Solar Impulse Breaks Longest Solo Record

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Solar Impulse 2 pilot Andre Borschberg, now flying over the Pacific Ocean from Japan to Hawaii, has just taken the title for the longest nonstop solo flight, breaking Steve Fossett’s 2005 record in the jet-powered GlobalFlyer, the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale said early Thursday. Borschberg exceeded 74 hours, 56 minutes and 5 seconds in the single-seat, solar-powered airplane, which is on its eighth leg on an around-the-world flight that began in Abu Dhabi in March. More

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Engine Failure Likely In C-130 Crash In Indonesia »

An Indonesian air force C-130 transport plane that crashed into a residential neighborhood in Medan, Indonesia during departure on Tuesday had one failed propeller as the pilot attempted to return... More

Happy Fourth, Happy Flying »

The Weekender’s Fourth of July will be packed with stuff to fly to and enjoy, as seen on the SocialFlight calendar. For Independence Day fun with grassroots flying, there’s the Ogle... More

FAA To Cut Airport Advisories, WACs »

The FAA plans to eliminate two of the less frequently used resources provided to pilots in the coming months – Airport Advisories and World Aeronautical Charts. In two separate moves, the... More

Aircraft Spruce Co-Founder Bob Irwin Dies »

Aircraft Spruce co-founder Bob Irwin died June 26 at his home in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Irwin and his wife Flo started Fullerton Air Parts in 1955, Aircraft Spruce in 1965 and ACS Products Co.... More

Child Starts Up Helo At Airshow Display »

A six-year-old boy climbed into the cockpit of a Eurocopter EC145 on display at an airshow in Mankato, Minnesota, on Saturday, and started up the rotors, "causing a panic and two minor injuries,"... More

Refurbished Eclipse Jets Get An Upgrade »

Eclipse has retired its Total Eclipse series of aircraft, and instead will offer a new factory-refurbished twinjet called the Eclipse Special Edition, the company said this week. The SE, based on... More

FAA Proposes Fine In Fatal Cargo Crash »

The FAA says the operator of a Boeing 747 cargo aircraft that crashed in Afghanistan in April 2013, killing all seven on board, failed to comply with FARs when loading heavy military vehicles onto... More

Solar Impulse Crossing The Pacific »

Solar Impulse 2 launched from Nagoya, Japan, en route to Hawaii, on Sunday, and early Monday morning the unique solar-powered aircraft passed "the point of no return," the team announced. The team... More

 

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Is Owning Safer?

Is Owning Safer? »

Pilots decide to buy their own airplane for a variety of reasons. It could be a business decision, helping ensure coverage of a relatively wide sales area, or perhaps an aerial photography business. Specialized flight training—like acro, or a... More

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Creating an Emergency

Creating an Emergency »

Flight instructors often note to the student, early in the training cycle, that there are back-up systems in case the primary equipment fails. However, using the backup system may require some skill and one wonders why a pilot would depart with... More

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Your Refurb: Upgrading the Interior

Your Refurb: Upgrading the Interior »

One of the centerpieces of any aircraft refurb is upgrading the interior. It can be as basic as recovering the seats, but usually involves a complete redo of the headliner, side panels, carpet and upholstery. As the insulation is often stripped... More

Short Final:

Short Final »

Flying from Boeing Field in Seattle to the San Juan Islands, I was monitoring the departure frequency when I heard a pilot report that he'd seen an eagle near the inbound course to 12 right at BFI. An unknown pilot asked: "What was he squawking?" -- Ed Griswold (Griz) More

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Plane Perfect Partners With Maule Air, Inc.

Two best-in-class aviation companies, Plane Perfect and Maule Air, have recently announced a new partnership. Plane Perfect now provides the official cleaning products of Maule Air, evidence of the brand's continued growing acceptance.

WAI Announces 2016 Scholarship Opportunities

Women in Aviation International today announced the availability of its 2016 scholarships. As of July 1, 2015, 98 separate scholarships with a combined value of more than $480,000 are offered. All WAI scholarships will be awarded during the organization's 27th annual International Women in Aviation Conference to be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee from March 10-12, 2016.

Lisa Turner Wins EAA Tony Bingelis Award

Lisa Turner of Hayesville, North Carolina, is the 2015 recipient of the EAA Tony Bingelis Award. The award recognizes her 10 years as an EAA technical counselor, promoter of builder education through EAA chapters, and author of numerous articles on flight building and safety in such publications as EAA Sport Aviation, The Experimenter, KITPLANES Magazine, The Safety Wire, and local chapter newsletters.