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An alternative means of compliance is in the works that might help ease the impact of an FAA airworthiness directive (PDF) affecting about 6,000 general aviation aircraft with cylinders from Superior Air Parts, AOPA said this week. "Superior is working to develop and submit an alternative means of compliance that, if it can be successfully implemented, will minimize the amount of time affected aircraft are grounded," said Rob Hackman, AOPA vice president of regulatory affairs. Read More
Coast Guard and local authorities are searching for the pilot of an aircraft believed to that crashed in San Francisco Bay following a midair collision on Sunday afternoon. Read More
As the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 continues, the International Civil Aviation Organization said it will convene a special meeting next month to discuss global tracking of airline flights. Government officials and industry experts from around the world will meet May 12-13 in Montreal to explore the specific aircraft and satellite-based capabilities needed to create a global system, ICAO said. The agency also is researching new means to expedite the location of accident sites, including deployable flight recorders and the triggered transmission of flight data, and also is reviewing the requirements for the transport of lithium batteries. Read More
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The NTSB is focusing on why a Piper Lance that hit a wind turbine blade in South Dakota on Sunday was flying lower than 300 feet AGL. Four young cattlemen returning home from a sale in Texas were killed when the aircraft hit the blade and crashed at the South Dakota Wind Energy Center, which operates 27 turbines near Highmore, S.D. Read More
Video has emerged of the "aborted takeoff" of a King Air B200 that almost wiped out the chief executive office of an Indian state in late March. Jagannath Pahadia, governor of Haryana, a state in northern India, was among nine or 10 (reports differ) passengers and crew aboard the twin when it took off from Chandigarh Airport March 27 bound for Dehli. Read More
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AOPA held the first in its series of new regional fly-ins on Sunday, at the San Marcos Airport, midway between Austin and San Antonio, Texas. Thunderstorms and IFR weather in the region reduced the number of arrivals, AOPA said -- they had expected about 700 aircraft to fly in, but only about half that number arrived. Many of those landed the day before, and took advantage of fuel discounts offered by Redbird Skyport. Some pilots drove instead, and attendance reached about 2,500, AOPA said. Read More
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