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NTSB: Pilot Reported Mechanical Failures Before Crash »

The Piper Navajo that crashed in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, this month, killing all six people aboard, had two fuel pump failures in flight. The twin had departed Orlando, Florida, Aug. 14 bound for Oxford, Mississippi. At 11:11 a.m., the private pilot reported a fuel pump failure to ATC and requested a diversion to the nearest airport. More

The Weekender: Airshows, Concerts And A Runway Run »

Looking to fly somewhere for free food? SocialFlight.com has some options plus camp-out events for The Weekender. EAA Chapter 1479 in Missouri will host a fly-in Saturday to kick off the Sound of Speed Airshow and Concert, sponsored by City of St Joseph and the 139th Airlift Wing. More

Airlander 10 Damaged During Test-Flight Landing »

The Airlander 10 made a nose-in landing Wednesday on its second test flight, interrupting the hybrid airship’s development. Hybrid Air Vehicles said in a statement the aircraft went for a 100-minute flight from Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire. More

NASA’s Five New Aeronautics Ideas »

NASA has chosen five new aviation-related technologies that it intends to study intently over the next two years as part of its ongoing Convergent Aeronautics Solutions project, the agency said recently. The researchers will focus on fuel cells, the use of 3D printing to improve electric-motor performance, energy storage in lithium-air batteries, ways to change the shape of a wing in flight, and a new antenna design based on the use of lightweight aerogel. More

AOPA Washington Fly-In Draws Biggest Crowd Yet »

AOPA has been organizing its regional fly-ins for a few years now, and its latest event, held at the Bremerton National Airport near Seattle, Washington, drew more than 4,000 people and nearly 700 aircraft. The event offered on-airport camping, VIP tours of an aircraft carrier and the Boeing plant in nearby Everett, a Friday night barbecue with a live band, and educational talks and seminars all day Saturday. It was the most popular AOPA fly-in ever, by a wide margin, according to AOPA outreach director Chris Eads. More