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The Feb. 20, 2014 NTSB investigative hearing into the Aug. 14, 2013 crash of a UPS jet on approach to the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth (Alabama) Airport included evidence that the flight crew was fatigued and that the captain had said the schedules were killing him and he "couldn't keep this up." Documents and testimony indicated the crew made several errors on the approach, including continuing to descend below the minimum descent altitude into a layer of clouds according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Read More
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A Beechcraft King Air B100 twin-engine turboprop crashed about 9 a.m. Wednesday morning while attempting to land at Pearland Regional Airport near Houston, Texas. The airplane burned on impact and was destroyed. The pilot was 39-year-old Joe Frank Lassiter III of Mountain Brook, Ala., according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. The pilot had made one attempt to land and was attempting a go-around when the crash occurred, according to the FAA. Read More
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Premier Aircraft Sales says it hopes to have the demonstrator of its new diesel-powered upgrade of the Cessna 172 flying in mid April. The company announced the program earlier this week and Premier's VP of Operations told AVweb interest is strong in the remake of the world's most popular aircraft. Read More
Premier Aircraft Sales is now offering a fully refurbished pre-G1000 Cessna 172 with a new Garmin panel and Continental/Thielert Centurion diesel engine for less than the cost of a new avgas-powered Skyhawk. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Premier's VP of Operations Art Spengler about the instant market acceptance of the new product. Read More
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The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) today released the worldwide 2013 year-end aircraft billing and shipment numbers. GAMA Chairman Steve Taylor, President of Boeing Business Jets, reported that for the year, total worldwide general aviation airplane shipments rose 4.3 percent, from 2,164 shipments in 2012 to 2,256 shipments in 2013. Read More
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What appears to be the first of its kind report on the helicopter fleet in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan has been released by Asian Sky Group (ASG), an aviation consulting company based in Hong Kong, with offices throughout China. It notes that the civil helicopter fleet in what it refers to as Greater China has doubled in size in four years. Read More
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Women Can Fly, a series of four special Saturday events scheduled for May and June of 2014, will introduce aviation to more girls and women in Virginia. Each will be an enjoyable and educational event for girls and women of all ages to learn more about flight through a variety of experiences including static displays, special guests, simulation opportunities, preflight briefings and a flight in a general aviation aircraft. Read More
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Updates from Lightspeed Aviation, Zenith Aircraft Company, and the FlyersRights advocacy group. Read More
It might be winter for much of the U.S., but at Eagle Roost Airpark in Aguila, Arizona, it's predicted to be 77 degrees and sunny this weekend -- nice for browsing at a fly-in flea market. The Saturday event, one of the many that pilots can find via the free SocialFlight website or app, will provide bargains for buyers looking to buy avionics, hangar-sale items, or whole airplanes. Read More
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You are on approach in busy airspace with an even busier cockpit...you are changing frequencies, receiving vectors, looking for traffic. You are well into the descent phase. As you flip through your kneeboard to get ready for the final phases of flight, you instinctively start looking for the runway. You see one in front of you just as ATC asks, “Do you have the airport in site?” “Affirmative,” you respond with confidence. The only problem is that it's the wrong airport. Read More
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