for several years, United is the first major airline to do so. More