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A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 with 129 people aboard landed at the wrong airport in Branson, MO early Sunday evening but the airline is calling the unexpected arrival "uneventful." Flight 4013 from Chicago Midway put down on Runway 12 (3738X100) at M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport a little after 6 p.m. local time instead of hitting Runway 14 (7140X100)at Branson Airport about nine miles south. Read More
AOPA has announced that it received a letter from FAA Administrator Michael Huerta apologizing for the FAA’s nearly two-year delay in responding to the joint AOPA-EAA petition that would expand the use of the driver’s license medical standard. In his Dec. 26 letter, Huerta said it was important to “ensure that such an unprecedented change will not result in any adverse impact that could lead to degradation in safety.” Read More
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More than 10 years after Congress mandated that the Transportation Security Administration establish security regulations for repair stations certified under FAR Part 145 and four years after the TSA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the matter, the TSA is about to formally publish the final rules. In a Jan. 10 conference call with interested aviation organizations, TSA officials outlined the scope of the final rules, which will be published in the Federal Register on Monday, Jan. 13 and take effect 45 days later. Read More
Two pilots and two passengers on a Citation died Sunday when the aircraft apparently hit an electric tower in heavy fog while trying to land at a German airport. Local authorities say all four were German but no identities were released. Read More
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Murphy Aircraft Manufacturing Ltd., of Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada, is for sale. Asking price: $2.5-$4 million. Founded in 1985, the company builds a line of experimental airplane kits targeted at homebuilders desiring utilitarian, back-country craft that can operate on wheels, skis or floats. The line includes the biplane Renegade Sport, and monoplanes Rebel Sport, Rebel, Maverick, Elite and Moose. Read More
Piper Aircraft announced that it has selected Hebei Yuan’ao Aircraft Manufacturing Co. Ltd., of Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, China, as Piper’s authorized dealer in China for sales of the Mirage, Archer TX and Seminole. Established in 2012, Hebei Yuan’ao Aircraft was the first private general aviation manufacturing company in Hebei Province. Read More
SpaceShipTwo went higher and faster than it has been before on Friday and Virgin Group President Sir Richard Branson is predicting it will reach space sometime in 2014. Branson had hoped the reusable passenger-carrying rocket would have slipped out of the atmosphere by the end of 2013 but Friday's flight showed progress toward the ultimate goal. Read More
A New Zealand pilot and his passenger are nursing bruised egos after two strokes of bad luck became after-the-weather fodder for news programs all over the world. Read More
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Tom Brusehaver writes: "Garmin's comments are just silly. They don't want to use open standards because then they would have to admit there are things that might be better than what they have. A bunch of years ago, some large computer manufacturer said, 'Don't get locked into open systems,' and that large computer manufacturer doesn't make much hardware anymore. Buying an all-in-one system is a way to make sure you spend $50,000 or more every 10-15 years on your airplane. The new systems are rarely slide-in replacements for old avionics. Garmin's recent comment about the GNS 430 going obsolete will now get people who put two of them in their panel to have to spend at least $50,000 to replace them both. If one fails, they need a Band-Aid until they get a big chunk of the panel reworked." Click through to read the rest of this letter and other mail from AVweb readers. Read More
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What is considered cold for your airplane's engine? Is there a definitive temperature? Are you going to hurt anything if you start the engine without preheating it? We've got the answers to those questions, and more. And, yes, you can seriously damage your engine with a cold start done wrong. Read More
While on a trip Christmas Eve in Atlanta Approach air space: ... Me: "Atlanta Approach, radio check." ... ATL: "Loud and clear." ... Me: "Got quiet out there. Just checking." ... ATL: "I like it that way." -- Jim Fortune, via e-mail Read More
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At the very least, we wish our regulators would step out of the airless warrens in Washington and see how additional rules have real impact on people struggling to keep flying. Read More
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In this week's Cub Theatre installment, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli provides a video examination of the runway turnback or the so-called "impossible turn." Well, it's not impossible at all, although it's not necessarily easy. If you want to try it, you'll need to practice it first. And think about making the turnback decision before you take off, not when the engine crumps at 500 feet. Read More