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Tandem Jump Separation Was Suicide »

A skydiving instructor who fell to his death in a tandem jump in Lebanon, Maine last September committed suicide according to the Maine Medical Examiner’s Office as reported by WBZ in Boston. More

Virgin Galactic Plans Space Flight This Month »

Virgin Galactic CEO Richard Branson says the company will return to space before the end of the year and he’s looking forward to a trip there shortly afterward. More

Boeing Meets With Pilot Unions On MAX Questions »

Attempting to tamp down pilot concerns about its 737 MAX following the Lion Air crash, Boeing technical representatives met with at least two pilot unions this week. And industry sources say the company is considering a software revision to the airplane’s anti-stall autotrim system. More

Cowl Comes Loose On Frontier A320 »

A Frontier Airlines A320 returned to Las Vegas immediately after takeoff on Friday after the right cowl flipped up on takeoff. More

Controllers Work Through Quake At Anchorage »

Air traffic controllers at Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage were off the air for less than a minute when a magnitude 7.0 earthquake shattered the morning routine at the busy polar route crossroads at 8:30 a.m. local time on Friday. More

First Responders Testing Volocopter »

Air rescue organization ADAC Luftrettung will be conducting a feasibility study on the use of a manned version of the Volocopter VTOL multicopter in air rescue and emergency service operations, according to an announcement from Volocopter. More

Aspen Service Bulletin Addresses Display Resets »

Aspen Avionics has issued a mandatory service bulletin identifying how to avoid issues with the repeated inflight system resets recently noted in an FAA Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB). As previously reported by AVweb, the resets are occurring in a small number of Aspen Evolution EFD1000 Primary Flight Display (PFD), EFD1000 Multi-Function Display (MFD) and EFD500 MFD units with software version 2.9 and the ADS-B In (FIS-B) Weather Interface option installed. More

Unclipped Hang Glider Passenger Hangs On »

A Florida man says he’ll try hang gliding again after his first tandem flight left him hanging on for dear life over the Swiss countryside. More

Lion Air Crash: Investigators Say 737 Was Airworthy »

At a follow-up press conference in Indonesia Thursday, accident investigators said they did not claim that a Lion Air 737 MAX was unairworthy before it crashed into the Java Sea on Oct. 29. The investigators said the unairworthy comment applied to the aircraft’s previous flight, during which the 737’s stick shaker activated constantly because of a sensor failure. More

First PC-24 Air Ambulance Delivered »

Pilatus delivered the first PC-24 configured for medevac missions to the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS) on Monday. According to Pilatus, the interior of the PC-24 air ambulance is designed to allow fast, flexible modification. More