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Flytenow Requests U.S. Supreme Court Review »

Flytenow Inc. is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review its case against the FAA over pilots using the internet to seek cost-sharing flights with passengers. The company, which sued the FAA in 2014, has ceased operations and in December, lost its case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. More

Terrafugia Approved For Higher Weight, Stall Speed »

Terrafugia has received approval to certify its Transition roadable airplane as an LSA with a maximum takeoff weight of 1,800 pounds. The Massachusetts-based company announced this week the FAA approved its 2014 petition for exemption from LSA rules, which require a maximum weight of 1,320 pounds and maximum stall speed of 45 knots. More

New This Week »

AVweb’s search of aviation news found announcements from GAMA, AEA, LeTourneau University and FltPlan. The winners of the GAMA/Build A Plane 2016 Aviation Design Challenge, including four students, will spend the next two weeks building a Glasair Sportsman airplane at Glasair Aviation in Arlington, Washington, as their prize. More

Solar Impulse 2 Completes Atlantic Crossing »

Solar Impulse 2 landed in Seville, Spain, early Thursday, completing a 3160-NM trip across the Atlantic from New York in 71 hours. While the Solar Impulse team had initially hoped the trans-Atlantic crossing would land in Paris in honor of Charles Lindbergh’s 1927 flight, a stormy weather forecast resulted in choosing Spain as an alternate. More

Advocacy Groups React To Drone Rule »

Reaction so far by general aviation advocacy groups has been mainly positive to the new rules released yesterday by the FAA to manage small drones (55 pounds or less) in the national airspace. "We commend the FAA for balancing the imperative to maintain safety … with the practical needs of this rapidly-emerging industry," said Bob Lamond, NBAA’s director of air traffic services and infrastructure. "Overall, these regulations provide clearly-defined operating parameters that commercial UAS users have sought for years.” More