Airlines around the world said Thursday they'll start requiring two crew members in the cockpit at all times. The change comes after details emerged that the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 deliberately locked the captain outside the cockpit and crashed the jet into the French Alps on Tuesday, killing all aboard. Norwegian Air Shuttle announced it has been considering the change and now is "speeding up the process." More
Lightspeed Aviation's entry-level headset now comes with full Bluetooth audio capability, the company announced Thursday. The upgrade to the Sierra headset now makes all three Lightspeed headsets capable of connecting to cellphones, music, and audio alerts. Each headset can connect to an iPad or iPhone with Lightspeed's FlightLink app. More
Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot found to have deliberately crashed the Germanwings Airbus 320 into the French Alps this week, was undergoing treatment for depression but concealed his condition from the airline, according to a Wall Street Journal report Friday that quoted unnamed sources. A search of Lubitz's Dusseldorf home turned up torn-up medical leave notes excusing him from work, which he ignored, according to the report. More
If you're looking for a ride in something out of the ordinary, say, a Lockheed C-60 or B-17, SocialFlight has a few offerings this weekend. Wings Over Flagler Rockin' the Runways will take place Friday through Sunday in Palm Coast, Florida, hosting EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast, the Ford Tri-Motor Tin Goose and a variety of historic aircraft on display, plus concerts, cars and fireworks. More
A German Airbus A320 is down in a mountainous region of southern France, and all 144 passengers and 6 crew on board are believed to be dead, officials announced early Tuesday morning. The airplane was en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf and was operated by Germanwings, a low-cost arm of Lufthansa. More
The two have nothing in common except the potential to reenforce the notion that extra regulations mean extra safety. More
Ted Runciman of Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire (England) enlists the Turkish Air Force in our latest "Picture of the Week." Click through to read more about the top photos and see other stunning shots from AVweb readers.