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Air Force Pilot Shortage Grows »

The U.S. Air Force is now short 2,000 pilots, said Heather Wilson, Secretary of the Air Force, at the Pentagonís annual State of the Air Force presentation Thursday. The Air Force had previously reported being short-staffed by 1,500 pilots, but said the number would grow due to an inability to train new pilots at the rate they are departing. Secretary Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein blame the shortage on sequestration coupled with the surge tempo of an indefinite war. More

Scary Stall Halts KC-390 Test Flights »

Embraer has paused the flight test program on its KC-390 medium-lift, multi-mission aircraft after an unplanned upset in early October. The twin-jet was performing tests on its slow flight characteristics with simulated ice formation at 20,000 feet, according to the company. In attempting to recover to cruise flight, Flightradar24 data shows the KC-390 prototype losing 17,000 feet before ADS-B coverage was lost, at one point reporting a vertical speed of -31,000 feet per minute. More

Turtle Rescuers Seek Pilot Help »

As winter looms on the horizon in the Northeast, hundreds of endangered and threatened turtles are expected to be stranded along the beaches of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, stunned by the cold waters, and in need of medical care to survive. For the last few years, general aviation pilots have volunteered to transport the turtles from the Cape to sites around the country where they can be cared for. The effort, now branded as Turtles Fly Too, is recruiting more GA pilots who can pitch in for the coming cold season. More

Stratofreighter Flies Again »

A restored C-97G Stratofreighter, owned by the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation, made its first flight in more than 15 years on Tuesday. The aircraft was restored by the foundation at Floyd Bennet Field in Brooklyn. On its first flight, the crew flew the aircraft to Ocean County Airport in New Jersey and back. The aircraft was delivered to the U.S. Air Force in 1954, so it didnít participate in the Berlin Airlift. But it now is painted as YC-97A 45Ė9595, which flew in the airlift in April 1949, working with the 1st Strategic Support Squadron. More

2018 Red Bull Air Races Include France, U.S. Stops »

The Red Bull Air Race World Championship will return to a U.S. venue next year, with an event to be held Oct. 6-7 in Indianapolis, the organizers announced this week. The popular series will also make a stop in France for the first time, with a race at the seaside resort of Cannes, April 21-22. "The 2017 title went down to the wire,Ē said Erich Wolf, Red Bullís general manager of the races. ďAnd now the teams are using the off-season to make their raceplanes even faster." More

NASM To Get A Makeover »

The Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum opened 41 years ago on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and is the most popular museum in the U.S., with about 8 million visitors a year. Now the NASM is due for its first major upgrade, the museum has announced. The seven-year, billion-dollar project, which begins next summer, will transform the exterior of the building, and all 23 galleries will get a makeover. The museum will remain open through the entire effort. More

FAA Issues ADs For Pipers, Bonanzas »

The FAA published Airworthiness Directives this week that affect certain Piper Cherokees and turbo Bonanza airplanes. The proposed Piper AD was prompted by reports of corrosion found in an area of the main wing spar thatís not easily accessible for inspection. The turbo Bonanza AD is a revision of an earlier proposal published in April, adding more models to the list of airplanes affected and adding a visual inspection of the exhaust tailpipe. More

New Improved AVwebFlash...Really Soon »

In our never-ending quest to serve our readers and advertisers better, we sometimes hit a technological brick wall and this is one of those times. We're trying to improve the user experience for the thousands of subscribers who view AVweb on smartphones but we can't get it to work the way we want it to so we've gone back to our long-serving and extremely stable format. A new improved AVwebFlash is on the way. Just not today and maybe not for the next few issues. Thanks for your patience and your comments on the efforts so far. More

Uber Signs With NASA To Develop Air Taxi Routes »

Uber has signed a deal with NASA to develop software for the air taxi it plans to have in service within five years. At a web conference in Lisbon on Wednesday, Uberís Jeff Holden said the company is teaming with NASA to develop a range of technologies designed to track and de-conflict its human-carrying quadcopters from each other and from other manned aircraft. More

Video Shows Halladay Flying Low »

Retired Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay, 40, was killed on Tuesday when his Icon A5 crashed in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pasco County. This is the second fatal Icon crash of 2017. In March of this year, renowned Icon test pilot John Karkow and a new Icon employee, Cagri Sever, were killed after evidently making a wrong turn into a box canyon while flying low over Lake Berryessa, according the NTSB report. More