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Astronaut Eugene Cernan Dies »

Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, died Monday at the age of 82. Cernan has been suffering from a “long illness” when he died surrounded by family. More

Cargo Plane Crash Kills Dozens On The Ground »

A Boeing 747-400 cargo plane en route from Hong Kong to Istanbul crashed early Monday morning, about 7:30 local time, while trying to make a scheduled stop in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. The flight crew of four and about 33 people on the ground were killed in the crash and its aftermath. At least a dozen buildings were destroyed by the impact and fire, and at least a dozen people were taken to the hospital with injuries. More

AVweb's BasicMed Pilot Survey: Tell Us What You Think »

Last week, the FAA rolled out the final rule for the long-awaited Third-Class medical exemption. We heard plenty of comments pro and con and ub today's issue, we're publishing a detailed survey to find out what pilots really think. More

Patrouille de France At SNF »

Sun ’n Fun will have an international flavor again this year as the French air force demonstration team the Patrouille de France has confirmed it will perform at the fly-in, which runs from April 4-7. The Blue Angels are also performing at Lakeland. More

Pilot ID'd After Drone Hits Space Needle »

The FAA’s drone registry appears to have helped authorities in Seattle identify the owner of an aircraft that clipped the iconic Space Needle on New Year’s Eve. More

SpaceX Mission Flawless »

SpaceX celebrated its return to space Saturday with a flawless launch, satellite deployment and recovery of the first stage booster on a platform floating in the Pacific Ocean. More

Eclipse Layoffs Confirmed »

One Aviation has confirmed that it has laid off an undisclosed number of staff at its Eclipse Aerospace production facility in Albuquerque. More

NASA To Test New Approach System »

NASA said this week they are ready to start airborne tests of new cockpit technology that aims to help air traffic controllers manage landings more efficiently. After years of research and lab tests, a full airborne demo of the system is scheduled to fly later this month over Washington state. The flight crews will be using software developed by NASA that directs pilots to fly at a certain speed and maintain a precise spacing with an aircraft flying ahead of them, all the way down to the runway. More

New Satellites Promise Better ATC Coverage »

A suite of satellites that launched on Saturday are the first of 66 that will expand real-time global coverage for tracking airplanes in flight. Ten IridiumNext satellites, which weigh about 1,900 pounds each, were successfully deployed into low-Earth orbit, about 485 miles above the surface. More

United To Retire Its 747 Fleet »

“There's something very special about a Boeing 747,” United Airlines President Scott Kirby said in a blog posted online Wednesday. But he went on to say the company has decided to retire its 747 fleet from scheduled service. “It's the one aircraft that even casual travelers can easily identify,” Kirby said. “And we know that the experience of traveling on one, or flying one, is unforgettable.” Yet despite feeling “deeply connected” to the “iconic” aircraft, he said, the airline is going to accelerate its plan to retire the fleet. More