The captain of the Airbus A321 that landed Tuesday with a hole blown out of its side believes a bomb exploded as the jet climbed out of Mogadishu, Somalia. Authorities haven't confirmed the source of the blast, and one passenger is believed to be dead from falling out of the hole.More
The FAA is looking at cutting its Contract Weather Observer staffing at 57 airports around the country, moving some duties to local ATC, according to an agency document and various media reports in recent weeks. Trained human weather observers contracted by the FAA supplement automated weather reports at towered airports, providing more discerning information including reports on weather-related hazards.More
The organizers of ModAero, a "next-generation aviation festival" set for March 16 to 19 near Houston, Texas, say they are offering a "fresh take" on the traditional aviation event, with the goal of attracting a younger demographic, especially pilots in the 16 to 39 "millennial" age range. "That's where all the growth is happening, and there's an opportunity to try something new and different, to engage people and get them involved in aviation," show organizer Brian Columbus told AVweb.More
The National Aeronautic Association announced this week nine nominees for the 2015 Robert J. Collier Trophy, which recognizes projects and achievements in aviation and aerospace. The nominees... More
AVweb's search of aviation news worldwide found announcements from Avidyne, Jeppesen, Beechcraft and the National Air Transportation Association. Avidyne Corporation announced that they are... More
Better batteries for electric aircraft are in the works, but it may be five years before we see significant improvements in energy density, according to a leading battery researcher at the Argonne... More
The Weekender plans to make the most of February's chill by heading out to fly on the snow in search of hot meals as listed on SocialFlight. Skiplanes can head to Plymouth, Michigan, Saturday for a... More
Two congressmen in favor of privatizing the FAA's Air Traffic Organization introduced their proposal Wednesday, just after receiving written opposition from others in the House and Senate. House... More
The House Appropriations Committee has added its opposition to the nascent debate over privatizing the FAA's Air Traffic Organization (ATO). Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., and other senior members... More
GA pilots will have affordable Wi-Fi in their airplanes within about three years and much greater access to space-based services thanks to a $3 billion investment by a Virginia company. Starting in... More
A gaping hole opened in the side of an Airbus A321 jet operated by Daallo Airlines, shortly after it departed from the Mogadishu airport in Somalia this morning, headed for Djibouti. Early reports... More
Until the advent of the Pitts Special, aerobatics was a horizontal affair, even in the hairy-chested, fuel-sucking, 450-HP Boeings and Wacos. Practitioners pirouetted under the stern God of Energy Managementgravity and drag meant vertical... More
The inability to achieve normal power output (e.g. poor static power) can be an insidious, difficult-to-troubleshoot condition that ultimately affects almost every small engine sooner or later. Sometimes, the cause can be pinpointed quickly,... More
Aviation lore is full of heroes like Chuck Yeager, who saved the day while calmly muttering on the radio something about "some little fire going in them engines" or such. The quiet, unflappable, laid-back flyer has been the role model for young... More
Back in the 1950s, social critic and philosopher Lenny Bruce said that no one is shocked anymore. He was probably correct, given our national tolerance for the excesses of those in the entertainment biz, and those seeking to join the weirdness.... More
While flying from Chicago to Bismarck, North Dakota on New Year's Day, my co-pilot and I were monitoring 121.5 when someone asked if anybody had any New Year's resolutions. ... Without skipping a beat, my co-pilot keyed the mic and responded: "Yeah, NOT talking on Guard!" ... To which someone else responded: "Yeah, me too." -- Jim Burns More
Following the success of CEPA Expo 2015 the dates have been announced for the 2016 event. This year will be the 7th occasion that the Expo has taken place and the dates are from the 18th to 20th October. Once again CEPA Expo will be held in beautiful city of Prague.
This week, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) released the Safety 1st General Aviation Misfueling Prevention Program - a free, online-based awareness program for pilots, line service professionals, FBO general managers and customer service representatives.
Constant Aviation, LLC, a Directional Aviation Capital company offering full-service maintenance, repair, and overhaul with a nationwide network, announced the addition of Scott Sweeney to the organization as Vice President, Operations - Birmingham and Las Vegas.
Not on your life, Sparky. But when the shakeout comes, it's going to be interesting. More
Larry Uzelac of Auburn, CA delivers the goods in our latest installment of "PotW" which, incidentally, features a great batch of other photos from AVweb readers. Click through to enjoy their work.