New Mexico FBO Owner Dies in Crash

New Mexico FBO Owner Dies in Crash »

Tyler Francis, owner of an FBO business in New Mexico, died Monday when the experimental airplane he was flying crashed at Las Cruces International Airport, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported. Francis, 29, owned Francis Aviation, headquartered at the Dona Ana County Airport in Santa Teresa, New Mexico. More

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First Helicopter Solo at 16 Makes New Mexico History »

Isaac Wilson made history in his home state of New Mexico on Tuesday when he flew his first solo in a helicopter at age 16. The flight over Double Eagle II Airport in Albuquerque was the first of... More

Houston Controller Talks VFR Pilot Through IMC »

ATC audio of a Houston controller talking a VFR pilot through an emergency IFR approach into Houston Executive Airport included instruction on setting up a GPS, vectors, and managing the Cessna... More

Corporate Jet Skids Off Runway In Texas »

A corporate jet skidded off a wet runway and into a creek at Sugar Land Regional Airport in Texas Friday, Houston-area media reported. Two pilots on board were uninjured, and the Embraer Phenom... More

Continental Motors Acquires Southern Avionics »

Continental Motors Group Ltd. has expanded its Alabama-based maintenance and service operations into avionics and aircraft interiors. Continental, a subsidiary of AVIC International Holding Corp.... More

UAS Operators See FAA Rule Backlash »

A story in Monday's Wall Street Journal says the FAA's proposed rulemaking on commercial use of unmanned aerial systems will face so much backlash that it could take years to enact. Citing unnamed... More

Airline Grounds Caravans After Icing Incident »

A northern Canadian airline has temporarily grounded its fleet of four Cessna Caravans after one made an emergency landing on a frozen lake early Thursday. The flight from Yellowknife to Fort... More

Endangered Sea Turtles Need GA Transport »

More than 400 sea turtles have stranded along north-shore beaches on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and are in need of transport to aquariums where they can be cared for, Leslie Weinstein told AVweb on... More

 

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Respect the Holiday Season Pressures

Respect the Holiday Season Pressures »

Welcome to the start of the Holiday Season—Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, New Year—the highest stress time of the year. Welcome to the season of intense pressure, spoken and unspoken, to make that flight you're planning to be with... More

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Batteries — Dying Young

Batteries — Dying Young »

Batteries are often crippled from the outset–that may be a bit of hyperbole, but it may be other causes than the battery maker responsible for problems with short lived or early failed batteries, especially with flooded cells. More

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VTOL Hybrids for General Aviation?

VTOL Hybrids for General Aviation? »

Two VTOL hybrid (wings for horizontal flight) concept aircraft have recently made the news, one designed for cargo and one that is roadable and designed for personal transport. We sniffed around to learn a little more. Despite huge engineering... More

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Refurb of the Month: Don Toy's Cessna 150F

Refurb of the Month: Don Toy's Cessna 150F »

With refurbs gaining momentum, we're seeing more restoration of modest airplanes, especially Cessna 150s, which are among the most economical airplanes to own and fly. Don Toy of Homesteand, Iowa, recently sent us this report on his refurb. More

Short Final:

Short Final »

After a VFR departure from a satellite airport, I called TYS approach. ... Me: "Knoxville, Cheyenne 1234 is off Morristown for a clearance to Nashville." ... Approach: "Squawk 2345." ... Me: "O.K., squawking 2345." ... [A bit of a pause.] ... Approach: "Cheyenne 1234, squawk Oscar November." ... I fixed the problem right away. -- Billy Chandler More

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Carpenter Avionics in Nashville Acquired

Carpenter Avionics, Inc., an award-winning, privately held aviation services company based in the Nashville area, has been acquired by Momentum Aviation Holdings, Inc..

Civil Air Patrol to be Awarded Congressional Gold Medal

On Dec. 10, Civil Air Patrol will be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal on Capitol Hill in honor of its founding membersí role in protecting the homeland against deadly German U-boat attacks during World War II and carrying out other vital wartime domestic missions.

TBM Owners and Pilots Association 2014 convention still rising

DAHER-SOCATA and the TBM Owners and Pilots Association (TBMOPA) announced that the 2014 annual TBMOPA convention broke another attendance record with the presence of more than 100 TBM 700s and TBM 850s, along with several brand-new TBM 900s.