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Report: Airline Safety Record Analyzed »

For the first time in aviation history, in 2017, not a single person died anywhere in the world because of a jet airliner accident. One man died in the crash of a Canadian ATR42 turboprop in December. The chance of dying in an airline crash now is about 1 in 50 million, according to a recent analysis in The Wall Street Journal. “It’s just stunning,” safety consultant William Voss told the Journal. “I hope that we can sustain it, but that’s hard to do.” The flawless safety record can be attributed to a lot of hard work by many people over many years, but luck also played a role. More

First Flight For Airbus A321LR »

Airbus has successfully flown its new long-range single-aisle jet, the A321LR, for the first time, the company announced on Wednesday. The first flight launched from the Hamburg-Finkenwerder airport in Germany, and lasted 2 hours and 36 minutes. During the flight, the crew tested the aircraft’s flight controls, engines and main systems, including flight envelope protections, at both high and low speed. The new model includes extra fuel tanks to stretch the range. Certification is expected by this summer. More

Three Killed When Helicopter Hits House »

A Robinson R44 helicopter crashed into a house in a gated community in Newport Beach, California, about 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, killing three of the four people on board. A person on the ground nearby also was injured by debris from the crash. A witness who spoke to CBS Los Angeles said he saw the chopper "drop like a rock." Another witness told The Associated Press it looked as if the pilot was trying to land in the street, “but clipped the roof across the street and didn't make it." The pilot and two passengers died, and the third passenger was seriously hurt. More

NASA Tests Folding-Wing Tech »

A new technology that enables aircraft to fold their wings to different angles while in flight was successful in recent flight tests, NASA has reported. The tests took place at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, as part of the Spanwise Adaptive Wing project. Folding wings have been tried in the past, NASA said, notably with the North American XB-70 Valkyrie in the 1960s. However, the ability to bend wings in flight was dependent on heavy and bulky motors and hydraulics. The new technology uses a cutting-edge, lightweight shape-memory alloy. More

“Undetectable” Defect Blamed For Engine Failure »

An internal defect caused an uncontained engine failure, leading to a fire, during the takeoff roll of a Boeing 767 in October 2016, the NTSB said in its probable-cause hearing on Tuesday. The subsurface defect led to cracking in a turbine disk. The cracks were undetectable using current inspection methods, the investigators found. “Even though there have been significant advances in the safety performance of passenger airplanes over the last few decades, this accident shows there are still improvements that can be made,” said NTSB chairman Robert Sumwalt. More

Boeing Invests In Batteries »

HorizonX, Boeing’s innovation team, announced this week it has invested in Cuberg, a Berkeley-based startup developing next-generation battery technology for aerospace applications. "Cuberg's battery technology has some of the highest energy density we've seen in the marketplace, and its unique chemistries could prove to be a safe, stable solution for future electric air transportation," said Steve Nordlund, vice president of HorizonX. More

C-47 First Flight To Be Webcast »

The C-47 that led the Allied invasion into France on D-Day in 1944 is scheduled to fly for the first time in 10 years on Wednesday, Jan. 31, and the flight will be webcast live. The airplane, named That’s All, Brother, had been abandoned in a Wisconsin junkyard, till it was found by the Commemorative Air Force. Historian Matt Scales uncovered the airplane’s history, and the CAF led a fundraising effort to restore the airplane to flying condition. More

New Museums Celebrate Aviation »

The Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, in Denver, plans to open a new campus this summer at Centennial Airport, called Exploration of Flight. The 18,000-square-foot Boeing Blue Sky Gallery will be adjacent to an active flight ramp, giving visitors a chance to experience what real aviation is all about, while exploring interactive exhibits, including a flight simulator. Construction is now underway, with steel framing going up to support the galleries. More

Deadline Nears For ADS-B Rebate »

Aircraft owners who have gone through the process of upgrading for ADS-B, and applied for the FAA’s $500 rebate, must submit all their paperwork by Feb. 15 to complete their claim. After the equipment is installed, the aircraft must be flown in ADS-B-controlled airspace before receiving the rebate. That flight must last at least 30 minutes, including 10 minutes of maneuvering flight. More

Kite String May Have Caused Fatal Crash »

Authorities in India are investigating whether a kite string caused the crash of a powered parachute, killing the pilot and injuring his passenger. More