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Sale and Certification Of 121.5 MHz ELTs Prohibited »

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a rule prohibiting the certification, manufacture, importation and sale of Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs) that operate only on 121.5 MHz last week. More

Bell Tilt-Rotor Completes First Year Of Flight Test »

Bell Helicopter’s V-280 tilt-rotor has completed its first year of flight testing, the company said this week, and moved from its base in Amarillo, Texas, to the flight research center in Arlington, Texas. More

NASA App Creates 3-D Models Of Research Planes »

NASA has released a new app that can create 3-D models of its current research aircraft using your phone. While the 3D version of the aircraft is displayed, the viewer can also read about it or follow a link to learn more online. More

Textron Upgrades Caravan Cockpit »

Starting with 2019 production, Textron says it will upgrade the flight deck on its Cessna Caravan and Grand Caravan EX turboprops. The features aim to provide pilots with greater control and connectivity, Textron says. More

Lift Aircraft Flies Ultralight eVTOL »

Lift Aircraft, based in Austin, Texas, has introduced a design for an electric-powered VTOL that it aims to operate as an ultralight. The company’s plans include establishing flying zones in scenic, rural areas where customers with no flight experience can take a short training course and then go for a flight on their own. More

16-Day Presidential TFR Starts Dec. 21 »

The longest-ever presidential TFR in South Florida goes into effect on Dec. 21 as President Donald Trump heads to his West Palm Beach resort for up to 16 days. More

De-Icing Deficiencies In Canada »

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) is calling on Transport Canada to tighten up enforcement of de-icing requirements after it discovered that pilots in the far-flung northern areas routinely take off with contaminated lift and control surfaces. More

Chinese Fighter Mystery Solved »

The Air Force has ended speculation about the nature of an aircraft that looked a lot like China’s latest J-20 stealth fighter at a Savannah air base so conspiracy theorists will have to move on to the next one. More

737 May Have Hit Drone »

Mexican authorities are trying to determine if a drone collision smashed the radome and damaged some aluminum on the nose of an Aeromexico Boeing 737-800 landing at Tijuana Dec. 12. More