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Musk Moving On Electric Jet »

Elon Musk says he's "close" to developing a "vertical takeoff and landing electric jet" as a practical alternative to conventional aircraft. More

Former Sikorsky President Killed In Crash »

The former president of Sikorsky Aircraft was killed along with his passenger when his P-51D crashed near Maricopa, Arizona, on Friday. Jeffrey Pino, 61, was head of Sikorsky from 2006 to 2012. More

FAA Seeks To Cut Airport Weather Observers »

The FAA is looking at cutting its Contract Weather Observer staffing at 57 airports around the country, moving some duties to local ATC, according to an agency document and various media reports in recent weeks. Trained human weather observers contracted by the FAA supplement automated weather reports at towered airports, providing more discerning information including reports on weather-related hazards. More

Collier Trophy Nominees Announced For 2015 Achievements »

The National Aeronautic Association announced this week nine nominees for the 2015 Robert J. Collier Trophy, which recognizes projects and achievements in aviation and aerospace. The nominees include four aircraft ranging from the Icon A5 light-sport amphibious airplane to the C-5M Super Galaxy, the Air Force transport airplane built by Lockheed Martin. Airbus' A350 XWB airliner and the HondaJet also are on the list. More

New This Week »

AVweb's search of aviation news worldwide found announcements from Avidyne, Jeppesen, Beechcraft and the National Air Transportation Association. Avidyne Corporation announced that they are offering a new lower-priced IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM, starting at $12,399, including mounting tray and installation kit. More

Electric Aircraft: Battery Progress Is Coming, But Not Quickly »

Better batteries for electric aircraft are in the works, but it may be five years before we see significant improvements in energy density, according to a leading battery researcher at the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. Jeff Chamberlain, who heads the lab's Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Research Science told AVweb in an exclusive interview that over promising on battery capacity is a result of snake-oil salesmanship and over-enthusiastic entrepreneurs. But the fact is, lithium ion batteries remain a difficult and challenging chemisty to improve. More

The Weekender: Enjoying Winter Via Skiplane »

The Weekender plans to make the most of February's chill by heading out to fly on the snow in search of hot meals as listed on SocialFlight. Skiplanes can head to Plymouth, Michigan, Saturday for a warm hangar, hot food and good company as EAA Chapter 113 hosts its Chili Fly-In. More

Captain: Hole Blown In Airbus Believed To Be Bomb Blast »

The captain of the Airbus A321 that landed Tuesday with a hole blown out of its side believes a bomb exploded as the jet climbed out of Mogadishu, Somalia. Authorities haven't confirmed the source of the blast, and one passenger is believed to be dead from falling out of the hole. More