FAA Announces New Drone Committee »

The FAA will stand up a new advisory committee for the drone industry beginning sometime this summer, FAA administrator Michael Huerta said on Wednesday. Speaking the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International in New Orleans, Huerta said the committee will be modeled after a similar panel organized to funnel industry opinions into the emerging NextGen system. Huerta said the NextGen Advisory Committee has 30 members from industry, most so-called stake holders who have an interest in NextGen development issues. More

GAMA Reports Aircraft Sales Drop For Early 2016 »

GAMA Reports Aircraft Sales Drop For Early 2016

Early-year new aircraft shipments are down in 2016, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Associationís latest report. For the first quarter of this year, total GA airplane shipments fell 3.7 percent compared to 2015, GAMA reported Friday.

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UAS Cloud Seeding Tests Launched In Nevada »

UAS Cloud Seeding Tests Launched In Nevada

An unmanned airplane made a successful first test of cloud-seeding operations in Nevada, adding a new kind of industrial-use experiment to one of the nationís FAA-designated UAS test sites. The UAS, which weighs less than 55 pounds and has a wingspan under 12 feet, flew for about 18 minutes last week and reached 400 feet.

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CAF An-2 Flips In Forced Landing »

CAF An-2 Flips In Forced Landing

A Russian-built An-2 biplane made an off-airport landing near San Bernardino International Airport near Los Angeles Friday. The 1940s aircraft, owned by the Commemorative Air Force, was on final approach for the airport when the engine quit.

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Five Injured In Turbulence, Flight Diverted »

Five people were injured on an Allegiant Air jet that encountered clear air turbulence Thursday, forcing the flight to divert and land at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The flight... More

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AVweb's search of news in aviation found announcements from jetAVIVA, Flightdocs, Kansas State Polytechnic and the Upwind Foundation. jetAVIVA announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire... More

NTSB: Cessna Struck Eagle Prior To Crash In Alaska »

A Cessna 172 that crashed in in Alaska in April, killing all four on board, had struck a bald eagle, the NTSB found in its ongoing investigation. The lead investigator said this week it appears to... More

The Weekender: Opening Up For Summer Flying »

The Weekender sees spring fever picking up all over on SocialFlight with airshows, fly-outs and airports opening up for the flying season. Fort Lauderdale's 2016 "Ford Lauderdale" Air Show, running... More

Converted 747 Now Largest Firefighter »

A Boeing B747-400 that has been converted to an aerial firefighting tanker is ready to enter service this week, Global SuperTanker Services has announced. The airplane, christened Spirit of John... More

AUVSI: Drones Won't Replace Soldiers, But Empower Them »

As the U.S. military deals with the uncertain complexities of a future dependent on and driven by robotic technologies, the soldier of the future will have unprecedented precision capabilities, but... More

 

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Want to Improve Your Landings? Learn Aerobatics

Want to Improve Your Landings? Learn Aerobatics »

Aerobatics aren't just a tremendous amount of fun, the skills learned in controlling the airplane at low speed and making large control inputs can help reduce a pilot's risk of a landing accident. More

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Recently, on flight following above Santa Barbara on a beautifully clear afternoon, approach was uncomfortably quiet. After several minutes of silence I called: ... Mooney 1234: "Approach, Mooney 1234. Is there anybody there to talk to?" ... Approach: "Mooney 1234, say request." ... Mooney 1234: "Just checking to see if it really is this quiet." ... Approach: "Yes, it really is." ... [Pause.] ... Approach: "Mooney 1234, contact L.A. Center on 135.5. You'll find somebody to talk to there." ...... More

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CAF, EAA To Host Heavy Bombers Weekend 2016 In Wisconsin

In a fourth annual gathering of aircraft from the World War II and Vietnam War eras, the CAF and EAA are joining forces for a Heavy Bombers Weekend 2016 in Janesville, Wisconsin the weekend before EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016.

US Aviation Group's J.R. Starch Speaks At WATS 2016

US Aviation Group's Chief Operations Officer, JR Starch, commanded the stage as a key-speaker on the opening day of the 19th annual World Aviation Training Conference & Trade-show ( WATS 2016 ) held at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida.

NTSB To Host Loss-Of-Control Seminar

The National Transportation Safety Board will highlight lessons learned from its investigations of general aviation accidents involving loss of control, during a seminar scheduled for 9 a.m., May 14, 2016, at the NTSB Training Center, in Ashburn, Virginia.