Pipistrel, a light-aircraft manufacturer based in Slovenia, has won a contract to supply Indias military with 194 copies of its Virus SW 80 Garud two-seat trainer. This is without a doubt the largest contract in the entire 26-year history of Pipistrel, said Ivo Boscarol, Pipistrels owner and general manager. The company will produce about seven airplanes per month, over 30 months, to fulfill the contract, with deliveries starting in mid-2016. This means that for the next two and a half years, half of Pipistrel's production capacity is sold out, Boscarol said. More
In the persistent quest to squeeze ever more passengers into the finite space of a composite tube, Airbus has patented a proposal to stack a second layer of seats above the middle rows of... More
The captain of an Allegiant Airlines MD-88 reportedly stopped the imminent evacuation of the aircraft on the runway at Las Vegas's McCarran International Airport Sunday after crews extinguished an... More
The FAA has announced it will allow drop-in replacement of electronic attitude indicators, without a vacuum-driven backup, as long as there's a backup power source for the electronic instrument. More
AOPA has launched a new program, the High School Aviation Initiative, to encourage students to enter aviation careers. As part of this effort, the newly formed Aviation Education Leadership... More
Conflicts involving amateur-operated drones made the news again this week, one involving an irritated neighbor who disabled one with a gun. In Louisiana, Aaron Hernandez lost his $1,200 quadcopter... More
AVweb's search of what's new in aviation found a few STC milestones reported by Plane Dynamix, Power Flow and Hartzell Propeller, and an announcement from Sonex Aircraft of scholarships established... More
Inspections of older GE engines on airliners around the world could begin in the coming weeks as investigators learn more about the uncontained engine failure that started a fire on a British... More
The FAA, behind schedule in finalizing regulations for commercial use of unmanned aerial systems, will be ready by June 17, 2016, according to congressional testimony Wednesday by the agency's... More
Sometimes something comes between us and flying, and sometimes the interruption can last a few years. Here' how I came back to flying IFR, by making a plan and flying the plan. More
With glass cockpits becoming more prolific, a wider spectrum of the pilot community is now engaged in flying them. Understanding the implications of malfunctions is an important responsibility of the PIC as higher levels of technology competence... More
When did you last experience an embarrassing moment on the takeoff roll? Have you ever had to taxi back to the ramp to deal with a problem discovered during the run-up? Any moments of tension or near-terror because you missed something during the... More
This past week I watched the Wings Over Wine Country Air Show practice from my hangar at KSTS. I was listening to the tower on my handheld. While I was listening, three different pilots wandered into the TFR, causing the rehearsals to be delayed. The fourth time it happened was when the Canadian Snowbirds had just started their routine. The tower notified them they would have to stop until the offender left the zone. ... One of the Snowbirds then asked the tower: "What's with all these pilots... More
Twenty-four student pilots have been selected as winners of flight training scholarships awarded by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). The scholarship program is designed to help student pilots of all ages earn a pilot certificate.
Power Flow Systems reported recently that the Tuned Exhaust System they developed specifically for Cessna's popular Cardinal 177RG, at the behest of the Cardinal Flyer's On-Line (CFO) owner's group (CardinalFlyers.com), has succeeded in the market well beyond anybody's expectations.
Hartzell Propeller has delivered more than 150 advanced swept airfoil five-blade props for Daher TBM 700/850/900 aircraft in the 18 months since receiving FAA type certificate approval for the high performance props.
Just as medical reform appears to be almost within sight, the House melts into a dysfunctional blob and an untimely death in a cockpit provides more ammo for the antis. More
Allen Macbean of American Fork, Utah serves up our latest "Picture of the Week." Click through for a better look and for more breath-taking reader-submitted photos.