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AOPA Clarifies ADS-B Rebate Process »

The FAA’s rebate program for ADS-B compliance, launched a month ago, had more than 2,000 takers in its first week. The numbers are growing and inevitably, a few questions have emerged from pilots about claiming the $500 rebate, which requires procedures to test fly the aircraft with the newly installed equipment. AOPA has been answering questions from members while clarifying the requirements and pointing aircraft owners to FAA guidelines. More

FAA Proposes NavWorx AD »

The FAA has proposed an AD that would require the removal of certain NavWorx ADS-B transceivers because it claims the devices might broadcast “unreliable position information to air traffic control and nearby aircraft, resulting in potential aircraft collision. More

Textron Restructuring »

Textron Inc. says it’s restructuring its Textron Aviation devision in response to a “stubbornly soft” business jet market. More

Twin Pilot Runs Out Of Fuel, Lands By Highway »

The pilot of an Aerostar 601P landed his twin alongside a highway Thursday in Georgia after he may have run out of fuel. Area news outlets photographed Ian McMahon standing by the aircraft as local law enforcement officers milled about and motorists looked on. More

New This Week »

AVweb's search of news in aviation found announcements from Banyan Air Service, the Recreational Aviation Foundation, the Unmanned Safety Institute and Sporty's. Banyan Air Service at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport will host a free Seaplane Splash-In on Nov. 19, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Splash-In will include two workshops. More

Boeing Opens St. Louis Composite Plant For 777X »

Boeing opened its new manufacturing facility this week in St. Louis, where it will manufacture components of the upcoming 777X jet. The site historically served as an assembly facility for McDonnell Douglas military jets. Boeing merged with the company in 1997. Now, a 424,000-square-foot composite manufacturing complex will produce wing edge and empennage parts for the 777X beginning early next year. The first deliveries of the new wide-body airliner are scheduled to start in 2020. More

ModAero Is Back With NextGen Aviation Fest »

The founders of the ModAero NextGen Aviation Festival launched their first event early this year with a great idea — to target millennials, the 18 to 35 age group. But the project got off to a rocky start, when its social media reach of more than 1.2 million translated to just over 500 attendees on the ground. The team now is taking that in stride and working on bigger and better plans for next year, with a festival set for May 19 to 21, 2017, at the Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport in Conroe, Texas. More

AOPA Asks Supreme Court To Hear Aviation Case »

Only the FAA can set standards for aviation safety, AOPA told the Supreme Court this week, and states and courts should not be allowed to undermine that responsibility. AOPA submitted a “friend of the court” brief asking the judges to hear the case of Sikkelee v. Precision Airmotive Corp., which involves a 2005 airplane crash in North Carolina. More

NTSB Cites Pilot Error, Safety Culture In Hawker Crash »

The crew of a Hawker 700A jet that crashed in Akron, Ohio, a year ago showed a “disregard for safety,” NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart said today, and the company where they worked also “fell short of their obligations.” Both crew members and all seven passengers died when the jet crashed into an apartment building about 1.8 miles short of Runway 25 at Akron Fulton International Airport on Nov. 10, 2015. The crew worked for Execuflight, which operates charter flights under Part 135. The first officer flew the approach, the NTSB said, and failed to follow checklists. More

DARPA Tests Robot Copilot »

A new advanced robotics system that functions as a copilot has been successfully tested in flight in a Diamond DA-42 and a Cessna Caravan, Aurora Flight Sciences announced this week. On Monday, Aurora demonstrated automated flight capabilities with the Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) in a Caravan, flying basic maneuvers under the supervision of a pilot. More