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Teens Arrested After LSA Joyride »

Two adolescent boys, aged 14 and 15, were arrested Thursday in Utah after allegedly taking a light sport aircraft for a Thanksgiving joyride. More

Report Sheds Light On Thunderbirds CO Removal »

The problems that led to the removal of former commanding officer of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Lt. Col. Jason Heard, from squadron leadership included “aggressive physical contact towards his subordinate” and violating regulations, according to the Air Force Times, which recently obtained a report on the investigation into Heard’s behavior via the Freedom of Information Act. More

Plane Propelled By Ionic Wind »

MIT engineers have developed an aircraft propulsion system with no moving parts. A team led by Steven Barrett, an MIT professor of aerospace engineering, flew a five-pound model the length of a gymnasium using “ionic wind” to maintain flight after an initial push using bungee cords. More

Lion Air Crash: Pilots Struggled To The End »

As lawsuits swirl around last month’s crash of a Lion Air 737 MAX8 into the Java Sea, Indonesian investigators say the crew struggled to control the aircraft right up to the moment of impact. And a member of Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee confirmed to The Guardian that the aircraft had experienced similar problems on its previous flight. More

FAA Issues Fuel Contamination Alert »

The FAA has issued a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) addressing several aircraft refueled with contaminated jet fuel at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport (OPF) in Opa-locka, Florida. The agency reports that five aircraft were serviced with jet fuel containing diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) between Aug. 12 and Aug. 16, 2018. More

November Is National Aviation History Month »

Distracted by the more traditional holidays, you might not have noticed that the entire month of November is designated “National Aviation History Month.” If there’s an aviation museum near you—and there probably is—now might be a good time to check out what they have to offer, and what new things might be going on there. More

Oldest Active 747 Retires To Pima »

GE Aviation’s original Boeing 747 Flying Testbed aircraft made its final flight last week, from Victorville, California, to the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona, where it will join more than 350 historical aircraft on display. The aircraft, which had been flying since 1969, was the oldest 747 in active service. More

Three Dead In Air Ambulance Accident »

A Cessna 441 crashed near Bismarck, North Dakota, late Sunday night, killing all three people on board. The aircraft, which was owned by Bismarck Air Medical and used as an air ambulance, was en route from Bismarck to Williston, North Dakota, to pick up a patient. More

FAA Seeks Input On ATP, Type Rating Changes »

The FAA has proposed some changes to its standards for obtaining an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate in the airplane category or for obtaining an airplane type rating, and if you have any opinions about the proposal, the FAA wants to hear from you. The proposed rule change is posted online, and comments will be accepted until Dec. 21. More