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Report: Constellation Restoration Nearing Completion »

A Lockheed Super Constellation, one of only 44 ever built, is expected to roll out of a hangar in Auburn, Maine, sometime this year, after a seven-year restoration effort, the Boston Globe reported this week. The airplane, built in 1957, was bought at auction in December 2007 by a nonprofit arm of the Lufthansa airline, and reportedly up to $60 million so far has been spent on the project. More

Industry Welcomes Sleep Apnea Rule Change »

The FAA's revised policy on sleep-apnea screening in pilot medical exams is much better than the original proposal, aviation advocates said on Monday. The new policy, set to take effect on March 2, will not disqualify pilots from receiving a medical certificate based solely on body mass index (BMI), AOPA said. "The new policy combines a focus on safety with a common-sense approach that lets pilots who haven't been diagnosed with an illness keep flying," said AOPA President Mark Baker. EAA also said in a statement the new proposal "has significant improvements" over the initial policy announced in November 2013. More

10 Killed In NATO Fighter Crash »

Two Greek servicemen and eight French nationals were killed when a Greek Air Force F-16 crashed on takeoff at an air base in Spain that was hosting a NATO exercise. Another 21 people, mostly French and Italian were injured when the fighter went down in a parking area filled with other jets. More

CAFE Announces 2015 Symposium »

The ninth annual CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium will be held May 1 and 2 at the Flamingo Conference Center in Santa Rosa, California, the nonprofit group announced this week. A diverse panel of innovators will present lectures about their latest work in the design and construction of electric aircraft and innovations in battery design. More

Two Airplanes Successfully Ditch In Pacific »

Two airplanes, a Cirrus SR22 and a single-engine Cessna, ditched off the coast of Hawaii Monday morning, and all on board have been rescued. The Cirrus chute deployment, splashdown, and the subsequent rescue were caught on video by the U.S. Coast Guard. More

Drone Found On White House Lawn »

A quadcopter about two feet in diameter was found on the lawn inside the White House fence on Monday morning, the Secret Service has reported. In a 3 a.m. news briefing, the Secret Service said "an investigation is underway to determine the origin of this commercially available device, motive, and to identify suspects." The drone did not appear to be a threat to anyone inside, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. President Obama was in India at the time of the incident. More

Short Final »

Back in the early 1960s, I was a USAF F-101B Voodoo interceptor pilot flying out of the San Francisco Bay area. Every couple of months, we would have an exercise where friendly T-33 target aircraft with the callsigns "Brainbird Alpha," "Brainbird Bravo," "Brainbird Charlie," etc. would sneak up on the base. I got to fly the target one time, entering from Oregon over the Baker Beacon (an early ADF radio range). Passing over the beacon, I got to call the FAA and announce: "Brainbird Bravo is over the Baker Beacon!" -- George J. Marrett More

Private Aircraft Still Blocked From Cuba »

Those dreaming of flying to Cuba in their own aircraft will have to wait for now. Even though the U.S. has liberalized travel restrictions to the island nation and some airlines are gearing up for scheduled service, the virtual ban on flying a private aircraft from the U.S. to Cuba remains in effect. More

Two Eagles Team Launches Pacific Flight (Updated) »

Two balloonists lifted off from Saga, Japan, about 6:30 a.m. local time on Saturday in a quest to cross the Pacific and set new distance and duration records for their category of aircraft. Troy Bradley, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Russian Leonid Tiukhtyaev plan to continue flying for up to 10 days, perhaps to Albuquerque or beyond. More

GA Groups Urge FAA To Consider ADS-B Compliance Concerns »

Fourteen GA groups told the FAA on Friday the agency must straighten out issues with the ADS-B Out compliance rules if aircraft owners are to meet the 2020 deadline for the new equipment requirements. In a letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, they highlighted concerns including compliance for experimental aircraft, which don't have type certificates and so can't comply with a new certificate or STC. More