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An Australian teen who had a little supervised stick time was able to maintain control of a Cessna 150 after the pilot lost consciousness on Saturday. About 45 minutes later the pilot, 61-year-old Derek Neville, came to and 19-year-old Troy Jenkins helped to land the aircraft safely back at Forbes Airport in New South Wales. Read More
A Royal Canadian Air Force instructor pilot and a student ejected safely from a CT-156 Harvard II training aircraft near their base at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, after the landing gear malfunctioned Friday. Read More
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The Air Line Pilots Association will pay $53 million to settle a lawsuit in which former TWA pilots alleged the union failed to properly defend their seniority rights. The pilots were working for TWA when it was bought out of bankruptcy by American Airlines. Read More
An anonymous bidder paid $750,000 for a nostalgic package that included a Cessna L-19 Bird Dog aircraft and a Dodge M37 army truck at a Barrett-Jackson auction last weekend. Another $250,000 in donations was also raised for the for the Armed Forces Foundation's educational effort on the effects of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Read More
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Tyson Weihs, co-founder and CEO of ForeFlight, has announced the release of version 5.6 of ForeFlight’s intelligent app for pilots. Highlights of the update include enhanced flight plan filing options—including ICAO flight plan form support—as well as complete worldwide coverage for military pilots. Read More
Prospective buyers of used aircraft have long found it hard to obtain good pre-buy examinations, particularly when the aircraft they’re interested in is located some distance away. Savvy Aircraft Maintenance Management, Inc. (Savvy) now offers a nationwide pre-buy management program that solves this problem and helps avoid the many pitfalls that can plague prospective buyers. Read More
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Tom LaPointe writes: "GA was in decline long before the recession and will not recover to its glory days until the cost of aircraft ownership comes down. A new single-engine piston basic trainer currently costs the same as a Ferrari. This is due to a long-standing, government-sponsored monopoly which has caused the costs of certifying a new aircraft to rise to unsustainable levels for a company wishing to produce GA aircraft. Overregulation, along with frivolous lawsuits, has pushed out all but a couple of manufacturers for nearly every critical component of the aircraft. This is especially true with respect to engines. There are only a few major players, which is why it costs $25,000 to overhaul a very basic engine based on a 75-year-old design. Cut the regulatory burden and the associated costs without sacrificing safety, and you will see a resurgence in general aviation." Click through to read other mail from AVweb readers. Read More
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Now that iPads have become the dominant portable navigation device, there are more accessory options than ever to pick from, including remote GPS receivers. In this video, Aircraft Spruce's Ryan Deck walks us through three popular solutions. Read More
Face it, buying an airplane involves more of the former Federal Reserve’s Chair, Alan Greenspan’s “irrational exuberance” than it does steely-eyed appraisal—it’s easy to fall in lust with a paint job. That's why a careful pre-buy examination by a mechanic you chose is essential. Read More
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I was picking up my Cherokee 160 at the Charlotte County Florida airport after IFR/weight-and-balance certifications. As I was preparing to taxi out, I heard another pilot report there was a turtle that was "taxiing" toward runway 22. ... Not too long after this report, I heard yet another taxiing pilot ask the question, "What type of airplane is he in?" ... I never did hear the turtle report any of its five Ws! -- Arthur L. Hewitt, via e-mail Read More
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As reality TV digs ever deeper for audience-attracting topics, GA pops up on the program horizon. Read More
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Wayne Boggs is best known for keeping the performers and spectators safe at some of the world's biggest air shows, including AirVenture. A week from Sunday, he and his team will be orchestrating the safe and timely arrival and departure of about 600 business jets filled with spectators for one of the world's biggest sports spectacles. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Boggs about how he helps make that happen. Read More
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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
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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In the 1950s there were various designs for flying platforms, but the technology wasn't quite good enough for a practical design. Flying Platform, LLC displayed the beginnings of an updated version of the Hiller Flying Platform at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida and hope to have it flying by June. After that, they'll be offering kits for sale. Read More
Before the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the former Eastern Bloc countries supplied the Soviets with sophisticated aerospace products and services. Now those industries have turned to civil aircraft manufacture. One of those companies, Skyleader, showed off a new LSA at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring this week. Here's a brief video report on the new Skyleader 600. Read More