Trappe Flies Again

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Pilot Jonathan Trappe, who has flown his unique cluster-balloon systems across the English Channel, Lake Michigan, and the Alps, last week completed his first flight in more than a year, launching from Decatur, Alabama, and landing about nine hours later, 160 miles away, in Ellijay, Georgia. "We flew on November 21, which is Montgolfier Day, the anniversary of the first hot-air balloon flight, in 1783," Trappe told AVweb this week. He said while on his previous flights he was often pushing the limits of the technology -- culminating in an attempt to cross the Atlantic in September 2013 -- this flight was just for fun. More

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Passengers Push Stuck Airplane in Russia »

Video of passengers pushing an airliner where its wheels had frozen to the ground in northern Russia made news around the world this week. The video shows people pushing the Tupolev Tu-134... More

Second Cirrus Test Jet Flies »

Cirrus's SF50 jet program took a major step forward on Tuesday with the first flight of its second certification flight test aircraft. C1, as it has been dubbed, took off at 3:30 p.m. from Duluth... More

KLM Campaign Reaches Out To Airline Travelers »

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines took marketing and customer service a step further in recent weeks with a five-day event assisting thousands of travelers around the world. In a video released this month,... More

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

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.... 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

 

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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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Applications for 2015 AMT Employer Award Program are Now Available

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is pleased to announce that applications for the 2015 Aviation Maintenance Technician Employer Award Program are now available.ūThis award program is designed to recognize companies that employ aviation maintenance technicians (AMT) and encourages and supports AMT training. The award is based on the percentage of AMTs employed by a maintenance organization that participate in qualified training events.

Successful First Flight of Airbus Helicopters' EC645 T2

Airbus Helicopters' newest lightweight military multi-role helicopter, the EC645 T2 (LUH SOF), has successfully completed its first flight. In the presence of representatives of the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr), which has ordered the first of this new helicopter type, the EC645 T2 demonstrated its capacities at the company's Donauworth location in Bavaria.

Second Conforming Vision SF50 Jet Takes Flight in Certification Program

Cirrus Aircraft announced today the successful first flight of their second certification flight test aircraft, 'C-One' (C1), in their Vision SF50 personal jet program. This achievement marks the most recent significant milestone for the program as C1 joins C0 in FAA certification activities and continues to accelerate the Vision SF50 towards entry into service. ū