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There's no guarantee Cessna will build the Textron AirLand Scorpion light tactical jet over the long term if it gains the orders its backers hope for. In a weekend email exchange with AVweb, Textron spokesman David Sylvestre said that even though Cessna engineers and workers played a major role in building the prototype, the Textron-owned company is not a shoo-in to get the long-term manufacturing work. Read More
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China has declared an airspace defense zone over the East China Sea above territory claimed by South Korea and Japan, prompting criticism from Japan, the U.S., and South Korea, and some direct challenges in recent days. China declared the zone, Saturday, saying it would police the airspace. Japan, the U.S. and South Korea have refused to recognize the air zone, which covers a group of islands claimed by both China and Japan and also contains South Korean interests. The U.S.’s involvement includes obligations to Japan, which, by treaty, it must defend from attack. China’s declaration was not spontaneous and came just days after U.S. bomber activity in the disputed area. Read More
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GE is researching whether “cold-spray” technology can be deployed to build or repair aircraft engine parts and possibly extend the lifespan of those parts (and others) by years or, more optimistically, decades. GE believes that engine parts made by cold-spray processes, also known as 3D painting, will be less expensive to produce and will be lighter and more efficient. GE also sees characteristics particular to the process that show promise for restoring damaged parts to near-original condition, including blades, shafts, propellers and gear boxes. The key lies in how the process works. Read More
Search and rescue crews were on high alert Nov. 16 in Nova Scotia after multiple airliners overflying the Canadian province reported an ELT signal that turned out to be coming from a video camera. Royal Canadian Air Force helicopters and fixed wing aircraft took to the air to search for what appeared to be a triggered ELT (it's not clear if it was a 406 MHz or 121.5 MHz signal) in the Annapolis Valley, about 60 miles west of Halifax. Read More
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Four people, including the pilot and an infant boy, were killed when a Hageland Aviation Cessna Caravan went down near Saint Mary's, Alaska, Friday evening. There were six survivors but their condition is not known. Read More
Searchers have found the burned wreck of a Mozambique Airlines (LAM) Embraer E-190 in a remote area of Namibia and confirmed that all 33 aboard were killed in the crash. The aircraft, which was delivered in 2012 and is the newest in the airline's fleet, was on a flight from Maputo, Mozambique to Luanda, Angola. Read More
A Eurocopter EC135 T2 police helicopter crashed Friday night into the roof of a Glasgow pub, which at least partially collapsed. Nine people, including the pilot and two others in the helicopter, were killed and 14 others were in the hospital with injuries.Early reports say the helicopter had a crew of two police officers and one civilian pilot and first responders formed a human chain to pass injured people out of the rubble. The helicopter reportedly came to rest mostly inside the pub. There was no smoke or fire. Late Friday, emergency personnel expected to be working though the night to rescue survivors they could hear but not reach. Read More
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Major Douglas Witmer, flying on exchange with the Argentine air force, was recognized at the Pentagon this month for safely returning to the ground an AT-63 Pampa II aircraft (and his student) after losing “80 percent of his left wing” to a midair. Witmer was flying as part of a six-plane demonstration formation on Aug. 10, 2012, at the Centennial Celebration of Argentine School of Aviation, Cordoba, when another aircraft turned aggressively, making contact with Witmer’s aircraft as the formation flew near a large crowd. For his actions that followed, the Air Force has awarded Witmer its 2013 Koren Kolligian Jr. Trophy. The citation for the award may better describe Witman’s work in the cockpit that day. Read More
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Choppy conditions prevailed one recent evening along the Florida coast as we progressed toward Miami. We were behind several aircraft headed in the same direction when Miami Center told a Delta flight to slow to 260 knots in the descent. The exchange went something like this: ... Delta: "260 knots?" ... Miami Center: "Yes. The regional jet ahead of you has slowed." ... Delta: "Is he towing a banner?" -- Todd Mitton, via e-mail Read More
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This week, China moved forward with expanding access to their air space for general aviation operations. Ed Smith, vice president of international affairs for the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, chats with AVweb contributing editor Mary Grady about what that news means for the industry. Read More
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Composite props may be the latest shiny object to make airplanes go, but most of them have wood cores, and the basic wooden prop is enjoying somewhat of a resurgence. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli took a tour of Sensenich's prop factory in Plant City, Florida to see how these products are made. Read More
Owners who are new to Garmin's GTN750/GTN650 and G500/G600 avionics systems may not realize that the company offers a training course at their Olathe, Kansas factory support center. Aviation Consumer's Larry Anglisano recently took the class and reports on it in this AVweb video. Read More