First G500 Delivered »

Gulfstream announced the delivery of its first G500 midsize business jet on Thursday. An unnamed customer took delivery of the aircraft at Gulfstream’s headquarters in Savannah, Georgia. According to Gulfstream, the G500 has already established more than 20 new city-pair speed records and its five test aircraft have flown more than 5,000 hours. More

Bell Demonstrates Distributed Propulsion Aircraft »

Bell Helicopter demonstrated its unmanned Hybrid Drive Train Research Aircraft (HYDRA) at the first Tech Demo edition of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Center of Excellence in Alma, Quebec, this week. According to the company, HYDRA uses distributed propulsion technology and a circular wing to “sustain wing-borne flight at reduced power consumption, while increasing its speed and range over a traditional multi-rotor aircraft.” More

More Dime-sized ADS-B Tech From uAvionix »

After talking with shops immersed in ADS-B upgrade projects, it seems that transponder-based ADS-B Out retrofits are the leading solutions when it comes to ADS-B compliance. uAvionix looks to be aggressively pursuing that market with a new ADS-B chipset that can change the footprint of the GA transponder as we know it. More

House Passes FAA Reauthorization »

The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 302 Division B) was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 398 to 23 on Wednesday. The bill will authorize FAA funding and programs until 2023. More

ICYMI: CAFE Symposium Now Posted Online »

The CAFE Foundation, which works to promote new aircraft technologies, held its 12th Electric Aircraft Symposium in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in July, and now all 19 of the speakers’ presentations have been posted online. More

Partners To Fly Industrial Airships »

Hybrid Air Freighters, based in Paris, and Columbia Helicopters, in Oregon, have agreed to team up to operate a fleet of 12 airships to be built by Lockheed Martin. The ships will transport both freight and personnel in remote areas. More

NTSB Finds Lessons In Near-Disaster At SFO »

The NTSB held a probable-cause hearing on Tuesday in Washington, D.C., to discuss their findings and issue conclusions and recommendations regarding the close call at San Francisco International Airport in July 2017, when an Air Canada A320 lined up on a crowded taxiway instead of the designated runway. More

Workhorse Seeks Buyer For SureFly »

Workhorse Group has announced that it has started the formal process to sell its SureFly hybrid-electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) multi-copter. SureFly is the first manned aircraft developed by the company, which designs and builds electric and hybrid vehicles. More

First LSA Balloon In The Works »

A small company based in France has created a two-place hot-air balloon designed to be certified under U.S. S-LSA regulations, with production expected to begin early next year. Dan Johnson, president of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association, confirmed to AVweb this week that Corradini would be the first to offer a lighter-than-air system as an S-LSA, “assuming he passes the FAA audit.” More

Hollywood Revisits Apollo 11 »

Universal Pictures’ new film about the Apollo 11 mission, “First Man,” is due in theaters Oct. 12, and early reviews so far have been mainly positive. The $70 million film, starring Ryan Gosling, is based on the book “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong,” by James R. Hansen. More