E-Volo Flies, Unmanned And Tethered »

E-Volo Flies, Unmanned And Tethered

The one-of-a-kind E-Volo volocopter came outside for its first flight tests recently, the company announced in a news release today. The volocopter was controlled remotely, and the crew tested for automatic altitude control and position hold, and automatic landing. Weights of about 265 pounds were placed in the cockpit to test for payload capacity. The tests were completed in Karlsruhe, Germany. "In the process, the company's CEO Alex Zosel remotely flew the Volocopter for the first time – single-handed and only with a joystick," the company said.


First Chinese ARJ21 Delivered »

First Chinese ARJ21 Delivered

China's first indigenous commercial airliner is now in revenue service with domestic budget carrier Chengdu Airlines. The ARJ21 was delivered Sunday.


Amazon Unveils New, Larger Delivery Drone »

Amazon Unveils New, Larger Delivery Drone


Amazon took advantage of Cyber Monday to announce the latest details about its planned drone delivery system, releasing two new videos and a Q&A that aims to convince consumers that the concept is not “science fiction.” One day, says Amazon, “seeing Prime Air vehicles will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road.” The video shows a larger Amazon drone than what has been seen in earlier updates, a hybrid that can take…


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Study: Toy Drone Strikes Pose Greater Hazard Than Birds »

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Tecnam P2012 Testing Continues With Lycoming iE2 »

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Helicopter Crashes In Siberia, 10 Dead »

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NTSB: Icing, Malfunctions Led To Citation Crash »

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New This Week »

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Rutan's SkiGull Takes First Flight »

Burt Rutan's latest aircraft prototype, the SkiGull, took a first flight this week from Coeur d'Alene airport in Idaho. The documentary film team following Rutan's work posted photos on Facebook,... More




Abnormals »

Things can go "bump" in the night. Daytime, too. Most of them either have been considered before or encountered by someone, resulting in a section of your AFM/POH labeled "Emergency Procedures." More


Tooling Up!

Tooling Up! »

Very few aircraft builders are not tool hounds. These are the people who walk through the local tool stores with a glazed look in their eyes. They are thankful when their spouse gives them a wrench for a present, even if they already have 12... More


From Trona to the Poles

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As winter unveils its hand across the nation, it seems appropriate to take a look at one of the last of aviation's "firsts," the aerial circumnavigation of our globe via the Poles. More

Reader mail:

AVmail: November 30, 2015 »

Tony Dziepak writes: "I would register my drone prior to flying it above 200 feet AGL. I think it is clear from U.S. v. Causby (1946) that the FAA has no authority to regulate 'the immediate reaches of the enveloping atmosphere' of my property, which in the Causby case is at least 83 feet AGL. Just as my driveway is not part of the federal highway system, the airspace above my property, at least to my treetops, is not part of the NAS." Click through to read comments from other AVweb readers. More


Press Releases

Avlite Systems Introduces ICAO Obstruction Light

Avlite is Enhancing Aviation Safety through Visual Identification of Obstacles and Aviation Hazards with the use of the New Day/Night ICAO Type A & Type B MIOL

Esterline Simulation Visual Systems Launches FD-Series

Esterline Simulation Visual Systems, a new business of Esterline Corporation, today introduced to market its new TREALITY(R) FD-Series of faceted displays at I/ITSEC. ű

Verotec Announces Advanced Manufacturing Capability

Verotec's manufacturing, design, modification and customization capability enabled a 12U (533.4 mm) 19 inch application-specific avionics test rig to be created from the customer's original design drawings in a short timescale.