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An unmanned aerial vehicle flew into Hurricane Ophelia last week and flew out with data from the dangerous near-surface high wind zone of the storm. Manned aircraft steer clear of that hazardous environment but the Aerosonde UAV, flying for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, completed the 10-hour mission unscathed. The goal of such flights is to improve forecasting...

The FAA has adopted an Airworthiness Directive calling for the replacement of crankshafts in about 1,200 Lycoming 360- and 540-series engines. The AD takes effect Oct. 21 and owners have 50 hours or six months to comply...

South African Airways could face sanctions from the country's environmental authorities after the pilot of one of its planes allegedly dumped tons of fuel too close to the coastline. The plane had to return to Cape Town International Airport after takeoff because the flight crew had forgotten to remove the locking pin from the landing gear.