FAA, NTSB Cite Lithium Cargo Dangers »

FAA, NTSB Cite Lithium Cargo Dangers

The FAA today issued a safety alert to airlines around the world, urging them to conduct a "safety risk assessment" regarding the transport of lithium batteries as cargo, in light of new evidence from the agency's recent lithium-battery-fire tests. The FAA also advised its inspectors to determine whether airlines have adequately assessed the risk of carrying the batteries as cargo. Also today, the NTSB issued two safety recommendations regarding shipments of the batteries aboard cargo aircraft. The rules should be changed to require that the batteries are physically separated from other flammable materials, the NTSB said.

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Mooney Unveils Something New: A Two-Door Acclaim »

Besides the signature reversed vertical fin, Mooney airplanes have always been characterized by a single cabin door. But no more. This week, Mooney rolled out the new Acclaim Ultra M20V, a significant redo of the company's best selling Acclaim. At the company's newly refurbished Kerrville, Texas factory, Mooney showed the production version of its new model to reporters and editors at a press event on Thursday.

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NASA Seeks Support For X-Plane Programs »

NASA Seeks Support For X-Plane Programs

Space may get all the mainstream attention in the new NASA budget proposal released today, but staff from the Aeronautics Research Mission are excited about a boost in research funding for new technologies that will impact commercial aviation including projects that aim to cut fuel burn in half, dramatically reduce noise, restore commercial supersonic flight over land, and develop safer and more efficient air traffic management. "We are ready to take these new technologies into actual X-Plane flight demonstrations," said Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator for the ARM directorate, in a conference call with reporters on Monday.

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The Weekender: Warming Up With Chili, Cake And Coffee »

It feels like spring is a long way out for some, but The Weekender found some turf runways to head for on the SocialFlight calendar - snow is optional. Triple Tree Aviators will host their third... More

GAMA Report: Aircraft Shipments Drop In 2015 »

General aviation manufacturing saw declines in the overall market worldwide as shipments for airplanes are reported down for 2015 over the previous year, the General Aviation Manufacturers... More

GA Pilots Face Risks For Science »

A British pilot flying a helicopter to track poachers in Tanzania was killed recently when he was hit by gunfire from the ground and the helicopter crashed into trees. Roger Gower, 37, was flying... More

Reauthorization Bill Scrutiny Begins »

The controversial FAA reauthorization bill that includes privatizing the air traffic control system will begin its journey through what is expected to be a tough legislative process Wednesday with... More

Garmin Rolls Out All-in-One ADS-B Solutions »

Apparently responding to buyer complaints about complex ADS-B Out solutions that require expensive WAAS upgrades, Garmin International has announced two all-in-one transponders that will allow... More

New Sustainable Aviation Symposium Set For May »

A new two-day symposium to explore the future of electric-powered flight will be held May 6 and 7 in Redwood City, California, the Sustainable Aviation Foundation has announced. The program, which... More

 

Reader mail:

AVmail: February 8, 2016 »

AVweb reader Richard Herbst writes: "HR 4441 (ATC privatization) is a bear trap using austerity for bait. Don't think for a moment that user fees will stay out of private aviation. Think revenue. Functional ADS-B infrastructure provides a precision billing platform to warm any number of Congressional hearts. With growing Part 23 and 25 at the front of the line worldwide, the bug-smashers will have to go. Privatizing ATC means that air safety shares space with corporate goals. In other words:... More

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Short- And Soft-Field Landings

Short- And Soft-Field Landings »

Obstructions, sand, mud, wandering animals and other surprises like the end of the runway rushing up to meet you...these are just some of the hazards common to short and soft fields. We all think we're trained for them, but there's a big... More

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Used Aircraft Guide: Pitts Special

Used Aircraft Guide: Pitts Special »

Until the advent of the Pitts Special, aerobatics was a horizontal affair, even in the hairy-chested, fuel-sucking, 450-HP Boeings and Wacos. Practitioners pirouetted under the stern God of Energy Management—gravity and drag meant vertical... More

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When the Power Seems Low

When the Power Seems Low »

The inability to achieve normal power output (e.g. poor static power) can be an insidious, difficult-to-troubleshoot condition that ultimately affects almost every small engine sooner or later. Sometimes, the cause can be pinpointed quickly,... More

Short Final:

Short Final »

We were flying into Birmingham, Alabama at about 2:00am on a Sunday morning. The sky was clear with great visibility. Birmingham has an ILS to runway 6, and the final approach fix is MCDEN. After checking in with Birmingham Approach, we were told to fly "direct to MCDEN for the McVisual approach." -- John Young More

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Rectrix Aviation Looks To Start Commuter Service

Rectrix Aviation has submitted an application to the DOT to conduct scheduled air service as a commuter carrier. The application has proposed scheduled service between Hyannis, MA (KHYA) and Nantucket, MA (KACK).

Aviator Flight Training Adds Tecnam Twin

Aviator Flight Training is pleased to announce the finalization of their first Tecnam P2006T Next-Generation twin-engine aircraft from Tecnam USA.

CEPA Expo Announces 2016 Dates

Following the success of CEPA Expo 2015 the dates have been announced for the 2016 event. This year will be the 7th occasion that the Expo has taken place and the dates are from the 18th to 20th October. Once again CEPA Expo will be held in beautiful city of Prague.