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Canadian authorities are investigating the case of a teenager who was apparently allowed to board a flight even after security found a pipe bomb in his carry-on. Using gunpowder obtained from an undisclosed source, 18-year-old Skylar Murphy of Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada, and a buddy made two pipe bombs. Boys being boys with explosives, they detonated one in a field. Saving the other for later, Murphy stuffed the 15-centimeter by five-centimeter tube, with its three-meter fuse, into a camera bag and ostensibly forgot about it until he was carrying the camera bag and bomb through security at the Edmonton, Alberta Airport. Read More
On Jan. 16 the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued its annual “Most Wanted” list of needed improvements in transportation safety. The aviation-related items are a need to identify and communicate hazardous weather conditions to pilots, address the unique characteristics of helicopter operations, strengthen occupant protection, improve fire safety and eliminate pilot distractions. Read More
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Boeing is working with the FAA to gain approval to blend a renewable form of "green diesel" derived from oils and fats with traditional jet fuel, the company said this week. Sources already available could provide nearly 1 percent of the global jet fuel demand, about 600 million gallons. "Green diesel approval would be a major breakthrough in the availability of competitively priced, sustainable aviation fuel," said James Kinder, a Boeing fuels specialist. Read More
As the FAA is creating new rules to govern unmanned aircraft systems, questions have arisen about the proliferation of model aircraft, which can have wingspans up to 20 feet and run on multiple small jet engines. Inexpensive, ready-to-fly toy UASs, many controlled by smartphone apps or tablets, have expanded the attraction of the hobby. The FAA has no jurisdiction over these aircraft. In the 2012 FAA reauthorization act, Congress stipulated that model aircraft can be operated according to "community-based standards." This week, the FAA said it will work together with the Academy for Model Aeronautics, a 77-year-old nonprofit, to ensure that hobby aircraft are operated safely. Read More
Even as the number of laser attacks on aircraft has shot up, convictions of the accused have been difficult to achieve. Now, as reported by Phys.org, new, reasonably priced technology may help. Read More
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World Aircraft Company, of Paris, TN has been laying low for a couple of years but 2014 will be the year to formally launch its line of American-built Light Sport aircraft. President Eric Giles told AVweb the Vision and its dressed up stablemate the Spirit were originally designed in South America for the European market but they will be made in the U.S. and marketed globally. Read More
World Aircraft is starting production of two light sport aircraft at its base in Paris, Tennessee. The company exhibited at U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida. Read More
If Vans is the most prolific of experimental aircraft vendors, RANS Designs is right behind them with more than a half dozen airplanes in the line. At the Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring this week, RANS is adding yet another model, the S20 Raven, an evolution of its popular Coyote model. Read More
RANS Designs is out with a model called the S-20 Raven, an evolution of its popular Coyote series. At the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring on Thursday, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli took the Raven for a demo flight, and here's his report on the airplane. Read More
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After testing the market for a year with a limited offering of ready-to-fly Light Sport aircraft, Vans Aircraft is taking the plunge into full production of its popular RV-12. Read More
After a couple of "experimental" runs of ready-to-fly RV-12s last year, Van's Aircraft is taking the plunge and going into full production of the popular design. Adam Smith spoke with AVweb's Russ Niles about the process at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida. Read More
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The good news is that today's avionics make lost communications increasingly rare. Yet, it does happen. Two real-world success stories provide guidance for dealing with the problem. Read More
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Faced with steady north winds and a cool airmass, those who attended the first day of the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida were bundled up but engaged in the various displays and forums. The show continues through Sunday at the central Florida airport, next to the famed Sebring car-racing track. Read More
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