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Piper: Latin American Market Stirring »

Fresh from showing its M600 turboprop for the first time at Chile’s FIDAE exposition, Piper is touring the airplane throughout South America and seeing signs that the aircraft market is waking up. Piper’s Latin American sales executive, Dan Lewis, told AVweb that the company has tripled its sales forecast for Brazil and demand in the northern cone of South America looks promising. More

Guardian Intros New Tablet Mounts »

As commonplace as flying with a tablet has become, you still have to put the thing someplace. At Sun ‘n Fun this week, Guardian Avionics is showing off additions to its line of panel-mounted racks for the popular iPad and iPhone. On Tuesday, Guardian’s Ash Vij will conduct a forum on using tablets and smartphones as capable EFISs. More

Doors-Off Tour Company Warned Of Unsafe Harnesses »

Months before the fatal helicopter crash into the East River that killed five passengers, pilots for the company operating the tours had warned management about unsafe conditions and harnesses that could make escape difficult. According to a story in The New York Times, the pilots "repeatedly requested more suitable safety gear" and one pilot warned managers that "we are setting ourselves up for failure." More

ERAU Crash Investigation Focused On Wing Spar »

The NTSB and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University officials are working together to determine what caused the PA-28R-201’s wing to fall off in mid-flight last week. The resulting accident killed two: Zach Capra, an ERAU student, and an FAA designated examiner, John S. Azma, conducting a checkride. Flight training resumed on Thursday for all aircraft at ERAU except the PA-28s. They remain grounded until inspections are completed. More

Newsweek: Crisis In Military Aviation? »

In a week during which five military crashes killed seven service members, an article in the current issue of Newsweek raises questions about funding, training and maintenance in U.S. military aviation units. “The number of service members killed in noncombat aviation was 37 in 2017—almost double the 19 who died in 2016,” the piece states. “If 2018’s rate of accidents continues, this year could be higher still.” More

Witchcraft Liberator Experiences Voodoo At Love »

The Collings Foundation’s iconic B-24 sustained minor damage in a bizarre incident that shut down a runway at Dallas’ busy Love Field this week. The aircraft was on a takeoff roll when debris, possibly concrete from the runway, entered the cockpit of the historic World War II bomber, hit the copilot in the hand. It was then flung out of the aircraft. More

BRS Expands Cessna Parachute Centers »

At a time when changing perceptions about flight safety have pilots more interested in whole aircraft parachute systems, BRS Aerospace is expanding their network of approved installation centers for chute retrofits on Cessna 172s and 182s. More

FAA Seeks Drone Airspace Contractors »

The FAA is looking for a few companies to supply near real-time processing of airspace authorizations for drone operators. The idea behind the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) system is that it will streamline the approval process for routine Part 107 drone flights below approved altitudes in controlled airspace. More

SARSAT Promotes ELT Registration And Testing »

NOAA’s Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking (SARSAT) division is taking steps to promote the registration and testing of 406 MHz emergency location devices with a special awareness day. #406DAY18 was held Friday, April 6. More

Qantas Seeks Cure For Jet Lag »

Now that Qantas has airplanes that will safely make the 17-hour hop from Perth to London, the airline has turned its attention to keeping passengers healthy and comfortable on those long-haul legs. Using innovations in lighting and temperature control, lower cabin altitude and meal selection, Qantas aims to reduce one of the biggest complaints of the world traveler: jet lag. More