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Couple Cleared In Gatwick Drone Closures (Update) »

U.K. police have cleared a married couple of any involvement in the Gatwick Airport drone incursions after they spent most of the weekend in jail. Paul Gait, 47, and wife Elaine Kirk, 54, were arrested at their home in Crawley, near the airport, late Friday. More

Aircraft Registry Stays Open During Shutdown »

GA groups can claim a victory in the fine print of the latest government shutdown. The FAA has confirmed to AVweb that aircraft registry services will be maintained throughout the shutdown, which began at midnight Dec. 22 and is still the subject of political machinations in Washington. More

Proposed AD Could Affect 20,000 Pipers »

The FAA has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) regarding the adoption of an airworthiness directive (AD) that would require wing spar inspections on nearly 20,000 Piper aircraft. According to the FAA, the AD comes after an investigation into the report of a fatigue crack on a Piper PA-28R-201 “revealed that repeated high-load operating conditions accelerated the fatigue crack growth in the lower main wing spar cap.” More

Four Dead in Atlanta Plane Crash »

A Cessna C560 Citation V crashed shortly after takeoff from Fulton County Airport (FTY) in Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday, killing all four people onboard. The aircraft went down in a football field in English Park at approximately 12:10 p.m. local time, about two miles from FTY. More

Longitude Gets Provisional Type Certification »

Textron Aviation has announced that the Cessna Citation Longitude super-midsize jet has received provisional type certification from the FAA. According to Textron, the Longitude flight test program has been completed, with the aircraft having accomplished more than 1,650 flights for approximately 4,050 hours of flight time. More

Tecnam 2012 Traveller Certified »

Tecnam has achieved EASA type certification for its 11-seat commuter airliner, the P2012 Traveller. The aircraft was developed essentially with the sponsorship of Cape Air, which needed a replacement for its long-serving fleet of Cessna 402s. More

Drone Sightings Close Gatwick Airport (Updated) »

Operations at Gatwick Airport (LGW), which is located about 30 miles south of London, have been suspended since Wednesday evening following several sightings of drones operating over the airfield. According to airport authorities, two drones were first sighted over the airport at 9:03 p.m. local time. The airport briefly resumed operations at 3:01 a.m. but closed the runways at approximately 3:45 a.m. after the drones were sighted in the airport vicinity again. More

SkyWest Selling ExpressJet »

SkyWest announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell ExpressJet to United Airlines joint venture ManaAir on Tuesday. According to the company, the price tag on the deal is approximately $70 million. More

Researchers Launch Pilot Radio Sim »

Purdue University’s Research Foundation is helping two Purdue alumni develop and market a new aviation communications simulator aimed at helping new pilots (or rusty old pilots) master radios skills and phraseology. More

Cirrus CEO Stepping Down »

Cirrus Aircraft Chief Executive Officer and co-founder Dale Klapmeier is planning to step down from his position as CEO during the first half of 2019, according to an announcement by Cirrus on Wednesday. The company says a search is currently underway for a new CEO and that it will be considering both internal and external candidates for the position. More