A new nonprofit group based in southern New England aims to address the deterioration of basic stick-and-rudder skills among pilots, and is starting out with a focus on CFIs, says Bob Berlyn, the group’s executive director. Berlyn, a former airline pilot and CFI, is an FAA safety inspector in Norwood, Massachusetts. “Everywhere I go, I hear the same story,” he told AVweb this week. “From airline captains, CFIs, instructors in airline training departments — everyone agrees that among the new recruits, the stick-and-rudder skills are lacking.”More
When JetBlue’s Flight 387 took off this morning from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, headed for Cuba, it was the first commercial airline to fly that route since 1961. For First Officer Frank Barreras, the trip held an extra level of poignancy — his father, Frank Sr., fled Cuba 55 years ago, aboard one of the last commercial flights to the U.S. “I never thought this day would come in my lifetime,” Barreras told CBS News. “It’s an amazing, amazing time.”More
The private-jet market overall has been slumping so far this year, as reported in the latest GAMA tally, but a closer look at the data shows that small private jets are in growth mode, according to a recent analysis by the Wichita Eagle. The Eagle found that shipments of small and midsize jets grew by nearly 11 percent in the first half of this year, compared to the same period last year. Included in that category are jets built by Cessna, Embraer, Gulfstream, Honda Aircraft and One Aviation.More
With new FAA rules now in place, as of Monday, for operators to secure a commercial drone certificate, its been projected that their numbers will quickly outnumber manned-aircraft pilots. The... More
Police said a first officers blood alcohol content was 0.3, or seven times the legal limit, when he was tested at Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan, last Thursday and removed... More
A veterans group in San Diego is asking the public to boycott the Miramar Air Show, saying the show is dangerous and glorifies war. The annual show, which is held during Fleet Week,... More
Authorities in Scotland removed two United Airlines pilots from a Newark-bound flight Saturday and charged them with being intoxicated. More
Textron Aviation is moving production of the Cessna Caravan from Wichita to Independence, Kansas, to make room for new products, including its new flagship jet and high-performance turboprop. More
Marcus Paine, a longtime flight instructor and airshow performer, died Saturday at an Oregon airshow. More
Tragedy marked the opening of a new general aviation airport in north central China. Michel Leusch, of South Africa, failed to recover from a dive during a performance at the first Silk Road... More
A Southwest Airlines 737 made an emergency landing in Pensacola, Florida, Saturday after an uncontained failure of the number one engine. More
How many pilots flying VFR and dealing with deteriorating weather have died because no one taught them that when things are bad, landing in a decent farm field can make the difference between being dead and merely inconvenienced? More
For most pilots the risk of instrument failure is remote. But when it happens, you have to be prepared. More
Tri City Departure: Cessna 12345, squawk 4305 ... Cessna 12345: Tri City, um, we just noticed we are missing the knob for the last dial on the transponder ... Tri City Departure: What number is it on? ... Cessna 12345: Zero ... Tri City Departure: Standby, let me see if I can get you a code that ends in zero. More
USAIG proudly introduces Performance Vector Unmanned, created specifically for policyholders who insure unmanned aircraft systems. It serves to keep safety at the forefront, which is especially critical considering that UAS outnumber registered manned aircraft.
Kelly Murphy has joined the Women in Aviation International staff as director of communications and editor-in-chief of Aviation for Women.
Thrush Aircraft continued its strong commitment to expansion of its factory authorized Service Center network with the addition today of Charles Chalking S.A. to its growing worldwide presence.
Want to get more kids into aviation? The way to do that is to meet them at least halfway to where they live: simulators, drones and the intersection of these devices with what actually leaves the ground. More
Chris Haile of Marysville, CA flies off into the dawn, kicking off our latest installment of reader-submitted photos. Click through to see more images from AVweb readers.