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A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 was grounded early Wednesday because of an overheated cell in one of its lithium ion batteries. According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, the incident occurred about 4 a.m. local time at Tokyo's Narita Airport. The aircraft did not have any passengers aboard but was scheduled to fly to Bangkok two hours later. Read More
Aircraft owners who want to upgrade their electronics to take advantage of NextGen capabilities will soon have a new fund they can apply to for financing, the Aircraft Electronics Association announced on Monday. The NextGen GA Fund will provide access to "quick, affordable financial incentives" to help aircraft owners install and certify WAAS-capable GPS, ADS-B In, ADS-B Out, RNAV/RNP avionics, data communications, SWIM, flat-panel displays, antennas, electronic components, and instrument panel modifications, AEA said. "The NextGen GA Fund will enable the retrofit of tens of thousands of general aviation aircraft," AEA said. Read More
A private-public partnership administered by the Aircraft Electronics Association will provide loans to those who need money to upgrade their aircraft to meet the ADS-B mandate. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with AEA President Paula Derks on how the program works and how AEA hopes it will streamline the transition to NextGen. Read More
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The FAA has asked a California court to dismiss a lawsuit that aims to close Santa Monica Airport, and AOPA this week said the government's arguments are "compelling." Ken Mead, general counsel for AOPA, said the FAA argued that the city signed the property over to the federal government more than 65 years ago, and has repeatedly acknowledged the government's interest in the land over the intervening years. "These issues have been exhaustively researched, and like it or not, the city is obligated to keep the airport open," Mead said. Read More
GAMA says Appropriations Committee leaders have called for a slight increase in funding for the FAA to research alternatives to 100LL. The administration included $5.571 million for the fuel research in its spending estimates but the committees agreed on $6 million. Read More
The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and the show is all set to go at Sebring Airport in central Florida starting Thursday. The show is the only one dedicated to the Light Sport aviation segment and was started shortly after the FAA created the new aircraft classification. Read More
Just 18 days after being designated by the FAA as one of six federally approved test sites for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will conduct several test flights over South Texas ranchland to continue research and training on the RS-16 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The RS-16 has a wingspan of 12 feet 11 inches, can carry a maximum payload of 25 pounds at a maximum speed of 65 knots, and can stay aloft for 12-16 hours. Read More
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Southwest Airlines says a third person on the flight deck of Boeing 737-700 that landed at the wrong airport in Missouri on Sunday was a company dispatcher who was authorized to be in the jump seat for the flight. The airline didn't elaborate on why the dispatcher was up front but said employees are permitted to fly in the jump seat with the consent of the pilots. Read More
Pilot Keith Baird was flying his Cessna 210 with a new video camera on board for the first time, just after Christmas, when a Canada goose crashed through the windscreen, and he caught it on camera. Baird said he had just taken off from Brookeridge Airpark in Downers Grove, Ill., on Dec. 28 with one passenger, when he saw four geese. A small one, weighing just two pounds or so, crashed through the windscreen. Baird was smeared with blood and feathers, but said he quickly determined that the blood was from the bird and he was unhurt. He told himself to "aviate, aviate, aviate." Read More
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There are cars in the parking lot and 46 employees working at the Mooney International plant in Kerrville, Texas as of Jan. 3, thanks to fresh investment from its new Chinese owners. AVweb's Russ Niles was there and talked to Director of Engineering Bill Eldred about getting the production line going again. Read More
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