Garmin Rolls Out All-in-One ADS-B Solutions »

Apparently responding to buyer complaints about complex ADS-B Out solutions that require expensive WAAS upgrades, Garmin International has announced two all-in-one transponders that will allow owners who don’t have WAAS GPS receivers to upgrade to ADS-B Out as simply as possible. One version of the new products combines both In and Out in a single box, with the option of onboard WAAS GPS, while a second is a less expensive Out only solution.

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FAA, NTSB Cite Lithium Cargo Dangers »

FAA, NTSB Cite Lithium Cargo Dangers

The FAA today issued a safety alert to airlines around the world, urging them to conduct a “safety risk assessment” regarding the transport of lithium batteries as cargo, in light of new evidence from the agency's recent lithium-battery-fire tests. The FAA also advised its inspectors to determine whether airlines have adequately assessed the risk of carrying the batteries as cargo. Also today, the NTSB issued two safety recommendations regarding shipments of the batteries aboard cargo aircraft. The rules should be changed to require that the batteries are physically separated from other flammable materials, the NTSB said.

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Advocates Speak Out On Veteran Flight Training, ATC Reform »

Advocates Speak Out On Veteran Flight Training, ATC Reform

A bill that would cap flight-training benefits for veterans at $20,235 should be scrapped, seven GA advocacy groups told Congress in a letter (PDF) issued today. “This legislation would effectively put flying careers out of reach for many vets,” said Jim Coon, AOPA spokesman for government affairs. “There are great jobs in aviation, and our nation’s veterans have earned a right to pursue those opportunities.” Also today, NATA told the House Transportation Committee about its views regarding proposed changes to air traffic control.

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NASA Seeks Support For X-Plane Programs »

Space may get all the mainstream attention in the new NASA budget proposal released today, but staff from the Aeronautics Research Mission are excited about a boost in research funding for new... More

New Sustainable Aviation Symposium Set For May »

A new two-day symposium to explore the future of electric-powered flight will be held May 6 and 7 in Redwood City, California, the Sustainable Aviation Foundation has announced. The program, which... More

Musk Moving On Electric Jet »

Elon Musk says he's "close" to developing a "vertical takeoff and landing electric jet" as a practical alternative to conventional aircraft. More

Former Sikorsky President Killed In Crash »

The former president of Sikorsky Aircraft was killed along with his passenger when his P-51D crashed near Maricopa, Arizona, on Friday. Jeffrey Pino, 61, was head of Sikorsky from 2006 to 2012. More

FAA Seeks To Cut Airport Weather Observers »

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... More

Collier Trophy Nominees Announced For 2015 Achievements »

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

 

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AVmail: February 8, 2016 »

AVweb reader Richard Herbst writes: "HR 4441 (ATC privatization) is a bear trap using austerity for bait. Don't think for a moment that user fees will stay out of private aviation. Think revenue. Functional ADS-B infrastructure provides a precision billing platform to warm any number of Congressional hearts. With growing Part 23 and 25 at the front of the line worldwide, the bug-smashers will have to go. Privatizing ATC means that air safety shares space with corporate goals. In other words:... More

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Short- And Soft-Field Landings

Short- And Soft-Field Landings »

Obstructions, sand, mud, wandering animals and other surprises like the end of the runway rushing up to meet you...these are just some of the hazards common to short and soft fields. We all think we're trained for them, but there's a big... More

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Used Aircraft Guide: Pitts Special

Used Aircraft Guide: Pitts Special »

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 Management—gravity and drag meant vertical... More

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When the Power Seems Low

When the Power Seems Low »

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

Short Final:

Short Final »

We were flying into Birmingham, Alabama at about 2:00am on a Sunday morning. The sky was clear with great visibility. Birmingham has an ILS to runway 6, and the final approach fix is MCDEN. After checking in with Birmingham Approach, we were told to fly "direct to MCDEN for the McVisual approach." -- John Young More

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CEPA Expo Announces 2016 Dates

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.

NATA Launches Misfueling Prevention Awareness Training

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 Hires Industry Veteran

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.