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Four Dead, Houses Destroyed In California Crash »

Four people are dead and at least two were injured in the crash that also destroyed two houses in Riverside, California on Monday. A Cessna 310 took off from Riverside Municipal Airport around 5 p.m. headed for San Jose and crashed about a half mile from the airport. More

SpaceX Plans 2018 Manned Moon Shot »

SpaceX will send two people on a trip around the Moon next year in a Falcon Heavy rocket, the company announced on Monday. The two private citizens, whose names have not yet been released, have already paid “a significant deposit,” SpaceX said. “Like the Apollo astronauts before them, these individuals will travel into space carrying the hopes and dreams of all humankind, driven by the universal human spirit of exploration,” says a statement posted at the SpaceX website. More

Short Final »

While flying from the northeast to south Florida last week it was bumpy at all altitudes and everyone was trying to find a better ride. I overheard this conversation with ATC ... United XYZ: Jax Center, were getting a rough ride here at 360. Do you have anything smoother? ... Jax Center: Yes, I-95 ... United XYZ (after much laughter): "Can we have that?" ... Jax Center: Sure, let me know when you see asphalt ... Frank McKee More

Tucker Wins Hoover Trophy »

Veteran airshow pilot Sean Tucker will receive AOPA’s R.A. “Bob” Hoover Trophy on March 8 at a ceremony at Terminal A at Reagan National Airport. The award was inaugurated last year and given to Hoover, who died last year. More

John King Hits FAA Medical Inflexibility »

The FAA is shooting itself in the foot with its inflexible attitude on medical disqualifications according to veteran instructor and aviation industry leader John King. King, who owns King Schools with his wife Martha, told AVweb in a podcast interview that he’ll be appealing the loss of his medical to an NTSB administrative law judge at a hearing that will likely be held this coming summer. More

AOPA Presses For TFR Relief »

AOPA has suggested a way to ease the impact of President Donald Trump’s frequent visits to his Palm Beach resort. AOPA President Mark Baker has written Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly asking that “security screening capabilities and gateway operations” be established at Palm Beach County Park/Lantana Airport to allow relatively normal GA operations to carry on when Trump is at Mar-a-Lago. More

Lucky Hunters Rescued By Chance »

A couple of hunters from a small northern Canada village are being called the “luckiest two guys in the Arctic” after an RCAF patrol aircraft happened on them purely by accident and flew them to safety after a tricky landing on sea ice. More

NASA’s Quiet Supersonic Design Heads To The Wind Tunnel »

NASA’s Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) preliminary design model is entering an eight-week testing phase at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, the agency reports. The Glenn Research Center wind tunnel will simulate speeds from Mach 0.3 to Mach 1.6 to ensure smooth airflow into the engine during all phases of flight and to confirm that lift, drag and side forces on the airframe at various angles of attack, sideslip and Mach number are within expected ranges. More

FAA: Possible Structural Issues In Vintage Cessnas »

Cracks near the wing strut attachment were found in several Cessna 207s belonging to a single operator, leading the FAA to request information from owners and operators to determine how many aircraft have similar damage. The cracks could cause wing deformation leading to unflattering changes in flight characteristics, and, although unlikely, could cause wing failure in aircraft with extremely advanced cracks, according to the FAA. Cessnas with wing struts produced up to 1986 are potentially affected. More

Alleged Drone Sightings On The Rise »

Pilots continue to report increasing numbers of suspected in-flight sightings of small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) to air traffic control, says data released Thursday by the FAA. Pilots reported 1,274 sightings of sUAS in areas where those systems are not authorized to operate for the February 2016 through September 2016 reporting period. Those figures are up from 874 for the same period in 2016—an increase of more than 45%. More