The Two Eagles balloon crew that launched last week in Japan has now achieved one of its goals -- the flight on Thursday passed 5,260 miles, the current world record for distance in a gas balloon. Troy Bradley and Leonid Tiukhtyaev are also on track to beat the record for time aloft, just over 137 hours, if they keep flying until Friday morning. More
Textron Aviation saw business jet deliveries rise in 2014 despite a lower fourth quarter, The Wichita Eagle reported this week. The owner of Cessna and Beechcraft said it delivered 159 jets last... More
AVweb's search of news in aviation turned up new aircraft sales for RedHawk Aero, a commercial drone repair-and-return-to-service from Robotic Skies, and two new STCs -- air conditioning for the... More
The first officer of the AirAsia jet that crashed into Java Sea in December was at the controls as the aircraft stalled into the ocean, investigators said Thursday. The Airbus A320 disappeared from... More
The missing Malaysian Airline flight MH370 was an accident, and all 239 people on board are presumed dead, the Malaysian government announced Thursday in a BBC report. Meanwhile, the search for the... More
Flying clubs purchasing aircraft can now obtain special financing from AOPA, the association announced Wednesday. AOPA Aviation Finance Co. offers four options for start-up clubs and existing clubs... More
Piper Aircraft introduced the latest version of its Meridian M500 turboprop on Wednesday, announcing an enhanced Garmin G1000 avionics package and new features. "As part of our on-going product... More
When considering how to crash, my first bit of advice is don't do it. Since the reality of any flight is that things can go wrong, that isn't particularly helpful, I know. What can go wrong? Your crankshaft can break, your fuel lines can clog or,... More
In aviation, one pin out of place can result in disaster. Details matter. More
Experimental flight testing involves taking new or modified aircraft designs to, and sometimes beyond, the edges of their performance envelopes. Most of the time the steps into the unknown go smoothly. It's the times that they don't that when test... More
Back in the early 1960s, I was a USAF F-101B Voodoo interceptor pilot flying out of the San Francisco Bay area. Every couple of months, we would have an exercise where friendly T-33 target aircraft with the callsigns "Brainbird Alpha," "Brainbird Bravo," "Brainbird Charlie," etc. would sneak up on the base. I got to fly the target one time, entering from Oregon over the Baker Beacon (an early ADF radio range). Passing over the beacon, I got to call the FAA and announce: "Brainbird Bravo is... More
The Air Charter Association of North America (ACANA), a nonprofit organization, recently published its 12-page *Contract Best Practices (CBP) document, which provides in-depth information as a valuable resource for air carriers and brokers that engage in the arranging of brokering aircraft.
Robotic Skies has completed its first repair of a commercial drone and returned it to operational service. The maintenance work was performed at Kings Avionics, Henderson, Nevada. Kings Avionics is one of nearly 60 Robotic Skies service centers located around the world.
Avemco Insurance Company has just announced the promotions of three key employees to positions of expanded responsibilities: Mike Adams, Marci Veronie, and Marci D'Alessio.
The Coasties' terrific video offers lots of food for thought. A second video...well, it's a little less sober (ing). More
Shadows, fog, exotic landing locales, amusing signs, a gorgeous historical photo, and the ever-photogenic "Aluminum Overcast" await you in our latest batch of "PotW" submissions headlined by Tony Fletcher of Alexandria, VA. Let's go!