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Airbus Patents "Flying Doughnut" Design »

Airbus has filed a patent for a futuristic "flying doughnut" design for a passenger aircraft, the Daily Mail reported this week. The patent drawings show a circular cabin with seats arranged in a "doughnut" pattern, and a delta wing plan. The design aims to overcome some of the problems associated with pressurizing the traditional "flying tube" fuselage. More

The Weekender: History, Gumbo, Gliding »

With holidays and winter looming, activities in the northern half of the country are more scarce than usual this week, but SocialFlight still can help adventure-seeking pilots find plenty of places to go. More

GA Advocates Seek FAA Reform »

The FAA should support the general aviation community in three key areas -- third-class medical reform, aircraft certification, and the ADS-B Out mandate -- AOPA President Mark Baker told a congressional committee on Tuesday. "We need the FAA to embrace a system that can keep up with rapidly changing technology; that is comfortable with timely, economical, and incremental safety improvements; and that will actually work to reduce risk today for hundreds of thousands of GA pilots," Baker said. More

Report: China To Start Electric Airplane Production »

Two copies of the Rui Xiang RX1E two-seat electric-powered airplane flew at the China Airshow, held last week in Zhuhai, and this week, it was reported that construction has begun on a manufacturing plant in Shenyang. Certification of the aircraft is expected later this year, and production is expected to begin in the first half of 2015, according to China Daily. The plant will be capable of producing up to 100 airplanes per year. More

Garmin 7-Inch Display Now Shipping »

Garmin now has a 7-inch G3X Touch display option available for experimental amateur-built and light sport aircraft, the company said this week. The high-resolution touchscreen display provides an option for owners of aircraft with smaller panels who may be looking for upgrades. The new screen also can be paired with a 10.6-inch display to serve as a backup or to provide a second screen with traffic, moving maps, charts or engine data. More

New This Week »

AVweb's weekly search of the news in the world of aviation turned up new leadership roles at Honeywell Aerospace, Key Air, the board of Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems. More

Successful Test For Firefighting Helo-Drone »

Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace successfully tested an unmanned K-Max helicopter in simulated firefighting exercises, the companies said this week. During the demonstration, a small VTOL Indago quad-rotor drone effectively identified hot spots, and provided data to an operator who directed the unmanned helicopter to autonomously extinguish the flames. In one hour, the helicopter lifted and dropped more than 24,000 pounds of water onto a fire. More

Boeing Test-Flies Eco-technologies »

Boeing launched its ecoDemonstrator 787 in Seattle this week, to start flight-testing more than 25 new technologies aimed at improving fuel efficiency and reducing noise. The new round of testing, using 787 Dreamliner ZA004, will evaluate software and connectivity technologies related to operational efficiency, remote sensors to reduce wiring, aerodynamic and flight control improvements for greater fuel efficiency, and icephobic wing coatings to reduce ice accumulation. More

New President At BendixKing »

Honeywell has appointed a former naval aviator to lead BendixKing and continue "its legacy of delivering innovative, reliable and intuitive avionics to the light aircraft and pilot community." Justin Ryan will assume the post after Kevin Gould was quietly let go a few months ago. More

Avionics Sales Dip In Third Quarter »

Avionics sales dipped slightly in the third quarter of 2014 with total sales more than $614 million, according to statistics released by the Aircraft Electronics Association Tuesday. That's a 5-percent drop compared to the same period of 2013, which saw $646 million in sales. More