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Congressmen Want Controller Cheating Charges Investigated »

A bipartisan group of U.S. representatives is asking FAA Administrator Michael Huerta for full disclosure relating to the alleged cheating by some candidates for air traffic controller positions. As AVweb reported last week, Fox Business News says it's in possession of a voicemail from a senior FAA official offering select controller candidates the answers to a "biographical questionnaire" (BQ) that now forms the initial screening test for new controllers. More

Does The FBI Have A Fleet Of Surveillance Cessnas? »

Evidence suggests the FBI operates a sizeable fleet of single-engine Cessnas that it doesn't want the rest of us to know about and it's not talking about the purpose of the aircraft. In an investigative report in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, the paper was able to identify a Cessna 182T that spent hours circling several prominent locations in the city at night thanks to an observant tipster with a live flight tracker app on his phone. More

Google Internet UAS Crashed May 1 »

Google has just confirmed that one of its prototype solar-powered Internet UAS crashed a month ago near Albuquerque. The aircraft, which looks like a giant glider, is designed to fly above the weather at 60,000 feet and send wireless Internet connectivity from the sky. More

Solar Impulse Launches For Hawaii »

Solar Impulse 2 was in a solar-powered holding pattern over the western Pacific late Sunday as a weather front blocked its path to Hawaii. Officials tweeted that the aircraft will continue to hold its position while forecasters determine if the one-of-a-kind solar-powered airplane, can complete its journey from Nanjing, China, to Hawaii, 4,412 nm away. More

Texas Floods Cancel GA Events; Rescue Flights Continue »

The catastrophic floods in Texas have not only scrubbed weekend GA events at airports in the state, they've changed the landscape from summer recreation to disaster relief. Redbird Skyport in San Marcos, Texas, said Saturday's Bluebonnet Fly-In has been postponed until June 6. Proceeds from the event will go to the Hays County Salvation Army to help flood victims. "We regret any inconvenience this change may cause," John Koenreich, general manager for Skyport, said in a statement. More