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The FAA is taking too long to draft its rules for unmanned aircraft systems, and should go ahead and allow some limited UAS operations, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International said this week. In areas such as around powerlines or pipelines and above rural farms, UAS operations could commence with little risk to manned aircraft or people on the ground, AUVSI said. Also this week, a federally operated $12 million drone was lost when it ditched in the Pacific. Read More
The military is already flying autonomous aircraft, and the private sector is eager to exploit this new technology. Michael Toscano, president of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, explains to AVweb's Mary Grady why he thinks the FAA should reassess the risks and stop slowing down progress. Read More
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Aviation insurance broker NationAir Aviation Insurance released its annual analysis of the aviation insurance market. It said it believes 2013 marked another year of relatively soft market (low) rates in all sectors of general aviation and that attention to expenses by insurers mean rates should remain stable going forward. Read More
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It's not the same Eastern Air Lines of old, but a new company that acquired the brand in 2009 has moved into office space at Miami International Airport. The new Eastern also said this week it has filed an application with the U.S. Transportation Department to start operations, and will soon start working on Part 121 certification with the FAA. The company is working to assemble a fleet of leased Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft, and is expected to start offering charter services for tour operators by the end of this year. Read More
Lee Aerospace has been reacquired by its founder, Jim Lee, after 14 years as part of the Triumph Group Inc. The Wichita, Kan.-based aircraft window, sheet metal and composite structure operation will again be known as Lee Aerospace Inc. Jim Lee projects a “solid” 2014 and announced the shipment of the first of its large aircraft assemblies, a fuselage section, to Viking Air Limited for the Viking Twin Otter 400. Read More
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Early Bonanzas have such timeless good looks that when gussied up with new paint and avionics, they hold their own against anything flying. Read More
This week's aviation business news includes announcements of a massive price cut by King Schools on its ATP ground school course, the POPA annual convention, ProStar's new STC for King Airs and Sporty's new MySolo video service. Read More
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It’s the dead of winter, so it’s time to fight cabin fever by getting out of the house and getting yourself to a fly in whether it involves aircraft on wheels or skis—and are they ever happening this weekend. Thank you SocialFlight for collecting all of these events on your website. Read More
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AVweb landed on the World Wide Web in 1995. Since then, we've amassed a huge archive of advice, analysis and inspiration. Travel back with us for a look at a classic article from AVweb's past.

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Come winter, many pilots hang up their flight bags and wait for warmer, sunnier flying weather. That's a shame, because they could be participating in one of the season's best flying activities: Skiplanes. Flying a small plane on skis is one of the most enjoyable ways to keep flying once snow covers the ground. AVweb's Rick Durden tells how. 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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