Christmas Day Crash Kills Two »

Two people aboard a pressurized Beech Baron were killed but there were no injuries on the ground when the twin crashed into a residential area of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, late in the afternoon of Christmas Day. More

Boeing, Sikorsky Debut New Army Helicopter »

Sikorsky and Boeing offered the first look at their new military utility helicopter this week. According to Boeing, the SB>1 Defiant was designed to “fly at twice the speed and range of today’s conventional helicopters” as well as offering “advanced agility and maneuverability.” More

UAS Course Scholarships Offered For First Responders »

Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus is offering $500 scholarships to first responders who want to attend its small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) commercial remote pilot training course in 2019. The three-day course covers topics including airspace, meteorology, weather, UAS performance, loading and center of gravity, and Part 107 operations. More

Federal Shutdown Rankles GA Advocates »

Just three days into the federal government shutdown, GA advocacy groups are stepping up their protests to the action. NATCA issued a statement on Monday noting that this is the third government shutdown this year. More

Yes, Virginia, The FAA Does Have A Sense Of Humor »

Those of a certain age may remember the famous New York Sun editorial from 1897, when a little girl was reassured that “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.” The FAA took the same position this week, announcing that Santa has equipped Rudolph with new ADS-B avionics and received a $500 rebate. More

Textron Exec Nominated To NTSB »

Michael Graham, the director of flight operations safety, security and standardization at Textron Aviation, has been nominated to succeed Earl Weener, who has served on the NTSB since 2010. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Graham will complete Weener’s term, which expires at the end of 2020. More

Cameron Builds Biggest-Ever Hot-Air Balloon »

Cameron, a manufacturer based in England, has completed a project to build the biggest hot-air balloon ever made, with an envelope 223 feet tall. The one-of-a-kind aerostat is intended for an attempt by Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov to complete the highest flight ever in a hot-air balloon. More

Legal Wrangling Hobbles Boeing-Embraer Deal »

Boeing and Embraer continue to navigate the complicated and apparently fast evolving legal landscape to formalize a deal they’ve reached for Boeing to buy 80 percent of the Brazilian company’s commercial airplane business. More

777 Loses Electrics, Lands Heavy In Brazil »

The Aviation News Herald is reporting that a TAM Boeing 777-300 made a successful but dramatic emergency landing in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on Wednesday. More

A319neo Certified »

Airbus got a joint type certificate from both EASA and the FAA on Friday for its A319neo. The smallest of Airbus’s single-aisle family (not including the recently acquired A220/Bombardier CSeries line) has the CFM Leap-1A that brings quiet fuel efficiency to the Airbus line and look after the lower-volume routes that are beyond regional aircraft. More